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Velin Victorious in Berlin…..

Denmark’s Thomas Velin proved too good for the rest of them when cruising to victory in the fourth leg of the 2003/2004 FEI World Cup Jumping series in Berlin today which brought a dramatic shake-up to the league leaderboard as the young guns of international show jumping made a significant impact.

The 28 year old Dane set an impossible target when third to go in the 13-horse jump-off with Equest Carnute while Germany’s Marco Kutscher, also 28 years of age, now heads the league table after slotting into runner-up spot today with Controe.

It was a competition full of contradictions as five likely contenders, including Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum (Goldfever) and Soren Von Ronne (Cantaro), retired in the opening round and yet more than one-third of the field survived to go through to the jump-off. The tight confines of the arena added to the degree of difficulty with Olaf Petersen’s track – "the fences were more technical than expected because the ring is not big" Thomas said afterwards.

Marco Kutscher set the pace when double-clear in 37.20 seconds and Thomas saw him go before taking his turn. "I knew I was faster than Marco but I felt that I had left at least two doors open with my round. I thought the risk might be too big if I was to go any quicker and, at the fourth-last fence, I could have gone on six strides but decided to be more cautious and go for seven instead so I wondered if someone would catch me" Thomas said.

None of the rest looked like doing that until, last to go, Frenchman Hubert Bourdy set off with Eve des Etisses but a pole down this time out saw them having to settle for third behind Marco and Controe as Thomas claimed the 22,000 Euro first prize.

Equest Carnute was seriously impressive when winning the opening individual competition at this summer’s European Championships in Donaueschingen. Bought as an eight-year old from French Young Rider Vera Benchamol the stallion has now been with Thomas for five years and they have formed a truly genuine partnership. "I jumped him in only one class in Berlin this week because he doesn’t need too much work – he’s 13 years old now and he knows his job very well. I have a plan for him for the next few weeks – we go to Stuttgart, Stockholm, Geneva and then Frankfurt and he only needs to do one big class each time. I like to look after him, he’s a lovely horse and he has a great temperament so he’s easy to ride" he said.

The young Danish rider who lives just north of Copenhagen is trained by Belgian instructor Jos Komps who also trains Rodrigo Pessoa. Thomas also works in his father, Flemming Velin’s, veterinary and human medicine business VetScan. The family have 50 horses at stud in Denmark and France and stand the legendary stallion Quidam de Revel.

Today’s success slots Thomas into sixth position on the World Cup leaderboard after four of the 14 qualifying rounds. Frenchman Bruno Broucqsault and Germany’s Helena Weinberg lie fifth and fourth respectively while Jos Lansink is third but former league leader Eric Van der Vleuten is now demoted to second spot as Marco Kutscher, carrying 42 points to date and heading the leaderboard by a considerable margin, looks set to comfortably book his ticket to the Final in Milan next April.

The next leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series takes place in Geneva on Sunday, December 7.

RESULT: 1, Equest Carnute (Thomas Velin) Den 0/0 35.98; 2, Controe (Marco Kutscher) Ger 0/0 37.20; 3, Eve Des Etisses (Hubert Bourdy) Fra 0/4 36.98; 4, Eurocommerce Berlin (Wim Schroder) Ned 0/4 38.09; 5, Lowina (Albert Zoer) Ned 0/4 38.26; 6, Hofgut Liederbach’s Ingmar (Pia-Luise Aufrecht) Ger 0/4 39.79; 7, Kasting Horses Gavi (Helena Weinberg) Ger 0/4 40.11; 8, Dileme de Cephe (Bruno Broucqsault) Fra 0/4 40.97; 9, Jamiro (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) Swe 0/4 42.10; 10, Dobel’s Cento (Otto Becker) Ger 0/8 37.34; 11, Parco (Ludo Philippaerts) Bel 0/8 38.17; 12, Gandini Lianos (Rodrigo Pessoa) Bra 0/8 40.58; 13, Sylver (Rob Raskin) Aut 0/12 44.90.

For further information on Berlin 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:

The next round of the FEI 2003/2004 World Cup Jumping series takes place in Geneva, 5 – 7 December. President is Pierre E Genecand, Alban Poudret is 1st Vice-President while Sophie Mottu is 2nd Vice-President and you can get full details about the event at Tel: ++ 41 22 738 1800, Fax: ++ 41 22 738 1858, Email: and website: Show Secretary is Nuria Tarre – Email: and Press Officer is Corinne Druey – Mobile: ++ 41 79 228 7859, Email:


Marco Kutscher – 42
Eric Van der Vleuten – 33
Jos Lansink – 32
Helena Weinberg – 27
Bruno Broucqsault – 24
Thomas Velin - 23
Pia-Luise Aufrecht - 22
Robert Smith – 21
Lars Nieberg - 20
Jeroen Dubbeldam – 19.

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.

BIOGRAPHIES on riders competing in the FEI World Cup series are available

Riders from FEI website:

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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