Equestre Internationale News
4 April 2002
FEI Technical Delegates in Athens
- FEI Gandini Jumping Rankings
- FEI BCM Dressage Rankings
- World Cup Jumping Situation in the leagues
- New Eventing World Cup Working Group
- New sections on the FEI website
2004 Olympic Games
FEI Technical Delegates Coordination visit to Athens
25-28 March 2002
FEI Technical Delegates (Mr Leopoldo Palacios, Mr Michael Etherington-Smith)
and Veterinary Delegate (Prof. Leo Jeffcott) together with the Course
Designers for Jumping (Mr Olaf Petersen) and Eventing (Mr Albino
Garbari), and FEI Consultant (Mr Giuseppe Della Chiesa), the 1st
Vice President (Mr Freddy Serperi) and the Manager of the Olympic
Department had a very constructive visit last week in Athens.
Olympic Equestrian venue is currently being constructed at Markopoulo
with the plan to leave a major legacy to Greek Equestrian sport
after the Games. The venue will be adjacent to the new Athens Hippodrome
that will accommodate 2000 racehorses.
works including the clearing of the Cross Country track for the
Test event, start of the main Grand stand construction, and earthworks
for the separate racecourse have commenced.
most important issue discussed with the Organising Committee (ATHOC)
during the week was the Masterplan for the Equestrian venue. The
FEI made some proposals for modifications to the venue to improve
its operational and functionality and to reduce the overall costs
was also a very firm recommendation from the FEI Delegates to ensure
total separation of the racehorses from the Olympic horses during
the Olympic Games. They were also concerned about the tight time
lines for the completion of the venue and the Test Event in August
FEI Delegates also strongly emphasized the importance of the footing
in the competition arenas. They recommended the appointment of a
recognized footing expert in International Equestrian Sports to
assist in ensuring that the footing is up to FEI standards.
FEI Delegates much appreciated the cooperation of ATHOC and the
helpful atmosphere in which all the meetings were held.
Gandini World Jumping Rankings
leader of the rankings, Ludger Beerbaum (GER) kept the pole position
for the 15th consecutive month. He recuperated more than the points
he was dropping from March 2001 and leads the rankings with 3149
to her excellent performance in s-Hertogenbosch (NED) where
she earned 150 points, and her good score in Dortmund (GER) and
at CSIO Wellington (USA), Leslie Howard (USA) went up from 18th
to 11th position. She is the best Lady Rider and the leading North
American rider. Her fellow countrywoman Beezie Madden Patton, went
down six places and is now 20th.
Swiss Willi Melliger, who is slowly recovering from his back problems
and didnt participate to competitions outside of Switzerland
in March, could not recuperate the points he dropped from March
last year and went down from 8th to 10th place.
Becker (GER) earned some 100 points in Paris Bercy (FRA) and some
150 in Dortmund, and went up from 22nd to 15th place.
BCM World Dressage Rankings
World Cup Champion Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the rankings with
an improved 79.848 points (compared to 79.526 last month). Her runner-up
in the recent World Cup Final in s-Hertogenbosch Lars Petersen
(DEN) remains second with 78.500.
new entries in the Top Ten of the rankings: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat,
went up from 13th to 9th place. After having led the Western European
World Cup standings, she achieved a 2nd place in the Grand Prix
and 3rd in the Final in s-Hertogenbosch Final. She also demonstrated
her talents in Paris-Bercy, where she won the Kür. Jan Brink
(SWE) is the second new rider to enter the Top 10. He was 5th in
the Grand Prix of the World Cup Final and 6th in the Kür.
Cup Jumping: Situation In The Leagues
the 2001 / 2002 season there are 12 Leagues in the FEI World Cup
Leagues have ended their qualifications:
Central Europe, Central Asia, Canada, South Africa, South East Asia,
Japan South America, Australia, New Zealand, USA West Coast and
USA East Coast.
League is still going: Western Europe
proposed league in the Middle East did not materialise.
