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22/12/2005 - Merry Xmas and Happy New Year
20/12/2005 - First ever FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders won by Valentina Truppa (ITA)
19/12/2005 - FEI World Cup Dressage Update: Frankfrut
19/12/2005 - FEI World Cup Jumping presented by Tourism Malaysia at the London International Horseshow
19/12/2005 - FEI World Endurance Championship in Bahrain
15/12/2005 - FEI World Cup Dressage Update: London, Olympia
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22/12/2005 - Merry Xmas and Happy New Year
Our best wishes for 2006!
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20/12/2005 - First ever FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders won by Valentina Truppa (ITA)
Frankfurt plays host to a new FEI initiative aimed at the promotion of Dressage among the young generation
The first Final of the FEI World Cup Dressage for Young Riders took place last week-end in Frankfurt (GER) and was won by Valentina Truppa and Don Rico 12 who scored 75,650% in the Kür final competition. Jessica Werndl (GER) and Duchess 8, who were in the lead during the qualifying competitions finished in the runner-up position with 75,500%, followed by Emma Kanerva (FIN) and Atoftens Volanti on 73.150%.

Valentina Truppa was thrilled to win the first ever FEI Young Riders World Cup. "I can't believe it, it's incredible!" she said after a clinching overall victory by a whisker from Jessica Werndl. "The World Cup is a great event and I'm so happy to win it. As Jessica is the European Champion I really thought she would win," she said of her rival since junior days.

Valentina is the daughter of FEI 'O' judge Enzo Truppa and had to contest Thursday's first leg of the competition on her own as her father and trainer was officiating at the Olympia FEI World Cup qualifier. She has ridden her 14-year-old Baden-Wurttemburg gelding Don Rico since '99 and competed at every Championship level every year with him since 2000, winning a silver medal at last year's Junior European Championships and a bronze this year at Young Rider level. "He was best today", she commented after the freestyle final, in which she rode to a 50's themed programme. " He is a very, very good horse for the freestyle, he goes better than in the normal tests so I really think he likes music."

The eight best combinations of the FEI European Dressage Championship were qualified to compete at the Final, together with the best combinations from Canada, USA and Brazil. Unfortunately, the Japanese, Australia and New Zealand riders were not able to compete due to quarantine issues. The 2006 Final is already confirmed to be held in Frankfurt, thanks to the generous support of Schenker Logistics Deutschland AG, who covered the flight and transport of the horses participating to the Final. The 2006 qualification procedures will be established at the beginning of the year.

The Jury was composed of experienced international judges: Minako Furuoka (JPN), Béatrice Bürchler-Keller (SUI), Mariette Whitages (BEL), Dr Evi Eisenhardt (GER) and Gary Rockwell (USA)

This new FEI initiative aimed at the promotion of young dressage riders worldwide came to life thanks to the support of Schenker Deutschland AG and the flawless organisation and great sense of hospitality of Anne Kathrin Lisenhoff and Klaus-Martin Rath.
19/12/2005 - FEI World Cup Dressage Update: Frankfrut
Local Heroine takes first ever FEI World Cup qualifier in Frankfurt
Anja Ploenzke (GER) on Tannenhof's Solero
Local rider Anja Ploenzke, from Wiesbaden, made a triumphant FEI World Cup debut in Frankfurt with her father's 12-year old Trakehner stallion Tannenhof's Solero, winning the first qualifier to be held at this show.

Ploenzke beat Ellen Schulten-Baumer and her mare Donatha S into second place by just half a percent, with Holland's Laurens van Lieren and Hexagon's Ollright third, again by a fraction. Drawn last to go, Ploenzke had seen Ellen Schulten Baumer's 74 per cent score posted. She

said: " I thought, oh my, I'm really going to have to go for it. Then my first piaffe was not so good. But I really like riding freestyle and so does Solero, although I still can't believe we did it."

As she is not on the German 'A' squad, Ploenzke has found it difficult to get starts in FEI World Cup competitions. " All our top riders want to ride these shows" she said. " When our team trainer Holger Schmezer said I could ride here I was so happy. It really is my home show". Now with 20 points on her card, she is hoping for more this season. She rode to music by rapper Eminem, suggested three years ago by her son, who is now eleven.

Ellen Schulten-Baumer can enjoy Christmas knowing she has a clear lead in the Standings, with five points in hand over Laura Bechtolsheimer and Laurens van Lieren who share second place on 42.

