The Stage Is Set for an Exciting 14th Season

Australia’s Boyd Exell won his fifth World Cup title in Bordeaux (FRA) in February 2014. Photo: Rinaldo de Craen/FEI.

Lausanne (SUI), 19 November 2014 – The world’s best four-in-hand drivers are getting ready for an exciting new FEI World Cup™ Driving season which kicks off this weekend at the Stuttgart German Masters. It follows the thrilling outdoor qualification period consisting of 13 events held all over Europe throughout the summer.

The year has been very successful for Australia’s Boyd Exell who won his fifth World Cup title in Bordeaux (FRA) in February and was crowned world champion for the third time in a row at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy in early September.

American driver Chester Weber, who won individual silver in Normandy and came in on top in Windsor (GBR), Saumur (FRA), and Aachen (GER), was leading the standings for most of qualification period but decided not to compete in the indoor World Cup.

IJsbrand Chardon, Koos de Ronde and individual world bronze medallist Theo Timmerman, who were on the invincible Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 Dutch team last summer, all qualified for the indoor season along with József Dobrovitz (HUN), winner of CAIO4* Vecsés in his home country, who finished in fourth position on the qualification standings.

Christoph Sandmann (GER), the marathon winner in Caen, and German national champion Georg von Stein have also secured World Cup starting places.

Hungary’s Zoltán Lázár, who won CAI3* Fábiansebestyen on home ground and placed eighth in the standings, decided to withdraw from the indoor series. Mark Weusthof (NED) came in ninth but being the fourth Dutch driver to make the Top Ten, he cannot compete in accordance with the series rules which permit a maximum of three athletes per National Federation. This allowed rookie Glenn Geerts (BEL), in 11th place, and the experienced FEI World Cup™ drivers Werner Ulrich (SUI), 12th, and Fredrik Persson (SWE), 13th, to start.

Second team

Most of the World Cup drivers have put together a second team of horses especially for the series. Newcomer Glenn Geerts usually drives a team of KWPN chestnuts but he is also training a team of Lipizzaners for his first FEI World Cup™ Driving season. Geerts received the wild card in Mechelen during the previous three years and is looking forward to his first World Cup competition in Stuttgart.

The new season

The FEI World Cup™ Driving season 2014/2015 consists of seven competitions organised in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Great Britain, and Belgium.

Five drivers will compete at each event and organisers may give wild cards. The top five drivers compete at four events, the remaining five drivers will start at three events.

The scores from the best three events count. The top six drivers after the last qualifier at CSI-W Leipzig (GER) qualify for the Final, which has just been allocated to Bordeaux (FRA) for the fourth consecutive time.

Competitors FEI World Cup™ Driving 2014-2015/Final Standings World Cup qualification:

  1. Chester Weber (USA) 92
  2. Boyd Exell (AUS) 84
  3. Theo Timmerman (NED) 84
  4. József Dobrovitz (HUN) 77
  5. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 75
  6. Christoph Sandmann (GER) 74
  7. Koos de Ronde (NED) 71
  8. Zoltán Lázár (HUN) 67
  9. Mark Weusthof (NED) 60
  10. Georg von Stein (GER) 58
  11. Glenn Geerts (BEL) 57
  12. Werner Ulrich (SUI) 56
  13. Fredrik Persson (SWE) 53

Calendar

Stuttgart (GER), 21-22 November 2014
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
Christoph Sandmann (GER)
Glenn Geerts (BEL)

Stockholm (SWE), 28-0 November 2014
Fredrik Persson (SWE)
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Theo Timmerman (NED)
Werner Ulrich (SUI)
Glenn Geerts (BEL)

Budapest (HUN), 29-30 November 2014
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
Christoph Sandmann (GER)
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Georg von Stein (GER)

Geneva (SUI), 12-14 December 2014
Georg von Stein (GER)
Werner Ulrich (SUI)
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
Christoph Sandmann (GER)

London Olympia (GBR), 19-20 December 2014
Fredrik Persson (SWE)
Theo Timmerman (NED)
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Glenn Geerts (BEL)
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)

Mechelen (BEL), 29-30 December 2014
Georg von Stein (GER)
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Christoph Sandmann (GER)
Fredrik Persson (SWE)
Theo Timmerman (NED)

Leipzig (GER), 16-18 January 2015
Theo Timmerman (NED)
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Werner Ulrich (SUI)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)

Bordeaux (FRA) FINAL, 7-8 February 2015
Open to the top six athletes after CAI-W Leipzig

The first qualifier of the FEI World Cup™ Driving 2014/2015 season takes place on Saturday, 22 November at the Stuttgart German Masters and will be broadcast live on FEI TV, the FEI’s official video platform, at 13.40 CET (local time in Germany, GMT+1 hour). For information on this event, go to the official website or contact Press Officer Jörg Klopfer, joerg.klopfer@in.stuttgart.de, +49 7 11 95 54 31 28.

By Cindy Timmer

Media Contact:

Malina Gueorguiev
Manager Press Relations
malina.gueorguiev@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 33

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