Equestre Internationale News
GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS
The gap between Beerbaum (No 1) and runner-up Fuchs is getting
There are now 285 points (last month 625) between the leader of
the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings Ludger Beerbaum
(GER) and his runner-up Markus Fuchs (SUI).
Fuchs had a good month with a victory in the Grand Prix of Aach,
while Beerbaum claimed victory in the Derby of Hamburg.
At the end of the month, Fuchs will drop his June 2002 points,
i.e.294 points in total (mainly from Aachen where he had finished
3rd in the Grand Prix and had achieved a double clear round in
the Nations Cup in 2002). Beerbaum will drop a huge amount of
points (731), which will bring him dangerousely closer to the
Swiss rider. Indeed, the defending European Champion will drop
all the points he earned at the 2001 European Jumping Championship
in Arnhem, which are still counting for 50% in his total score
until the end of June.
Jos Lansink (BEL) went up from 7th to 5th place, while Otto Becker
and Lars Nieberg both went down one place (they are now 6th and
7th respectively). For the first time, Robert Smith (GBR) enters
the Top Ten (from 11th to 9th place). Good progression also for
the Italian rider Gianni Govoni, who is now World No 10. The Italian
rider finished 2nd in the Grand Prix of CSIO Rome and 2nd in the
Grand Prix of his home town of Modena.
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RANKINGS
Ulla Salzgeber leads the FEI BCM World Dressage Rankings with
a score of 80.386. She is followedf by naide Capellmann (GER)
with an unchanged score of 78.814 and Lisa Wilcox (USA) with 78.395.
Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Isabell Werth exchange places and are
now 6th and 7th respectively. Heike Kemmer (GER) goes up one place
and enters the Top 10.
RANKINGS ON www.horsesport.org, section consult, results
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE UPDATE
Ireland wins St Gallen Super League after a thrilling jumping-off
France still leads the standings
Irish eyes were smiling in St Gallen as the boys in green stormed
to victory in the third leg of the Samsung Super League series
and moved ever-closer to the league leaders from France who, this
time around, had to settle for third place.
The Swiss, competing on their home ground but unable to claim
Super League points as they are not part of the series, were runners-up
after a third-round jump-off between Marcus Fuchs and Ireland's
Robert Splaine while the British slotted into fourth spot behind
the French, and the Italians produced a much-improved performance
to finish fifth.
Legendary course-designer, Paul Weier, who has been connected
with the horse show at St Gallen for more than 30 years, celebrated
his retirement with a track that was big, technical and difficult,
and the line from the water at fence five to the following oxer
at fence six proved the bogey of the day.
All four German riders faulted here at their first attempt, but
three clears from the Irish gave them the advantage after round
one as last year's Samsung Leading Horse and Rider combination
of Cian O'Connor and Waterford Crystal provided the discount score
when collecting five faults.
The Swiss were lying second at this stage, obliged to carry the
four faults picked up by Steve Guerdat and Innovation when, despite
clears from Beat Maendli (LB Pozitano) and Willi Melliger (Gold
du Talus), Tinka's Boy slammed on the brakes at the double, fence
four, for Markus Fuchs.
It was a day full of surprises as the French could only produce
one clear, from Gilles Bertrand de Balanda (Crocus Graverie),
first time out while Michel Hecart's Quilano de Kalvarie, so impressive
at La Baule, stopped at the Samsung oxer at fence eight leaving
his side to count the two four-fault performances from Eric Levallois
(Diamond de Semilly Ecolit) and Reynald Angot (Tlaloc M).
In round two, a toe in the water for pathfinders Robert Splaine
and Coolcorran Cool Diamond left the Irish looking more vulnerable
and, as in all Nations Cup classes, the competition could have
swung in any direction at this stage. O'Connor however rallied
with a clear and that meant that only one of the eight-fault results
from both Kevin Babington (Carling King) and Billy Twomey (Luidam)
were counted, leaving Ireland on a total of 12 over the two rounds.
The Swiss drew level when Maendli and Guerdat each made one mistake
while Willi Melliger recorded the only double-clear performance
of the whole competition but Marcus Fuchs found himself in trouble
again and retired with Tinka's Boy.
