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History Made At The World Cup Dressage Final Presented by Offield Farms
Never before has 70% in the Grand Prix not qualified a rider/horse for the A Freestyle Final. This is what the world and a sell out crowd of 17,000 witnessed in Las Vegas at the World Cup Final presented by Offield Farms. The elegant and enthusiastic President of Offield Farms, Karin Reid Offield was thrilled to see such excitement and top sport. That Lingh and Edward Gall won the Grand Prix (the qualifier for the Freestyle) only added more to the level of excitement of the crowd and drama of the event. Speculation ran wild for the outcome of the Freestyle. Edward and Lingh presented a flawless, elastic, forward light and harmonious test. The crowd audibly gasped at their first canter pirouette, so correct that Terri Miller top photographer and artist took a fantastic picture that showed a clear three beat canter during the pirouette, with Ling balanced only on his outside hind leg and the other three in suspension, his outline beautifully balanced, flexed and uphill. All five judges gave him 9, but one cannot but wonder what it would take to get that elusive 10 Salinero was visibly tense and quite strong through the Grand Prix which in turn cause some technical mistakes. Debbie McDonald and Brentina gave a light, harmonious and faultless performance in the Grand Prix. Sadly for Isabel Wertth her 19 year Anthony was not accepted at the first Horse Inspection or the re-inspection held the next morning. Isabel's loss was Evi Strasser and Quantum Tyme's gain as they replaced the spot opened by the loss of Anthony. Drawing first in the Grand Prix Evi and Quantum Tyme presented an energetic and steady performance to start the class with a very credible 67.333%. Mark somewhat tense with rider Leslie Reid was not so lucky. the tension causing mistakes lowering their usually high GP mark to 65.083%. The two Canadians had qualified to ride in the B Freestyle the following day. Leslie and Mark came back fighting and put in a spectacular test which brought the crowd to their feet. This pair clearly remained the crowd favourite to win. But this was not to be when Anne Katrin Linsenhoff and Renoir Unicef (GER) was placed by four of the five judges first. This class began the unhappiness of the crowd with the results and carried over to the A Freestyle. Axel Steiner USA judge on the panel for both Freestyles appeared to be the lone man with his results of Mark first Elena Sidneva and Artax Condor RBB (RUS) 2nd and Renior 3rd in the B Freestyle and Lingh 1st, Brentina 2nd, (who gave a fantastic energetic, happy and truly entertaining ride, quite possibly their best Freestyle yet, bringing the crowd to their feet even before they reached their last halt and salute) and Salinero 3rd in the A Final. However he might have not agreed with the majority of his fellow judges, but it was very clear that the audience definitely agreed with him.It will be interesting to read the articles that will surely be written following this spectacular event. One point that everyone agreed upon was that it was great shame that the top three A finalists had to be ranked at all. All three gave a superb performance and were all truly worthy as World Cup champions! To cap the whole thing Anki and Sjef tied the knot Las Vegas style with a wedding by Elvis!! Read more
Update on the Eventing World Cup Qualifiers. Read more
CANADIANS CONTINUE THEIR SUCCESS ON THE WEST COAST at CDI3* Rancho Muriette!
The recent CDI3* Rancho Muriette in Sacramento CA. was again the site of Canadian prowess in the sport of Dressage. Leslie Reid had a clean sweep in both the Big and Small Tours of the CDI, with the exception of the Grand Prix Special which she did not compete in. She and Orion had a won all three of the Prix St Georges, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 1 Freestyle classes with scores of 69;300%, 68.150% and 72.750% respectively. Her Grand Prix partner Mark and mount for the upcoming World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas, improved on his Grand Prix winning mark from Burbank to achieve 70.042% and first place. this pair repeated their win in the Grand Prix Freestyle with 73.075%. the Intermediate 1 Freestyle looked like a class for Canadians only with Canada taking the top 6 places: Lorraine Chappell and Carpatino 2nd with 67.125%, Rochelle Kilburg and her newly acquired Lanzar 3rd with 66.950%, Eleonore Elstone and Olivier 4th with 64.175%, Alison Martin and Vienna 64.150%, Jodie Kennedy Baker and Madore 6th with 60.475%. Other PSG placing for Canada were Lorraine Chappell/Carpatino 3rd 66.350%, Rochelle Kilburg/Lanzar 5th 65.350%, Eleonore Elstone /Olivier 6th 62.70%%. Intermediate 1 Eleonore/Olivier 3rd 65.100%, Rochelle/Lanzar 5th 65.050%.
