Equestre Internationale News
2 October 2003
WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG RIDERS
Spanish rider Giovanni Diaz Fernandez won the individual gold
at the FEI Young Riders Endurance World Championship which took
place on 27 September in Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA).
Giovanni completed the 120-km ride in 7hrs 28mins and 14 seconds
aboard Saukira, clocking an average speed of 16.33kmph.
Jacopo di Matteo of Italy riding Uruguay finished second a little
over two minutes behind the winner while Virginie Atger of France
and her mount Eleis d'Aurabelle took the bronze.
The Italian team composed of Carlo Di Battista on Jamil Bello,
Diana Origgi and Jasmineh, Simona Di Battista and Shalifa F. and
Ronnie Schiaretti on Ecart del Vento won the team gold with a
total time of 23:57.26. France took the silver in 24:04.38 and
the United Arab Emirates the bronze in 24:51:15.
FEI EUROPEAN YOUNG RIDERS EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP
The individual gold medal was won by German young rider Mickael
Jung and Marco (total of 51.20 penalties). The silver medal was
earned by Vittoria Panizzon on Rock Model from Italy and the bronze
medal went to British rider Abbigail Walter and Pendragon (59.00).
The Team Gold medal went to Great Britain with a total of 198.40
points penalties. The Silver medal went to Germany (205.00) and
the Bronze to Italy (223.30).
FEI GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS
Markus Fuchs (SUI) still in the lead - Malin Baryard (SWE) enters
the Top Ten
Markus Fuchs is firmly leading the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders
Rankings with a total of 3375 points. He could not recuperate
the 233 points he was dropping from last year but scored 180 points
in September, mainly at the CSI 4* at Haras de Jardy (FRA) where
he placed second in the Grand Prix. He is followed by two German
riders: Ludger Beerbaum with 2868 pts and Marcus Ehning (24849
pts.). Another German, Otto Becker is presently 4th, exchanging
place with Jos Lansink (BEL) who is now 5th. Brazilian rider Rodrigo
Pesso goes up once place and grabs No 6 spot thanks to his performance
in Spruce Meadows (CAN) and Jardy.
Young Swedish rider Malin Baryard goes up 4 places to enter the
Top Ten. She is now placed 10th with 1458 pts. She won 140 points
at Barcelona CSIO 5* where she finished 3rd in the Grand Prix
with HM Butterfly Flip. Therefore there are now two ladies in
the Top Ten, as the American Beezie Madden-Patton is No. 8, dropping
down 2 places (she was 6th last month).
The American riders are progressing well with Norman Dello Joio
going one more place up (he is now 11th) as is Peter Wylde from
13th to 12th place.
Michel Robert (FRA) who recently broke his collarbone, is dropping
out of the Top Ten and is now 15th.
The complete rankings can be found on the FEI website www.horsesport.org
, section consult/results/jumping
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RIDERS RANKINGS
Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the rankings with 80.701 points, ahead
of Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Beatriz Ferrer -Salat (ESP). With Wallstreet
22, Ulla Salzgeber finished first of the Kür at CDIO 3* of
Mondorf les Bains (LUX).
Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven (NED) is back in the Top Ten
(10th rank with 74.310).
complete rankings can be found on the FEI website www.horsesport.org
, section consult/results/dressage
EVENTING COMMITTEE MEETING
Punchestown (IRL), 21 September 2003
The Committee would like to thank all NFs and other parties involved
in Eventing for their input on its proposal sent to them for comments
early July 2003.
NFs were kindly requested to comment on the Committee's proposal
on the future evolution of FEI Eventing Championships and competitions
due to the change of the Olympic Format, format of Young Rider
and Junior Championships, name of discipline and categories for
The Eventing Committee reviewed all these comments at their recent
meeting and unanimously agreed to present the following recommendations
to the Bureau for decision beginning December.
