The International Equestrian Federation has limited the number of World Cup qualifiers to three but earn points in two in any single Central European nation for 2019-20 that the FEI says is designed “to ensure fairness across all countries and a level playing field” but at least one country challenged the move as limiting development of dressage.
The rule limiting the number of World Cup events was applied by the FEI only to the Central European League where Russia has staged four competitions for the 2018-19 championship, Poland and Hungary two each with two scheduled for March in Ukraine and one in Estonia, Czech Republic and Belarus. Ukraine had applied for four events.
The North American League, for example, has 12 World Cup events scheduled, all in the United States, with four in each of two venues, the Wellington, Florida Global Dressage Festival and the Temecula, California West Coast Dressage Festival. Riders can qualify for the World Cup Final earning all three required scores at the same venue. The Pacific League has six events all in Australia and including a series final to which combinations who competed in CDI3s and above but no World Cup events can be invited.
Central Europe and North America each can earn two starting places with one from the Pacific League at the World Cup Final. Of the total of 18 invited to the final, nine are from Western Europe.
The FEI, in response to a query from dressage-news.com about the limit in Central Europe, said it was: “To ensure fairness across all countries and a level playing field across the Central European league.”
Julia Parkhomenko, the Ukraine Equestrian Federation Vice President of International Collaboration & Partnership, told dressage-news.com the FEI approved a maximum two CDI-Ws per one country for the season 2018/2019 “without discussing and consultation with the interested” Central European national federations.
Ukraine, she said, opposed that move by the FEI.
“For our countries it is very important to have the possibility to organize events with high status,” she said. “Such events attract more attention of audience, sponsors and athletes. Such status brings more possibilities for developing dressage in our region.
“We have four venues for holding equestrian events and a fifth will be finished soon. For investors it is important to have the status of the event. We have to give the opportunity to promote dressage discipline.”
Julia said, however, that being able to obtain two qualifying results in one country encourages riders to take part in World Cup Events in other Central European League nations.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Dec. 4, 2018–The World Cup Finals of Dressage and Jumping are returning to the newly renovated Thomas & Mack Center in 2020, host of the previous six annual championships in Las Vegas.
The move to the Thomas & Mack Center was approved by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) after conflicts of event dates at the MGM Grand that was named as the venue when first awarded two years ago to the self-described “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
The World Cup scheduled for April 15-19 in 2020 will be its seventh time Las Vegas, following jumping finals in 2000 and 2003 then the combined dressage and jumping championships in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015.
The Thomas & Mack Center has undergone a two-year, US$75/€66 million renovations and improvements, including enhanced stabling for horses, new arena seats, new entrances and escalators, upgraded concessions and restrooms, new floors, additional disability seating and improvements to the sound system.
The most notable addition is 36,000 sq.ft./3,344 sq. m), two-story VIP space, the “Strip View Pavilion,” which will be the event’s VIP Hospitality Center and features an outdoor patio overlooking the stabling area with spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec. 3, 2018–Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old returned to the top of the world rankings, the International Equestrian Fedeation (FEI) confirmed Monday, while Laura Graves and Verdades slipped to No. 2 after two months as the first American partnership ever to lead the standings.
Isabell’s reinstatement at No. 1 was on the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare in which she has won 2016 Olympic team gold and individual silver, three European Championship golds in 2017 and the World Cup title for the past two years. A double victory at Stockholm’s Saab Top 10 after a competition break of almost four months put the German combination back in the lead.
Isabell and Weihegold were No. 1 for almost two years before Laura and Verdades took the top spot for September and October of this year. The American duo had twice beaten the German while No. 1, at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany and the Paris World Cup Grand Prix. Germany’s Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo was the only other pair to do so in that time.
Isabell and her favorite, Bella Rose, moved up to No. 3, a remarkable recovery in the past five months after the mare, now 14 years old, was out of competition with a soundness issue for 3 1/2 years. On Emilio, she is No. 4.
Isabell and Bella Rose were ranked as high as fifth in the world in May, 2015 but dropped off the standings altogether four months later because of a recurring injury that kept the horse out of the show ring. Isabell returned Bella Rose to competition at the end of June this year and has been unbeaten in all 10 starts, including leading Germany to team gold and taking individual gold at the Tryon World Games.
German Olympic and World Equestrian Games riders Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. edged up one place to No. 6 as did Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey FRH, one spot behind. Damsey, 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion, is owned by Americans Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer.
Sweden’s three-time Olympian Patrik Kittel, creator of the Top 10, and Delaunay OLD that he competed last weekend, vaulted to 11th place from 97th the previous month. Delaunay is owned by Patrik and Carol and Andrew Oatley, the family of his wife, Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley.
Daniel Bachmann Andersen of Denmark moved up one spot into the top 10 on Blue Hors Zack, up to 27th from 41st on Blue Horse Don Olymbrio and to 33rd from 175th on Blue Hors Zepter.
MOSCOW, Dec. 2, 2018–Russia’s Regina Isachkina and Sun of May Life posted a personal best score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday a day after capturing the Grand Prix with their best result. Regina and the nine-year-old Rhinelander stallion scored 74.790 for the win to put the pair into a two-way tie at the top of the Cent ...
STOCKHOLM, Dec. 2, 2018–Isabell Werth recaptured the world No. 1 ranking with Weihegold OLD when the Olympic team gold medal and reigning World Cup partnership won the Saab Top 10 CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday. Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Delaunay OLD posted a new personal best score to place second at the event he created.
