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Federation Equestre Internationale News

2 September 2002

- World Single Driving Championship
- Extraordinary meeting of the Eventing Committee
- Samsung Nations Cup Final - Super League team selection
- Judicial Committee Meeting
- FEI Gandini World Jumping Rankings

World Single Driving Championship In Conty (Fra)

Stéphane Chouzenoux ( FRA)123,29 won the individual title of the second edition of the World Single Driving Championship which took place last week-end in Conty, France.

Further to the elimination of Anne-Violaine Brisou (her groom touched the reins during the cone competition), France missed the team title, which was won by Sweden.


Gold : Stéphane Chouzenoux - FRA - 123,29
Silver : Marie Kahrle - SWE - 125,17
Bronze : Fred Merriam - USA - 125,33

Teams :

Gold : Sweden
Silver: Finland
Bronze Austria

The Leader of the FEI Top Driver Award for Singles, sponsored by Kühlne GmbH & Co. is still Carina Ekenberg (SWE) with 67 points, followed by the two French drivers Stéphane Chouzenoux and Stéphane Meyson.

For more information and complete result:

Extraordinary meeting of the Eventing Committee

The Chairman of the Eventing Committee, Wayne Roycroft (AUS) called an emergency meeting on Sunday 1 September with his committee, the manager of the Olympic and Eventing department and additional advisors.

The Committee is in the process of formalising recommendations to the FEI Executive Board on the best ways to counter the report of the Olympic Programme Commission which stated that Eventing should be excluded from the programme of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

It is clear that Eventing has the unqualified support of the FEI as a whole and a detailed proposal will be finalised shortly.

Samsung Nations Cup Series
Super League team selection

After CSIO Rotterdam (NED) and Gijon (ESP) last weekend, Germany is, with 63 points, the leader of the 2002 standings counting for the selection to the initial season of the Super League in 2003. The winner of the Samsung Nations Cup World Final, Italy, followed with 50 points, ahead of France (48).

For the initial year of the Super League the eight teams will be selected based on:

Their placing in the standings of the Nations Cup competitions from March to October 2002 (including CSIO Athens (GRE) and excluding 2002 Nations Cup Final). The same formula as the Nations Cup standings will apply, i.e. the points of the eight best results will be added

Their placing in the team competition at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (half the points of the standings)

The following table indicates the number o points given for the team placing at the World Equestrian Games and in the Nations Cup 2002 standings:

Placing 2002 WEG 2002 Nations Cup
1st 14 28
2nd 11 22
3rd 9 18
4th 7 14
5th 6 12
6th 5 10
7th 4 8
8th 3 6
9th 2 4
10th 1 2

The standings and results of all CSIO part of the Samsung Nations Cup Series are published on the FEI website

Judicial Committee Meeting

The FEI Judicial Committee met in Paris (FRA) on 27 and 28 August 2002. The Committee dealt with several pending judicial matters and held a hearing with one rider.

The decisions for the individual cases will be published in the FEI Bulletin as soon as the appeal periods have passed.

Behaviour cases:

The Judicial Committee reviewed cases in which it had been alleged that competitors had not followed the instructions of officials at events. The Judicial Committee strongly emphasised that all participants in an event must respect instructions of officials in order to ensure the paramount principles for the promotion of equal and fair conduct of events and accepted standards of sportsmanship.

The Judicial Committee considers the disrespect of officials as a serious contravention of the rules.

Positive medication cases for horses:

The Judicial Committee held one hearing for a positive medication case; the decision will be published once the appeal period has expired.

Other positive medication cases were reviewed which involved young riders or where the Person Responsible (PR) for the horse was considered to be both the rider and the owner of the horse.

The Judicial Committee reminds competitors that the National Federation or the Chef d'Equipe must nominate the PR at the event for horses ridden by competitors under the age of 18 years.

Under the rules, the PR is the person taking part in the event with the horse; however, the owner or other such responsible person may be held accountable in certain circumstances. The Judicial Committee may penalise several Persons Responsible for a horse if necessary. (see FEI GR Art. 142.2).

