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Forty-Two Riders Qualify for Budweiser World Cup 2003, the Show Jumping World Cup Final

Las Vegas, NV—April 2, 2003—Forty-two riders from sixteen countries have qualified to compete at Budweiser World Cup 2003, the Show Jumping World Cup Final, April 16-20, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.

This elite group of the world’s best riders has earned the right to compete in Las Vegas by qualifying from eight leagues over the past year. They will compete amid the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas lights. The United States, with 14, and Germany, with 10, have the greatest number of athletes participating in the competition.

Following is the list of all qualified athletes:

Western Europe
20 qualified
BEL Ludo Philippaerts
BRA Rodrigo Pessoa
DEN Thomas Velin
FRA Edouard Couperie
GBR Robert Smith
GER Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
GER Lars Nieberg
GER Markus Ehning
GER Ludger Beerbaum
GER Markus Merschformann
GER Toni Hassmann
GER Christian Ahlmann
GER Otto Becker
GER Sören von Rönen
GER Franke Sloothaak
IRL Trevor Coyle
NED Gerco Schröder
NED Jan Tops
NED Eric van der Vleuten
SUI Markus Fuchs

USA-East Coast
8 qualified

USA Beezie Patton-Madden
Candice King
Laura Kraut
Lauren Hough
Leslie Howard
Margie Goldstein-Engle
McLain Ward
Norman Dello Joio
USA-West Coast
4 qualified
USA John French
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson
Richard Spooner
Will Simpson

2 qualified

CAN Karen Cudmore
Melissa Brown
Central Europe
4 qualified
CZE Petr Dolezal
CZE Ales Opatrny
POL Grzegorz Kubiak
USA Robert Chelberg

1 to come

AUS Anthony Thomas
New Zealand
1 qualified
NZL Molly Savill

1 qualified

JPN Ryuma Hirota

Wild Card
1 qualified

USA Peter Wylde

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