Things getting real with Tokyo 2020 one year away today
With today marking the milestone of just one year until the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the competition is about to get very real for those Australian riders with aspirations of making the Australian Jumping Team. Whether their journey towards Tokyo is based overseas or in Australia initially, competition for places on the team are sure to be hotly contested.
Coincidentally, this weekend also marks the start of the Australian World Cup Series for 2019-20. With the offer of a place in the FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Las Vegas next April, the competition will be lively and fierce.
The 2020 Australian Jumping Team – Nomination Criteria is currently with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for final approval, however the upcoming World Cup Qualifying events are essential to the selection process, with riders able to obtain their Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) at the outdoor events in this series. Athlete/Horse combinations that have completed the first round of any of the selected FEI World Cup™ CSI1*-W competitions with a score of not more than of zero (0) penalties will obtain half their MER.
A full listing of all rounds of the 2019-2020 Australian World Cup Series is listed below with reference to the MER events.
|1||Caboolture||27 July 2019||No|
|2||Gatton||4 August 2019||Yes|
|3||Waratah Show – Sydney||24 August 2019||No|
|4||Adelaide Royal Show||5 September 2019||Yes|
|5||Melbourne Royal Show||29 September 2019||Yes|
|6||Tamworth||12 October 2019||No|
|7||Adelaide / AUS3DE||17 November 2019||Yes|
|8||Sale||24 November 2019||Yes|
|9||Sydney Summer Classic||7 December 2019||Yes|
|10||Boneo||26 January 2020||Yes|
|11||Boneo||2 February 2020||Yes|
With these eleven events to be held in four different states over the next six months, it will be fascinating to see how the leaderboard develops. Australian Jumping is looking forward to reporting on all the action, commencing with Caboolture this Saturday. If you would like a recap on last year’s Australian World Cup Series click HERE.