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Federation Equestre Internationale News

13 June 2003


The Executive Board held a meeting on 11 June 2032 in Athens (GRE). The main decisions taken were the following:

- 2005 European Driving Pairs Championship
On the recommendation of the Driving Committee the Executive Board allocated the above Championship to Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) on 1 to 3 July.

- Dressage World Cup rules
The Executive Board approved several modifications to the World Cup rules for Dressage as recommended by the Dressage Committee, to be effective for the next World Cup season. The modifications will be published in the next FEI Bulletin and on the website.

- Olympic Regulations
The Executive Board approved the revised version of the Olympic Regulations for the 2004 Olympic Games. They will now be presented to the IOC and then
published as soon as possible.

- Children's Committee
The Executive Board took note of the resignation of Mr Helio Pessoa (BRA) and approved the replacement by Mrs Elane Zander (BRA) as new Children's
Committee member until the end of Mr Pessoa's term expiring in 2005.

- 2010 WEG - Time frame for allocation
In line with the proposed changes to the FEI General Regulations the Executive Board agreed to set the time frame relating to the allocation of the 2010 World Equestrian Games as follows: applications should be submitted by 15 July 2004 and the final bids should reach the FEI by 15 October 2004.

During their stay in Athens the Board members visited the 2004 Olympic Games equestrian venue in Markopoulo. They were impressed by the progress of the constructions and the advanced stage of preparations for the Eventing Test event scheduled to take place from14 to 17 August this year.

At a joint meeting between the FEI Executive Board, the representatives of ATHOC and the representatives of the construction company numerous issues relating to the infrastructure were discussed; e.g. capacity of the grandstands, the footing and obstacle designs. The Executive Board members were pleased with the positive outcome of the meeting and confirmed their confidence in the further progress and achievement of the remaining work.

The next meting will take place on 8 September 2003 in Warendorf (GER).

Mercedes Benz Prize/Nations Cup at Aachen - part of the Samsung Super League

The French still head the leaderboard as the Samsung Super League series moves to the halfway stage in Aachen next week, but their lead has narrowed considerably as the Irish pile on the pressure after their superb victory in St Gallen 12 days ago.

The league table has almost divided itself in two - with France, Ireland, Great Britain and Germany battling it out at the top while Sweden, Belgium, Italy and Holland struggle to survive at the bottom end.

Aachen, of course, is the one they all want to win. The status of this equestrian fixture is second to none and victory here is as sweet as it gets. With a budget of 8.5m Euro it has been voted the World's Best Outdoor Event by international riders for the last 15 years. The arena, one of the biggest in the world with a capacity for 40,000 spectators, encloses a spectacular range of obstacles including hedges, ditches and the famous lake so horses must be particularly brave, and experience counts for a great deal when riding those fences.

Even at this very early stage of the normal Samsung Nations Cup series, with just three of the 17 legs completed, it is clear that the Swiss are determined to earn promotion to Super League status for next year. They currently lead the Samsung Nations Cup league table by a margin of just one point ahead the Spanish and, as it stands at present, the Dutch, Italians, Belgians and Swedes are threatened by relegation as they struggle to stay afloat at Super League level - but it is still all to play for with another five legs of the series remaining.

After Round 3 in St Gallen:
1. France - 27 points
2. Ireland - 20.5 points
3. Great Britain - 15 points

After Round 3 in Lisbon
1. Switzerland - 15 points
2. Spain - 14 points
3. Portugal - 5 points

You can access all the latest Samsung Super League news and information on website and don't forget that Biographies on all
Riders competing in the series are available at

TV Broadcast details on
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47. Prinz Kari zu Fürstenberg-Turnier
20th - 24th of August 2003

Four times in Aachen, two times in Munich and once in Mannheim: Those were the previous venues of European jumping championships in Germany. Donaueschingen is the fourth German city to host the European championship which will be held from 20 to 24 August.

The medals for the individual ranking will be given in the Fürstenberg castle grounds for the 27th time - as the history of the European championship started in 1957 - the team ranking will be held for the 16th time.

For further information about the European show jumping championship 2003, please refer to:

By Adam Fawcett in Australia.

Victoria's Nick Roe and Wondaree Hooley Dooley have taken out Australia's first world cup qualifier in Werribee Park (AUS) from 7 to 9 June, after completing one of only two clear showjumping rounds to finish convincing winners, nearly 10 points clear of their nearest rival.

Part owned by Catherine Wallace, the scopey Hooley Dooley finished on his dressage score of 55.1 as the rest of the field literally fell in a heap on showjumping day which has become known as Australia's "weakest link" in recent times.

The only other clear round went to Michael Baker and the 14 year old gelding G.S. Chevalier which moved them up from 8th into 2nd.

After initially being eliminated cross country for allegedly taking out a flag at the "Vicarige V" but having been reinstated after her protest was upheld after producing video evidence which showed this was not the case, Atlanta Gold Medalist Wendy Schaeffer and Sun Smart went into the final day 10 points ahead of their nearest rival.

Six rails later and they were relegated to third on 65.5 while Megan Jones and the resurgent Kirby Park Irish Hallmark, after lying in second position on day 2, dropped 3 rails and accrued 7 time penalties to finish in 4th on 70.6.

Thailand's Pongsiree Bunluewong and Eliza Jane came from 17th after the dressage to jump the second fastest round cross country and had just the two rails to take 5th on 72.3.

Tim Boland produced the quinella in the CCI*** class with Limitless and Kildonan Tug after overnight leaders and World Equestrian Games representatives Olivia Bunn and GV Top Of The Line were eliminated in the showjumping.

Riders wishing to qualify to represent Australia at the World Cup Final in Pau, France, in October will now head to Warwick, Queensland to contest the second Australian qualifier from July 26-27.


The complete programme, ticket sale and more information on the World Pair Driving Championship to be held in Jardy from 17 to 21 September 2003, can be found on the new website

Olympic Selection Trial in Jumping (Aachen) :
Jumping de Cannes (FRA):
CSIO Poznan (POL) :
Eventing : Luhmühlen CCI *** and CIC**:


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