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FEI Eventing World Cup

FEI Eventing World Cup resumes at CIC-W Nichelino (ITA), 6 - 9 November 2003

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 riders: Alice Bertoli (Oakengrove Milan), Marco Biasia (Ecu), Riccardo Bordoni (Vinsanto), Stefano Brecciaroli (Balla coi Lupi), Vincenzo Cinelli (Grisland du Perray), Andrea De Sanctis (Hestermann), Alberto Giugni (Sky Lighter), Fabio Magni (Loro Piana Vent d'Arade), Andrea Mezzaroba (Man in Black and Tenpo), Elisabetta Moranzoni (Martinee), Massimo Olivieri (Little Brave), Luisa Palli (Axia II), Massimo Ramires (Marta di Giulfo), Antonio Sanfelice (St. Ivers), Margherita Zanon Bruno (AEC Mistify) and Olympian Giacomo Della Chiesa (Areo).

The presence of Eddy Stibbe (Century Fox and Autumn Sunrise) of the Netherlands Antilles and riders' representative on the FEI Eventing Committee and Sweden's Sara Algotsson (Robin des Bois), who placed 7th in the World Cup Final, should also be noted.

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.

The Cross Country is scheduled on Saturday 8 November from 12h30 to 16h00. The 37-jumping effort course, featuring two water combinations, is designed by the Turin-based Fabio Giuliani. Currently a Candidate International Course Designer, Giuliani coached the Italian Eventing team taking part in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

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-1 Aug 2004 TBC
Hardwick, Over The Walls (USA), 30 Jul-1 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.


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