The Committee now need to finalize the implementation of the recommendations
in regard to technical specifications, qualifications and other
related issues. Should these recommendations be accepted by Bureau,
the general concept will be circulated to NFs the introduction
of changes will be implemented a transitional period in 2004 to
be fully operational in 2005.
1. Redefinition of Eventing formats:
- CCI Long : Eventing long format as traditional CCI with roads
and tracks and steeplechase (Four Test Competition). = no change
- CCI Short : Eventing short format as traditional CCI without
roads and tracks and steeplechase. Rules similar to the current
CCIs including compulsory Horse Inspection and Jumping as last
test. (Three Test Competition).
- Current CICs : (One Day Event) to be considered as International
/ National lower level Events
2. FEI Championship Format:
All existing FEI Championships (Senior Continental, Young Rider,
Juniors and regional) to be organised in the CCI Short format
with the exception of WEG that will retain in future (2010) the
option for the long format. CCI Short format to be introduced
for Young Rider, Junior Championships and other Championships
to be held in 2004.
3. Age Group Eventing Young Riders & Juniors
Young Riders Age group: to be changed from 16-21 to 16 to 23.
Reason: allow for a longer competition period for Young riders
before entering Senior competitions, by providing the incentive/interest
of a championship to riders that would not continue otherwise.
Juniors Age Group: current 14 - 18 to be changed to 14-19 as a
logical consequence from the prolongation of the Young Riders
FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP
End of Season
The 18th and last leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup took place
in Malmö (SWE) from 28 to 31 August. The response of both
riders and event organisers to the sport's first linked series
was very positive. The qualifiers were part of well established
competition organised in the following ten countries: Great Britain
(4), France (2), Sweden (2), the USA (2), Germany (2), Australia
(2), Italy (1), Brazil (1), Russia (1) and Poland (1). The Final
of the first season of the FEI Eventing World Cup will take place
24 through 26 October 2003 in Pau (FRA). The competition will
be held at the "Domaine de Sers", France's second training
centre for race horses and venue of the 2001 European Eventing
Championship. Similarly to the qualifiers, it will be organised
as a three-star CIC.
Some 308 riders from more than 30 countries and four continents
took part in the qualifying competitions. One hundred and eighty
riders scored points counting towards the final standings. The
quality of the riders should be emphasized given that competitors
such as Pippa Funnell (GBR), William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Leslie Law
(GBR), Andrew Hoy (AUS), Andrew Nicholson (NZL), Blyth Tait (NZL)
or Jean Teulère (FRA) took part in more than one event
each. On the basis of the points earned and in accordance with
the current rules, fifty riders will be selected for participation
in the Final.
On the basis of this large international representation and the
exceptional level of riders' participation, momentum has steadily
built up towards an exceptional end of season and an exciting
Final in Pau (FRA).
2003 GLOBAL DRESSAGE FORUM
The 2003 Global Dressage Forum will be organised on 6 and 7 October
2003 in Hooge Mierde (NED).
The contributors to the 2003 Global Dressage Forum:
Ulla Salzgeber won the FEI World Cup and the European Championships
in 2003. She is bringing one of her top horses to the Global Dressage
Forum. After a theoretical introduction of her training method
she will ride and demonstrate her skills. The preparation and
warm up for big international competitions will be demonstrated.
Hans van Zetten is sports coordinator of the Dutch army, and involved
in international gymnastics. He was national coach of the Dutch
gymnasts and is now the commentator of Dutch television. The International
Dressage Trainers Club has invited Mr. van Zetten in 2003 to do
a research project on the development of judging in Olympic sports.
Mr. van Zetten gave an impressing explanation to members of the
FEI Dressage Committee during the CHIO in Aachen. He was then
invited to repeat the explanation at the Global Dressage Forum.
The evaluation of Hickstead will be an exciting evening session
of the Global Dressage Forum. It has been prepared in careful
coordination between Mariette Withages, David Hunt and Joep Bartels.
The tests of 12 riders at the EC in Hickstead will be analysed
with an ultra modern computer program, kindly offered by the Dutch
National Olympic Committee. Analysis will be made by 2 panels,
of top judges and top trainers.
