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- World Cup Final Dressage moved to Denmark
- 2000 FEI World Jumpin Challenge
- Participation of women in sport administration
- In Memoriam: Mr J.-J. de Watteville
- FEI General Assembly


The Brazilian Equestrian Federation having been unable to find the financial necessary support to organise the 2001 World Cup Dressage Final in Sao Paulo, further to the late withdrawal of the Organising Committee and main sponsor, the Final has been moved to Denmark.
The World Cup Dressage Director and Dressage Committee Chairman, in cooperation with BCM, have studied several offers of replacement by European cities. After careful assessment of all proposals, in consultation with the Secretary General, they have recommended the Executive Board to re-allocate the Final to Vilhelmsborg Castle near Aarhus (DEN) most probably at the same date, i.e. 5-7 April. The Executive Board confirmed the re-allocation today.

It is the first time that Denmark, country with long and rich history of equestrian sports and which contributed to dressage with several famous riders and horses, hosts the Dressage World Cup Final.
Amil, the sponsor of the North and South American World Cup leagues as well of the former Final in São Paulo regrets the cancellation of the Final in Brazil and promised financial support to the Final in Denmark.


At the beginning of January, FEI and the Dutch company Best Communications Management (BCM) entered into a new agreement thereby continuing their long-term cooperation.

BCM's sponsorship of the FEI World Cup Dressage, initiated in 1998, is renewed until 30 April 2002, with an option for extension to a further period until April 2006. The FEI and BCM will continue to cooperate for the press service of the World Cup Dressage.

FEI and BCM also agree to continue their fruitful collaboration in the monthly magazine Horse International and the yearbook L'Année Hippique, published by BCM, which is covering the International equestrian year and is the official yearbook of the FEI.

BCM had been in charge of the calculation of the Jumping and Dressage rankings since their creation. Beginning 1 January 2001, the FEI Secretariat produces both the Jumping and Dressage Ranking lists. The calculation rules of both rankings have been amended and will be further developed by the FEI Jumping and Dressage Committees BCM and FEI have agreed to exchange data and results and work closely together in this regard. The computer list for Dressage will be called the FEI/BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings. After a pleasant settlement, BCM and the FEI agreed that the Jumping rankings will no longer carry the BCM name.


The year 2000 saw the second edition of the FEI Emirates Worldwide Endurance
Rankings. The rankings sponsored by the UAE NF and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have had a very positive effect on the development of International Endurance. In 2000 there were 80 CEI events compared to 63 in 1999 and the number is set to increase significantly in 2001. In all 800 riders and 1000 horses took part in FEI rides throughout the year all striving for points in this the most valuable of the FEI Ranking lists.

Complete rankings on


As in 1999, the FEI World Jumping Challenge began its season in March in New Zealand. The participation did not vary very much in comparison to last year. A total of 36 countries against 40 in 1999 participated. The scheme of the competition slightly differed from last year, i.e. the competition was reduced: 2 competitions of 2 rounds instead of 3 rounds, NFs were allowed to organise Category A and B, the size of the arena was reduced : 65 m X 45 m. The Category A courses over 1.20 m and those of Category B over 1.05 m were designed by Mr Werner Deeg (GER).

In total, 572 competitors took part in the FEI World Jumping Challenge 2000,
> i.e. 407 riders from 31 NFs in Category A over four courses (1.20 m) and 165
> riders from 17 NFs in Category B over four courses (1.05 m). The introduction of the new formula has resulted in a significant increase in the participation of Category B, i.e. 165 riders in 2000 against 60 last year.

The Individual winner of Category A was Mr Mark Brooks from New Zealand and Mrs Gabriella Mizrachi from Panama won the Category B. It is to be mentioned that, in 1997 already, Gabriella Mizrachi won the FEI Children's International Jumping Competition, Cat. B on her same horse, Red Stripe.

New Zealand again won Category A Team Competition whilst Saudi Arabia took the lead of Category B Team Competition. Final Individual Ranking by Category


1. Mark Brooks Wynyard Blu-Stori NZL 0 87.97
2. Brooke Zander Wantwood NZL 0 95.04
3. Camilo Cristancho Galou COL 0 96.09


1. Gabriella Mizrachi Red Stripe PAN 0 76.30
2. Monica Villalobos Amigo CRC 0 85.50
3. Anne Lindroth Central Carolina BER 0 87.02

Final Team Ranking


1. New Zealand 1. Saudi Arabia
2. Chili 2. Zambia
3. Mexico 3. Kenya


IOC Vice President Anita L. DeFrantz reported to the IOC Executive Board meeting in December 2000 on the participation of women in sports administration. Her study showed that only one third of the sports international federations and about 80 National Olympic Committees had managed to meet the IOC's recommendation made in 1996 to have at least 10% female representatives in their administration by 2000. The FEI is the sports Federation with the highest percentage (33%) followed by hockey (30%), rowing (29%), figure-skating (27%), gymnastics, basketball, shooting and triathlon.


Mr Jean-Jacques de Watteville, respected international judge in Jumping passed away on 7 January 2001 aged 70. Active jumping rider, Mr de Watteville, held several voluntary positions within the Swiss Equestrian Federation: Vice-President, Technical Manager for Jumping, and President of the national jury in charge of judges' instruction. He was also course director by the FEI and FEI International Judge in Jumping.


The General Assembly is hosted by the American Horse Show Association in San Francisco (USA)

Monday 23 April: Executive Board
Tuesday 24 April: Bureau Meeting I
Wednesday 25 April: AM Group Meeting, PM Group meet the Bureau
Thursday 26 April: AM Forum, PM General Assembly, evening: FEI Prize Giving ceremony
Friday 27 April: AM General Assembly, PM Bureau Meeting

The FEI General Assembly meets to approve the agenda items within the functions and powers granted according to the Statutes, e.g. reports on elections, affiliations, budget, changes of statutes and regulations, proposals. Delegates are informed about the evolution and developments of the FEI (guidelines).

The Bureau Meeting consists of preparation of matters and decisions to be taken at the General Assembly and control of their implementation. Responsible for the general direction of the FEI and for all relevant matters not reserved to the General Assembly or to other bodies established under the Statutes.

Group Meetings are exchange of views between National Federations and Chairmen of Geographic Groups I to IX about structure, development guidelines, courses, seminars, support for shows, etc.
The Forum is an informal meeting between representatives of the federations, riders and organisers associations and the Bureau. The Forum will mainly be devoted to the Eventing discipline.
Complete information, forms and online registration are available on the FEI website, section reference, chapter "working docs".


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