NEL is a groundbreaking format designed to bring show jumping competition to new heights and into the same business leagues as the top sports franchises.

A competition specifically designed to be a great television show to be distributed with state of the art technologies.

The ranking’s best horses and riders will be competing in America’s top venues, making these iconic settings the epicenter of show jumping competitions.

Full weekend of action, thrills, social events and top competition at each tournament

NEL is an innovative Team Competition Format for annually organized equestrian tournaments in the discipline of Jumping, which sees athletes forming teams competing against each other in single horse/rider combinations. These contests take part within an eliminatory, pyramid-type competitive structure.

NEL is a Team Competition Format which uses direct elimination. The team losing an encounter of a Competition Round at a NEL Tournament is immediately eliminated from any further Competition at this particular NEL Tournament.

Competition Rounds take place in which a certain number of Registered Teams is eliminated until only one (1) Registered Team is left and thereby crowned as the champion of a NEL Tournament.

NEL™ Season will be composed of a certain number of NEL Qualifying Tournaments plus one NEL Final Tournament.

The NEL Season shall commence no earlier than 1st January of the respective year of the last NEL Tournament of a NEL Season and the NEL Final Tournament shall finish no later than 20th December of the same year.

The number of NEL Qualifying Tournaments and the NEL Final Tournament per Season will be set annually by the NEL Organization.  

NEL is an innovative Team Competition Format that consists of making teams of horse/rider combinations compete against each other in tournament encounters.

NEL Team Competition of each Tournament takes place in one day with Competition structured in three (3) “Competition Rounds” as follows:

Two equals rounds + a jump off

Competition Round 1:  Quarter-Final (1st Round);

Competition Round 2:  Semi-Final (2nd Round); and

Competition Round 3:  Final Round (Jump-Off) with:

Quarter-Final (1st Round) eight Teams, competing with threeRiders each, in four encounters (Encounter 1, 2, 3 and 4), making it a total of twenty-four (24) appearances; plus

Semi-Final (2nd Round) four Teams, competing with two Riders each, in two encounters (Encounter 5 and 6), making it a total of eight (8) appearances; and

Final Round (Jump-Off) two (2) Teams, competing with one Rider each, in one encounter (Encounter 7), making it a total of two (2) appearances.

The NEL Draw is an official and obligatory act to be run according to the NEL Draw Protocol.

The NEL Draw will take place prior to the start of the NEL Tournament at a location to be decided by NEL Organization and communicated no later than ten days prior to such NEL Draw.

The starting order for the pairings will be established by a draw, that will be organized with eight balls (8). The different encounters will be determined as follows:

First and second ball will define Encounter 1 (Team A against Team B);

Third and fourth ball will define Encounter 2 (Team C against Team D);

Fifth and sixth ball will define the Encounter 3 (Team E against Team F); and

Seventh and eighth ball will define Encounter 4 (Team G against Team H).

For the Quarter-Final (1st Round) the order of competition in each encounter will be determined by the NEL Draw.

The Starting Order of the Quarter-Final (1st Round) of a NEL Tournament shall be as follows:

ENCOUNTER 1 

1stFirst horse/rider combination of Team A

2ndFirst horse/rider combination of Team B

3rdSecond horse/rider combination of Team A

4thSecond horse/rider combination of Team B

5thThird horse/rider combination of Team A

6thThird horse/rider combination of Team B

ENCOUNTER 2

7thFirst horse/rider combination of Team C

8thFirst horse/rider combination of Team D

9thSecond horse/rider combination of Team C

10thSecond horse/rider combination of Team D

11thThird horse/rider combination of Team C

12thThird horse/rider combination of Team D,

And so on… 

Quarter-Final (1st Round) Specifics

The Quarter-Final (1st Round) of a NEL Tournament shall be judged under “TABLE A, against the clock”

The Team with the lower total points (accumulated for all horse/rider combinations competing for a Team) wins the encounter.

For the Semi-Final (2nd Round), the order of competition in each encounter will be determined by the total penalties of each Team in the Quarter-Final (1st Round). The Registered Team with the greatest number of penalties in the Quarter-Final (1st Round) shall compete first. In case of equality of Penalties, the Registered Teams will retain the starting order of the Quarter-Final (1st Round).

The Starting Order of the Semi-Final (2nd Round) of a NEL Tournament shall be established as follows:

Encounter 5:

1stFirst horse/rider combination of Worst Team qualified for Encounter 5

2ndFirst horse/rider combination of Best Team qualified for Encounter 5

3rdSecond horse/rider combination of Worst Team qualified for Encounter 5

4thSecond horse/rider combination of Best Team qualified for Encounter 5

Encounter 6:

5thFirst horse/rider combination of Worst Team qualified for Encounter 6

6thFirst horse/rider combination of Best Team qualified for Encounter 6

7thSecond horse/rider combination of Worst Team qualified for Encounter 6

8thSecond horse/rider combination of Best Team qualified for Encounter 6

And so on..

