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The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
19th July 2001

- Australia wins Saumur CAI-A Driving Pairs
- SNC update: Germany leads the standings
- Press accreditation Samsung Final in Madrid
- Jumping Committee meeting
- Golden Years Trophy for Young Riders and Juniors
- First Seminar for Indoor Course Designers in Driving
- European Eventing Championship in Pau
- Importation of horses from the EU to Australia

by Peter Dallow

Australian Boyd Exell, in a preliminary to the World Pairs Driving Championships to be held in Germany in August, won the 2001 International Saumur Driving Event held 13 to 15 July in Saumur, France.Driving his two 16 hand black Gelderlander horses trained by Sarah Garnett, Deemster & Julius, Exell scored the best dressage test on Friday to take a commanding lead over thirty-one European pairs drivers.

Exell stretched his lead to nearly 20 points by winning the rain-shortened marathon on Saturday, driving a technically proficient and quick marathon.Hazard number 6, was closed by the officials, after torrential rains the previous night had made the hazard with a steep bank too dangerous.

A double-clear perfect cones round, one of only two in the class, in front of more than 10,000 spectators which filled the Prince Albert arena of the Hippodrome, sealed the victory for Exell, who is based in England in order to compete internationally.

American, Chester Weber, another of the young breed of international drivers, was not as fortunate.Weber saw his two-point lead in the horse teams class evaporate when he picked up 9 penalties in the final phase, allowing Hollands Harry DeRuyter to win, with Swiss drivers Daniel Wurgler and Werner Ulrich finishing second and third.Weber had the best score in dressage, and was able to hold the lead after the marathon that was won by George Knell of Germany But one cone and four time penalties dropped Weber from first to a fifth place overall finish.

HORSE PAIR - Boyd Exell (AUS) 106.68, Beat Schenk (SUI) 128.36, Daniel Wuthrich (SUI) 130.63
HORSE TEAM - Harry DeRuyter (NED) 139.54, Daniel Wurgler (SUI) 140.94, Werner Ulrich (SUI) 142.61
PONY TEAM - Mia Allo (BEL) 156.93, Louis Droemont (GER) 162.25, Anton Hugentobler (SUI) 184.02


Germany in the lead after Falsterbo (SWE) and Lummen (BEL)

The incredible Irish, record-breaking 10-time winners in the 1999/2000 series, took the current Samsung Nations Cup league by storm that 13 July when winning at both the 4-Star fixture in Falsterbo, Sweden and the 3-Star leg at Lummen in Belgium.

Their team victory at the European Championships at Arnhemseveral weeks ago seems to have propelled them into winning mode once again and the squad which had to settle for second behind Germany at the previous leg in Ikast, Denmark the previous weekend reversed the placings at Falsterbo where the home side had to settle for third place.

It was a bad weekend for Italy as, in Lummen, their team was eliminated in the first round.

As the Samsung Nations Cup series moves on to Poznan in Poland next weekend, Germanyhold the lead with 54 points ahead of Italy on 51 and Ireland have rocketed up from eighth to fifth position.

This week end:
SNC Poznan (BEL)
Coming next:
SNC Hickstead (GBR)
SNC Budapest (HUN)
SNC Dublin (IRL)

Visit also SNC News dedicated section on the FEI website


The Organising Committee of the Samsung Nations Cup Final, which will be held in Madrid (ESP) from 20 23 September, will centralise the accreditation and hotel reservation of the foreign press.

As of 20 July, the accreditation and hotel reservation form will be published on the official website of the Nations Cup Final


The FEI Jumping Committee held its annual statutory meeting from 2-3 July in Baarlo (NED) at the home of Committee member Mr Emile Hendrix following the European Jumping Championship.

Among the items on the agenda for discussion were the following:
Nations Cup
The Committee discussed the conditions for the Nations Cup Regional League system and decided to recommend a completely restructured proposal, which will be put to the various bodies for approval.
Substitution of teams qualified for the second round of Nations Cup competitions
The next highest placed team will replace any qualified team withdrawing before the second round of the Nations Cup competition. The team withdrawing cannot be placed or receive prize money.
Olympic Games
The minimum requirements to be met by the Olympic Games Organising Committee, as well as the qualifying system for the Olympic Games were reviewed by the Committee. Proposals for change will be presented to the FEI Bureau for approval.
One Day CSIO events
The Committee rejected a request to host a one -day CSIO event.
Guidelines for Organisers
The FEI in consultation with the Organisers and the International Jumping Riders' Club are currently producing guidelines for organising international events.


