Articles: Press Release
U.S. Show Jumpers Second in First Leg of Samsung Super League with FEI;
Belgians are Best in La Baule
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
4047 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258-2472
Fax (859) 231-6662
Web site: www.usef.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2008
>From an FEI Press Release by Louise Parkes
La Baule, France -- The Belgian team came out on top in the first leg of
the 2008 Samsung Super League with FEI series in La Baule, France this
afternoon. This was a tough start to the season, with fortunes
fluctuating as the competition progressed, but it was Ludo Philippaerts
double-clear, one of the just two on the day, that sealed the result for
the team which only returned to the elite level of nations' cup show
jumping last season after relegation in 2005.
The USA shared the second spot with Switzerland and Ireland while the
Swiss rallied brilliantly after finding themselves at the bottom of the
order at the end of round one, and the Irish survived some shaky moments
thanks to solid performances from Edward Doyle and Denis Lynch.
It wasn't a good day for Sweden however. They have clung on desperately
to their Samsung Super League with FEI status over the past two seasons,
but although they were very competitive after the opening round today,
12-fault second-round results for both Rigmor Arvidsson-Maggi and Lotta
Schultz sent them plummeting to last place. It looks like they could be
facing another uphill struggle as the 2008 series gets underway.
The host team from France had plenty to celebrate. The 2003/2004 series
winners may not be part of the Super League family this season but they
showed they remain seriously competitive. A copy-book display from 59
year old Michel Robert riding Koro d'Or produced the only other
double-clear of the afternoon and helped secure joint-fifth for France
along with the surprisingly erratic Dutch, while Great Britain started
strongly but fell back to finish seventh ahead of Germany in eighth and
the trailing Swedes in ninth.
Course designer Frederic Cottier presented a straight-forward test with
no nasty traps but, as always, when the action moves outside to big
grass arenas after the restrictions of the winter indoors then horses
and riders have to adjust and Cottier came up with a master-plan to help
them do just that. The Samsung vertical at fence five hit the ground
more than once as anxiety about the following water took hold, while the
penultimate triple combination also claimed plenty of scalps. However
problems were widespread throughout the 12-fence track.
At the end of round one it was the British who held the whip hand with
just six faults on the board after a clear from Nick Skelton and Russel,
a single time-fault form Ben Maher and Rolette and five faults for
Robert Smith with Ronaldo, Tim Gredley providing the drop-score with
four fences down for Omelli.
The Belgians however were already looking strong and lay second
following clears from both Philippaerts and his stallion Cavalor's
Winningmood and Judy-Ann Melchior with Aktion Pur Z so that they only
counted the eight collected by Philippe Le Jeune and Vigo d'Arsouilles
as the three mistakes from Niels Bruynseels and Item de Quintin were
The French were also impressive, Kevin Staut and Kraque Boom Bois Margot
bringing a roar of approval from the packed stands as he kicked off for
the host country with a clear and Robert bringing up the rear with Koro
d'Or in exactly the same fashion while Timothee Anciaume registered nine
faults with Jarnac and Patrice Deleveau left two fences on the floor
with Katchinamail Normandie. Sharing second spot with the Belgians and
French at the half-way point were Sweden and the USA also on eight
faults - Sweden's Peter Eriksson (Jaguar Mail) and Lotta Schultz
(Calibra) making just single errors, and Helena Lundback going clear
with Bukowskis Erbblume to discard the 12 recorded by Rigmor
Arvidsson-Maggi with Gentano.
Veteran Olympian Anne Kursinski was the American pathfinder and the
49-year-old showed the wealth of her experience with a four-fault result
for Roxana before Charlie Jayne, riding on his first Super League squad
collected eight with Urbanus. Kate Levy (another first timer) and Vent
du Nord left just one on the floor and then Will Simpson rounded up the
US effort with a great clear from the little Holsteiner gelding El
Campeon's Carlsson Vom Dach.
