Federation Equestre Internationale News

21 January 2002

- Executive Board meeting
- Final 2001 FEI/UAE World Endurance Rankings
- Samsung Nations Cup update
- Blyth Tait honoured by the NZL Olympic Committee
- World Cup Jumping: situation in the leagues
- Meeting with the organisers of the Riders Tour
- In memoriam

FEI Executive Board Meeting

The Executive Board held its first meeting of the year on 14 and 15 January 2002 in Madrid. The main topics discussed were the following:

Allocation of Championships
The Executive Board decided to allocate the 2002 European Eventing Young Riders Championship to Wiendorf (AUT), from 18 to 22 September. The 2003 European Endurance Championship was allocated to Punchestown (IRL), September and Bialy Bor (POL) was allocated the 2003 European Eventing Young Riders Championship, on dates to be confirmed.

Guidelines for Recommendation and Allocation of major Championships and Finals
The Executive Board accepted new guidelines for the allocation of major championships and Finals. These guidelines would cover the financial and technical requirements.

Nations Cup Super League
The Executive Board reiterated the view that the Super League in the Nations Cup should preferably be introduced in 2003.

Business Plan for the Top Sport
A draft concept for a Business Plan for the Top Sport, as presented by the Strategic Planning Committee, was discussed at lenght.

Visit of the GER NF’s President
Mr Jürgen Thumann, President of GER NF since 2000, made a short presentation of his NF’s activities and objectives to the Executive Board.

2004 Athens Olympic Games
In a brief update on the preparation of the 2002 OG the 1st Vice President reported that the construction works on the equestrian venue were to start on 1 February.

Code of Conduct
It was agreed that the draft for a new Code of Conduct, prepared by the ILPH/FEI working group, would be forwarded to the members of the Ethic Committee that will meet during the 2002 WEG in Jerez.

The next meting will take place on 4 March in Wellington (USA).

Final 2001 FEI/UAE World Endurance Rankings

Dato Kamaruddin bin Abdul Ghani from Malaysia is the best rider of the 3rd edition of the FEI/UAE World Endurance Rankings with 1165 points, ahead of Jaume Punti Dachs (ESP) with 853.5 points and Mubarak Khalifa Bin Shafya wtih (UAE) with 794 points. Dato won CEI-A in Jerez (ESP), CEI-A Kanberra (AUS) and the Endurance competition of the South-East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur (MAS) in September 2001.

The best horse of the rankings is Te Quiero 5, a 10-years old Pure Arab gelding bred in Germany and ridden by Sabrina and Melanie Arnold.

In 2001, 1393 riders from five continents participated in more than 150 Endurance international rides (compared to 80 in 2000 and 63 in 1999) all over the world. South Africa and Namibia in Africa, Chile and Guatemala in South America and Malaysia in Asia organised CEIs for the first time.

Complete rankings are published on the FEI website http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_05.html

Samsung Nations Cup Update

In just a few weeks' time, the Samsung Nations Cup 2001/2002 series will get underway again after the winter break and it promises to provide the perfect build-up to the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.

Palm Beach in Florida, USA is the venue when the action resumes in March, with Belgium leading after the first seven legs of the series which this year will be shorter than usual in order to finish just over two weeks before the World Equestrian Games begin.

Samsung, one of the largest commercial organisations in the world, this season celebrates six years of co-operation with the oldest of the FEI competitions, the Nations Cup.

The United States of America claimed the honours at the first Samsung World Final which was staged in Spruce Meadows, Calgary back in 1997 but European teams have dominated ever since, with France taking the title for the next two years, first at Donaueschingen in Germany and then in Gijon, Spain.

The German squad came out on top in Rome in 2000 while in October 2001 it was the Dutch who reigned supreme in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Donaueschingen will once again be the host to the Final when the current series draws to a close there in August 2002 after 27 qualifying rounds in 26 countries.

A Nations Cup class is held over two rounds of jumping and there are two levels of competition. At a Four-Star Nations Cup, teams consist of four riders in both rounds and the scores of the best three team members decide the result. At Four-Star level only the top six teams go into the second round.

At a Three-Star competition, four riders compete in the first round but only three return in round two when, once again, the best three scores count. Eight teams go through to the second round at Three-Star level.

In both cases league points are awarded to the top six teams and, over the whole series, 30% of the results of each team is taken into consideration. Eight teams are invited to the Final including the top six on the League Table along with two wild-cards allocated by the Nations Cup Committee, and all teams start on a zero score at the World Final.

