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Federation Equestre Internationale News

19 August 2003

- Pan American Games Jumping event
- European Dressage Championship in Hickstead
- Test event in Athens
- FEI/PSI World Challenge Finals
- In Memoriam


The United States won the team Gold Medal with 13.66 penalties at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mexico earned the Silver Medal with 21.87 penalties and Brazil the Bronze with a team total of 43.39.

The competition was very tight as only 0.21 faults separated the United States and Mexico. Mexico's Gerardo Tazzer riding Chanel was the second to last rider in the ring and had 12 faults. Chris Kappler (USA) riding Royal Kaliber followed with a clear round, which allowed the U.S. to drop one of the previous 8 fault scores to clinch the win.

Mark Watring of Puerto Rico and his mare Sapphire won the individual Gold after having led throughout the Games. Watring, who trains in California, had only one fence down in the second round of the Individual Final. Chris Kappler (USA) earned the silver and Margie Goldstein Engle (USA) the bronze medal.

The United States, Mexico and Argentina qualified a team to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Puerto Rico, Canada and Colombia qualified an individual each, Brazil two individuals.

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Ulla Salzgeber retains her European title

During a highly successful championship held in Great Britain for the first time in 16 years, Ulla Salzgeber's Rusty led Germany to Team Gold and finished with a total score of 244.092, after having made an extraordinary score of 85.44% in the Freestyle to Music (Kür).

2 sets of medals were awarded: three for the European Championship and three for the Open European Championship, which included competitors from outside Europe. Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty won both gold medals.

Spain earned the Team Silver medal and Great Britain the Team Bronze. With a total score of 235.332, Lisa Wilcox (USA) finished second and earned the silver medal of the Open Championship, followed by Jan Brink (SWE) and Beatriz Ferrer-Salat.

Great Britain, Austria and Canada qualified a team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, joining Germany, USA, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands which earned their qualifications already last year at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez. Ireland qualified one individual, as Heike Holstein, who finished 20th of the overall individual classification, was the best placed individual in the Grand Prix not yet qualified through the World Equestrian Games 2002.

Individual medals

Open European
Gold: Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty (Germany) (total 244.092)
Silver: Lisa Wilcox and Relevant (USA) (total 235.332)
Bronze: Jan Brink and Bjorsells Briar (Sweden) (total 230.070)

Gold: Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty (Germany)
Silver: Jan Brink and Bjorsells Briar (Sweden)
Bronze: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Beauvalais (Spain) Total 227.950)

Gold: Germany
Silver: Spain
Bronze: Great Britain

Athens (GRE), 13 - 29 August 2004
Terry Boon and Air Cruise Triumph at Markopoulo

>From start to finish, Terry Boon and Air Cruise were in the lead, winning an uncontested first place in the Athens 2003 CIC** Sport Event which took place from 15 to 17 at the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. The British rider and his horse, with 36.10 penalty points from the first day (Dressage Event), rode a faultless Cross Country course and, receiving only one penalty point in the Jumping Event held on the last day, won the Gold medal with 37.10 penalty points in total.

In the second place, another British pair, that of Caroline Pratt and her horse Kinsey Control, with 42.40 penalty points in total. The Bronze medal went to Australian Olympic Gold medallist Andrew Hoy, who rode Yeoman's Point, with 48.10 penalty points. Hoy's wife Bettina (Germany) had a fall in the second round and was eliminated from final ranking. Dimitris Natsis, riding Master Exchange, made the best appearance of the two Greek competitors participating in the event, finishing in 6th place with 60 penalty points, as he was penalised for exceeding the time limit in the first round and received a jumping penalty in the second round.

Some 1,000 Equestrian fans followed the last day of the Sport Event. Among them was Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyanni and her husband and President of the Hellenic Equestrian Federation Isidoros Kouvelos.

During the test event, a veterinary course was organised by ATHOC in collaboration with the FEI. All veterinarians scheduled to assist in next years' Olympics participated in the course. Course lectures were given by Prof. Jeffcott (Chairman of the Veterinary Committee), Dr Nigel Nichols (Sydney Veterinary coordinator) and Dr. Sluyter (Head of the Veterinary Department).