The Irish slotted into equal-fifth after four fault results from Edward
Doyle (Sequoyah Farms Utopia), River Foyle (Capt Shane Carey) and Denis
Lynch (Lantinus) allowed Cian O'Connor's 12 with Irish Independent Echo
Beach to be dropped, and also sharing a score of 12 faults at this stage
were Germany's Thomas Voss (Leonardo B), Thomas Muhlbauer (Asti
Spumante), Max Kuhner (Arcantus GK) and Otto Becker (Dobel's Cordina) -
Voss picking up five faults while the remainder collected just four.
Second-last at the end of round one were the Dutch - Angelique Hoorn
(Blauwendraad's O'Brien) and Gerco Schroder (Eurocommerce Berlin) with
four faults apiece, Marc Houtzager (Opium) with five and Vincent Voorn
(Audi's Alpapillon-Armanie) providing the drop-score with 12 while
Switzerland languished at the bottom. Both pathfinder Christina Liebherr
(LB No Mercy) and anchor-man Steve Guerdat (Jalisca Solier) had just one
fence down but two errors from both Jane Richard (Jalia de Gaverie) and
Pius Schwizer (Nobless M) left the Swiss carrying 16 faults into round
Clears from Richard - who showed real promise with a good performance in
the Samsung Super League with FEI in Dublin last August - and Guerdat
second time out raised Switzerland's profile dramatically in the second
round when they added just four more to their tally to finish on a score
of 20. The Dutch added eight - Houtzager keeping a clean sheet this time
out but Hoorn and Voorn having one down while Schroder dropped two - to
finish on 21. The Germans couldn't produce a single clear - Voss and
Becker collecting eight and Muhlbauer and Kuhner four apiece to complete
with 28 while the Irish were saved by a superb last-to-go clear from
Denis Lynch after Doyle held firm with another four, Carey picked up a
dangerous 16 and O'Connor recovered to leave just one down this time
American hopes were high when Kursinski repeated her first-round
performance of four and then Jayne produced a spectacular clear. If
Levy's 12 could be dropped and if Simpson could go clear then they would
finish with 12 on the board and that would really put the pressure on
those ahead of them. But two mistakes proved costly although the
20-fault result which left them sharing second place at the end of the
day was creditable for this very new American selection.
The Swedes meanwhile were in all kinds of trouble, losing their grip
completely when adding 24 faults in round two, while the French looked
much more vulnerable second time out until rescued by Robert's great
second clear to finish on 21 faults. Now it was down to the leading
nations and when Le Jeune kicked off with a clear this time out,
Melchior had just one down and Philippaerts re-enacted his foot-perfect
first effort then Bruynseels eight could be dropped to give them a final
total of 12. The British still had some leeway but any more than one
fence down would threaten their advantage. Russel landed in the water
and also picked up a time-fault for Skelton, Gredley collected another
nine faults, Maher picked up eight and as Smith entered the ring the
chance of taking runner-up spot hung in the balance. If he could stay
clear then Britain would complete on 19 faults and that would be good
enough to slot in behind the Belgians but a fence down on the last line
put paid to that.
Phlippaerts said the course today was ideal. "It was a really nice track
- not too big but technical enough for the horses and riders here - the
Chef de Piste did a great job!" he said. And he believed that this was a
big day for Belgian show jumping because his country has never won a
Samsung Super League with FEI competition before - "I believe we won the
Nations Cup here in La Baule in 1999, but it was not the Super League
then" he pointed out. He complimented his fellow-riders - "Judy-Ann was
very good and Philippe too with eight faults and then a clear - also
Niels - he is a young rider and he did a good job today" he insisted.
He was delighted with his nine year old stallion Cavalor's Winningmood
who lived up to his name this afternoon. "I bought him when he was six
months old so I have him a long time and I always thought he was a
special horse - today he proved it" and now he says Belgium looks
forward to more good results in the 2008 Samsung Super League with FEI
series. "We can put together teams and with some older and some younger
riders and it will work well" he said.
At the post-competition press conference there was much discussion about
the course which did not appear too complicated but which demanded a lot
of respect. Course-designer Cottier said that his philosophy was not too
build too big and to make it difficult for the riders but comfortable
for the horses and, it seems, he succeeded in doing just that. The
Belgian team in particular told him he did an excellent job today - and
with a smile Monsieur Cottier said - "that's nice - now I will go and
ask the Germans and Swedish if they think the same thing....,"
Their view was probably a little different - but they all have a chance
to change their positions on the 2008 Samsung Super League with FEI
leaderboard at the next leg in Rome in two weeks time.......
