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Big News for WEG Hopefuls!

Published on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in General

Jamie Kermond and Yandoo Oaks Constellation on their way to winning ASJC Senior Title 2016

Photo © Michelle Terlato

By: Martha Baillieu

Dreaming of 2018 WEG in Tyron? You better be at the 2017 ASJC Qualifiers!

The Pryde’s Easifeed Australian Showjumping Championships will return to the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre on 13 – 17 September 2017.  In addition to the awesome introductions of the Under 14 Childrens Class and the Pony Class; this year also thrillingly marks the first time the Australian Championships have been granted qualifier status for the World Equestrian Games.

WEG rules stipulate that any rider wishing to compete at the 2018 WEG in Tyron must have a full Certificate of Competence in order to be eligible for selection. As such, a recent request from the EAJC and an application by the High Performance Panel has excitingly been approved by the FEI. This is big news for WEG hopefuls.

As a result, the ASJC will conduct the COC over round 1 of the Final Senior Class with the following conditions needing to be met:

  • Rider must complete the course with 8 or less penalties.
  • Riders that do not qualify for the ASJC final can still attempt to qualify, however they will be belled off once they receive more than 8 penalties.

Conditions for the class to be classified as a COC include:

  • ASJC Course Designer, David Sheppard, must submit his intended course plan to the FEI for approval at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • The course must contain certain degrees of difficulty to be approved, i.e. at least two verticals must be at least 1.60 metres high.
  • A foreign Assessing Delegate, Kazu Hirayama from Japan, has been appointed by the FEI to confirm that the competition complies with the FEI requirements.

“The first round of the final competition of the Australian Showjumping Championships will count for athletes and horses to obtain a Certificate of Capabaility for the WEG 2018, this will happen on the final day and will be of a suitable technical standard as required by the FEI, the course will consist of at least 2 maximum height verticals (1.60 metres) and several high and wide oxers. I am sure that David Sheppard will provide a course worthy of this challenge.”

– Brad Longhurst, Technical Delegate, Australian Showjumping Championships

Reigning Senior Champion Jamie Kermond will be competing again this year and vying for his third Grand Prix title following wins on Caracus in 2013 and on Yandoo Oaks Constellation in 2016.

For more information please contact Karen Ellis, Media Coordinator on 0409 949 740 or email media@asjc.com.au

The Australian Show Jumping Championships is held annually at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre. The event is now in its 56th year and in 2017 will take place on 13 – 17 September. For entries, tickets and more information, visit www.asjc.com.au

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