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Federation Equestre Internationale News

9 September 2003


The Executive Board met on 8 September 2003 in Warendorf (GER).

The 2004 budget was reviewed and it will be presented to the Finance Committee at its forthcoming meeting.

The Executive Board approved the agenda for the Bureau meeting to be held on 4 and 5 December 2003 in Jerudong (BRU).

The principal decision related to the 2006 World Equestrian Games. Having consulted the Eventing Committee and received its support, the Executive Board decided that the Eventing competitions of the Aachen WEG would be held in the new short format.

The formula of the World Cup Jumping for the coming season of the Western European League will remain the same as used for the 2002/2003 season (i.e. one round and one jump-off with a maximum of 38 riders).

The next meeting of the Executive Board will be held on 21 October 2003 in Lausanne.


Barcelona CSIO will host the final event of the Samsung Super League Nations Cup which will take place on 21 September at the Real Club de Polo.

It was evident from the very beginning of this first season that, with national pride at stake, the competition would be very keen indeed but no-one could have anticipated the degree of enthusiasm and determination with which the series has been embraced. From the outset the tension and excitement has been unusually high and the build-up to the final in the Spanish city which played host to the 1992 Olympic Games is intense.

A total of eight teams qualified for the League which takes place over eight rounds of competition at eight different venues. After seven competitions the Samsung Super League standings are as follows:

1. France - 52.30 points
2. Ireland - 41.75 points
3. Great Britain - 36.00 points
4. Holland - 25.00 points
5. Germany - 23.75 points
6. Belgium - 18.50 points
7. Sweden - 16.30 points
8. Italy - 13.80 points.

The French have held the advantage from the very start but have been obliged to fend off a strong challenge from the Irish whose Chef d'Equipe, Tommy Wade, made it quite clear from the beginning of the season that the Samsung Super League title was his main goal for 2003.

France won the first round on their home soil in La Baule in early May and then confirmed supremacy when also topping the next leg in Rome two weeks later. The Irish began to look dangerous however with victories at both St Gallen, Switzerland and Aachen, Germany the following month before the British flexed their muscles with a show of strength on their home turf in Hickstead in July. The Irish were firm favourites to win at Dublin but a disappointing performance saw them having to settle for joint-third along with the Dutch as the British slotted into runner-up spot behind the French and a disastrous outing in Rotterdam last week has left the Irish now looking more than a bit vulnerable.

The result in Rotterdam was unexpected. The Dutch team had been struggling at the lower end of the League table but with the course reduced in size due to problems over poor grounds conditions they triumphed, consequently promoting themselves to a considerably better position at this late stage of the series.

Germany too looks comfortable enough but Belgium, Sweden and Italy are facing a desperate fight to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

The team finishing bottom of the table will drop down to normal Samsung Nations Cup competition in 2004 while the highest-finishing nation in that series will be promoted to Super League level, so a great deal hangs in the balance going into the final in Barcelona where double-points are available. The Swiss, hugely disappointed that they did not make the cut for 2003, have campaigned long and hard this summer and led the Samsung Nations Cup Series standings since the beginning. Everything changed after Spruce Meadows, where the US team scored 10 points, moving up to 1st place of the Samsung Nations Cup Series with a total of 43 points (same as Switzerland, but with a greater number of victories). The host team of Barcelona, Spain is 3rd on the score board with 26 points.

Surprises, however, have been the order of the day in the inaugural Samsung Super League. There was never any doubt about the strength of the French who are reigning World Champions and who ride many of the best horses in the show jumping world today, but their sheer consistency has been awesome. If the French have been brilliant however the Italian teams were at the other end of the equation until, quite suddenly in Rotterdam, they jumped themselves into runner-up spot with a very impressive performance. Still holding last place on the leaderboard they may yet escape relegation if they can follow through with another good result in Barcelona so it is all still to play for.

As host country, Spain joins the action at this final leg where there is so much at stake.
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Pippa Funnell of Great Britain became the first rider in history to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing when she rode Primmore's Pride to victory at the Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials which took place last week-end in Great Britain.

