OBJECTIVE OF SELECTION POLICYThe main aim is to choose the individuals and provide the preparation that will achieve the best possible results for Great Britain at the Pony European Championships. In addition, talented combinations will be identified and, wherever possible, given the opportunities too progress particularly through competing internationally.
The specific aims of the Selection Policy are: To build a team capable of achieving a medal at European Championships.
SELECTIONThe Selectors will be responsible for all selection.
SELECTION POLICYThe Pony Selection Policy is worked out in agreement and consultation with the British Showjumping Performance Development Committee.
Eligibility/Availability for Consideration
All pony riders 16 years and under riding 148cm JA ponies having British Citizenship.
(A Pony rider is only eligible to ride ponies until the end of the year in which they are 16).
Selection Criteria Individuals/Team/Team Championship/Order
The Selectors will select from any of the riders and ponies who have fulfilled the selection criteria. Advice from the Team Vet will be sought where necessary. The Chef d’Equipe will decide the Team running order and individual riders and will inform riders and owners accordingly.
As part of the selection process the advice of the FEI accredited Team Veterinary Surgeon will be taken into consideration. There may be an official inspection which all ponies must attend and where a blood test may be taken. If a pony is based abroad, then an inspection will be arranged by the Selectors Chairman at the riders’ expense.
MEASURINGAll possible ponies attending trials, and available for selection will be unofficially measured to meet the FEI criteria of 151cm with shoes on day of competition.
The right is reserved that, in exceptional circumstances such as injury or illness, the Selection Policy can be waived or modified in order to enhance the likelihood of achieving the stated goals. This will be done by the Selection Committee in advance of an event and the Chef d’Equipe at the event as is practicable.
Entries/Invitation to National Trials when held/Competitions
Any rider and/or pony is open for selection as long as they are fulfilling the criteria in the Selection Policy, and are allowed to participate in any trials and competitions providing they are qualified under the competitions’ rules.
Dates for selection and announcement of the Squads will vary from year to year, depending on what time of year the Championships are being held, but will be announced as early as possible each year and all parties concerned will be informed.
Changes in Policy
The Chairman of the Performance Development Committee, will have the right to amend or change selection policies, where necessary, at any time in order to fulfil the objectives of the Selection Policy.
It is presumed that the weather conditions have been considered in the selection process. However, should there be a drastic change for some reason, there might be cause for alterations to be made to the squad.
If, for some reason beyond the NGB’s control, e.g. collapse of funding, disease outbreak in horses or humans, war or terrorism, unavailability of suitable ponies and/or riders the British Showjumping Executive Board might make the decision either to change the selection policy or procedure, which might include withdrawing the British Team.
Selectors are entitled, within this selection procedure, to use their discretion to select combinations onto teams.
The Selection Policy is available
Points of Contact
The key points of contact relating to this Selection Policy are :
- Youth Committee
- Communications Officer - International
COMPLAINTS PROCESS AND PROCEDURESRiders have the right to complain against the decision of the Selectors. Complaints must be in writing within 48 hours of the announcements and must be sent to the British Show Jumping Chief Executive. If the Chief Executive is not able to satisfy the appellant’s concerns the complaint will be forwarded to the BEF