Van Lieren is looking forward to riding at the next qualifier, CDI-W Mechelen, which begins on Boxing Day. "I won't have a laid-back Christmas, but I rode there last year and loved it." The Dutch rider was impressed by the Frankfurt crowd and was delighted with Hexagon's Ollright, commenting: " He was already very good in the Grand Prix, though there was some tension in the walk which he didn't quite lose until the last centre line, which I think was one of his best ever. In the freestyle he stayed relaxed and moved through his whole body. The crowd was amazing - it was a really good 'big show' atmosphere."

Italy's Valentina Truppa was thrilled to win the first ever FEI Young Riders World Cup. "I can't believe it, it's incredible!" she said after a clinching overall victory by a whisker from Germany's Jessica Werndl. " The World Cup is a great event and I'm so happy to win it. As Jessica is the European Champion I really thought she would win," she said of her rival since junior days.

Valentina is the daughter of FEI 'O' judge Enzo Truppa and had to contest Thursday's first leg of the competition on her own as her father and trainer was officiating at the Olympia FEI World Cup qualifier. She has ridden her 14-year-old Baden-Wurttemburg gelding Don Rico since '99 and competed at every Championship level every year with him since 2000, winning a silver medal at last year's Junior European Championships and a bronze this year at Young Rider level.

"He was best today", she commented after the freestyle final, in which she rode to a 50's themed programme. " He is a very, very good horse for the freestyle, he goes better than in the normal tests so I really think he likes music."


FEI World Cup Qualifier Freestyle to Music
Preis der Liselott Schindling-Rheinberger Stifftung
1, Tannenhof's Solero (Anja Ploenzke GER) 74.675
2, Donatha S (Ellen Schulten-Baumer GER) 74.625
3, Hexagon's Ollright (Laurens van Lieren NED) 74.325
4, Wahajama UNICEF (Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff GER) 72.125
5, Le Bo (Carola Koppelmann GER) 70.975
6, Rigoletto (Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein DEN) 70.925
7, Memphis (Per Sangaard SWE) 70.250
8, Maximus JSS (Catherine Haddad USA) 70.075
9= Aurigeno (Nicole Glaser-Kappeler GER) and Forest Gum NRW (Hubertus Schmidt GER) 68.900

FEI World Cup Standings (after 10 competitions, including 5 Central European League 1, Ellen Schulten-Baumer GER 49 2= Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR and Laurens van Lieren NED 42 4= Anky van Grunsven NED and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff GER 40 6, Lone Joergensen DEN 37 7, Edward Gal NED 34 8, Isabell Werth GER 30 9, Louise Nathhorst SWE 26

FEI Young Riders World Cup
Presented by Schenker Deutschland AG
1, Don Rico (Valentina Truppa ITA) 75.650
2, Duchess (Jessica Werndl GER) 75.5
3, Atoftens Volanti (Emma Kanerva FIN) 73.150

'B' Final
1, Louisdor (Rodolfo Riskalla BRA) 66.10

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19/12/2005 - FEI World Cup Jumping presented by Tourism Malaysia at the London International Horseshow
Smith Scorches Home at Olympia
Robert Smith (GBR) on Kalusha
Britain's Robert Smith scorched to victory in the sixth leg of the 2005/2006 FEI World Cup Jumping series at Olympia in London today with a blistering performance from Kalusha in the eight-horse jump-off. German riders took the next two placings, with Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst in runner-up spot riding Candy and World No. 1 Marcus Ehning in third with Sandro Boy but it is fourth-place finisher Beat Mandli from Switzerland who now heads the Western European League leaderboard with a significant 56 points to his credit.

Course-designer Jorge Guilherme from Brazil built a first-round track that tested them to the limit, and 14 horses jumped before Ben Maher recorded the first clear round. Rideability, precision and power were all required if the timber was to be left intact, and turning that was less than precise was punished unmercifully - the sharp left-hand line to the oxer at fence seven taking a heavy toll as did the right-hand curve to the oxer at 11 on the 13-fence course.

Maher is a young man full of promise and the 22 year old from Essex, a double gold medallist at Pony European level and a member of the British gold medal winning squad at last year's Young Rider European Championships, has demonstrated his undeniable talent this summer with his victories in the prestigious Hickstead Derby and Zuidlaren Grand Prix events. Riding the Dutch-bred nine year old Nikko he was first to conquer the big, challenging track today and his fellow-countryman John Whitaker then followed suit with Exploit de Roulard before Mandli also earned a place in the timed round with Ideo du Thot.