During the competition, the veterinary platform was successfully organised with the help of experienced foreign veterinarians, who worked in pairs with local vets. The horses were closely monitored during the different Eventing phases and the protocol of 'assisted' cooling of horses was repeatedly practised during the cross-country. The shaded areas with misting fans proved extremely effective and will be further expanded for next year. No horses suffered from serious injures as a result of the competition. The test event was seen as a promising exercise by the veterinarians and suggestions for further improvement will be forthcoming.

The Olympic Equestrian Centre will be covered with greenery in August 2004. The natural environment at Markopoulo and the Equestrian Centre will look completely different, as arrangements have been made to replant the olive trees that were growing in the area before construction began, once the works are completed. The trees in the olive grove on the Olympic Equestrian site, which were several decades or even one hundred years old, are awaiting their transfer, scheduled for next April.


Hagen am T.W. (GER), 4 - 10 August 2003

The Third FEI World Challenge Finals were held at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen (GER) within the framework of the "Internationales Reiterfestival Hagen 2003" where, the CSIOJ, national Dressage competitions for Young Riders at LM and Grand Prix levels and the German Championship for Dressage Instructors at Grand Prix level were simultaneously organised.

Despite the very high temperatures (32°C), which were a total surprise for representatives from Africa and the tropical countries, 10 adults in Dressage, 20 in Jumping and 20 children in Dressage from all over the world fought for the title.

The same formula applied for both children and adults in the Dressage Finals, i.e. 2 qualification competitions, out of them the 3 best continuing on to the Final with change of horses. In Jumping, the formula was different: 2 Qualification Competitions, 1 Consolation Competition, a Semi Final and the Final with change of horses.

All three Finals were attended with enthusiasm and the children charmed the public and the judges by their performances. Bogani Mvumvu from South Africa just enchanted everybody by his natural talent and his gift of communication with horses, his gentleness and carefulness. The determined little Kyra Hendrix from Colombia also gave a wonderful performance all in harmony and lightness. Maria Romanova from Russia showed a very promising talent for the future.

It is to be noted that if riders were able to give good performances, it is also thanks to the contribution of the very high standard of horses lent by Paul Schockemöhle in Jumping and Ulrich Kasselmann in Dressage. Gathering same level horses for 50 riders was a real feat.

Colombia did very well in qualifying 3 riders for the Finals, one in each category!

The results are as follows:

FEI/PSI World Dressage Challenge - FINAL with change of horses
1. Louisa Hill (NZL) (2572 points)
2. Gisela Barth (COL) (2467 points)
3. Anete Dudele (LAT) (2366 points)

FEI/PSI World Jumping Challenge - FINAL with change of horses
1. Andres Guzman Rodriguez (COL) (8 points)
2. ex aequo: Paige Shiller (RSA) (16 points)
2. ex aequo: Jorge-Nelson Rossi Turrazza (URU) (16 points)

FEI/PSI World Jumping Challenge - Semi Final
1. Andres Guzman Rodriguez (COL) (0 point)
2. Jorge-Nelson Rossi-Turrazza (URU) (0 point)
3. Paige Shiller (RSA) (0 point)

FEI/PSI World Jumping Challenge - Consolation Competition
1. Philip Correia (BER) (0 point)
2. Luis Garcia Meza (BOL) (0 point)
3. Stefanie Papadimitriou (GRE) (0 point)

FEI/PSI World Children Challenge Dressage - FINAL with change of horses
1. Bogani Mvumvu (RSA) (1048 points)
2. Kyra Hendrix (COL) (1016 points)
3. Maria Romanova (RUS) (988 points)

For detailed results, please consult:


John Hill (AUS) was a man with a passion for the Equestrian Sport. His eager willingness to " jump over the arena fence" and lend a hand was a true characteristic of the kind of person he was. John was a level 3 national showjumping course designer and would take great pleasure designing the courses at many shows throughout the West and Southwest of New South Wales as well as forming part of the showjumping crew at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. John was born in Australia and lived in Dubbo until sadly passing at the age of 55 from cancer of the oesophagus.


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