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Schroder Starts the Action in Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final

Leipzig (GER), 27 April 2011 – The Netherlands’ Gerco Schroder will be first into the ring as the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final gets underway in Leipzig, Germany tomorrow afternoon.  A total of 43 riders will compete for the coveted title which crowns the champion of the indoor international jumping season and which draws the best horse-and-rider combinations from all around the world.

The order-of-go in the first of the three deciding competitions is as follows:

1, Eurocommerce New Orleans (Gerco Schroder) NED; 2, Tristan (Kirsten Coe) USA; 3, Ulysse (Pius Schwizer) SUI; 4, Regina Z (Harrie Smolders) NED; 5, Cash (Marco Kutscher) GER; 6, Taloubet Z (Christian Ahlmann) GER; 7, Winningmood (Luciana Diniz) POR; 8, Lucie (Lars Nieberg) GER; 9, Abbervail Van Het Dingeshof (Denis Lynch) IRL; 10, Athena (Charlie Jayne) USA; 11, Ballade Van Het Indihoff (Brianne Goutal) USA; 12, G&C Quick Star (Pablo Barrios) VEN; 13, Cevo Socrates (Edwina Alexander) AUS; 14, Rocketman 2 (Vladimir Beletsky) RUS; 15, Cristallo (Richard Spooner) USA; 16, Rothchild (McLain Ward) USA; 17, Souvenir (Philipp Weishaupt) GER; 18, Cadett 7 (Ashlee Bond) USA; 19, Ulrike R (Gunnar Klettenberg) EST; 20, Wisconsin (Sergio Alvarez Moya) ESP; 21, H&M Tornesch (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) SWE; 22, Wonderboy III (Ahmad Saber Hamcho) SYR; 23, Napoli du Ry (Simon Delestre) FRA; 24, BMC Van Grunsven Sim (Jeroen Dubbeldam) NED; 25, Indigo (Margie Engle) USA; 26, Utopia (John Perez) COL; 27, Hickstead (Eric Lamaze) CAN; 28, Leonard (Jose Alberto Martinez Vazquez) MEX; 29, Danny Boy (Beezie Madden) USA; 30, Cinnamon (Tilt Kivisild) EST; 31, Shutterfly (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) GER; 32, Sabrina (Marcus Ehning) GER; 33, Delphi (Katie McVean) NZL; 34, Seldana di Campalto (Abdullah Al Sharbatly) KSA; 35, Tinka’s Serenade (Billy Twomey) IRL; 36, Flexible (Rich Fellers) USA; 37, Silvana de Hus (Kevin Staut) FRA; 38, Coupe de Coeur (Ludger Beerbaum) GER; 39, Tomba (Eduardo Menezes) BRA; 40, Casall La Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) SWE; 41, Snowyriver II (Daisuke Kawaguchi) JPN; 42, Uwwalon (Michelle Spadone) USA; 43, Chico Z (Yuri Mansur Guerios) BRA.

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Beezie Madden Kicks Off the 2011 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany

Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo. Photo by Rebecca Walton/PMG.

Leipzig, Germany – Beezie Madden kicked off the 2011 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final with a win for the U.S. Wednesday morning in the Opening Competition.  Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo bested the field of 24 as the only combination to jump faultlessly in the first round.

Madden (Cazenovia, NY) was the first U.S. rider in the ring and set the tone immediately. The Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Coral Reef Ranch jumped carefully yet efficiently over Frank Rothenberger’s 11-obstacle course.

“She felt good, fresh, but that’s why I did this class. I knew that she would be fresh, and she jumped very well and everything went great,” said Madden of her mare’s winning effort.

In the jump-off held immediately after her initial round, Madden chose to jump a more conservative round, leaving all the poles in place but collecting four time faults. However, this would prove immaterial as no other combination was able to replicate their fault-free first round.

Madden will give Coral Reef Via Volo’s stable mate, Danny Boy, a chance to jump in the 2011 Final tomorrow.

