REGION SOUTH

Gorla Minore

24-28 April

Athens

29 May – 2 June

REGION CENTRAL

Mannheim

01-07 May

Bratislava

12-16 June

REGION WEST

Peelbergen

15-19 May

Luxembourg

05-09 June

REGION NORTH

Stutteri Ask

15-19 May

Drammen

05-09 June

SEMIFINALS

Deauville

19-23 June

Budapest

10-14 July

FINAL

Warsaw

5-8 September

Longines EEF Series

Rules 2024

PREAMBLE

These Rules must be read in conjunction with the FEI Statutes, the FEI General Regulations (GRs), the FEI Jumping Rules (JRs), and all other relevant FEI rules and regulations. In any unforeseen or exceptional circumstance which is not addressed by these Rules, it is the duty of the FEI Jumping Committee to interpret them and render a Decision in a manner compatible to the fullest extent possible with the other provisions of these Rules, the GRs and any other applicable rules of the FEI, as well as sporting spirit.

EEF SERIES

In accordance with the conditions set forth in Art. 3 herein, the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ season commences with the first FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Competition of the season and finishes with the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final. The season consists of Regional qualifying Events from which a limited number of teams as determined by the FEI qualify to take part at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final to be held preferably at the end of September or early October but this may change depending on the Region in which the Final takes place. The qualification system may vary from Region to Region depending on the state of development of the sport in the Region, as well as difficulties relating to horse transportation and quarantine restrictions. Each Regional qualification system provides eligible NFs in that Region equal opportunity to qualify for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final.

1. QUALIFICATION SYSTEM

EEF Series NFs are divided into four (4) Regions as follows for the purpose of qualifying ten (10) teams for each of the EEF Series Semi-Finals and the Final respectively, as follows:

  • Region South consists of the following NFs: ALB; BIH; BUL; CRO; CYP; GRE; ITA; MKD; MLT; ROU; SMR; S RB ; T UR; UKR
  • Region Central consists of the following NFs: AUT; CZE; GER; HUN; LIE; NED; SLO; SUI; SVK
  • Region North consists of the following NFs: DEN; EST; FIN; ISL; ISR; LAT; LTU; NOR; POL; SWE
  • Region West consists of the following NFs: AND; BEL; ESP; FRA; GBR; IRL; LUX; MON;
    POR
1.1. EEF Series Regional Qualifiers (RQs)

Each Region holds two (2) Regional Qualifiers at CSIO3* level and the Teams qualify for the EEF Series Semi-Finals through the Nations Cup competitions at the RQs in their own Regions.

RQs take place between April and end of June of the current year.

To earn points, a team must participate in the Nations Cup competitions at both RQs in its Region. Teams earn points according to their classification in the respective RQs in their Region (non- Region Teams not counting for points, irrespective of their final placing), using the following point scale:

  • Placing – Points
  • 1st – 100
  • 2nd – 90
  • 3rd – 80
  • 4th- 70
  • 5th – 60
  • 6th – 55
  • 7th – 50
  • 8th – 45
  • 9th – 40
  • 10th – 35
  • 11th and beyond – 30

The points for each team are added together to establish the Region standings. In the event of equality of points, the highest ranked team will be the team with the most points at the respective RQ with highest * level or, in case of RQs with same * level, the team highest placed in the second RQ in the region.

1.1.1.  Regional Qualifier not taking place

In the event that only one RQ takes place in a Region (instead of two), for whatever reason, the teams of the Region will qualify for the respective Semi-Final according to their classification in the RQ that has taken place.

In the event no RQ takes place in a Region, for whatever reason, the teams in the Region will qualify for the respective Semi-Final through the Nations Cup Ranking commencing with the first Nations Cup competition following the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final of the previous year until two weeks prior to the respective Semi-Final of the current year.

Teams in the EEF Series may take part in CSIOs outside their own Region but may not earn points for their Region standings at these Events.

1.2. EEF Series Semi-Finals (SFs)

The Semi-Final is a CSIO3*, where the Nations Cup competition is reserved for the top ten (10) teams (five from each Region) qualified according to the respective Region standings above, as follows:

  • Top 5 teams from Regions South & Central qualify for EEF Series Semi-Final 1
  • Top 5 teams from Regions North & West qualify for EEF Series Semi-Final 2

The home team in a SF, if not qualified as above, has the right to participate in the Nations Cup competition of said SF as 11th team, without being eligible for qualification for the Final.

The top five (5) placed eligible teams in the Nations Cup competition at each Semi-Final, respectively, qualify for the EEF Series Final.

SFs take place in June or July of the current year and there must be at least one (1) free week between the last RQ in any Region and its respective SF, as above.