Following back-to-back wins in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event last April and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May, Funnell completed the sweep of the three CCI 4* events at Burghley to win $250,000 and a Pink Gold 18-carat Rolex watch, the largest ever purse in Eventing history. She won the Rolex Kentucky Four Star in late April on Primmore's Pride and the Badminton Four Star in England in early May on Supreme Rock.

The two-time defending European champion and member of Silver Olympic and Silver World British team received her award from the Princess Royal, FEI Honorary President.

Piia Pantsu (FIN) wins last qualifier before the Final

The 18th and last FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier was held in Sweden in the framework of the Malmö City International Horse Trials from 28 through 31 August.

The city of Malmö is located in southern Sweden and the show ground known as Ribersborg is a well-established sea-side recreation area.

Piia Pantsu of Finland won the CIC 3 stars on Ypäjä Karuso with a total of 45.0 penalties. The couple had created the surprise at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez (ESP), by winning the bronze medal. The 32 years old Finnish rider earned her qualification to the first World Cup Eventing Final to be held in Pau (FRA) from 22 to 26 October 2003.

Piia Pantsu finished in third position after the Dressage with 70.00% (45.0 penalty), and cleared the Jumping course without faults, to find herself second before the cross country test, just behind Beeke Kaak from Germany. However, the latter gad a disastrous cross country test, with 20 obstacles faults and 8.8 time penalties in the cross country, to drop down to 16th place.

Linda Algotsson (SWE) with My Fair Lady finished second with 54.9 penalties, ahead of Pawel Spisak (POL) on Weriusz.

308 riders participated in the first season of the FEI Eventing World Cup, and 108 obtained points.

A total of 50 riders will start in the 1st FEI Eventing World Cup (45 qualified during the season and 5 wild cards allocated by the World Cup Committee).

The participating field of the Final will be announced shortly. In the meanwhile, the final rankings of the FEI Eventing World Cup can be found on the FEI website, section consult, results, eventing.


A record Saturday crowd of 57,210 watched the BMO Financial Group Nations Cup of Spruce Meadows, part of the Samsung Nations Cup Series, designed by Olympic Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios.

The Americans defence of the Nations' Cup title, which would have been their seventh in the event, was denied by the reigning Olympic and European Champions from Germany. The German Team was made up of 4 seasoned international veterans that represented an incredible collection of World, Olympic, World Cup and Continental Championship medals (Ludger Beerbaum, Otto Becker, Markus Ehning and Soren von Ronne).

Great Britain, ten time winners in Calgary, finished second and was followed by the United States in third place. Belgium, France, Canada and Switzerland finished up fourth through seventh respectively.

All results on

Samsung Nations Cup Series standings
1. USA 43 pts
2. Switzerland 43 pts
3. Spain 26 pts
4. Portugal 18 pts
5. Denmark 14.5 pts

Next Nations Cup: Podebrady (CZE) from 12 to 14 September.

JARDY (FRA) 17 to 21 September 2003

Twenty-three Nations and 64 drivers have announced their participation to the World Driving Pairs Championship which will be held in Jardy from 17 to 21 September 2003.

The host nation, France, which placed only 9th at the previous Championship in Riesenbeck, have progressed a lot these last two years and will be among the favourites. The leader of the Top Driver Award for Pairs, Pierre Jung, will be among the six French riders entered for the Championship.

Ben Gosschalk (NED), World No 3, will be leading a Dutch team which is also among the favourites, like are the title holders of the Hungarian team.

The participating nations: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA:

The Marathon will be held on Saturday.


Western European League

October 16 - 19 Helsinki FIN
October 24 - 26 Oslo NOR
November 06 - 09 Verona ITA
November 13 - 16 Berlin GER
December 04 - 07 Geneva SUI
December 18 - 22 London GBR
December 26 - 30 Mechelen BEL
January 22 - 25 Leipzig GER
Jan. - Feb. 29 - 01 Amsterdam NED
February 06 - 08 Bordeaux FRA
February 12 - 15 Vigo ESP
March 05 - 07 Paris-Bercy FRA
March 25 - 28 den Bosch NED
April 09 - 12 Göteborg SWE

