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Federation Equestre Internationale News

Piia Pantsu won the last World Cup Qualifier before the Final

The 18th and last FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier was held in Sweden in the framework of the Malmö City International Horse Trials from 28 through 31 August.

The city of Malmö is located in southern Sweden and the show ground known as Ribersborg is a well-established sea-side recreation area.

Piia Pantsu of Finland won the CIC 3 stars on Ypäjä Karuso with a total of 45.0 penalties. The couple had created the surprise at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez (ESP), by winning the bronze medal. The 32 years old Finnish rider earned her qualification to the first World Cup Eventing Final to be held in Pau (FRA) from 22 to 26 October 2003.

Piia Pantsu finished in third position after the Dressage with 70.00% (45.0 penalty), and cleared the Jumping course without faults, to find herself second before the cross country test, just behind Beeke Kaak from Germany. However, the latter gad a disastrous cross country test, with 20 obstacles faults and 8.8 time penalties in the cross country, to drop down to 16th place.

Linda Algotsson (SWE) with My Fair Lady finished second with 54.9 penalties, ahead of Pawel Spisak (POL) on Weriusz. 308 riders participated in the first season of the FEI Eventing World Cup, and 108 obtained points.

A total of 50 riders will start in the 1st FEI Eventing World Cup (45 qualified during the season and 5 wild cards allocated by the World Cup Committee).

The participating field of the Final will be announced shortly. In the meanwhile, the final rankings of the FEI Eventing World Cup can be found on the FEI website, section consult, results, eventing.


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