In the aftermath of Britain’s failure to qualify a team for next year’s Olympics at the recent European Championships, the BSJA has confirmed that it may be possible to send two riders to the Athens Olympics as individuals.
If, disregarding riders from countries which have already qualified for the Olympics, Britain is one of the two highest represented countries on the FEI World Ranking List by 1 May 2004, it would be possible to send two riders to the Games, subject to the approval of the British Olympic Association.
These riders would not necessarily be those highest placed on the FEI rankings, but would be selected by the BSJA.
“We know that we have good enough riders and horses to represent our country well at the Olympics,” says the BSJA’s Jacky Knightley, “and we will endeavour to give the British riders currently on the World Ranking List every opportunity to compete abroad in order to retain their ranking and ensure British representation at the Games.”
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