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Federation Equestre Internationale News

6 February 2004


Markus Fuchs (SUI) is still the World Number One. But for how long? Further to his injury last December during CSI-W Geneva, Fuchs has not competed for two months now and his lead is getting shattered. He only leads by 298 points over his runner-up - and previous World No 1 - Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and will drop another 310 points at the end of February.

The fight for the No 1 position will be fierce between Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning (GER), who are only separated by nothing more than 8 points. Winner of the Grand Prix and of the Swiss Masters in Zurich, Beerbaum is the favourite, but the recent results of Ehning, who won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Zurich and scored no less than 175 points in Switzerland, put him in a very good position to grab the No 1 spot.

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), who scored 120 points in Zurich where he finished second in the Grand Prix just behind Beerbaum, is going up two places up to the 5th place.

The present leader of the standings of the FEI World Cup Western European League, Jos Lansink (BEL) only scored 5 points in Amsterdam and goes down from 6th to 8th place of the FEI Gandini Rankings. His runner-up in the World Cup, Meredith Michael-Beerbaum who won the World Cup of Amsterdam last week-end with Shutterfly jumps up from 56th to 39th position. A broken collarbone two years ago and a broken leg last year has severely hampered her competitive career but her third-placing in Leipzig World Cup in January and her victory in Amsterdam have put her right back on track and she now intends to compete in just one more World Cup event, in Bordeaux next
Saturday, before resting Shutterfly in advance of the Final in Milan in April. "I am also shorted-listed for the Olympics and I hope I can put the bad luck of the last few years behind me now" she said in Amsterdam.

The FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings are published on the FEI website


Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings with a score of 80.158.

Only one change in the Top Ten: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP) goes up one place and is now 4th with an improved score of 76.793. The Spanish rider finished second in the Grand Prix and the Kür to music last week-end in Amsterdam on Beauvalais.

Anky van Grunsven emerged victorious from a top class field in Amsterdam last week-end, winning her second FEI World Cup qualifying competition of the season. Van Grunsven's young horse Gestion Salinero, only nine years old, kept his head in a hot-house atmosphere to produce moments of brilliance in the 80 per cent-scoring test. Anky van Grunsven is still far away in the rankings (57) as she only has 9 results to count. No doubt that next month, we will find her very close to the top of the rankings.

The FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings can be found at


The Executive Board held its first meeting of the year on 4 February 2004 in Madrid. Among the main topics discussed were the following:

- 2004 Final of the Children's International Jumping Competitions
On the recommendation of the Children's Committee the Executive Board allocated the 2004 Final to Simi Valley, California, USA. The date will be confirmed within the next few weeks.

- Chairman of the Driving Committee
The Executive Board accepted the resignation of the Jack Pemberton (CAN) as Chairman of the Driving Committee and appointed the Deputy Chairman, Mr Jack
Nichols (USA), as Acting Chairman.

- Registration of Riders
The Executive Board approved the principle of introducing registration of riders in all disciplines, which would be based on the experience of registration accomplished so far for Eventing.

- Driving Rules
The Executive Board approved some minor wording amendments to the Rules for Driving events, as recommended by the Driving Committee.

- 2004 Olympic Games Athens
In view of the 2nd Vice President's/ Technical Delegate's forthcoming visit to Athens the Executive Board reviewed the issues needing immediate attention and action from ATHOC in order to ensure successful equestrian competitions.

- 2004 General Assembly
The Agenda for the 2004 General Assembly, scheduled to take place in Paris in April, as well as the topics of the Open Forum were reviewed and amended.

The Executive Board members further discussed in detail a number of issues relating to: the World Cup, the Nations Cup, the possibilities of organising Samsung Super League events in the USA, Las Vegas' application for the World Cup Final in Dressage, and others.

The next meeting will take place on 11 March 2004 in Lausanne (SUI).


This week-end, Bordeaux hosts the next FEI World Cup Qualifier on Saturday, 7 February, at the Parc des Expositions

No less than five champions will jump in Bordeaux (three European Champions, the world Champion and the Olympic champion) including World No 2 Ludger Beerbaum. It will be the first time in 10 years than World No 1, Markus Fuchs is not competing in Bordeaux (see article above).

The TV transmission schedule of Bordeaux World Cup can be found at


The National Federations of the qualified nations for the 2004 season of the Samsung Super League have now all confirmed their participation to the FEI. The 8 nations qualified for 2004 are: Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and the USA.



The future of equestrian sports can only be secured if the welfare of the involved horses is well protected. A competitive use of the horse as an athlete in sports, with its dependency on the rider to decide when the limits of performance have been reached, necessitates the presence of a veterinary safety net. Veterinary matters run through all FEI disciplines like a 'red thread', whether it is in the form of regulations, drug testing or research programmes.

If you are interested in veterinary matters, read the quarterly FEI Vet Newsletter on the FEI website at


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