How can I qualify to compete at the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships?
There are currently three pathways through which riders can qualify to represent Victoria at the National Championships:
- Equestrian Victoria Interschool State Championships in the March/April School Holidays
- VEIS Qualifier events held throughout the interschool season, and the VEIS Grand Final held in June
- Interschool Eventing – Qualification events are run as part of EV Official Horse Trial Events
How do I qualify to compete at the EV Interschool State Championships?
To be eligible to compete at the EV Interschool State Championships held in the March/April School Holidays rider/horse combinations must provide evidence of participation in an Interschool event since the Championships of the year prior up to 1st March of the following year or as stated in the schedule. You do not have to compete in the discipline you wish to enter.
Qualifying participation events must meet one of the below requirements:
- On the ISV Calendar
- On the VEIS Calendar
- Interschool classes at the Victorian Youth Dressage Championships
Victorian Team Selection
The first and second place getters at the EV State Championships in Dressage and Show Jumping classes for each of the National Qualifying events (these are marked by “Nat” in schedule) are eligible to represent Victoria at the Australian Championships. These are held each year, in a different state, in the September/October school holidays. The first and second series place getters in the VEIS are the next eligible. If the same rider has already been selected through the State Championships the 3rdplace getter in VEIS is the next accepted to the team. Whilst maintaining a balance between both team pathways, riders who place 3rd and 4th in those events may be the team reserves in Dressage and Showjumping.
In Show Horse, competitors who place 1st to 4th overall in National Qualifying events (these are marked by “Nat” in the schedule) will be eligible to represent Victoria. Fifth and Sixth placed competitors will be the reserves.
Combined Training has four National Team places at a number of primary and secondary levels decided at the Equestrian Victoria State Championships. These are marked by “Nat” in the schedule. The 1stto 4thplacegetters in each National class are eligible for the team when there is one division, with 5thand 6thplacings being team reserves. In the event that a class has two divisions, the riders placed 1stand 2ndin each division will be qualified, with riders placed 3rdin each division being team reserves.
In the event of qualified or reserve riders being unable to attend the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships, the remaining places will be filled at the discretion of the ISV Interschool Committee.
Qualifications are based on the combination of horse and rider, there will be no substitution of horses or riders in qualified combinations.
At the Australian Championships, riders will be limited to competing in two classes, they may still compete on two horses, but the limitation of two classes per rider will remain. E.g. One horse in two levels of dressage or combined training and one dressage class, or two horses in two different show jumping heights. For the purpose of clarity, “class” in the Australian Championship schedule refers to two dressage tests at the same level, three phases of show horse, and three phases of showjumping competition at the same height.
Eventing Team Selection
The qualification process for the Victorian Interschool Eventing Team Selection is as follows:
- The riders must submit their best four results from competitions between October 1st and 15th June of the following year.
- All submitted results must be from Official EA Horse Trials (no Pony Club or Unofficial Classes)
- An MER must be attained in order for the score to count.
- Horse Trials are open to primary and secondary riders but EA age criteria at some levels apply.
- Only results at the level riders are applying for will be considered.
- Equestrian Victoria will select a panel to consider results and nominate the Victorian Team of four riders at each level.
- The process on how to submit results will be advised in June each year.
Competitors from states other than Victoria are eligible to compete in the Equestrian Victoria Interschool Championships. As these are Interschool Events, rather than general EA young rider or junior events, riders will be representing their schools and therefore will very likely have to qualify in the state jurisdiction of their school.
Parents may wish to inquire with their schools what their policy is, if they are very close to the border. It is likely that schools have dealt with these issues before and can provide some form of clarification to parents about their policies on student representation. Interstate competitors will require a letter of permission from their school acknowledging that should an interstate competitor qualify for the Australian Championships, the competitor will represent Victoria at the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships, and not the state in which they attend school.