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Federation Equestre Internationale News

2 October 2003


Spanish rider Giovanni Diaz Fernandez won the individual gold at the FEI Young Riders Endurance World Championship which took place on 27 September in Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA).

Giovanni completed the 120-km ride in 7hrs 28mins and 14 seconds aboard Saukira, clocking an average speed of 16.33kmph.

Jacopo di Matteo of Italy riding Uruguay finished second a little over two minutes behind the winner while Virginie Atger of France and her mount Eleis d'Aurabelle took the bronze.

The Italian team composed of Carlo Di Battista on Jamil Bello, Diana Origgi and Jasmineh, Simona Di Battista and Shalifa F. and Ronnie Schiaretti on Ecart del Vento won the team gold with a total time of 23:57.26. France took the silver in 24:04.38 and the United Arab Emirates the bronze in 24:51:15.


The individual gold medal was won by German young rider Mickael Jung and Marco (total of 51.20 penalties). The silver medal was earned by Vittoria Panizzon on Rock Model from Italy and the bronze medal went to British rider Abbigail Walter and Pendragon (59.00).

The Team Gold medal went to Great Britain with a total of 198.40 points penalties. The Silver medal went to Germany (205.00) and the Bronze to Italy (223.30).

Markus Fuchs (SUI) still in the lead - Malin Baryard (SWE) enters the Top Ten

Markus Fuchs is firmly leading the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings with a total of 3375 points. He could not recuperate the 233 points he was dropping from last year but scored 180 points in September, mainly at the CSI 4* at Haras de Jardy (FRA) where he placed second in the Grand Prix. He is followed by two German riders: Ludger Beerbaum with 2868 pts and Marcus Ehning (24849 pts.). Another German, Otto Becker is presently 4th, exchanging place with Jos Lansink (BEL) who is now 5th. Brazilian rider Rodrigo Pesso goes up once place and grabs No 6 spot thanks to his performance in Spruce Meadows (CAN) and Jardy.

Young Swedish rider Malin Baryard goes up 4 places to enter the Top Ten. She is now placed 10th with 1458 pts. She won 140 points at Barcelona CSIO 5* where she finished 3rd in the Grand Prix with HM Butterfly Flip. Therefore there are now two ladies in the Top Ten, as the American Beezie Madden-Patton is No. 8, dropping down 2 places (she was 6th last month).

The American riders are progressing well with Norman Dello Joio going one more place up (he is now 11th) as is Peter Wylde from 13th to 12th place.

Michel Robert (FRA) who recently broke his collarbone, is dropping out of the Top Ten and is now 15th.

The complete rankings can be found on the FEI website , section consult/results/jumping


Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the rankings with 80.701 points, ahead of Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Beatriz Ferrer -Salat (ESP). With Wallstreet 22, Ulla Salzgeber finished first of the Kür at CDIO 3* of Mondorf les Bains (LUX).

Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven (NED) is back in the Top Ten (10th rank with 74.310).

The complete rankings can be found on the FEI website , section consult/results/dressage

Punchestown (IRL), 21 September 2003

The Committee would like to thank all NFs and other parties involved in Eventing for their input on its proposal sent to them for comments early July 2003.

NFs were kindly requested to comment on the Committee's proposal on the future evolution of FEI Eventing Championships and competitions due to the change of the Olympic Format, format of Young Rider and Junior Championships, name of discipline and categories for Eventing.

The Eventing Committee reviewed all these comments at their recent meeting and unanimously agreed to present the following recommendations to the Bureau for decision beginning December.

The Committee now need to finalize the implementation of the recommendations in regard to technical specifications, qualifications and other related issues. Should these recommendations be accepted by Bureau, the general concept will be circulated to NFs the introduction of changes will be implemented a transitional period in 2004 to be fully operational in 2005.


1. Redefinition of Eventing formats:
- CCI Long : Eventing long format as traditional CCI with roads and tracks and steeplechase (Four Test Competition). = no change
- CCI Short : Eventing short format as traditional CCI without roads and tracks and steeplechase. Rules similar to the current CCIs including compulsory Horse Inspection and Jumping as last test. (Three Test Competition).
- Current CICs : (One Day Event) to be considered as International / National lower level Events

2. FEI Championship Format:
All existing FEI Championships (Senior Continental, Young Rider, Juniors and regional) to be organised in the CCI Short format with the exception of WEG that will retain in future (2010) the option for the long format. CCI Short format to be introduced for Young Rider, Junior Championships and other Championships to be held in 2004.

3. Age Group Eventing Young Riders & Juniors
Young Riders Age group: to be changed from 16-21 to 16 to 23. Reason: allow for a longer competition period for Young riders before entering Senior competitions, by providing the incentive/interest of a championship to riders that would not continue otherwise.

Juniors Age Group: current 14 - 18 to be changed to 14-19 as a logical consequence from the prolongation of the Young Riders age group.

End of Season

The 18th and last leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup took place in Malmö (SWE) from 28 to 31 August. The response of both riders and event organisers to the sport's first linked series was very positive. The qualifiers were part of well established competition organised in the following ten countries: Great Britain (4), France (2), Sweden (2), the USA (2), Germany (2), Australia (2), Italy (1), Brazil (1), Russia (1) and Poland (1). The Final of the first season of the FEI Eventing World Cup will take place from
24 through 26 October 2003 in Pau (FRA). The competition will be held at the "Domaine de Sers", France's second training centre for race horses and venue of the 2001 European Eventing Championship. Similarly to the qualifiers, it will be organised as a three-star CIC.