Permission was withdrawn for Young Riders to compete in the above series in 2002 until the age of 23. The age limit for Young Riders from 2002 will be 21 years.
Rules for International Jumping Events
The Committee considered many proposed changes to the rulebook as received from the Rules Revision Working Group. A final draft will be presented to the FEI Bureau for approval in November this year. The General Assembly will be asked for its approval of the new rulebook on the occasion of the 2002 Assembly. The new edition will come into effect on the 1 January 2003
Competitions for six and seven year old horses
The Committee approved the following conditions for six and seven year old horse competitions. It was recognised that these competitions are optional for organisers to hold, however, if held, the following conditions must be respected from 2002:
- The OC of an event may include special competitions for 6 and 7-year-old horses in its programme, for which a competitor may be invited to bring one or more horses, in addition to the maximum number of three horses permitted for a CSI. The number of six and seven-year-old horses permitted per competitor must be stated in the schedule;
- A horse ridden in these special young horses competitions may not be ridden in other CSI competitions at the same event;
- In classes where age groups are combined, there may be a combined classification;
- Six and seven-year-old horses may be ridden in the same competition over the same course. However, the 7-year-old horses will receive a handicap, i.e. the obstacles for horses of this age must be approximately 5 cms higher than those for the 6-year-old horses. The width of obstacles may be increased in spread for 7-year-old horses. The rest of the course must be the same for both age groups;
- Extra competitors from the host country only, may be invited to take part in these competitions;
- Height of obstacles for 6-year-old horses must be approximately 1.30 cm;
- There may also be special competitions for 8-year-old horses;
- If international competitions for 5-year-old horses are held, the rules already established for these competitions must be respected.

Revision of the Memorandum for International Jumping Events
The Rules Revision Working Group will commence work on the revision of the Memorandum for International Jumping Events.


The International Golden Years Trophy for Young Riders

The International Young Riders' Golden Years Trophy was created a number of years ago by the late Mr Raymond Hutse (BEL), to give young riders the opportunity to participate at higher level international jumping events before leaving the young rider category.
This year there are a total of six qualifying events, plus a semi-final and a final. Five qualifiers have already taken place, the last qualifier will be held in Copenhagen (DEN) from 10 - 12 August.
Qualified for the semi-final are the best 25 riders on a point system selected from four of the qualifiers, each of these riders must have competed in at least two of the six events. In addition, the winner of the Grand Prix competition at each of the qualifying events is permitted to take part at the semi-final.
The following are qualified for the semi-final, which will take place in Barcelona (ESP) from 14 - 16 September:

Wathelet Gregory (BEL)
Vandousselaere Kelly (BEL)
Lambrecht Vincent (BEL)
Benner Anna-Maria (GER)
Smolders Harrie (NED)
Vanderhasselt Philippe (BEL)
Brugman Madeleine (NED)
Deckers Frank (BEL)
Rieskamp-Goedeking Tim (GER)
Cimolaï Paola (ITA)
Wertheim Lucas (ARG)
Matthes Lilly (GER)

The participants at the semi-final are invited to take part in the final, which will take place in Barcelona (ESP) from 21 - 23 September.

The International Golden Years Trophy for Juniors

This series was created for the first time in 2001. The same conditions apply for the Juniors as apply for the Young Riders.
The semi-final for the Juniors will take place also in Barcelona (ESP) during the same time as the semi-final for the Young Riders.
The final for the Juniors, however, will take place in Vienna (AUT) from 28 - 30 October.
After five qualifying competitions and with on still to take place in Copenhagen (DEN) from 10 - 12 August, the following Juniors are qualified for the semi-final:

Patteet Gudrun (BEL)
Kuyten Suus (NED)
Van den Nieuwenhuyzen Kevin (NED)
Greve Willem (NED)
Malandin Adélaïde (FRA)
Rombouts Kirsten (BEL)
Genin Thomas (BEL)
Rieskamp-Goedeking Tim (GER)
Van Vliet Maurice (NED)
Sorg Corina (SUI)
Ambrosetti Vanessa (ITA)
Sprehe Jörne (GER)
Lee Williams (GBR)
Maher Ben (GBR)

More information on the Golden Years Trophy on


In view of the introduction of an Indoor World Cup Driving series, the FEI organised a first course designer seminar, in Deurne, (NED) on 14 July 2001, with the goal to establish uniform criteria for indoor driving competitions.

