Equestre Internationale News
12 August 2003
Pan American Games Dressage event
- 2004 World Cup Final Jumping allocated to Milan
- Samsung Super League in Dublin
- Samsung Nations Cup in Bratislava
- Test event in Athens
- FEI World Combined Driving Championships for Ponies
- Course for FEI Driving Indoor Competitions
AMERICAN GAMES IN SANTO DOMINGO (DOM) DRESSAGE
Leslie Reid (CAN) led all the way, winning the Prix St-Georges
and Intermediate 1, to capture the individual gold medal. Bernadette
Pujals of Mexico was 2nd in the freestyle and captured the Silver
medal while Yvonne Muniz (DOM) had to settle for Bronze.
A record number o 43 competitors and 10 teams participated in
the Wednesday and Thursday sessions of the Prix St George counting
for the Team medals. USA won the team Gold ahead of Canada, only
0.25 behind, who earned the Silver medal followed by Mexico who
grabbed the Bronze.
The Jumping competitions of the Pan American Games will start
tomorrow 13 August.
OPEN EUROPEAN VAULTING CHAMPIONSHIP
Matthias Lang (FRA) retires from competition with a new European
The World Champion Matthias Lang (Farceur Brécéen
HN longed by Marina Joosten Dupon) dominated the Championship
and concluded his career with an extraordinary score of 9.336
ahead of the German vaulters Jan Bayer and Kaï Vorberg. The
final was a very emotional moment for Matthias Lang, as he had
started his international career here in Saumur as part of the
French team at the 1995 European Championships.
The Female World Champion Nadia Zülow (Rubins longed by Annika
Speck) kept her European title won in 2001 in Poland with a total
of 8.763 ahead of Rikke Nielsen Laumann (DEN) and Maud Bousignac
The Team Gold medal was awarded to Germany (Mainz-Laubenheim),
followed by title defender Switzerland (RC St. Gallen) and Poland
The complete results can be found on www.saumur.org
2004 FEI WORLD CUP FINAL ALLOCATED TO MILAN (ITA)
In consultation with the Jumping Committee and the World Cup Working
Group, the Executive Board today confirmed the allocation of 2004
FEI World Cup Final to Milan (ITA), from 21 to 25 April 2004.
The Final will be organised in the the largest indoor sports building
of Northern Italy, located in the outskirts of Milan. The Filaforum
of Assago never hosted an equestrian event before, but organised
many major sport events in volley ball, basketball and athletics.
A CSI*** will be organised as Test Event for the final from 18
to 21 December 2003 in order to assess the installations.
The Organising Committee of the Final will be the Italian Equestrian
Federation (FISE). The experience of the FISE in the organisation
of important equestrian events, such as the 1998 World Equestrian
Games, the Samsung Nations Cup Final in 2000 and the yearly CSIO
Rome was a significant asset of the Italian candidature to organise
The Organising Committee intends to organise the Italian qualifier
of the Dressage World Cup, that usually takes place in San Patrignano
in January in conjunction with the test event in Milan next December.
"The addition of the CDI-W to the show jumping programme
will provide a real test for the organisation and for the facilities
in the lead up to the World Cup final", commented FISE President
The venue, located some 15 minutes from the city centre, will
provide a 37 x 77 arena and a seating capacity of 12 000 for the
Final (6000 for the test event in December).
The President of the Italian Federation is welcoming the equestrian
fans to Milan for the 2004 World Cup Final and saying: "We
are delighted about the allocation to our country, for the first
time ever, of such an important event as the FEI World Cup Final.
In the last few years we have been organising some of the major
competitions of the international calendar and we are grateful
to the FEI that once more has put trust in our Federation, our
country, our ability in organising events. The facilities in Milan
are of top level and I am confident that starting from 2004 this
horse show will become one of the most popular indoor events in
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE
French victory in Dublin
Despite all the predictions that the home side would come out
on top, it was the longtime Samsung Super League leaders from
France who reigned supreme to claim the Aga Khan trophy for the
second year running at Dublin Horse Show last week-end.
