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USA World Cup represntatives will be chosen this weekend in Burbank California while the Western Euopean League battles it out in the Dusseldorf's Phillipshalle in Dusseldorf Germnay ,site of last years World Cup Final. With Switzerland's Silvia Ikle declared as a non-starter for the World Cup Final, the Las Vegas dream has come closer to reach for the last few riders aiming to make the top eight in the Western Euopena League standings. Read press release
Cian O'Connor and Waterford Crystal lose their Athens Olympic Individual Gold Medal:
Decision of the FEI Judicial Committee on positive Medication case Waterford Crystal/Cian O'Connor (IRL), Olympic Games 2004 Athens (GRE) Read the press release.
WORLD CUP DRESSAGE UPDATE:
With just one qualifier to go and a wealth of talent vying for those eight Western European League tickets to Las Vegas, there is all to play for in Dusseldorf (March 31 - April 3). Germany's Hubertus Schmidt and Sweden's Jan Brink could still make a final US-bound leap into the top eight, but the rest of the pack at the top of the leader board could only improve their points by discarding previous scores, as only four competitions will count per rider overall.
FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League Standings (after 8 of 9
qualifiers and 3 Central League)
1, Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff GER 65
2, Andreas Helgstrand DEN 64
3, Silvia Ikle SUI 63
4, Isabell Werth GER 61
5= Carl Hester GBR and Edward Gal NED 60
7, Sven Rothenberger NED 49
8, Marie-Line Wettstein SUI 47
9= Hubertus Schmidt GER and Lone Joergensen DEN 46
11, Jan Brink SWE 44
FEI WORLD CUP DRESSAGE: CENTRAL EUROPEAN LEAGUE
Sidneva books Central League trip to Vegas
The Central European League, for their first official Final, took over an ice-hockey stadium to produce a dressage-fest supported by Computerland and Toyota. The event attracted full TV coverage and proved a sell-out.
Russia’s Elena Sidneva and Artax Condor, who finished eighth in last year's final, finished a full five per cent above their nearest challengers, compatriots Elena Kalinina and Sydney 2000. Condor looked in great shape having had a rest since the Athens Olympics.
FEI World Cup Freestyle to Music Presented by Computerland and Toyota
1, Artax Condor (Elena Sidneva RUS) 75.275
2, Sydney 2000 (Elena Kalinini RUS) 70.075
3, Problesk (Irina Lys BEL) 69.575
4, Buklet (Tatiana Sleptova RUS) 67.67
5, Nehol Yuri Kovshow UKR) 67.65
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2005 FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP
Forceful Australian start in the new FEI Eventing World Cup Season
The 2005 FEI Eventing World Cup season took off strongly with two qualifiers held in Barroca d'Alva (POR) and Tallahassee, FL (USA) from 11 to 13 March. The winners of both were Australians: Matt Ryan on Bonza Puzzle was firmly in the lead at Barroca d'Alva with a final result of 54.9 penalty points and fellow countryman Philip Dutton was victorious in Florida with 52 points.
A 30-rider strong field representing Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and home nation Portugal line up at Barroca d'Alva. Clayon Fredericks of Australia took an early lead following an excellent Dressage display and the ensuing result of 41.9 points. Time proved the decisive factor in the 24-fence cross country. Only two riders made it home with no jumping penalties and within the optimum time of 6 min
30: Frenchman Bruno Bouvier on Harry, and Jennifer Eicher of Switzerland on Agent Mulder. Remarkably, Eicher, who is not a professional rider and works night shifts at a post office, had also had a faultless Cross Country at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Two unfortunate fences down in the Jumping test for both Rodolph Scherer, the leader after two tests, and Jennifer Eicher gave the final win to Matt Ryan.
Named for the sloping terrain and rich red earth known as the red hills of North Florida and South Georgia, the Redhill Horse Trials, organised near Tallahasse, Florida's capital city, features a challenging cross-country course designed by British Olympian Captain Mark Phillips, current Chef d'Equipe and Technical Advisor to the United States Equestrian Team. It was built by Hugh Lochore (GBR), and is set in the central area of a 120-acre indigenous plant horticultural park owned by Tallahassee ecologist and horse
enthusiast Colin Phipps. It features a variety of formidable obstacles winding through Phipps' arboretum.
