Equestre Internationale News
25 June 2003
BACK FROM AACHEN...
2006 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
The countdown has begun: In the course of the World Equestrian Festival,
CHIO Aachen 2003, the fixed date as well as the official logo for
the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 were presented. The World
Championships in seven equestrian disciplines will take place from
22 August to 3 September 2006 on the traditional tournament grounds
of the Aachen-Laurensberger Renverein e.V. (ALRV). The organisers
await 800 participants with 875 horses and more than 500.000 spectators.
IN 2005, two new tribunes are planned to be built in the jumping
stadium. At the Eastern side of the stadium, a completely new tribune
with an integrated press centre will be built, furthermore it is
planned to re-design the main Tribune.
The event's budget amounts to 36 Million Euro. Half of it is made
up of sponsoring, ticketing, TV-rights, the shopping street, hospitality
or licensing. The prize money during the event will amount to 1.353.000
SILVER CAMERA AWARD
The SIlver Camera Award for the Best Equestrian Photo of the Year
2002/2003Award went to the German photographer Karl-Heinz Frieler
for "tears of joy" and was presented by Swiss tennis star
Martina Hingis. The second prize went to David Charles for "High
Flyer " (GBR) and the third to Werner Ernst for "Through
Forest and Water" (GER) See the picture at http://www.chioaachen.de/medien/2003_silb_ka_win_e.htm
TOP DRIVER AWARD
On Saturday, Jack Pemberton, Chairman of the Driving Committee,
handed over the Top Driver Award, supported by Finn Caspersen, to
the 2002 winner Christoph Sandmann (GER). After Aachen CAIO, Ysbrand
Chardon (NED) leads the 2003 standings of the Top Driver Award with
48 points, followed by Boyd Excell (AUS) and Harry de Ruyter (NED).
The complete standings are available on the FEI website, section
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE
The Irish put in another stunning performance to record their second
Samsung Super League victory and their third Nations Cup win in
a row when topping the line-up at the Mercedez-Benz Nations Cup
In a thrilling clash in which the result was only decided by the
final rider into the ring the boys in green held firm to pip a much-improved
Belgian squad for the honours, while the league leaders from France
had to settle for fifth spot this time.
Full information on the Samsung Super league on www.samsungsuperleague.com
CHIO Aachen attendance was exceptionally high. Including the 44.000
driving fans on Saturday morning in the Forest of Aachen and the
45.000 visitors on the final Sunday, altogether 313.500 friends
of equestrian sports attended this year's tournament in the Soers.
EUROPEAN JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Organisers of the European Jumping Championships held a press
conference in Aachen, where they presented the programme. The Championship
will be held
in Donaueschingen (GER) from 20 to 24 August 2003. For the first
time, a combined entry and accreditation system will allow federations
to send their entries online. The new system is called HippoBase
and is expected to facilitate and accelerate the accreditation procedures
for all participants, including media.
The course will be designed by Olympic course designer Olaf Petersen,
who is the Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee.
The castle grounds will be open to the public. Visitors will only
have to pay an entrance fee for the jumping arena, as well as for
the driving marathon on Saturday.
A CAI-A part of the Top Driver Award will be organised in conjunction
with the championship.
Tickets for the European championship cost between seven (standing
for adults) and 47 Euro (seat for adults), Tickets for the whole
event are available from 35 Euro (standing) to 125 Euro (seat).
Young persons up to 18 years, handicapped people and students by
showing a valid student card will pay eight Euro for a standing
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and have free entrance on Wednesday
and Thursday. The tickets can be bought in advance at the Tourismus-
und Sportamt Donaueschingen, under the following numbers: (telephone
+49 7 71 85 72 21, fax +49 7 71 85 72 28).
They can also be booked via internet www.chi-donaueschingen.de.
EUROPEAN JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG RIDERS
The European Jumping Championship for Young Riders will take place
from 2 to 6 July 2006 in Le Touquet (FRA). Twenty-one nations have
announced their participation: France, Germany, Belgium, Austria,
Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland,
Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Croatia. In addition individuals
from the following countries will compete: Croatia, Denmark, Spain,
Estonia, Hungary, Israel, and Luxemburg.
It is the third time that the European Jumping Championship is organised
in Le Touquet. A CSI for Juniors will be organised in conjunction
with the Championship.
EUROPEAN PONY CHAMPIONSHIP IN JUMPING, DRESSAGE AND EVENTING
The European Pony Championships return to Ireland after 15 years
and will be held from 22 to 27 July in Necarne Castle. So far, 15
nations have announced
Information can be found at www.ponyeuchampionships.com