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Federation Equestre Internationale News

6 November 2003

- FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
- World Cup Jumping in Verona
- Intenational Golden Years Trophy
- FEI Eventing World Cup
- 5-year strategic plan announced for Reining
- Meeting Group I and II
- This week-end: Adelaide Horse Trial


Markus Fuchs firmly leads the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings with 3465 points, more than 500 points ahead of Ludger Beerbaum (GER), second with 2958 points. Markus Ehning is third with 2489 points.

Markus Fuchs obtained most of his points at the CSI 5* which was organised for the first time in Kuala Lumpur (MAS) from 2 to 5 October.

The first change in the Top Ten is the exchange of places between Lars Nieberg (GER) and Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) who are now 6th and 7th respectively.

Placed 10th, Michael Whitaker is back in the Top Ten – he was 17th last month – thanks to his performance in Syracuse, NY (USA) where he earned 100 points, Hannover (55 points) and Kuala Lumpur (170 pts).

Laura Kraut (USA) finished 2nd in the World Cup of Washington (USA) and earned 105 points there, and 70 more points in Harrisburg (USA). She goes up two places and is now 16th. Just behind her, Samantha McIntosh (BUL), who was 23rd last month and earned 185 points in Kuala Lumpur and 60 pts in Hannover, where she finished 4th in the Grand Prix.

This month will see the big fight to qualify for the 3rd Top Ten Final which will be held in Geneva on 6 December 2003. The rankings will exceptionally be closed one week before the end of the month, on 24 November, to decide on the Top Ten Final participating field. The present No 10, Michael Whitaker, is only 28 points ahead of his runner-up Malin Baryard who has no intention of missing her appointment with the public of Geneva Palexpo arena who is so found of her. Only 35 points behind is Ludo Philippaerts (BEL), who finished 6th at last year’s Final and surely wants to compete against the best riders of the world again on that occasion. The World Cup season has now started for real, and riders will strive to obtain points this week-end in Verona and the following one in Berlin and Toronto. The CSI 4* of Wiener Stadthalle (AUT) will also be an event to score a fair amount of points, as will CSI 4* in Stuttgart on the closing week-end of the rankings.

Complete rankings on, section consult, results, jumping

Ulla Salzgeber still Number One

With 80.624 points, the European Champion Ulla Salzgeber (GER) is the undisputed leader of the FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings, ahead of Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP).

The first change in the Top Ten can be found at the 7th place, which is now in the hands of Klausen Husenbeth (GER), who finished second in the Grand Prix and Kür of Bremen on Piccolino 19.

Isabell Werth (GER) is back in the Top Ten (9th) thanks to her 3rd place in the Grand Prix and Kür of Bremen with Anthony FRH.

Elena Sidneva, who won the World Cup of Marianske Lazne (CZE) last September (but which results where only taken into consideration this month due to late reception at the FEI) enters the Top Ten.

Good progression of the Austrian rider Victoria Max-Theurer who goes up from 23rd to 16th place thanks to her 4th place in the Grand Prix and 3rd place in the Kür of Marianske Lazne.

Complete rankings on, section consult, results, dressage

Western European League

Eric Van der Vleuten, victorious at the opening leg in Helsinki, Finland and fourth in Oslo, heads the league table for the Netherlands with a tally of 33 points to date.

Verona is the next venue for the series on 9November. The charming Italian city celebrates its 105th Horse Show which has long been an important meeting place for equestrian enthusiasts from all around the world. This year Verona will host the World Cup for the third consecutive time. A total of 10 World Cup Qualifiers have taken place in Italy beginning with the competitions held in Milan in 1983 and Birago in 1984. The series then moved to Casalecchio di Reno between 1995 and 2000.

Belgium’s Stanny van Paesschen and O de Pomme took the honours in Verona in 2001 and last year’s winners were Rodrigo Pessoa and Gandini Lianos for Brazil. This year Olaf Petersen is Course Designer and the CSI W programme, which runs over three days from 6 to 9 November, offers a prizefund of 231,387 Euro.

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Erratum : Jos Lansink rode AK Zandor Z, not AK Caridor Z as previously stated, when finishing second in the FEI World Cup competition in Oslo, Norway on 26 October.

