Competitors that are pre-qualified for Grand Prixs: you and your horse must complete an FEI class that week to be eligible for the Grand Prix.
ARTICLE 261 – NORMAL COMPETITIONS AND GRAND PRIX COMPETITIONS
1. Normal and Grand Prix Competitions (the latter must be explicitly designated in the Schedule) are those in which performance over obstacles is the principle factor although speed may be introduced to separate equality for first place by a first jump-off or by a maximum of two jump-offs.
2. These Competitions are judged under Table A against or not against the clock, but always with a time allowed.
3. The course is built primarily to test the ability of the Horse over the obstacles. The number of obstacles, their type, their height and spread, within the set forth limits, are the responsibility of OCs.
4. Qualification for Grand Prix
4.1 If qualification conditions for Athlete/Horse are scheduled for the Grand Prix at a CSIO, it is compulsory that the formula given below is referred to. The following are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at CSIOs, if present as official team members or individual:
4.1.1 The individual medal winners (Athletes) of the last Olympic and Pan American Games, of the last World and Continental Championships and the first placed Athlete/Horse combination in the last FEI World Cup Final.
4.1.2 Eligible to participate in Grand Prix Competitions at 5* CSIO Events are the winners (Athlete/Horse combination) of the Grand Prix at any 5* CSIO Event during the previous 12 months.
4.1.3 Eligible to participate in Grand Prix Competitions at 4* CSIO Events are the winners (Athlete/Horse combinations) of the Grand Prix at any 4* or 5* CSIO Event during the previous 12 months.
4.2 If qualification conditions for Athlete/Horse are scheduled for the Grand Prix at a CSI Event, it is compulsory that the formula given below is referred to. This does not apply to CSI events that are part of a series approved by the FEI Bureau. The following Athletes (not Athlete/Horse combinations) are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at CSI Events, if present:
4.2.1 The winner of that Event’s Grand Prix the previous year;
4.2.2 The current National Champion of the host country;
4.2.3 The individual medal winners of the last Olympic and Pan-American Games, the last World and Continental Championships and the winner of the FEI World Cup Final.
4.3 If qualification conditions for Athlete/Horse are scheduled for the Grand Prix Competition at a CSIO or a CSI, it is compulsory that all qualifying Competitions are run under Table A against the clock or under Table A with one or two jump-offs.
4.4 All Athletes qualified for the Grand Prix at a CSIO or a CSI, including those qualified under Articles 4.1 and 4.2 above, must complete, with their Grand Prix Horse, the initial round of at least one competition prior to the Grand Prix
Read the full rule on page 43 of the FEI Jumping Rules.
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