To qualify for the Olympics, riders and horses, as a combination, have to have achieved a “qualifying result” at a CCI****, or at a CCI*** plus a CIC***, with these results achieved between 1 January 2007 and 30 June 2008.
An FEI qualifying result is:
- No more than 75 penalties in the dressage
- No more than 16 jumping penalties in the show jumping
- No more than 20 jumping penalties across country
- No more than 36 time-penalties (48 at CCI****) across country
New Zealand is not qualified as a team for the Olympics, but it is very likely they will qualify five riders for Hong Kong by virtue of their position on the rider rankings — this will be confirmed on 1 May.
New Zealand team manager Blyth Tait confirmed to H&H that these riders secure a nation spot, but are not necessarily the riders who will represent that nation — the five who actually compete at the Olympics will be chosen by the New Zealand Eventing selectors.