1, Helsinki - 19 October; 2, Oslo - 26 October; 3, Verona - 9 November; 4, Berlin - 16 November; 5, Geneva - 7 December; 6, Olympia, London - 21 December; 7, Mechelen - 30 December; 8, Leipzig - 25 January; 9, Amsterdam - 1 February; 10, Bordeaux - 7 February; 11, Vigo - 14 February; 12, Paris - 6 March; 13, s'Hertogenbosch - 28 March; 14, Gothenburg - 11 April. Final in Milan - 21-25 April.

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.

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The Final of the International Golden Years Trophy took place on 26 October 2003 in Moorsele (BEL).

Sarah Cappellin (SUI) finished first of the Final for the Young Riders category, ahead of Vincent Voorn (NED) and Julien Daunat (FRA).

The Final for Juniors was won by Suus Kuyten (NED) followed by Raphaele Leyendecker (FRA) and Tim Gredley (GBR).

The Golden Years Trophy is a Series aimed at Young Riders and Juniors in Jumping, and in 2004, included 10 qualifying events all over Europe.

The complete standings are available from the FEI website, section results, jumping.


The FEI Eventing World Cup resumes this weekend, only two weeks after the very successful Final held at Pau, France, that concluded the series’ initial season. An impressive field of 56 riders and 68 horses will convene at Nichelino, near the Italian city of Turin, for the first leg of the second season. The nations taking part are Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, The Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Tunisia. The countries with the largest number of riders are Poland and Switzerland, six participants each, along with the home nation who has entered 16 competitors.

The Dressage test will take place over two days due to the high number of entries. It begins today at 13h00 and will continue tomorrow Friday 7 November from 9h00 to 16h30. Dressage will be followed by Cross Country scheduled on Saturday 8 November from 12h30 to 16h00. Sunday 9 November will be devoted to Jumping, beginning at 14h00, which will be followed by the prize-giving ceremony at approximately 16h30.

The 2nd World Cup qualifier will be held in the United States at Tallahassee, FL from 12 to 14 March 2004.

The 2004 FEI Eventing World Cup season will consist of 17 qualifiers and a Final held according to the following calendar (subject to approval by the FEI Eventing Committee and Bureau).

Nichelino, ITA 7-9 November 2003
Tallahassee, FL USA 12-14 March 2004
Temecula, CA USA 26-28 March 2004
Belo Horizonte, Lagoa Santa BRA 1-3 April 2004
Kihikihi NZL 10–11 April 2004 TBC
Chatsworth GBR 15-16 May 2004
(Werribee) Melbourne, VIC AUS 12-14 June 2004
Luhmühlen GER 17–20 June 2004
Moscow RUS 17-20 June 2004
Strzegom POL 26-29 June 2004 ? or
9-11 July
Kalispell (Rebecca Farm), MT USA 23-25 July 2004
Warwick AUS 24-25 July 2004
Lulworth GBR 30 Jul–1st Aug 2004 TBC
Hardwick (Over The Walls) USA 30 Jul–1st Aug 2004 TBC
Martinvast FRA 26-29 August 2004
Malmö (Ribbersborg) SWE 26–29 August 2004 TBC
Waregem BEL 9-12 September 2004

Applications FINAL
Pau FRA 20-24 october 2004 TBC
Malmö SWE August TBC

In order to encourage the participation of the world’s best riders and make the sport of Eventing more accessible and exciting for the general public, some modifications have been brought to the series’ rules. The main change consists in the allocation of points. World Cup points will be allocated to competitors only, as opposed to competitor/horse combination as was the case during the first season. The three best results will count towards the final standings. Points will be allocated to all riders that have completed the competition.

First FEI World Reining Masters to feature $100,000 Final

The FEI Reining Committee has released details on a five-year plan to position the sport of Reining within FEI as a major discipline. Known as the “Road to Aachen and Beyond”, the plan focuses on the implementation of important competitions internationally for horses six years of age and older, while increasing the number of countries where the discipline is held.

“The implementation of the five year plan is strategically the logical, next step toward the growth of reining as an international discipline,” stated Frank Costantini, FEI Reining Committee Chairman. “The committee is pleased to share this plan with the Reining community and the equestrian world. In development for two years, the plan moves the sport forward following its successful debut at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain last year,” Costantini continued.

