As the 2023 European Para Dressage Championships in Riesenbeck (GER) on 4 - 10 September 2023 are steadily approaching, the race for 2024 Paris Olympic team tickets is gaining traction.
Overall, there are 15 Olympic team slots up for grabs for Paris 2024 - one has been allocated to France as the host country, with the remaining fourteen team quota places allocated through FEI Paralympic Qualification system. A total of 78 paralympic riders will be able to compete in Paris, either on a team or as individual
Which Teams are Already Qualified?
The host nation, France.
The six highest ranked teams from the 2022 World Para Dressage Championships, Herning (DEN) - The Netherlands, Denmark, USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, and Italy - have secured their team places.
Seven More Slots to be Decided
One slot will go to the top ranked team (not otherwise qualified) at the 2023 European Para Dressage Championships in Riesenbeck will get a slot
Four teams will get their slot through the "FEI Para Equestrian Regional Team Ranking Allocation." The highest ranked team (not otherwise qualified) on the FEI Paralympic Team Ranking List from each of the following regions will obtain a slot (Africa - Americas - Asia - Oceania). Should a region not have an eligible team, the relevant slots will be allocated, regardless of region, to the next highest ranked NPC (not otherwise qualified) on the FEI Paralympic Team Ranking List.
Two teams will get their slot through the "FEI Para Equestrian Team Ranking List Allocation." The two (2) highest ranked teams on the FEI Paralympic Team Ranking List* (not otherwise qualified) will each obtain a team slot.
The FEI Paralympic Team Ranking List, covering the period of 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023, is a Team Ranking based on each team’s best team results from two (2) qualifying events added together.
Fifteen athletes will be able to qualify as an individual rider.
Para Equestrian Individual Ranking List Allocation – Regional Distribution:
Only NPCs that have not earned qualification slots through any of the above allocation methods are eligible to receive qualification slots through the FEI Paralympic Individual Ranking List* Allocation method. *The FEI Paralympic Individual Ranking List, covering the period of 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023, is an Individual 15 Athletes Ranking based on each Athlete’s accumulated ranking points of a maximum of six (6) best results obtained in FEI Para Equestrian qualifying competitions. The three (3) highest ranked Athletes from each of the following regions each obtain one (1) qualification slot for their NPC, irrespective of Grade, and up to two (2) slots per NPC: Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Should a region not have eligible Athletes, the relevant slots will be allocated to the next highest ranked NPC on the the FEI Paralympic Individual Ranking List regardless of region.
Bipartite Commission Invitation Allocation
Three (3) eligible Athletes will be considered by the FEI and IPC for Bipartite Commission Invitation slots. To be considered for a Bipartite Commission Invitation the FEI must receive an official application in writing from the relevant NPC by 18 March 2024. In case not all Bipartite slots are allocated, the remaining slots will be allocated to the next highest ranked NPC on the FEI Paralympic Individual Ranking List.
The official FEI document about Paralympic qualification can be seen here.
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