1. BELGIUM 12 flts - Vigo d'Arsouilles (Philippe Le Jeune) 8/0, Item du
Quintin (Niels Bruynseels) 12/ 8, Aktion Pur Z (Judy-Ann Melchior) 0/4,
Cavalor's Winningmood (Ludo Philippaerts) 0/0.
Equal 2. SWITZERLAND 20 flts - LB No Mercy (Christina Liebherr) 4/4,
Jalia de Gaverie (Richard Jane) 8/0, Nobless M (Pius Schwizer) 8/4,
Jalisca Solier (Steve Guerdat) 4/0.
IRELAND 20 flts - Sequoyah Farms Utopia (Edward Doyle) 4/4 , River Foyle
(Capt Shane Carey) 4/16, Irish Independent Echo Beach (Cian O'Connor)
12/4, Lantinus (Denis Lynch) 4/0.
USA 20 flts - Roxana (Anne Kursinski) 4/4, Urbanus (Charlie Jayne) 8/0,
Vent du Nord (Kate Levy) 4/12, El Campeon's Carlsson vom Dach (Will
Equal 5. FRANCE 21 flts - Kraque Boom Bois Margot (Kevin Staut) 0/8,
Jarnac (Timothee Anciaume) 9/5, Katchinamail Normandie (Patrice
Deleveau) 8/8, Koro d'Or (Michel Robert) 0/0.
NETHERLANDS 21 flts - Blauwendraad's O'Brien (Angelique Hoorn) 4/4,
Audi's Alpapillon-Armanie (Vincent Voorn) 12/4, Opium VS (Marc
Houtzager) 5/0, Eurocommerce Berlin (Gerco
7. GREAT BRITAIN 22 flts - Russel (Nick Skelton) 0/ 5, Omelli (Tim
Gredley) 16/9, Rolette (Ben Maher) 1/8, Ronaldo (Robert Smith) 5/4.
8. GERMANY 28 flts - Leonardo B (Thomas Voss) 5/8, Asti Spumante (Thomas
Muhlbauer) 4/4, Arcantus GK (Max Kuhner) 4/4, Dobel's Cordina (Otto
9. SWEDEN 32 flts - Jaguar Mail (Peter Eriksson) 4/8, Gentano (Rigmor
Arvidsson-Maggi) 12/12, Calibra (Lotta Schultz) 4/12 , Bukowskis
Erbblume (Helena Lundback) 0/4.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE WITH FEI 2008 - LEADERBOARD AFTER FIRST LEG AT LA
1. Belgium - 10 points
2. Switzerland, Ireland, USA - 5.33
5. The Netherlands - 3
6. Great Britain - 2
7. Germany - 1
8. Sweden - 0.5.
For further details about the first leg of the series at La Baule check
out WEBSITE www.labaule-cheval.com. Show President is Rene Pasquier,
Show Director is Damien Dejoie and Press Officer is Veronique Gauthier -
The second leg of the series takes place at the Piazza di Siena in Rome,
Italy on Friday 23 May. Show President at the French fixture is Cesare
Croce, Show Director is Marco Danese and Press Officer is Maria
Calabretta - Email email@example.com WEBSITE www.fise.it
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE - NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL PASSION!
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE WITH FEI - 2008 CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
ROUND 1 - La Baule (FRA) 5-11 May; ROUND 2 - Rome (ITA) 22-25 May; ROUND
3 - St Gallen (SUI) 29 May - 1 June: ROUND 4 - Rotterdam (NED) 18-22
June; ROUND 5 - Aachen (GER) 1-6 July; ROUND 6 - Hickstead (GBR) 24-27
July; ROUND 7 - Dublin (IRL) 8-10 August; ROUND 8 and FINAL - Barcelona
(ESP) 18-21 September.
You can access all the latest Samsung Super League with FEI news and
information on website www.samsungsuperleague.com
Samsung Electronics, one of the world's largest electronics companies,
is committed to supporting international sporting events, thereby
returning corporate profits to the public and working towards a more
harmonious and equitable society.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.