Riders Prepare for Final HSBC Countdown at Schenefeld

26 August 2010 – The HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing for 2010 climaxes at Schenefeld in Germany this weekend (August 27-29) as riders bid to boost their rankings in this valuable US$180,000 series.

The world-beating German squad will be at Schenefeld in their entirety, as it is a compulsory selection trial before they head to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky to defend their Eventing team gold medal won at the 2006 Games in Aachen.

Michael Jung (GER), who heads the HSBC FEI World Cup leaderboard with two victories, at Marbach (GER) and Strzegom (POL), is a definite starter, as are compatriots Andreas Dibowski, Kai Rüder and Kai-Steffen Meier, all of whom are in the current top 10 of the rankings, plus Ingrid Klimke, Frank Ostholt, Dirk Schrade, Simone Deitermann and Anna Warnecke.

Six other nations are represented – Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Spain and Sweden – and riders such as Viachaslau Poita (BLR) and Aliaksandr Faminou (BLR), first and third at Minsk (BLR), have a good chance of enhancing their status in the HSBC rankings.

Germany’s team manager, Hans Melzer, comments: “I am expecting a positive three-star class that offers serious challenges, yet does not ask the utmost. Hinni Groth (Organiser) and I share a similar philosophy, so I am sure the Cross-Country course will be the best possible.”

Follow the competition on www.schenefeld-eventing.de.

FEI TV: Highlights of Schenefeld will be shown on www.feitv.org.

Calendar of events
1. Tallahassee (USA), 5-7 March
2. Kihikihi (NZL), 2-4 April
3. Sydney (AUS), 7-9 May
4. Marbach (GER), 7-9 May
5. Chatsworth (GBR), 15-16 May
6. Tattersalls (IRL), 27-30 May
7. Strzegom (POL), 24-27 June
8. Minsk (BLR), 21-25 July
9. Rebecca Farm, Kalispell (USA), 22-25 July
10. Malmö (SWE), 13-15 August
11. Haras du Pin (FRA), 18-22 August
12. Schenefeld (GER), 26-29 August

Standings (after 11 of 12 events)
1 Michael Jung (GER) 142 points

2 Megan Jones (AUS) 138

3 Phillip Dutton (USA) 131
4= Clarke Johnston (NZL) 128

4= Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) 128

6 Alexey Korshunov (RUS) 125

7= Kai Rüder (GER) 122

7= Andreas Dibowski (GER) 122
9= Sonja Johnson (AUS) 119

9= Kai-Steffen Meier (GER) 119

11 Ruth Edge (GBR) 110

12 Andrew Downes (GBR) 104

For the full rankings, see www.feiworldcup.org.

Prize-money distribution (in US$)

1st place: 50,000

2nd: 34,000

3rd: 23,000

4th: 18,000

5th: 13,000

6th: 10,000

7th: 8,000

8th: 6,500

9th: 5,000

10th: 4,000

11th: 3,000

12th: 2,000

13th: 2,000

14th: 1,500

15th: 1,000
HSBC, the world’s local bank, is a platinum partner of FEI and global sponsor of the eventing discipline.

As part of this partnership, HSBC is title sponsor of the HSBC FEI Classics and HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing.

At the centre of all HSBC’s sponsorships is a commitment to youth, education and community. The Pony Club and HSBC have teamed up to create the HSBC Pony Club Eventing Training Programme.

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