Central European League

May 16 - 18 Wroclaw POL
July 11 - 13 Piatra Neamt ROM
July 17 - 20 Sofia BUL
July 18 - 20 Riga LAT
July 25 - 27 Bojourishte BUL
July 25 - 27 Vilnius LTU
July / August 31 - 03 Budapest HUN
August 07 - 10 Bratislava SVK
August 29 - 31 Kiev UKR
September 04 - 07 Moscow RUS
September 11 - 14 Podebrady CZE
September 11 - 14 Istanbul TUR
September 24 - 27 Zagreb CRO
October 02 - 05 Athens GRE
October 10 - 12 Tallinn EST
December 05 - 07 Poznan POL
March 19 - 21 Warsaw POL

USA East Coast League

August 24 - 31 Hampton
September 11 - 14 Devon
September 17 - 21 Lexington
September - October 29 - 05 Upper Marlboro
October 09 - 18 Harrisburg
October 21 - 26 Washington
November 25 - 30 Palm Beach
February 18 - 22 Palm Beach
March 03 - 07 Palm Beach
March 24 - 28 Tampa
March - April 31 - 04 Tampa

USA West Coast League

August 27 - 31 San Diego (Showpark)
September 10 - 14 San Juan Capistrano
September 17 - 21 Los Angeles (Griffith Park)
September 24 - 28 Del Mar (Racetrack)
November 12 - 16 Los Angeles (Griffith Park)
Jan. - Feb. 28 - 01 Indio
February 04 - 08 Indio
February 18 - 22 Indio
March 03 - 07 Indio

Canadian League

May - June 28 - 01 Fort Langley
June 17 - 22 Bromont
July 02 - 06 Blainville
July 23 - 27 Caledon
September 18 - 21 Cedar Valley
November 07 - 16 Toronto, (Royal Winter Fair)

South American League / Southern Part

April 24 - 27 Porto Alegre (Best Jump) BRA
May 15 - 18 Buenos Aires (Sol de Mayo) ARG
June 12 - 15 Belo Horizonte BRA
Oct. 02 - 05 Sao Paulo (Indoor) BRA
Oct. 09 - 12 Rio de Janeiro BRA
Nov. 14 - 16 Buenos Aires (El Capricho) ARG
Nov. 21 - 24 Buenos Aires (San Jorge) ARG

South African League

May 27 - 31 Pietermaritzburg
June 14 - 16 Midrand
August 29 - 31 Pretoria
November 06 - 09 Blue Hills, Gauteng
November 27 - 30 Cape Town

New Zealand League

October 18 Gisborne
October 25 Hastings
October 27 Masterton
November 08 Palmerston North
November 16 Cambridge
November 30 Kawerau
December 20 Taupo
January 04 Kelly Park
January 18 Levin
January 25 Ti Papa

Australian League

April 20 Sydney Royal
August 02 Caboolture (Indoor)
August 14 Brisbane (Royal)
September 03 Adelaide (Royal)
September 06 Mallala
September 13 Adelaide Metropolitan)
September 26 Melbourne (Royal)
November 02 Canberra
November 09 Shepparton
November 15 Wodonga (Indoor)
November 23 Melbourne (Equitana) (Indoor)
November 30 Sale
December 06 Tonimbuk (Indoor)
January 04 Bega
January 17 Dapto
January 24 Kiama
January 31 Sydney (Int. Eq. Centre)

Central Asian League

April 25 - 27 Bishkek KGZ
May - June 29 - 01 Almaty KAZ
August 28 - 31 Almaty KAZ
September 19 - 21 Tashkent UZB

Japan League

May 17 Hyogo
May 18 Nasu
July 18 - 20 Shizuoka
Open Tokyo
November 07 - 09 Tochigi
November 21 - 23 Shizuoka

South East Asian League

July 24 - 27 Kuala Lumpur, 3 Q MAS
August 07 - 10 Kuala Lumpur Bukit Kiara MAS
August 21 - 24 Kuala Lumpur, 3 Q MAS
Sept. 04 - 07 Kuala Lumpur Selangor MAS
Sept. 24 - 26 Bangkok (Paradice) THA
Oct.-Nov. 31 - 02 Bangkok (Horseshoe Point) THA


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