Articles: Press Release
U.S. Third in Third Leg of Samsung Super League
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June 2, 2007
St. Gallen, Switzerland-They say a week is a long time in politics, but
the fortunes of international show jumpers can be equally unpredictable
as last week's Samsung Super League with FEI winners from Great Britain
found out today when failing to complete the third leg of the 2007
series in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where The Netherlands recorded a
resounding victory. The U.S. sustained a noble drive and ended up third.
On an afternoon that produced only two double-clear performances-one
from the winning side's Angelique Hoorn riding O'Brien and the other
from Christian Ahlmann and Coster from the second-placed German team-the
pendulum swung wildly at various times. However, the U.S. team of Olinda
(Todd Minikus), Miss Independent (Laura Kraut), Cristallo (Richard
Spooner), and Authentic (Beezie Madden), which looked to be in trouble
at one stage, rallied brilliantly to finish ahead of Belgium in fourth
while the much-fancied Swiss had to settle for fifth ahead of France.
Sweden finished seventh, but that was only one place better than the
British, who didn't finish at all after double-elimination for Nick
Skelton and Ark,o and big scores from William Funnell (Cortaflex
Mondriaan) and Tim Stockdale (Fresh Direct Corlato). Not even the genius
of anchorman John Whitaker could rescue the situation in the closing
The British were already sharing last place with the French at the end
of the first round, and it was the final line on the course set by Swiss
designer Rolf Ludi that was the undoing of many. The second-last fence
was a big wall on a related distance to the final triple combination
which opened with a vertical followed by one stride to an oxer and two
long strides to another oxer. It stretched many horses to their limit as
Angelique Hoorn confirmed afterwards. "You really needed a lot of scope
there...the two long strides to the last oxer was very difficult," she
The Swedes were hampered by nine-fault results from Helena Lundback
(Madick) and Lotta Schultz (Calibra) and carried 14 into the second
round when Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Ninja la Silla made a single mistake
and Royne Zetterman and Isaac picked up just one time penalty. U.S.
nerves were rattled by a 12-fault result for Laura Kraut and Miss
Independent and nine for Richard Spooner and Cristallo. But, Todd
Minikus and Olinda had just one fence down, and Beezie Madden's clear
with Authentic raised spirits dramatically to leave them on a
first-round tally of 13.
The Belgians were just one fault ahead on 12 after an encouraging
opening clear from Philippe Lejeune and Vigo D'Arsouilles, while Patrick
McEntee's nine faults with Every Mury Marais Z could be discarded when
Marc Van Djick (Verlest Goliath) collected four and World Champion Jos
Lansink had two fences down.
The Swiss were well in touch when Christina Liebherr and LB No Mercy
opened with a clear, and with Markus Fuchs' five faults with Nirmette
discounted, they completed round one on a score of eight when both
Werner Muff (Plot Blue) and Beat Mandli (Ideo du Thot) faulted once.
They were to slip down the order, however, in round two. The Germans
completed round one carrying only the six faults collected by Ludger
Beerbaum and Couleur Rubin after clears from both Marcus Ehning (Noltes
Kuchengirl) and Christian Ahlmann (Coster), and the discounted eight
from Marco Kutscher and Cash.
Leading the posse was The Netherlands with the five picked up by Vincent
Voorn and Audi's Alpapilllion-Armanie. There was considerable pressure
on the final partnership of Gerco Schroder and Eurocommerce Berlin after
FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Gold medalists Albert Zoer and Okidoki
uncharacteristically left four on the floor, but Hoorn's opening clear
was matched by Schroder to ensure that was discarded.
Germany added just four more to finish with 10 on the board and take
second spot while the U.S. improved from fifth to finish third on 17
faults thanks to clears from Kraut and Spooner. Belgium added eight more
to complete on 20 for fourth spot as the Swiss slipped to fifth when,
following elimination for Fuchs and Nirmette, single errors from
Liebherr and Muff and five more faults from Mandli had to be counted.
It was second-round clears from Guillon and Hecart that raised the
French from the bottom of the order to finish sixth with 22 faults, but
the Swedes added 13 more to their tally despite a second-round clear
from Lundback to complete on a total of 27. The British took a
battering, however, when Skelton and Arko were eliminated for a second
time. Funnell could only manage to match his first-round score of nine
and when Stockdale picked up 13 faults, there was nothing Whitaker could
do to save the day so he withdrew.