By now it was clear that only Ireland could claim the maximum
Samsung Super League points as France had to settle for a finishing
total of 16 ahead of the British with 19 faults on the board but
the biggest shock of the day was yet to come. The Swiss opted
to send Fuchs back into the ring to take on Ireland's Robert Splaine
in a head-to-head to decide the final placings.
Tinka's Boy had clearly not been on form all day and returned
home with two fences on the floor in a fast time of 44.81 seconds
and when Splaine and his Irish-bred stallion Coolcorran Cool Diamond
collected just two time faults it was all over.
From County Cork in the deep south of Ireland, Splaine has produced
this Irish Draught stallion to great effect this season and he
was absolutely delighted with the result.
The Irish were inconsistent last season and looked short of horse-power
at the beginning of this year but the emergence of a new group
of horses and riders has strengthened their position and things
are now looking a lot more optimistic. However they are still
trailing the French on the Samsung Super League leaderboard going
into the next round in Aachen in just under three weeks time.
1. Ireland - 12 faults (Jump Off, 2 faults in 55.40 seconds):
Robert Splaine/Coolcorran Cool Diamond 0+4, Cian O'Connor/Waterford
Billy Twomey/Luidam 0+8, Kevin Babington/Carling King 0+8.
2. Switzerland - 12 faults (Jump Off, 8 faults in 44.61 seconds):
Beat Maendli/LB Pozitano 0+4, Willi Melliger/Gold du Talus 0+0,
Guerdat/Innovation 4+4, Markus Fuchs/Tinka's Boy Elim+Ret.
3. France - 16 faults: Eric Levallois/Diamant de Semilly Ecolit
4+4, Raynald Angot/Tlaloc M 4+0, Michel Hecart/Quilano de Kalvarie
7+5, Gilles Bertrand
de Balanda/Crocus Graverie 0+4.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE STANDINGS AFTER 3 COMPETITIONS
1. France - 27
2. Ireland - 20.5
3. Great Britain- 15
4. Germany - 13.5
5. Sweden - 7
6. Belgium - 6
7. Italy - 5
8. Holland - 3.5.
The Samsung Super League consists of the eight most prestigious
horse shows at which the world's eight best national teams compare
their merit. The Super League is connected to the Samsung Nations
Cup Series through a promotion/relegation system at the end of
OLYMPIC SELECTION TRIALS IN AACHEN
The Selection Trials for the Jumping Competition of the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens will be held from 12 to 15 June 2003 in Aachen.
Sixteen Nations are on the list of the nominated entries.
The best three placed teams from Olympic Qualification Group F
(Africa and Middle East) and G (South East Asia, Oceania) will
earn their Olympic ticket in Aachen, and so will the best 5 individuals.
Teams: Australia, Egypt, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Morocco,
New Zealand and Qatar
Individuals: China, India, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Philippines
and South Africa
The Horse Inspection will be held on Thursday 12 June at 16:00.
The first Jumping competition will be held on Saturday 14 at 17:00
and the second on Sunday 15 at 12:45.
DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUP MEETING
Düsseldorf (GER), 26 May 2003
The Development Working Group established by the FEI Strategic
Planning Committee held its first meeting on the 26th May in Düsseldorf
(GER). The meeting was also attended by the FEI 1st Vice President
Mr Freddy Serpieri., The FEI Sports Director Mr Michael Stone
and the FEI Development Project Manager Ms Jacqueline Braissant.
The Group identified that one of the major problems facing the
developing NFs was a lack of structure and local coaches.
It was agreed that the development of NFs structure was imperative
in order to help develop the coaching structure and following
that the competition structure.
The main objectives to reach as soon as possible were:
- Creation of a basic structure that could be used by developing
NFs to organise the sport in their countries.
- Creation of a universal structure for coaching with an agreed
This universal structure for coaching would be in the format of
agreed levels that are standard in most sports i.e. Level I -
IV, Level I being basic and Level IV International coaches.
This system is based on establishing FEI Experts who initiate
the system in developing NFs and they then train Tutors who continue
the system. The FEI Experts, and through them the FEI, monitor
and provide certification for the coaches in close co-operation
with the NFs.
