Equestre Internationale News
Smith Steals the Show in Oslo
Robert Smith scored an emphatic victory in the second leg of the
FEI World Cup series in Oslo, Norway today but Holland's Eric
Van der Vleuten, who finished fourth with Audi's Jikke, further
cemented his league-table advantage.
had thrown down the gauntlet when topping Friday's World Cup Preliminary
competition and capitalised on his last-to-go starting position
today with a superb jump-off round from the stallion Marius Claudius.
14 through to the timed round it was always going to be a tough
jump-off and the Yorkshireman was chasing the target-time of 34.29
seconds set by Jos Lansink and AK Zandor Z.
were so many clears that it was very fast and I knew that I must
take a really difficult turn to the penultimate fence which nobody
else wanted to try if I was to be in with a chance to win so I
did it- and it worked!" Robert said afterwards.
knew his horse had the speed - his victory in the World Cup class
at Olympia in London last December was secured with a blistering
performance - "he has plenty of speed and he can take the
pressure" Robert said.
Claudius has had an easier season than usual. "He didn't
do too much mid-year although I competed with him in the Nations
Cup in Aachen where he won the Grand Prix of Europe and in the
Nations Cups in Barcelona and Calgary and I'll be campaigning
him up to Christmas with the intention of qualifying for Milan"
slotted into second ahead of promising young British contender
Richard Davenport riding Luc while Eric Van der Vleuten's fourth
placing promotes the Dutchman, winner in the opening round in
Helsinki last weekend, to an even stronger position at the head
of the league table with 33 points to his credit to date.
a total of between 45 and 48 points is sufficient to secure a
place at the final and Eric is hoping to make the cut with a good
result at the next round of the series in Verona on November 9.
1, Marius Claudius (Robert Smith) GB 0/0 32.34; 2, AK Caridor
Z (Jos Lansink) Bel 0/0 34.29; 3, Luc (Richard Davenport) GB 34.65;
4, Audi's Jikke (Eric Van der Vleuten) Hol 0/0 34.72; 5, Cinderella
(Maria Gretzer) Swe 0/0 34.96; 6, Verelst Goliath (Ludo Philippaerts)
Bel 0/0 35.12; 7, LB Lacorrado (Beat Mandli) Sui 0/0 35.26; 8,
H&M Butterfly Flip (Malin Baryard) Swe 35.40; 9, Controe (Marco
Kutscher) Ger 0/0 36.28; 10, Qualite (Robert Whitaker) GB 0/4
35.41; 11, Kilian (Guiseppe Rolli) Ita 0/4 35.41; 12, A La Ballerina
(Katarina Offel) Ger 0/4 35.48; 13, Richebourg (Jean Claude Vangeenberghe)
Bel 0/6 46.28; 14, Hofgut Liederbachs Ingmar (Pia-Luise Aufrecht)
Ger 0/8 34.47; 15, Equeste Carnute (Thomas Velin) Den 0/10 46.28;
16, De Sjiem (Jeroen Dubbeldam) Hol 1/- 78.38.
FEI WORD CUP JUMPING SERIES
TOP-TEN ON THE LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 2 AT OSLO
Eric van der Vleuten - 33
2. Robert Smith - 21
3. Malin Baryard - 18
E4. Jos Lansink/Helena Weinberg - 17
E6, Richard Davenport/Bruno Broucqsault - 15
E8, Jeroen Dubbeldam/Michel Hecart - 13
E10, Marco Kutscher/Maria Gretzer - 12.
website for Oslo is www.oslohorseshow.com.
World Cup jumping has entered its 26th year. The series, created
in 1978, today comprises 12 leagues on all continents. The best
riders from over 100 World Cup preliminary competitions will qualify
for the Final in Milan (ITA) from 21 to 25 April 2004. The title-holder
is Markus Ehning (GER). The Federation Equestre Internationale
(FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian
sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
and includes 130 National Federations.
sport has been on the Olympic programme since 1912 with three
disciplines - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. It is one of the
very few sports in which men and women compete on equal terms.
It is also the only sport which involves two athletes - horse
and rider - and the FEI has relentlessly concerned itself with
the welfare of the horse.