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PRESS KIT 2013/14

LYON (FRA) FINAL Updated on 10 April 2014


Content All the information about the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2013/2014 is available HERE. Head to head of two mighty talents at 2014 Reem Acra Final by Louise Parkes.......................................................................... page 4 Presentation of Reem Acra .......................................................... page 10 Simplified rules.......................................................................... page 13 Understanding Dressage ............................................................. page 16 The calendar ............................................................................. page 18 Competition timetable ................................................................ page 20 FEI TV broadcast timetable ......................................................... page 20 The participants ......................................................................... page 22 The officials .............................................................................. page 23 News........................................................................................ page 25 Results ..................................................................................... page 27 The history ............................................................................... page 31 FEI World Cup™ Dressage champions .......................................... page 36 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage online ................................. page 38 Contact .................................................................................... page 39 • Organiser • FEI • FEI broadcast coordination

Cover page photo caption: Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW were crowned the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage champions 2013 for the first time in their career. © Arnd Bronkhorst/FEI

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Head to head of two mighty talents at Reem Acra Final By Louise Parkes

There is nothing more fascinating than witnessing two mighty talents going head to head, so the anticipation and excitement in the lead-up to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014 at Lyon (FRA) next week is at an all-time high. Take the precision, elegance, energy and control of the defending champions, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, and pit that against the extravagance, flair, power and presence of the Olympic and European champions and multiple record-breakers Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro from Great Britain, and you have the recipe for an electrifying weekend of competition. The lightness in their way of going has delighted the judges and spectators alike as these two dancing horses have raised the bar for all others in recent times. The 29th FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final brings together 18 riders from 11 nations who have qualified from four different Leagues around the globe. And while the Western European League in particular throws up some of the strongest contenders, there is little doubt that the biggest threat to a back-toback double for Langehanenberg comes from the sole British representative. Powerhouse of the sport The last time these two powerhouses of the sport met was at the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships at Herning in Denmark last summer when Langehanenberg helped her country clinch the team title for the 22nd time with her brilliant last-to-go ride. She did so with cool conviction, but the following day, when all the main contenders were plagued by big blunders, she had to settle for Grand Prix Special silver behind Dujardin who also made a significant mistake in her test. Dujardin then went on to add the European Freestyle title to her ever-growing medal haul and, over the winter months, continued her amazing run of form when raising the Freestyle world record target score to a colossal 93.975 when victorious at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage qualifier at Olympia, London in December. This record was previously set at 92.300 by The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and the black stallion Totilas at the same venue in 2009. Dujardin now holds all three world records at the same time - for Freestyle, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix. Those watching Langehanenberg closely, however, have noticed her personalbest Freestyle scores, first at Stuttgart (GER) last November where she

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posted 89.775 and then at Neumunster (GER) in February where Damon Hill NRW earned a mark of 90.375, are moving ever-closer to those of her British counterpart. When it comes to next week’s showdown in Lyon, both ladies are likely to be very aware that mistakes of any kind could prove very costly indeed in the battle for the coveted Reem Acra trophy. Most success The record books show that The Netherlands is the nation with most success at this Final, with 12 wins in total. Nine of those underlined the extraordinary dominance of a single rider, Anky van Grunsven, who really put Freestyle Dressage on the map with her gift for showmanship and choreography. Over a 13-year period between her first victory with the brilliant Bonfire at Los Angeles (USA) in 1995 and her last, with Salinero on home ground at ‘sHertogenbosch (NED) in 2008, van Grunsven enjoyed a spectacular nine-time winning spree that has left her in a league all her own. Her greatest rival down the years was Germany’s Isabell Werth, the double FEI World Cup™ Dressage champion, also an exceptional athlete who won her first title with Fabienne at Gothenburg (SWE) in 1992, her second 15 years later with Warum Nicht FRH in Las Vegas (USA) and she has been runner-up on no less than four occasions. And 44-year-old Werth continues to amaze, currently lying sixth on the FEI World Dressage rankings which are led by Dujardin in No. 1 spot, Langehanenberg in second and Dutchman Edward Gal in third ahead of Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven. Missing out Denmark’s Anna Kasprzak lies fifth but is missing out on the Reem Acra Final after having to forfeit her qualifying spot due to a fall last week. She has been replaced by Mikala Gundersen who, like Lars Petersen, is US-based, and making up the Danish trio of representatives at Lyon is Nanna Skodborg Merrald, who made the cut through consistent placings on the Reem Acra Western European League circuit over the winter months. Dong Seon Kim from Korea, who is also based in America, has taken the single qualifying spot available to riders not represented in any of the four designated leagues, while Tina Konyot and Cesar Parra were last week named as the North American League contenders. Inessa Merkulova will fly the Russian flag, but the prize for the most long-distance traveller already goes to Australia’s Mary Hanna, winner of the Pacific League.