CANADIAN YOUNG EVENT HORSE (CYEH)
Equivents is proud to introduce the Canadian Young Event Horse class. The class is modeled after the highly successful Young Event Horse competition in Burghley, England. This class is an excellent venue for the presentation of young horses with athletic potential. Although the goal is to identify the Ultimate Three Day Event Horse; it is also a superb arena to promote and market young horses that can diversify to any of the three Olympic disciplines Dressage, Eventing and (Hunter)/Jumper.
FEI GENERAL ASSEMBLY - London (GBR), 9-10 April 2005 - Highlights
Delegates representing 90 NFs (79 present, 11 by proxy) attended the General Assembly.
Double Honors for the Southem Family
The Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Services was presented Ron & Marg Southern (CAN), who built up Spruce Meadows from ground to turn it into the largest equestrian venue on the international scene and are celebrating this year the 30 years anniversary of the famous show ground located in Calgary.
Linda Southern (CAN) joined the Children Committee in replacement of outgoing member Bernardo Lopez (ESA), and Elaine Zander (BRA) is re-elected;
Robert Norman Thompson (CAN) is appointed as new member of the Reining Committee. Alain Calbrix (FRA) replaces Johannes Orgeldinger (GER) in the same Committee.
Mariette Whitages (BEL) was re-elected as Chairman of the Dressage Committee.
Dr Vincenzo Truppa (ITA) replaces Gotthilf Riexinger (GER) in the Dressage Committee.
Wayne Roycroft (AUS) was re-elected as Chairman of the Eventing Committee
Mrs Diana Ramoz (DOM) having been elected by the FEI General Assembly as new Chairman of Group V became a new member of the PAEC Board of Directors and Mr Guilherme Samento (BRA) was appointed by the FEI the new FEI representative thus replacing Mr Patrizio Zambrano (MEX).
The General Assembly approved the following recommendations of the Veterinary Committee:
- Prohibited Substance List: two adaptations to the list of threshold substances were approved (Boldenone and CO2)
- The confirmatory analysis (B-sample) of positive samples will be carried out by the same laboratory that performed the A analysis
- In accordance with the Jumping discipline, a re-inspection in Dressage will permitted
- A Veterinary Research Working Group was established to review all proposals for research prior to deciding on their priority.
- The need to encourage the electronic identification of the horse (chip) and its integration to the FEI passport system was underlined.
FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
The Organising Committee of the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen (GER) made a progress report before the FEI General Assembly. The building is processing well and the test event (CIC 2*) is scheduled for September 2005.
After an intense debate during the Group Meetings and at the General Assembly, an overwhelming majority of delegates decided to propose to the IOC that, in principle, the Olympic Dressage teams would be reduced to three members, to allow more nations to participate and thus enhance the universality of the sport.
Changes to the Dressage Rules as published in the FEI Bulletin were approved.
A circuit of Eventing competitions at 1* and 2* star level has been created and will develop towards 3* star level and further towards a participation at Continental Championships for Eastern Europe and Pan American Games for South/Central America and finally should lead to the qualification of a team and Individuals for the Olympic Games 2008.
The Final list of qualified riders for the FEI World Cup Dressage Final
Anky van Grundsven NED, Keltec Salinero
From the Western European League
1. Isabell Werth GER , Anthony
2. Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff GER , Unicef Whajama or Renoir
3. Andreas Helgstrand DEN, Blur Hors Cavan
4. Hubertus Schmidt GER, Aramis
5. Carl Hester GBR, Escapado
6. Edward Gal NED, IPS Gribaldi or Lingh
7. Jan Brink SWE, Bjorsells Briar
8. Sven Rothenberger NED, Barclay II
9. Lone Joergensen DEN, Hardthof's Ludewig G
and the following additional rider has been granted a place
10. Marie-Line Wettstein SUI, Le Primeur 2
From the Central European League
1. Elena Sidneva, RUS Artax Condor
1. Debbie Mc Donald USA, Brentina
2. Leslie Morse USA, Kingston
1. Leslie Reid CAN, Mark
From South America / Asia
1. Ceasar Parra COL, Galant Du Serein
1. Guenter Seidel USA, Aragon
2. Robert Dover USA , JFBW Kennedy
DEBBIE MCDONALD AND BRENTINA WIN THE US LEAGUE FINAL GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE.
Leslie Reid and Mark winners of the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle with 75.000%. Scores.
