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Federation Equestre Internationale News

15 April 2002


Some 75 National Federations have announced their participation in the 2002 General Assembly of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). It will be hosted by the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian Sports. It is the first time that an FEI General Assembly is held on the African continent.

General Assembly (26-27 April)

The main discussion items this year will be:

- Development: presentation of the 2001 report. It has been a very satisfying year, during which the Challenge Series improved noticeably;
- Affiliation: three new National Federations (NFs) will be presented for affiliation to the FEI, Yugoslavia, Malawi and Lesotho, thus bringing the number of FEI member federations to 130;
- Report by the Treasurer: approval of the 2001 accounts and presentation of the budget for 2002;
- Elections and re-elections:
FEI President will stand for re-election for a new four-year term (2002-2006);
Chairman of the Veterinary Standing Committee (re-election);
Chairmen of the Vaulting, Pony Riders and Reining Technical Committees
Chairman Group II (re-election), Group VI and Group VIII (outgoing);
- Olympic Games, Athens 2004: progress report by the Athens Organising Committee (ATHOC); qualification principles;
Reports by the Technical Committees: among the more important items will be:
- Jumping: Super League, rules revision, World Cup format;
- Dressage: rules revision;
- Eventing: rules revision, Olympic format, safety programme;
- Driving: report on the first season of the Indoor World Cup Driving, creation of a North-American challenge
- Endurance: report on first World Championship for Young Riders and the FEI Emirates Worldwide Endurance Master Series;
- Veterinary: revision of Prohibited Substances List, 2001 Medication Control report


During the week, various other meetings will be organised. The Bureau composed of the chairmen of the technical committees and the geographical groups will convene before the General Assembly.

25 April: A Forum, which is an informal meeting between representatives of the NFs, riders and organisers associations and the Bureau, will also be held. This year’s Forum will mainly be devoted to the following two topics:

FEI Business Plan: the working group chaired by Simon Brooks-Ward, which was entrusted with developing a Business Plan aimed at enhancing the commercial development of the FEI, will present its conclusions to the Forum.

The Future of the World Equestrian Games: the pros and cons of the current WEG format as opposed to separate World Championships will be presented. A general discussion will follow.

Two Workshops will also be organised on 26 April:

Development Workshop: Mrs Betty Wates of Jamaica (Group IV), Mr Manoj Jalan of India (Group VIII) and Gen. Manuel Rodriguez Velis of Chile (Group VI) will make presentations on their development experiences. The CVs of these speakers are attached hereto.

Reining Workshop: Mr Dan Wall, National Reigning Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Director, will make a general presentation of the discipline.


A number of organisations the FEI closely cooperates with will send their representatives to Rabat. The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) as well as the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC) will set stands to present their organisation and provide participants with their latest documentation.

Cesare Garcia de Quevedo and Lucia Montanarella from the 2002 World Equestrian Games Organising Committee will be available for meetings with the National Federations from 25 through 27 April.

Representatives of the Athens Organizing Committee (ATHOC) will also attend and make a progress report before the General Assembly.

Organizers, riders associations and the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) will also send their representatives, as will Samsung, sponsor of the Nations Cup Series.


The programme of Olympic Scholarship for Athletes “Athens 2004” has been developed by Olympic Solidarity with the principle objective of assisting athletes nominated by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in their preparation and qualification for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, Athens 2004.

This programme offers comprehensive assistance to individual athletes who are training and attempting to qualify for the Games.

NFs interested are highly encouraged to submit the highest quality of candidates to their respective NOCs by 31 July 2002 at the latest.

For additional information, please consult FEI webste www.horsesport.org, section Consult /Development or contact the FEI Development Department (j.braissant@horsesport.org).


Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain have accepted to preside the Opening Ceremony of the World Equestrian Games on 10 September 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera.

www.jerez2002weg.com, with its recent change of look, design and with updated contents, was conceived and developed so that any user, from anywhere in the world, can find everything is needed to plan and organize a visit, next September, to Jerez de la Frontera.

From booking tickets to get all sort of information regarding the programme and the competition venues the website is meant to be the most efficient tool to be used by media, visitors to the event, horse enthusiasts, the general public, Federations, riders and officials.


The last competition of the newly introduced World Cup Driving was held in Göteborg. Michael Freud (GER) who already won two competitions in Stuttgart and Bordeaux also won in Göteborg and therefore became the first undisputed World Cup Champion 2002.


