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FEI World Cup Jumping

Victory At Verona For Nieberg, But Lansink Now Challenges For World Cup Series Lead.......

Germany’s Lars Nieberg stood on the winners podium at the third leg of the FEI World Cup series in Verona today after a perfectly-measured victory with Loreana earned him the maximum 20 points.

However Belgium’s Jos Lansink, who slotted into third place with a double-clear from AK Caridor Z, is now stalking league leader Eric Van der Vleuten as he lies just one point behind on the leaderboard.

Van der Vleuten did not travel to Verona so this left the door wide open, particularly for Robert Smith who had been lying in second position, but despite excellent results for the British rider during the early stages of the Italian fixture he failed to capitalise on his win in Oslo when lowering two fences in the opening round today with Marius Claudius.

Course-designer Olaf Petersen set them a tough first-round test, and the line from fences four to six proved consistently difficult. Many of the horses disliked the look of the half-moon wall at fence four and stood off it, consequently struggling to make the distances to the next two fences.

"After the wall it was a short four strides to an oxer, then three long strides to an upright and it was hard to get – also the final line of the triple combination to the last fence was difficult" Lars said. "Many horses made a mistake at the middle element of the combination and met the final oxer wrong but my mare was good in both rounds" added the 40 year old rider who lives near Frankfurt and who was a member of the Olympic gold medal winning teams in both Sydney and Atlanta.

Just six riders went through to the jump-off and Jos Lansink led the way with a careful clear to set the target in 46.65 seconds. Reynald Angot then followed for France with Dollar de la Pierre, shaving almost seven seconds of that when returning clear in 39.09 seconds.

America’s Peter Wylde and Lauriston had two fences down at their second attempt while Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Montender made just a single mistake but Lars Nieberg and Loreana never touched a pole as they galloped home in 37.47 seconds to snatch the lead.

"Reynald had been very fast and I knew that Rodrigo was following me so I had to be very quick" Lars said afterwards. Few riders like to be followed into the ring by Rodrigo Pessoa but the 14 year old Baloubet du Rouet, winner of Friday’s Preliminary competition, left two fences on the floor and the Brazilian ace had to settle for fifth place ahead of Wylde while Kutscher slotted into fourth, Lansink into third and Angot took runner-up position.

"I’m very pleased with Loreana" Lars said after earning 27,770 Euro for his success on the day.

"She is a 13 year old mare, very experienced, formerly owned by Achas Von Buchwald and I have her now for five months – she is a great addition to my string. And I am very happy with my result today. This is my first World Cup competition of the season – I intend to go now to Berlin, Geneva and then to London – so this was the best possible start!" he added.

The Verona result brings some significant changes to the FEI World Cup leaderboard as Lars slots into fifth position behind Robert Smith who has dropped to fourth. Marco Kutscher earned 13 additional points to promote himself from equal-10th up to third position while Jos Lansink is now just one point behind Eric Van der Vleuten with a total of 32 points to date.

The action now moves to Berlin next weekend, and Lars is hoping to consolidate his position with another good performance on his home ground.

For information on Berlin, venue for the fourth leg of the 2003/2004 FEI World Cup Jumping series, you can Email: or visit website: Show Secretary is Caroline Wauters and she can be contacted on Email: and Press Officer is Denise van der Net – Email:

RESULT: 1, Loreana (Lars Nieberg) Ger 0/0 37.47; 2, Dollar de la Pierre (Reynald Angot) Fra 0/0; 3, AK Caridor Z (Jos Lansink) Bel 0/0 46.65; 4, Montender (Marco Kutscher) Ger 0/4 38.72; 5, Baloubet du Rouet (Rodrigo Pessoa) Bra 0/8 38.80; 6, Lauriston (Peter Wylde) USA 0/8 40.02; Equal 7, Non Plus Ultra (Antonis Petris) Gre 4, Jamiro (Rolf Goran Bengtsson) Swe 4, Clinton (Dirk Demeersman) Bel 4, Arko (Nick Skelton) GB 4, Albin 111 (Juan Carlos Garcia) Ita 4, Shutterfly (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) Ger 4, Dobel’s Cento (Otto Becker) Ger 4, De Sjiem (Jeroen Dubbeldam) Hol 4, Pro Pilot 11 (Edouard Couperie) Fra 4, Camirez B (Toni Hassmann) Ger 4.


Eric Van der Vleuten – 33
Jos Lansink – 32
Marco Kutscher – 25
Robert Smith – 21
Lars Nieberg – 20
Jeroen Dubbeldam - 19
Malin Baryard – 18
Eq. 8. Helena Weinberg / Reynald Angot – 17
Eq. 10. Richard Davenport / Bruno Broucqsault – 15.


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.



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FEI 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.

Equestrian 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.


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