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Federation Equestre Internationale News

12 December 2002


The 2002 Final of the Children’s worldwide Jumping series took place from 3 to 8 December, at the show grounds of the Brasilia’s Equestrian Society.

Representing Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Russia, Belgium and Lithuania thirty-one riders aged 12 to 14 years participated. Twelve-year-old Maíra Machado Frota Pinheiro from São Paulo (BRA) riding Astucia was declared the winner of the Children’s World Final following an exciting jump-off involving seven riders.

The number of boys participating at the Final out-numbered the number of girls by 11 boys. Eventually finishing 13th , the leader on the World ranking list going into the Final was French rider Adam Prudent.

Besides very competitive competitions during the tournament, participants had the opportunity to bond friendships with fellow competitors. This was made possible by the Executive Body of the organising committee arranging several parallel activities, which included many social events, parties and tours of the city. Children were introduced to Brazilian food, music, customs and traditions.

The officials both Brazilian and foreign also had a tour of the city which included a visit of the interior of Palácio da Alvorada, the residence of the President of Federal Republic of Brazil. They too enjoyed the excellent hospitality provided by the organising committee.

The entire Final aroused a great interest within the city and was well attended by the public and widely covered by the press. The principal newspapers and television networks covered the event daily.

Results Final FEI Children's - Brazil - Brasília - 2002


Most popular Rider: José Nicodemos Rocha Venância - BRA
Sporting Rider: Simon Arango - COL
Foreign Rider (Girl) - Alina Shamshad - RUS
Foreign Rider (Boy) - Alejandro Aguilar Medina - COL
Brazilian Rider (Girl) - Maira Frota Machado Pinheiro - BRA
Brazilian Rider (Boy) - Fabio Genes - BRA
1o. Horse - Tamara II
2o. Horse - Lilly Queen
3o. Horse - Datcha

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Switzerland’s Geneva International Horse Show will host the FEI World Cup Driving for the first time from 12 to 15 December 2002. The 42nd edition of Switzerland¹s prominent horse show takes place in Europe’s biggest indoor arena (51 x 98 meters). The course includes a water splash and a small hill to guarantee spectacular moments for the four-in-hand drivers and the crowd.

Dutch driver Mark Weusthof will join Geneva by making his debut in the World Cup Driving series. Reigning World Champion and his team member in Jerez, IJsbrand Chardon, will accompany him. After his disappointing results in the World Cup competition in Stockholm two weeks ago (5th place), Chardon will use the borrowed Cob team again in Geneva.

The Dutch drivers will compete against USA’s Chester Weber and Germany’s Rainer Duen, who are currently in fifth and sixth position in the World Cup standings. They can expect strong competition from home drivers Werner Ulrich, Daniel Würgler and Stefan Kläy. Both Würgler and Kläy received a wild card from the OC. Würgler qualified for the Indoor World Cup last season and was very successful in Bordeaux (2nd place), Vigo-tryout competition (2nd place) and Göteborg (2nd place). For Stefan Klaÿ, the young driver from Zäziwil, it will be his first World Cup experience.

The warm up competition of the third leg of the World Cup takes place on Friday 13 December at 22.20 hrs. The World Cup competition is scheduled on Sunday 15 December at 12.00 hrs. As in Stuttgart, the best three drivers will compete in a winning round after each competition. Furthermore, the drivers will enter the arena on Saturday evening at 22.45 hrs for a knock out competition. Two competitors will drive two identical courses at the same time and the driver with the fastest time and the least time faults will win this extra competition, which does not count for the World Cup.

The World Cup Driving in Geneva will be broadcasted on Swiss Television (DRS, TSI and TSR) on Sunday, 15 December after the FEI World Cup Jumping.

Created in 2001, the Driving World Cup has provided an innovative new style of competition for indoor events, with courses combining marathon and cone driving obstacles. The 2002/2003 season of the World Cup includes nine events: Stuttgart (GER), Stockholm (SWE), Geneva (SUI), Mechelen (BEL) in 2002; Leipzig (GER), Bordeaux (FRA), Vigo (ESP), Œs-Hertogenbosch (NED) and Göteborg (SWE) in 2003. The Top 5 Four-in-Hand drivers of the standings after the first eight events will compete in the last event in Göteborg from 27 to 30 March 2003.

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Two Beerbaum’s in the lead

The FEI World Cup Jumping in the Western European League resumes this week-end in Geneva. The World Cup Competition in the huge Palexpo arena is scheduled for Sunday 15 December 2002 at 14:15.

Geneva is the 6th of 14 World Cup competitions in Western Europe. After the 5th competition in Berlin (GER) four weeks ago, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is in the lead with 45 points, ahead of her brother-in-law Ludger Beerbaum (43 points), Jos Lansink (41 points), Thomas Velin (39 points) and Rodrigo Pessoa (38 points). Of those riders, Meredith will be the only one not competing in Geneva, which means that most likely there will be a new order in the standings next week.


The FEI is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Williams (GBR) as future Manager of the FEI Endurance Department following the promotion of Michael Stone to the position of FEI Sports Director.

Ian has a wealth of experience in the Endurance Discipline and was Chef d’Equipe of the British team that took the silver medal at the FEI World Endurance Championships in 2000. He has also been the High Performance Manager of British Dressage as well as having a successful business career.


Robert C, Rost (USA), prominent jumping authority in the USA, passed away last 28 November after a long illness. Rost dedicated himself for nearly 40 years to horse show management, Rost ran the Washington International Horse Show during its infancy.

He was one of the first professional course designers in the Untied States, designing courses at the National Horse Shows and other large shows. In 1996, he received the US Equestrian (former AHSA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gustav-Rolf Pfordte, for 35 years Chef d’Equipe of German Nations Cup Teams, died on 24 November 2002 in Essen, aged 88. Only a few months ago, he had attended CHIO Aachen, alert as ever.

After a successful career as Jumping rider, Gustav Pfordte became Chef d’Equipe for the first time in 1954. Until 1988, he led the German Nations Cup team in 141 CSIOs, at four Olympic Games, two World and six European Championships.


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