In line with the Belgian show-jumping trainer Dirk Demeersman the new Belgian Eventing coach Mark Rigouts now also has set up a meeting in order to announce his plans. He invited all eventing riders who had competed at a two or more star level during the last year. Previously, he talked to the chefs d’Équipe and trainers of the junior team in order to provide for a smooth co-operation.
The focus of Marc Rigout’s plan is the qualification for the Olympic Games in 2016. In order to qualify for the olympic games Belgium has to be one of the two best teams (with the exception of Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Ireland and France who are already qualified) at the European Championships in Blair Castle. Sightings will take place in Saumur, Bramham, Montelibretti and Luhmühlen.
Additionally, the new coach has defined new principles for the A, B, C, and high potential squad. In order to get into the A squad, the pair will either have to be once one of the best 25 percent in a four star tournament or two times one of the eight best pairs (if the competition has less than 29 participants then also one of the best 25 percent) in a CCI three star competition during the last 18 months. Nevertheless, Rigout only sees this as a frame of reference for nominations – the shape of a pair will figure into a decision just as well as the date of their successes.