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Youngest contenders Two of the youngest competitors are 28-year-old Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl from Germany and Holland’s Danielle Heijkoop, who turns 27 next Wednesday. Heijkoop joins Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud to complete the impressive Dutch line-up, Marcela Krinke Susmelj competes for Switzerland, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven represents Sweden and Marc Boblet will fly the French flag with pride. It is of course expected that younger athletes will continue to improve and develop with the passage of time, but that only serves to make it all the more remarkable that, at just 28 years of age, Dujardin has already achieved more than all the rest put together during her short career that only really began in earnest when she was given the ride on Valegro three years ago. It normally takes a lifetime to develop the required skills, but the girl who worked for Carl Hester as a groom before the British Dressage rider and trainer noticed her exceptional talent has rocketed to the very top like a shooting star. Langehanenberg, still only 31, has taken a different route. As she said before last year’s triumph at the Final in Gothenburg, she owes much of her success to the experience she has gained from competing in the Reem Acra series over several years. No easy task Langehanenberg knows that pinning Dujardin back will be no easy task, but the defending champion has an unerring belief in her stallion Damon Hill NRW. Taking on the British rider and her gelding Valegro, holds no fears. She travels to this year’s Reem Acra Final in the knowledge that, if everything falls into place and if she and her horse continue their increasingly upward scoring pattern, she can successfully challenge the British duo and, perhaps, retain the coveted Reem Acra crown. Facts and Figures Lyon (FRA) presents the 29th FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final from 17 to 21 April. Defending Reem Acra champions are Germany's Helen Langehanenberg and the stallion Damon Hill NRW. A total of 18 riders from 11 nations will challenge for the 2014 title.

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The Netherlands holds the record for most wins at the Final, with 12 in total. German riders are next on the list of winning-most countries with nine victories. The Netherlands' Anky van Grunsven boosted the Dutch statistics with a spectacular nine-time winning spree that was spread over a 13-year period. Van Grunsven recorded her first victory with the brilliant Bonfire at Los Angeles (USA) in 1995 and secured her last, with Salinero, on home ground at 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) in 2008. There was a last-minute change to the Danish line-up for the 2014 Final when Anna Kasprzak was injured in a fall and was replaced by Mikala Gundersen, who earned her qualifying points in the North American League Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany will all be strongly represented with three riders each.

Photo caption: Defending Reem Acra champions, Germany's Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, will face the toughest of opposition from Olympic and European champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro from Great Britain at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014 at Lyon, France. Photo: FEI/Karl Heinz Frieler, Kit Houghton.

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Photo caption: Reem Acra spring 2014 bridal collection

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Presentation of Reem Acra www.reemacra.com

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Reem Acra’s designs epitomize global glamour by offering women her innate fashion sense, European style and understanding of what looks and feels beautiful. Interlaced with her sense of luxury, her regal designs are developed with a modern aesthetic. The ready-to-wear and bridal collections evoke an ethereal quality, which appeals to a discerning clientele, including personalities, royalty and style-setting women from all over the world. In 1997, Acra launched her fashion business with a bridal collection that quickly became recognized for its elegance and impeccable designs. This success led to the introduction of the Reem Acra prêt-a-porter collection six years later. Similar to its bridal counterpart, the collection features meticulously constructed designs ranging from understated chic to ornate. It is distinctly modern but marked by rich color, lush fabrics, playful patterns and flawless construction. While attending the American University of Beirut, Acra was discovered by a fashion editor. Captivated by the lavishly embroidered silk organza gown that was made by Acra from her mother’s dining room tablecloth and worn to a party, the editor instantly offered to host a fashion show for Acra that took place ten days later. Following the serendipitous encounter, Acra studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and its Paris counterpart at Esmod. After a short stint as an interior designer, Acra returned to her fashion roots while working in Hong Kong and New York. A style-setting friend wore Acra’s first bridal design to her society wedding, sparking international interest for the designer and Reem Acra Bridal was born. The gowns became renowned for transforming classic bridal designs through the finest silks, intricate beading and exquisite embroidery. Celebrated for her ability to match a look to a woman’s personality, Acra has dressed global icons of style for weddings, red carpet appearances and awards ceremonies. Her following includes established stars like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Eva Longoria; up-andcoming starlets like Kristen Stewart and Taylor Swift; as well as royal families around the world. Acra’s prêt-a-porter and bridal collections are carried by some of the world's most exclusive retailers. These stores include; Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States, as well as Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols in the Middle East. Her designs are also available at top specialty retailers across the world in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Istanbul, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

