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Federation Equestre Internationale News

USA host their second 2004 FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier

The third qualifier of the 2004 FEI Eventing World Cup series begins today Friday 12 March. It will take place at Galway Downs near Temecula, CA (USA). This is the second out of four qualifiers organised in the United States, the others being Red Hills, Tallahassee, FL (12 - 14 March); Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, MT (23 - 25 July) and Over The Walls, Hardwick, MA (30 July - 1 August).

Twenty-three riders, representing the USA and Canada, have entered 25 horses in the FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier. Among them, Gina Miles, 30, on the ten-year old gelding McKinlaigh will be there to defend her 2003 title. Gina placed third in the first FEI Eventing World Cup Final in Pau (FRA) last October riding the same horse.

The competition will be organised according to the following timetable:
Dressage - Friday, 26 March, 12h15
Cross Country - Saturday, 27 March, 13h50
Jumping - Sunday, 28 March.

The full entries list and riders times are available on the event's website:

Apart from the World Cup Qualifier, the event will also feature a CIC 2*, a CIC 1* as well as a number of national classes involving no less than 311 entries. Temecula Arts Council Exhibition, free children's art activities, wine tasting provided by Temecula's finest wineries are only some of the entertainment activities offered alongside the sporting excitement.

After two out of 17 FEI Eventing World Cup qualifiers, the leaderboard is as

1. Daren Chiacchia (USA) - 123
2. Phillip Dutton (AUS) - 110
3. Andrzej Pasek (POL) - 101
4. Marie-Christine Duroy de Laurière (FRA) - 60
5. Jan Thompson (USA) - 46
6. Karen O'Connor (USA) - 43
7. Fabio Magni (ITA) - 40
7. Heather Morris (USA) - 40
9. Alice Naber-Lozeman (NED) - 33
10. Marissa Cortesi (SUI) - 30

The complete standings are available on FEI website


The FEI Eventing World Cup is the sport's first linked series consisting of 17 qualifiers culminating in a yearly Final. It is organised at the highest level (three-star) of the short Eventing format which is the new standard for Championships and the Olympic Games. The series is designed in manner to encourage the participation of the world's best riders and horses and thus promote such emblematic values of Eventing, as the constant quest for harmony between physical skills and mental balance, contact with nature, precision, stamina, agility and insightful training. The FEI Eventing World Cup is a showcase of a sport resolutely turning to the future.


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