Equestrian: Netherlands National Performance Requirements

With us entering a relatively quite period of time where Olympic qualification events are rare, we look at additional standards imposed by nations on their athletes and the selection trials other nations will hold to select which athletes will represent them. Today we explore the Netherlands’ national performance requirements in equestrian.

In dressage individual athletes must achieve a score of 75% in at least two out of the six selected FEI Nations Cup 5* events to be held in 2019. There are no additional requirements for the team event other than three athletes reaching the national performance requirement in the individual event.

Should the Netherlands win a quota to compete in eventing, athletes will also be required to achieve a performance of at most 40 penalty points during the dressage portion, an error free cross-country portion with time penalties equaling no more than 18 points and a maximum of 10 penalty points during the jumping portion in at least one of four selected CCI 4* events to be held in 2019. Likewise, there are no additional requirements for the team event, should the Netherlands qualify other than three athletes reaching the national performance requirements in the individual event.

For athletes to compete in show jumping they much achieve two clear rounds in at least two out of the six selected FEI Nations Cup 5* events to be held in 2019. As with the other disciplines, there are no additional requirements for the team event other than three athletes reaching the national performance requirements in the individual event.

While these standards are tough, this shows you the level of talent the Netherlands has in equestrian and what it takes for athletes and their horses to qualify to the games.

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