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FEI 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.

The 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.

Michael 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

The 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.

The 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.

This 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.


Saturday, 7 June 2003
9h00 - 12h00 Master Class
14h15 Dressage Test

Sunday, 8 June 2003
14h30 Cross Country Test

Monday, 9 June 2003
9h30 Horse inspection
14h30 Jumping test
16h15 Prize-giving ceremony

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