News and International Event standings from FEI

May 9th, 2011

Johnstone sets the target with double down under

As anticipated, Antipodean riders seized the chance to steal a march on their northern hemisphere colleagues in the 2011 FEI World Cup™ Eventing series by targeting the second leg, at Sydney’s Weekend of Equestrian World Cups (AUS).
New Zealander Clarke Johnstone followed up his victory at Kihikihi (NZL) last month by travelling across the Tasman Sea to pick up another win aboard Orient Express, his team bronze medal-winning mount at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA).
Only three riders have won two FEI World Cup events in a season: Michael Jung (GER) last year, Megan Jones (AUS) in 2009, and Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) in 2007. Johnstone’s two wins, plus a third at Kikihihi, gives him an impressive tally of 119 points.
With riders’ three best results counting towards the final rankings, which carry a first prize of €28,000 the New Zealander could prove hard to beat. He has further chances to improve his tally as he sets off for Britain this month to further his ambition of selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Cross-Country at Sydney produced a thrillingly tight finish, with just 1.6 penalties covering the top three riders. Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose (AUS) was in pole position on Taurus, the horse on which he was also placed fourth at Kihikihi, but two fences down dropped them to eventual third.
In a repeat of Kihikihi, Chris Burton (AUS) finished second to Johnstone, moving up a place with a clear Jumping round on Holstein Park Leilani, the horse on which he made his Australian squad debut last year. However, Burton, fastest of the day across country on Newsflash, picks up valuable extra points for fifth place on that horse and is now second in the FEI World Cup™ Eventing rankings, 11 points in arrears.
Despite his nerves, Johnstone managed to keep a cool head and produce a clear Jumping round to clinch victory. “It was all pretty nerve-racking,” he admitted. “We gave one jump a little rub and because I was so nervous it probably wasn’t my most stylish jump ever!”
Summing up his overall performance, Johnstone said: “In the Dressage, I missed one flying change, but ‘Blue’ (Orient Express) went really well and he was just fantastic across country. It was fast and furious to get the optimum time because the track is hilly and twisty, but we rode it last year and almost got the time, so I knew what I had to do.”
Sixteen combinations went clear across country, but the overnight Dressage leader, Tim Boland (AUS), fell foul of fence 14, correctly predicted by former Australian team coach Wayne Roycroft to be the most difficult fence, a sequence of angled apexes. There were nine stops in total here, including for Shane Rose on his other horse, APH Moritz. Chris Burton also had a mishap with his second string, Haruzac, recording a fall on the flat at a corner. Twenty of the original 30 starters completed the competition.
The FEI World Cup™ Eventing action now moves across the world to Great Britain, where northern hemisphere-based riders will have their first chance to climb the rankings at Chatsworth (May 14-15).
1 Clarke Johnstone/Orient Express (NZL) 45.4 + 0 + 0 = 45.4
2 Chris Burton/Holstein Park Leilani (AUS) 45.9 + 0 + 0 = 45.9
3 Shane Rose/Taurus (AUS) 44.4 + 0 + 8 = 52.3
4 Stuart Tinney/Vettori AUS) 46.3 + 6.4 + 0 = 52.7
5 Chris Burton/Newsflash (AUS) 53.5 + 0 + 0 = 53.5
6 Megan Jones/Kirby Park Allofasudden (AUS) 50.0 + 2.8 + 4 = 56.8
7 Craig Barrett/Sandhills Brillaire (AUS) 56.7 + 4.4 + 0 = 61.1
8 Soigne Jackson/Gold (AUS) 63.2 + 0 + 4 = 67.2
FEI World Cup™ Eventing Standings (after 2 of 7 events)
1 Clarke Johnstone (NZL) 118
2 Chris Burton (AUS) 108
3 Shane Rose (AUS) 70
4 Stuart Tinney (AUS) 34
5 Brent Jury (NZL) 32
6 Megan Jones (AUS) 30
7 Craig Barrett (AUS) 28
8 Soigne Jackson (AUS) 26
9 Heath RYAN (AUS) 2
10 Tallara Barwick (AUS) 2
11 Crystal Conning (AUS) 2
12 Wilhelm Enzinger (AUS) 2
13 Cassie Lowe (AUS) 2
14 Simon Gordon (NZL) 2
FEI World Cup™ Eventing Calendar 2011
Kihikihi (NZL) 7-10 April
Sydney (AUS) 6-8 May
Chatsworth (GBR) 14-15 May
Strzegom (POL) 23-26 June
Minsk (BLR) 13-17 July
Malmö (SWE) 5-7 August
Le Pin au Haras (FRA), 18-21 August 2011

May 10th, 2011

FEI and IMG Media sign new four year broadcast rights distribution contract

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has signed a new four-year contract with IMG Media (IMG), a division of the global sports, fashion and media company IMG Worldwide, that will ensure global distribution of the FEI’s major equestrian events to television audiences worldwide. The contract runs through to the end of 2014.

The renewed agreement covers the distribution of broadcast rights to FEI flagship events such as the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 , the FEI European Championships 2011 and 2013 in the Olympic Disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing and the finals of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage through to 2014 outside EBU territories.

The contract also covers worldwide broadcast distribution of the FEI’s prestigious and successful annual series such as the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping, the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage  Western European Leagues and the HSBC FEI Classics™ in Eventing.

Carsten Couchouron, FEI Executive Director Commercial, welcomed the renewed contract with IMG: “Our cooperation with IMG is a key element of our overall broadcast media distribution strategy. IMG is the world’s largest independent distributor of sports programming and they have a physical presence in more than 30 countries and daily contact with thousands of international broadcast media. We are convinced that this is the best route to maximise global exposure of equestrian sport and bring it to an even bigger audience. We are looking forward to continuing and further developing this fruitful partnership”.

Michel Masquelier, President, IMG Media, stated: “IMG is delighted to renew with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Equestrian sport is a first-class property and IMG is proud to be associated with the FEI. Together we will bring its media coverage to new heights.”

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