Scottish Grassroots Championships rule change

We have made some changes to the qualifying criteria for the Scottish Grassroots championships.

For the 2023 Championships riders qualify via the Scottish Grassroots leagues. The league is based on the average of a combination’s best three runs during the qualifying period and the top 45 combinations in the league qualify for the Championships at Blair. BE reserves the right to adjust the qualification criteria and adjust the number that qualify from the leagues.

All BE90 classes including BE90Ou18 classes, 2022 National qualifier and Regional Championship classes, are qualifying classes for the BE90 Scottish Grassroots Championships.

All BE100 classes including BE100Ou18 classes, the 2022 National qualifier and 2023 Regional Championship classes, are qualifying classes for the BE100 Scottish Grassroots Championships.

The qualifying period for the league is between 20 July 2022 and the Ballot date of the Championships in 2023.

Horses must be Grade 4 at the date of the BE90 Scottish Grassroots Championships and for the BE100 Scottish Grassroots Championship horses are to be Grade 4 or may have up to 7 Grading points (Grade 3) between the ballot date of the event they qualify at and the date of the Championships itself.

Each horse and rider must be eligible to ride in the relevant class at the time of the competition but eligibility restrictions also includes that riders must not have completed at 5* level and must not have competed at Intermediate or higher for the current or preceding five seasons.

Substitutions are not allowed and horse and rider must be eligible to compete in the classes at the time of the competition. Full Rider Eligibility rules can be found in Annex 6 of the BE rulebook.

The top 20% of eligible combinations at the BE90 & BE100 Scottish Championships will also gain direct qualification to Badminton for the 2024 Championships. Please note that there are differences between the eligibility criteria for the Scottish Grassroots Championships and Grassroots Championships at Badminton, therefore not all of the top 20% from Blair will necessarily be eligible to proceed to the National Championships at Badminton.

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