It was agreed to recommend that future funding of NFs should be
dependant on the NFs co-operating with both the establishment
of an agreed NF structure and a coaching program.
Following this first stage more detailed work would need to be
undertaken using local regional experts. The Members of the Development
Working Group who were chosen for there expertise in Training
and Development are:
Lt Col. Gerry Mullins (IRL)
Mr Peter Strijbosch (NED)
Mr Jean Phillipe Camboulives (FRA)
Mr Christoph Hess (FRA)
Mr Karl Heinz Giebmanns (GER)
WORLD CUP JUMPING: NEWS FROM THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN LEAGUE
CDIO** JOZEFIN ( by Wojciech Markowski)
A rrecord number of horses and riders attended the 2003 edition
of CDIO** in Józefin-Poland. Fifty-three competitors, 78
horses from 18 countries came to Jozefin, in the neighbourhood
of capital of Poland Warsaw. Six competitions were organised over
three days, including 4 Grand Prix.
Karin Rebhein and Domanio won the Grand Prix A on Friday with
71,417% Elena Sidneva with Artax Condor and Martina Hannover-Strenberg
with Ratino H 72,125% were the best riders on Saturday- individual
classification during Nation Cup.
Heike Kemmer with Albano won the GP Special with 69,44% (Sunday)
Elena Sidneva with Artax Condor won the Kür with 76,050%
on Sunday afternoon.
After the winter season break, Artax Condor and Elena Sidneva
presented very good tests with a lot of harmony and impulsion.
The pair as usual excelled in the passage, pirouettes and changes.
Martina Hannover and Ratino H presented very fluent test with
very good passage-piaff tour.
The team competition was won by Germany with 210,708 % (Rehbein,
Hannover, Kemmer, Rosenbauer), before Russia and Sweden. The small
tour was won by outstanding pair E. Kalinina and Onegin (Rus.
Traken). Unfortunately the horse was lost during the accident
on the way home.
The best polish rider was Jaroslaw Wierzchowski on Wieland, who
placed in the small tour.
CDI*** - W MINSK (by Isabel Wessel)
Record crowds attended the recent World Cup Qualifier in Minsk,
Belarus. Soaring temperatures and a carnival atmosphere on the
Freestyle day ensured a wonderful shop window for the dressage
sport and a great day out for around 10,000 spectators who came
The qualifying classes on Friday and Saturday were well supported
with a strong contingent from Russia as well as good entries from
Belarus, Estonia, Israel, Latvia and Ukraine. In the big tour
there was a healthy competitive spirit between Irina Lis, Elena
Kalinina and Alexandra Korelova with all their horses showing
great talent in piaffe and passage. The Intermediate 11 saw the
exciting prospect Sugar Ray Lennix with Elena Kalinina taking
the honours while in the Grand Prix the grey Balagur with Alexandra
Korelova had the winning position. In the World Cup Freestyle
it was the local girl - Irina Lis with Problesk who came out on
top with a faultless choreography set to beautiful classical music.
The crowds were ecstatic and having been quiet throughout all
the tests really gave vent to their enthusiasm in the prize giving.
The outstanding combination in the small tour was Ella Ivanova
with Blesk winning all classes by a clear margin with wonderful
harmony and elasticity throughout.
The organisers and sponsors were all very satisfied with a great
weekend for both the competitors and riders.
CDI***- W LIPICA (by Wojciech Markowski)
The CDI-W Lipica was the second World Cup of the World Cup Central
European League 2003/2004 season. Because of the close dates between
the shows of Minsk and Lipica and the long distance, the participants
in both competitions were a different groups of riders. The show
in Lipica was preceded by a show in Barzago (short distance).
It causes that many riders from Italy come to Lipica. Lipica is
running the show over twenty years. The facility there are one
of the best in Europe. This year above 60 horses took part. In
big tour dominated Elena Sidneva with Artax Condor and for small
tour Carl Hester with Santas. 12 countries were presented.
FEI NORTH AMERICAN DRIVING CHALLENGE
Three of the 7 competitions part of the FEI North American Driving
Challenge, supported by Freedman's Harness and Driving Essentials
were held. Chester Weber (USA) leads the standings with 17 points
ahead of James Fairclough (USA) and Gary Stover (USA). The next
event counting for the Series will be held in Blainville, QC (CAN)
from 20 to 22 June.
