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3 April 2001

-World Cup Dressage Final
- FEI/Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- Executive Board Meeting
- FEI Emirates Endurance world Cup in Dubai
- Foot and Mouth Disease: list of cancelled events

Anky van Grunsven unable to defend her title.

Horses and riders from around the World have started to arrive to the World Cup Dressage Final at Vilhelmsborg in Aarhus. The final starts on Friday 6 of April. On Thursday morning, World Cup horses will pass the Vet Inspection.
A press conference is scheduled on Thursday 5 April at 10.30 in "Husarstuen"

Despite all efforts of the World Cup Director Joep Bartels, the Dutch authorities did not allow exception to the ban of all animal movements in the Netherlands. Title defender Anky van Grunsven, Sonja Gademan, and the winner of Asian league Toshihiko Kiso, who was staying at Ankys stables, will therefore not be able to participate. Gonnelien Rothenberger, who finished second in the Western European League standings, was fortunately staying in Germany and could go to Denmark. This morning, the Dressage Committee decided not to replace the qualified riders who couldn't come to Denmark.
The following riders will compete in the Final

Western European League: Ulla Salzgeber (GER), Gonnelien Rothenberger (NED), Rudolf Zeilinger (GER), Isabell Werth (GER), Jan Brink (SWE), Lars Petersen (DEN), Stephan Peter (AUT)
Central European League: Malgorata Morsztyn (POL)
USA League: Tom Noone (USA)
Canadian League: Nancy MacLachlan (CAN)
Pacific League: Kristy Oatley-Nist (AUS)
South American League: Marietta Almasy (FRA)
Wildcard: HRH Natalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)

The Show office of Vilhelmsborg will be open as of Wednesday 4 April. Tel. 45 8693 8419 Fax 45 8693 7611 e-mail


Western European League
Still no positive decision from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture on possible exception on ban of movement of horses for the riders qualified to the World Cup Final Jumping.
The Swedish Ministry of Agriculture has reduced the number of days that a horse has to be resident in a Foot and Mouth Disease-free country prior to its arrival in Sweden from 14 to 5 days. This means that horses would have to leave Holland on Saturday 7 April at the latest, to be allowed to participate to the Final.
Contrary to what was published last Friday, we have just learnt that Rolf-Gören Bentsson (SWE) is not in Sweden but blocked in the Netherlands with Jan Tops.
News from the American riders:
The following US riders have confirmed their participation to the Final:
USA West Coast (3 to qualify): Dick Carvin, Ray Texel, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson.
USA East Coast (7 to qualify): Molly Ashe, Margie Goldstein-Engle, Lauren Hough, Leslie Howard, Candice King, Gabriella Salick. If Peter Wylde, currently blocked in the Netherlands, cannot make it to the Final, he will be replaced by Kate Levy.
For further information, please call the Organisers of Göteborg Horse Show,
Torild Berg, +46 31 61 56 72 or +46 705 82 84 15, Ulf Bergqvist +46 708 35 35 52 or Wiveka Lundh +46 705 23 62 60:


Few changes in Top 10, Beerbaum leads the rankings:
Two weeks before the World Cup Final, Ludger Beerbaum leads the rankings with a comfortable amount of 653 points more than Rodrigo Pessoa. Markus Fuchs, who has not earned any points since Geneva CSI-W in December 2000, lost his third position in favour of Lars Nieberg. Hugo Simon enters the Top 10. There are only a few changes in the Top 10, as several important shows had to be cancelled due to Foot and Mouth Disease (Grenoble and Moorsele CSI-A, s'Hertogenbosch and Oviedo World Cups).

Jessica Kürten won 107 points in Paris and Dortmund and goes up from 27th to 19th rank. She is getting closer to Leading lady rider Alexandra Ledermann, still ranked 17th. Another successful woman is the Swiss Dehlia Oeuvray, who won 171 points in California and jumps up from 104th to 65th place.
complete rankings available from FEI website as of 4 April


The Executive Board held a meeting on 30 March in Rome. Among the main topics discussed were the following:

Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD)
The present epizootic situation and its implication for the FEI Calendar was reviewed in detail. In accordance with the Finance Committees recommendations the Executive Board agreed to some allowances regarding the financial obligations by organisers who were obliged by the authorities of their countries to cancel the FEI events due to the FMD.

2001 General Assembly in San Francisco
The Executive Board discussed the last preparations for the forthcoming Bureau Meeting and General Assembly to take place in San Francisco.