Olympian Philip Dutton, an Australian who lives in Westgrove, VA (USA), won the event astride The Foreman, the nine-year old gelding whom he had ridden in runner up position at the same event last year. He was 2nd after Dressage with 47 points, almost seven points behind his main opponent Darren Chiacchia (USA). The only clear Cross Country round within the optimum time and just a fence down in the Jumping test put him in the leader's position a mere 0.2 point in front of Chiacchia. This is one more title to be added to Philip Dutton's very impressive list of victories: he was part of the
Australian Olympic champion teams in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney 2000. He was also in Athens last year where he placed 13th individually and 6th with the team.
Dutton rode three more horses: the 12-year old gelding Connaught, with whom he placed 3rd with a final result of 55.6 penalty points; Nova Top, his horse from Athens, with whom he took 6th position and Amazing Odyssey whom he had to withdraw after Dressage.
Thanks to this noteworthy performance, Dutton collects 160 World Cup points and takes the lead of the FEI Eventing World Cup standings.
Runner-up Darren Chiacchia was remarkable in Dressage astride Windfall II (41.4 points). With 2.8 time penalties collected in the Cross Country, he remained in the lead, but two unfortunate fences down in the Jumping test prevented him from retaining that position. He placed 15th on Ahlerich and 21st on San Salvador thereby collecting 68 World Cup points. He is now in 4th position on the standings.
Indian rider Imtiaz Anees, who was the beneficiary of an Olympic Solidarity scholarship in view of the Athens Olympic Games, came in 9th.
The FEI is proud to count this high profile event, which has set itself as a mission to increase awareness and educate the public to Eventing, further cooperation among horse enthusiasts, promote the concept of resource protection, land and green space preservation and raise funds to benefit non profit organizations with compatible educational and environmental purposes, among the 2005 FEI Eventing World Cup qualifiers.
For the 2005 FEI Eventing World Cup calendar, rules and standings, please check the FEI website www.horsesport.org, section Eventing / Calendar or Rules or Results/Standings respectively.
The next FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier will take place at Fontainebleau (FRA) over the Easter weekend.
The FEI Eventing World Cup is the sport's first linked series. The 2005 season consists of 17 qualifiers and a Final to be held in Malmö (SWE) from 11 to 14 August. It is organised at the highest level of the sport using the format without steeple chase.
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EVENTING COMMITTEE MEETING
Lausanne (SUI), 24-25 February 2005
The Eventing Committee met in Lausanne at the end of February in the FEI Secretariat in order to meet the FEI Directors/Heads of Department and take the occasion to discuss matters directly relating to other departments at the FEI.
1. The main focus of this meeting was to start the thinking process of an Eventing strategic plan which would be presented to NFs and interested parties at the end of this year, where the following topics were discussed:
- Proposal of a mission statement and a long term vision and goals for the sport for the next ten years
- Consideration for a Change of name of the sport, e.g. Equestrian Triathlon was suggested. The FEI will be commissioning an independent study to look at this matter
- Review of the scoring system for better public understanding, a proposal will be sent out to NFs in the next months for consideration
- Consolidation of the current rules and direct reference to the Rules for Dressage and Jumping as of 2006.
- Importance of the development program was underlined to be enhanced in the next years
- review of existing major events including Eventing World Cup and current Four star events
2. Eventing Safety Program Annual report: Statistics in relation to Events, Cross country fence and falls have now been produced by the FEI. Some data still needed top be verified before published. In addition a course designers working group had been created in order to provide interpretation and explain some of the trends that emanates from figures. All statistics be compared from the 2 previous years.
The tremendous input of the Technical Delegates and Course Designers and other officials involved at all International events is recognised. Thanks to the great work of these officials, the FEI had been able to process 96% of the results from report of events held in 2004 compared to 56% in 2002.,
All FEI Eventing Officials are here officially thanked for their assistance in developing this important information for the sport.
3. Eventing Officials:
A proposal of payment of TDs for 3 star events and above and all championships through the FEI will be made to the FEI General Assembly and interested parties. The reason is to professionalizes TDs and provide a minimal compensation for this function which in the last years has increased to a tremendous responsibility.
As of 2006 the requirement of course attendance will be every 3 years for all officials. Promotion and revision of Officials lists will be made on a yearly basis in November for publication in beginning of each year.
4. Revision of Rules for Eventing:
According to 2004 Statutes Art 018-019, the four year cycle has been changed for the revision of the Olympic Technical Rules. The revision has been brought forward to the year after the Olympic Games to be presented to GA 2006 and to come into effect 1 Jan 2006.