Isabell and the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare scored 89.775 per cent in the Freestyle that with the winning Grand Prix result of 82.783 per cent on Saturday earned the rider €72,800/US$82,400 from the total purse of almost a quarter million Euros/US$275,000, the richest single dressage competition in the world.
The scores gave the pair 2,742 points to move them to No. 1 from second place, swapping ranking spots with Laura Graves and Verdades, the first American combination ever to stand at the top of the global rankings.
Sweden’s three-time Olympian Patrik Kittel and Delaunay OLD set a personal best, 85.875 per cent to be runnerup. The score included four marks of 10 for the degree of difficulty of the musical performance.
The 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding he owns along with Carol and Andrew Oatley, the family of his wife, Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley.
World Equestrian Games gold medal German team mate Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis Jr. posted a personal best 84.725 per cent to place third. The previous best for Dorothee and the 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding was 83.415 per cent set at Salzburg, Austria a year ago.
German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH, 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Americans Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer, were fourth on 83.495 per cent.
Laura Graves and Verdades took over the rankings lead in September, the first American ever to be at the top of the world rankings, and held the position ahead of Isabell and Weihegold in October. Laura of the Orlando community of Geneva in Florida will drop to second place. The pair did not compete here after leading the United States to World Equestrian Games team silver and capturing individual silver at Tryon.
Isabell is the most decorated equestrian in Olympic history with 10 medals. On Weihegold, she was top of the world for 23 months through to the end of September.
Now she will again be No. 1 with Laura No. 2.
Isabell and her favorite, Bella Rose, moves up to No. 3 in a remarkable recovery in the past five months after the mare was out of competition for 3 1/2 years, and on Emilio will be No. 4. Isabell and Emilio won the debut of this event in 2017.
Isabell and the mare on which she took team gold and individual silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and claimed all three golds at the 2017 European Championships 300 miles/470km away in Gothenburg where she plans to return next April to defend the 2017 and 2018 World Cup titles she won on Weihegold.
CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges–E: Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel-NED H: Yuri Romanov-RUS C: Annette Fransen Iacobaeus-SWE M: Isobel Wessels-GBR B: Magnus Ringmark-SWE
Horse Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner
SYDNEY, Dec. 1, 2018–Australian dressage rider Simone Pearce was seriously injured when a horse she was schooling collapsed on her when sustaining an apparent aortic tear.
The 27-year-old Simone Pearce reported on her Instagram page that she broke her collarbone and six ribs, perforated her lungs and has a bruise on her abdomen.
“Tragically, the horse probably suffered an aortic tear and crashed while I was still in the saddle,” she said. “Unfortunately, he squeezed me under him when he fell. ”
The horse died on the spot.
“I’m completely devastated and shocked by this event I feel for the horse owners,” she said. “I can only imagine how great the pain they feel after such an unexpected tragedy.”
Simone moved to northern Germany in summer to set up her own training business after after three years at Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark.
She was on the team that launched a training and sales operation in Wellington, Florida last winter. In 2017 on Helgstrand horses, Simone was the first Australian to qualify in both the world five and six-year-old finals, a year after becoming only the second Australian to ever qualify for a final when she made it with Fine Time that placed 11th in the five-year-old championship.
MOSCOW, Dec. 1, 2018–Russia’s Regina Isachkina rode the nine-year-old Sun of May Life to a personal best score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Saturday. Regina and the Rhinelander stallion scored 70.913 per cent in the sixth Grand Prix since the duo started Big Tour in June. Stanislav Cherednichenko also of Russia and Arums placed second ...
STOCKHOLM, Dec. 1, 2018–Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, her Olympic team gold and double World Cup championship mount, won the Top 10 CDI5* Grand Prix Saturday with a performance that earned at least five 10s.
The German superstar and the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare ranked No. 2 in the world scored 82.783 per cent, the pair’s best result since sweeping the European Championships less than 300 miles/470km away in Gothenburg in 2017.
The combination were awarded three marks of 10 for piaffe and two for passage-piaffe transition on the final centerline in the first competition for the duo since August.
World Equestrian Games gold medal team mate Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis Jr. logged a personal best 78.196 per cent to place second. The previous best for Dorothee and the 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding was 78.120 per cent set at Salzburg, Austria a year ago.
Sweden’s three-time Olympian Patrik Kittel, a creator of this event that is the richest single dressage competition in the world, rode Delaunay OLD also to a personal best 77.652 per cent to place third. The previous best score was 75.413 per cent for Patrik and the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding he owns along with Carol and Andrew Oatley, the family of his wife, Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley.
German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH were fourth on 77.196 per cent. The 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion is owned by Americans Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer.
Total prize money for this Saab Top 10 of the Grand Prix and the Freestyle scheduled for Sunday is almost a quarter million Euros/US$275,000, making it the richest single dressage competition in the world.
Isabell won the inaugural Top 10 in 2017 on Emilio, on which she is ranked No. 3 in the world.
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 29, 2018–United States Equestrian announced Thursday opening of bids to host the 2020 and 2021 Dressage Festival of Champions. The federation is seeking an organizer to host the complete lineup of national championships–Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Brentina Cup Under-25, Young Rider, Junior, Children, Pony, Youn ...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 29, 2018–The International Equestrian Federation said Thursday it will monitor the situation with Equestrian Australia that the country’s national daily newspaper labeled a “crisis,” but there was no indication of a breach of FEI membership requirements in what appeared to be an “internal af ...