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Hopetoun World Championships qualifier
1 May 2004

A reminder that the Hopetoun Horse Driving Trials event, to be held on 28-30 May 2004 at Hopetoun Estate near Edinburgh will be a qualifier for International Championships as required under Article 931 of the FEI Rules for Driving Events for Single Horses and Horse Teams.

The World Horse Team Championships take place at Kecskemet (Hungary) on 4th-8th August 2004.

Article 931 is reproduced here for reference:

F??ation Equestre Internationale
Rules for Driving Events
8th edition
Effective 1st January 2001

Article 931: ENTRIES

1. Draft Schedule
After approval by the Secretary General of the FEI, the schedules, conditions of the competitions and invitations are sent to all affiliated NFs by the NF of the host country.

2. Eligibility Procedure for Championships
In the year preceding the Championship, and until a date to be set in the year of the Championship by the FEI Driving Committee, drivers and horses/ponies must complete at least one international event which has a least three Marathon sections. Drivers will be required to obtain a score of at least 90 points in Dressage Test No. 5 or Test No 7 for Singles, or a score of 112 points or better in Dressage Test No. 6 before the multiplying coefficient of 0.80 has been calculated. Drivers and horses/ponies are not required to qualify as combinations. It is the responsibility of the NFs to prove that their participants and horses/ponies have fulfilled the above requirements. This procedure will be obligatory for all FEI World Championships.

NFs giving incorrect information on Certificates of Capability and Records of Results will be reported to the FEI Judicial Committee. Certificates of Capability must be sent by NFs to the Organising Committee with nominated entries, without which entries are not considered to be valid.

For national events to be considered as qualifiers, at least one International Judge must be on the Ground Jury. NFs wishing to use national events as qualifiers must request from the FEI the list of Judges from which the International Judge may be chosen.

The spare horse/pony must have completed a Marathon consisting of at least three sections, at one of the above mentioned events.

3. Teams.
Each NF may enter a maximum of three Four-in-Hand Competitors with a maximum of six horses/ponies per Four-in-Hand. Should a NF only be able to send two Competitors, they must be entered as a team. In addition, each NF is entitled to send a Chef d?Equipe and Veterinarian, both of whom will be accorded the same privileges as the Competitors.

A NF which cannot send a team with two or three Competitors may enter one Competitor with a maximum of six horses/ponies. However, five horses per Competitor may be taken to the event.

4. Pairs.
Each NF may enter a maximum of three Pair Competitors with a maximum of four horses per pair. Should a NF only be able to send two Competitors, they must be entered as a team.

Each NF is entitled to send a Chef d'Equipe and Veterinarian, both of whom will be accorded the same privileges as the Competitors.

A NF which cannot send a team with two or three drivers, may enter one Competitor with a maximum of four horses. However, three horses per Competitor may be taken to the event..

5. Singles
Each NF may enter a maximum of three Single Competitors with a maximum of two horses per entry. A spare horse may be entered per team. The Competitor who uses the spare horse will not be eligible for the individual classification, but only, for the team classification.

Should a NF only be able to send two Competitors, they must be entered as a team.

Each NF is entitled to send a Chef d?Equipe and Veterinarian, both of whom will be accorded the same privileges as the Competitors.

A NF which cannot send a team with two or three Competitors, may enter one Competitor with two horses. However, only one horse may be taken to the event.

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