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Federation Equestre Internationale News

FEI Eventing World Cup News

The eighth qualifier of the FEI Eventing World Cup will take place on 10 and 11 May at the Chatsworth International One Day Event (GBR).

The Eventing World Cup is organised as a three-star level CIC (One Day Event) qualifiers and a three-star level Final. It is the culmination of a long-held ambition by the FEI to establish a series of linked CICs to promote the Eventing discipline across the world. As the International One Day format has been adopted for both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the series has an added relevance.

The response of both competitors and organisers has been enthusiastic. Some 154 riders from 20 countries have taken part in the qualifiers so far and 89 have earned points counting towards the final standings. The event organisers have also been firmly behind the project achieving an outstanding level of prize money for Eventing.

The Final will be held in Pau (FRA) in from 23 to 26 October. It will be contested by 45 of the world's top riders.

47 riders representing Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia and Sweden will take part in CIC*** Chatsworth.

Leading riders include, among others, :

. Andrew Nicholson (NZL), who with 30 points is the leader of the World Cup standings along with Philip Dutton (GBR), Jean Teulere (FRA), Gina Miles (USA), Andreas Dibowski (GER), Gustavo Mourao (BRA) and Pia Pantsu (FIN). Nicholson competes at Chatsworth for the first time and has entered three horses: Sheff's Choice, Lord Killinghurst and Astronave.
. Blyth Tait (NZL), who won at Chatsworth last year.
. Pippa Funnell, 2001 European Champion and a perennial visitor at Chatsworth, who comes straight from her impressive Badminton victory.
. Triple Olympic medallist Matt Ryan (AUS), who has entered his Athens 2004 prospects Bonza Puzzle and Bonza Kattomba.
. Bettina Hoy (GER), who has bright prospects with Woodsides Ashby, on whom she scored a record-breaking dressage mark at last year's World Equestrian Games.

Also making their Chatsworth debuts are Zara Phillips (GBR), the reigning national Young Rider champion and a silver medallist at last year's European Championships, and Philippa Peters (IRL), national double Junior silver medallist.

For the full entries list and exact starting times, please check

The Dressage Test will begin on Saturday 10 May at 10h30 and will continue on Sunday 11 from 9h00.
The Cross Country Test will begin on Sunday at 11h00. The Jumping Test and prize-giving ceremony will follow.


Presidents: Lord and Lady Hartington

Event Director: Mike Etherington-Smith

Organisers: Sue Etherington-Smith and Val Turner

Cross Country
Course Deisgner: Mike Etherington-Smith

Course Designer: D Boddy


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