Equestre Internationale News
FEI World Cup Jumping News: Almost Angot Steals The Show
Angot, sister-in-law of WEG team gold medallist Reynald Angot,
created a real sensation when winning tonights FEI World
Cup qualifier in Vigo, Spain.
French lady rider had the best of the draw in the eight-horse
jump-off and used it to full advantage when steering the 13 year
old mare Cigale du Tallis across the line more than one second
ahead of Brazils Bernardo Alves who had to settle for runner-up
spot with Canturo.
was a class full of drama with two competitors eliminated and
another four choosing to retire as Spanish course-designer Avelino
Miravales track took its toll. Reynald Angot and Tlaloc
M were one of the eliminated partnerships and Eugenie said "the
triple bar was very difficult, lots of horses did not jump it
well and I found it difficult too. I also jumped in Bordeaux but
I think the track today was bigger than it was there and longer,
with difficult distances, so I knew that the only way to go was
to keep the horse quiet and ride with my head".
33 year old Frenchwoman, who won the European Young Rider Championship
back in 1989, certainly kept a cool head in the jump-off. "My
horse is especially fast but I was afraid of Toni Hassmann who
was fourth to go. Meurers Le Patron is normally so quick,
but they had a refusal and the next few riders just kept going
faster and faster" she said.
Jean-Claude Vangeenberghe was sixth into the ring and set a scorching
target in 36.60 seconds with Osta Rugs Richebourg but Brazils
Bernardo Alves shaved almost a full second off that in a thrilling
round from Canturo, and it was a time of 35.71 seconds or better
that Eugenie was chasing when she came into the ring, last to
knew Bernardo had gone crazy-fast and that if I went the same
way I might not win but I had walked the course with Jean-Maurice
Bonneau who told me to look at the jump-off course in case I was
clear and now I am very glad that I did! We saw a right turn to
the combination that nobody else did and when I rode into the
ring I thought I must do what I can to win it" she
to Reynald Angots older brother Cedric, Eugenie has been
competing for many years but took time out for the birth of her
two children at different stages of her career. "One of my
children is nine years old and the other is just two so I have
had some good horses but had to take a break every now and then"
she said. "I competed in two World Cup shows in 1996 but
this is my first time to come back onto the World Cup circuit
and Im really thrilled with my mare Cigale du Tallis. She
started to go well in November and was good at Vangeenberghes
show and then at La Coruna but I never expected that she would
have improved to this level already" Eugenie added.
30 points on the FEI World Cup leaderboard, after just two outings,
she now stands a good chance of making it to the Final in Milan
if she can produce another good result at the last three legs
of the series and, since she had already planned to jump in Paris
in three weeks time, she is surprised at the position in
which she finds herself. "It would be unbelievable if I could
make it to the final" she said.
result has elevated Toni Hassmann from ninth to joint-fourth with
Thomas Velin on the leaderboard which is still headed by Jos Lansink
and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum while Helena Weinberg lies in third
the 12th and third-last qualifying leg of the 2003/2004 FEI World
Cup series in the French capital on March 6th however all eyes
will be on the new home-side heroine Eugenie Angot who, tonight,
once more proved just how unpredictable the sport of show jumping
1, Cigale du Tallis (Eugenie Angot) Fra 0/0 34.63; 2, Canturo
(Bernardo Alves) Bra 0/0 35.71; 3, Osta Rugs Richebourg (Jean-Claude
Vangeengerghe) Bel 0/0 36.60; 4, Qualite (Robert Whitaker) GB
0/0 36.86; 5, Pro Pilot 11 (Edouard Couperie) Fra 0/0 37.73; 6,
ET Royal Volo (Tony Andre Hansen) Nor 0/0 40.07; 7, Meurers
Le Patron (Toni Hassmann) Ger 0/8 43.25; 8, Carlot 111 (Maria
Sundberg) Swe 0/8 44.61; 9, Espoir de la Haye (Jesus Garmendia)
Esp 1 fault; equal 10, Platina Van de Cumul (Dirk Demeersman)
Bel, Meautrys Locarno (Luciana Diniz-Knippling) Bra, Kalusha
(Robert Smith) GB, Kira 111 (Ludo Philippaerts) Bel, Goldfever
(Ludger Beerbaum) Ger, Hofgut Liederbachs Ingmar (Pia-Luise
Aufrecht) Ger, Portofino (Michael Whitaker) GB, VDL Groep Innovation
(Steve Guerdat) Sui 4 faults; equal 18, Cavali del Sole Fidelio
(Pilar Cordon Muro) Esp, Verelst Roxanne (Marc Van Dijck) Bel
5 faults; equal 20, Van Schijndels Now or Never (Piet Raymakers)
Ned, Lord Z (John Whitaker) GB, Audis Jikke (Eric Van der
Vleuten) Ned 8 faults.
WORLD CUP JUMPING LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 11 IN VIGO:
Lansink and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum - 57.
3. Helena Weinberg - 53
4. Thomas Velin and Toni Hassmann 52
6. Eric Van der Vleuten - 51
Marco Kutscher 50
Michael Whitaker 49
Ludo Philippaerts and Rolf Goran Bengtsson 46
Hubert Bourdy 39
Peter Wylde and Rodrigo Pessoa 38.
14. Jeroen Dubbeldam, Marcus Ehning and Otto Becker - 37.
17. Bruno Broucqsault, Christophe Barbeau, Malin Baryard
20. Lars Nieberg and Wim Schroder 35.
All results from Vigo are available on Sports Computer Graphics
next leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series takes place in Paris
on March 6th 2004. The website for CSI-W Paris-Bercy is www.paris-horse-show.com
and Show Director is Jacinte Giscard dEstaing.
FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING SERIES CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Helsinki - 19 October; 2, Oslo - 26 October; 3, Verona - 9 November;
4, Berlin - 16 November; 5, Geneva - 7 December; 6, Olympia, London
- 21 December; 7, Mechelen - 30 December; 8, Leipzig - 25 January;
9, Amsterdam - 1 February; 10, Bordeaux - 7 February; 11, Vigo
- 14 February; 12, Paris - 6 March; 13, s'Hertogenbosch - 28 March;
14, Gothenburg - 11 April. Final in Milan - 21-25 April.
BIOGRAPHIES on riders competing in the FEI World Cup series are
CAN DOWNLOAD THE NEWLY REVISED RULES for the World Cup for Jumping
Riders from FEI website: www.horsesport.org.
World Cup jumping has entered its 26th year. The series, created
in 1978, today comprises 12 leagues on all continents. The best
riders from over 100 World Cup preliminary competitions will qualify
for the Final in Milan (ITA) from 21 to 25 April 2004. The title-holder
is Markus Ehning (GER). The Federation Equestre Internationale
(FEI), founded in 1921, is
the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and includes 130 National
sport has been on the Olympic programme since 1912 with three
disciplines - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. It is one of the
very few sports in which men and women compete on equal terms.
It is also the only sport which involves two athletes - horse
and rider - and the FEI has relentlessly concerned itself with
the welfare of the horse.