Report on the Financial Committee Meeting
The Treasurer gave a detailed report on the recent meeting of the Finance Committee and the very satisfying financial results in 2000.

International Equestrian Organisers Alliance
The Executive Board met with representatives of IEOA who gave a detailed explanation of the recently established IEOA Strategic Plan, which, in general, was aiming at the same goals as the objectives of the FEI Strategic Plan. A few controversial points were discussed in depth. In conclusion to the very fruitful and satisfactory exchange of views it was agreed that this joint meeting presented a very promising opening of mutual co-operation regarding establishment of the future World Championships calendar, the creation of a Nations Cup Super League and the promotion and improvement of other four-star events.
The next meeting of the Executive Board will take place in conjunction with the General Assembly. on 23 April 2001 in San Francisco (USA).

FEI Emirates Endurance World Cup Dubai 22 March 2001.

The FEI Emirates Endurance World Cup was held in Dubai on 22 March. This initiative from the UAE Equestrian Federation and HE Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum brought the leading riders in the World to Dubai. The previous Endurance World Cup last held in 1997 was held over the marathon distance of 50 km, whereas this event was held over 130 km.
Eighty-seven riders started including the last two World Champions, Valerie Kanavy USA and Maya Killa Perringerard FRA, and the silver medallist at the 1998 World
Endurance Championship Fausto Fiorucci ITA. In all riders from 24 countries took part representing all continents.
The race was dominated by the UAE who took 8 out of the top ten places. The winner was Abdulla Bilhab riding Everley de Quivarch who averaged 21 kms per hour ahead of Sheik Juma Dalmook J.Al Maktoumriding Rhimfire followed in third place by Mubarak Khalifa bin Shafya on Walstroom Hamman. The Australian Terry Wood finished fourth.
HE Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum who sponsored the event finished 7th to the delight of the home crowd.

FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE Updated list of cancelled events:

Oviedo (ESP) CSI-W 29 Mr 1 April
Punchestown (IRL) CCIO***/**CCIY 17 20 May (postponed date TBA)
Lincolnshire (GBR) CIC* 18 19 Marc
Gatcombe (GBR) CIC**/* 24 25 March
Somerley Park (GBR) CIC**/* 28 29 March:
Haywood Oaks (GBR) CEI-B 21 Apri
Exford (GBR) CEI-A 14 15 May
Hasselt (BEL) CSI-B 8 11 March
Grenoble (FRA) CSI-A 16 18 March
Badminton (GBR) CCI**** 3 6 May
Barcelona (ESP) CDIOYJ 11 15 April
Companhia das Lezirias (POR) CAI-B 29 March 1 April
Vejer de la Frontera (ESP) CAI-B 1-2- 4 21 25 March
Six Fours les Plages (FRA) CSIJ-A/B/CSICh-B 14 16 April
Moorsele (BEL) CSI-A 30 March 1 April
Qta da Marinha (POR) CSI-B 23 25 March (postponed)
Rio Frio (POR) CEI-B 6 April (to be confirmed)
Lyons (FRA) CSI-C 13 15 April
Windsor (GBR) CCI** 24 27 May
Wilmslow (GBR) CIC* 28 29 April
Chatsworth (GBR) CIC*/*** 12 13 May
Goring Heath (GBR) CIC* 7 8 April
Osberton (GBR) CIC** 6 7 May
Floors Castle (GBR) CIC*/** 19 20 May
Sansaw (GBR) CCI*/CCIP 31 May 3 June
Royal Windsor (GBR) CAI-A 1-2-4/CAIP-A 1-2-4 10 13 May
's-Hertogenbosch (NED) CDI-W/CDI***/CSI-W/CSI-A 22 25 March
Bramham (GBR) CCI*** 7 10 June
Ashmount (IRL) CIC**/* 31 March - 1 April
Camphire (IRL) CIC* 21 22 April
Balmoral (IRL) CSI-C 16 18 May
Glen of Imal (IRL) CEI-B 20 May
Wiener Neustadt (AUT) CSIOJY 13 16 April
Stadl Paura (AUT) CVI**/* 25 27 May
Stadl Paura (AUT) CDI*** 12 16 April (to be postponed)
Emsdetten (GER) CAIP-B 1-2-4 3 6 May
Jozefin (POL) CDIO** 4 6 May
Compiègne (FRA) CCI** 10 13 May
Achselschwang (GER) CIC***/** 22 - 24 July


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