The French already held the lead at the halfway stage after clear
rounds from Florian Angot (First de Launay), Christian Hermon
(Ephebe For Ever) and Michel Hecart (Quilano de Kalvarie) but
they were not alone as the Dutch, at last beginning to show the
kind of form usually expected of them, matched their zero total.
Marc Houtzager and HBC Jacomar, winners of the Dublin Grand Prix
last year, joined Eric Van der Vleuten (Audi's Jikke) and Wim
Schroder (Eurocommerce Montreal) to leave all the fences standing
and that was quite a feat as course-designer, Linda Allen, had
set them a real challenge.
Just three horse-and-rider combinations completed double-clear
rounds - Hermon and Ephebe For Ever for France, Jos Lansink and
the enormous grey Ak Cumano Z for Belgium and Britain's Robert
Smith with Mr Springfield.
The British were lying third as the second round began, carrying
just the four faults collected by William Funnell and Cortaflex
Amber du Montois at the bogey middle-element of the treble at
fence seven which caused huge problems throughout the competition.
Linda Allen had set a real trap, with a line of fences from a
triple bar at fence six to the tight-distance combination at seven
and on to an oxer at fence eight but after victory at Hickstead,
British confidence is considerably higher and Michael Whitaker
sealed the four-fault tally when steering the volatile mare, Fleur,
home without incident at his first attempt.
The Belgians were in fourth with 12 faults at this stage, Sweden
and Ireland next with 13 faults each, Germany in seventh with
16 faults and Italy trailing the field with 17 on the board.
Dutch chances slipped away as the second round unfolded and the
French began to look just a bit vulnerable when Angot hit the
infamous treble and the following oxer for eight faults. Goffinet
and Flipper d'Elle however, who had already become real favourites
with the spectators earlier in the week, improved on their four-fault
first-round result to go clear this time and when Christian Hermon
completed his double-clear, the result was already assured.
Carrying eight faults with just three riders gone in the second
round they could not be caught. Despite Whitaker's good start,
Fleur became increasingly difficult and lowered three fences for
12 faults to provide his team's second-round discard score so,
counting four from Nick Skelton and Arko who had two down at their
first attempt and just a single time fault from Funnell, whose
skill was tested to the full by his heady chestnut mare, to Smith's
second clear Britain completed with nine on the board, a full
eight faults ahead of the Dutch and Irish in third.
Belgium finished fifth (20 faults), Germany sixth (24 faults)
and Sweden seventh (26 faults) while Italy was eliminated when
only two riders returned to the ring in the second round. Italy
are now staring relegation in the face as their total of 8.5 points
at this stage in the series leaves them at the bottom of the order
behind Sweden with 11 points, Holland with 15, Belgium with 16.5,
Germany with 23, Great Britain with 33, the Irish carrying 41
and the French, still holding all the aces, with a total of 47.
"Last year we won here for the first time in 45 years and
it is a great pleasure to win again in this country which is so
famous for producing good horses" Bonneau said. He was well-pleased
with the performance of new recruit, 27 year old Laurent Goffinet
and the truly exciting little stallion Flipper d'Elle.
"It is Ireland, England and France who will have a good battle
at the end of this series" he predicted and that is how it
looks as the series moves on to Rotterdam later this month.
1. France - 8 faults: Florian Angot/First de Launay 0+8, Lauren
Goffinet/Flipper d'Elle 4+0, Christian Hermon/Ephebe Forever 0+0,
Michel Hecart/Quilano de Kalvarie 0+DNS.
2. Great Britain - 9 faults: Arko/Nick Skelton 8+4, Fleur/Michael
Whitaker 0+12, William Funnell/Cortaflex Amber du Montois 4+1,
Robert Smith/Mr Springfield 0+0.
