Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League - It's On The Way...........
ready for the Samsung Super League Series eight thrilling
events, eight world-class teams but just one Samsung Super League
just five weeks to go before the action begins at La Baule, France
on May 11 the tension is already mounting.
has been a tough battle to qualify for this Formula One of international
team show jumping, with placings in the Samsung Nations Cup series
between March and October and the results from the 2002 World
Equestrian Games combining to decide the selection.
the Swiss there was huge disappointment when, having finished
ahead of the Irish at the end of last seasons Samsung series,
they were edged out by Irelands better performance in Jerez.
Switzerland might therefore be expected to campaign relentlessly
on the Nations Cup circuit this year to ensure pole position at
the end of the series which would guarantee promotion to Super
League status in 2004.
Irish on the other hand need to improve dramatically on their
performances of last season which saw them only just squeeze into
the final qualifying place, because the team which finishes at
the bottom of the Super League leaderboard is automatically relegated
to normal Nations Cup competition for the following year.
Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Italy have all earned
their Super League stripes along with those two power-houses of
international show jumping France and Germany. The French
were in a class of their own at WEG 2002 while the Germans completely
dominated last seasons Samsung series. Will a home win at
La Baule give the French the early advantage in this first Samsung
Super League season?
rules for the series are fairly straightforward. Eight teams,
eight events, and a points system that works as follows:
may consist of no more than five riders, four of whom will compete
in the Super League. In the case of equality of points for first
place, there will be a jump-off in which one competitor from each
team will participate. For all other places, nations completing
on an equal score will divide the relevant points and if there
is an equality of points at the end of the series the final placings
will be decided by the positions achieved in the previous competitions.
most events, only the eight Super League teams will compete. However
at Aachen, last years winners (Switzerland) will be invited,
following the tradition, and both St Gallen and Barcelona will
welcome their national teams. Non Super League teams may only
attend three Super League events in one season and will carry
points earned at a Super League event into the normal Samsung
Nations Cup series rankings.
six of the eight legs of the series, the eight best-placed teams
from Round 1 must return for the second round, but at St Gallen
and Barcelona the home side may also compete in Round 2 if not
already placed within the top eight provided their score does
not exceed the score of the last qualified team by more than eight
venues for the first season have been chosen by assessing the
quality of rider participation over a three-year period from 1998
to 2001 and by applying other established criteria such as quality
of footing and stabling. They are as follows:
Venue/Date Nations Cup Day
La Baule FRA (8-11 May) Sunday 11 May
Rome ITA (22-25 May) Friday 23 May
St. Gallen SUI (29 May-1 June) Sunday 1 June
Aachen GER (17-22 June) Friday 20 June
Hickstead GBR (23-27 July) Friday 25 July
Dublin IRL (6-10 August) Friday 8 August
Rotterdam NED (28-31 August) Sunday 31 August
Barcelona ESP (19-21 September) Sunday 21 Sept.
venues all steeped in the tradition of Nations Cup show jumping
where the best of the best will by vying to become the very first
Samsung Super League Champions.
will be a clash of giants and the build-up is already underway.
THE SAMSUNG NATIONS CUP SUPER LEAGUE - NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL
Want to know more? You can check the full rules for the Samsung
Super League series on the FEI website, section reference
Samsung Super League consists of the eight most prestigious horse
shows at which the worlds eight best national teams compare
their merit. The Super League is connected to the Samsung Nations
Cup Series through a promotion/relegation system at the end of
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