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Federation Equestre Internationale News

25 August 2003

- European Jumping Championship
- North American Young Riders Championship
- World Combined Driving Pony Championship
- IPC Dressage World Championship


Germany wins the European title for fifth time, and grabs all three individual medals

Germany takes the Team gold and all three individual medals in the European Jumping Championship, with a surprise victory by newcomer Christian Ahlmann.

The Team title was decided on Friday 22 August in front of 11.000 enthusiastic spectators. None of the four Germans finished without penalty points in both rounds - this was only achieved by Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, and Kevin Babington from Ireland. However, with four penalty points from each round, Christian Ahlmann on Cöster, Otto Becker on Dobel's Cento, Ludger Beerbaum on Goldfever and Marcus Ehning on For Pleasure masterfully defended their lead which they had elaborated in the speed and handiness competition the day before. With a total penalty score of 15,15 points, the German team was more than 10 points ahead of the second placed team from France, which consisted of Eric Levallois (Diamant de Semilly), Reynald Angot (Tlaloc M), Michel Hecart (Quilano de Kalvarie) and Michel Robert (Galet d'Auzay), who ended up with 25,30 penalty points. Switzerland, with Willi Melliger (Gold du Talus), Beat Mändli (Pozitano), Steve Guerdat (Tepic La Silla) and Markus Fuchs (Tinka's Boy) earned the bronze medal with a total of 28,86 points.

Three nations earned their qualification to the 2004 Olympic Games in Donaueschingen: Switzerland, Ireland and Italy. The 15 nations qualified to compete in Athens are now all known: Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

The newcomer in the German team, Christian Ahlmann, 28, won the Individual gold on Sunday in front of defending European champion Ludger Beerbaum and
Marcus Ehning.

The Individual Final was very exciting with the 6 best riders finishing with less than a point difference. In the most dramatic of finishes, the veteran Belgian Ludo Phillipaerts, riding the grey Parco, lost the gold medal by just one time fault.

The Swedish star Malin Baryard rose from 12th to second place in the first round of the individual final, but a fault in the second round dropped her to 5th place.

All results on


American riders win 5 gold medals at the Championnat des Amériques, Canada steels gold in individual Jumping

The North American Young Riders Championship in the three Olympic disciplines drew some 14,000 spectators as it came to a close on Sunday 24 August in Bromont (CAN). The United States were the big winners of this equestrian event for young riders taking 15 of the 18 medals being awarded, leaving three to Canada.

It is in team competitions that Canada had the most success with a gold medal in Jumping won by the Ontario Team and a bronze medal in the Eventing discipline won by a joint Québec-Ontorio team with Québec rider Colleen Loach. The United States won gold in the other categories, Dressage and Eventing.

In the individual competitions, the United States walked away with all three gold medals in Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.

A $206,000 cheque was presented to honorary guest Nanette Workman by Jean Fabi, President of the Organising Committee. All the surplus generated by the event was destined to a group of nine charities benefiting children in needs.

Pictures and results are available in the media section of the web site of the Championnat des Amériques at

Eventing - team
Gold USA area 2
Silver USA area 3/5/8
Bronze Canada (Québec-Ontario)

Dressage - team
Gold USA Zone 3
Silver USA Zone 1
Bronze USA Zone 2

Jumping - team
Gold Ontario - Canada
Silver USA Zone 2
Bronze USA Zone 7 & Zone 4-6

Eventing - individual
Gold USA Zone 4-7
Silver USA Zone 2
Bronze USA Zone 3-5-8

Dressage - individual
Gold USA Zone 1
Silver USA Zone 2
Bronze USA Zone 7

Jumping - individual
Gold USA zone 7
Silver Canada-Ontario
Bronze USA Zone 2


The first ever World Combined Pony Driving Championship was held from 14 to 17 August in Karlstetten (AUT).

Germany was the undisputed leader of the championships and won gold in all three categories (Four-in-Hand, Pairs and Single) as well as the Team gold.

German drivers Dirk Gerkens (Four-in-Hand), Steffen Abicht (Pairs), Tobias Bücker (Single) led the championships from the first Dressage day to earn a well deserved individual gold medal each. Together with Elke Hillebrandt (Single), Peter Borgmann (Pairs) und Martin Thiemann (Four-in-Hand), they were unbeatable and earned the team Gold medal with a total of 329,92, praising the excellent work of their trainer Ewald Meier. The silver medal went to the Netherlands and the bronze to Austria.

The Championships were held in a cheerful atmosphere and were very successful, thanks to the more than 100 volunteers that helped the Organising Committee. More than 5000 spectators attended the Marathon on Saturday.

1 Dirk GERKENS GER 134.50
2 Martin THIEMANN GER 138.12
3 Pjotr van der HEYDEN NED 142.08

1 Steffen ABICHT GER 102.61
3 Peter BORGMANN GER 122.48

1 Tobias BÜCKER GER 106.29
2 Peter KOUX DEN 121.77
3 Rudolf PIRHOFER AUT 122.73


The 5th IPC Dressage World Championships will take place from 2 to 7 September in Moorsele, Belgium, under the Patronage of the Princess Astrid of Belgium. They will be a major selection trial for dressage competitors who want to qualify for the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games.

Under the lead of its present Chairperson (Jonquil Solt) and her committee, Equestrian has grown at a remarkable rate. Dressage riders with a disability first competed at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games. In 1996, there were 16 nations practising the sport; now there are 40.

Thirty-six of these 40 nations have entered riders for the World Championships and a total of 120 riders with a disability are expected to compete at the competitions in Belgium.

Equestrian has established itself as a sport of substance. It has a robust infrastructure of rules, based on those of the FEI but widely adjusted to cater for persons with a disability. The forthcoming World Championships will demonstrate the high standards of performance that have been attained over the years based on the motto of the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee: "It's ability that counts - not disability".


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