Timeframe: The FEI Secretariat has requested the NFs proposal for the new rules by 31 March 2005 (see Bulletin 6/2004 page 24). The Eventing Committee will finalize all proposals of revision in July. The Rules will be sent out to NFs by 1 September with the other disciplines for comments by 15 October 2005. The Eventing Committee will review the comments and prepare the final document for the Bureau by November 2005.
5. Dressage Test for Eventing Championships according to Art 525 of the Rules of the Eventing -: the Committee decided Dressage Tests Championships
- B Dressage tests would apply for all championships of all star levels in even years
- A Dressage tests would apply for all championships all levels in uneven years
Note: as it was initially decided that the B tests would apply in 2005 it was agreed that the B tests would be used in both 2005 and 2006 to get in to the cycle.
6. Clarification of Art 506. 1.7 - Maintain Qualification - Rules of Eventing
As the clarified wording of Art 506.1.7 in the 2005 amendments now provides an unintentionally different interpretation as initially agreed to by the Committee. The rule therefore needs to be interpreted as follows:
The rule in regard to maintaining the qualification of a specific level with only CIC of same level applies only to riders and horses once they are confirmed (Qualification result) at that specific level. The rule does not apply for riders or horses to maintain the results of the lower level to enable them to participate in the higher level. The rule will be rewritten for the 2006 rules revision.
7. Clarification 2005 rules: requirement International Jumping judge for 3* and above A specialist Judge in Jumping is compulsory for all 3 star events and above and all championships. The Judge could either be of International or national status.
8. Clarification 2005 FEI Eventing World Cup - distances for Cross Country: This should read: "The Cross Country distance will be of 3600m min to 4000m max.
OLYMPIC POSITIVE MEDICATION CASE UPDATE HEARING OF CIAN O'CONNOR
The hearing of Cian O'Connor with the FEI Judicial Committee is scheduled on 27 March 2005 at the Zurich Airport Conference Center (SUI). The closed meeting will start at 9:30.
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An official press statement announcing the decision of the Judicial Committee will be communicated to the media as soon as available after the end of the meeting. The statement will also be sent to all subscribers of the FEI Press News. No comment on the proceedings will be released during the hearing itself.
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Dressage With The Expert headphone commentary to be offered at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas.
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Canadians Sun Continues to Rise and Shine With More Success in the CDI3*/Y Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic
The future for Canada looks bright indeed. Ashley Holzer and Pop Art were the convincing winners of the CDI Intermediate 1 Freestyle with 74.475%. Dominican Republic and Canadian dual citizen, Yvonne Losos de Muniz on Inatana Las Marismas were second with 72.750%. Susanne Dutt Roth and her home bred stallion Rheirattack placed 7th with 64.525%. Ashley took first place in the Open Intermediate 2 on her Pan Am medal horse Gambol with 67.805%. Yvonne Losos de Muniz also gleaned several wins and top placings, winning the Open Intermediate 1 on Bernstein Las Marisimas and with her new FEI Young horses first and third in the 5 yr old class with Ambassador Las Marismas 75.00% and Dondolo Las Marismas 69.00% respectively. Evi Strasser with Romance Tyme was fourth and her World Breeding championship mount Foto Tyme was a close second with 76.00% in the 6 year old class behind Dori Addy Crow on the beautiful Lord Sinclair gelding Sir Sinclair with a score of 79.00%.Jaquie Brooks took High Score Second Level Champion with Balmoral.
The day was far from over, in the Grand Prix Freestyle, Canada had the majority of qualified entries. Third, Ashley and Imperioso 74.525%, fourth Shannon Dueck and Korona 73.225%, fifth Evi Strasser and Quantum Tyme 73.050%, seventh Jacquie Brooks and Gran Gesto 70.725%. Julia Vysniauskas and Syntax 66.600% and Cheryl Meisner on Hesperos 64.750% were also successful. Robert Dover and FBW Kennedy continued their reign with a final win in the Freestyle of 76.950% with Leslie Morse and Tip top a very close second with 76.450%.
World Cup News:
CDI-W 's-Hertogenbosch NED. Anky van Grunsven in her first show since the birth of her son Yannick Janssen, reined supreme with a complete sweep of the Grand Prix divisions. Keltic Salinaro was the winner of both the Grand Prix and Freestyle divisions and the Flemmingh stallion IPS Krack C was undefeated in the Grand Prix and Special division.Russia's Elena Sidneva and Artax Condor secured their ticket to Las Vegas with a Freestyle win of 75.275% in front of a 5000 strong crowd in Warsaw.
