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Federation Equestre Internationale News

3 September 2003


The very first FEI European Reining Championship was conquered by Germany who took both the team and individual gold medals home. The competition hosted in Reggio Emilia, Italy, location where the first FEI CRIO took place and where the AQHA European Championships are being held until September 7th, saw eight participating nations (Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy and Switzerland) and three individual riders (Yves Fromont and Gerald Fievet from France and Daude Henning from Germany).

The first go round of the competition took place on Friday and saw Team Germany take the lead with a total of 641points, score which was determined by keeping the three highest scores obtained and by dropping the lowest. Switzerland, Great Britain and Israel were standing in second place with a score of 634 and team Italy was fifth with a score of 631.5.

In the second go round held on Saturday, competition stepped up as the European reining enthusiasts gathered on the stands to cheer for their home country. Team Germany members Alexander Ripper riding Solanos Warlee Boy (220), Maik Bartmann riding Twist N Shout Whiz (211.5), Jurgen Pieper on GB Jac (216) and Oliver Stein con Enterprise Winder (213.5) scored a total of 649.5 bringing their composite total to 1290.5 which assured them the team gold. Thanks to the 214.5 obtained in the first go round and the 220 in the second, Alexander Ripper clenched the individual gold medal. ³This is truly a great team², said the smiling Team Coach Paul Kratschmer, ³and working with them was so easy!². ³It¹s my first time showing on a team and I am simply thrilled with this achievement², said 22 year old Alexander.

Team Italy members Giovanni Pagani on Show One Mark (202,5), Matteo Paracchini on Where is Snapper (215), Francesco Arrighi on Vudu Dunit (215) and Marco Ricotta on Mifillenium (219.5) climbed up three positions and conquered the silver medal as well as the individual bronze which went to Ricotta and Mifillenium.

Bronze medal honours with a total of 1279, a half point behind Italy, went to Team Switzerland (Manuela Graf riding Sailwins Pride, Jeannette Krahenbuhl riding Arc Golden Boy, Daniel Straumann riding Gallo Pequeno, Judith Baumeister on Top Booggie Sail).

For the Swiss team who has always competed in European CRIO events and who also qualified for the 2002 WEG (World Equestrian Games), this is the first medal.

The individual silver medal went to Rosanne Sternberg of Great Britain who earned this prestigious spot after obtaining the top score of the second go round, a 220.5, astride her 14 year old stallion Nijomi Sonny Reb.


Markus Fuchs (SUI) the new World No 1 since June 2003 keeps the first place of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings list. He dropped 320 points from August 2002, but could recuperate most of them in August this year, despite the fact that he scored no points at the European Championships in Donaueschingen. However, he earned 150 points at CSIO Gijon (ESP) where he finished 2nd in the Grand Prix and another 120 in Coruna.

Fuchs' runner-up Ludger Beerbaum (GER) narrowed the margin separating him from the No 1 as he did more than recuperate the 265 points he was dropping from last year. If Fuchs went to Spain to score his points of August, Ludger just stayed home to earn 257.50 pts in Donauschingen and another 124 in Münster.

Otto Becker (GER) went up from 5th to 7th place thanks to the 190 points he scored in Donaueschingen (140 at the Europeans and 50 at the CSI 3*).

Good progression also for Beat Mändli (SUI) who is going up from 15th to 11 place. He earned 148,33 points at the Europeans and was also successful in Valkenswaard CSI 5* where he finished 4th of the Grand Prix. We shall note also the jump of the newcomer in the Swiss Team Steve Guerdat, who went up from 84th to 49th place thanks to his performance in Donaueschingen.

Samantha McIntosh (BUL) had an excellent progression from 4oth to 23 place (she won 122.50 points at the European Championship and 130 in Valkenswaard, where she won the Grand Prix.

The new European Champion Christian Ahlmann (GER) goes up from 29th to 21st place.

The FEI rankings are published on the FEI website


The European Champion Ulla Salzgeber (GER) firmly keeps her position of World No. 1 with an improved score of 80.978 compared to 80.293 last month.

