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Federation Equestre Internationale News

14 February 2003

- Endurance Forum and Seminars
- 2002 Best Horse and Rider Combination in Jumping
- World Cup Driving and Jumping in Vigo
- FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas


A number of Forums, both open and technical were held from 7 to 9 February 2003 in Paris, France.

Organised by the FEI Endurance Committee in conjunction with the French Federation, the Open Forum (7th) chaired by FEI 1st Vice President, Freddy Serpieri, was attended by 115 participants from 29 National Federations. Discussions were free flowing and wide ranging on the future of the discipline.

In the morning of the session, power point presentations were given by delegates from around the world giving detailed information on the structures and competition formats of endurance world wide.

After lunch the delegates debated a number of issues relating to the qualification criteria for FEI rides, competition speeds and distances, welfare controls, Veterinary issues and future changes. A number of proposals over rule changes were discussed and agreed for consideration by the Endurance Committee

The Technical Delegate Seminar (8th) was attended by over 40 participants from around the world and explored the establishment of future TD course content and examinations, the session was lead by Mrs Carol Bunting (GBR) assisted by Dr Jim Bryant (CAN).

After a detailed examination of existing rules and regulations for FEI Technical Delegates a number of actual case studies were considered and discussed by the group. A constructive debate followed and resulted in a number of specific issues for Endurance Riding which will be incorporated into the published course.

A Veterinary Seminar completed the programme (9th) with nearly 50 experienced Endurance Vets contributing to the session. Lead by Dr Jim Bryant (CAN) and assisted by Dr Fred Barrelet (SUI), discussions concentrated on the future care of competing horses and existing/future research projects that will assist this ongoing programme.

There was much discussion on some interesting research work being undertaken in France and in other areas around the world. Details were provided to those present for further review and comment.

It was agreed that a Veterinary Advisory Panel was needed to continue this specialised work and to provide the Endurance Committee with any information that could assist its ongoing management of the discipline.

It was agreed by all of those delegates who attended the various forums and technical sessions that, if possible, it should repeated on an annual basis as it was such a success.

The FEI Endurance Committee met in Paris on the 10th February 2003 when aspects concerning the future of the sport and the matters raised in the forum and seminars were discussed in detail. As a direct result of the outcome from the open forum some changes were agreed in the rules concerning qualification for major championships and will be recommended to the Bureau for approval.


The 2002 Best Horse and Rider Combination List is based on the 2002 results of the FEI Gandini Jumping Riders Rankings.

Ludger Beerbaum and Gladdys S are the best combination of 2002 with 1531 points ahead of another German combination Otto Becker/Dobel's Cento. Beerbaum placed twice in the Top 5, he is 5th with Goldfever 3.

Number 7 of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings, Lars Nieberg, only places at 33rd rank of the Horse/Rider Combination List with Andaltus As FRH, as he obtained points for the rankings with several other horses such as Fighting Alpha, Giorgio 66 and Albertino 17.

Beerbaum and Pessoa are the only riders to place twice in the 40 best combinations of 2002.

1 Ludger Beerbaum Gladdys S GER 1531
2 Otto Becker Dobel's Cento GER 1478
3 Markus Fuchs Tinka's Boy SUI 1411
4 Marcus Ehning For Pleasure GER 1300
5 Ludger Beerbaum Goldfever 3 GER 1263
6 Rodrigo Pessoa Baloubet du Rouet BRA 1243
7 Eric Navet Dollar du Murier Hts de Seine FRA 1184
8 Jeroen Dubbeldam De Sjiem NED 1112
9 Gianni Govoni Loro Piana Havinia ITA 1070
10 M. Michaels Beerbaum Shutterfly - GER 1068


The five drivers who competed in Bordeaux last weekend, amongst which the unbeaten leader of the standings Michael Freund, safely travelled to Vigo at the beginning of the week. For title defender Freund and his colleagues Gert Schrijvers (Belgium), Rainer Duen (Germany) and Werner Ulrich (Switzerland) it will be the last competition before the final, which will take place in Göteborg from 27 to 30 March 2003. Only the best five drivers of the standings after 's-Hertogenbosch, which is the next leg after Vigo, will qualify for the final.

Vigo will also host a qualifier of the World Cup Jumping. The leader of the standings of the World Cup Western European League, the Swiss Markus Fuchs, will be among the starters in Vigo.


The 25th World Cup Final in Jumping, supported by Budweiser, will take place in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from 16 to 20 April 2003.

Started in 1979, the World Cup Final is one of the biggest event of the yearly Jumping calendar and include the world's best riders in the discipline.

The 2003 World Cup Final will be the 5th final organised in the USA and for the second time in Las Vegas. In 2000, Las Vegas welcomed nearly 36,000 spectators.

The Final will take place at the end of the weekend on Sunday afternoon: the final leg of the World Cup Final, a challenging two-round class run under Table A with a jump-off in case of a tie

To order tickets or for more information on the 2003 World Cup Final, visit or call (702) 260-8605 or toll-free (866) 388-3267.


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