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Gal Drawn Sixth to Go in Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix

Leipzig (GER), 27 April 2011 – Defending champion Edward Gal (NED) will be sixth to go in the Grand Prix as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final gets underway in Leipzig, Germany tomorrow.  The draw took place this evening, and the order of go will be as follows:

1, Kompliment (Sergey Pusko) UKR; 2, Weinzauber (Robert Acs) HUN; 3, Rafalca (Jan Ebeling) USA; 4, Skovlunds Mas Guapo (Mikaela Lindh) FIN; 5, Ekwador (Katarzyna Milczarek) POL; 6, Sisther de Jeu (Edward Gal) NED; 7, Come on 111 (Shawna Harding) USA; 8, Leo Af Magnushof (Nina Hoffmann) SWE; 9, Apollo van het Vijverhof (Jeroen Devroe) BEL; 10, Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER; 11, Hiscox Artemis (Richard Davison) GBR; 12, Watermill Scandic HBC (Patrik Kittel) SWE; 13, Wiyamaro (Catherine Haddad-Staller) USA; 14, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED; 15, Satchmo (Isabell Werth) GER; 16, Exquis Nadine (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED; 17, Herzruf’s Erbe (Ulla Salzgeber) GER; 18, Digby (Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein) DEN.

The competition begins at 18.00 local time, and Gal competes in the first tranche of riders with the 12-year-old mare Sisther de Jeu. However the winner of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2010/2011 title is expected to emerge from the second group which includes his team-mate Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the combination who dominated the Western European League qualifying rounds, and German stars Isabell Werth and Ulla Salzgeber who are both double-winners of this prestigious series.

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Four FEI World Cup Finals under One Roof – Watch the Action Live on FEI TV

Leipzig (GER), 27 April 2011 – For the first time in history four FEI World Cup Finals will take place under one roof. Watch high quality, uninterrupted LIVE coverage on FEI TV according to the following timetable (all times are in GMT):

Thursday 28 April
Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final I – 13.10 GMT – 15.15 GMT
Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix Qualifier – 15.55 GMT – 19.05 GMT

Friday 29 April
Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final II – 12.40 GMT – 15.15 GMT
FEI World Cup Driving Qualifier – 19.40 GMT – 20.25 GMT

Saturday 30 April
FEI World Cup Vaulting Final – 09.35 GMT – 11.15 GMT
Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Freestyle Part One – 15.55 GMT – 17.45 GMT
Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Freestyle Part Two – 18.40 GMT – 19.55 GMT

Sunday 1 May
FEI World Cup Driving Final – 09.25 GMT – 10.45 GMT
Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping III – 11.40 GMT – 15.00 GMT

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Shutterfly Joins the Leipzig Line-Up

News from 2010/2011 FEI World Cup Finals by Louise Parkes

Lausanne (SUI), 26 April 2011 – Three-time Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping champion, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, has decided to compete her great gelding, Shutterfly, at the 2010/2011 final which opens at Leipzig, Germany tomorrow, 27 April.  Originally entered with Checkmate and Kismet, Meredith has substituted the latter for the 18 year old veteran who helped her secure the prestigious title at Las Vegas (USA) in 2005 and 2009 and at Gothenburg (SWE) in 2008. This means that not only is the German rider vying for a record-breaking fourth series victory, but Shutterfly may also go into the record books as the first horse to claim the honours on four occasions.  The only other horse to win three titles was Rodrigo Pessoa’s legendary stallion Baloubet du Rouet who scored a spectacular back-to-back hat-trick for his Brazilian rider between 1998 and 2000.

