Equestre Internationale News
5 March 2003
FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
- World Cup Dressage Update
- World Cup Jumping: situation in the leagues
- FEI Childrens Competitions
FEI GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS
BEERBAUM NO 1, FOLLOWED BY MARKUS FUCHS NEW NO 2
Ludger Beerbaum (GER) firmly leads the rankings with 3676 points,
ahead of Markus Fuchs (SUI), who moved up to the second place
ahead of Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA). Fuchs won the World Cup of CSI-W
Vigo and earned a total of 145 points in Bordeaux.
Marcus Ehning (GER) exchanged place with his country fellow Otto
Becker and is now 4th. The first lady rider, Leslie Howard (USA)went
up one place and is now 11th.
There are 27 riders with more than 1000 points in the rankings.
complete rankings on http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_01.html
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RIDERS RANKINGS
ULLA SALZGEBER NO 1, MONICA THEODORESCU ENTERS TOP 10
Ulla Salzgeber (GER) is leading the rankings since January 2000,
with this month her highest score ever: 80.108, thanks to her
performance in Neumünster, where she was awarded 79.25% in
the Grand Prix. Nadine Capellmann (GER) is again second with 78.750,
followed by Lisa Wilcox (USA) with 78.395.
The leader of the World Cup Western European League, Monica Theodorescu
(GER) enters the Top Ten thanks to her victory in the Grand Prix
and Kür of San Patrignano (77.84 % in the Kür) and in
the Kür of Neumünster (79.44%). She now have a score
The 2002 BEST HORSE AND RIDER COMBINATION IN DRESSAGE, based on
the 2002 results of the FEI BCM Dressage Riders Rankings are now
available on the FEI website. Ulla Salzgeber/Rusty 47 (GER) is
the best combination, followed by Lisa Wilcox/Relevant 5 (USA)
and Nadine Capellmann/Farbenfroh (GER).
complete rankings on http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_02.html
WORLD CUP DRESSAGE UPDATE
Monica Theodorescu (GER) is leading the standings of the Western
European League, with a total of 72 points, ahead of Heike Kemmer
(GER) with 62 and Jan Brink (SWE) with 58 points.
The last qualifier of the Western European League will take place
from 20 to 23 March in s-Hertogenbosch (NED) before the
Final to be held in Göteborg (SWE) the following week. Riders
can obtain points at 12 qualifiers, of which a maximum of A 4
events count for the standings.
Until now the following riders qualified for the Final:
Title defender: Ulla Salzgeber (GER)
Central European League: 2 best of the standings Irina Lys (BLR)
and Alexandra Korelova (RUS)
Canada: 1 best from the League Final (Shannon Dueck (CAN)
Australia: 1 best from League Final: Ricky McMillan (AUS)
USA: 2 best from League Final: Günter Seidel and George Williams
Wild Card: Debbie Mc Donald (4th at the 2002 World Equestrian
Games in Jerez)
It is the first time in history that three US riders will compete
in the Final.
The best 8 riders of the Western European League will be qualified
to participate in the Final. Unfortunately, the leader of the
standings, Monica Theodorescu, will not be able to participate,
due to an accident of her horse the week after Neumünster.
The Chairman of the Dressage Committee, the World Cup Director
and the OC will decide on two additional wild card after s-Hertogenbosch.
A maximum of three riders per nation are allowed to compete in
the Final, with the exception of the title defender.
25th FEI WORLD CUP
SITUATION IN THE LEAGUES
There are 12 Leagues in the 2002 / 2003 season of the FEI World
Nine Leagues have ended their qualifications:
- Central Europe, Canada, South America, South Africa, Central
Asia, South East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Five Leagues are still going:
Western Europe, USA East Coast and USA West Coast.
THE FOLLOWING NINE LEAGUES HAVE ENDED THEIR QUALIFICATIONS:
Central European League (4 qualified)
138 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, Jordanian 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. All four are expected to compete in
- Petr Dolezal CZE Beach Girl
- Grzegorz Kubiak POL Orkisz, Diane des Fontenis
- Robert Chelberg USA Aktiv
- Ales Opatrny CZE Hamburg, Silvio, Grand, Crazy Love
1st Reserve : Rein Pill EST Ecuador
2nd Reserve : Oleg Krasiuk UKR Laceful, Seven Up
Canadian League (2 qualified)
There 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) and are expected to compete in Las Vegas.
- Karen Cudmore CAN Conejo
- Melissa Brown CAN Karolus
1st Reserve: Ian Millar CAN Nicos, Le Chanel, Promise Me, Aftershock
2nd Reserve: Ainsley Vince CAN Kafka, Catch 22
South American League Southern Part (2 qualified)
Seven competitions have been held in South America: four in Brazilian
cities and three in three different sites in Argentinas
capital Buenos Aires. One Argentinean competition had to be cancelled.
