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Federation Equestre Internationale News

· FEI Delegation’s visit to Athens
· FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage
· World Breeding Championship in Athens
· World Cup Driving
· WEG Endurance investigation completed
· IPEC Driving Championship
· Dressage Global Forum
· Central American & Carribean Games / South American Dressage Championship websites

FEI Delegation’s visit to Athens (Gre)

On 15 October 2002, a delegation composed of the FEI President, HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón Freddy Serpieri, 1st Vice President, and Catrin Norinder, Manager of the Olympic Department visited Athens Organising Committee for the 2004 Olympic Games (ATHOC).

The FEI delegation visited the equestrian site Markopoulos and noted the progress of the construction work. Meetings including detailed presentations were organised with ATHOC Executive Director Spyros Capralos and Competition Manager Nicolas Karidis on transport organisation, venue operations and competition management.

The official test event in Eventing will be organised from14 to 17 August 2003 in the frame of the official ATHOC test event including several sports.

FEI World Cup Jumping

Western European League of the FEI World Cup started with three Scandinavian events.

The 2002 / 2003 season of the Western European League of the FEI World Cup Jumping started on 13 October 2002 in Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena. Toni Hassmann on Goldika, already the winner in Helsinki last year, beat 37 other competitors to take the early lead in the point standings. In the 13 rider jump-off Hassmann and his 10 year old Holstein mare beat Thomas Velin on Equest Carnute and Norman dello Joio on Glasgow. The young Austrian Tatiana Freytag, who had made a disappointing debut with Pialotta in Friday’s qualifier, finished 4th on her WEG horse Time Kiss.

15 events are on the calendar for the Western European League in the season 2002 / 2003. After Helskinki the series continues in Oslo (NOR) (20 October), Aarhus (DEN) (26 October), Verona (ITA) (10 November), Berlin (GER) (17 November), Geneva (SUI) (15 December), London (GBR) 21 December and Mechelen (BEL) (29 December). Seven more event follows in the spring: Leipzig (GER), Bordeaux (FRA), Vigo (ESP), Paris (FRA), Dortmund (GER), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) and Göteborg (SWE). The Final, the 25th since 1979, is scheduled for 16 - 20 April 2003 in Las Vegas.

After four years with a World Cup starting field of 18 on Saturday, the new season will have maximum 38 starters in each World Cup competition. Maximum 33 riders, based on an elaborate invitation scheme, are pre-qualified. All the other riders at the event must qualify for the World Cup in a Friday qualifying competition, which also serves to establish the starting order for the World Cup.

The top 18 riders in the final standings of the Western European League qualify for the Final in Las Vegas in April 2003. The defending World Cup Champion, Otto Becker is automatically qualified.

FEI World Cup Dressage

The last of the 2002/2003 Central European league World Cup qualifiers was held in Kaposvar, Hungary on 13 October 2002.

Top riders competed in the indoor arena of Agriculture University of Kaposvar, all looking to gain points to qualify for the Final to be held in Goteborg next Spring. The World Cup competition was won by the Swiss Daniel Ramseier, who had won Kaposvar World Cup in 2001.

The Central European league was represented by two riders from Belarus (Irina Lis and Yeushchyk) and E. Sidneva, who is competing for Western league. The host nation was represented by Sophia and Guylla Dallos.

Daniel Ramseier competed with three horses and won five classes out of six. In the S. Georg class, he was beaten by P. Gmoser from Austria. The promising Hungarian rider Rika Szeicz on Furmit was second finished second.

Seven nations were represented in Hungary. The most successful rider of the Central European League was Irina Lis from Belarus. On the 12 years old anglo-trakener Problesk she finished second just behind Ramseier. At the end of the Central European League seaon (including CDI-W in Minsk, Lipica, Ksiaz, Moscow and Kaposvar) Irina Lis secured her place to the Final, thus becoming the first rider representing Belarus to participate in a World Cup Final.

Result of Grand Prix (12.10.2002)

1. D. Ramseier (SUI) Rali Baba 65,84%
2. I. Lis (BLR) Problesk 65,08%
3. D. Ramseier (SUI) Parvenue Royal 64,40%

Results of Grand Prix Free Style Test (13.10.2002)
1. D. Ramseier (SUI) Rali Baba 70,43%
2. I. Lis (BLR) Problesk 69,50%
3. P. Gmoser (AUT) Willibald’s Candidat 68,90%

World Breeding Championship For Young Horses In Jumping In Lanaken (Bel), 26 - 29 September 2002

6-year old horses: SBS-bred Mozart des Hayettes wins finals of the 6-yr-olds, silver and bronze go to Studbook Zangersheide. 7-year old horses: Gold and silver for KWPN, bronze for Zangersheide and Jos Lansink

The results of the two finals of the 5- and 6-yr-old youngsters showed the dominance of the Belgian studbooks. The 5-yr-old category was won by the BWP-bred Ultra-Top van’t Paradijs with Belgian rider Johan Rooms and the world title in the category for 6-yr-olds went to the SBS-bred Mozart des Hayettes (Papillon Rouge x Nimmerdor) also ridden by a Belgian rider, Gregory Wathelet. The second and third places went to Zangersheide with in 2nd place the British Guy Goosen on Cayleigh Z and in 3rd place the Spanish Alfredo Duran on the Z-branded Carpe Diem Z (Calvin Z x Cor de la Bryère.