Smith and Kalusha made it three for the home side, Ireland's Jessica Kurten joined the clear-round pack with Quibell and then Marcus Ehning (Sandro Boy), Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst (Candy) and Markus Beerbaum (Leena) ensured a strong German presence in the closing stages when bringing the tally to eight.

Despite his relative youth, Maher is already showing great maturity and set the pace in the jump-off with another beautifully executed clear that, however, left the door open for those who followed when the clock stopped on 38.29 seconds. John Whitaker is almost 30 years his senior and remains as magical in the saddle as ever but his stallion, winner of both the Puissance and Masters competitions earlier at the show, clipped the first fence as Whitaker turned him in the air and they returned with four faults in 39.75. Mandli's round was flawless as his gelding Ideo du Thot, winner of the Grand Prix at Vienna, flowed through every twist and turn and the Swiss partnership raced down the long run to the final oxer to re-set the target at 36.08 seconds.

Smith however took more than a full second off that, with a breath-taking performance from his unpredictable grey whose commitment can never be taken for granted. Leading Rider in Geneva last weekend, the British rider suffered the deep frustration of having to retire after a stop by Kalusha in the World Cup jump-off. When he is put under pressure Kalusha sometimes digs his heels in but, after several years of competition together, Smith is philisophical and said today "Sometimes I win and sometimes he wins - that's just the way it is".

Kurten's Quibell has rarely jumped better than in recent months and the Irish rider was in touch coming to the last but left that on the floor to complete in 37.22 seconds. Marcus Ehning then set off with Sandro Boy whose extravagance over his fences is wonderful to watch but costly to his rider. "My horse is brilliant but he still spends a bit too much time in the air" Ehning said afterwards. "However he's becoming more confident and he's getting better all the time" he added. Ehning's incredible eye for a stride allowed him to gallop all the way to the last which he cleared in 36.73 seconds but Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst was one-hundredth of a second quicker when second-last into the ring with the brilliant and brave little mare Candy to move into runner-up. Now only Markus Beerbaum could prevent Smith's victory and he gave it his best shot with a superb round from Leena who shaved almost a half-second off the time but left the penultimate fence on the floor.

"It was a great competition" said Ehning who finished in third place. "The course was very technical and high enough and the jump-off was really fast. I saw Robert on the television - he was trying everything and making it perfectly but my own horse was brilliant. I'm very happy because I now have 48 points so I'm already qualified for the World Cup final and that's what I came here to do" he added.

Runner-up Pollmann-Schweckhorst was quite satisfied with his own result. "I have great respect for Robert - he is ice-cold under pressure but I'm very pleased with my own mare, she gave me the maximum - 100% - and I now have 36 points which leaves me in sixth place on the leaderboard right now. I'm going to Mechelen so I have the chance of picking up more points there" he pointed out.

When asked if he was concerned about Kalusha after the horse's refusal in Geneva Smith explained "he's a bit of a funny horse. At this show he was not so good on the first day, better on the second and then today he was right on song. Of course you need things to go your way too - a bit of luck - if you want to win a competition like this, but it was a great course. It took everything from both the horse and the rider to jump it - it was a tough one" he said.

Course-designer Guillherme pointed out "it is difficult to build for this level of riders. I mostly work on the North American circuit but the level there is not normally as high as it is here. At Olympia the ground is very good - fantastic footing - you don't want to ask for too much from horses when the ground is not good, but here it was perfect".

Now in fourth place on the leaderboard, Smith says he definitely wants to go to the FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Kuala Lumpur next April. He is unsure about his plans for Kalusha however as, with both of his top horses, Marius Claudius and Mr Springfield, on the injury list the grey is doing all the hard work. "Derek is the man with the plan" Smith said, referring to British Chef d'Equipe Derek Ricketts, "I'll be talking to him before I make a decision".

Smith now matches Ludger Beerbaum's record of three World Cup wins at Olympia - "in front of your home crowd a win like this is just great" he said delightedly.

So now the series moves on to Mechelen in Belgium next week with the leaderboard headed by Mandli followed by Ehning in second, Gerco Schroder in third, Smith in fourth, Nick Skelton in fifth and Pollmann-Schweckhorst in sixth.

