Equestre Internationale News
1 October 2002
FEI/GANDINI World Jumping Riders Rankings
- WEG 2006
- Eventing recommended for Exclusion of the Olympic Programme
- Executive Board Committee Meeting
- FEI Committees Meetings
- Juniors European Eventing Championships
- Updated Standings for qualification for the Superleague
World Jumping Riders Rankings
Despite the fact that the four riders qualified for the final
competition of the World Equestrian Games in Jerez obtained bonus
points, none of them managed to enter in the top ten.
Eric Navet who earned altogether 500 points in the WEG has reached
place 13 compared to 24 last month. Dermot Lennon raised from
38 to 26, Peter Wylde
from 52 to 23 and Helena Lundbäck made the bigger jump from
149 to 68. The points obtained in the WEG will count fully during
one year. In September 2003, a quarter of these points will be
dropped, an other quarter will be dropped in 2004, the third quarter
in 2005 and the remaining quarter will be replaced by the points
earned in WEG Aachen 2006.
Jos Lansing, thanks to the points he earned in the WEG as well
as in the World Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken, has
found back the top ten for the first time since the beginning
Markus Fuchs, went up from 7 to 5 as a results of his win in the
WEG speed competition.
Complete rankings on the FEI website www.horsesport.org
World Equestrian Games
On 18 September 2002, the FEI Executive Board awarded the 5th
World Equestrian Games in 2006 to Aachen (GER).
Recommended For Exclusion Of The Olympic Programme By The IOC
Olympic Programme Commission
The FEI Executive Board will meet with the IOC to propose a shorter
Olympic formula for the Eventing competitions. The proposal will
be available this week on www.horsesport.org
, section reference/working docs/reports.
Committees Met In Jerez de la Frontera (Esp.) During The WEG
Executive Board Meeting summary
The Executive Board met four times during the 2002 World Equestrian
Games in Jerez (ESP). In addition to the decision on the allocation
of the 2006 WEG
and in-depth discussions held on the future of Eventing the following
was agreed on:
New Commercial structure - Division for Marketing: In line with
the FEI Business Plan it was agreed to create a "Division
for Marketing" as part of the FEI Secretariat. The Division's
exact structure was to be defined within the next weeks.
FEI Delegation to visit Athens: The Executive Board agreed that
a Delegation consisting of the FEI President, the FEI 1st Vice
President, the Secretary General and the Manager of the Olympic
Department, would travel to Athens mid October in order to meet
and discuss some pending issues with ATHOC. Allocation of Championships:
The Executive Board allocated the 2003 Pan American Endurance
Championship to Trout Lake, WA (USA) on 13 September. The 2003
Pan American Eventing Championship was allocated to the Fair Hill
International venue in Elkton, Maryland, USA, on 22 to 26 October.
Jumping and Driving World Cups - Rules Revision: Following the
recommendations of the respective Committees the Executive Board
approved the Rules Revision for the World Cups in Jumping and
Driving, effective for the 2003-2004 World Cup season.
Nations Cup Super League Format: The Executive Board approved,
on the recommendation of the Nations Cup Committee, several changes
to the Nations Cup Super League format, subject to approval by
the Jumping Committee. The changes will be published in the next
edition of the FEI Bulletin. Dressage Rules: Following the recommendation
of the Dressage Committee the Executive Board approved a rule
change to art. 456 Order of Starting, subsection 1 and 3.2, as
well amendments to art. 421 and 422. The amended text will be
published shortly on the FEI website www.horsesport.org.
The next meeting of the Executive Board will take place in conjunction
with the FEI Bureau Meeting, on 5 November 2002 in Moscow (RUS).
The following points arise:
- An open forum will be held in 2003 to discuss and establish
the number of marathon phases for all international events.
- Qualification requirements for Single and Four-in-Hand Championships
will be raised from 2004.
- Two-phase Obstacle Driving competitions counting for combined
driving events may continue to be organised on a trial basis until
- Rules for the 2003 World Combined Pony Driving Championship
- A new dressage test is in the making.
- Two day CAI-A events may continue to be organised.
- Clear rules on substitution of horses and drivers are currently
- Official International status for course designers will be created.
Jumping Committee Meeting
The following points arise:
- Beginning in 2003 five-star CSI events will not be permitted
to clash with CSIO Super League events.
- Changes to the Super League rules relating to invitations, withdrawals,
additional points, relegation and promotion of teams, classification
of teams in the Nations Cup Series will be recommended to the
Bureau for approval. Changes will be published in the FEI Bulletin
if approved by the Bureau at its meeting in November.
- The intention to keep a weekend free each year from 2004 of
International Jumping events in Western Europe to allow NFs host
their National Championship was dropped by the Committee due to
lack of support.
Ad Hoc Medical Committee Meeting
The Medical Committee met on 11 September 2002 during the WEG.
This was the first official meeting of the Committee following
a teleconference held previously on 7 May 2002.
During the meeting, a representative from the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA), Mrs Françoise Dagouret, gave a detailed
presentation on WADA with an emphasis on the new World Anti-Doping
Code and WADA's interactions with international sports federations
and athletes. Mrs Dagouret provided
information on WADA to the athletes and the public during the
first week of the WEG.
