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Federation Equestre Internationale News

27 April 2004


Bruno Broucqsault became the first Frenchman to claim the title when, thanks to sheer genius of his 13 year old gelding Dileme de Cephe, he snatched victory in a thrilling finish to the Sony Ericsson FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Milan last Sunday. (see complete World Cup News 25 April also available from FEI website).

Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was second, denied a two-way jump off with the 45 year old French rider by what seemed like nothing short of massive injustice when, after a first-round effort that was nothing short of perfection, a slight second-round error cost her dearly.

Markus Fuchs picked up just four faults on this final day with Tinka's Boy to place third ahead of Eugenie Angot and the brilliant Cigale du Tallis from France who were the only partnership to match the winner's double-clear performance.

Just four horse-and-rider combinations completed the first track without penalty as big fences and tricky distances took their toll.

Second-last into the ring came Bruno with Dileme de Cephe and this extraordinary partnership was nothing if not determined. A father of two who runs a big riding centre near Lille in France, Bruno is a shy, private man but his relationship with his 13 year old gelding is something special. Helped by Eric Navet in recent years the rider has risen to the top of the sport in France, last year winning the Grand Prix classes at both Rome and Barcelona but it is the depth of understanding between himself and Dileme de Cephe which has brought him to the top.

Delighted but perhaps somewhat shell-shocked at finding himself the newly-crowned FEI World Cup Jumping Champion, Bruno is clearly not going to let this success go to his head. When asked how he felt about his historic victory he commented "I'm just still little Bruno, nothing changes. I am very happy. When I came here I hoped to finish in the top five but I never expected to win so I want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me here".

Under the most extreme pressure Bruno and Dileme de Cephe never faltered in their absolute faith in one another and France has now found another super-hero to further boost the incredible run of French form on the international stage.

The Sony Ericsson FEI World Cup Jumping Final was a great success, particularly taking into account the fact that the Milan organisers agreed to stage it only eight months ago. I

John Roche, FEI Technical Manager for the World Cup series, is now o-Ordinator for all matters in relation to the World Cup said "what Max has done for equestrian sport in developing the World Cup series is immeasurable. He gave the indoor season a focus - a sense of purpose - and he directed and consolidated the sport in a way that was badly needed. He invested a wealth of creativity, dedication and enthusiasm and we are now reaping the benefits of that - we are greatly in his debt".

RESULT OF 26th WORLD CUP FINAL 2004 (after third final competition):1, Bruno Broucqsault (Dileme de Cephe) Fra 0;
2, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Shutterfly) Ger 4;
3, Markus Fuchs (Tinka's Boy) Sui 8;
4, Eugenie Angot (Cigale du Tallis) Fra 9;
5, Marco Kutscher (Montender) Ger 13;
equal 6, Juan Carlos Garcia (Albin) Ita, Malin Baryard (H&M Butterfly Flip) Swe 14;
8, Wim Schroder (Eurocommerce Montreal) Ned 16;
9, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (MacKinley) Swe 18;
10, Thomas Velin (Equest Carnute) Den 19;
11, Ludo Philippaerts (Parco) Bel 23;
12, Richard Spooner (Hilton Flight) USA 25;
13, Marcus Ehning (Anka) Ger 26;
14, Eric Van der Vleuten (Audi's Jikke) Ned 27;
15, Michael Whitaker (Portofino/Handel) GB 29;

Of the riders competing in Milan this weekend, Britain's Michael Whitaker has the greatest number of starts in World Cup Finals - 15. Next in line are Lars Nieberg and Ludo Philippaerts who have started on 10 occasions while Rodrigo Pessoa, who withdrew after the first competition, has had nine starts.

The winners of the 12 FEI World Cup 2003/2004 leagues were as follows:
Western Europe - Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Ger); Central Europe - Gunnar Klettenberg (Est); USA East Coast - Molly Ashe (USA); USA West Coast - Richard Spooner (USA); Canada - Ainsley Vince (Can); South America - Marcelo Lemes de Souza (Bra); Australia (Chris Chugg); New Zealand - Sally Steiner; Japan - Takamichi Mashiyama; South Africa - Dominey Alexander; South East Asia - Qabil Ambak (Mas); Central Asia - Alexander Tishkov (Kaz).

Riders from 12 different leagues qualify for the Final - Central Europe, Western Europe, USA West Coast, USA East Coast, Canada, South America, South Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Only one rider has ever won the series three years in succession - Rodrigo Pessoa winner in 1998/99/2000 - even more remarkably the Brazilian rider achieved that distinction partnering the same horse on each occasion - Baloubet du Rouet.

Rodrigo was just 25 years old when he recorded his first success but the youngest rider ever to win the World Cup title was Canada's Mario Deslauriers who was 19 years of age when steering Aramis to victory in 1984.

