Equestre Internationale News
FUCHS IS THE NEW WORLD NUMBER ONE
The Swiss rider Markus Fuchs put a stop to Ludger Beerbaum's reign
over the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings, which began
in January 2001.
Markus Fuchs earned 360 points at the Spruce Meadows CSI 5 stars
where he finished 1st in the Grand Prix with Granie and second
in the Derby with La Toya III. He earned another 50 points at
the French event Jumping de Cannes. Altogether, Fuchs collected
485 points during the month of June, largely compensating for
the 294 points he was dropping from 2002. He is now leading the
FEI Gandini Rankings with 3123 points, ahead of Ludger Beerbaum
with 2690 points.
Ludger Beerbaum, undisputed leader of the FEI Gandini Rankings
since the establishment of the new formula in January 2001, dropped
731 points from 2002, and scored what can nevertheless be considered
as a fair amount of points (275 pts) at CHIO Aachen, , where he
won the Grand Prix on Goldfever 3. Among others, the defending
European Champion dropped the 445 points earned last year in Aachen
as well as 151.25 points left from the 2001 European Championships
in Arnhem (GER).
Marcus Ehning (GER) went up one place and is now 3rd in front
of Rodrigo Pessoa. Ehning earned 375 points during the month.
He finished 2nd in the Grand Prix of Aachen with For Pleasure
and won the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden earlier in June.
Fantastic performance for Beezie Madden-Patton (USA) who entered
the Top 10. She went up from 12th to 8th place. She scored no
less than 515 points in June. In Spruce Meadows, she obtained
points in all 8 competitions taken into consideration for the
ranking. She won the Derby with Innocence and placed 2nd in the
Grand Prix with Judgement. Good performance also from the other
US riders: Peter Wylde jumped up from 18th to 12th place, Laura
Kraut made an even more impressive progression from 28th to 13th
place, while Norman Dello Joio is now 14th (he was 24th last month).
French rider Michel Robert, who was recently declaring to the
French newspaper L'Equipe "my aim is to finish the season
in the Top Ten of the World Rankings" scored 310 points during
the month and fulfilled his ambition earlier than foreseen: he
has just taken up the 10th position of the FEI Gandini World Riders
Rankings. Beside the bonus points he earned with the French team
in the Samsung Super League, he finished 3rd in the Aachen Grand
Prix and 2nd in the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden.
The complete rankings can be found on the FEI website section
consult, results, jumping http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_01.html
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RANKINGS
Ulla Salzgeber (GER) is still leading the FEI BCM World Dressage
Rankings, with a slightly reduced score of 80.293 points. (80.396
last month). She won the Grand Prix of Aachen with 75.875%. Similarly
to Jumping, the American riders have made remarkable progress::
two US riders are placed in the Top 3. Lisa Wilcox indeed took
over the runner-up spot thanks to her 2nd place in the Kür
in Aachen with Relevant. She is followed by Debbie McDonald, who
placed 3rd both in the Grand Prix and in the Kür in Aachen
Rafael Soto Andrade (ESP), who won the Grand Prix and the Kür
in Wiesbaden with his Spanish stallion Invasor entered the Top
Ten and went up from 11th
to 6th place.
The Olympic Champion Anky van Grunsven (NED), who fell off her
horse Gestion Joker in January and is still has not completely
returned to competition is getting out of the Top Ten to take
the 11th place.
The complete rankings can be found on the FEI website section
consult, results, dressage http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_02.html
FEI WALDFRIED EURO FUTURE CUP
Benjamin Werndl leads the rankings ahead of Jessica Werndl and
Thamara Zweistra at the end of the outdoor season
By Birgit Popp, Germany
After five qualifying shows of the FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup
a German-Dutch single combat can be seen to emerge. In the last
two qualifiers of the outdoor season dominated the Werndl sister
and brother of the Bavarian city of Aubenhausen (GER). While the
reigning Double European Champion Juniors, Jessica Werndl, has
won all three classes of the FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup including
the Prix St. Georges Kür to music at CDIJYR Neubeeren (GER),
the 17-year-old rider became third in all three tests at CDI/CDIJYR
Brno (CZE) and victory in the for the rankings counting kür
was taken by her two years older brother Benjamin. The current
European Team Champion Young Riders won ahead of the Dutch rider
Thamara Zweistra, who had been already runner-up in the kür
of CDIJYR Saumur (FRA).
With his victory at Brno and his second place at Neubeeren Benjamin
Werndl leads the rankings of the FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup
with 37 points ahead of his sister Jessica (35). Third place (34)
is covered by Thamara Zweistra ahead of her countryman Tommie
Visser (30). In the places five (28) and six (22) follow the two
British riders Jodie Lister and Maria Eilberg. After the cancellation
of the show at Mesikon (SUI) it will have ahead of the final to
be held during the International Frankfurt Horse Show on December
12 - 14, 2003, still the indoor qualifier at Wanroij (NED) on
November 19 - 23, 2003.
The FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup has become a firm figure in
the international dressage sport for Young Riders and Juniors
and receives Europe-wide enormous reception. In the five shows
in 2003, so far, riders from 15 nations were able to gain valuable
points for the rankings and therefore for a qualification for
the final. Only the twelve riders receive points for the rankings,
which have been qualified through two preliminary classes for
the kür to music on Prix St. Georges level. In 2003 already
more than hundred riders have participated in the FEI Waldfried
Euro Future Cup. Of the Western European countries seven riders
can qualify for the final, of
the former Eastern European countries two riders. Additionally
up to three riders can participate per wildcard in the final to
be held at Frankfurt on December 12 - 14, 2003, plus one rider
of the U.S.A. and one rider of Canada. This makes the Euro Cup
for the first time to a World Cup. Manfred Louven, who is with
his Waldfried Dressage Stables at Frankfurt am Main (GER) the
title sponsor since 2000, is very satisfied with the development
of the series, "With our commitment we want to help that
more nations become interested in top level dressage sport and
we want to offer the 16- to 21-year-old dressage riders the possibility
to compete across national borders in top-level horse shows."
Complete standings on: http://waldfried.com/english/eurofuturecup/index.html
SAMSUNG NATIONS CUP SERIES
SWITZERLAND LEADS THE STANDINGS AFTER DRAMMEN
Switzerland is in the lead of the Samsung Nations Cup standings
with 28 points after CSIO Drammen (NOR) which was held from 24
to 29 June. Runner-up is Spain, with 14 points, followed by Norway
The next event to count for the Samsung Nations Cup Series is
CSIO 5 stars Falsterbo (SWE) to be held from 10 to 13 July.
At the end of the season, the best placed in the Standings the
Samsung Nations Cup Series will earn its qualification to the
Samsung Super League, while the last-placed team in the Samsung
Super League will be relegated.
FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP
It had been a longstanding ambition of the FEI's to establish
a linked series in Eventing, the goal of which would be to develop
the sport throughout the world. Thanks to the consistent efforts
of the FEI Technical Committee, the FEI Eventing World Cup was
launched with success in August 2002 at Gatcombe Park (GBR).
The response of both competitors and organisers has been enthusiastic.
So far, ten events in eight countries (Australia, Brazil, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden and the USA) have hosted
a World Cup qualifier. More than 220 riders from over 25 countries
have taken part in the qualifiers so far and 120 of them have
earned points counting towards the final standings. The event
organisers have also been firmly behind the project achieving
an outstanding level of prize money for Eventing. This promising
beginning is an evidence of the Series' timely appearance on the
sports scene and its potential to enhance the profile of Eventing.
Currently, the following ten riders are in the lead with 30 points:
Philip Dutton (AUS), Nicholas Roe (AUS), William Fox-Pitt (GBR),
Andrew Nicholson (NZL), Jean Teulere (FRA), Gina Miles (USA),
Bettina Hoy (GER), Andreas Dibowski (GER), Gustavo Mourao (BRA)
and Pia Pantsu (FIN).
The coming months of July and August will be busy ones as eight
more qualifiers will be held beginning with Lulworth (GBR) and
Warwick (AUS) on 25 - 27 July and ending with Malmö (SWE)
on 28 - 31 August.
The Final will be held in Pau (FRA) on 23 - 26 October. No less
than 45 riders, some of them Olympic or World champions, are expected
to take part in it. On the basis of the large international representation
and the quality of riders' participation, momentum is steadily
building towards an exceptional end of season and an exciting
Final in Pau.
FEI NORTH AMERICAN DRIVING CHALLENGE
Fred Merriam (USA) is leading the FEI North American Driving Challenge
for Singles, supported by Freedman's Harness and Driving Essentials,
with 38 points, ahead of Kent Brownridge (USA) and Sue Mott (CAN).
Fred Merriam finished first at CAI-A Blainville (CAN) which took
place from 20 to 22 June.
Elisabeth Singer is leading the standings for the Pairs, with
35 points, ahead of Larry Poulin (USA) and Deb Laderoute (CAN)
with 19 and 18 respectively.
No Four-in-Hand carriages competed in Blainville. Chester Weber
(USA) still leads the FEI North American Challenge for Four-in-Hand
with an unchanged score of 17.
The complete standings and rules for their calculation can be
found on the FEI website, section consult, results, driving.
INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN YEARS TROPHY
After last competition in Moorsele (BEL) on 29 June, Wim Vos (NED)
is leading the Young Riders category of the Golden Years Trophy
with 101 points, ahead of Johnny Stevens (BEL) and Ben Maher (GBR).
Gudrun Patteet (BEL) is leading the standings in the Junior category,
followed by Michiel Quintelier (BEL) and Nadine Schlotterbeck
The next competition counting towards the Golden Years Trophy,
a series aiming at developing Jumping at Junior and Young Rider
level, will take
place in Le Mans (FRA) on 14 September 2003.
NEW FINANCE AND ADMINIISTRATION DIRECTOR
Mr Peter Osterman has joined the team of the FEI Secretariat on
5 May 2003. Of Australian origin, Mr Osterman grew up in Canada
and has been living and
working in Switzerland for the past 20 years. His professional
experience includes, among others, work in an international accounting
firm, a film copyright collection and distribution company, the
pharmaceutical, luxury watch and private jet aircraft industries.
He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a post-graduate diploma
in business administration from McGill University in Montreal.
Mr Osterman will officially take over his new position on 1 July
2003. The FEI Secretariat welcomes Peter Osterman to the FEI and
wishes him a good start.
After reaching retirement age at the end of June 2003, following
more than 10 years with the FEI, Dr Beat H. Schatzmann will continue
being involved in the FEI on a part-time basis e.g. assisting
Mr. Osterman in the transition, co-organising the General Assembly
and working on some projects for the Secretary General and the