Result - 1, Kalusha (Robert Smith) GBR 0/0 36.08; 2, Candy (Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst) Ger 0/0 36.72; 3, Sandro Boy (Marcus Ehning) Ger 0/0 36.73; 4, Ideo du Thot (Beat Mandli) Sui 0/0 37.18; 5, Niko (Ben Maher) GBR 0/0 38.29; 6, Leena (Markus Beerbaum) Ger 0/4 35.65; 7, Quibell (Jessica Kurten) Irl 0/4 37.22; 8, Exploit de Roulard (John Whitaker) GBR 0/4 39.75; 9, Omelli (Tim Gredley) GBR 1/72.09; 10, Gio Granno (manuel Fernandez Saro) Esp 1/74.19; 11, Prima Vera (Robert Whitaker) GBR 4/66.49; 12, Butterfly Flip (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) Swe 4/66.90; 13, La Toya (Marcus Fuchs) Sui 4/67.12; 14, Eurocommerce Milano (Gerco Schroder) Ned 4/67.84; 15, Cyrenaika (Philippe Leoni) Fra 4/67.99; 16, Thesaura (Mark Armstrong) GBR 4/68.22; 17, ET Royal Volo (Tony Andre Hansen) Nor 4/68.27; 18, Corlato (Tim Stockdale) GBR 4/68.56; 19, Andiamo Z (Kristof Cleeren) Bel 4/68.79; 20, Eve des Etisses (Hubert Bourdy) Fra 4/69.63; 21, The Sixth Sense (Thomas Fruhmann) Aut 4/69.88; 22, Aquino (Franke Sloothaak) Ger 4/69.93; 23, Aboyeur W (Heinrich-Hermann Engemann) Ger 4/69.96; 24, Sails Away (Sebastian Numminen) Fin 4/70.72; 25, S&L Bleeker & 11th (Gerfried Puck) Aut 8/68.65; 26, Portofino (Michael Whitaker) GBR 8/69.37; 27, Western Union Equinox du Morin (Emanuele Fiorelli) Ita 8/69.51; 28, Arko (N Skelton) GBR 8/69.99; 29, Lorenzo (Christian Ahlmann) Ger 8/70.23; 30, Luidam (Billy Twomey) Irl 8/70. 61; 31, Hofgut Liederbach's Abrisca (Pia-Luise Aufrecht) Ger 12/69.16; 32, Pero-Z Hillock (Linnea Ericsson) Den 16/68.87; 33, Oliver Q (Harrie Smolders) Ned 21/90.06; 34, Skip Two Ramiro (G Williams) GBR 25/72.15; 35, AK Locarno (Ellen Whitaker) GBR, Cortaflex Amber du Montois (William Funnell) GBR, Le Coup C (Maurice Van Roosbroeck) Bel Ret.


1. Beat Mandli - 56
2. Marcus Ehning - 48
3. Gerco Schroder- 47
4. Robert Smith - 46
5. Nick Skelton - 34
6. Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst - 32
7. Juan Carlos Garcia, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum - 28
9. Piet Raymakers- 26
10. Harrie Smolders- 25
11. Thomas Velin - 23
12. Linnea Ericsson- 22
13. Jean-Mar Nicolas- 21
14. Albert Zoer, Eric van der Vleuten, Heinrich Hermann Engemann,
Thomas Fruhmann - 20
18. Franke Sloothaak, Jessica Kurten, Wim Schroder - 19.

For further information about the FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier at Olympia in London, England visit WEBSITE: Show President is Lord Vestey, Show Director is Simon Brooks-Ward, LVO and Show Secretary is Penny Henderson - email Press Officer is Candy Burnyeat, email, Tel (mobile) ++44 1753 847 900.