In 2003, a total of 41 riders competed and Pessoa and Baloubet finished in the top three for the sixth consecutive time.

Gothenburg (Göteborg) has been the most visited venue for the final which has been staged there on 10 occasions. The finals alternate between Europe and the United States of America. Las Vegas, venue in 2000 and again in 2003, will host the 2004/2005 final next April. In 2003 the winner was Markus Ehning (Anka), second was Rodrigo Pessoa (Baloubet du Rouet) and third was Malin Baryard (H&M Butterfly Flip).


Kim Severson and Winsome Adante Claim Second Victory in Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI 4* Presented by Bayer

Kim Severson and Winsome Adante led the field from start to finish to claim victory in the 2004 CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

The winner in 2002, a broken leg prevented Severson from defending her title last year, but Eventing fans were thrilled to see the 30-year-old Virginia native return to the winner's circle. Severson took the early lead on Friday with a dressage performance that garnered a score of 37 penalty points from the international panel of judges. Throughout the next two phases, cross-country and stadium jumping, Severson and Winsome Adante were perfection personified, adding nothing to their opening score to claim their second Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the four-star level

Phillip Dutton of Australia and Nova Top finished as the runner-ups. Dutton was one of seven riders to complete course designer Michael Etherington-Smith's without penalty, a feat he repeated on Sunday over the stadium jumping test set by Richard Jeffery to finish on his dressage score of 43 penalty points.

Abigail Lufkin enjoyed a successful return to the sport following a four-year hiatus while she completed her graduate studies in California. Like Severson and Dutton, Lufkin also added nothing to her dressage score of 45.8 penalty points riding Kildonan Tug, an 11-year-old Australian thoroughbred gelding to finish 3rd.

William Fox-Pitt finished fourth with a score of 47.4 riding Ballincolla, the same position as in 2002 when he made his Rolex Kentucky debut aboard Stunning although he did one better in 2003, finishing third aboard Moon Man. Rounding out the top five was Julie Richards of Douglas, GA, riding Lufkin's former mount, Jacob Two Two.

Offering $190,000 in prize money, the CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was a qualifying competition for the 2004 Olympic Games

NBC-TV will present a 90-minute telecast of the 2004 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, on Sunday, May 2, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT. In addition, the Cross Country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will air on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on Sunday, May 9 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT and will re-air on Friday, May 14 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. EDT. The Stadium Jumping portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which will include a Cross-Country recap, will air on OLN on Sunday, May 16 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT and will re-air on Friday, May 21 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event also will be broadcast in Europe on CNBC Europe, which will air coverage on Sunday, May 2 at 10:00 pm (Central European Time).

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of only four CCI 4 stars events held in the world. The three other events are the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain and Adelaide in Australia. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is also part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing that awards $250,000 to any rider who can win Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley in succession.

For more information and complete results, visit Rolex Kentucky website at

Michael Freud wins third World Cup Title

At the last event of the World Cup Season, Sweden's Tomas Eriksson made the impossible and beat World Cup Champion Michael Freud which had won every single World Cup he participated in this season.

The best three drivers from the first round, Eriksson, Sandmann and Freund, had qualified for the winning round.

FEI World Cup director Max Ammann mentioned that for next season, the same World Cup events will participate in the World Cup Driving, as well as Hannover, who will be part of the World Cup circuit for the first time. The drivers can qualify at eleven outdoor international driving events; the best four results will count.

The complete standings of the FEI Driving World Cup can be found on the FEI website section consult, results and on


Major Ronnie Dallas (GBR) who competed fro Great Britain in two World Jumping Championships died early April aged 81.

Major Dallas, as member of the British Army of the Rhine, took part in the two World Championships with a final with exchange of horse, in a period when the British Show Jumping Association did not look favourably at this new kind of Championships. Riding Marmion, major Dallas placed 5th in 1954 in Madrid, thus narrowly missing the Final and finished 4th in 1955 in Aachen.

For many years, Major Dallas was the Duke of Beaufort hunt Secretary and the voice of Badminton's trot-ups.

Adolf Ehrnvooth (FIN), who rode for Finland in the Three-Day Event of the 1948 Olympic Games, died recently aged 99. He was seven years older than his brother Lars, who rode in the Three Day event of the 1924 Olympic Games at only 27.

Adolf Ehrnvooth was 43 when he rode at the 1948 Games. His third brother was responsible for the equestrian competitions at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

Louis "Ludi" Meyer (SUI), for many years the resident Course Designer at CSIO Lucerne, recently passed away. He was a businessman from Reiden (Lucerne) and began his international equestrian carrier in Eventing, competing in the first FEI Eventing Championship ever in 1953 in Badminton.


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