NEWS FROM THE EVENTING WORLD CUP
Bettina Hoy (GER), riding the 11-year old gelding Woodsides Ashby,
won the ninth leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup held at the Rodderberg
Park Derby (GER) from 22 to 24 May. She performed the qualifier's
best Dressage test and cleared the 40 jumping efforts Cross Country
course with no penalties. The pair's final score was 38.20 points.
Bettina's performance was all the more remarkable as she not only
won the competition but also placed fourth with Unsung Hero scoring
48.20 points. "I am proud of both horses. Ashby has learnt
a lot during this last year and is now much more confident in
the Cross Country", Bettina Hoy said, who is consistently
training towards participation in the 2004 Olympic Games.
This is her third World Cup qualifier after Martinvast-Cherbourg
(FRA) in August 2002 and Chatsworth (GBR) two weeks ago. She is
also a regular visitor at Rodderberg where she won in 1998 and
Andreas Dibowski (GER) on Little Lemon B tied with Hoy after the
Dressage and Jumping Tests. He came in 20 seconds later following
a highly exciting Cross Country and with 44.20 points took the
runner up position. In a true spirit of horsemanship and fair
play, Dibowski congratulated the winner and paid tribute to her
brilliant victory. "The right rider won," he said.
Ingrid Klimke (GER) on Robinson´s Concord placed third with
The Dressage test was completed by 52 out of the 60 starters.
All riders finished the Cross Country without falls, apart from
Sweden's Sofia Andler, whose fall with Really Famous had no consequences
for either horse or rider. There were 16 refusals for, amongst
others, Herbert Blöcker (GER) on Chicoletto, Matt Ryan (AUS)
on Bonza Katoomba and Eddy Sans (FRA) on Ecile.
The competitors highly praised the organisers for the preparation
of the Cross Country track surface. "The work done here has
been fantastic. Such excellent conditions are very important for
us riders because they help us choose the competitions we take
part in", Bettina Hoy explained.
The full results can be found on http://www.rodderberg.de/turniergmbh/defaultturnier.htm
The next FEI World Cup qualifier will take place from 6 to 9 June
at Melbourne (AUS). The Final will be held in Pau (FRA) from 23
to 26 October. It will be contested by 45 of the world's top riders.
EVENTING IN AUSTRALIA
KADI SEALS SYDNEY VICTORY BY A WHISKER...
By Adam Fawcett in Australia
Kadi Eykamp has beaten her more fancied rivals to walk away the
surprise winner of this years CCI*** Sydney International Three
Day Event after having the only clear showjumping round to take
out the event on 67.80 points, just 2.8 ahead of Catherine Davies
and Queen's Ransom.
For Eykamp, the win boosts her chances of making the Australian
squad ahead of the 2004 Olympics with the 12 year old black thoroughbred
gelding Seal. The combination were one of the few to successfully
tackle the difficult Pemulways Waterhole involving a huge bounce
in with four strides to an extremely tight arrow head in water.
Heavy rain caused serious damage on cross country day where horses
fell and riders struggled to copy with the worsening conditions.
>From a field of fourteen that contested the three star class
just over half managed to complete the course. It wasn't just
the novice riders who were fighting to stay on top of the course
either with five of the three star combinations eliminated including
Atlanta and Sydney Gold Medallist Stuart Tinney and World Equestrian
Games competitor David Middleton.
The varied and steep terrain, tight turns and wet ground combined
with the mind of Australia's leading course designer Wayne Copping
saw 23 combinations fail to pass the finishing flags on cross
country day but with no fatalities incurred.
The Australian focus now shifts to the CCI*** Melbourne International
Three Day Event from June 7 to 9 which will provide many Australian
based riders with their last chance to catch the eye of selectors.
The event also doubles as the first Australian World Cup Qualifier
for the World Cup in October.
Herbert Schnapke, three decades ago the major German owner of
Jumping horses, died recently, aged 91. Schnapke, who owned a
leading oil importing company, sponsored, among others, horses
of Gerd Wiltfang, Hartwig Steenken and Hermann Schridde.