KWPN won the 7-yr-olds final, when Peter Geerink on No Time (Epilot x Almé Z) snatched the gold away before the nose of Australian rider James Patterson-Robinson on Miss Hans (Wolfgang x Gambit). The KWPN triumph was briefly hazarded by Jos Lansink, who piloted AK Chellano Z (Contender x Cor de la Bryère) around fast but just a few hundredths of seconds short to finish third.

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FEI World Cup Driving 2002 / 2003

After the press conference of the World Championship in Jerez, the Top Ten Four-in-Hand Drivers chose their starting places for the 2nd season of the World Cup Driving, as follows:

Venue 1 2 3 4 5
Stuttgart (GER)
20-24 Nov 2002
Christoph Sandmann (GER) Tomas Eriksson (SWE) Chester Weber (USA) Werner Ulrich (SUI) Michael Freund (GER)
Stockholm (SWE)
29 Nov-1 Dec 2002
Chester Weber Rainer Duen (GER) Gert Schrijvers (BEL) Tomas Eriksson Ijsbrand Chardon (NED)
Geneva (SUI)
12-15 Dec 2002
Chester Weber Werner Ulrich Ijsbrand Chardon Mark Weusthof (NED) Rainer Duen
Mechelen (BEL)
26-30 Dec 2002
Christoph Sandmann Gert Schrijvers Boyd Exell (AUS) Chester Weber Mark Weusthof
Leipzig (GER)
23-27 Jan 2003
Christoph Sandmann Michael Freund Ijsbrand Chardon Mark Weusthof Tomas Eriksson
Bordeaux (FRA)
7-9 Feb 2003
Michael Freund Werner Ulrich Boyd Exell Gert Schrijvers Rainer Duen
Vigo (ESP)
13-16 Feb 2003
Michael Freund (GER) Werner Ulrich Boyd Exell Gert Schrijvers Rainer Duen
‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED)
20-23 Mar 2003
Christoph Sandmann Ijsbrand Chardon Tomas Eriksson Boyd Exell Mark Weusthof

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

The five top drivers after ‘s-Hertogenbosch are invited to compete for the end of the Series in Göteborg (SWE) on 27 - 30 March 2003.

World Equestrian Games Endurance

The FEI set up an inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the death of two horses during the Endurance ride of the World Equestrian Games on 16 September 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP). Sir Fire, ridden by Anna Maxenchs Serra (ESP), died after having completed the course and Floyd, ridden by Nik Isahak Wan Abdullah (MAS), on course during the fourth loop. The report has just been finalised by the FEI enquiry team, composed of Prof Leo Jeffcott, Chairman of the Veterinary Committee, Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, Chairman of the Endurance Committee and Technical Delegate for Endurance at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, Frits Sluyter, Head of the FEI Veterinary Department and Michael Stone, FEI Sports Director and head of the Endurance discipline.

The Secretary General will send both reports to the Judicial Committee for consideration as per article 143.1.4 of the FEI General Regulations (abuse of horse).

The following elements were included in the report:

- Vet cards
- post mortem reports
- Treating Veterinarian reports
- Riders report
- press release
- statement of Prof. Leo Jeffcott (chairman of the Veterinary Committee)
- Reports of the Ground Jury, Foreign Vet delegate, Vet Commission and Technical delegate

According to the FEI legal system, the Persons Responsible (i.e. the riders) will receive a copy of the complete report and have 10 days to send his/her written comments to the FEI. Both riders may request a hearing before the Judicial Committee. Once the Judicial Committed has rendered its decision, the Person Responsible has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Enquiry team made a list of recommendations for rules changes for consideration by the Endurance Committee. They include areas such as stewarding, number of vet gates and distances between them, qualifications, monitoring during the course, role and selection of officials. It is expected that proposal for changes to the Endurance rules be presented at the next FEI General Assembly at the end of April 2003 for immediate implementation.

I.P.E.C. World Championships For Carriage Drivers With Disabilities

The IPEC World Diving Championship was organised in Westphalia at the St Martin’s Carriage Driving Centre of Greven Bockholt from 25 to 29 September 2002. Excellent competition and warm-up arenas for Dressage and Cones competitions; were put at the disposal of the disabled drivers. The 10-km long Marathon included five obstacles within easy walking distance and which could be viewed from large raised banks for spectators. The World Championship was blessed with a wonderful weather and an excellent atmosphere.

Except one Canadian driver, all competitors brought their own horses. Twenty three drivers competed, representing Austria, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and USA.

The competition was integrated within the German National Driving Championships for Horse Pairs and Pony Teams. It was well organised, and the good scoring system allowed the spectators to understand well the I.P.E.C. Grade system.


Grade I Individual Champion Karl-Bernd Kaesken GER
Grade II Individual Champion Elek Taczman HUN

Team Result
Gold - Germany
Silver - Great Britain
Bronze - USA

Dressage Global Forum

Further to the successful Forum organised last year, A Global Dressage Forum will be organised again on 21 and 22 October 2002. Among the main items on the agenda: evaluation by a judges panel, chaired by Mariette Withages (chairman of the FEI dressage committee), a trainers panel of the results of the WEG in Jerez. and a breeding seminar, presented by Dr. Klaus Miesner, breeding manager of the German National Federation at Warendorf.

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Central American Games and Carribean Games

THE XIX Central American and Carribbean Games will take place in San Salvador (ESA) from 30 November to 6 December. The Games will include Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Endurance competitions.

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South American Dressage Championship

The South American Dressage Championship will be held in Quillota (CHI) from 28 October to 1 November.
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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). DRIVING 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 WALDRIED DRESSAGE STABLES 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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