1.2.1.  Non-Participation of a team from an EEF Series Semi-Final

Should a qualified Team for either of the Semi-Finals inform the EEF that it will not participate at the respective Semi-Final, it will be replaced where possible by the next best placed team from its own Region. Substitution may only go down one place in each Region. Should it not be possible to substitute a team with the next best placed team from the same Region, the vacant quota place will be filled from the next best placed Team, not already qualified, from the other Region in the same Semi-Final. Should it not be possible to substitute a team as per the above, up to two (2) quota places will be filled through the Nations Cup Ranking commencing with the first Nations Cup competition following the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final of the previous year until two weeks prior to the respective Semi- Final of the current year, otherwise they will remain vacant. Any Team that replaces a team that does not participate in the Semi-Final is eligible to qualify for the Final.

 

Rules for EEF Series & Qualifying System for EEF Series Final 2023

 

1.2.2.  Semi-Final not taking place

In the event that a SF does not take place, for whatever reason, the five (5) teams to be qualified from such SF for the EEF Series Final will be determined as follows:

From SF 1:    the top 2 teams from Region South and the top 3 teams from Region Central, as per their classification under “EEF Series Regional Qualifiers (RQs)” above

From SF2:     the top 2 teams from Region North and the top 3 teams from Region West, as per their classification under “EEF Series Regional Qualifiers (RQs)” above

1.3. EEF Series Final

The EEF Series Final is a CSIO4* reserved only for the ten (10) teams qualified from the two (2) SFs, as above, and the home team as the 11th team if not qualified but only provided the home team has tried to qualify for the EEF Nations Cup Final.

The Final takes place between July and September of the current year, unless otherwise approved by EEF Board decision in accordance with relevant FEI Rules and Regulations, and there must be

(a) at least one (1) free week between the Final and the last SF and (b) at least two (2) weeks between the Final and the Jumping Event of the Olympic Games or the World and EU CH for Seniors or the FEI Longines League of Nations Final of the current year..

1.3.1.  Non-Participation of a team from the EEF Series Final

Should any qualified Team(s) inform the EEF that it/they will not participate at the EEF Series Final, it/they will be replaced where possible by the next best placed team from its/their own Semi- Final. Substitution may only go down two places in each Semi-Final. Should it not be possible to substitute a team with the next two best placed teams from the same Semi-Final, the vacant quota place(s) will be filled from the next best placed Team(s), not already qualified, from the other Semi-Final, again going down only two places. Should it not be possible to substitute a team as per the above, the quota place(s) in the Final will remain vacant. 

2. FORMAT, CLASSIFICATION AND PRIZE MONEY – EEF SERIES
2.1. Format and Participation in the First and Second Round

At all EEF Series Events, the Nations Cup Competition is run over two rounds, with identical courses. Both rounds are run according to Table A against the clock. In both rounds the time must be displayed at a minimum on a screen visible from the warm-up arena.

Four Athletes per team take part in the first round of the Nations Cup Competition. Unless teams are eliminated, disqualified, have retired or withdrawn in the first round, all teams take part in the second round with four Athletes each.

2.2. Classification

The classification is established according to the combined Penalties of each team’s three best Athletes in each round. In case there is a tie on penalties for first place after both rounds there will be a jump-off with one Athlete per team. In case there is a tie for any other place following both rounds, the times of the best three Athletes in the second round will be used to decide the team classification.

 

2.3. Prize Money

The prize money for the teams in the Nations Cup competition at each EEF Series Event is distributed as follows: 1st  32%, 2nd  20%, 3rd  16%, 4th  11%, 5th  7%, 6th  5%, 7th  3%, 8th 2%, 9th  2%, 10th  2%.

In case of eleven (11) teams in a Regional Qualifier, a Semi-Final or Final (refer above to participation of home nation under “EEF Series Semi-Finals (SFs)” and “EEF Series Final”), the 10th and 11th placed teams receive each 1% of the competition prize money.

A team which is eliminated, disqualified, has retired or withdrawn (see JRs Art. 264.8.1 and 264.8.2) in the first round of a competition is not entitled to receive prize money or points for that competition.

EEF Series team competitions with less than ten (10) teams participating or entitled to receive prize money, subject to the previous paragraph, will have the remaining prize money divided equally among all teams placed.

Each CSIO which counts for EEF Series must offer the following amount of prize money in the Nations Cup competition:

  • RQs CSIO3*                         €65’000 per competition;
  • SFs CSIO3*                         €90’000 per competition;
  • Final CSIO4*                         €200’000 per competition;

EEF Series OCs may offer additionally €50’000 as prize money to the Athlete(s) with the best performance according to the combined Penalties in both rounds of the Nations Cup competition.

The above amounts of prize money may be increased, subject to FEI Approval, but the total amount of prize money offered at the Event may not exceed the maximum established for the star level of the Event.

2.4. Longines Rankings Competitions

Number of Competitions at all EEF Series CSIOs counting for points in the Longines Rankings must be 3 (i.e. Grand Prix + Nations Cup + one other Ranking Competition) in accordance with the FEI JRs, Annex VI, Art. 3. Individual Competitions counting for the Longines Rankings must have minimum height 1.45m and minimum prize money CHF 30’000, regardless of EEF Series Region.

3. GRAND PRIX PARTICIPATION
3.1. Qualification Format for GP in EEF Series

The Grand Prix competition is open to 60 Athletes for CSIO3* and to 50 Athletes for CSIO4*, and is held on Friday unless an exception is granted by the EEF. There must always be one (1) day between the Grand Prix and the Nations Cup competition.

