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Federation Equestre Internationale News


The second Top Ten Final, presented by Gandini and Rolex, was held on Saturday 14 December evening in Geneva (SUI). World number one Ludger Beerbaum (GER) on his faithful Gladdys S, was "not the best, but the luckiest" as he declared at the press conference after the final, and won the Final for the second consecutive year.

The final, disputed over two rounds (Table A for the first round and Table A against the clock for the second round), was open to the best 10 riders of the FEI /Gandini World Riders Rankings.

Six riders went clear on the first round. On the second round however, only Lars Nieberg managed a clear round. Last to go, unique female and overseas rider of this final, Leslie Howard (USA) came very close to an historical victory, but her horse Priobert de Kalvarie, pulled down the very last fence of the second round and finished third behind Lars Nieberg.

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) won the World Cup on Sunday on Baloubet du Rouet, and hence his qualification for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April. The Swiss wild card driver Daniel Würgler won the Driving World Cup which was held on the same day.

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Pessoa is now the leader of the World Cup standings

After Geneva, the 6th of 14 World Cup competitions to be held in Western Europe, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) is in the lead with 58 points, followed by Jos Lansink (BEL) with 46 and Meredith Michael-Beerbaum (GER) with 45.

The next World Cup qualifier of the Western European League will be London - Olympia (GBR) from 19 to 23 December.


The Central American and Caribbean Games were organised in El Salvador from. 30 November to 6 December in El Salvador, and included competitions in the three equestrian Olympic disciplines as well as a 80 km Endurance ride.


A successful one star Eventing championship was organised in a completely new installation which was developed for equestrian sports in a wonderful site surrounded by mountains. Twenty five combinations from five nations (El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia) participated in the competitions. Mexico earned the team Gold medal ahead of Guatemala and El Salvador. Jaime Valzquez Suar on Guason (MEX) won the individual gold medal, followed by his country fellows Erik Arambula Viveros/Fusilero and Aurelio Quinzanos Su/J:B: Jumbles.


Thirty-five riders from 12 countries participated in the Jumping event. Colombia won the team gold, followed by Mexico and Guatemala. Puerto Rican rider Mark Watring on Sapphire earned the individual gold ahead of Enrique Gonzalez/Blue Shot Guarilo (MEX) and Carlos Hernando Ramijez/Amazonas (COL).


The Young Rider Individual test was used in the Individual competition. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz won the individual gold after a remarkable score of 70.95%, beating out Mexican riders Joachim Orth / Guido and Bernadette Pujals/Vincent. Mexico earned the Team gold medal with a total of 3939 points, ahead of Colombia and Dominican Republic.


After 4.54.01 and an average speed of 16,32 km/h, Oscar Delgado/Bombas (CRC) was the winning combination of the Endurance ride, on little second ahead of team mate Alfredo Peralta/Faraon. 20 minutes later Federico Herbruger/Diamante (GUA) arrived to catch the bronze.

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The FEI Judicial Committee held a one-day meeting on 11 December 2002, in Geneva (SUI). The Chairman and all members were present as was the FEI Secretary General, FEI Veterinary Department Manager and the FEI Legal Manager.

A lengthy hearing took place during the morning of the meeting and several other judicial cases were reviewed. All decisions will be published in the FEI Bulletin in due course.

FEI judicial procedures were discussed and a representative from the FEI's Swiss legal advisers made a very interesting presentation on this subject. A question and answer session took place which provided some helpful general guidelines for the Committee.

The Secretary General referred a fact-finding report on the two Endurance horse fatalities at the WEG 2002 to the Judicial Committee for a preliminary review from a judicial point of view. The report had been compiled following the event by Prof Leo Jeffcott, Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee, Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, Chairman of the FEI Endurance Committee, Dr Frits Sluyter, Head of the FEI Veterinary Department and Mr Michael Stone, FEI Sports Director. Based on the
preliminary review of the report, the Judicial Committee requested that two separate files be compiled and that further information and testimonies be solicited from the key persons involved. Two separate judicial cases would then be commenced as per FEI General Regulations Art. 165.


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