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Flash News 1 February 2002

- Veterinary Meeting
- World Dressage Breeding Championship
- 2001 Best combination in Dressage and Jumping
- New Chief Executive for ILPH
- 2002 Int'l Breeder conference
- In Memoriam

Veterinary Meeting

The annual meetings of the Veterinary Committee, the Medication
sub-Committee and the MCP Testing Veterinarians took place from January
26 to 29 in Budapest (HUN). Also in attendance were the Secretary
General and the Chairman of the Judicial Committee. Several items which
were discussed:

- The results of the testing programmes during 2001.
- A further standardisation of the FEI Reference laboratories.
- The urgency to review and expand the available information on
detection periods for 'first choice' medication, used in the competition
- The futural development of Medication Control Programs and other FEI
requirements to protect the welfare of the horse.
- Detection of intra-articular treatment and cocktail treatment with
pain relieving substances. Detections of this type repeatedly occurred
in 2001.
- Standardisation of sampling kits and methods between Europe and the
The FEI requirements for vaccination against Equine Influenza,
especially in light of new vaccines on the market.
- The collection of clinical data from the event venue.

World Breeding Championship For Young Dressage Horses Confirmed

The date and location of the 2002 World Breeding Championship for Young
Dressage Horses are confirmed in Verden (GER) from 1 to 4 August.

Best 2001 Horse/Rider Combination In Jumping And Dressage

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson/Isovlas Pialotta (SWE) and Ulla Salzgeber/Rusty 47
(GER) are the best 2001 combinations in Jumping and Dressage

The FEI/Gandini World Jumping Riders' Rankings and the FEI/BCM World
Dressage Rankings served as the basis for the calculation of the best
combinations of 2001 in Jumping and Dressage. The previous Olympic and
World Championships points were not included in the calculation. Only
the points obtained from 1 Jan. to 31 Dec. 2001 were taken into account.

In Jumping, the reliability of his 12-year old bay Westphalien mare
Isovlas Pialotta brought Rolf-Göran Bengtsson to the first place on the
2001 combination classification, with 1204 points, far ahead of
Goldfever 3/Ludger Beerbaum (1199 points) who leads the FEI/Gandini
Rankings since January 2001. Ludo Pilippaerts (BEL), Rodrigo Pessoa
(BRA) and Ludger Beerbaum (GER) are the only riders placed twice in the
Top 20.

In Dressage, the hierarchy of the FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings is
respected and the leader of the rankings, the German rider Ulla
Salzgeber (World Cup champion and European Champion) is on top of the
classification with the 14-year old chestnut gelding Rusty 47, ahead of
Nadine Capellmann/Farbenfroh (GER) and Lars Petersen/Blue Hors Cavan

FEI Best Horse/Rider Combination can be downloaded from the FEI website
section consult/results/Jumping and Dressage

New Chief Executive At The ILPH

John Smales, 59, was appointed the new Chief Executive at the
International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH). Next Monday 4
February he will take over the reins from Jonny McIrvine, who has been
Acting Chief Executive for the last 12 months.
John Smales spent a full career in the army, serving all over the world,
in particular in the Middle East. He brings with him to the ILPH
his wide horse knowledge and experience, having had an active
involvement with horses since the age of 20, running stables in England,
Africa, Northern Ireland, Germany and the Middle East. He has ridden
and competed in many horse disciplines.

After a 12 month re-organisation period, the ILPH, which this year
celebrates its 75th anniversary, confidently pursues its work in the
recovery and rehabilitation of horses and as the "welfare arm of the

2002 International Breeders Conference

The 2002 International Breeders Conference will be held on 30 March 2002
in the Morningside Stud in Negagh (IRL). The keynote speaker will be the
President of the World Breeding Federation (WBFSH) Jan Pedersen. This
annual conference, organised for the second time, brings breeders of
competition horses together with European studbook officials,
international riders, breeders and veterinarians.
Fore more information: contact Tom Reed at tom@morningside-stud.com

In Memoriam

Bertalan de Nemethy (USA), coach of the USA show jumping team from 1955
to 1980 passed away on 16 January 2002. A former Hungarian cavalry
officer and riding instructor at the Royal Hungarian Cavalry School, the
90-year-old de Nemethy moved to the US in 1951. His teams won the silver
medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, at the 1972 Games in Munich and
were Gold Medallists of the Pan American Games in 1959, 1963, 1975 and
1979. Among the most famous individual riders he coached are Frank
Chapot and the Olympic Gold Medallist at the Mexico Olympic Games in
1968 William C. Steinkraus, FEI Honorary Bureau Member.

Please note that late Mr Lombard's first name is Frank, instead of Isaak
as erroneously published in FEI Press News 2/02 of 21 January 2002. We
apologize for the inconvenience caused by this unfortunate mistake and
present our deep condolences to Mr Lombard's family and friends. 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

Olympic rider (Mexico 68) Jose Roberto Reynoso Fernandez (BRA) passed
away on 12 January. He was Panamerican Team Medallist in Winnipeg 67, 5
times Brazilian champion and Coach of the Gold medallist Brazilian
Panamerican Team in Cuba 91. A real gentleman, a great horseman and a
stylist, he was considered as one of the greatest talents of all times
in Brazil.


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