Equestre Internationale News
Eventing World Cup News
The tenth qualifier of the FEI Eventing World Cup will be held
at Werribee Park (AUS) from 7 to 9 June in the framework of the
46th Horseland Melbourne International Three Day Event, Australia's
oldest Three Day Event. The competition begins with the Dressage
Test on Saturday 7 June and concludes with the Jumping final on
Monday 9 June. This is the first qualifier held in the southern
hemisphere and one of two (Warwick QLD being the second) Australian
World Cup legs.
Eventing World Cup is organised as a three-star level CIC (One
Day Event, i.e. Cross Country test without Phases B (steeplechase)
and C (roads and tracks) 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 Melbourne competition will give the
Australian competitors and selectors a chance to see what the
needs for the future are if Australian eventers, four-time team
Olympic champions in Rome 1960, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and
Sydney 2000, are to retain the gold.
Creber, one of Australia's most renowned International Course
Designers, famous for designing Adelaide as the only four-star
CCI to run in the centre of a city, has significantly reworked
the track at Melbourne. The new track is much more compact with
many fences placed closely together and goes through a new route
including the beautiful lake complex located in the Mansion Gardens
- truly a spectators dream. By special permission from the FEI,
the CIC-W Cross Country test will be run over the same course
as the CCI***, which makes it longer than usual at 5,130 m.
Twenty-one Australian riders, many of whom vying for positions
on next year's Olympic team, will take part in this qualifier.
The full list of entries can be viewed on http://www.horseriders.com.au/melb3day/Entries.htm
Ground Jury will be presided by Jean Mitchell (IRL), one of the
world's most experienced International Judges. In 2002, she was
the president of the Ground Jury at the World Equestrian Games
in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP), CCI**** Kentucky (USA) and CCI****
Badminton (GBR). She is the Director of the well-known Punchestown
Horse Trials (IRL) including the 2003 European Eventing Championships.
two other members of the Jury are 1992 Olympic Champion Gillian
Rolton (AUS) and Olympian Barry Roycroft, coach of many Eventing
teams and chairman
of Eventing in Victoria.
impressive team will also offer their time and experience along
with Eventing stars Heath Ryan, Amanda Ross, Catherine Davies
and Rowan Luxmore in a Masterclass run on Saturday 7 June. Dressage
tests from Novice to Advanced level will be executed in front
of the Ground Jury to show participants what the exact requirements
are and how they can be best achieved. This will be an unusually
detailed insight into the optimum Dressage training and competition.
7 June 2003
9h00 - 12h00 Master Class
14h15 Dressage Test
8 June 2003
14h30 Cross Country Test
9 June 2003
9h30 Horse inspection
14h30 Jumping test
16h15 Prize-giving ceremony
more information please consult http://www.horseriders.com.au/melb3day/