Lisa Wilcox (USA, in second position, is also increasing her score to 78.961. She finished 2nd of the European Open Championship which took place last month in Hickstead (GBR).

Debbie Mc Donald (USA) drops down one place to 4th, and exchange place with Nadine Capellmann (GER). Heike Kemmer (GER) goes up one place and replaces Ingrid Klimke (GER)at the 6th place of the rankings.

Rafael Soto Andrade enters the Top Ten, and goes up from 57th to 10th rank, as now he has got a 10th result taken into account in the calculation of his overall score.

Ireland wins the Nations Cup in Gijón

Nearly 15.000 people witnessed the victory of the Irish team over the nine other countries that took part in the Nations Cup competition held in Gijón on 30 August. After Ireland came Great Britain and Belgium.

Lt. Shane Carey with "Killossery" (4/4), Capt. Gerry Flynn with "Bornacoola" (8/8), Harry Marshall with "Splendido" (0/4) and Clement MacMahon with "Gelvin Clover" (4/0) were the winners of the Nations Cup. Seven countries out of ten passed to the second round: Ireland (16 points in total), Great Britain (20), Belgium (24), Switzerland (29), United States (34), Italy (36) and Spain (44) -that had to use its privilege as home team -. Germany (24 on the first round), France (28) and Portugal (with two horses eliminated during the first round) didn't make it.

None of these forty riders completed two clear rounds and only ten managed to finish one of the rounds with no faults. The best individuals were Kristof Cleeren with "Lover Boy" (0/4), Harry Marshall with "Splendido" (0/4) and Damien Charles with "Romolus 16" (4/0).

Ireland won for the first time in Gijón, putting an end to the Spanish team dream of winning the Nations Cup at home for the third consecutive time.

Standings after the 12th leg of the Series:
1. Switzerland 43 pts
2. USA 33 points
3. Spain 26 points

Next event: CSIO Spruce Meadows (CAN) starting today!
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During CAI Donaueschingen, which was held at the end of August, the Top Ten Four-in-Hand drivers of the Summer qualification series selected the events they wish to compete in the coming 3rd World Cup season. Isbrand Chardon, as the winner of the qualification series, could select his four events first. The 9 other drivers, one at a time, could select their events in order of their placing in the Western European qualification series.

Chester Weber, who won a parallel qualification series in North America, may compete in four of the eight events as extra, i.e. 7th driver.

At each event, a wild card is given to a home driver to arrive at a starting field of six drivers.

Stuttgart (GER) 19-23 Nov. 2003 -- Christoph Sandmann (GER) -- Werner Ulrich (SUI) -- Michael Freund (GER) -- Joszef Boszik (HUN) -- Joszef Dobrovitz (HUN)

Stockholm (SWE) 28-30 Nov. 2003 -- Ysbrand Chardon (NED) -- Michael Freund (GER) -- Boyd Exell (AUS) -- Tomas Eriksson (SWE) -- Gert Schrijvers (BEL)

Mechelen (BEL) 26-30 Dec. 2003 -- Ysbrand Chardon (NED) -- Werner Ulrich (SUI) -- Tomas Eriksson (SWE) -- Gert Schrijvers (BEL) -- Rainer Duen (GER)

Leipzig (GER) 22-25 Jan. 2004 -- Ysbrand Chardon (NED) -- Christoph Sandmann (GER) -- Werner Ulrich (SUI) -- Tomas Eriksson (SWE) -- Rainer Duen (GER)

Bordeaux (FRA) 06-08 Feb. 2004 -- Michael Freund (GER) -- Boyd Exell (AUS) -- Joszef Boszik (HUN) -- Gert Schrijvers (BEL) -- Joszef Dobrovitz (HUN)

Vigo (ESP) 13-15 Feb. 2004 -- Michael Freund (GER) -- Boyd Exell (AUS) -- Joszef Boszik (HUN) -- Gert Schrijvers (BEL) -- Joszef Dobrovitz (HUN)