Semi-Final (2nd Round) Specifics

In the Semi-Final (2nd Round), each Team Manager of a Team qualified to compete decides which two of the three  horse/rider combinations of the Team will compete in the Semi-Final. In case of qualification for the Final Round (Jump-Off) the horse/rider combination of a Registered Team who doesn’t compete in the Semi-Final  must compete in the Final Round.

The Semi-Final (2nd Round) of a NEL Tournament shall be judged under “TABLE A, against the clock”

The Team with the lower total number of penalties (accumulated for all horse/rider combinations competing for a Registered Team) wins the encounter.

Final Round (Jump-Off) the order of competition in the encounter is determined by the result in the Semi-Final (2nd Round). First competing is the Team with the greatest number of penalties in the Semi-Final (2nd Round). In case of equality of penalties, the Teams will retain the starting order of the Semi-Final Round (2nd Round).

The Starting Order of the Final Round (Jump-Off) of a NEL Tournament shall be as follows:

1st: Horse/rider combination of worst team from Semi-Final qualified for Final Round

2nd: Horse/rider combination of best team from Semi-Final qualified for Final Round

Final Round (Jump-Off) Specifics

In the Final Round (Jump-Off) of a NEL Tournament, each Team Manager of a Team qualified to compete will have to compete with the horse/rider combination who did not take part in the Semi-Final (2nd Round).

The Final Round (Jump-Off) shall be judged under “TABLE C” according to the FEI Jumping Rules.

Classification of the Teams in the Final Round (Jump-Off) is based on the time of each horse/rider combination competing for a Team.

The Team winning the Final Round (Jump-Off) will be the one with the lower score.

In the event that there is a tie in time in the Final Round, the Team with the best accumulated score (adding up the faults and time of the Semi-Final round accumulated for all horse/rider combinations competing for a Team) will be the winner of the Final Round.

The number of Registered Teams participating and competing in NEL is limited to eight (8) per Season. The number and names of Teams participating will be as communicated by NEL Organization ten (10) weeks prior to the first NEL Qualifying Tournament of the applicable NEL Season.

Team Roaster

Teams are comprised of a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of six (6) riders. An Athlete can’t be registered with more than one (1) Registered Team at the same time. A minimum of three

(3) Registered Riders must compete for each Registered Team at every NEL Tournament during any given NEL Season. Each Registered Team must appoint and register a Team Manager. The maximum number of Registered Riders permitted to participate in a NEL Tournament is thirty- two (32).

Team Manager

The Team Manager is the spokesman and designed official representative of a Registered Team. The Team Manager is the contact person between the Registered Team, the NELO, the Hosting

Event organizers, and the Officials at each NEL Tournament. The Team Manager will have authority and responsibility to bind the Registered Team in relation to all competition and NEL Tournament matters, including matters pertaining to horse welfare and the protection of the Athletes. The Team Manager will be considered as an Additional Person Responsible in accordance with FEI Rules. The Team Manager will be registered with the NELO by the NEL Team Owner.

NEL Overall Tournament Classification for NEL Qualifying Tournaments

The NEL Point System for NEL Qualifying Tournaments, with the “NEL Overall Tournament Classification” calculated accordingly and as per the above, shall be as follows:

The point system for a NEL Final Tournament (“NEL Point System for a NEL Final Tournament”) with the “NEL Overall Final Tournament Classification” calculated accordingly and as per the above shall be as follows:

Team Prize Money for NEL Tournaments & Team Prize Money Distribution

All Registered Teams, up to a maximum of eight (8), competing in a NEL Tournament shall receive Team Prize Money.

The overall amount of Team Prize Money ($200.000) available per NEL Tournament shall be distributed as follows:

NEL will distribute a “Team Bonus Prize Money”of $12.000.000. The Team Bonus Prize Money shall be available for the Teams only and shall be divided and allocated according to the positions of the Team in the Overall NEL Season Classification as follows:

Riders registered for participating and competing in NEL Tournaments with a Registered Team shall receive Prize Money based on their individual performance throughout a NEL Season (“Individual NEL Season Bonus)”.

The Individual NEL Season Bonus will be distributed according to an overall individual classification which shall be based on the results that each Registered Rider obtains in each of the Grand Prix Events they competed in during the Season.

The overall individual classification should be formed by accumulating all points for reach Registered Rider won across all NEL Qualifying Tournaments and the NEL Final Tournaments.

The following point system will be used for each Grand Prix of a Hosting Event, except for the Grand Prix of the NEL Final Tournament:

The following point system will be used for the Grand Prix of the Hosting Event of the NEL Final Tournament:

The overall amount of Prize Money ($1.000.000) for the Individual NEL Season Bonus per NEL Season shall be distributed as follows: