Dressage Nations Cup Series Approved by FEI for 3rd Year on “Trial” Basis
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 11, 2014–A third year of the dressage Nations Cup series was approved by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on Thursday, but stays on a “trial” basis for another year to complete tweaking the format.
The decision by the FEI Bureau ahead of this weekend’s General Assembly also approved the appointment of Luis Luccio of Spain to succeed David Hunt of Great Britain on the Dressage Committee for a four-year term.
Luis, 56 years old, competed for Spain at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and became dressage director of the Spanish Equestrian Federation two years ago.
He joins Frank Kemperman of the Netherlands, chairman; Thomas Baur of Germany, vice chairman; Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos of Mexico; Kyra Kyrklund of Finland, and Hans-Christian Matthiesen of Denmark on the dressage committee.
The 2016 European Dressage Championship for Young Riders, Juniors and Children was awarded to Madrid on July 6-10.:
Mar. 4-8 CDIO3* Vidauban, France;
Mar. 24-29 CDIO3* Wellington, Florida USA
June 17-21 CDIO5* Rotterdam, Netherlands
June 25-28 CDIO3* Aalborg, Denmark
July 8-12 CDIO5* Hagen. Germany
July 9-12 CDIO5* Falsterbo, Sweden
July 15-19 CDIO3* Hickstead, England
The pilot series was launched in 2013 with four events in which a total of 12 countries participated, including the United States although Wellington was not included as a host venue as it was a small tour only competition.
The series, still a pilot, expanded to six events in 2014 and 15 nations fielded teams, including Australia, Colombia and Russia, squads outside North America and Western Europe.
The Netherlands was the overall winner in both years.
Several conflicts occur in the 2015 calendar of events, including the timing of the European Championships in Aachen, Germany Aug. 11-23 whose traditional Nations Cup is being taken over by Hagen for the year.
The 2015 Wellington Nations Cup is expected to see a record lineup of teams from the Americas as preparation for the Pan Ams which will decide a single team slot and individual qualifications for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Hagen, Germany and Falsterbo, Sweden are schduled the same week and at the same time as the Pam Americans.
The Nations Cup series was created by the FEI in hopes of generating national pride and international passion just like major championships such as the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, European and Asian championships and the Pan American Games as well as regional contests like the Central American and Caribbean and South American games
The series has won strong support from particpating countries as a way for combinations with no previous similar experience the opportunity to ride in an event where team is paramount to individual performance.