Equal 3. Ireland - faults: Robert Splaine/Coolcorron Cool Diamond
4+4, Cian O'Connor/Waterford Crystal 4+4, Billy Twomey/Luidam
5+0, Kevin Babington/Carling 8+0 and Holland - 17 faults: Marc
Houtzager/HBC Jacomar 0+10, Eric van der Vleuten/Audi's Jikke
0+8, Wim Schroder/Eurocommerce
Montreal 0+1, Peter Geerink/Norit Joint Venture 8+8.
5. Belgium - 20 faults: Philippe Lejeune/Karioka del Follee 8+4,
Jean-Claude Vangeenberghe/Quintus 4+4, Stanny Van Paesschen/Bioagrico
Ohio vd Paddenborre 31+10, Jos Lansink/AK Cumano 0+0.
6. Germany - 24 faults: Rene Tebbel/Farina 8+8, Franz-Josef Dahlmann/Pikeur
Carlo Cassini 13+4, Andreas Ripke/Holsatia 4+0, Fritz Fervers/Diabolo
7. Sweden - 26 faults: Malin Baryard/Irco Sun 7+5, Helena Persson/Classic
H 4+4, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson/Mac Kinley 4+8, Maria Gretzer/Cinderella
8. Italy - Elim: Massimo Grossato/Loro Piana Elkintot 16+DNS,
Enroco Maria Frana/Dohitzun Guernica 12+12, Bruno Chimirri/Landknecht
1+5, Roberto Arioldi/Loro Piana Dime de la Cour 4+DNS.
ALSO PLEASE NOTE that the website for the SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE
FINAL IN BARCELONA in now up and running at www.csiobarcelona.com.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE LEADERBOARD
1. France - 47 points
2. Ireland - 41 points
3. Great Britain - 33 points
4. Germany - 23 points
5. Belgium - 16.5 points
6. Holland - 15 points
7. Sweden - 11 points
8. Italy - 8.5 points.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE - NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL PASSION!
SAMSUNG NATIONS CUP SERIES
CSIO-W Bratislava (SVK)
No less than 13 teams participated to the Samsung Nations Cup
of Bratislava, which took place last Friday 8 August 2003.
Belgium finished first with a total of 4 points, ahead of Italy
and Switzerland, equal second with 8 points. Rudi Helsen / Grand
Ouvert and Gilbert De Rook / Liberty of the winning Belgian team
both had a double clear round, while Bert Prouv / Reggi Roosters,
who scored the drop score of 5 points in the first round, did
not start in the second round. Niels Bruynseels /Domino de Fel
went clear in the first round but scored 4 points in the second
After 11 events of the Samsung Nations Cup Series, Switzerland
comforts its leading position with a total of 37 points, ahead
of the USA (26) and Spain (21). At the end of the season, the
best nation of the Series will be promoted to the Samsung Super
League for 2004.
The complete results of CSIO Bratislava can be found on the website
of the Slovak Equestrian Federation at http://www.jazdectvo.sk
TEST EVENT FOR THE GAMES OF THE XVIII OLYMPIAD
Athens (GRE), 13 - 29 August 2004
With only one year to go to the 2004 Olympic Games, which will
be officially open on 13 August 2004 in the Greek capital, the
entire Olympic family is starting to get into the Olympic mood.
Given the complex organisation of the world's foremost sporting
gathering, test events are held the year preceding the Games in
order to examine key issues such as sports venues, accreditation,
accommodation, transportation, media facilities, security, results
system, etc. Six sports will be under the spot light this year:
archery, canoe/kayak, equestrian, rowing, sailing and volleyball.
The equestrian test event will be held as a two-star CIC from
15 through 17 August at the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre.
The officials involved are those officiating at next year's Olympic
Games. FEI and IOC representatives will travel to Athens to closely
monitor all aspects of the event.