The standings and complete results are available on the FEI website http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_01.html

Blyth Tait Honoured By The New Zealand Olympic Committee

At the end of December, the New Zealand Olympic Committee awarded the Lonsdale Cup to multi Olympic equestrian medallist Blyth Tait.

The NZOC presents the Lonsdale Cup annually to the athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to an Olympic or Commonwealth Games sport for the year. Tait is the first equestrian to win the Lonsdale Cup.

Blyth Tait received the award for his win at one of the sports major competitions, the Burghley three day event this year. The Badminton horse trials were cancelled due to the outbreak of foot and mouth in the United Kingdom.

Blyth Tait won the world Eventing title on two occasions in 1990 and 1998. He also won four Olympic medals including the individual three-day event title in Atlanta in 1996. Between 1992 and 1998 Tait was ranked the number one rider in the world.

World Cup Jumping: Situation In The Leagues

In the 2001 / 2002 season there are 13 Leagues in the FEI World Cup Jumping.
There is a new League in the Middle East with competitions in the United Arab Emirates and Syria.
Seven Leagues have ended their qualifications:
- Central Europe, Central Asia, Canada, South Africa, South East Asia, Japan and South America.
Six Leagues are still going:
- Western Europe, USA East Coast, USA West Coast, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East.

Central European League (4 qualified)
133 riders from 18 countries started in the 14 competitions of the Central European League. Podebrady in the Czech Republic had to be cancelled for economic reasons. Robert Chelberg, an American living in Prag for several years was the League winner, and is qualified for the Final as an extra. The three other Central European riders qualified are Jozsef Turi of Hungary, Jacek Zagor of Poland and Petr Dolezal of the Czech Republic. The latter had the same number of points as Guntars Silins of Latvia, but better high placings.
Qualified horses
- Robert Chelberg USA Aktiv
- Jozsef Turi HUN Nightlife, Superville, Dani
- Jacek Zagor POL Era GSM Elf
- Petr Dolezal CZE Beach Girl
1st Reserve : Guntars Silins LAT Pasaka, Salana-Radiant
2nd Reserve : Grzegorz Kubiak POL Orkisz, Diane des Fontenis

Central Asian League (1 qualified)
20 riders from Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan competed in the three competitions in the three capital cities of Tashkent, Bishkek and Almaty. Gairat Nazarov of Uzbekistan was the League winner, ahead of his countryman Aziz Sadykov.
Qualified horses
Gairat Nazarov UZB Arslan
Reserve : Aziz Sadykov UZB Karamashal

Canadian League (3 qualified)
Twenty riders, mostly Canadians, but also four Mexicans, two Columbians and Yann Candele, a French living in Canada, competed in the six competitions of the Canadian League. Eric Lamaze won the League ahead of Jill Henselwood and newcomer Melissa Brown.
Qualified horses
- Eric Lamaze CAN Millcreek Raphael, Rosina
- Jill Henselwood CAN Toys Rus
- Melissa Brown CAN Karolusk
1st Reserve: Heather Manbert-Seniuk CAN Just Julia
2nd Reserve: Mac Cone CAN Cocu

South African League (1 qualified)
Five competitions have been held, with twenty South African riders participating. Karen van der Burgh won the League with 38 points ahead of Barry Taylor and Lynne Piercy with 35 points each. Taylor, the winner in Midrand, has the higher placings and is, therefore, Reserve rider.
Qualified horses
- Karen van der Burgh RSA Steven James
Reserve : Barry Taylor RSA Astor, Sunday Eagle, Manolia

South East Asian League (1 qualified)
Twenty riders from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines competed in the five competitions of the South East Asian League. Four of the competitions were held on three different sites in Kuala Lumpur and one in Singapore. Qabil Ambak, the younger of the two sons of Haji Mohamed Fathil, won the League.
Qualified horses
- Qabil Ambak MAS Red Cloud, Camellias
Reserve : Peter Abisheganadan SIN Chakwal, Une des Pipet

Japan League (1 qualified)
Twenty riders competed in the four competition of the Japan League. Ryuma Hirota is the League winner, ahead of Seiji Ninomiya and last years Finalist, Chieko Yamaguchi.
Qualified horses
- Ryuma Hirota JPN Sakura
Reserve : Seiji Ninomiya JPN Survival

South American League – Southern Part (2 qualified)
Of the eight competitions the one in Buenos Aires-Aleman had to be cancelled and Sao Paulo had to be postponed by 1 month because of an outbreak of Equine Influenza. Not all the results are in. Vitor Alves Teixeira (BRA), the winner of 3 of the 7 competitions (Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro) is the League winner ahead of Bernardo Naveillan (CHI). 61 riders from Brasil, Argentina and Chile competed.
Qualified horses
- Vitor Alves Teixeira BRA Jolly Boy, Curioso, Astre Vert
- Bernardo Naveillan CHI Rexola Z Freire, Rexola Z Exono