Arthus Kottas was the 'Oberbereiter' of the Spanish Riding School
in Vienna for many years. He is considered to be one of the riders
with the best seat and an expert on work in hand. Mr. Kottas will
bring one of his horses to show the work from the ground, and
he will give a clinic with his daughter, who has been quite successful
recently in the European junior championships.
Richard Weis is a seat expert. He lives near Melbourne, Australia.
He was a dressage trainer for 10 years and then specialised in
the dynamics of the moving body. He graduated as an Alexander
therapist and has since then given clinics all over the globe.
In 2001 and 2003 he gave clinics and teached in Warendorf, Germany,
and in September 2003 he was the sensation of the biggest educational
event in Holland, the Academy Horse Event. Mr. Weis will give
a theoretical introduction to explain some backgrounds of body
awareness. He will involve the participants of the Global Dressage
Forum in some of his exercises. Mr Weis will also work with a
Gerd Heuschmann is the veterinarian who made a great impression
on the participants of the Global Dressage Forum in 2002. He is
asked back for the second time as he turned out to be the favourite
of the crowd. Mr. Heuschmann will give theoretical explanation
about the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse. His lecture will
be connected to the item of the German FN during this Global Dressage
Forum: the quality of collection. 'What is the connection between
the anatomy of the horse and the possibility
to collect', is one of the questions which will be discussed.
Christoph Hess is head of education at the German FN in Warendorf.
Mr. Hess made a great impression at the Global Dressage Forum
in 2002, presenting the item 'from pony rider to Grand Prix' with
his colleagues from the educational and training department. With
Germany's national trainer Holger Schmezer he will now introduce
an item on the quality of collection. Mr Schmezer has been very
successful in his career as Germany's national trainer, winning
all major titles with his riders in recent years.
More information on www.globaldressageforum.com
NEW HEAD OF THE FEI COMMERCIAL DIVISION
Christophe Troendle (SUI) 38 years old is joining the FEI as Head
of the newly created Commercial division. Born in Geneva, Christophe
has a University degree in Commercial and Industrial Science.
Having worked for 10 years at Nestlé in Switzerland, Australia
and Japan, Christophe Troendle has an excellent sales and marketing
background in a multinational environment. Since his childhood
he has been a sports fan with a capital "S" and has
worked as a ski trainer, as an ad-hoc sports journalist and has
been an active football player. When the opportunity came up he
decided to turn a hobby into a living and joined the UEFA (Union
of European Football Association) where he was, in his position
as Marketing Manager, responsible for all branding issues. For
the last two years Christophe Troendle worked for a Sports Entertainment
company, the Anschutz
Entertainment Group Inc. as the Commercial Director of one of
its franchise clubs, the Geneva Servette Hockey Club.
WORLD CUP JUMPING MANAGEMENT
Starting with the new 2003/2004 season, the World Cup Jumping
management will be handled within the FEI Secretariat in Lausanne.
Capt John P. Roche is the Technical Manager and Mrs Wiveka Lundh
the Commercial Manager of the FEI World Cup Jumping.
2004 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The 2004 General Assembly will take place on 20 and 21 April in
Paris (FRA). The meetings of the Geographical Groups have bee
scheduled for 18 and 19 April.
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Jose Jorge Canelas (POR), FEI member of the first FEI Endurance
Committee, died recently, aged 81. He was a former International
Judge in Jumping, Eventing and Endurance and member of the Equestrian
Federation of Portugal for many years. Horse breeder, Jose Jorge
Canelas was the former Chairman of the Portuguese Horse Breeding
Clarence "Honey" Craven (USA) died last 23 July 2003,
aged 98. Honey Craven was for 70 years associated with the National
Horse Show (CSIO) in New York in Madison Square Garden. From 1927
to 1958, he was the celebrated Ringmaster, then until 1983, he
was for 25 years its manager.