Some facts and figures about the 2010/2011 FEI World Cup Finals at Leipzig:

For the first time in the history of international equestrian sport, four finals will take place under one roof between 27 April and 1 May – Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping, Reem Acra FEI World Cup dressage, FEI World Cup Driving and FEI World Cup Vaulting.
Leipzig staged its first national event in 1998 and in 2002 held its first international show – the FEI World Cup Jumping final – Germany’s Otto Becker reigned supreme on that occasion with Dobel’s Cento.
Leipzig, the trade and cultural capital of eastern Germany, is closely associated with world-famous literary figure Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who studied law at Leipzig University.
A total of 50 competitions will take place at the Leipziger Messe exhibition centre between 27 April and 1 May.
The total prizemoney for the Finals is €1.6 million.
A total of 31 nations will compete in all four FEI World Cup events.
21 nations will be represented in the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final.
There are 11 lady riders amongst the 43 starters in the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final.
Course designer for the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final is Frank Rothenberger.
German footing expert, Oliver Hoberg, will ensure excellent ground conditions for horses and riders.
Stable Management has been allocated to Team Australia.
100,000 visitors are expected to attend the event – at the 2010 Leipzig fixture a total of 70,000 spectators turned up over the four-day fixture.
Three halls – each sized 21,000 square metres, will be in use during the final.
Hall 1 – 9,500 seats, arena size 40/80 metres, Hall 2 – 3,000 seats, Hall 3 – stabling for 900 horses, 750 of these are allocated for competition horses.
President of the Organising Committee is Volker Wulff.

FEI Media Contacts:
Grania Willis
Director Media Relations
Grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 45

Leipzig Media Contact:
Andreas Kerstan
andreas.kerstan@comtainment.de
+49 4307 827970

Twenty Americans Head to FEI World Cup Finals in Leipzig, Germany

Shawna Harding and Come On III. Photo: SusanJStickle.com

Lexington, KY – The United States will have strong representation in Germany for the 2011 FEI World Cup Finals (April 27 – May 1), with 20 of the country’s best riders ready to leave their mark on Leipzig. For the first time the World Cup Finals in dressage, driving, jumping and vaulting will all be held under one roof, with the US sending competitors to vie for top honors in the dressage and jumping. The US will also use the Leipzig Exhibition Hall to showcase up-and-coming jumping riders in the European Youngster Cup Finals and the CSI3*.

With three riders competing in the 2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, the US is poised to excel on the world stage. The American effort will be led by Catherine Haddad and her own Winyamaro. Based in Germany, the pair punched their ticket to the Finals by finishing fifth in the Western European League, which is widely known as the toughest Reem Acra World Cup Qualifying League.

California’s Jan Ebeling returns to World Cup stage with his partner from the 2009 Finals, Raflaca. The pair won most recently at the Festival of the Horse CDI-W in March. Shawna Harding and Come On III make their FEI World Cup Final debut, they look to capitalize on the consistent form they displayed throughout the winter season. Under the guidance of Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons, these three riders will compete in a field of 18 competitors from 11 countries, including former FEI World Cup Champions Edward Gal, Isabel Werth and Ulla Salzgeber.

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Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011 – Final Preview

Marcus Ehning (GER) celebrates being crowned Rolex FEI World Cup 2010 champion in Geneva (SUI) with joint runners up Pius Schwizer of Switzerland (left) and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany (right). Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI

CAN MARCUS OR MEREDITH MAKE IT A RECORD FOURTH TITLE? by Louise Parkes

Lausanne (SUI), 15 April 2011 – With less than two weeks to go to the Rolex FEI World Cup 2010/2011 Jumping Final in Leipzig (GER), excitement is at fever pitch and speculation is rife about whether defending champion Marcus Ehning or his German compatriot Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, can secure a historic fourth victory.

Just four riders have been three-time winners throughout the 32 seasons of this most prestigious indoor tournament, which brings together the leading competitors from 14 leagues staged all around the globe.

Two of those won’t make it to this year’s 33rd annual grand finale as Austria’s Hugo Simon, the first man to hold the coveted trophy aloft back in 1979 and winner again in 1996 and 1997, didn’t make the cut and Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa, who proved unbeatable between 1998 and 2000, has already said he won’t be making the trip to Leipzig.