The Germans are already stretching their lead at the top of the table
with a seven-point advantage over the Swiss in second while the Dutch
now lie third, narrowly ahead of Belgium in fourth. Below the British
there is a struggle going on between the French in sixth, the U.S. in
seventh and the Swedes who have now dropped to the bottom. These three
are separated by only a few points, and as the series draws towards the
halfway stage the relegation danger-zone is not where any nation wants
1. THE NETHERLANDS - 6 faults: O'Brien (Angelique Hoorn) 0/ 0, Audi's
Alpapillon-Armanie (Vincent Voorn) 5/9, Okidoki (Albert Zoer) 16/ 0,
Eurocommerce Berlin (Gerco Schroder) 0/1.
2. GERMANY - 10 faults: Noltes Kuchengirl (Marcus Ehning) 0/4, Couleur
Rubin (Ludger Beerbaum) 6/0, Cash (Marco Kutscher) 8/4 , Coster
(Christian Ahlmann) 0/0.
3. UNITED STATES - 17 faults: Olinda (Todd Minikus) 4/4, Miss
Independent (Laura Kraut) 12/0, Cristallo (Richard Spooner) 9/0,
Authentic (Beezie Madden) 0/Ret.
4. BELGIUM - 20 faults: Vigo D'Arsouilles (Philippe Lejeune) 0/ 9, Every
Mury Marais Z (Patrick McEntee) 9/ 4, Verelst Goliath (Marc Van Djick)
4/4, Al Kaheel Turbo R (Jos Lansink) 8/0.
5. SWITZERLAND - 21 faults: LB No Mercy (Christina Liebherr) 0/4,
Nirmette (Markus Fuchs) 5/Elim, Plot Blue (Werner Muff) 4/ 4, Ideo du
Thot (Beat Mandli) 4/5.
6. FRANCE - 22 faults: Ideal de la Loge (Roger-Yves Bost) 5/4, Ilostra
Dark (Eugenie Angot) 13/5, Ionesco de Brekka (Olivier Guillon) 4/0, Itot
du Chateau (Michel Hecart) 9/0.
7. SWEDEN - 27 faults: Madick (Helena Lundback) 9/0, Ninja la Silla
(Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) 4/5, Isaac (Royne Zetterman) 1/ 8, Calibra 11
(Lotta Schultz) 9/8.
8. GREAT BRITAIN - Retired: Arko (Nick Skelton) Elim/ Elim, Cortaflex
Mondriaan (William Funnell) 9/9, Fresh Direct Corlato (Tim Stockdale)
8/13, Peppermill (John Whitaker) 1/DNS.
Samsung Super League with FEI - Leaderboard after Round 3 at St. Gallen,
1. Germany - 21.75
2. Switzerland - 14.75
3. Netherlands - 14.0
4. Belgium - 13.75
5. Great Britain - 11.0
6. France - 9.75
7. USA - 7.0
8. Sweden - 5.5
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE - NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL PASSION!
For further information about the Samsung Super League with FEI at St.
Gallen, Switzerland, visit www.csio.ch . Show
President is Peter Stoessel, Show Director is Urs Schiendorfer and Press
Officer is Peter Wyrsch. E-mail: email@example.com. Tel:
The next leg of the series takes place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on
Friday June 22. For further information on the Dutch fixture, visit
www.chio.nl . Show President in Rotterdam is Frans
Lavoy, Show Director is Emile Hendrix and Press Officer is Anita
Lussenburg. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEI Press Release
As the National Governing Body (NGB) of Equestrian Sport, the United
States Equestrian Federation(r), Inc. (USEF) is the regulatory body for
28 breeds and disciplines, including our country's international teams
competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
para-equestrian, reining, show jumping and vaulting. With over 87,000
members, it is the country's largest multi-breed organization and
annually license more than 2,800 competitions nationwide. The USEF
governs all aspects of competition, including education and licensing of
all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate shows.
Vision Statement: The vision of United States Equestrian Federation(r)
is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of
America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the
Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the
welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best
national equestrian federation in the world.