FOLLOWING ELEVEN LEAGUES HAVE ENDED THEIR QUALIFICATIONS:
European League (4 qualified)
riders from 18 countries started in the 14 competitions of the Central
European League. Podebrady in the Czech Republic had to be cancelled
for economic reasons. Robert Chelberg, an American living in Prag
for several years was the League winner, and is qualified for the
Final as an extra. The three other Central European riders qualified
are Jozsef Turi of Hungary, Jacek Zagor of Poland and Petr Dolezal
of the Czech Republic. The latter had the same number of points
as Guntars Silins of Latvia, but better high placings. All four
are expected to compete in the World Final in Leipzig.
Robert Chelberg USA
Jozsef Turi HUN
Jacek Zagor POL
Petr Dolezal CZE
Reserve : Guntars Silins LAT
Reserve : Grzegorz Kubiak POL
Diane des Fontenis
Asian League (1 qualified)
riders from Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan competed in the
three competitions in the three capital cities of Tashkent, Bishkek
and Almaty. Gairat Nazarov of Uzbekistan was the League winner,
ahead of his countryman Aziz Sadykov. Nazarov is planning to compete
in the World Final Leipzig.
: Aziz Sadykov UZB
League (3 qualified)
riders, mostly Canadians, but also four Mexicans, two Columbians
and Yann Candele, French living in Canada, competed in the six competitions
of the Canadian League. Jill Henselwood won the League ahead of
Eric Lamaze and newcomer Melissa Brown. All three are expected to
compete in the World Final in Leipzig.
Jill Henselwood CAN
Eric Lamaze CAN
Melissa Brown CAN
Reserve: Heather Manbert-Seniuk CAN
Reserve: Mac Cone CAN
African League (1 qualified)
competitions have been held, with twenty South African riders participating.
Karen van der Burgh won the League with 38 points ahead of Barry
Taylor and Lynne Piercy with 35 points each. Taylor, the winner
in Midrand, has the higher placings and is, therefore, Reserve rider.
Karen van der Burgh RSA
: Barry Taylor RSA
Sunday Eagle, Manolia
East Asian League (1 qualified)
riders from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines
competed in the five competitions of the South East Asian League.
Four of the competitions were held on three different sites in Kuala
Lumpur and one in Singapore. Qabil Ambak, the younger of the two
sons of Haji Mohamed Fathil, won the League.
Qabil Ambak MAS
: Peter Abisheganadan SIN
Une des Pipet
League (1 qualified)
riders competed in the four competition of the Japan League. Ryuma
Hirota is the League winner, ahead of Seiji Ninomiya and last years
Finalist, Chieko Yamaguchi. Hirota rode in the 1996 Final in Geneva
and is planning to compete in Leipzig.
Ryuma Hirota JPN
: Seiji Ninomiya JPN
American League Southern Part (2 qualified)
the eight competitions the one in Buenos Aires-Aleman had to be
Sao Paulo had to be postponed by 1 month because of an outbreak
of Equine Influenza. Vitor Alves Teixeira (BRA), the winner of 3
of the 7 competitions (Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro)
is the League winner with 65 points ahead of Bernardo Naveillan
(CHI) with 50 points, Joaquin Larrain, also Chile and Matias Albarracin
of Argentina. 61 riders from Brazil, Argentina and Chile competed.
Vitor Alves Teixeira BRA
Boy, Curioso, Astre Vert
Bernardo Naveillan CHI
Z Freire, Rexola Z Exono
Reserve: Joaquin Larrain CHI
Leap, Sta Monica
Reserve: Matias Albarracin ARG
League (2 qualified)
Competitions were held in Australia. Two events had to be cancelled:
Caboolture in Queensland and Canberra in the Capital City, both
for economic reasons. Vicki Roycroft with 155 points is the league
winner, ahead of Ron Easy (145 points), Greg Smith (137 points),
Brad Frankum (113 points) and Janelle Waters (99 points). Vicki
Roycroft will compete in the World Final in Leipzig.
Vicki Roycroft AUS
Ron Easy AUS
Reserve: Greg Smith AUS
Clover Flush, Henry Higgs
Reserve: Brad Frankum AUS
Zealand League (1 qualified)
seven of the nine competitions scheduled in the New Zealand League
could be held. Both Kelly Park and Kawerau had to be cancelled due
to extreme bad weather conditions; heavy wind and rain. Greg Best
won the league with 75 points ahead of Maurice Beatson (64 points)
and Sally Anderson (56 points). Greg Best, who lives in New Zealand
for several years now, competed for his native United States in
the 1988 Olympic Games (individual and team silver medal) and the
1990 World Equestrian Games (4th individually) both on this grey
Gem Twist. Best just received New Zealand citizenship.