The Committee reviewed the FEI's anti-doping control procedures
and discussed the World Anti-Doping Code with an emphasis on the
needs of equestrian athletes.
The Committee members were also solicited during the WEG for their
review of various Medical Certificates presented to the FEI by
some athletes and Chefs d'Equipe.
The need for clearer communication with the National Federations
on all aspects of anti-doping controls on athletes was made evident
at the WEG.
Ethics Committee Meeting
The Ethics Committee meeting was held on 16 September 2002 during
the WEG to discuss the Code of Conduct on the Welfare of the Horse
("Code"). Mr Freddy
Serpieri, FEI 1st Vice-President and Chairman of the Ethics Committee,
introduced the topic of discussion and invited Dr Andrew Higgins,
Chairman of the FEI Medication Sub-Committee, to make a presentation
on the newly drafted Code.
Dr Higgins explained that the Code had been reviewed by a working
group and had been rewritten with the view to up-dating the wording
of the Code. The working group was mandated to produce a Code
that would increase awareness of welfare issues not only on the
part of competitors throughtout the world but of the public in
Following a detailed presentation the specific language used in
the new draft Code was discussed and the Chairman of the Judicial
Committee, Mr Ken Lalo, and Dr Higgins agreed to re-draft certain
passages to further clarify the document. The Committee felt that
it would be of great benefit to the sport to have a public relations
firm give their views on the draft Code before its publication.
Veterinary Committee Meeting
Items that were discussed included:
Olympic Games Athens: The progress in construction and monitoring
of weather conditions were reviewed. In addition, a detailed review
of the veterinary infrastructure for the Games was carried out
together with ATHOG Olympic Games Beijing: A first visit of the
FEI to Beijing illustrated that much work in to be done, especially
with regard to sanitary issues (temporary importation and re-export
of horses) and the testing protocol for horses.
Medication Control: A new approach for pharmaco-kinetic studies
was discussed, which is important in the light of the current
sensitivity of the forensic laboratory and the period that substances
can be detected. Research: Hypersensitisation: Additional data
on the thermographic images of the lower limbs in jumping horses
would be collected during the WEG Disease control: The current
outbreaks of West Nile virus in the USA have led to concern by
EU based horse owners prior to ship their horses to the USA for
competition. A vaccine for the disease is currently being tried
out in the USA:
Piroplasmosis: The bid of Lexington (USA) for the 2006 WEG has
resulted in extensive studies on the issue of Equine Piroplasmosis
and import requirements for horses in the USA. It is hoped that
these studies will help to find a more pragmatic approach to manage
and control this disease, which is essential for further development
of FEI events in the USA.
Vaulting Committee Meeting
The Vaulting Committee, under the chairmanship of its new Chairman,
Mr Jean-Michel Pinel (FRA), held its statutory meeting in conjunction
with WEG at Jerez (ESP) on 8 and 9 September 2002.
Besides the usual agenda items, the Committee mainly dealt with
the development of the sport and all the aspects relating to it.
The Chairman, upon request of the FEI Secretary General had previously
elaborated a paper outlining his ideas on the various steps proposed.
This paper outlines that as in Jumping, Eventing and Dressage
the horse counts for at least 50% of the performance, trainers
must put greater emphasis on this aspect of the sport and judges'
training in this regard must be intensified.
With a view to developing Vaulting further a free age limit was
also discussed and the Committee strongly felt that it would help
the sport. An enquiry previously launched with NFs on this issue
should show that many nations were in favour whereas others had
Following a lively discussion on the pros and cons of a reduction
of the number of team members from eight to six in order to reduce
the time and better safeguard the welfare of the horse, the Committee
agreed that further studies would be required and that the issue
be further discussed on the occasion of next year's rules revision.
The elaboration of rules for the inclusion of compulsory Free
Test (Art. 741.4) in Individual Vaulting, including Championships,
could not be finalised. A working group was formed and a final
decision will be taken on the occasion of next year's meeting.
A detailed report will be published by the FEI following the November
Junior European Eventing Championship, 5-8 Sept., Waregem (Bel)
The Junior European Eventing Championships held at Waregem (BEL),
from 5 to 8 Sept. 2002, went off smoothly and successfully thanks
to the efficient organization.
the artistic opening ceremonies held in the town hall where the
riders were introduced with a ballet dancer carrying the respective
flags of the 16 participating countries to the closing ceremonies
at the stadium, everything ran smoothly blessed with fine weather.
German team took the lead after the Dressage phase, with Christine
Seitz on Amigo, receiving the good score of 73.33% leading the
field with 40.01 penalties, followed closely by the French rider
Vincent Pryen with 41.52 penalties. The French and Belgium teams
placed second and third.
Cross-country course, designed by Tom Ryckewaert (BEL), also organiser
of the event, proved to be ideal for the level of the competition.
the final day, 46 competitors took part in the final Show-Jumping,
with Germany retaining their lead to win the Team Championship
and Christine Seitz winning the Individual title, followed by
teammate Inga Marie Hoper as silver medallist and Vincent Pryen
taking the Bronze medal for France. The Belgium team overtook
the French team to take the team silver with France finishing