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Federation Equestre Internationale News

FEI World Cup Driving in Mechelen

The third competition of the FEI World Cup Driving takes place during the Flanders Christmas Horse Show in Mechelen, Belgium from 26 to 30 December 2003. Mechelen also hosts the FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage. Seven drivers will compete in Mechelen on 26 and 27 December, amongst which two wild cards. Achille Snoeys, the 59-year old driver from Oostmalle, also competed in the Nekkerhal last year, where he drove his team of Nonius horses to the seventh place. Snoeys is a well-known face in the international driving circuit. He represented Belgium many times at Championships and CAIO¹s, such as in Aachen 2003 where he was member of the golden team. Valère Standaert has been given the second wild card. Standaert was member of the silver medal winning team at the World Championships in 1994 and helped Belgium win the gold medal in 1996. Standaert came third at this year¹s national Championships and he will compete in Mechelen with his team of German and Belgian warmblood horses. The wild card drivers will have to compete against their fellow countryman Gert Schrijvers, who started his third indoor season several weeks ago in Stockholm. Foreign drivers Rainer Duen from Germany, who will drive his first World Cup event of this season, Werner Ulrich from Switzerland, Tomas Eriksson from Sweden and IJsbrand Chardon from the Netherlands will complete the field of seven drivers.

The carriage driving competition in Mechelen will be opened with a performance of pair driver and harness maker Henk van der Wiel. The warm up competition takes place on Friday 26 December at 20.30 hrs. The World Cup competition is scheduled on Saturday 27 December at 20.35 hrs.

Created in 2001, the Driving World Cup has provided an innovative new style of competition for indoor events, with courses combining marathon and cone driving obstacles. The 2003/2004 season of the World Cup includes seven events with eight competitions: Stuttgart (GER), Stockholm (SWE), Mechelen (BEL) in 2003; Leipzig (GER), two competitions in Vigo (ESP), 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) and Göteborg (SWE) in 2004. The winner of the first two editions of the World Cup was Michael Freund

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