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FEI World Cup Jumping

Swedish Magic In Mechelen....

Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson headed the line-up at the seventh leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series in Mechelen, Belgium tonight when scorching to victory with Mac Kinley in the Land Rover Grand Prix.

Course designer Lucien Somers set them a tough test over his 13-fence track and Rolf-Goran said "the oxers were big and wide with some tricky distances so it was quite difficult in the first round".

The tall planks at the third element of the treble combination at fence 10 hit the floor many times as the later part of the course took its toll, and many of the most likely contenders paid the price for a single error including Holland’s Eric Van der Vleuten and Audi’s Jikke, winners at the opening leg of the current series in Helsinki in October.

Unluckiest of all perhaps was Bruno Broucqault who left all the poles in place but picked up just a single time fault with Hooligan de Rosyl but, as it turned out, that was good enough to secure sixth place at the end of the day as only five riders went into the jump-off and the Frenchman now shares equal-ninth position on the leaderboard with Malin Baryard.

Second to go in the opening round, Maurice Van Roosbroeck and Le Coup C set the arena alight when recording a clear for the home audience but another 11 horses jumped before Hubert Bourdy followed suit for France. In fact it looked like it might just be a two-horse race until, with just four left to jump, Dirk Demeersman and Jos Lansink strengthened the home advantage with two more clear performances and Bengtsson then rounded the number into the jump-off to five with a foot-perfect run.

The 9 year old Dutch horse Mac Kinley, formerly competed by Italy’s Gerry Smit, joined the Swedish rider’s string about 10 months ago and Bengtsson earned himself a good spot on today’s starting grid when runner-up behind Brazil’s Bernardo Alves and Corino 7 in Sunday’s Preliminary Competition.

"I rested him on Monday so he was plenty fresh today" Bengtsson said, and that freshness certainly paid dividends.

Van Roosbroeck decided to go for a slow clear when first to take on the clock but completed with a total of 7 faults after lowering a fence and also collecting three time penalties, while Hubert Bourdy also left the door open with his carefully executed performance from Eve des Etisses who broke the beam in 45.29 seconds.

The crowd grew ever more excited as Demeersman steered Clinton home for Belgium in 42.74 seconds to take the lead and when Jos Lansink and AK Zandor Z shaved almost a full second off that target a home win looked very likely indeed, but Bengtsson had other ideas.

"I knew Jos and Dirk were really fast and I didn’t know if I could be quicker but I decided to give it a try and I think I took a stride out to the second fence - I was a bit lucky when the horse stumbled but he always tries to give his best every time and we recovered and kept going on to win" the 41 year old rider said.

Rolf-Goran comes from a farming family in Lund, Sweden but has been based near Hamburg for the last year, sharing a yard with Bo Kristofferson and running a team of 21 horses. Individual bronze medallist at the European Championships in Arnhem two years ago, his sights are now set on Athens – "I have three good horses to ride right now so I am hopeful" he said tonight.

His immediate plan is to travel to the next leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series in Leipzig in January and also to compete in Bordeaux, and tonight’s result has slotted him into 11th position on the World Cup Leaderboard which is now headed by Jos Lansink whose runner-up placing today has boosted his position. Eric Van der Vleuten lies second with Germany’s Marco Kutscher in third and all three of these riders now look well-qualified for the final in Milan next April while Olympia winner Helena Weinberg (4th), Michael Whitaker (5th) and double-World Cup winner this season, Thomas Velin (6th), also look comfortably in touch with a qualifying place.

The FEI World Cup series resumes at Leipzig on January 25 and, with just seven more qualifying competitions remaining, the tension is rising.

RESULTS: 1, Mac Kinley (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) Swe 0/0 39.33; 2, AK Zandor Z (Jos Lansink) Bel 0/0 41.89; 3, Clinton (Dirk Demeersman) Bel 0/0 42.74; 4, Eve des Etisses (Hubert Bourdy) Fra 0/0 45.29; 5, Le Coup C (Maurice Van Roosbroeck) Bel 0/7 54.28; 6, Hooligan de Rosyl (Bruno Broucqsault) Fra 1 78.56; equal 7, Eurocommerce Montreal (Wim Schroder) Ned 4, Eurocommerce Monaco (Gerco Schroder) Ned 4, Corino 7 (Bernardo Alves) Bra 4, Audi’s Jikke (Eric Van der Vleuten) Ned 4, Querly Chin (Christophe Barbeau) Sui 4, Hofgut Liederbach’s Ingmar (Pia Luise Aufrecht) Ger 4, Luc (Richard Davenport) GB 4, Camirez B (Toni Hassmann) Ger 4; equal 15, JPC Modesto (Jean Marc Nicolas) Fra 5, Verelst Roxanne (Marc Van Djick) Bel 5.


Jos Lansink – 57
Eric Van der Vleuten – 51
Marco Kutscher – 50
Helena Weinberg – 47
Michael Whitaker – 45
Thomas Velin – 43
Ludo Philippaerts – 42
Peter Wylde – 38
Equal 9. Bruno Broucqsault, Malin Baryard – 36.

11. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson – 34.

For further information on Mechelen visit website or contact Press Officer Edith de Reys at tel: ++32 475 659281, email 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.

The next leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series takes place in Leipzig, Germany on January 25. For all press-related enquiries about Leipzig you should contact Kerstan Media Networking at Mobile: ++49 430 782 7970, Email: Show Secretary is Andrea Kairat, Email and President/Show Director is Volker Wulff, Email Website for Leipzig is:


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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