  • When the Grand Prix competition is held on Friday the following qualifying system applies:

Four (4) out of the five (5) team members from each team participating in the Nations Cup competition, as declared by the team’s Chef d’Equipe the day before the first day of competition, these members not necessarily being the same four (4) team members that will ultimately participate in the Nations Cup competition, are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix, along with those Athletes who are pre-qualified in accordance with Art. 261 of the FEI Jumping rules. The OC must hold a qualification competition of minimum 145 cm in height for the remaining places on a day prior to the day of the Grand Prix for the 5th team member from each team not pre-qualified as above and the individual Athletes.

  • When the Grand Prix competition is held on Sunday the following qualifying system applies:

Each OC must provide two opportunities for each Athlete to qualify for the Grand Prix Competition. The first qualifier is held prior to the Nations Cup competition and is open to all Athletes. The Nations Cup competition counts as a qualifier for the team Athletes.

The third qualifier is held following the Nations Cup competition and counts as a qualifier for the non-team Athletes plus individuals and those Athletes not taking part in the second round of the Nations Cup competition. Both the first and third qualifiers must have a minimum standard of 1.45m.

–      Nations Cup Athletes

The 30 best-placed Athletes following rounds one and two of the Nations Cup Competition are automatically qualified to take part in the Grand Prix Competition at the same Event. Those equal on penalties for 30th place are separated by their combined times in the first and second rounds of the Nations Cup Competition. In case of a further tie the Athletes concerned are permitted to take part in the Grand Prix.

–      Non-Team Athletes and Individuals

The ten best-placed Athletes, taken from the non-team Athletes plus individuals, in the third qualifier are also automatically qualified for the Grand Prix.

–      Automatically Qualified

Those Athletes who are pre-qualified in accordance with Art. 261 of the FEI Jumping Rules.

Should a pre-qualified Athlete be placed among the best 30 after the two rounds of the Nations Cup Competition, their qualification place in the Nations Cup Competition will not be given to another Athlete.

–      Completing the Quota

The remaining quota places for the Grand Prix Competition must be filled with Athletes from the first qualifier.

4. ALLOCATION/MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF EVENTS IN EEF SERIES

No EEF Series Event may be allocated to a country/NF not taking part in EEF Series.

The allocation of the EEF Series RQs, the SFs and the Final is the responsibility of the EEF, provided the current FEI General Regulations and FEI Jumping Rules are respected, as well as the following minimum requirements:

a) Subject to FEI Board approval, a CSIO of EEF Series can take place in an EEF Series country already hosting a CSIO.

b) In addition to Nations Cup Prize money provided in above, EEF Series CSIOs must offer the minimum prize money provided for the Grand Prix competition in the relevant JRs, as in force, and at least CHF 60’000 in prize money for the Grand Prix competition in a CSIO3*.

c) A maximum global entry fee of 605 Euro per Horse and 330 Euro per Young Horse (if a CSIYH is included in the Schedule) for all CSIO Events may be charged.

d) Each Event must be run in a four-day competition format and respect the prize money requirements for the relevant star level category, according to the CSI/CSIO Requirements in force at the time.

e) Quality and size of stables must be in accordance with FEI

f) Stable security must be in accordance with FEI

g) Quality of footing must be in accordance with FEI

h) Expenses for accommodation/meals for Athletes/Chefs d’Equipe/Officials must be in accordance with FEI requirements.

i) OCs of EEF Series RQs may accept requests for invitations from teams outside their Region and/or from other FEI Nations Cup Regions, only after all NFs with a team from their own Region have been invited.

j) Number of Athletes, including team Athletes, at EEF Series CSIOs is maximum 90

k) Maximum number of teams that may compete in each EEF Series RQ is ten (10), plus one FEI Wild Card team (see paragraph m below), if any. In any case the participation of all NFs from the respective Region willing to compete in the Regional Qualifier will prevail. OCs must invite teams of five (5) Athletes, one of the five team athletes being obligatorily an U25 Athlete, with maximum three (3) horses per Athlete. If a team does not enter five (5) Athletes, as above, these vacant place(s) return to the OC.

l) Notwithstanding paragraph k) above, Individual Athletes may be invited in accordance with JRs Art. 249.5 and 249.6.

Contrary to the JRs Art. 249.5 the number of individual Athletes that the OC of a Regional Qualifier CSIO may invite from each of the other NFs part of the same Region in addition to the official team is not limited to two per NF; the exact number must be indicated in the Schedule and must be the same for each of these NFs.

m) Refer to Art. 10 of the FEI Nations Cup™ rules for details relating to FEI wild cards for teams and FEI Wild Cards shall be granted following consultation between the FEI Jumping Department and the EEF. The final decision lies with the FEI Jumping Department.

n) The maximum height of the Nations Cup competition at the Regional Qualifiers is 1.45m. The maximum height of the Grand Prix competition at all EEF Series CSIOs is 1.55m.