The next leg of the series takes place at Mechelen in Belgium - 26/30 December. Show President is Wout van de Walle, Show Director is Peter Bollen, Show Secretary is Yolande Wauters and Press Officer is Edith de Reys, email or Tel (mobile) +32 475 659281. WEBSITE -

For all information on the FEI World Cup Jumping final in Kuala Lumpur (26-30 April) check out the WEBSITE or contact Press Officer Lo Wai Fai at email or Tel (mobile) +6012 209 0068. Show Director is Peter Winton, email

2005/2006 FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING SERIES - CALENDAR OF EVENTS: 1, Helsinki (Finland) - 6/9 October; 2, Oslo (Norway) - 14/16 October; 3, Verona (Italy) - 4/6 November; 4, Stuttgart (Ger) - 16/20 November; 5, Geneva (Switzerland) - 8/11 December; 6, London-Olympia (Great Britain) - 13-19 December; 7, Mechelen (Belgium) - 26/30 December; 8, Leipzig (Germany) 19/22 January; 9, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) - 26/29 January; 10, Bordeaux (France) - 3/5 February; 11, Vigo (Spain) - 9/12 February; 12, 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) - 23/26 March; 13, Goteborg (Sweden) - 13/16 April. Final Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 26/30 April.

BIOGRAPHIES of riders competing in the FEI World Cup Jumping series are available at

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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE RULES for World Cup Jumping riders from FEI website

FEI World Cup Jumping has entered its 28th year. The series, created in 1978, today comprises 13 leagues on all continents. The best riders from 116 World Cup preliminary competitions will qualify for the Final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which takes place from 26 to 30 April 2006. The title-holder is Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and includes 133 National Federations.

Equestrian sport has been on the Olympic programme since 1912 with three disciplines - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. It is one of the very few sports in which men and women compete on equal terms. It is also the only sport which involves two athletes - horse and rider - and the FEI has relentlessly concerned itself with the welfare of the

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19/12/2005 - FEI World Endurance Championship in Bahrain
Three continents on the Team podium, Fahed Sulaiman wins first ever individual gold medal for Bahrain
Sunday evening, 18 December, saw the closing ceremony of the 2006 FEI Gulf Energy World Endurance Championship which took place at the Bahrain Royal Equestrian Race track. The ceremony was the culmination of three days of Endurance competition at the highest level.

Thirty countries attended this record breaking event with teams entered from over twenty four Nations. The event was held under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and was organised by the Bahrain Royal Endurance and Equestrian Federation through its President, H.H. Shaikh Nasser bin Hammad al Khalifa

The Championship began with a lavish opening ceremony held at the world famous Formula 1 Race track in Bahrain. The Championships was declared open by the Crown Prince of Bahrain, H.H. Shaikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa who attended the opening ceremony together with other members of the Bahrain Royal Family, Bahrain Equestrian Federation Board Members, FEI Officials and over five hundred riders, support staff, parents and guests.

The trot up took place the following day at the newly built Endurance Village in Bahrain. This purpose built facility was designed especially for these World Championships and the Bahrain Federation is planning to host further Championships in the future. With sixteen lanes for trot up, covered crewing bays, a modern fully equipped Equine Treatment Facility and full catering and rest areas the site is one of the most up to date venues available.

The Championship started on Saturday morning at 5.00am and a short while later the sun rose over the waters of the gulf as the 127 starters followed the 30 km first loop along the waters edge.

The competition continued throughout the morning with the riders and horses returning to the central vet gate. The first horse to cross the finish line did so just after 1.00pm. Fahed Sulaiman (BRN) riding Lormar Lorrien, a 1998 grey mare was passed by the vet panel and declared the provisional individual winner.

Other riders and horses continued to arrive and the final horse to cross the finish line did so just before 5.00pm. A total of 59 starters completed the full course.

Final placings

Gold Fahed Sulaiman / Lormar Lorrien (BRN)
Silver HE Sh Abdullah bin Faisal Al Qasimi / Colahlee Park Charlene (UAE)
Bronze HE Sh Ahmed bin Mohd Al Maktoum / Jazyk (UAE)

Gold: Australia
Silver: France
Bronze: Brazil

FEI Endurance Committee Chairman, Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, commented; ‘Everyone who has had the opportunity to be involved with this Championships either as rider, crew or organiser, can take home some great memories of top level competition and warm and generous hosts who have made us all feel very welcome here in the Kingdom of Bahrain’.

Complete results available soon on the Endurance section of
15/12/2005 - FEI World Cup Dressage Update: London, Olympia
Anky wins again - and is out to do even better!
Anky Van Grunsven (NED) on Keltec Salinero
Anky van Grunsven and Keltec Salinero reigned supreme last night in front of a Christmas-spirited full house to take Olympia's FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier.

"I loved riding in London", said the seven-time FEI World Cup champion. "The organisers have worked very hard and the crowd was very happy. It is important to have the World Cup in the big cities."

