I.) One Regional Team per USDF Region.
II.) Regional Teams will be based on the results (scores earned) from the Regional Championships.
III.) Each Regional Team will consist of three competitors (athlete/horse combinations) per team.
DETERMINATION OF TEAMS:
IV.) Regional Teams will be made up of one competitor (athlete/horse combination) each from the following three categories:
1.) Training/First Level
2.) Second through Fourth Level
3.) FEI Level
V.) Adult Amateurs may be named to the Regional Team in each of the three categories. However, the Second through Fourth Level Category competitor must be an Adult Amateur. Open riders may be named to the Regional Team only at the Training/First Level and FEI Level categories.
VI.) To be eligible athlete/horse combinations must be entered in the US Dressage Finals by the closing date of the US Dressage Finals.
VII.) The Regional Teams are to be made up of the highest scoring eligible athlete/horse combinations in the Training/First Regional Championship classes and in the FEI Level Regional Championship classes at each of the nine Regional Championships. The highest scoring eligible Adult Amateur (athlete/horse combination) in the Second through Fourth Level Regional Championship classes will be named to the Regional Team. Scores earned in Freestyle classes will not be used to determine the make up of the Regional Teams.
VIII.) In the case of competitors having the same score in one of the three categories (Training-First, Second-Fourth, FEI), the competitor with the score from the highest level (i.e. Grand Prix vs. Prix St. Georges) will be given first option of accepting. If competitors have the same score at the same level, the placing at the regional championship will be used to determine who will be given first option of accepting. If both levels and placings are the same, a coin toss will decide which rider would have the first option of accepting.
IX.) Regional Teams will be named after the US Dressage Finals closing date.
X.) Opting Out: Competitors will be asked to either accept or decline being on a team. In the event a competitor declines, the next highest scoring eligible competitor in the respective category will be named to the Regional Team.
XI.) Naming of Reserve athlete/horse combinations: Reserve athlete/horse combinations will be named to the Regional Teams in each of the three categories. In naming the reserve athlete/horse combinations, the same procedure as described in numbers VI, VII, VIII and IX above will be used for the second highest scoring athlete/horse combination in each of the three categories. Reserve athlete/horse combinations will be substituted only once the athlete/horse combination they would be replacing has withdrawn from the Finals class(es). Reserve athlete/horse combinations may be substituted up to the start of the first US Dressage Finals class of each category.
REGIONS CUP COMPETITION (at US Dressage Finals):
XII.) The highest final score achieved by each athlete/horse combination in a non-Freestyle US Dressage Finals class at the required level will be used in calculating a Regional Team's results.
XIII.) When an eligible athlete/horse competes in two Finals championships (i.e. Second and Third) in the category that they represent, the higher score will be used in calculating their team results.
XIV.) If a Regional Team has the scores from two athlete/horse combinations, but does not have a third score due to the third athlete/horse combination not being able to compete then the average of the two scores earned will be used as the third score in calculating the final team score. Athlete/horse combinations who compete, but are eliminated will receive a 0 (zero) as a score for the class from which they were eliminated.
PLACING OF TEAMS:
XV.) Placing of teams will be determined by averaging the three scores as described above.