Twenty-two riders representing Australia, Bulgaria, Great Britain,
Germany, Greece, Italy and Switzerland will compete to claim the
EUR 30,000 of prize-money. Among them,
Andrew Hoy (AUS), three-time Olympic champion Team (Barcelona
1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000) and an Olympic silver medallist
Individual in Sydney
2000. Bettina Hoy (GER) who currently leads the standings of the
FEI Eventing World Cup. Bettina suffered from a fall at the Lulworth
Trials in July which had left her unconscious for over four minutes.
Fortunately, after undergoing a thorough neurological examination,
she was declared fit to resume competition. She is bringing to
Athens the nine-year old gelding Diamond Magic with whom she successfully
completed two CICs** this year (Somerley Park and Burnham Market
FRA) and one CCI** (Compiègne FRA) Greece's own Heidi Antikatzidis
who placed 6th individually in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and
was 4th in the 2001 European Championship.
The event will be held at the Equestrian Centre in Markopoulo,
on the city's outskirts, which is nearing completion. The venue
is due to be handed over to Olympic officials on the final day
of the year and has been budgeted at almost EUR 250 million.
The Centre consists of a Jumping course, a Dressage arena, grounds
for Eventing, training and auxiliary facilities. The Jumping stadium
counts 6,000 permanent seats plus provisions for another 14,000;
the seating capacity of the Dressage arena is 8,000. The training
facilities include a semi-sheltered arena, three arenas for Dressage
and four for Jumping, stables for 300 horses, and a veterinary
clinic. A new racetrack is also part of the complex. It is a 8,000-capacity
facility with stables for over
1,600 horses, training grounds, restaurants, and a 4,000-capacity
Dressage: Friday, 15 August, 8h30 - 13h30
Cross Country: Saturday, 16 August, 9h00 - 10h30
Jumping: Sunday, 17 August, 21h00 - 22h00
Prize-giving : Sunday, 17 August, 22h00
JACK'S CORNER (DRIVING SPECIAL)
FEI WORLD COMBINED DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
KARLSTETTEN (AUT), 14-17 AUGUST
For the first time in the history of Driving, the FEI World Combined
Driving Championship for Ponies will be held in Karlstetten (AUT).
Karlstetten is located in the lovely country side of Lower Austria
just a few kilometres away form the river Danube.
Further to the withdraw of France for the organisation of the
event, the championships were almost cancelled. The riding club
Karlstetten was at that stage organising the Danube-Alpine-Cup
Driving 2002 and it was quite a challenge to apply for the Pony
Championships 2003 with just a year to go for the preparation
of the event. Today with 17 Nations and 87 competitors having
announced their participation, it can be said that the FEI Driving
Committee was right in pushing Karlstetten candidature.
Altogether four world titles will be decided next week. The Team
classification will be determined by adding together the scores
of the best team competitor in each competition for Singles, Pairs
and Four-in-Hand. IN addition to the 9 participating teams, 35
Singles, 30 Pairs and 22 Four-in-Hand carriages will compete for
the individual title in their discipline.
The Ground Jury will be chaired by Gè Koenig from the Netherlands
and include Klaus Christ form Germany, Diana Brownlie from Great
Britain, Martha Hanks-Nicoll from the United States of America
and Manfred Grauszer from Austria. The demanding Marathon, with
7 obstacles built by the German course designer Wolfgang Asendorf,
will be held on Saturday 16August.
Participating Nations: Australia, Belgium (team), Denmark, France
(team), Germany (team), Great Britain (team), Ireland, Italy,
Luxemburg, Netherlands (team), Norway, Poland, Sweden (team),
Switzerland (team), United States of America (team) and Austria
COURSE FOR FEI DRIVING INDOOR COMPETITIONS
An FEI Seminar for Judges and Course Designers of Driving Indoor
competitions will be organised on 3 and 4 October 2003 in Warendorf
(GER). Persons interested shall apply to the FEI Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
until 27 August.