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Federation Equestre Internationale News

26 July 2002

World Cup Dressage

A World Cup Dressage Qualifier will be held in Maastricht (NED) from 6 to 8 December 2002. This is an addition to the Official FEI Calendar already published.
For the most recent version of the calendar, please check our website , “Consult” section.

2003 World Pairs Driving Championship

Please take note of the change of location of the 2003 World Pairs Driving Championship. It will take place from 18 to 21 September in the Haras de Jardy, one of France’s top equestrian centres.

Upcoming Events

The outdoor equestrian season is at its height with a large number of events taking place in the coming days. Please find below a list of the main competitions by discipline, exact dates and venue.
24 – 28 July, European Championship Ponies, Lanaken (BEL)
24 – 28 July, CSIO****, Hickstead (GBR)
25 – 28 July, CSI-A, San Juan Capistrano, CA (USA)
26 – 28 July, CSI-A, Ascona (SUI)
26 – 28 July, CSI-A, Palermo (ITA)
26 – 28 July, CSI-A, Royan (FRA)
24 – 28 July, CSI-(W), Caledon, ON (CAN)
26 – 28 July, CSI-(W), Kiev (UKR)
26 – 28 July, CSI-(W), Vilnius (LTU)
26 – 28 July, CDI***, Komarovo, St-Petersburg (RUS)
26 – 28 July, CDI***, Nörten-Hardenberg (GER)
26 – 28 July, CIC***/**/*, Lulworth (GBR)
25 – 28 July, CAI-A (Pairs and Four-in-hand), Beekbergen (NED)
27 July, CEI***, Kenilworth, QLD (AUS)

For more information, please visit our website, where links to the official websites of these events have been made (even available).

In Memoriam

Fritz Jirisch (AUT) passed away on 18 July 2002 only days before his hundredth birthday. Born on 26 July 1902 in Silesia, the son of a general in the imperial Austrian army, Jirisch was destined to follow the long military tradition of his family. After graduating from cadet school, he attended, among others, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, the Cadre Noir in Saumur and the German Cavalry School in Hanover. In the mid-1930’s he was a member of the Austrian Jumping team.
After the war, Jirisch became an FEI judge, very much in demand. He attended many FEI General Assemblies and was made in 1972 an FEI Honorary Delegate. He is survived by his wife Trudl whom he had married in 1939.

Morton “Cappy” Smith (USA), one of the great American civilian Jumping riders and teachers, passed away on 17 July 2002. Starting in the 1930’s through to the 50’s, Cappy Smith was an outstanding competitor who dominated the National Horse Show winning the title on several occasions. Among the riders influenced by Cappy Smith is William Steinkraus, the first American to become individual Olympic champion in equestrian sports.

The sports marketing pioneer Cesar W. Lüthi (SUI) passed away on 18 July 2002 aged 72. He became the best known in equestrian circles as the generous sponsor of the Bulgarian Jumping team and the highly appreciated CSI in Aach (GER).
Mr Lüthi was born and lived in Switzerland. He bought his fist advertising rights to a major sporting event in 1966. In 1972, he founded the CWC sports marketing company which he sold in 2000. In 1996, he opened the Hirtenhof Equestrian Centre in Aach where the first CSI was held in 2000.

Antonio Opper (ITA), member of the Italian bronze medal winning Jumping team at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome died recently. From 1959 to 1966, he represented Italy in several Nations Cups.


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