Keltec Salinero was on full power after managing to hold still in his first halt. Despite being "a bit impressed" by the atmosphere and showing nerves in one pirouette, the superlative Hanoverian inspired his rider to think of even higher goals after a 82 per cent freestyle victory over pupil, team mate and rival Edward Gal.

"I know it can be even better", said van Grunsven. "No matter what the score or the place, my goal is to achieve the best from myself and my horse."

Edward Gal also had a powerful ride for 78.85 per cent, which just held second from Isabell Werth and the mighty chestnut Warum Nicht FRH, who is proving so impressive this season.

"Apart from one mistake in the first extension 'Hannes' really concentrated", said Werth of the horse nicknamed after his original rider Hannes Baumgart, from whom owner Madeleine Winter-Schulze bought the Hanoverian three years ago. She was charmed by the traditional atmosphere at Olympia where the dress code is black tie for evening performances. "It was so special", added the German rider, who will now enjoy Christmas at home before resuming her World Cup campaign, with Warum Nicht FRH likely to play the leading role. " Both he and Satchmo have come on so much this year. I'm so happy with them. For next year, watch this space!"

With Imke Schellekens-Bartels taking fourth with some lovely moments from the mare Sunrise, just ahead of Kyra Kyrklund and Max, whose quirky music proved a talking point, the highest placed rider for the home team was Britain's youngest ever National Champion Laura Bechtolsheimer who now heads the standings on 42 points.

The Bristol University student, who hopes to qualify for the Final in Amsterdam next year, felt that she and Douglas Dorsey were acclimatising well to the indoor atmosphere. "It is our first grand prix season and I've very proud of what we've achieved", said Bechtolsheimer, who spends at least two hours a day in her car to combine training and studying. Her subjects, philosophy and politics, " …are useful in this game" she quipped!

Judge at C Stephen Clarke commented: " We judges had a great time. It was pure pleasure to judges these horses, and with fantastic interpretation of the music, it showed the audience that you don't have to be an expert in dressage to appreciate how good it is."

The momentum rolls on for this season with the first ever FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier hosted in Frankfurt taking place this weekend. Among the starters, Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, Ellen Schulten-Baumer and Klaus Husenbeth could all be moving up the standings list before Christmas, as could Holland's Laurens van Lieren.

FEI World Cup Qualifier Freestyle to Music
Supported by Berkeley Homes and Horse and Hound

1, Keltec Salinero (Anky van Grunsven NED) 82.85
2, Group 4 Securicor Lingh (Edward Gal NED) 78.85
3, Warum Nicht (Isabell Werth GER) 78.37
4, Sunrise (Imke Schellekens-Bartels NED) 76.92
5, Max (Kyra Kyrklund SWE) 76.12
6, Douglas Dorsey (Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR) 73.92
7, Royal Black Label (Elena Kalinina RUS) 73.67
8, Lancet (Emma Hindle GBR)
9, Hardthof's Ludewig G 71.75
10, Lorenzo CH (Wayne ChannonGBR) 71.17

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FEI World Cup Standings (after 9 competitions, including 5 Central European League) 1, Laura Bechtolsheimer (GBR) 42 2, Anky van Grunsven (NED) 40 3, Lone Joergensen (DEN) 37 4. Edward Gal (NED) 34 5, Ellen Schulten-Baumer 32 6, Isabell Werth (GER) 30 7, Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff (GER) and Laurens van Lieren (NED 27 9, Louise Nathhorst (SWE) 26 10, Imke Schellekens-Bartels (NED) 25

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09/02 - 12/02/06
Aarhus (DEN)
10/02 - 12/02/06
Vejer de la Frontera (Sunshine Tour) (ESP)
14/02 - 19/02/06
Neumünster (GER)
15/02 - 19/02/06
Wellington, FL (USA)
15/02 - 19/02/06
Indio, CA (USA)
21/02 - 26/02/06
Vejer de la Frontera (Sunshine Tour) (ESP)
21/02 - 26/02/06
Wellington, FL (USA)
22/02 - 26/02/06
Bremen (GER)
CSI B Amateurs /CDI3* /CRI2*
23/02 - 26/02/06
Hasselt (BEL)
23/02 - 26/02/06
Muriel Faienza
Communication Manager
Fédération Equestre Internationale
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