Oslo (NOR), 14 October 2012 – The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam won the thrilling opening leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League 2012/2013 series at Oslo, Norway this afternoon partnering BMC Utascha. The competition attracted a star-studded field that included three individual Olympic champions including the current title-holder, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat. But it was the Dutchman, who claimed gold in Sydney, Australia 12 years ago, who earned those all-important maximum points.
The cream really came to the top, and it was 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series winner, Switzerland’s Beat Mandli, who slotted into runner-up spot with Louis, while Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya showed the potential of his new partnership with the former Nick Skelton ride, Carlo, when finishing a very close third. Fourth place went to another Dutchman, Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Verdi, while British riders filled fifth and sixth – the London 2012 Olympic team gold medal winning duo of Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos slotting in ahead of Will Funnell and Billy Congo.
Lausanne (SUI), 9 October 2012 – Just a few days ahead of the opening of the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2012/2013 Western European League series, horses are prepared, lorries are en route, and riders, owners, trainers and spectators are looking forward to another new beginning.
The Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway hosts the first leg of the new season next Sunday, and the excitement is building by the day. This, after all, is the first step on the road to the 35th annual Final of a series that has quality written all over it. The taking of the prestigious Rolex FEI World Cup crown has been a defining moment in the careers of so many of the greatest horse-and-rider combinations in the history of the sport of international Jumping. It’s the one they all want to win.
And there is always something special about a season that concludes at Gothenburg in Sweden, because it is was here that the very first champion was crowned, when, back in 1979, the then-36-year-old Hugo Simon from Austria paved the way for many more to come as he galloped to victory with the big, bold Gladstone.
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ROLEX SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER…..by Louise Parkes
16 September 2010 – Riders all around the globe are already counting down to the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final which will take place in Leipzig, Germany next April. And for competitors in the Rolex-sponsored Western European League, the qualifying season kicks off in four weeks time at Oslo in Norway.
Many of the other leagues are already well underway. There are 14 in total, and the 12-leg Australia-Pacific series, which began in April, runs through to its final in Sydney in December. The first of 13 qualifiers in the Arab League took place in Tripoli, Libya earlier this month and this series concludes in Sharjah, UAE in January. There were just three legs in the Central Asian League which is already completed, while the Caucasian League is also a tidy affair with just four rounds – two in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the remaining two in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Central European League is divided into two sub-leagues embracing 17 events and concluding with a final in Warsaw, Poland next March. There are also finals in the nine-leg Japanese series, and in the New Zealand-Pacific region which stages eight qualifiers and comes to a close at Tauranga (NZL) next February.