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Federation Equestre Internationale News

5 February 2003

- World Cup Dressage Final
- FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
- FEI World Cup Driving on TV
- Date of European Reining Championship
- 2002 Top Driver Award
- Change of date for FEI Dressage course
- Bordeaux CSI-W CAI-W
- In Memoriam


The World Cup Dressage Final will be held from 27 to 30 March 2003 in Göteborg (SWE). It is the 6th time that the Final is organised in Göteborg. Last time was in 1998 and the Final was won by a home rider Louise Nathhorst on Walk on Top.

Seven competitions are scheduled during the four days of the Göteborg Horse Show, including the FEI World Cup Dressage Final, a qualifier of the FEI World Cup Jumping and one of the FEI World Cup Driving.

The Ppress accreditation form, detailed programme and media information can be found on Göteborg Horse Show website

Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven, leader of the current World Cup standings of the Western European League after the San Patrignano qualifier, will not be able to participate in the Final further to an accident which occurred on 17 January at her home stables. She fell off her horse Gestion Joker during a training session and broke her upper leg. She will not be able to compete for the next two or three months.

Complete standings on FEI website, section consult/results/dressage.

The number of participants in the Final will increase from 14 to 18 riders and for the first time the Kür will be split into a big final and a small final. The best 12 riders from the Grand Prix will participate in the big Final. The Grand Prix will be a qualifying competition only and will not count towards the final result. The Kür will decide on the World Cup Champion’s title. Also for the first time, there will be seven judges, as in main championships.

Situated in the centre of Göteborg, the Scandinavium arena has a total capacity of 12.000 spectators. The Göteborg Horse Show is hosted for the 27th time in the Scandinavium and has an audience of about 60.000 – 70.000 spectators every year. It is held in conjunction with the EuroHorse Fair, which takes place just next to the arena in the Swedish Exhibition Centre.


There is no big changes in the Top Ten of the FEI Gandini Jumping Riders’ World Rankings lists including events starting from 1 February 2002 to 31 January 2003. Ludger Beerbaum still firmly leads the rankings with 3604 points ahead of Rodrigo Pessoa. Markus Fuchs moved up from 5th to 3rd place. Fuchs earned 190 points in Leipzig where he won the qualifying competition and the World Cup. He earned another 80 points in Zurich where he placed 4th in the Grand Prix.

The first Lady Rider is again Leslie Howard who moved up from 13th to 12th position.


The only Dressage event of January, CDI-W San Patrignano (ITA), did not lead to any change in the Top Ten. Ulla Salzgeber is still Number 1, followed by Nadine Capellmann and Lisa Wilcox. The winner of San Patrignano, Monica Teodorescu, moved up from 17th to 15th place.

Detailed rankings on FEI website, section consult/result


The FEI’s Indoor World Cup Driving Series will be broadcast internationally across Europe and Asia from 5 February 2003. CNBC Sports and ESPN Star Sports will broadcast eight competitions including the final from the 2002/3 Driving Series.

The exciting new series, produced by FEI TV Consultant MBPtv (Producers of the successful FEI World Cup Jumping and Samsung Nations Cup Series), will be broadcast in a thirty-minute format.

The series presents a highlights package of fast-moving and thrilling event footage, interlaced with exclusive interviews and features with leading personalities from the Driving world. Each programme is presented ‘as live’ from a leading European venue and introduces this exciting sport to television with a modern, dynamic combination of ‘live’ footage, unique 3D course graphics, clear and concise explanations of the rules and fantastic slow-motion replays.

CNBC Sports Europe

#1 Stuttgart - 8th February
#2 Stockholm - 15th February
#3 Geneva - 22nd February
#4 Leipzig - 12th April
#5 Bordeaux - 12th April
#6 Vigo - 19th April
#7 's-Hertogenbosch - 19th April
#8 Goteborg - 26th April

ESPN Star Sports

#1 Stuttgart - 5th February
#2 Stockholm - 13th February
#3 Geneva - 20th February
#4 Leipzig - 25th February
#5 Bordeaux - 5th March
#6 Vigo - 12th March
#7 's-Hertogenbosch - 2nd April
#8 Goteborg - 9th April

CNBC Sports Asia

#4 Leipzig - 9th March
#5 Bordeaux - 23rd March
#6 Vigo - 30th March
#7 's-Hertogenbosch - 6th April
#8 Goteborg - 26th April


The final dates of the 1st European Reining Championship were confirmed from 28 to 30 August 2003. The Championship will take place in Reggio Emilia (ITA) in conjunction with the European Championship of the American Quarter Horses.


FEI Singles Top Driver Award

Carina Ekenberg (SWE), following participation in four of the ten Top Driver Award events, accumulated 67 points to become the overall winner. Ninety-one competitors received points during the series.

FEI Pairs Top Driver Award

Ladislav Jirgala (CZE), following participation in three of the twelve Top Driver Award events, accumulated 40 points to become the overall winner. One-hundred and nine competitors received points during the series.

FEI Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award

Christoph Sandmann (GER), following participation at five of the fourteen Top Driver Award events, accumulated 72 points to become the overall winner. Sandmann obtained this award once previously in 1994. Seventy-six competitors received points during the series.


Please note that the dates of the FEI Course for National, Candidate International and International Judges in Jozefin (POL) have been modified. It will take place from 8 through 10 May 2003, instead of 3 and 4 May 2003 as previously announced. The course is open to the NFs from Groups I, II and III and the fee is EUR 75. Application must be sent to Dr Wojcieh Markowski by fax (48.81) 532 04 13 or email by 1 March 2003.


The International Jumping Bordeaux will welcome many of the world’s best Jumping riders for the 10th qualifier of the FEI World Cup Jumping, among which the leader of the current Western European standings Rodrigo Pessoa.

After the success of last year’s edition, the Jumping International de Bordeaux will host the FEI World Cup Driving competition for the second time. The winner of last year’s competition in Bordeaux and current leader of the standings, Germany’s Michael Freund, will compete again in the 6th leg of the FEI Driving Indoor series.

For more information and detailed programme, visit


Mr Knut Enger (NOR), International Judge in Jumping, suddenly passed away on 23 January 2003. Mr Enger greatly contributed to the Norwegian Equestrian Federation as a judge and member of the NF’s Rule Committee and Jumping Judge Committee.


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