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Federation Equestre Internationale News

7 May 2002


World Cup Jumping Final

Forty of the worlds top riders came to Leipzig in Germany hoping to win this years World Cup Final This is the 23rd world cup Jumping final ,the first took place in Gothenberg in Sweden
After three days of intense competition in front of a capacity home crowd, Otto Becker riding Dobel's Cento took one of Jumping’s most coveted Prizes.

Ludger Beerbaum and Gladdys S looked to be in a commanding Position coming into the final Day but a rail down in the final round opened up the competition for Toni Hassmann ,Otto Becker and Mclain Ward.

Hassmann dropped a fence as did Otto Becker and the last to go Mclain Ward had a fence in hand but the testing course proved just too much for Viktor and they had two fences down . The World Cup final therefore went to an elated Otto Becker .

1. Otto Becker (GER) - Dobel's Cento
2. Ludger Beerbaum (GER) - Gladdys S
3. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) - Baloubet Du Rouet
4.Leslie Howard (USA) - Priobert de Kalvarie
5. Maclain - Ward (USA) - Viktor
6. Toni Hasssmann (GER) - Moblicom Goldika

Meeting of the World Cup Working Group Jumping

The World Cup Working Group Jumping of the FEI met twice during the 24th World Cup Final in Leipzig

Pending approval by the Executive Board of the FEI the following was agreed during the meetings and accepted by the Jumping Committee of the FEI which also met in Leipzig.

1. New Format of the World Cup Jumping

Starting in the coming season 2002/2003 the World Cup competition will have an enlarged starting field (from 18 to maximum 38) and the competition is scheduled to be held on Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday.

Starting field: maximum 38.

World Cup competition to be held on Sunday afternoon, ending latest at 16:30 hour CET; exceptions may be granted for justified reasons. In such case the competition is to be held either Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening.

The World Cup competition must be the most prestigious competition of the event and have the highest prize money.

On Friday a competition will be held to determine the starting order.

If there are more than 38 riders entered at the event, the Friday competition also serves as qualifying competition for all riders not pre-qualified.

Pre-qualified are 33 riders according to specific criteria.

The minimum prize money has been set as follows:
Whole event World Cup competition
2002 / 2003 season EURO 175.000.- EURO 85.000.-
2003 / 2004 season EURO 200.000.- EURO 100.000.-

There is a commitment from the International Jumping Riders Club that at least four riders from the Top Ten of the Computer List will compete in each World Cup event.

2. Calendar 2002 / 2003 Western European League

The following Calendar was established:
October 11 – 13 Helsinki FIN
October 18 – 20 Oslo NOR
November 07 – 10 Verona ITA
December 12 – 15 Geneva SUI
December 18 – 22 London – Olympia GBR
December 26 – 30 Mechelen BEL
January 24 – 26 Leipzig GER
February 07 – 09 Bordeaux FRA
February 13 – 16 Vigo ESP
March 07 – 09 Paris – Bercy FRA
March 14 – 16 Dortmund GER
March 20 – 23 ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED
March 27 – 30 Göteborg SWE
April 16 – 20 LAS VEGAS USA

Amsterdam was not included in the Calendar because the event could not find a suitable date.

Aarhus was not included in the Calendar because the World Cup Working Group decided that CSI-W´s in Western Europe must either be held in a multi-purpose sports arena or a large hall of an Exhibition Centre, both with a spectator capacity of at least 4´000. Aarhus has been held in a Riding Centre.

There were three applications from Germany. The Working Group confirmed Dortmund and decided to replace Berlin by Leipzig – the latter having just staged a highly successful World Cup Final.

Since the World Cup Calendar of the Western European League now comprises 13 events, it was decided not to pursue the matter of reducing the number to 12 at this moment. The Working Group will meet again end of 2002, to reconsider the matter.


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