Equestre Internationale News
23 January 2003
EQUESTRIAN GAMES DEBRIEFING
of Jerez 2002 WEG Organising Committee and an FEI Delegation met
on the 20 and 21 January 2003 for a debriefing meeting in Jerez
de la Frontera (ESP).
2002 was represented by Mr Antonio Ortiz, General Manager, Ms
Begona Merello, Mr Jaime de La Calle, Mrs Pilar Maldonado, while
the FEI Delegation was composed by the FEI Treasurer, Mr Guillerme
Sarmento, the Secretary General, Mr Bo Helander, Michael Stone
and Catrin Norinder.
the meeting the financial situation of Jerez 2002 was reviewed
and further to some cash flow problems it was confirmed by the
OC that all outstanding payments would be finalised by the end
of February 2003. It was noted that 95% of all sports costs had
been covered by the Organising Committee within four months following
WEG 2002. The final financial statements shall be released as
soon as all accounts are closed. The expenses and income were
within budget. The OC and the FEI are pleased to announce that
the event took place without loss.
final report on Jerez 2002 WEG was presented to the FEI: 300000
visitors in total attended the event. 1048 accreditations were
issued for the media. 25 television stations broadcasted a total
of some 150 hours of the WEG in around 100 countries. The economical
impact for the city of Jerez and for the whole equestrian world
has been extremely positive.
was highlighted that the legacy of the Jerez 2002 WEG was very
positive for Spain and in particular for the equestrian world.
Both competition venues, Chapin and Garrapilos, would continue
to host equestrian events. Since last November Chapin has become
the National equestrian training centre for Spain with 50 horses
permanently stabled in the installations. It was confirmed that
International Jumping events will be organised in May 2003, along
with National Dressage competitions.
foundation Caballo Andaluz has been created in Jerez
and it will benefit from the site of Garrapilos to promote equestrian
competitions by using the existing WEG facilities. Members of
the foundation are the Municipality of Jerez, the National Breeding
Association (ANCCE), the Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine of Cordoba,
the Royal Andalusian Riding School, the Andalusian Equestrian
Federation and the Equestrian Tourist Association. (EQUUS). This
year Spanish National Championships for Driving and Eventing
will take place in Garrapilos.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
Executive Board held its first meeting of the year on 22 January
2003 in Madrid. The main topics discussed were the following:
Samsung Nations Cup Super League rules
Executive Board approved the rules for the Samsung Nations Cup
Super League. They will be published shortly in the next Bulletin
1/03 and on the FEI website.
2004 Olympic Games - Appointment of President of the Appeal Committee
Executive Board appointed the FEI 1st Vice President, Freddy Serpieri,
as President of the Appeal Committee for the 2004 Olympic Games
2007 Pan American Games
Executive Board approved procedures to apply as a base for the
equestrian disciplines at the 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de
Janeiro (BRA), 14-29 July
2008 Olympic Games FEIs delegation visit to Beijing
Executive Board took note of the Secretary Generals report
on a visit of the FEI delegation, composed of Secretary General,
Manager of the Olympic Department and Head of the Veterinary Department,
to Beijing on the invitation of BOCOG (Beijing Olympic Games Organising
Committee). Items pertaining specifically to quarantine and infrastructure
as well as to the general organisation for the equestrian disciplines
had been discussed during a very fruitful two-day meeting.
FEI / OIE Agreement
Executive Board expressed its satisfaction over the agreement
reached between the FEI and the OIE (Office International des
Epizooties) relating to an increased cooperation on matters of
common interest, i.e. veterinary research, development and revision
of international animal health standards for the movement of horses
as well as of animal welfare policies, and others.
2003 North American Young Riders Championship, Bromont (CAN),
Executive Board agreed to a request from CAN NF to rename the
2003 North American Young Riders Championship in Bromont (CAN)
the Championnat des Amériques featuring NAYRC.
The next meeting will take place on 24 March 2003.
DELEGATION VISIT BEIJING
preparatory meeting between the FEI and the Chinese authorities
took place on January 16 and 17. Representatives of the Organising
Committee, National Federation and the Ministries of Agriculture
and Quarantine were present. The FEI was represented by the Secretary
General and managers of the Olympic and Veterinary departments.