's-Hertogenbosch (NED) 25-28 March 2004 -- Ysbrand Chardon (NED) -- Christoph Sandmann (GER) -- Boyd Exell (AUS) -- Joszef Dobrovitz (HUN) -- Rainer Duen (GER)

Göteborg (SWE) 08-12 April 2004 -- Christoph Sandmann (GER) -- Werner Ulrich (SUI) -- Joszef Boszik (HUN) -- Tomas Eriksson (SWE) -- Rainer Duen (GER)



Further to the cancellation of Bydgoszcz (POL), the Top Driver Award for Four-in-Hand concluded in Donaueschingen. With 78 points, World Champion Ysbrand Chardon (NED) is the winner of the 2003 Trophy, which he had won only once in 1997. Boyd Exell (AUS) is second with 68 points, followed by Christoph Sandmann with 66.


Only one more competition (Jardy, 18-21 September) before the conclusion of the FEI Top Driver Award for Pairs. French driver Pierre Jung leads the standings with 53 points ahead of Zsolt Selyben (HUN) 53 points but only a second place as best score (Jung was first in Windsor), and Ben Gosschalk
(NED) with 51 points.


André Herman wins the FEI Top Driver Award for Singles with a total of 48 points, ahead of Renaud Vinck (FRA) and Anne Violaine Brisou (FRA).

All Driving standings at


Over 100 endurance riders and their horses from 11 countries are gathering at the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest at Trout Lake, WA for the 2003 Pan American Endurance Championship. The USA will field five teams while Canada is sending two. The countries of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Spain and Sweden are also sending top ranked riders to challenge the trails.

Competitors will begin the 100 mile (160 km.) ride over rolling terrain at 5:00 the morning of 13 September. Although they have a full 24 hours to complete the ride, the winners are expected to cross the finish line in about half that time. Riders will also be vying for the coveted Best Condition and High Vet Score awards, which reward the excellent physical condition of the top endurance horses.

USA Pacific South rider Heather (Bergantz) Reynolds will be looking to earn her second consecutive individual gold medal, although the horse she is riding is not the one she rode to success at the 2001 Pan Am Championship. Reynolds, this year's Tevis Cup winner, said she thinks her chances of doing well with the 7-year-old Arabian gelding Aleclipse are very good. "I feel very good about the ride," she said.

The USA East team will be defending the Team Gold it won at the 2001 Pan American Championship, with three of the winning four riders returning to the squad. They will be joined by Valerie Kanavy and her Arabian gelding Emphatic, co-winners at last year's World Masters Championship.

PAC 2003 organizer Stephanie Irving said preparations for the competition are on schedule. This being one of the driest years in history, they are working with the Forest Service on a fire prevention plan, and a strict protocol to reduce the fire risk. The local volunteer fire department will be keeping the camp and the trail supplied with ample water. "We're fortunate that forestry officials are working with us to allow us to go ahead with the PAC and to keep our riders, horses and the environment safe,"
said Irving.

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1. AARHUS (DEN) 31 Oct-02 Nov 2003
2. BERLIN (GER) 13-16 November 2003
3. STOCKHOLM (SWE) 28-30 November 2003
4. MAASTRICHT (NED) 11-14 December 2003
5. MECHELEN (BEL) 26-30 December 2003
6. AMSTERDAM (NED) 29 Jan-01 Feb 2004
7. NEUMUNSTER (GER) 19-22 February 2004
8. 's-HERTOGENBOSCH (NED) 25-28 March 2004
9. DÜSSELDORF (GER) 01-04 April 2004 FINAL


Mr. Tadateru Matsudaira (JPN), advisor of the Japan Equestrian Federation, passed away at the age of 89 on 1 September, from a heart failure at his home in Tokyo. Born in an aristocratic family, Mr Matsudaira was a successful businessman as well as a devoted executive of the Japan Equestrian Federation, first Secretary General and then as Vice-President. He contributed greatly to the development of equestrian sport in Asia as Secretary General of Asian Equestrian Federation under Dr. Sen, President,
working together with Ko Tokuda from 1990 to 1998.


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