Equestre Internationale News
25 August 2003
European Jumping Championship
- North American Young Riders Championship
- World Combined Driving Pony Championship
- IPC Dressage World Championship
EUROPEAN JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP IN DONAUESCHINGEN (GER)
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
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 www.chi-donaueschingen.de
NORTH AMERICAN YOUNG RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
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 www.champ-amer.org.
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
Bronze USA Zone 2
WORLD COMBINED PONY DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
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
2 Josef STICKELBERGER AUT 122.47
3 Peter BORGMANN GER 122.48
1 Tobias BÜCKER GER 106.29
2 Peter KOUX DEN 121.77
3 Rudolf PIRHOFER AUT 122.73
PRINCESS ASTRID PATRON OF IPC DRESSAGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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".