That leaves only Ehning and Michaels-Beerbaum, members of Germany’s gold medal winning team at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and multiple champions in their own right, in contention for a record-breaking fourth success.

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Peters Sweeps Small Tour & Ebeling Prepares for World Cup at Festival of the Horse CDI-W/Y/J

Steffen Peters and Weltino's Magic. Photo by Jennifer M. Keeler

Burbank, CA – In sunny California, the competition for a coveted spot on the U.S. and Canadian Pan American Games teams heated up during the Festival of the Horse CDI-W/Y/J, held March 31 – April 3, 2011, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Despite a large and talented group of international competitors, there was no stopping Steffen Peters with what the judges deemed his new “super horse”, Weltino’s Magic.

Peters and Jen Hlavacek’s nine-year-old Westfalen gelding (Weltino x Diva by Diamond Boy) swept the small tour with impressive scores of 75.395% in the Prix St. Georges and 77.237% for the Intermediaire I, and debuted their new freestyle to a score of 79.417%. “The first word that comes to mind is ‘fun’,” says Peters in describing the weekend’s rides. “He’s really a pleasure to ride, so supple and forward now, it’s like that feeling that I get from Ravel.”

On Peters’ heels throughout the competition were Guenter Seidel and Sundayboy (Dutch Warmblood gelding by Kennedy, owned by Richard and Jane Brown), who earned second-place finishes in both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I; as well as Freestyle runner-up Jan Ebeling and Anne Romney’s Sandrina (Oldenburg mare by Sandro Hit x Stutbuch by Ganymed). “There are really nice horses here on the West Coast,” noted judge Cara Whitham (5* CAN). “While I haven’t seen every single horse out there, at this point and from what we saw this weekend it looks like it may be a U.S. team of gentlemen riders going to Guadalajara for the Pan Ams. It’s very strong out here. But it is still a long while until October. We’ll see!”

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USEF Names Riders for 2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by three American dressage riders at the 2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final to be held in Leipzig, Germany, April 27 – May 1.

The United States will be represented by two combinations from the North American League and one from the Western European League. The following horse/rider combinations qualified during World Cup Qualifying Events held throughout the 2010-2011 season:

Name/Age/Hometown/Horse/Age/Breed/Sex/Owner

North American League*
Jan Ebeling/52/ Moorpark, CA/Rafalca/14/Oldenburg/Mare/Ann Romney
Shawna Harding/41/Aiken, SC/Come On III/12/Danish Warmblood/Gelding/Shawna Harding

*Tina Konyot (Palm City, FL) topped the standings in the North American League for 2010-2011 season but declined the opportunity to compete in the 2011 Final.

Western European League
Catherine Haddad/47/Vechta, Germany/Winyamaro/11/Hanoverian/Gelding/Catharine Haddad

Please visit the USEF World Cup Final page for further information:
http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/WorldCupTM.aspx

Details about the Final are available here:
http://www.engarde.de/events/index.php?eventID=65

Dressage Link to USEF.org

FEI World Cup Eventing 2011 Series Opens at Kihikihi (NZL)

Lausanne (SUI), 6 April 2011 – The FEI World Cup Eventing 2011 series kicks off at Kihikihi in New Zealand tomorrow (7-10 April).

Australia’s Shane Rose, silver medallist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Chris Burton, member of the Australia Eventing team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, have confirmed they will be competing along with the cream of New Zealand-based Eventing riders.

Please see following press release from Bevan Houlbrooke, Publicity Officer, Kihikihi International Horse Trial (bevan.houlbrooke@gmail.com; +64 21 2320784). He will also be producing reports at the end of each day of competition.

For on-site comment and rider interviews, please contact Monica Johns: +64 21 734 915.

The FEI will also be issuing post event reports throughout the FEI World Cup Eventing 2011 series with images of the winners.

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