87 riders from Brazil, Argentina and Chile competed. The League
was won by Vitor Teixeira with 41 points ahead of Gregorio Werthein
and Justo Albarracin, both from Argentina and each with 36 points.
Teixeira was the League winner already in 1985 / 86, 1986 / 87,
1990 / 91, 1993 / 94, 1998 / 99 and 2000 / 01.
- Vitor Teixera BRA Curioso Aguia
- Gregorio Werthein ARG Jemilion, Calwaro
1st Reserve: Justo Albarracin ARG Graveline du Sivri
2nd Reserve: Marcelo Artiaga de Castro BRA Urie Itapua, Limerick,
South African League (1 qualified)
Four 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
Reserve : Lynn Piercy RSA Piroli, Avis Ella
Central Asian League (1 qualified)
There 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).
- Sadir Marmitov KGZ Langraf
Reserve : Gairat Nazarov UZB Peikam
South East Asian League (1 qualified)
From 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).
- Helena Gabrielson SWE Aladdin
Reserve : Syed Omar Almohdzar MAS OCanthus
Japan League (1 qualified)
Four 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.
- Ryuma Hirota JPN Zero
Reserve : Seiji Ninomiya
or Riichiro Matsushita JPN
Australian League (2 qualified)
Fourteen competitions were held in Australia. One event, Canberra,
had to be cancelled because of the bush fires. 69 riders competed.
Chris Chugg, who rode in the 1987 and 1991 World Cup Finals, won
the League with 122 points, ahead of David Dobson (117 points)
and Anthony Thomas (107 points). The latter is expected to compete
in Las Vegas.
- Chris Chugg AUS Diamond B Ego, Navy Seal
- David Dobson AUS Cantara
1st Reserve: Anthony Thomas AUS Classic Style, Double Take
2nd Reserve: Brook Dobbin AUS Clover Flush, Carrick Clover
New Zealand League (1 qualified)
Ten competitions were held in New Zealand with 21 riders competing.
Molly Savill won the League with 56 points ahead of Marcus Wild
(53 points) and Merran Hain
- Molly Savill NZL Richard III
Reserve: Marcus Wild NZL Telegraph
THE SITUATION IN THE REMAINING LEAGUES
Western European League (18 to qualify + Becker and Pessoa)
Eleven of the fourteen competitions have been held. Still to come
(16 March),s-Hertogenbosch (23 March) and Göteborg
(30 March). Paris-Bercy was cancelled.
Markus Fuchs, winner in Leipzig and Vigo, is in the lead with
80 points, ahead of Rodrigo Pessoa (winner in Verona and Geneva)
and Lars Nieberg, both with 58 points. Considering that probably
45 points are needed to qualify for the Final, the following can
normally book their flight: Markus Ehning, Ludger Beerbaum, Markus
Merschformann, Edouard Couperie, Meredith Michaels- Beerbaum,
Toni Hassmann, Thomas Velin, Jos Lansink and Christian Ahlmann.
Plus the Defending Champion, Otto Becker. This makes it eight
Germans. Since Rodrigo Pessoa counts as Extra, the
qualification goes down to 19th place.
USA East Coast League (7 to qualify + one home rider)
Six of the nine competitions have been held. Still to come are
one competition in Palm Beach and two in Tampa. McLain Ward, fourth
in the 2002 Final in Leipzig, is in the lead with 78 points, ahead
of Beezie Patton (72 points), Norman dello Joio (66 points), Lauren
Hough (54 points) and Leslie Howard (50 points). Both dello Joio
and Leslie Howard won part of their points in Western European
USA West Coast League (3 to qualify + one home rider)
Seven of the nine competitions have been held. Still to come are,
on 23 February and 09 March, two competitions in Indio, California.
Richard Spooner is in the lead with 72 points ahead of John French
(63 points), Eddy Sepul (59 points), Misti Cassar (58 points),
Liz Denny (54 points) and Mark Watring (52 points). Sepul and
Watring are Belgian and Puerto Rican respectively and would qualify
as extra if in the Top 3.
FEI CHILDRENS INTERNATIONAL JUMPING COMPETITION
The FEI Childrens International Jumping Competition, launched
by the FEI in 1995, is now entering its ninth year. The purpose
of this competition is to promote show jumping among children
aged 12 to 14 at an international level, at the lowest possible
organisational costs. Last year, over 550 children from 42 countries
participated in either Category A or Category B. This year, more
than 50 countries have expressed an interest in organising the
competition. The Category A season runs through 31 October, whereas
Category B events can be organised until 14 December. A World
Final is held every year for the best riders of Category A. The
exact venue of this years Final, to be held in early December,
has not yet been determined.
The working documents, course plans and obstacle descriptions
of this competition can be found on the FEI website www.horsesport.org
section reference/working docs/technical info. The rules are published
in the section reference/rules/rulebooks, sub-heading Jumping.