The first season of the new indoor Driving World Cup for Four-in-Hand horses will start in November 2001. It comprises eight events.

The seminar was held on the 14 July 2001 in the Dutch Equestrian Centre in Deurne and was directed by Tjeerd Velstra, the former Chairman of the FEI Driving Committee. Participating were five Driving Course Designers from four countries. Also in attendance were Max Ammann, the Director of the World Cup, Henk-Jan Drabbe, Jumping Course Designer, Gerrit-Jan Swinkels, organiser of the CHI sHertogenbosch and Ad Aarts with his Four-in-Hand team.

The one-day seminar consisted of a theoretical part in the morning and course building in the afternoon. The five course designers now have the status of indoor course designer, qualified to build courses of the World Cup in the 2001/2002 season. If an FEI Course Designer who did not attend the indoor seminar in Deurne will build a World Cup course, he must be assisted by one of the five qualified participants of the course in Deurne, who will officiate as Technical Delegate.

(FRA), from 11 to 14 October 2001

After over 30 years (1969 in Haras de Pin), France is proud to welcome back the Eventing European Championships which will take place in Pau-Pyrénées from 11th to 14th October 2001. Pau-Pyrénées is the only International Eventing venue in the South of France. The event, started in 1990 and a year later Pau hosted the first International Three Day Event. The venue is located within the Sers Racehorse Training Centre (the second biggest training facility in France) which is managed by the "Société des Courses des Pyrénées Atlantiques". Sers complex can count on a beautiful arena and an exceptional location with all facilities: stabling, training areas, cross country course, trade stand area and parkings, all situated in the same area. The finest hotels are at 5 minutes, the International Airport is at only 1 km.

The event is run by "Competitions Equestres Pau Pyrénées" (CEPP ) and the professional company Centaure, led by Babette Schily and Pascal Sayous who, since 1991, are actively involved in the organization together with the institutional partners such as Pau' City Council , the Region Authority, the National Stud (Haras Nationaux) and the Société des Courses. The town of Pau and all other parties involved provide strongsupport to the organization of the event and for this reason the 2001 FEI Eventing European Championships will represent the greatest equestrian event of the season in France. At the brand new congress centre "Palais Beaumont" the French national veterinary congress will take place during the European Championships with an expected attendance of over 500 equine specialists.

Provisional timetable:

Thursday, 11th October:9.00 AM - 5.00 PM DRESSAGE (part 1)
Friday, 12th October: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM DRESSAGE (part 2)
Saturday, 13th October:10.00 AM 5.00 PM: CROSS COUNTRY TEST
Sunday, 14th October :10.00 AM 6.00 PM SHOW JUMPING TEST

Box Office on-line on the official web site of the event, : the Box Office is open.

FEI Eventing European Championships, 11-14 October 2001

The form must be filled in and sent back before 2nd of September (enclosing two passport size photographs) to: Centaure - Côte de Saint Martin:, 64800 NAY (France). The acceptance of your Press Accreditation request will be confirmed to you before 30th September.
The requests for Press Passes coming from freelance media (journalists and photographers) will be accepted only if they will be accompanied by a letter from the editor of the publications for which they will be covering the event.
For hotel reservations you are invited to contact the Tourist Office of Pau (ph. +33 559272708; fax +33 559270321; website ; or the travel agent Agence Coecilia Tempia, in Lourdes ( ). Due to the high demand for hotel booking we invite you to make sure you make your own reservation as soon as possible.


The Australian Veterinary Authorities (AQIS) have reviewed their earlier decision to stop import of horses from EU (European Union) countries, which was made during the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreaks. Import of EU horses was again permitted as of May 17, under certain conditions. The conditions relate mostly to a 3-week Pre-Export Quarantine (PEQ), inspection by an AQIS veterinarian and cleaning/disinfection of the horses and vehicles utilised. Since England, Scotland and Wales are not yet considered as free from FMD, the PEQ procedure for horses from that area would have to be completed in an FMD free country.


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