Equestre Internationale News
14 March 2003
Eventing Committee Meeting and Top Eventing Officials Seminar
- World Cup Silver Medals
World Cup Dressage Final
- World Cup Final In Las Vegas : First Ever Husband and Wife Competingl
- Change of Date: World Dressage Championship for Young Horses
Committee Meeting and Top Eventing Officials Seminar in Warendorf
Eventing Committee met in Warendorf (GER) in conjunction with
the 2003 Eventing Top Officials Seminar. This seminar was organised
for on invitation for Officials functioning in the high level
2003 Championships, representatives of regions, riders and trainers.
Committee acknowledged the decision of the IOC to include Eventing
for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games providing it was the same Olympic
format as already accepted for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Eventing Committee, further to the assessment of the consequences
of the implementation of the Olympic format of Eventing for the
2004 Athens Olympic Games decided to make the following recommendations
to the FEI Bureau and IOC in regard to the Olympic qualification
and rider/horse eligibility:
Olympic minimum requirements for participation of horse and rider,
to be achieved in the period of 1st January 2003 to 30 June 2004
(Reduced period to take IOC requirements into account). The Rider/horse
combination must achieve qualifying result(s) as defined in FEI
Rules for Eventing as follows: 1 CCI****; or 2 CCI***; or 1 CCI***
and 1 CIC***
The qualification of nations through the Olympic Eventing rider
ranking list, will now include CIC*** categories of events. 5
best results from the Ranking list per rider will be included
and only qualifying results will count. A rider placed 1st in
a CIC*** will be awarded 41 points, and then down in increments
of 2 points per placing.
The technical specifications of the 2004 Olympic Eventing competition
to consist of:
Dressage: CCI**** test,
Cross Country test: Cross country course distance of approx 5700
meters, speed of 570m/min, a number of 45 efforts maximum.
Jumping test: same dimensions as CCI**** Jumping test;
Team Jumping test: distance 500-600metres, speed of 375 m/min,
13 efforts maximum; height 120cm.
Jumping test: distance: 450-550m, speed 375 m/min, max 12 efforts,
decisions that will be recommended for approval by the FEI Bureau
are as follows:
The creation of a new category of event; CIC**** with a Cross
Country test of a distance of 5415-6270 meters and CCI 4 star
dimension of obstacles.
Creation of a CIC event/championship circuit leading up to the
Olympic Games and a parallel circuit leading up to a 4 star Three
Day Event World Championship in the year after the Olympic Games.
Review of qualification procedures at lower level championships,
as well as age groups of Junior and Young Riders participation
main reason for the Top Officials Seminar was to consider the
FEI Eventing Safety Program for 2003. This program, set up in
cooperation with TRL and British Eventing, was presented to the
Participants included: an explanation on statistical key performance
indicators, FEI database Safety device procedure and testing specifications.
This presentation will be the basis for the FEI Annual Eventing
Safety report to be finalized and distributed to all NFs and listed
Eventing Officials as well as published on FEI Web-site.
Top Officials Seminar also addressed the development of a new
Eventing Officials Course concept including course programs, promotion
system and assessment procedures to be implemented in 2004. NFs
will be informed in the next months.
Cup Silver Medals For Fuchs, Van Der Vleuten and Smith
riders will receive World Cup Silver Medals, awarded for 100 starts
in a World Cup, during Indoor Brabant the World Cup competitions.
medals will be presented in the arena, shortly before the start
of the World Cup competition, Sunday, 23 March, at approximately
van der Vleuten (NED).
He rode his first World Cup on 31 October 1982 in Amsterdam.
His No. 100 was on 26 October 2002 in Aarhus.
He rode his first World Cup on 17 December 1979 at Olympia, London.
His No. 100 was on 15 December 2002 in Geneva.
He rode his first World Cup on 19 November 1978 in Vienna.
His No. 100 was on 26 January 2003 in Leipzig.
59 riders have received the medal, of which 18 Europeans. Harvey
Smith, the father of Robert, was the first in 1989, to receive
World Cup Dressage Final
will be the sixth time that the he World Cup Final in Dressage
is organized in Göteborg. The previous winners are:
1992 Isabell Werth
1994 Monica Theodorescu
1996 Anky van Grunsven
1998 Louise Nathhorst
the first time a new format will be tested with 18 riders in the
Grand Prix on Friday morning 28 March at 10.00, followed by a
B-Final for the riders placed 13 18 in the Grand Prix on
Saturday at 10.00 with. Sunday 30 March. the Final will start
at 12.00 and at 14:00, the 2003 World Cup Champion will be known.
will be the first time that three riders from the USA will compete
in the final. So far, Germany and USA are expected to be the strongest
nations in the final, as five-time winner Anky van Grunsven is
not able to compete due to her accident.
riders from the Central European League will add excitement to
this final. It has been several years since Central Europe had
a Dressage rider and horse at the highest level. Riders from Australia
and Canada will make this years Final a truly World Final
with all corners of the World represented.
far as ticket-sales are concerned it seems that Göteborgs
Organising Committee is heading towards a new record. On Monday
10 March, there were well over 60.000 tickets sold. Friday night
and Saturday are sold out and there are only a few tickets left
for Sunday. For visitors from abroad, the Scandinavium Arena has
promised to do everything possible to accommodate visitors.
starters of the World Cup will be known after last qualifier in
s-Hertogenbosch from 20 to 23 March.
info on the Final http://www.goteborghorseshow.com/
Cup Final In Las Vegas : First Ever Husband and Wife Competing
by Max E. Ammann
Shahinian Simpson and her husband Will qualified for the 25th
FEI Budweiser World Cup Final, 16 - 20 April 2003 in Las Vegas,
by placing in the top 4 of the USA West Coast League. It is the
first time ever that husband and wife compete together in the
same Final. Will Simpson had ridden before in the 1993 Final,
Nicole, when still Shahinian, 1997 and 1999 and then, as Mrs Simpson,
are two more couples who rode in a World Cup Final, but not at
the same time: Graeme Thomas, riding for New Zealand in 1985 and
Lu Thomas, as US-American, in 1996. And then Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
in 1999 and her husband Markus in 2001. Not counting in this review
are the couples who where not married when they competed, such
as Francie and Dick Steinwedell-Carvin, Megan Johnstone and Eric
Lamaze or Helena Dickinson and Peter Weinberg.
have been several brothers who competed together in a World Cup
Final. The biggest sensation was, in 1982, the joint appearance
of the three Leone brothers, a feat they repeated in 1985. Armand
finished 24th and 11th, Peter 5th and 14th, Mark 9th and 28th.
most successful brothers are, of course, the two Whitakers. They
did 13 Finals together. John had two wins and two second places
- while his younger brother Michael was 3rd once and 5th twice.
and Markus Beerbaum competed twice together in 1993 and 2001.
Ludger was 1st and 14th - Markus finished 20th and 28th. The two
Fuchs brothers, Markus and Thomas, appeared together in 1992 in
Del Mar: Markus finishing 3rd - his younger brother, now retired,
was also a father-son combination competing together: Harrey and
Robert Smith 1985 in Berlin. The father was 39th, his son 37th.
and McLain Ward never competed together. The father had four appearances
between 1983 and 1992 the son six from 1995 to 2002.
of Date: World Dressage Championship for Young Horses in Verden
Dressage Championship for Young Horses in Verden (GER) will take
place from 6 to 10 August 2003 (previous date: 22-24 August).