Equestre Internationale News
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN JUMPING
SWITZERLAND IS THE NEW TEAM CHAMPION, JULIA BRAUWEILER (GER) WINS
THE INDIVIDUAL GOLD
The European Junior Championship in Jumping was organised from
10 to 13 July in Sanremo (ITA). Switzerland earned the team gold
medal with a all-female team composed of Sabrina Rhyner/BMCs
Skybreaker, Janika Sprunger/Felix des Noues, Nadine Schlotterback/Diapason
du Nil and Faye Schoch/Tequi dI CH who completed the championship
team competition with a total of 13 penalty points. Great Britain
earned the silver medal with 16 points while Germany had to settle
for bronze with a disappointing 28 points score.
A record number of 22 nations (15 with a team) participated in
the Championship over clever courses designed by Uliano Venazzi
The European Individual Champion is Julia Brauweiler (GER), who
finished the three competitions counting for the title with a
total of 4 points. The silver and bronze were decided after a
jump-off between Faye Schoch and the Italian Beatrice Patrese,
who finally earned silver and bronze respectively.
EUROPEAN YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIP IN JUMPING DOMINATED BY GERMANY
Germany clearly dominated the European Young Rider Championship
in Jumping which was organised in le Touquet (FRA) from 4 to 6
The German team composed of Caroline Muller/Kyraleen, Mario Stevens/Night
and Day 8, Jorne Sprehe/Lady Weingard and Johannes Ehning/Gelha
S Junior flew over the championship and earned the gold medal
with a remarkable score of 1 point. They were followed by the
Netherlands (15 points) and Norway (18 points).
Gold Team Member Caroline Muller earned the individual gold medal,
followed by team-mate Jorne Sprehe and Dutch rider Wim Vos riding
The courses designed by Serge Houtmann were ideally balanced for
all participants who came from 20 different nations (13 teams).
EUROPEAN JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP IN DONAUESCHINGEN
THREE TEAMS TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Three teams will be able to qualify for Athens 2004 at the forthcoming
European Jumping Championship to be held in Donaueschingen (GER)
from 20 to 24 August 2003. The following nations have already
obtained their qualification for the 2004 Olympic Games: Greece
(host nation), the five first nations of the 2003 World Equestrian
Games (France, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands).
No wonder why a record number of 18 teams have announced their
participation to the European Championship in Donaueschingen.
In total, riders from 23 nations will compete for the team and
individual European titles.
More information on www.chi-donaueschingen.de.
OPEN EUROPEAN VAULTING CHAMPIONSHIP IN SAUMUR (FRA)
Ten Teams, 45 male and 30 female vaulters from 19 countries will
participate in the Open European Vaulting Championship to be held
in Saumur (FRA) from 7 to 10 August 2003.
It is the 2nd time that Saumur is hosting the European Vaulting
Championship. The World Champion Matthias Lang (FRA) will try
to obtain his second European title. The defending European Champion
of Poznan in 2001, Kai Vorberg (GER), is also among the big favourites
who have confirmed their participation. The female title will
probably see a tough fight between the World and European Champion
Nadia Zülow (GER), Nicola Ströh also from Germany who
earned the silver medal in 2001, and the French 2001 bronze medallist
Maud Bousignac who will benefit from the support of her home public.
The favourite nations for the Team title are Switzerland, Germany
The definite entries will be published on the Championships
website www.saumur.org by the end of July.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE UPDATE
This article is an extract of the Samsung Super League Press Release
Next week the Samsung Super League will resume at Hickstead and,
if the second half of the eight-leg series is anything like as
exciting as the first four competitions, there is much to look
forward to over the coming months.
Can the French, who have held the lead from the very start, continue
to maintain their advantage? They began so convincingly with wins
in La Baule and Rome but have been losing their grip over the
past few weeks. Can the Irish, who are lying second, just a half
point behind, make it a successive hat-trick of wins by taking
the British title? Their recent record at Hickstead is impressive
- winners in 2000 and 2001 and runners-up by a margin of just
1.24 seconds to Germany last summer - and they look like real
contenders for pole position in the second half of the series.
Will the mighty Germans, who were expected to make more of an
impression, suddenly produce a burst of energy and improve from
their current third placing? And what about the British in fourth
spot? Very little has gone their way in recent times but they
were thoroughly consistent and doggedly determined in the first
three legs of the Super League before finishing last in Aachen.
The Swiss went out with all guns blazing into the normal Nations
Cup series and currently lead the rankings by a comfortable margin
of 7 points, although the Spanish are advancing ominously after
Falsterbo where the USA also improved their position to third.
The Swiss have made no secret of the fact that they intend to
be Super League contenders in 2004 but they must be at the head
of the Nations Cup league table right at the end of the 2003 series
if they are to gain that much-desired promotion.
So it is still all for play for as the Samsung Super League resumes
in Hickstead next week. The French have the Irish breathing down
their necks. They know there is no room for error and that they
can be toppled from the lead very easily indeed. The Germans are
likely to put on a strong show of force but Nations Cup jumping
is about national pride and the British will be giving it everything
theyve got on their home ground. Hickstead provides Belgium
with the chance to get right back in the race and for Sweden,
Italy and Holland there is an opportunity to escape from the extremely
tight situation at the bottom of the table.
