Eventers could soon have a nations cup, similar to that
in showjumping.

Pre-existing three-star horse trials may start hosting team competitions from 2012, Giuseppe Della Chiesa, who chairs the international horse sport’s eventing committee, has told H&H.

Boekelo and Aachen already run team competitions and this is a way for us to increase interest in eventing without any added cost,” said Mr Della Chiesa.

He said riders would be consulted and the matter decided at an FEI sports forum in Lausanne next spring.

HSBC will sponsor the FEI Rider Rankings again next year, Mr Della Chiesa also said.

And for the first time, second-, third- and possibly fourth-placed riders will receive prize money.

This prize is separate from the £95k HSBC FEI Classics, won by Mary King in October.

International riders have also been consulted about eventing’s competition format, qualifications system and the rules and responsibilities of the ground jury.

“A very extensive consultative process is going on,” said Mr Della Chiesa.

To read the full news story on the FEI’s annual General Assembly see the current issue of H&H (24 November 2011)