The Judicial Committee also reviewed the procedures in connection with medication control for horses including legal procedures. The aim of such review was to shorten even further the time periods for processing of the majority of the cases. For cases in which a deliberate attempt to affect the performance of the horse is suspected, the Judicial Committee may further investigate all aspects of a case including requiring the PR and/or other implicated persons to provide additional evidence and testimonies.

Based on the number of positive medication cases of horses reviewed, the Judicial Committee reminds competitors that any veterinary treatments of horses at events is strictly prohibited unless such treatments are performed in accordance with the rules and regulations. Possession and use at an event of syringes of any kind by anyone unless provided for under the rules is strictly prohibited. (See FEI Veterinary Regulations Annex III & VII).

The Judicial Committee reviewed the minutes of the Ad Hoc Medical Committee and provided some useful comments. The Chairman of the Judicial Committee will join the Medical Committee at their meetings during the World Equestrian Games in Jerez ESP.

FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings

With no surprise, Ludger Beerbaum is the undisputed leader of the rankings with 3632 pts, followed by Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE).

Lars Nieberg (GER) went up two places and is now 4th, as he only dropped a limited number of points last month.

Markus Fuchs (SUI) went up from 8th to 7th place. He won 100 points at the Nations Cup Final in Donaueschingen, 155 in CSI Vakenswaard and 65 in CSIO Villhemsborg.

Michael Whitaker (GBR) went up from 15th to 13th place thanks to his good results in CSI-A la Coruna (he placed 3rd in the Grand Prix). Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) progressed as well thanks to his good performance at CSIO Rotterdam and CSI-A Valkenswaard. He is now 14th.

The most impressive progression is without doubt the one of Eric Navet, who went up 15 places (he is now 24th) thanks to his results in Donaueschingen and Valkenswaard, and because he had no point dropped from August last year.

Due to late reception of results, the FEI/BCM Dressage Riders Rankings will be available on FEI website later this week.



Samsung Electronics has supported sports marketing activities world-wide with a strong initiative in equestrian sports since 1988. In 1996 Samsung took the world-wide sponsorship of the Nations Cup. Samsung is a long time partner of equestrian sport and has been the patron of the International Jumping and Dressage competitions (now called Challenge) aimed at developing the sport on a worldwide basis since 1988. Samsung believes strongly in the values of sport, which promote deeper understanding and mutual exchange between people of the world.

Gandini Tessuti Alta Moda (Gandini High Fashion Fabrics) was founded in 1925 and is active in the creation and design of high-quality fabrics. In 2001 Gandini became the new sponsor of the FEI World Jumping Riders Rankings.

Best Communication & Management, BCM, is specialised in the organisation, management and sponsorship of equestrian events. BCM's services range from providing various facilities to organising the entire show. Beside its activities in event organisation, BCM is also the publisher of the official equestrian yearbook 'L'Année Hippique,' and of the monthly magazine 'Horse International'.Since 1998, BCM supports the World Cup Dressage and the World Dressage Rankings.

In 2001 Performance Sales International (PSI) granted its support to the FEI Jumping and Dressage Challenge. This series of approximately 100 competitions taking place in over 60 countries serves to develop dressage and show jumping in nations wishing to reach the highest competition level.

Since 1999, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Equestrian and Racing Federation produces the FEI Endurance Riders Rankings. The 2001 edition was won by Dato Kamruddin bin Abdul Ghani (MAS).

Thank you to the supporters of the Driving discipline: Finn Caspersen, supporter of the Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award, Van der Wiel Harness supporter of the Top Driver Award for Pairs, Kühnle who supports the Singles Top Driver Award. The US company Driving Essentials and the Canadian Freedman Harness support the North American Challenge

Since 2001, Waldfried Dressage Stables is supporting the Euro Future Cup, a Dressage Series aimed at encouraging the progress of Young Riders.

The FEI would like to take this opportunity to thank its faithful sponsors for their ongoing support.


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