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Federation Equestre Internationale News

17 September 2003


New Zealand qualified an Eventing Team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens by winning the silver medal at the Asia- Pacific Eventing Championship 3*. The Championship was organised in Blenheim (GBR) in conjunction with the CCI 3* from 11 to 14 September and included 11 riders from Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Australian team of Philip Dutton/Nova Top, Sam Griffiths/Private Colin, Clayton Fredericks/Dara Sass and Bill Levett/Muddy Chuddy won the gold medal, followed by New Zealand and Japan.

Philip Dutton (AUS) won the individual Gold after having cleared the cross country with no penalty and having performed a jumping test without any fence down. He finished the competition with 45.60 points penalty, ahead of Sam Griffiths, who also went clear on the cross country and the jumping course to end up with a total of 51.40. Blyth Tait (NZL) earned the bronze, with Welton Envoy. He was in the lead after the dressage, completed the cross with 4 time faults but had 3 fences down at the jumping test to finish with 59.00.

The CCI 3* saw the victory of Pippa Funnel (GBR) on Jurassic Rising. This is her fifth victory from six starts this season.

The beautiful surroundings of Blenheim will host the 2005 European Eventing Championship.


Cia Reis of Pennsdale, PA (USA), won the individual Gold Medal at the 2003 Pan American Endurance Championship which took place on 13 September 2003 in
Trout Lake, WA. A member of the USA East squad, Reis rode Catch A Wave to the Gold and also the Championship's Best Condition Award.

A member of the US Team that competed in last year's World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Reis finished the ride time of 9:14.13. Heather Reynolds of USA Pacific South, the defending Pan Am Gold Medalist, won the Silver Medal with a time of 9:37:40 on Aleclipse. Vicki Crance of USA East, won the Bronze Medal on RA Jestic Diamond in 9:43:13.

The team Gold Medal was won by the USA Pacific North team of Sharon Westergard on MCM Phantazem "Taz", Pat Murray on CR Flash Gordon, Michele Roush on PR Tallymark, and former World Champion Cassandra Schuler on ELD Triton.

The team Silver went to USA Mountain and the Bronze went to Canada West. Full results of the 2003 Pan American Endurance Championships are available
on line at


With just four days to go the Final of the first Samsung Super League series in Barcelona it seems that France must be firm favourites to take the title but, after a season full of surprises, can we be so sure?

Who could have predicted at the beginning of the year that the French would be so dominant, with three outright victories and an exceptionally consistent run of form? It is difficult enough to put together a team of horses and riders capable of winning one major championship but, in the space of 12 months, the French are World Champions and European Silver medallists, yet still managed to head the Samsung Super League leaderboard throughout the entire series - their strength in depth is nothing short of remarkable.

The Irish too have been surprisingly effective although they have faltered in the latter stages. They can always be relied upon to put in their very best effort at the most unlikely times and few would have expected them to head the line-up at two of the toughest rounds of the Super League in St Gallen and Aachen. They were snapping at the heels of the French until things went horribly wrong for them at the penultimate leg in Rotterdam but, still in second position and ready to pounce should the long-time leaders find themselves in trouble, they can never be discounted.

Rotterdam, of course, created the biggest surprise of all when the home side won through on a day when most of the main contenders floundered and the Dutch now find themselves comfortably placed in fourth behind the British whose victory, also on home soil, bolstered their position.

If the French and Irish suffer disaster next Sunday it is still possible that the British could win the series and their squad which includes Richard Davenport, Andrew Davies, Scott Smith and Michael Whitaker will be fully aware of that. Double-points are on offer so the top three teams are all in contention for the title, but it would take a very poor performance from the French and a third-placing or lower for the Irish to allow the British take the spoils.

The Dutch send Gert Jan and Peter Bruggink, Jan Tops, Albert Zoer and Eric Van der Vleuten but they will be jumping fences a great deal bigger than the modest track at Rotterdam and will do well to retain their position on the league table because the Germans, lying one place further behind in fifth, are sending their big guns including newly-crowned European individual and team champion Christian Ahlmann and European individual silver and team gold medallist Ludger Beerbaum along with Marco Kutscher, Caroline Muller and Lars Nieberg.

Ludo Philippaerts will be hoping to break the run of bad luck he has endured in recent weeks when lining out alongside Jos Lansink, Stanny Van Paesschen, Jean Claude Vangeenberghe and Maurice Van Roosebroeck and the Belgians, currently sixth, will be acutely aware that they need to finish ahead of the remaining two teams.

Malin Baryard, Maria Gretzer, Helena Lundback, Helena Persson and Royne Zetterman will be flying the Swedish flag with determination to finish in front of the Italians but Roberto Arioldi, Bruno and Vincenzo Chimirri, Roberto Christofoletti and Massimo Grossato will have been well-primed by Italian Chef d'Equipe Duccio Bartalucci and will fight long and hard to avoid relegation. The battle for positions at the bottom of the league table promises to be just as fierce as it is at the very top when the action begins on Sunday.

The French seem to hold all the aces. Florian Angot, Bruno Broucqsault, Hubert Bourdy, Laurent Goffinet and Christian Hermon have been designated the task of securing this first-ever Samsung Super League trophy which Chef d'Equipe, Jean-Maurice Bonneau, has had clearly in his sights from the very start. The fact that this is not the most experienced team the French can muster is an indication of the enviable wealth of talent from which their selectors can now choose.