The second group meeting since its formation in 2000 was held at Kyalami in South Africa on Saturday 16th March.

Delegates representing nine of the twelve Group countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe attended. They were joined by an observer from Lesotho who have made application to join FEI. The meeting was chaired by Group Chairman, Ernst Holtz, and attended by Dr. Bo Helander, FEI Secretary General. The National Olympic Committee of South Africa again contributed to the cost of the conference centre and accommodation of the participants.

The Chairman welcomed all the delegates and gave a brief summary for the year under review, followed by reports from each of the Federations regarding activities and developments during the year.

Mrs. Makoele, deputy director of the Lesotho Sport Ministry, reported that a German organisation that had visited Lesotho in 1999 and 2000 had an opportunity to assess the Lesotho riders. In this mountainous country horses are the major means of transport. As a result the Lesotho Horse Association was formed in Berlin and this organisation has the main goal of training a group of selected riders in Germany with the aim of eventually participating at the Olympic Games. The initiative has the full backing of the Sports Council of Lesotho.

The meeting was informed about the various inter-Federation competitions in Dressage, Show-jumping and Eventing which had taken place in the year under review. The latest information about equine flu and African Horse Sickness was tabled. Border formalities among countries were also addressed.

FEI’s offer of sending instructors to member countries was discussed and FEI were thanked for the visit by Mariette Withages, Chairman of the Dressage Committee, early in the year which had been a great success.

Endurance which is strong, particularly in South Africa, with some 1200 members and 3000 horses, is growing at 10% per year whereby Children and Juniors are particularly well represented in the sport. The Chairman of the FEI Endurance Committee, Hallvard Sommerseth attended the National Championships which had 250 riders competing.

Members reiterated that the FEI Challenge, both in Show- jumping and Dressage, played a vital part in the regions activities as they were the only link to the International scene, albeit on a remote basis. They were informed of the intentions of the FEI World Cup for Eventing which met with favour.

The next Group meeting is to be held in Namibia on the first weekend in March 2003.


In the 2001 / 2002 season there are 12 Leagues in the FEI World Cup Jumping.

All Leagues have ended their qualifications: Central Europe, Central Asia, Canada, South Africa, South East Asia, Japan, South America, Australia, New Zealand, USA West Coast, USA East Coast and Western Europe.

Western European League (18 to qualify)

15 competitions were held in the Western European League, the last one Saturday 06 April 2002 in Göteborg (SWE). Markus Merschformann has broken both his collarbone and his ankle and will not competing in Leipzig.

Are qualified to compete in the Final:   Qualified horses
- Rolf-Göran Bengtsson SWE Opstalan Medline, Ivolas Pialotta, Ralph
- Jan Tops NED Roofs, Grand Dame
- Marcus Ehning GER For Pleasure, Anka
- Ludger Beerbaum GER Goldfever, Gladdys
- Toni Hassmann GER Mobilcom Goldika
- Malin Baryard SWE H & M Butterfly Flip, Monique
- Lars Nieberg GER Albertino, Esprit, Loverboy, Adlantus
- Otto Becker GER Fiala, Dobels Cento, Grandilot
- *Markus Merschformann - withdrawn GER Chandra
- Ludo Philippaerts BEL Parco, Verelst Otterongo
- Jos Lansink BEL Cordijana, Zandor, Caridor
- Jerry Smit ITA Jamiro
- Thomas Velin DEN Equest Carnute
- Meredith Beerbaum GER Perina, Shutterfly
- Franke Sloothaak GER Joli Coeur, Gio Granno
- Gerco Schröder NED Eurocommerce Genève
- Michael Whitaker GBR Handel, Landfurst
- Eric van der Vleuten NED Audis Jikke, Audis Goldenbridge
- René Tebbel (replacing Merschformann)
Overseas rider living in Europe:
GER Meurers le Patron
- Rodrigo Pessoa BRA Gandini Lianos, Baloubet du Rouet
Defending Champion    
- Markus Fuchs SUI Free Choice
Two Extra Germans (wild cards)    
- Markus Beerbaum GER Leena, Royal Discovery
- Sören von Rönne GER Chandra
1st Marc van Dijk BEL Verelst Goliath
2nd Markus Beerbaum GER  

3rd Richard Davenport

Grand Marnier
German Reserve:    
2nd : Helena Weinberg GER Silva Little Gun



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