The FEI Dressage Committee will be allocating four Wild Cards to the World Cup Final. Australia will not be represented this year.
Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic
Holzer proved her win in the Open Prix St Georges was no fluke when she won the CDI Prix St Georges with her other horse Pop Art with 71.350%. A close second was the Pan Am Bronze Individual medallist Yvonne Losos de Muniz on her Dutch mare Inatana Las Marismas with 70.250%. Yvonne also claimed a win in the Open Intermediate 1 with her new horse Bernstein Las Marismas and a score of 64.750%. Ashley and Pop Art continued to hold high marks with a close second place 70.650% in the CDI Intermediate 1 behind Michelle Gibson on Lex Barker 71.300%.Julia Vysniasukas and her young horse Papillion continue their success at Fourth Level with a third and fourth 69.767% and 69.302%. Scores that tied her with John Zopatti and Mitchell on both days, with Julia taking the tie breaker on the first. The big win of the Saturday was Michael Barisone on Neruda in the Grand Prix Special(left). This pair easily won the $1,250 class with 68.960%. The Grand Prix and Intermediate 1 Freestyles take place on Sunday.
Canadians continue their success in the CDI3*/Y Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic March 17-20.
Ashley Holzer and her talented Small Tour mount Jornello started the Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic with a win in the Open Prix St. Georges with 67.125%. Cheryl Meisener of Lobster Point Farm also rode Lucky Strike with 60.500%. The CDI portion started off with high competition and marks. Robert Dover and WFB Kennedy were the easy winners of the Grand Prix with 74.875% closely followed by Californian Leslie Morse with her two horses Kingston 72.542% and Tip Top 69.833%. Ashley Holzer and Imperioso led the Canadians with fourth place and 69.708%, and Evi Strasser and Quantum Tyme a close fifth with 69.250%. Michael Barisone (USA) managed to nudge the Canadians apart with Neruda and a score of 68.292%. Shannon Dueck and Korona 67.584% and Jacquie Brooks 67.208% were right on his heels. Julia Vysniauskas and her consistent Syntax continued to gain experience in the Grand Prix level with 63.292%.Schedule for the CDI3*/Y: Friday: CDI Prix St Georges and Grand Prix Special Saturday:CDI Young Rider Individual and Intermediate 1, Sunday: FEI Freestyles for Young Rider, Intermediate 1 and Grand Prix .
FEI ANNOUNCED TODAY ITS HIRING OF ALEXANDER MCLIN AS NEW HEAD OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT
For the last 4 years, Alex McLin has been General Counsel and member of the senior management team of CNET Channel, a Swiss-based division of CNET Networks, Inc., a US media focused on the technology industry. He was responsible for all corporate legal matters, including litigation and negotiation of licensing and service contracts. Previously, McLin was an associate at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in New York, where he worked as a litigator primarily on international arbitration matters before panels of the ICC's International Court of Arbitration. Prior to practicing law, McLin was responsible for developing the programmes of various meetings of the World Economic Forum, including its Annual Meeting in Davos. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Haverford College, and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.
McLin is stepping into a position previously held by FEI Secretary General Bo Helander. The decision to appoint a separate Legal Director reflects the significant growth in caseload and overall demand on the FEI's Legal Department in the past 12 months, the FEI's commitment to ensuring fair and efficient handling of medication cases before the relevant decision-making bodies, continued proper implementation of the WADA World Anti-Doping Code, as well as to providing the FEI Secretariat with the necessary legal resources to adequately support the development of its commercial activities. "Alex's significant and varied corporate and international legal experience will be a significant asset to the organization," said Helander.
FEI WORLD CUP DRESSAGE UPDATE
The next FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier will take place this week-end in
's-Hertogenbosch (NED). The well known Dutch fixture Indoor Brabant will also play host to the penultimate legs of both the FEI World Cup Jumping and Driving.
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Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff (GER) is leading the standings of the Western European League with 65 points, ahead of Andreas Helgstrand (DEN) with 64 points.
The riders for the FEI World Cup Dressage Final to be held in Las Vegas (USA) from 20 to 24 April will be selected as follows:
8 riders from the Western European League
1 rider from the Central European League
1 rider from the Canadian League (Leslie Reid)
2 riders from the USA League
1 rider from the South American League
1 rider from the Asian League
Defending champion: Anky Van Grunsven (NED).
There will be no representative from the Australian League.
