- World Cup Dressage
Ulla Salzgeber Wins The World Cup Dressage Final
The World Cup Dressage Final 2001/2002 was held in s-Hertogenbosch (NED) from 21 to 24 March 2002.
The Final took place on 24 March 2002 in front of a large crowd. The favourite and title defender Ulla Salzgeber (GER) won the Final with her impressive chestnut gelding Rusty. Although she did not ride a faultless Kür, she stayed ahead of Lars Petersen (DEN) thanks to high notes of three out of the five judges. Ulla Salzgeber achieved 81.57%. Lars Petersen ended with a difference of 2% on the second place. The leader of the World Cup standings, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, finished third with 79.12%.
The 2002/2003 Final of the World Cup Dressage will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, the last week of March 2003.
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First Event Of The North American Driving Challenge In Live Oak, FL (USA)
Live Oak celebrated their 10th year as a Combined Driving Event and 4th year as an FEI Event.
There was a record attendance on the Saturday, the Marathon day and on Sunday, the Cones day. The organizers had a two-phase Marathon under the new rules and most competitors had favourable comments.
CAI-B Live Oak, Florida was the first event of the new six event North American Challenge series.
Horse Fours Tucker
FEI Emirates Endurance World Cup
The UAE once again hosted the FEI Emirates Endurance World Cup on March 21st at the permanent Endurance Village at Seih Assalem in Dubai. The largest ever field of 108 riders from 32 countries took part over the 130km course in hot and windy conditions.
The ride was as usual held in conjunction with the Dubai World Cup racing and this ensured massive media coverage from among others Sports Illustrated magazine. The ride itself was tough with the high temperatures and high winds reducing the number of finishers, however all the horses finished in good condition and were fit to be flown home the next day.
The results showed a massive dominance by the home team with the first three home all owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Makthoum. The highest placed foreigner was the former World Champion Valerie Kanavey riding Bearcat ORielly who led for the early stages but who wisely saved her horse for later in the season and eventually finished 7th. The winner was Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed al Makthoum closely followed by his brother Sheik Ahmed and in third place Mohammed Ali al Shafar all three riders averaged 24 kms per hour a record for this distance. The top ten finishers were as follows:
1-Sh. Hamdan bin Mohd
Al Maktoum (UAE) Muneef
FEI Veterinary meeting and course for Veterinarians in Santiago de Chile (CHI)
A combined meeting on health regulatory issues and a veterinary course were held in Chile on 12 and 13 March 2002. The meeting had been organised by the Chairman of Group VI, General Manuel Rodriguez (CHI). Sanitary and Event Veterinarians from 11 South and Middle American countries participated in a one-day session on facilitation of international movement of competition horses. Proposals arising from that meeting were:
1. The design of a national horse passport (based on the FEI example), which can be approved by the FEI and will accompany all horses in the region during their travel. A standard format will enable easier acceptance by local customs officials.
2. Development of a standardised protocol for verification of the health status of horses, in order to avoid misunderstandings arising from countries following different procedures.
3. The use of a standard health certificate for horses, which will be recognised by all the South American countries.
In addition to the meeting, an FEI course for Event Veterinarians was given in which 37 vets participated. The theoretical programme was followed by some practical sessions at the military school in Santiago.
The organisation of the meeting was supported by the FEI Development Fund.
Meeting of THE Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on 12 March 2002 in Lausanne (SUI). The main subjects on the agenda were the results of the 2001 financial year and the budget for 2002.
The financial results were surprisingly good in spite of what could easily have been a bad year, due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Europe and the impact of the September 11 events on the worlds stock markets and economies. The Committee also received a report from the FEIs auditors, PriceWaterhouseCoopers who approved the accounts as presented by the Secretariat.
The outlook for 2002 remains positive, barring major new international incidents. The budget again foresees a healthy surplus.
The Committee decided to recommend to the Bureau and the General Assembly, to approve the 2001 accounts and to allocate the surplus to the FEIs reserves, and to approve the budget for 2002.
The Committee also met the FEIs investment advisors concerning the FEI securities portfolio and dealt with a range of matters regarding e.g. administrative procedures, overdue invoice balances of National Federations, and the FEIs television program.
World Equestrian Games - Reminder for Press Accredition Deadline
We'd like to remind all media representatives interested in attending the 2002 World Equestrian Games that will take from 10th to 22nd September in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), that on 31st March accreditation for press will close.
Please make sure to apply for accreditation and hotel reservation by the above mentioned deadline. Request submitted to the Communication & Media Department after 31st March will not be taken into consideration.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you may require.
Alfredo Goyeneche (ESP), jumping riders in the 1960 Olympic Games and a member of the IOC since 2000, tragically died on 16 March 2002 in a car accident. He was 63 years old. Bronze medallist at the European Junior Jumping Championship in 1956, Mr Goyeneche was a member of the Spanish Nations Cup team in the early sixtites. He was elected President of the Spanish Equestrian Federation from 1981 to 1987 and became President of the Spanish Olympic Committee in 1998.
The Australian NF just informed the FEI of the death of Mr Arnold Martin on 24 March 2002 after enduring a heart by-pass operation three weeks ago. Mr Martin was an International Candidate Judge and Technical Delegate as well as a Steward in Eventing.
We were informed yesterday of the death of Douglas Catto (CAN) on 14 March. Very active and appreciated Official International Judge in Jumping, Mr Catto was due to judge at the forthcoming North American Young Riders Championship in Wadworth, IL (USA) in August.