WEST COAST CANADIANS SUCCESS AT FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE, BURBANK, CA
Ali Buchanan and his stallion Private Dancer had two spectacular wins in Training Level test 1 & 3, with scores of 74.167% and 75.000% respectfully. Alison Martin and her mare Vienna placed second in the Intermediate 1 Freestyle. Nancy Olson and Pharaoh won the First Level test 2 with 67.353%. Leslie Reid with a new mount Orion won the Open Intermediate 1 with 68.000% and on her Third Level horse Pallan gained a win with 69.778%. Sheri Bresee on Donnerstar won Third Level test 2 with 67.857%. Other Canadians competing in California include Rochelle Kilberg, Ashleigh Luca,and Eleonore Elstone. They will all travel North to compete in the CDI3* and USEF national show at Rancho Murietta near Sacramento CA.
WESTERN EUROPEAN LEAGUE FINALISTS DECIDED FOR LAS VEGAS
FEI World Cup Finalists decided in Duesseldorf after 'excellent sport' In a dramatic climax to the FEI world Cup Dressage Western European League, the final places for the 2005 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas have been decided in Duesseldorf. Reigning champion Anky van Grunsven, who won the first of her record six World Cup titles ten years ago on US soil in Los Angeles, confirmed her unrivalled status by winning this final qualifier on 84.42 per cent on Keltec Salinero. She now goes to Las Vegas having fulfilled the rule to ride two qualifiers, with victory in both cases. Judge at C Dr Volker Moritz commented: " The winner produced a breathtaking, world class performance and with eleven horses scoring over 70 per cent in the freestyle, we saw excellent dressage sport." Roll on Las Vegas!
Results FEI World Cup Freestyle to Music 1,
- Keltec Salinero (Anky van Grunsven NED) 84.42 2,
- Satchmo (Isabell Werth GER) 80.70 3,
- Aramis (Hubertus Schmidt GER) 78.10 4,
- Bjorsells Briar (Jan Brink SWE) 77.70 5,
- Hardthof's Ludewig G (Lone Joergensen DEN) 75.40 6,
- IPS Gribaldi (Edward Gal NED) 74.75 7,
- Barclay II (Sven Rothenberger NED) 74.52 8,
- Aurigeno (Nicole Glaser-Kappler GER) 72.15 9,
- Amando (Gina Capellmann-Luetkemeier GER) 71.97 10,
- Broere Jazz (Kirsten Beckers NED) 71.02 11,
- Douglas Dorsey (Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR) 70.55
Western European League Final Standings after 9 competitions (plus 3 Central European League)
1, Isabell Werth GER 67
2, Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff GER) 65
3, Andreas Helgstrand DEN 64
4, Hubertus Schmidt GER 61
5= Carl Hester GBR and Edward Gal NED 60
7, Jan Brink SWE 57
8= Sven Rothenberger NED and Lone Joergensen DEN 50
(Note: Sylvia Ikle SUI, will not start in Las Vegas)
The US League Final Freestyle takes place at Burbank, California, tomorrow April 3rd. With nine riders qualified through the Western European League, three wildcards will now be allocated on or after Monday April 4 th.
USA LEAGUE FINAL
Brentina and Debbie McDonald win the US League Final Grand Prix for the Freestyle. Leslie Reid and Mark, Canada's representatives to the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, win the CDI3* Grand Prix in their first outing of 2005. Scores
Below are the headlines for April1st 2005 please click below to read the full stories.
FEI WORLD CUP FINALS ON TELEVISION
NBC to Televise 2005 FEI Budweiser World Cup Jumping Final OLN and Eurosport to Televise FEI World Cup Dressage Final, Presented by Offield Farms. Full Stories
FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP
Strong International Field lines up for the fourth leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup. Riders from Germany, Canada and Mexico will be competing against some 300 US entries at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, Temecula, CA (USA) from 1 to 3 April 2005. Full Stories
EVENTING SAFETY PROGRAM
The Eventing Safety Program - Annual report: Is now available on the FEI web-site: www.horsesport.org, section Eventing, Working Documents. Full Stories
2005 NORTH AMERICAN YOUNG RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIPS WELCOMES CN AS TITLE SPONSOR
The 2005 North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC) is proud to welcome CN, a major North American railroad, as title sponsor. The CN North American Young Riders’ Championships will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA (USA) on July 26-31.
POSITIVE MEDICATION CASE UPDATE 2004 WORLD CUP FINAL, MILAN (ITA)
HEARING OF MEREDITH MICHAELS BEERBAUM (GER)
The hearing of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) with the FEI Judicial Committee is scheduled on 7 April 2005 in London (GBR). The closed meeting will start at 10:30. Full Stories
Colonel Paul Millard Wimert Jr (USA), FEI Official Judge in Eventing and Dressage, died on 21 March 21, 2005, following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease aged 83. Full Stories