4 Wild cards will be allocated by the FEI Dressage Committee.
The last event of the Western European League will take place from 1 to 3 April in Göteborg (SWE).The final list of riders participating in the Final will be published on 4 April 2005.
EVENTING NEWS FROM GREAT BRITAIN - WORLD'S TOP TWO HORSE TRIALS TO EMBRACE NEW CROSS COUNTRY FORMAT FROM 2006
British Eventing's proposal for the world's most famous Horse Trials, Badminton and Burghley to adopt the modified Cross Country format from 2006 has been agreed by both Events, after over a year of consultation and worldwide trials. British Eventing chairman Michael Tucker said: 'Last year we wanted to take time to evaluate the implications of the International changes of removing the Roads & Tracks and Steeplechase phases, and after much debate the new format has emerged as the preferred way forward for the sport at present. We feel that it is right to adopt the Olympic, World and European template to give our riders the best chance of medals in the future.'
Director of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Hugh Thomas added: 'Our Trials were of course instigated as an Olympic preparation, and the sport of Eventing, as the consummate test of all round horsemanship, has been seen in many guises since it was introduced at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. The gradual fine tuning of the shape of the competition requires evolution but not revolution. At Badminton from 2006 we will provide the fair but ultimate challenge in our sport, and as ever a fine spectacle for our visitors.'
For further information on either Event please see their websites at
www.badminton-horse.co.uk or www.burghley-horse.co.uk
2004 OLYMPIC GAMES - UPDATE ON POSITIVE MEDICATION CASE
Foxxy XX, Harald Riedl (AUT)
The Judicial Committee decided on the disqualification of the horse Foxxy XX and the person responsible ("PR"), the rider Harald Riedl, from the 2004 Olympic Games. The sampled taken at the event in the frame of the FEI medication control programme had revealed the presence of the prohibited substance flunixin in the horse Foxxy XX.
A fine of CHF 1,000.- was imposed on Mr Riedl, who is also is liable to pay CHF 1,000.- towards the costs of the judicial procedure and CHF 750.- for the confirmatory analysis.
Upon receipt of the detailed decision of the Judicial Committee, Mr Riedl will have 30 days to appeal it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Harald Riedl was a member of Austrian Team which finished 13th of the Eventing Competition of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens (GRE) and placed 58th individually.
Hans von Blixen-Finecke (SWE), individual and team Olympic Champion at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, passed away on 16 February 2005 at the venerable age of 98. His father, a Swedish cavalry officer, an aviator and a famous horseman, had won the bronze medal in Dressage at the 1912 Olympic Games. Von Blixen-Finecke joined the cavalry in 1934 and left it 30 years later when the decision not to use horses in the Swedish army was taken. In the 1940s, he competed successfully in steeplechase and amateur flat-racing becoming the 1945-46 Swedish amateur jockey champion. He was also national Eventing champion from for five consecutive years from 1946 to 1951. In the following years, he won Scandinavian Eveniting championships and competed at
international level in Eventing, Jumping and Dressage. In 1964, he moved to England where he started a career as a coach. He kept teaching and giving clinics for over 40 years until his very last days. Von Blixen-Finecke's most famous horses were Master Rufus and Jubal, Swedish warm-blood geldings, astride which he won his Olympic medals.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM CANADA VICTORIOUS IN THE CHALLENGE OF THE AMERICAS!
A worthy cause won by a worthy Team! This first ever competition organized for the benefit of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, took place on March 12, in front of a sold out, electric and enthusiastic audience, at the Palm Beach Polo Club in Florida. Canada's Team consisted of
Shannon Dueck – KRS Pegasus
Ashley Holzer – Imperioso
Evi Strasser – Pryme Tyme
Cheryl Meisner – Hesperos
Susanne Dutt-Roth – Rheirattack
Lisette Milner – Eminence
Jacqueline Brooks – Gran Gesto
Evi Strasser – Quantum Tyme
The judges in the spirit of the evening and occasion gave record breaking scores.The competition commenced with two individual Freestyles from each of the three teams (USA, South America and Canada). Evi and Quantum Tyme with 83% and Jacquie and Gran Gesto 85.5%. The Quadrille counted for 50% of the overall marks, with each of the Freestyles 25%. With Evi Pracht as choreographer extraordinaire and steady, consistent practise from all the team members, Canada the last to go in the Quadrille brought the house down with a faultless performance to a musical program named Full Canadian Monty, arranged by Canada's own Karen Robinson of Applause Inc. The wining score of 96.25% and a 10 for artistic element from Britain's Stephen Clarke, put Team Canada into first place. Judges represented each of the teams regions Linda Zang, (USA) Marion Cunningham (PER) and Lorraine Stubbs (CAN) with three guest judges Stephen Clarke (GBR), Debbie McDonald and Myra Biblowit (President of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation). Tiffany awarded crystal bowls to all of the teams.
