Equestre Internationale News
FEI Eventing World Cup News
busy Eventing weekend lies ahead. The 15th and 16th FEI Eventing
World Cup qualifiers will be held simultaneously at Cavertitz
(GER) and Thirlestane Castle (GBR) from 15 through 17 August.
less than 74 riders representing Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy,
Japan, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland
will take part in this second German qualifier. Competition will
be particularly exciting as last weekend's winner Linda Algotsson
of Sweden will be bringing her two top horses Stand By Me and
Fair Dobbin to strengthen her chances for final qualification.
Current standings leader Andreas Dibowski (GER) will also be there
and so will Belgium's Karin Donckers. There is a lot at stake
for Ingrid Klimke of Germany, who won at Cavertitz in 2001. She
was 3rd in the 1st German World Cup qualifier at Bonn-Rodderberg
winning 20 points which makes her equal 3rd with Simone Deitermann
in the overall standings. She needs a victory in order to secure
qualification. Sixteen German riders hold World Cup points so
programme will be as follows:
Saturday, 16 August
Cross Country: 12h30
Prize-giving ceremony: 15h30
weekend sees the 20th edition of the Thirlestane Castle Horse
Trials, the largest international sporting event in the Scottish
Borders, which this years has attracted riders from nine nations.
the leading international riders who will be competing are standings
leaders William Fox-Pitt and last year's winner Leslie Law, number
1 of the FEI World Event Riders rankings Pippa Funnell, Mary King,
Jeanette Brakewell and Karen O'Connor (USA). Local riders include
Ian Stark and Niccy Roncouroni. Zara Phillips (GBR), the reigning
Young Rider champion and a silver medallist at last year's European
Championships who made her World Cup at Chatsworth last May, will
also be present.
new fences and challenging changes have been made to the Cross
Country phase which will fully test the boldness and accuracy
of both horse and rider at this 3*** level.