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Elite

Objective: Support athlete/horse combinations demonstrating ability to contribute to medal-winning potential at World Championship level measured against world-leading performance.

Target: Next Olympic or World Championship.

Review/Term: Annual selection with a retention review at the end of each year.

Criteria to be named to Elite Training List

Athlete will:

  • Have proven form at CCIOs and/or CCI5*-L.
  • Have mental and technical skills to excel in a team/championship environment.
  • Take ownership and responsibility for their own performance.
  • Drive themselves and their coaches to become their best.
  • Function effectively within and contribute to the team and structure.
  • Have an established functional training system that produces repetitive success.

Horse will:

  • Be evaluated on quality to contribute to team medal winning performance at the next championship.
  • Attain a satisfactory veterinary inspection and management plan of the horse from team veterinarian.
    OR:
  • CCI5*-L Results as follows:
    • 70% or better in the dressage.
    • 0 Jumping faults and within 5 seconds of the optimum time or the fastest time of the day (if no one makes the time).
    • 4 jumping faults or less in the show jumping.

Pre-Elite

Objective: Identify and support athlete/horse combinations that have the perceived potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years.

Target: Championship team in the next four years.

Review/term: Annual selection with a retention review at the end of each year. 

Criteria for Pre-Elite Training List

Athlete will:

  • Have proven form at CCIOs and/or CCI4*-L/CCI5*-L.
  • Have mental and technical skills to excel in a team environment.
  • Take ownership and responsibility for their own performance.
  • Drive themselves and their coaches to become their best.
  • Have a strong work ethic.
  • Be resilient and committed to reach the end goal.
  • Have a long-term approach with multiple horses, unless they have a horse that meets Elite criteria.

Horse will:

  • Be measured on trainability, quality of movement, quality of jump, agility and speed.
  • Be evaluated on future projected quality to contribute to a team medal-winning performance.
  • Show current competitive performance at CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L or CCI3*-S and be tracking towards contributing to a team medal-winning performance.
  • Attain a satisfactory veterinary inspection and management plan of the horse from team veterinarian.


The Performance Director may remove an athlete from the Elite and Pre-Elite programs in consultation with the Performance Advisory Team if the athlete fails to meet program criteria. Athletes/horses with a long-term injury will be removed from the training list in consultation with the Performance Advisory Team, Team Veterinarian and/or Team Physician. Funding may be limited for combinations with short-term injuries. Inclusion or exclusion on a Training List does not imply or preclude an athlete from selection for a Games and Championships. 
 

Questions? Contact Jenni Autry, Managing Director of Eventing, at [email protected] or (859) 225-2052.

Additional Resources

2020 High Performance Training Lists

Winter updates to the 2020 USEF High Performance Eventing Training Lists