It may be tough at the top, but it's pretty tough at the bottom
.Hickstead here we come!
Keep up to date with the latest news from Hickstead at website
You can access all the latest Samsung Super League news and information
on website www.samsungsuperleague.com and dont forget that
Biographies on all Riders competing in the series are available
The Samsung Super League consists of the eight most prestigious
horse shows at which the worlds eight best national teams
compare their merit. The Super League is connected to the Samsung
Nations Cup Series through a promotion/relegation system at the
end of each season.
Samsung Electronics, one of the worlds largest electronics
companies, is committed to supporting international sporting events
thereby returning corporate profits to the public and working
towards a more harmonious and equitable society.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE LEADERBOARD
1. France - 31 points
2. Ireland - 30.5 points
3. Germany - 18.5 points
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL PASSION!
SAMSUNG NATIONS CUP SERIES LEADERBOARD
1. Switzerland 28 points
2. Spain 21 points
3. USA 19 points
SAMSUNG NATIONS CUP IN SOFIA (BUL)
Sofia CSIO will be the 8th leg of the Samsung Nations Cup Series.
The Nations Cup Samsung Trophy will be held on 20
July 2003 at 15:00 and include 5 teams: German, Greece, Turkey,
Romania and Bulgaria.
More information and results can be obtained at www.horse.sportbg.com
WORLD DRIVING PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP IN JARDY (FRA)
The Organising Committee chaired by Patrice Clerc invites the
media to a press conference to be held in the Haras de Jardy on
4 September 2003 at 10:30. The Marathon course will be presented
on that occasion and participants will be invited to try the carriages.
SAN PATRIGNANO TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH BIRTHDAY
Among the several projects and initiatives to celebrate the 25th
birth anniversary of San Patrignano, the 7th International Show
Jumping Vincenzo Muccioli Challenge will take place
from 18 to 20 July 2003 in the equestrian centre of the largest
drug rehabilitation community in Europe.
46 riders and 130 horses, representing 18 countries, will be competing
in this years CSI ***: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France,
Japan, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
Liechtenstein, Mexico, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the
United States. Among them, many of the top riders of the FEI/Gandini
World Rankings: the worlds no.1 of the Rankings, the Swiss
Markus Fuchs, the Belgians Jos Lansink (5th) and Ludo Philipaerts
(11th), the French Michael Robert (10th) and two of the three
medallists of the 2002 World Equestrian Games, the Irish Dermot
Lennon (gold medal) and the American Peter Wylde (bronze medal).
The total prize money will be 190.000 €, of which 90.000
€ for the Wind Grand Prix The courses will be designed
by well-known German course designer and Chairman of FEI Jumping
Committee Olaf Petersen, who has been appointed to design the
courses of the 2003 European Championship in Donaueschingen and
at the next Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
For further information: www.sanpatrignano.org
THE FUTURE OF EVENTING
The Eventing Committee has published a proposal for comments on
the Influence of the new Olympic Eventing format on current CCI
competition format on the FEI website, section reference, working
documents, reports (direct link: http://www.horsesport.org/fei/pdfs/reference/05_03/Future_of_Eventing.pdf).
The National Federations, riders and organisers shall consider
the proposals and comment back to the FEI Eventing department
by 1 September 2003. Proposals include the name of the Discipline
and the Future development of the FEI Eventing Championships both
at Senior and Young Rider/Junior level.
CAI-A 2/4 CAIP-B BEEKBERGEN (NED)
The CAI-A/CAIP Beekbergen for Pairs and Four-in-Hand and Ponies-4,
will take place from 25 to 27 July 2003. Over 80 competitors from
13 nations will participate, among whom the three individual medallists
at the World Championship in Jerez, Ijsbrand Chardon (NED), gold,
(GER), silver and Tomas Eriksson (SWE), bronze.
The Pair driver Ben Voets will start for the Netherlands Antilles
for the first time, as he changed nationality last month.
Beekbergen is a World Cup Qualifier and an event counting for
the Top Driver Award for teams and pairs. The CAI-A is the last
chance for drivers to qualify for the World Pairs Championship
to be held in Jardy (FRA) mid-September, as well as the last competition
before the World Combined Pony Championship in Karlstetten (AUT)
which will be held from 14 to 17 August.
List of participants and programme can be found on www.caibeekbergen.nl.
CSI*** Moorsele (BEL) due to take place from 15-27 July was CANCELLED
Margrit Wigger, 44, of Spencerville, ON (CAN) unfortunately suffered
a massive heart attack while galloping on the cross-country phase
of Fox Hill Horse Trials, (CAN) on 29 June 2003. She received
immediate medical attention, but an autopsy report indicated that
she died instantly. The tragedy did not involve any obstacles
on course and her horse was not harmed in the mishap.
Born in Switzerland, Margrits passion for horses lead her
to Renroc Farm in Spencerville, ON, where she worked for the past
23 years. She was involved in every aspect of the sport from breeding
and starting young horses to coaching riders and organizing local
The organizers of the Fox Hill Horse Trials will dedicate the
Preliminary division to her memory and a Margrit Wigger memorial
trophy will be awarded, in her honour, each year to the winner
of the division.