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Federation Equestre Internationale News

28 October 2003

- Double gold for the USA at the Pan American Eventing Championship
- FEI Eventing World Cup Final in Pau (FRA)
- Robert Smith wins the 2nd World Cup Jumping Qualifier in Oslo
- press service for FEI World Cup Dressage
- In Memoriam


The USA won the team and individual Gold Medals in the Pan American Eventing Championship which took place in Fair Hill (USA) last week-end.

The USA Team, composed of Robert Costello on Dalliance, Will Faudree on Antigua, Jan Thompson on Shared Dreams and Stephen Bradley on Brandenburg's
Joshua, successfully defended their title won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, finishing with a total score of 190.0 penalties after the Dressage, Cross Country and Jumping tests. Canada finished second for the team Silver Medal with 325.0 penalties and Brazil took the Bronze with a score of 1394.4.

Canada (silver) and Brazil (bronze) qualified a team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens (best 2 placed teams from FEI Olympic Group D and E - North, Central and South America).

The USA also took all places of the individual podium with Darren Chiacchia clinching the Gold with a penalty-free show jumping round to finish with a score 52.4 on Windfall 2. Karen O'Connor (USA) won the individual Silver with a score of 59.0 on Joker's Wild and Jan Thompson won the Bronze with a score of 62.4 on Shared Dreams.

As no Eventing competition was held at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo earlier this year, the FEI decided to hold the Pan American Eventing Championship in conjunction with the Fair Hill International CCI 3*. USA also won the Team Gold in Dressage and in Jumping in Santo Domingo last August.

Twenty-six horse-rider combinations representing Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States contested the Pan American Eventing Championship.

Olympic Champion David O'Connor was leading the Pan Am individual competition after the Dressage and Cross Country tests on Courting Danger. However, a fall during the Cross Country of the USET Championship after the Pan Am competition put him in the hospital with a broken ankle and broken wrist, denying him a chance for the Pan Am individual Gold.

Complete results on

A truly international trio wins the first Final of the FEI Eventing World Cup

The Swedish rider Linda Algotsson (SWE) on Stand By Me won today the first Final of the FEI Eventing World Cup held in Pau, South-western France. The
pair convincingly took the lead since the very beginning by performing a high-quality Dressage test (38) and went clear in both Cross Country and Jumping. The winner was presented with a trophy for perpetual competition generously donated by Mr and Mrs Apter, owners of Stunning ridden by William Fox-Pitt.

Linda is followed by Andrew Nicholson (NZL) on Fenicio and Gina Miles (USA) on McKinlaigh with 51.6 and 53 points respectively.

Her performance is all the more remarkable as she scored one of only two clear rounds within the time allowed in the Cross Country and, even with two fences in hand before the third phase, went faultless on the very technical Jumping course. Linda's success is that of an entire family. Her sister Sara placed 7th riding the Swedish warmblood Robin Des Bois bred by the Algotsson sisters' mother by the same mare as Stand By Me.

When asked to comment on the horse's exceptional performance, especially since the pair won the silver medal in the European Championship only five weeks ago, she said: "That are Swedish horses for you, they can do everything!"

Runner-up and Olympic champion Andrew Nicholson paid tribute to Linda in a true spirit of horsemanship and fair-play. He expressed the view that the short Eventing format, which is becoming the standard for the Olympic Games and will also gradually be introduced for Championships, was beneficial for the sport as it would allow for horses to be seen more often on the international sporting scene. All three riders conveyed their full support and enthusiasm for the World Cup concept as a showcase of modern Eventing.

All results on

The FEI Eventing World Cup will resume in only ten days' time in Nichelino (ITA).

Robert Smith wins the second leg of the FEI World Cup in Oslo
By Louise Parkes

Britain's 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.

Smith 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.

With 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 Caridor Z.

"There 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.

Jos Lansink 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.

Normally 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.

RESULT: 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.


1. 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.

The next FEI World Cup Qualifier takes places in Verona, Italy on Sunday 9
November 2003. Website:


Major General Jack Reynolds CB, OBE (GBR), a former member of the FEI Judicial Committee and past President (1985-88) and Director General (1975-85) of the British Equestrian Federation, died recently, aged 87. General Jack was renowned for his diplomacy and quiet tenacity, one of his successes included persuading the IOC to regrade professional riders in order for them to compete in the Olympics. He officiated as Chef de Mission for the British Equestrian Team at four Olympics - Montreal 1976 through to Seoul 1988 - bringing home four Team Silver Medals.

Maurice Buret, the last surviving member of the French gold medal team in Dressage at the 1948 Olympic Games, died on 23 August 2003 aged 94. Commandant Buret, who was also a successful steeple chase rider - winning in Pardubice - rode in London 1948 Games on Saint Queen, together with André Jousseaume (Harpagon), Jean St-Fort Paillard ST (Sous-les-Ceps). The team received the gold medal after the disqualification of the Swedish team.

Megan Furth (USA), a member of the USA Jumping team in the early nineties, died on 30 July 2003 after a long illness. She was only 31. IN her short jumping career, Megan Furth competed in eight World Cups and, at 18 years old, in two Nations Cups (1990 in Dinard and Rotterdam). After finishing her University study in 1993, she pursued a career as a writer and language teacher in Germany.


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