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News - January, 2010
Jumping schedule for PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars now available
The Jumping Schedule for this year's PSI DJWTS (March 18-20) is available now.
Riders and owners should note that entries close on February 10, 2010.
There are sections for 4yo, 5yo, 6yo and 7yo jumping horses. Each age group has two classes which are combined to determine the Championship.
New to the event this year is a Mini Prix competition with starting height of 1.30m, and a prize pool of $1100 thanks to sponsorship by the ACE Group and Premier Floats.
For spectators, tickets are available from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, phone 03 5225 1200 or follow the links on www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/DJWTS
Enquiries: Event Director - Caroline Coleby 0432 505 774 email@example.com
New APC CEO Jason Hellwig prepared for a new challenge
Jason Hellwig was today announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).
Hellwig moves into role having served as General Manager of the APC’s Sport Operations and Development division since 2003, and the Director of Operations for the 2004 and 2008 Australian Paralympic Games teams.
His appointment as Chief Executive was welcomed by APC President Greg Hartung, who said Hellwig was the person best suited to drive the APC’s business operations towards the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, and the London Games in 2012.
“Since joining the APC, Jason has managed our sport operations to help ensure Australia has maintained a position within the world’s top five nations at Paralympic Summer Games and top 10 at Paralympic Winter Games,” Mr Hartung said.
“He has also played a key role in the growth of the APC’s business, particularly in the areas of talent identification and development, team planning and delivery, classification, sport science and sports medicine.
“Jason’s experience and knowledge of International Paralympic sport is vast, and the APC Board is confident he will lead the organisation forward and ensure Australia’s Paralympic Teams continue to succeed against the best in the world.”
A former Director of the APC Board (2002-2003), Hellwig is also the current Chairman of the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletics Technical Committee and has almost two decades of sports administrative experience at a national and international level.
Hellwig will relocate from Melbourne to Sydney with his family to assume the role, and said he was excited, but equally determined, to meet the challenges ahead of the APC.
“While there are certainly many challenges ahead of us, there is a great deal of opportunity,” Hellwig said.
“The Australian Paralympic Committee is seen as a world leader in a number of facets of Paralympic Sport, both on and off the sporting arena, and I believe we are in a strong position to enhance our global standing even further.
“We know that it has never been harder to win a Paralympic medal as a growing number of countries recognise the increasing value of Paralympic sport, and the need to invest in more resources. So that sends a very clear message to us that we must continually work hard to develop and improve the way we conduct our business.”
“The APC is very fortunate to have a talented and dedicated staff, and I’m certain of our joint capability to meet all challenges that lie in front of us.”
Hellwig’s immediate focus will be the Vancouver Paralympic Games from March 12-21.
Australia will send its largest ever Winter team to the Games aiming to improve on the two medals – one silver and one bronze – won at the previous Paralympic Games in Torino in 2006.
Hellwig accepted the position as CEO after acting in the role following the departure of former chief Miles Murphy earlier this month. Murphy made the decision to develop his business interests outside the APC.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Australian Paralympic Committee
P: 02 9704 0506
M: 0417 065 409
January issue of E-news is out now
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Aussies do well at Leipzig
Congratulations to Edwina Alexander who finished 2nd in the CSI5*-W Grand Prix aboard Cevo Itot du Chateau at Leipzig (GER) last Sunday.
23-year-old Phillip Lever has formed a great partnership with Ashleigh Drossel Dan, formerly ridden by his father Laurie, jumping clear in the 16-way jump-off to finish 8th in the Grand Prix out of a field of 40 starters.
Well done Aussies!
Result: 1, Castle Forbes Libertina (Jessica Kuerten) Irl 0/0 40.52; 2, Cevo Itot du Chateau (Edwina Alexander) Aus 0/0 40.71; 3, Mylord Carthago (Penelope Leprevost) Fra 0/0 41.13; 4, Plot Blue (Marcus Ehning) Ger 0/0; 5, Couleur Rubin (Ludger Beerbaum) Ger 0/0 41.96; 6, Catoki (Philipp Weishaupt) Ger 0/0 42.21; 7, Levito (Lars Nieberg) Ger 0/0 42.98; 8, Ashleigh Drossel Dan (philipp Lever) Aus 0/0 45.04; 9, Jockey Club Can Do (Kenneth Cheng) HKG 0/4 42.75; 10, Coeur de Lion (Max Kuhner) Ger 0/4 43.84; 11, Cornet Obolensky (Marco Kutscher) Ger 0/4 44.12; 12, Winningmood (Luciana Diniz) Por 0/4 46.83; 13, Kanebo (Piergiorgio Bucci) Ita 0/6 58.31; 14, Napoli du Ry (Simon Delestre) Fra 0/8 41.08; 15, Svante Johansson) Swe 0/8 46.74; 16, Eurocommerce New Orleans (Gerco Schroder) Ned 0/8 52.05. Full results at www.engarde.de
Tickets for PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars
Ticket sales for this year’s PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars have been strong with the Gold Tickets already sold out and steady demand for the Silver Tickets.
Spectators planning to attend are reminded that the advance ticket sales – which offer a reduced ticket price and no car parking fee – will close on March 8. After that date, tickets can only be purchased at the event itself.
PSI DJWTS is being held March 18-20 at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre and promises three days of great competition which includes the Australian Young Dressage Horse Championships, and the Young Jumping Horse Championships. The Saddleworld Dressage Masterclass on the Saturday will feature Ton de Ridder, an internationally renowned trainer from Germany. There will also be an extensive trade village for shopping.
A Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle are also part of this event and are expected to attract a quality field of Australia’s leading Grand Prix dressage horses, being one of the final selection events for this year’s World Equestrian Games.
Tickets are available from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, phone 03 5225 1200 or follow the links on www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/DJWTS
FEI announces five-year global education programme for Eventing officials
FEI Press Release
The FEI announced details of a five-year Global Education Programme for Eventing Officials today. The CHF 1 million project, which will support the regular FEI Educational and Certification system for Eventing Officials at all levels, is funded by the FEI.
The mission of the Education Programme is to improve and align safety standards and support of Eventing Officials in their work worldwide. The Programme will expand and raise the quality and experience of Eventing Officials through education and training, with a specific focus on developing and less experienced countries.
The Programme also aims to promote the sport of Eventing, create new sport opportunities and improve cooperation and communication between the main participants in the sport, including National Federations, Organising Committees, Officials and Athletes.
As part of Eventing’s strategic plan of Discipline Development through Education in the Next Decade, the Programme is designed to make a significant contribution to the education of officials world-wide within the first five-year period. The project was run as a pilot scheme in 2009 but is now fully operational and will run through to the end of 2013. At the end of the five-year term, education of Eventing Officials will continue under the FEI’s regular programmes.
The Global Education Programme is based on five pillars:
1. Shadow Officiating (Eventing Judges & Technical Delegates)
2. Exchange of Eventing Officials (Eventing Judges & Technical Delegates)
3. Mentoring Scheme (Eventing Judges & Technical Delegates)
4. An annual 4-5 day workshop specifically for Course Designers, run in conjunction with a multi-level international competition
5. Selected participants travel abroad to officiate at International Events as part of the FEI Clean Sport Campaign’s education programme for Stewards. Preference may be given to fixtures hosting several equestrian disciplines, including Jumping and Dressage, to allow participants to acquire broader officiating experience. Representatives from 13 National Federations (NFs) – Belarus, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand and USA – participated in the 2009 pilot programme. A total of 78 applications from 22 NFs have been received for the 2010 scheme, with the first candidates due to officiate at the Red Hills Horse Trials, Tallahassee, USA, in March.
Giuseppe della Chiesa, Chairman of the Eventing Committee, commented: “This is an exciting time for Eventing. We launched the Eventing Risk Management Strategy and Action Plan at a very successful meeting of National Safety Officers in Sweden last weekend, and now we are announcing the Global Education Programme for Eventing Officials. The sport is on an upward curve in terms of numbers competing and our forecast for 2010 shows close to 100 new fixtures worldwide. These levels of growth are very encouraging, but risk management and education have to remain our number one priorities.”
FEI Secretary General Alex McLin said: “Education covers not just the athlete, but also welfare, technical organization and the training of the support network, such as judges, officials and course designers. The Global Education Programme for Eventing Officials is a valuable education initiative that will play a major role in expanding and raising the quality and experience of Eventing Officials worldwide.”
In a further educational initiative, the FEI is also co-funding a two-year development programme in Central and South America, following a successful pilot year in 2009. Under the scheme, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will continue to supply coaches from the USA and Canada to FEI regional Groups IV and V for 2010 and 2011 with the aim of increasing participation in regional Games in the area. Immediate goals include the 2010 Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico and the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Riders from Barbados, Bermuda, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Trinidad have already benefited from training with some of the top riders from the US and Canada. Other countries, including FEI regional Group VI, have expressed interest in the programme. The venture is funded jointly by the FEI and Las Vegas Events, which matched the FEI’s programme budget as part of its bid for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final for Dressage and Show Jumping.
New format for Olympic Dressage to be trialed
The proposed new format for Olympic dressage competition will be trialed at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival later this year, with the aim of making the sport more understandable for spectators and competitors.
The trial format is the brainchild of the FEI's dressage Task Force, led by chairman Frank Kemperman, who is also the show director of Aachen's World Equestrian Festival, which takes place from July 9 to 18. The FEI's General Assembly approved the innovations in Copenhagen in November.
"We want to make the sport more entertaining and more comprehensible," said Kemperman.
As well as detailed proposals regarding the improvement of the judging system, the Task Force has forumlated a concept for a changed competition format for Olympic Games. The team competition will now be decided in the Grand Prix Special, and the teams will start in reverse order of their Grand Prix results.
"Thus, the Nations Cup will be upgraded now, and the competition will be more exciting," Kemperman said.
New ideas regarding the judging system will also be trailed at Aachen. Innovations include more judges, so for special competitions seven judges instead of five will officiate; in marking, judges will be able to give half marks; in the Freestyle to music test judges will assume different tasks - one judge is responsible for the rating of the technical performance, and another will judge solely the artistic performance; and finally a supervisory panel, where the work of the judges is supervised.
For the Aachen competition, the "3+1" system will be applied: a country can bring four riders, but only three of them will officially start for the team - there will be no more drop score.
Courtesy of Horsetalk.co.nz
Blue Hors Matine euthanised
Dressage mare Blue Hors Matine has sadly been euthanised after breaking her leg in the paddock. Ridden by Andreas Helgstrand the 13-year-old Dutch mare was best known for her sensational freestyle performance at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen.
The video of which received over 10 million hits on you tube. She was retired from competition following an injury in 2007.
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