During two days the masterplan for the competition venue and sanitary
issues relating to temporary import and return of horses were
discussed. As the equine health status of China as yet has to
receive international approval, discussions on a disease
free zone and an area only accessible to Olympic horses
were a major part of the meeting. Naturally, the decision of the
IOC on the format of Olympic Eventing will have a major impact
on the preparations for the 2008 event.
FEI wishes to acknowledge the solid preparatory work which was
made by BOCOG (Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic Games)
on the above issues.
25th WORLD CUP JUMPING: SITUATION IN THE LEAGUES
are 12 Leagues in the 2002 / 2003 season of the FEI World Cup
Leagues have ended their qualifications:Central Europe, Canada,
South America, South Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia and
Leagues are still going: Western Europe, USA East Coast, USA West
Coast, Australia and New Zealand.
FOLLOWING SEVEN LEAGUES HAVE ENDED THEIR QUALIFICATIONS:
European League (4 qualified)
riders from 23 countries competed in the 16 competitions of the
Central European League. They came from all the Central European
countries plus from Egypt, Syria, Jordania and Korea, countries
not belonging to a League. In addition there was a US-American,
living in Prague. For the first time the League closed with to
Indoor competitions, Poznan and Warsaw, both Poland, where 150%
of World Cup points could be earned. Czech Petr Dolezal won the
League, ahead of Grzegorz Kubiak (POL) and the American living
in Prague, Robert Chelberg.
Petr Dolezal -CZE-Beach Girl
Grzegorz Kubiak -POL-Orkisz, Diane des Fontenis
Robert Chelberg -USA-Aktiv
Ales Opatrny-CZE-Hamburg, Silvio, Grand, Crazy Love
Reserve : Rein Pill-EST-Ecuador
Reserve : Oleg Krasiyk-UKR-Laceful, Seven Up
League (2 qualified)
were 6 competitions in the Canadian League where a total of 26
riders competed, including two Colombians and a French living
in Canada. Karen Cudmore won the League, ahead of Melissa Brown
both represented Canada at 2002 World Equestrian Games
in Jerez (ESP).
Reserve: Ian Millar-CAN-Nicos, Le Chanel, Promise Me, Aftershock
Reserve: Ainsley Vince -CAN-Kafka, Catch 22
American League Southern Part (2 qualified)
competitions have been held in South America: 4 in Brasilian cities
and 3 in 3 different sites in Argentinas capital Buenos
Aires. Once Argentinean competition had to be cancelled. Since
not all results have been received, the Final standings in the
League cannot be established yet. Five riders are close toeger:
Vitor Teixeira (31), Justo Albarracin and Matias Albarracin (30
each), Gregorio Werthein and Martin Moschini (29 each).
African League (1 qualified)
competitions were held in South Africa, with 22 riders
all South Africans competing. Ronnie Lawrence, who rode
in the 1999 World Cup Final, won the League, ahead of Lynn Piercy,
Ronnie Lawrence -RSA-Avis Panache
: Lynn Piercy-RSA-Piroli, Avis Ella
Asian League (1 qualified)
were again three competitions in Central Asia: in Bishkek (KGZ),
Almaty (KAZ) and Tashkent (UZB). 17 riders from these three countries
competed. Sadir Marmitov (KGZ) won the League, ahead of last years
winner, Gairat Nazarov (UZB).
: Gairat Nazarov-UZB-Peikam
East Asian League (1 qualified)
28 July to 08 September 2002 four World Cup competitions were
held in Malaysias capital Kuala Lumpur. They were held on
four different sites. Helena Gabrielson, a Swedish riding instructor
who lives in Thailand for nearly ten years, won the League, as
she did in 2001, ahead of Syld Omar Almohdzar (MAS).
: Syed Omar Almohdzar-MAS-OCanthus
League (1 qualified)
competitions were held in Japan in the 2002 / 2003 season, with
six riders competing. Ryuma Hirota who rode in the 1996 and 2002
Finals, won the League again, ahead of Seiji Ninomiya and Riichiro
Matsushita, who tied for second place.
: Seiji Ninomiya
Riichiro Matsushita-JPN -JPN-Survival, Tamerlan
SITUATION IN THE REMAINING LEAGUES
European League (18 to qualify)
of the 14 competitions have been held. Still to come are Leipzig
(26 January), Bordeaux (08 February), Vigo (15 February), Dortmund
(16 March),s-Hertogenbosch (23 March) and Göteborg
(30 March). Paris-Bercy was cancelled.
times World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa (winner in Verona and
Geneva) is in the lead with 58 points ahead of the winner in Mechelen,
Markus Merschformann (53), Jos Lansik (49), Meredith Michael-Beerbaum
(45), Toni Hassmann (45), Ludger Beerbaum (43), Lars Nieberg (40)
and Thomas Velin (39). Pre-qualified for the Final, 16 - 20 April
2003 in Las Vegas, is the current champion, Otto Becker.
