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Federation Equestre Internationale News

26 November 2003

- FEI Gandini World Riders Rankings, Top Ten Final
- Test event for FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Milan
- FEI Tutors’ course
- Stockholm Horse Show
- In Memoriam


This edition of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings decide on the participating field of the Top Ten Final to be held in Geneva (SUI) Palexpo arena next 6 December 2003.

The qualified riders are:

1 Markus Fuchs SUI 3265 pts
2 Ludger Beerbaum GER 2678
3 Marcus Ehning GER 2329
4 Lars Nieberg GER 2158
5 Jos Lansink BEL 2016
6 Otto Becker GER 1987
7 Rodrigo Pessoa BRA 1970
8 Beezie Madden - Patton USA 1864
9 Malin Baryard SWE 1708
10 Robert Smith GBR 1663

The 3rd Top Ten Final, open to the best 10 riders of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings will take place in Geneva on Saturday 6 December 2003. The first two editions of the Top Ten Final saw the victory of Ludger Beerbaum (GER), with Goldfever in 2001 and Gladdy’S in 2002.

It is the first time that two lady riders will participate in the Top Ten Final. Beezie Madden –Patton (USA) consolidate her position thanks to her 1st place in the Masters of Stuttgart and successful participation at CSIO Buenos Aires. The second rider is the young Malin Baryard (SWE), who just entered the Top Ten of the rankings this month thanks to her victory in the Grena Prix of Stuttgart. Malin won her first World Cup competition in Geneva in 2001 and is loved by the Swiss public.

There are six nationalities represented in the Top Ten. The reserve riders (place 11 to 13) for the Top Ten Final are Michael Whitaker, Peter Wylde and Ludo Philippaerts, who have already confirmed their attendance.

Complete rankings on, section results, jumping


>From 19 to 21 December 2003, the Forum of Assago, just outside of Milan (Italy) will host a CSI 3* that will serve as Test Event for the 2004 FEI Jumping World Cup Final. It will be the first time that the World Cup Final is organised in Italy. The Final was allocated to Milan last July and, as the venue has never before hosted an equestrian competition, it was decided that the CSI 3* already scheduled for December in the same venue, would be used as official Test Event for the final.

The Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE), which takes care of the organisation through its own exerienced team as well as with the support of its Regional branch (Comitato FISE Lombardia), has already defined all technical aspects together with the FEI during a joint meeting that took place in early November in Milan.

The CSI 3* Master Milano – Winter Show Jumping will use exactly the same infrastructures as the final: 190 stables will be built in a covered pavillion of the Forum; the competition ring (35 x 75) will test the same sand footing; the collecting ring will be in a temporary structure adjacent to the stables (30 X 80).

The Italian Christmas show will feature three classes per day with the highlight on Sunday with the Grand Pix Città di Milano that will offer a prize money of 40.000 €. An invitational CDI will also take be organised in the frame of the event.

Army Equitation School, Dublin (IRL), 17-19 November 2003

Further to the task the FEI gave to the FEI Development Working Group to create a coaching structure for developing national federations, the FEI asked a group of leading trainers, all of whom have worked in developing National Federations to become the first FEI Tutors. They are Karl-Heinz Giebmanns (GER), Lars Meyer zu Bexten (GER), Kathy Amos Jacob (FRA), Jean-Philippe Camboulives (FRA), Susanne Macken (IRL), Daan Nanning (NED), Peter Strijbosch (NED) and Lt Col Gerry Mullins (IRL).

The task of the tutors will be to implement the FEI Coaching System and conduct courses for coaches in developing regions. To achieve this goal, this panel of experts met in Dublin, at the Army Equitation School, the domain of Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins, Chairman of the FEI Development Working Group, where a specific course focusing on interactive adult education communication’s techniques and tutoring was held. This course was conducted by a renowned expert in communication, Liam Moggan from the National Coaching & Training Centre (NCTC) in Limerick (IRL).

Apart from the practical sessions where FEI Tutors were instructed on and practised Tutor and Coaching techniques, the participants enjoyed a very interesting lecture on “The Rider Pathway to Excellence” by Dr Istvan Balyi, NCTC International Advisor on Long term Player/Athlete Development. Mr Pat Duffy, Chair of the NCTC gave a short presentation on the history of the NCTC and how they develop the Coach Education Syllabi (menu) for all sports in Ireland and the relationship and differences between Coaching and Tutoring techniques.

The course was organised thanks to Lt Col. Gerry Mullins, Commanding Officer, The Army Equitation School, Dublin, in conjunction with the National Coaching & Training Centre in Limerick and the Equestrian Federation of Ireland (EFI).


Last year the Stockholm International Horse Show celebrated its 10th anniversary with a record-breaking audience of over 75 000 spectators in three days. This year again competitions of the highest level will be organised in Jumping, Dressage and Four-in-Hand Driving, as well as spectacular performances of international horse artists.

The reigning World champion in Jumping Dermott Lennon will come back to Stockholm for the third time and have a go in the Mitsubishi Grand Prix and try to grab the event prize of a Mitsubishi Outlander. Sweden is gathering a top squad led by Malin Baryard.

The leader of the World Cup standings Eric van der Vleuten who beat Malin Baryard in the World Cup Qualifiers both in Helsinki and in Oslo will also come to Stockholm so she has a chance to get even on her home ground.

Heike Kemmer was part of the German gold winning team at Hickstead European Dressage Championship this year. Jan Brink brought home the individual silver medal. This week-end they will meet again in Stockholm for the FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier. The complete Swedish team of the Europeans, Louise Nathhorst, Helena Larson
and Minna Telde together with Brink, will start in Stockholm.

Stockholm International Horse Show has been voted the best indoor driving arena in the world by the Four-in-Hand drivers. IJsbrand Chardon, Tomas Eriksson, Michael Freund, Jan-Erik Pålsson, Gert Schrijvers and Boyd Exell will drive in Stockholm for the second leg of the FEI World Cup Driving 2003/2004 season.

Mr Jean Romanet (FRA), leading personality in the Horseracing world, died recently at the age of 89. Not only was he the Chairman of the annual meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities based in Paris, he was also crucial in establishing a communicating link between IFHA and the FEI. At his initiative, the FEI became involved in the Office International des Epizooties (the global organisation for monitoring animal diseases) with whom the FEI has an official agreement for collaboration at
this place. He also set up the annual participation of the FEI in the IFHA International Conference, where the collaboration between the two competition organisations has become very effective.

Mr Manuel Ferreira Lima (POR) died last 30 October after along illness. Manuel Ferreira Lima dedicated his life to equestrian sport and was the President of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation from 1983 to 1986. He presided the CSIO of Lisbon from 1972 to 1974 and then in 1979 and 1980 and became member of the FEI Judicial Committee from 1986 to 1991. He also chaired the POR NF annual assembly from 1987 to 1999.

This week-end
CSI 5* Belfast
CSI 4* Stockholm


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