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FEI World Cup Jumping News: Velin Makes It Two-In-A-Row

Thomas Velin won his second successive leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series at Geneva today with another superb performance from the French stallion Equest Carnute.

Winner at the previous leg in Berlin three weeks ago, the 28 year old Danish rider said afterwards "it’s been a great few weeks for me because in Stockholm last weekend, which was not a World Cup Show, we also won the big class on Friday and then the Grand Prix – the only two competitions in which I jumped the horse. He has been eight times in the ring and has won four times in the past few weeks" he said, delighted to earned the winning prize of 35,000 CHF.

This promoted him to third position on the Leaderboard behind Eric Van der Vleuten in second while Marco Kutscher, ninth today, remains at the head of the table with 50 points and is now well-qualified for the Final in Milan next April.

There were 11 through to the jump-off and it was the time of 43.16 seconds, set by America’s Peter Wylde and Fein Cera, that Thomas was chasing when he came into the ring. "I was sixth to go against the clock and I knew that Marco, Otto Becker and Michael Whitaker were yet to go" Thomas said. "There were so many good riders in the class that, even if there had been only one to come after me, I would still have tried to go as fast as I could" he added.

He was right to be determined because Whitaker produced a scorching round from the mare Fleur who stopped the clock in 40.76 seconds but the British partnership had to settle for fifth position when lowering one fence en route while Becker and Dobel’s Cento were more than a second slower than the Dane to take runner-up spot ahead of Wylde who finished third.

Peter Wylde enjoyed an excellent weekend and easily earned the Leading Rider prize of a brand new Land Rover while also slotting into tenth spot on the FEI World Cup leaderboard. The American, who originally hails form Boston but who now has a home in New York, has his European base in Maastricht, Holland and keeps his horses in Liege, Belgium. "My mare is right on form just at the moment" he said today, "and the big ring here in Geneva suited her because it was a bit like jumping outdoors" he added. The 12 year old Fein Cera was sensational at last year’s World Equestrian Games in Jerez and Peter is totally focused on taking her to Athens next summer. "I’m going to compete her once more, at Olympia, and then give her a competition break but keep her in general work before bringing her back again in the spring" he said.

After his victory today however Thomas Velin has decided to cancel his plans to go on to Frankfurt and joined his father, Flemming, in driving his string of horses home to Copenhagen. "I’ll start on the circuit again in Leipzig in January but for now I think we’ve done enough" he said with some satisfaction, knowing that just a few more points will book his ticket to the Final.

The sixth leg of the FEI World Cup series takes place at the hugely popular fixture at Olympia in two weeks time. British show jumpers have had a real boost following exceptional results at the recent CSI-A in Belfast where they dominated with nine wins from 14 competitions against serious competition, and Michael Whitaker’s fifth placing in the current World Cup rankings, along with the sixth placing achieved by the very much on-form Robert Smith in the FEI/Gandini Top Ten Final in Geneva yesterday, will add extra Christmas spice to the London event which is always guaranteed to attract a colossal number of spectators.

RESULT: 1, Equest Carnute (Thomas Velin) Den 0/0 40.99; 2, Dobel’s Cento (Otto Becker) Ger 0/0 42.02; 3, Fein Cera (Peter Wylde) USA 0/0 43.15; 4, Querly Chin (Christophe Barbeau) Sui 0/0 44.77; 5, Fleur (Michael Whitaker) GB 0/4 40.76; 6, Albin 111 (Juan Carlos Garcia) 0/4 40.82; 7, Verelst Goliath (Ludo Philippaerts) Bel 0/4 41.41; 8, H&M Butterfly Flip (Malin Baryard) Swe 0/4 42.21; 9, Montender 11 (Marco Kutscher) Ger 0/4 42.50; 10, Hermine Imperiale (Daniel Etter) Sui 0/4 42.64; 11, Mme Pompadour M (Fabio Crotta) Sui 0/4 43.82.


Marco Kutscher – 50
Eric Van der Vleuten - 44
Thomas Velin – 43
Jos Lansink – 33
Michael Whitaker – 32
Otto Becker – 30
Eq 7. Ludo Philippaerts, Helena Weinberg, Malin Baryard – 27

Peter Wylde – 26.
The next leg of the FEI 2003/2004 World Cup Jumping series takes place at OLYMPIA in London from 18-22 December. Show Director is Simon Brooks-Ward LVO. Show Secretary is Penny Henderson – Email: Candy Burnyeat

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The following round, which takes place at MECHELEN in Belgium from 26-30 December, marks the half-way stage of the series. Show Directors at Mechelen are Peter Bollen and Lucien Somers – Tel: ++32 475 289100 or ++32 475 701314. Email:, Show Secretary is Yolande Wauters Tel: ++32 475 263198 and Press Officer is Edith de Reys Tel: ++32 475 659281, Email:


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

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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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