East Coast League (7 to qualify)
of the nine competitions have been held. Still to come are two
competitions each in Palm Beach and Tampa. McLain Ward, fourth
in the 2002 Final in Leipzig, is in the lead with 78 points, ahead
of Norman dello Joio (67), Margie Goldstein-Engle (59), Beezie
Madden-Patton (53) and Leslie Howard (52). Dello Joio and Leslie
Howard won part of their points in Western European competitions.
West Coast League (3 to qualify)
of the nine competitions have been held. Still to come are, from
02 February to 09 March, four competitions in Indio, California.
Misti Cassar is in the lead with 58 points, ahead of Richard Spooner
(56), Liz Denny (52) and Puerto Rican Mark Watring (48). The latter
would qualify for the Final as an extra if he has as many points
as the 3rd placed US American.
League (2 to qualify)
of fifteen competitions have been held. Still to come are Dapto
and Kiama in January and Canberra on 02 February. David Dobson,
who rode in his first World Cup competition in 1980, is in the
lead with 115 points, ahead of Chris Chugg (97), Anthony Thomas
(86) and Paula Hamood (71).
Zealand League (1 to qualify)
of ten competitions have been held. Still to come are Levin and
Auckland end of January. Marcus Wild is in the lead with 49 points
ahead of Merrain Hain (46), Molly Savill (40) and Douglas Isaacs
HORSE SHOW IN THE LIST OF INTERNATIONAL SPORT VENUE OF 2002
Globe Arena in Stockholm, which is hosting the Stockholm International
Horse Show for 10 years have been NOMINATED for the prize of the
"International Venue of the Year 2002" by American Pollstar.
There are 6 candidates and the award will be presented on 8 February
2003 in Hollywood
Awards exist since 1984. The 2002 Award will be presented in the
Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 8 February 2003. It is the first
time that an equestrian venue is selected in the few nominees
of this prestigious award, which are selected by a committee of
more than 100 personalities from the entertainment industry. Beside
a number of concerts, the Globe Arena welcomes 75,000 visitors
in 2002 for the Stockholm International Horse Show.
MEMBERS OF THE EVENTING COMMITTEE HONOURED
2002 Medals of Honour of the British Equestrian Federation are
awarded to persons who have provided outstanding services in the
equestrian field. Two members of the Eventing Committee were nominated,
Michael Etherington-Smith, well-known director and course-designer
of Blenheim and 2000 Olympic course designer, and William Henson,
Director of Burghley since 1987 and representative of the Organisers
within the Committee.
Sir Cecil Monkey Blacker (GBR) died last November
2002. He was 86 years old. Monkey Blacker had a distinguished
sporting career, riding for Great Britain in several Nations Cups.
He later was Chairman of the British Show Jumping Association
BSJA and then of the British Equestrian Federation.
Devlin (CAN), for many years the Chairman of Rothmans Canada died
at the end of last year, aged 82. For over 20 years, Rothmans
Canada was the main supporter of Show Jumping in Canada and John
Devlin, together with his wife Rosemary, who died some years ago,
was a mainstay in the Canadian horse scene.
Lane (USA), who rode from 1989 to 1993 in 14 World Cup competitions,
died recently after suffering complications from surgery. Ms Lane
was 50. The complications occurred after she was recovering from
a reconstructive procedure after having been kicked by a horsed.
Banks (GBR), a prominent British horse dealer and owner, died
on 10 December 2002, aged 83. He owned Hideway, which competed
twice in the Olympics: in 1972 with Michael Saywell (15th) and
in 1976 with Graham Fletcher (30th). He sold Goodwill to Princess
Anne. On that horse, the former FEI President finished second
individually in the 1975 European Championship and competed in
the 1976 Olympic Games.
14 December 2002, the bay gelding Calypso, on which Melanie Smith
won the 1982 World Cup Final in Göteborg, died. Calypso was
a member of the US gold medal team at the 1984 Olympic Games.
Son of Lucky Boy, Calypso was 30 years old and had competed until
1989. Since then, he lived in retirement in Tennessee.