The Irish, on the other hand, having lost the services of Kevin Babington who has returned to home to America and both Peter Charles and Billy Twomey due to horse injuries, are considerably weaker. Robert Splaine has had an exceptional season with his stallion Coolcorron Cool Diamond but Cian O'Connor's Waterford Crystal has not been showing form of late. Lieutenant Shane Carey was on the winning Irish squad at Gijon recently along with Harry Marshall who also won the Grand Prix there so they have earned their stripes along with fifth team member, Marie Burke, but she will be really thrown in at the deep end if she is called up with her stallion Chippison as neither horse, nor rider, have ever competed in Nations Cup at any level before. Despite four Nations Cup wins and qualification for the Athens Olympic Games in 2003, Chef d'Equipe Tommy Wade is coming under increasing pressure to produce the best possible result for Ireland this weekend.

The organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the Samsung Super League final will be something special and, as host country, a Spanish team including Christophe Francois, Jesus Garmedia Echevarria, Rutherford Latham, Cayetano Martinez de Irujo and Pascal Levy join the eight Super League teams at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. It will be a glittering and glamorous occasion in the city that hosted the much-celebrated Olympic Games in 1992 and the FEI has ensured that journalists covering the European Eventing Championships are kept fully up-to-date as a live TV-link will be provided to the Press Room at Punchestown next Sunday showing the second round of the competition.

Barcelona promises to provide a nail-biting finale and none will be watching the competition closer than the Swiss, the current leaders of the ordinary Samsung Nations Cup series who are hungry to take the place of the team that will suffer relegation when finishing last on the Samsung Super League leaderboard after this final leg of the series which has brought Nations Cup show jumping to a whole new level.


1. France - 52.30 points
2. Ireland - 41.75 points
3. Great Britain - 36.00 points
4. Holland - 25.00 points
5. Germany - 23.75 points
6. Belgium - 18.50 points
7. Sweden - 16.30 points
8. Italy - 13.80 points.



The FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings published on 3 November 2003 will decide on the participating field of the Top Ten Final to be held in Geneva (SUI) on 6 December 2003 at 21.00.

The following World Rankings will be published on 8 December and include points earned at CSI-W Geneva.

The 3rd Top Ten Final, open to the best 10 riders of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings will take place in, Geneva on Saturday 6 December 2003. The first two editions of the Top Ten Final saw the victory of Ludger Beerbaum (GER), with Goldfever in 2001 and Gladdy'S in 2002.

7-10 August 2003

The competition was held in Aromer a large National Equestrian Centre in Josefin, 25 km East of Warsaw.

Fifteen competitors representing 6 nations participated (3 from Croatia, 3 from Finland, 2 from France, 2 from Italy, 1 from Hungary and 6 from Poland)

The organization was professionally handled Jagoda Maciaszek and supported by Marta Chilczuk. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed.

All foreign riders rode good quality borrowed horses. Three were ridden by two riders of different Grades.

The competition was covered by National Polish Television.


The field of competitors for European Eventing Championship, that will take from 18 to September in Punchestown, Ireland, is now defined. Following the deadline (11th September) for all nations to confirm the names of their riders (each nation can enter up to six combinations, Ireland as host nation can enter twelve) the list of riders is now complete and it includes all the top European riders that will try to win the 2003 continental titles.

Hot favourite is once again Pippa Funnel (GBR) who just became the first rider in history to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing when she rode Primmore's Pride to victory at the Burghley Horse Trials (GBR). In Punchestown Pippa, who is the current European champion after having won the last two editions of the continental championships (Luhumuhlen '99, Pau 2001) will be defending her title on Walk on Star. Strong contender in this year Eventing European Championships will be also the current World Champion, Jean Teulere from France, riding Hobby du Moulin.

15 nations have confirmed their participation either individually or with a team: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Rumania, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden.


Ernst Knappe (SWE) former Senior Vice President of AB Volvo died on 7 September after a hearth failure. He was 78 years old.

During the 20 years of Volvo's sponsorship of the FEI World Cup Jumping, Ernst Knappe was, together with Volvo President Pehr Gyllenhammar, and Volvo's Equestrian Manager Ulf Bergqvist, its most faithful supporter. The drastic expansion of the World Cup in the mid to the end eighties was largely due to Ernst Knappe's support within Volvo. In 1991, he was the first recipient of the World Cup Gold Medal of Honour.
Arthur Schmid, the most faithful and dedicated owner in the history of Swiss Show Jumping died on 3 September at the age of 87. Arthur Schmid, a businessman, provided jumping horses for several decides. Dozens of horses wearing the AS on the saddle cloth were ridden by Hans Möhr, Bruno Candrian, Urs Fäh, Beat Mändli, Lesley McNaught, Markus Fuchs and Thomas Fuchs.
Silvia Brenes Rojas, 40 years old FEI Steward of Costa Rica, tragically died on 4 September 2003 when her vehicle plunged over a cliff in Piedras Negras. Very committed to equestrian sport, Silvia Brenes officiated as FEI Steward at the recent Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.


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