Greg Best NZL
Maurice Beatson NZL
West Coast League (4 qualified)
competitions were held in California with 49 riders competing, among
them several riders from NZL, PUR, IRN, ARG, JPN, IRL and LEB. Will
Simpson won the league with 91 points ahead of Duncan MacFarlane
of New Zealand with 79 points, Ray Texel
(75 points) and Richard Spooner (62 points). Since MacFalane as
a non-US rider had at least as many points as the 3rd placed US-rider,
he can travel to the Final as an extra, not taking away a place
from an US American.
Will Simpson USA
Campeons Ado Annie
Duncan Mac Farlane NZL
Ray Texel USA
Richard Spooner USA
Reserve: John French USA
Reserve: Misti Cassar USA
USA East Coast League (7 qualified)
riders competed in the 10 competitions of the USA East Coast League.
McLain Ward, already the league winner in the 1996 / 97 and 1998
/ 99 seasons won again, with 75 points ahead of Laura Kraut (70
points), Todd Minikus (68 points), Chris Kappler (65 points) and
Leslie Howard (65 points). The latter won part of her points in
Western Europe, winning in Amsterdam and placing second in Berlin.
McLain Ward USA
Fior, Rio, Puertos, Mortero
Laura Kraut USA
Wet Paint, Liberty
Todd Minikus USA
Nu, Playboy, Oh Star, Gardenio
Chris Kappler USA
Korina, Royal Kaliber, Ursa Major
Leslie Howard USA
Cloverleaf, Priobert de Kalvarie, Nick of Diamonds
Lauren Hough USA
Vanessa Haas USA
Reserve: Margie Engle USA
Perin, H.C. Laurel, H.C. Jones
Reserve: Joe Fargin USA
Z, Edgar Diams
Reserve: Jimmy Torrano USA
Reserve: Nona Garson USA
Reserve: Jeffery Welles USA
SITUATION IN THE REMAINING LEAGUE
European League (18 to qualify)
of the fifteen competitions have been held. Still to come is Göteborg
on 6 April 2002. 18 will qualify for the Final 01 - 05 May in Leipzig,
plus Rodrigo Pessoa (whose has enough points) plus the defending
champion, Markus Fuchs, plus two more Germans, the next after 18th
place in the final league standings.
17 riders (including Pessoa) have 51 points and more, which means
that this may not be sufficient. The 17 riders with 51 points and
9: Ehning (74) L. Beerbaum (69), Hassmann (69), Merschformann (63),
Becker (59), Nieberg (55), Meredith Beerbaum (55), Sloothaak (54)
and Tebbel (51)
2: Bengtson (83) and Baryard (58)
2: Philippaerts (62) and Lansink (51)
2: Tops (73) and v. d. Vleuten (52)
1: M. Whitaker (52)
1: Pessoa (53)
to get some more points in Göteborg are Gerco Schröder
(46), van Dijk (43), Smit (41), Markus Beerbaum (41), Davenport
(37) and Velin (36).
week-end: Göteborg (SWE) www.goteborghorseshow.com
Eventing World Cup Working Group
newly formed FEI Eventing Committee Ad Hoc Working Group for CIC
World Cup Series will meet during CCI *** Badminton (GBR) the first
week of May.
working group is chaired by Mr Jack Le Goff (USA) and includes the
Jennifer Millar (NZL)
José Ortelli (ARG)
Guy Othegy (FRA)
Eddy Stibbe (AHO)
Michael Tucker (GBR)
James Wolf (USA)
Sections On The FEI Website
official lists of change of name and change of
nationalities for horses passports will no longer be published
in the FEI Bulletin. A monthly update of these lists can be found
in a newly created PASSPORT section, under CONSULT, VETERINARY.
new section courses have been opened under CONSULT,
DEVELOPMENT. It contains invitations to courses and seminars as
well as reports.
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