FEI Level 1 Event Judges, TDs & Cds Course - Necarne Castle, Ireland - September 15-18, 2005
The course will be open to National Judges, TD's and CD's - worldwide - who are 'approved' by their NF, as being suitable to become FEI Candidate Eventing Officials! As per the FEI Eventing rules, there is no age limit for Judges, and TD's and CD's must be under 60 years of age! We have been very fortunate to secure the services of the very experienced directors - Jennifer Millar [NZL] as Overall Director and Christoph Hess [GER] as the Dressage Director!
**As we are 'sharing' the services of Christoph Hess with British Dressage for their Regional Championships at Stoneleigh, we have agreed to start the Judge's part of the Course on Wednesday 14th September.
The course runs on the week following the 2005 European Eventing Championships at Blenheim [where there will be an FEI Level 2 course] and so there may be National officials who will be travelling to Blenheim as spectators, and would like to extend their visit to attend the course at Necarne Castle!
We have agreed to organise this course in response to Mike Etherington-Smith [Vice Chairman of the FEI Eventing Committee] advising, that it's really important that we encourage the 'next generation' of FEI Eventing Officials to come forward! Invitation click here.
Canadians Shine in The Florida Sun
At the recent CDI3* Palm Beach Derby in Florida, March 4-6, Canadian riders showed their talent and expertise. Ashley Holzer continued her outstanding success with a 2nd place on Pop Art, in the Prix St. Georges class of 29 entries, with 70,100% and a third place in the Intermediate 1 with a mark of 69.583%. Ashley and her Grand Prix mount Imperioso placed third in a very strong 23 field Grand Prix class with 69.833% . Robert Dover on FWB Kennedy won with 75.042% and Leslie Morse on Kingston placed second with 72.458%. Evi Strasser and her chestnut gelding Quantum Tyme made an impressive impact placing third with 74.625% in the Grand Prix Freestyle behind Kingston 78.425% and Kennedy 78.175%. They had previously qualified in the Grand Prix with a fifth place and 67.708%. Ashley and Imperioso placed a close fifth with 72.550%. tieing her score with Shannon Dueck and Korona, who lost the tie breaker and placed 6th with 72.550%, Other Canadians competing successfully in the Grand Prix Freestyle were Jacquie Brooks and Gran Gesto, ninth with 71.150%. .Julia Vysnauiskas claimed success with her new horse Papillion in the Open Prix St Georges placing third with 66.000%. An impressive roster of FEI judges officiated at the Palm Beach Derby including Stephen Clarke, Uwe Mechlem, Linda Zang, Hanne Valentin, Marianne Ludwig, Natalie Lamping, Lisette Purcell, Hilda Gurney and Jessica Ransehausen. Watch for the results of the recent Challenge of the Americas, held March 12 in Florida.
Equivents is proud to announce the equestrian Canadian textile manufacture Ecogold has joined our stellar list of sponsors for 2005. Ecogold is the designer of the amazing “Frictionless” saddle pad now used by most of the Canadian dressage team athletes. For more information see Sponsors.
USEF's Executive Board has approved a rule change that allows foreign competitors to join USEF without also requiring them to join and obtain permission to compete from their home federations. This will help reduce their yearly cost to show as well as eliminate one more chore prior toshowing. (USEF Rule Book: Rule GR807, effective 1/1/05)
The USEF Rulebook has been revamped and reorganized. In this first iteration, rules are now called rules and not "articles," and each rule is identified by section initials (GR807 = General Rule 807). Article 1928 is now DR128 = Dressage Rule 128. The task force will continue to reorganize the rule book to make it less onerous and repetitive (and contradictory!).
As part of the reorganization of USEF and its affiliates, USEF and USDF have signed an agreement which will allow USDF members to have only one number that will work for both organizations. Horses recorded with both organizations will also haveonly one number. When you produce the USDF master verification document for you and your horse, it will cover all the membership card needs. We will let you know when the program is in place and ready for use!
The FEI Freestyle Forum, in Ankum, Germany please click topics below for details