Some 308 riders from more than 30 countries and four continents took part in the qualifying competitions. One hundred and eighty riders scored points counting towards the final standings. The quality of the riders should be emphasized given that competitors such as Pippa Funnell (GBR), William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Leslie Law (GBR), Andrew Hoy (AUS), Andrew Nicholson (NZL), Blyth Tait (NZL) or Jean Teulère (FRA) took part in more than one event each. On the basis of the points earned and in accordance with the current rules, fifty riders will be selected for participation in the Final.

On the basis of this large international representation and the exceptional level of riders' participation, momentum has steadily built up towards an exceptional end of season and an exciting Final in Pau (FRA).


The 2003 Global Dressage Forum will be organised on 6 and 7 October 2003 in Hooge Mierde (NED).

The contributors to the 2003 Global Dressage Forum:

Ulla Salzgeber won the FEI World Cup and the European Championships in 2003. She is bringing one of her top horses to the Global Dressage Forum. After a theoretical introduction of her training method she will ride and demonstrate her skills. The preparation and warm up for big international competitions will be demonstrated.

Hans van Zetten is sports coordinator of the Dutch army, and involved in international gymnastics. He was national coach of the Dutch gymnasts and is now the commentator of Dutch television. The International Dressage Trainers Club has invited Mr. van Zetten in 2003 to do a research project on the development of judging in Olympic sports. Mr. van Zetten gave an impressing explanation to members of the FEI Dressage Committee during the CHIO in Aachen. He was then invited to repeat the explanation at the Global Dressage Forum.

The evaluation of Hickstead will be an exciting evening session of the Global Dressage Forum. It has been prepared in careful coordination between Mariette Withages, David Hunt and Joep Bartels. The tests of 12 riders at the EC in Hickstead will be analysed with an ultra modern computer program, kindly offered by the Dutch National Olympic Committee. Analysis will be made by 2 panels, of top judges and top trainers.

Arthus Kottas was the 'Oberbereiter' of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna for many years. He is considered to be one of the riders with the best seat and an expert on work in hand. Mr. Kottas will bring one of his horses to show the work from the ground, and he will give a clinic with his daughter, who has been quite successful recently in the European junior championships.

Richard Weis is a seat expert. He lives near Melbourne, Australia. He was a dressage trainer for 10 years and then specialised in the dynamics of the moving body. He graduated as an Alexander therapist and has since then given clinics all over the globe. In 2001 and 2003 he gave clinics and teached in Warendorf, Germany, and in September 2003 he was the sensation of the biggest educational event in Holland, the Academy Horse Event. Mr. Weis will give a theoretical introduction to explain some backgrounds of body awareness. He will involve the participants of the Global Dressage Forum in some of his exercises. Mr Weis will also work with a rider.

Gerd Heuschmann is the veterinarian who made a great impression on the participants of the Global Dressage Forum in 2002. He is asked back for the second time as he turned out to be the favourite of the crowd. Mr. Heuschmann will give theoretical explanation about the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse. His lecture will be connected to the item of the German FN during this Global Dressage Forum: the quality of collection. 'What is the connection between the anatomy of the horse and the possibility
to collect', is one of the questions which will be discussed.

Christoph Hess is head of education at the German FN in Warendorf. Mr. Hess made a great impression at the Global Dressage Forum in 2002, presenting the item 'from pony rider to Grand Prix' with his colleagues from the educational and training department. With Germany's national trainer Holger Schmezer he will now introduce an item on the quality of collection. Mr Schmezer has been very successful in his career as Germany's national trainer, winning all major titles with his riders in recent years.

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Christophe Troendle (SUI) 38 years old is joining the FEI as Head of the newly created Commercial division. Born in Geneva, Christophe has a University degree in Commercial and Industrial Science.

Having worked for 10 years at Nestlé in Switzerland, Australia and Japan, Christophe Troendle has an excellent sales and marketing background in a multinational environment. Since his childhood he has been a sports fan with a capital "S" and has worked as a ski trainer, as an ad-hoc sports journalist and has been an active football player. When the opportunity came up he decided to turn a hobby into a living and joined the UEFA (Union of European Football Association) where he was, in his position as Marketing Manager, responsible for all branding issues. For the last two years Christophe Troendle worked for a Sports Entertainment company, the Anschutz
Entertainment Group Inc. as the Commercial Director of one of its franchise clubs, the Geneva Servette Hockey Club.


Starting with the new 2003/2004 season, the World Cup Jumping management will be handled within the FEI Secretariat in Lausanne. Capt John P. Roche is the Technical Manager and Mrs Wiveka Lundh the Commercial Manager of the FEI World Cup Jumping.


The 2004 General Assembly will take place on 20 and 21 April in Paris (FRA). The meetings of the Geographical Groups have bee scheduled for 18 and 19 April.


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Jose Jorge Canelas (POR), FEI member of the first FEI Endurance Committee, died recently, aged 81. He was a former International Judge in Jumping, Eventing and Endurance and member of the Equestrian Federation of Portugal for many years. Horse breeder, Jose Jorge Canelas was the former Chairman of the Portuguese Horse Breeding Association.

Clarence "Honey" Craven (USA) died last 23 July 2003, aged 98. Honey Craven was for 70 years associated with the National Horse Show (CSIO) in New York in Madison Square Garden. From 1927 to 1958, he was the celebrated Ringmaster, then until 1983, he was for 25 years its manager.


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