Elements of the 10-point plan include:

1) Management of an international series, The FEI World Reining Masters, beginning in 2004 for individual riders
2) Assist 15 countries to hold CRI qualifiers in 2004
3) Continental championships starting in 2003, with all continents hosting a championship by 2005
4) Three Nation’s Cup competitions held in 2004, increasing to six in 2006.
5) Qualification of a minimum of 15 teams for the World Equestrian Games in 2006, to be held in Aachen, Germany
6) The incorporation of Reining as a discipline in FEI Children’s competition in 2006
7) The introduction of Reining through clinics and demonstrations, to a minimum of two countries per year, beginning in 2004

8) Organizing a World Championship for Reining in 2008
9) The development of a platform for Reining to enable the discipline to fulfil its Olympic aspiration
10) Development of a funding mechanism for the growth of Reining internationally, and keeping prize money in line with other FEI disciplines

The first element of the plan is the implementation of the FEI World Reining Masters, announced in July of this year. The Reining Masters is a series of qualifying events for individual riders competing on horses six years old and older, concluding with a final.

The inaugural Masters Final will be held December 3, 2004 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in conjunction with the National Reining Horse Association Futurity. Negotiations with a presenting sponsor are underway, and a $100,000 prize fund for the final is guaranteed, thanks to the National Reining Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Each National Federation hosting at least one FEI Reining competition (CRI) in 2004 will receive an invitation to send its leading money earning rider to the Masters. Although participants may compete in CRIs outside their country of citizenship, riders may only count for Reining Masters eligibility earnings won at CRIs held in their own country.

The rider may compete on more than one horse, and all such earnings will count, as it is the rider who will qualify for the Final, not horse and rider combinations. Those countries which qualified for the finals of the 2002 World Equestrian Games-United States, Canada, Italy, Germany and Great Britain- will be eligible to send their top two money earning riders.

There will be two sets of FEI Awards, 1 for the open division and the second one for these nations who had qualified for the World Equestrian Games 2002.

Members of the FEI Reining Committee, in addition to Costantini are Johannes Orgeldinger of Germany, Antonio Mastrangelo of Italy and Dominique Reynaud of France. FEI’s Michael Stone serves as liaison to the Committee.

National Federations are being encouraged by the FEI to apply for dates for their CRI qualifiers. Further information is available through FEI Sports Director Michael. Stone at the FEI Secretariat in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Group I and II met in Tallinn (Estonia) on 10 October 2003. It was the first time that such a meeting was organised in a Baltic country.

Group I and II first met separately and held a joint meeting in the afternoon.

Among the items discussed were the following:

Samsung Super League
Both Groups I and II were in general very positive about the first Super League season which had just finished. FEI Sports Director Michael Stone made a presentation on the FEI evaluation of the eight events composing the Series and presented the future improvement expected by the FEI for 2004.

The Manager of the Eventing department, Catrin Norinder presented the progress report on the latest developments in the discipline. Group II expressed its satisfaction towards the modifications to the discipline’s format undertaken by the Eventing Committee.

Revision of the General Regulations and Statutes
The proposals concerning the Revision of the Statutes and General Regulations to be approved at 2004 General Assembly in Paris were reviewed. Most proposals have the agreement of the Northern Equestrian Federations and are seen as improvements.

Pay cards
The so-called Pay card issue continues to be a matter of concern to Group I and II. The different alternative solutions proposed by the working group initiated by the FEI Strategic Planning Committee were discussed, and the NFs were asked to come up with their input and further comments.

EU Working Group
The EU working group chaired by Jacky Buchmann, President of BEL NF, made his first report. The main concerns relate to policy developments within the European Union which could significantly impact equestrian sport, such as the EU transportation regulations and medication issues.

Heiti Haal, the President of the Estonian Equestrian Federation, invited the attending members to the Tallinn Horse Show, and to a dinner in the National Museum, in a building constructed by Tsar Peter of Russia.



The 2003 Mitsubishi Adelaide International Horse Trials has attracted a record number of entries. More than 130 horses have been entered in the CIC 2* and CCI 4* which will take place from 7 to 9 November.

50,000 spectators are expected. More information on


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