The Situation In The Remaining Leagues

Western European League (18 to qualify)
Nine of the fifteen competitions have been held. Still to come are, from 9 February to 6 April 2002,six competitions: Bordeaux, Vigo, Paris, Dortmund, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Göteborg. 18 will qualify for the Final to be held 01 - 05 May 2002 in Leipzig, plus the next two Germans in the final League Standings, and the defending Champion, Markus Fuchs. After the 9 competitions, Markus Merschforman, the winner in Mechelen, is in the lead with 63 points ahead of his countryman, three times winner (Helsinki, Aarhus, Berlin) Toni Hassmann with 62 points. Also qualified for the Final should be Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (59 points), Jan Tops (54 points) and Jos Lansink (51 points). Next in the Standings are Eric van der Vleuten (45 points), Malin Baryard (45 points), René Tebbel (44 points) and Rodrigo Pessoa (42 points).

USA East Coast League (7 to qualify)
Six of the ten competitions have been held. Still to come are four competitions, all in Florida: 17 February and 10 March in Palm Beach, 24 and 28 March in Tampa. McLain Ward is in the lead with 72 points ahead of the Amsterdam winner, Leslie Howard (64 points), Laura Kraut (60 points) Margie Engle (48 points), Jeffrey Weller (46 points), Todd Minikus (44 points) and Nona Garson (41 points).

USA West Coast League (3 to qualify)
Five of the nine competitions have been held. Remaining are the four competitions in Indio, California, on 3, 10 and 24 February and 10 March 2002. Will Simpson is in the lead with 74 points, ahead of Ray Texel (54 points) and newcomers John French (46 points) Mark Watring (43 points) and Ragan Roberts. Watring is a Canadian. If he has, at the close of the League, as many points as the 3rd placed US-American, he would qualify for the Final as an extra.

Australian League (2 to qualify)
Fifteen of the sixteen Competitions have been held. Two events had to be cancelled: Caboolture in Queensland and Canberra in the Capital City, both for economic reasons. Still to come is Kiama, on 26 January 2002. Vicki Roycroft with 151 points is clearly in the lead, ahead of Ron Easy (123 points), Greg Smith (119 points), Brad Frankum (104 points) and Janelle Waters (91 points).

New Zealand League (1 to qualify)
Two of the competitions (Kelly Park and Kawerau) had to be cancelled due to extreme bad weather conditions: heavy wind and rain. Thus five competitions have been held and two are to come: Levin and Auckland in January 2002. Maurice Beatson is in the lead with 61 points ahead of the former US Olympic Medallist, Greg Best (59 points) and Sally Anderson (43 points).

Middle East (2 to qualify)
No competition has been held yet.

Visit new World Cup section of the FEI website http://www.horsesport.org/fei/news/news_03/new_03_01.lasso
complete standings at http://www.horsesport.org/fei/consult/consult_02/con_02_01.html

Meeting With The Organisers Of The Riders Tour

The FEI Secretary General, Dr Bo Helander, Dr Hanfried Haring, Chairman of the FEI Strategic Planning Committee and Secretary General of the German Federation, Reinhardt Wendt Vice-Chairman of the German Federation and Olaf Petersen, Chairman of the Jumping Committee, met with representatives of the “Riders’ Tour”, including the instigator of the series, Paul Schockemöhle, on 21 January 2002 in Mühlen (GER).

The meeting which was held in a positive atmosphere was mainly important as an exchange of mutual comprehensive information. It was also agreed that this season of the Riders’ Tour will take place exclusively at international events, all of them except one (Hickstead) in Germany.

In Memoriam

Ulrich Lehmann (SUI), the four-in-hand driver from the Swiss Cavalry School, died last year, aged 65. He participated in the 1976 and 1978 World and in the 1977 European four-in-hand Driving Championships finishing 6th in 1977.

Ilse Lorenz (GER), a pioneer in international vaulting, passed away at the end of December 2001 after a long illness. Mrs Lorenz was the coach of six-time German champion Stuttgart and of several successful individual vaulters.

Frank Lombard (SUI), who rode for Switzerland from 1947 to 1967 in 34 Nations Cups, passed away on 15 January 2002, aged 82. A career soldier, Col. Lombard was the Chef d’Equipe of the Swiss Jumping Team from 1961 to 1968.


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