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Photo caption: Reem Acra spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection

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Simplified rules The FEI World Cup™ Dressage is a series of competitions at FEI Grand Prix level, comprising qualifying events (CDI-W) and a Final. The FEI has established four Leagues: • the Western European League. The title sponsor of the Western European League is the New York-based fashion designer Reem Acra and the League is referred to as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage. • the Central European League; • the North American League; • and the Pacific League (Australia and New Zealand). (click on the links to see the specific qualification procedures and guidelines for the North American and Pacific Leagues as approved by the FEI Bureau. The rules for the Western and Central European Leagues are included in the general FEI World Cup™ Dressage rules, click here). In any League, an athlete/horse combination may only start in six qualifying events. The four best results obtained in the qualifying events will count. In order to qualify for the Final or a League Final an athlete/horse combination must have started at least two times in the Freestyle to Music at a CDI-W. At each qualifying event, the FEI Grand Prix Test serves as the qualifying test to the FEI Freestyle to Music, which is the competition in which FEI World Cup™ Dressage points are earned. The Grand Prix Test and the Freestyle to Music Test are held on two consecutive days. In the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Qualifiers, the number of competitors/horses to take part in the Freestyle to Music is limited to the 15 best combinations in the qualifying Grand Prix Test at the event, plus those who tie for the 15th place. In the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, all participants who finish the Grand Prix with at least 58% (FEI Rules for Dressage Events, article 422.3.1) will continue to the Grand Prix Freestyle. The starting order in the competitions is determined by a draw.

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The points in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle are awarded as follows: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th

20 17 15 13 12 11 10 9

pts pts pts pts pts pts pts pts

9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th (in case of each)

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 a

pts pts pts pts pts pts pts tie for 15th place, 2 pts for

FINAL The minimum qualification criteria for all finalist combinations are as follows: •

Having scored at least 68% in the Freestyle to Music in a FEI World Cup™ Dressage Qualifying event (CDI-W) on two different occasions

Having scored at least 68% in a Grand Prix Freestyle to Music in a CDI3/4/5*/CDIO on two different occasions, for athletes not belonging to one of the recognised Leagues.

In the Final, a maximum of 18 athletes/horses may participate: Western European League Central European League Pacific League North America South America/Asia Title-Defender FEI extra starting places Total:

9 2 1 2 1 1 max 2 max 18

A maximum of three athlete/horse combinations per country will be allowed to participate in the Final. The title defender is automatically qualified with a horse of his/her choice with which, however, he/she must have competed in the Freestyle to Music at least at two FEI World Cup™ Dressage Qualifiers of the particular season. The Title defender will however not earn World Cup standings points for his/her starts. The complete FEI World Cup™ Dressage rules for the 2013/2014 season are available HERE.

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Photo caption: Reem Acra spring 2014 bridal collection

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Understanding Dressage What is Dressage The object of Dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education. As a result, the horse becomes calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, achieving perfect understanding with the human athlete. These qualities are demonstrated by the freedom and regularity of the paces; the harmony, lightness and ease of the movements; the lightness of the forehand and the engagement of the hindquarters, originating from a lively impulsion; and the acceptance of the bit, with submissiveness/thoroughness without any tension or resistance. The test Dressage competitions consist of different tests of varying levels of difficulty which assess to what degree the horse possesses these qualities. Essentially a Dressage test is a series of movements or ‘figures’ to be performed by memory and in a specific order within a fenced, flat, rectangular arena (60m x 20m). Each movement is scored depending on the accuracy of its execution. These scores are noted during the performance, on the following scale: 10 excellent; 9 very good; 8 good; 7 fairly good; 6 satisfactory; 5 sufficient; 4 insufficient; 3 fairly bad; 2 bad; 1 very bad; 0 not executed. Half-marks can also be awarded to ensure a more precise score. On completion of the performance the athlete will also be awarded collective marks, again from zero to 10 and based on further criteria such as paces, impulsion, submission, the athlete's position and seat, and the correctness and effect of the aids. In the case of certain particularly difficult movements, a coefficient is added. As athletes progress, the level of test they will attempt to perform becomes increasing difficult. Grand Prix Level represents the most difficult of the FEI Dressage tests. The The the and

judges athlete’s success will be evaluated by a panel of judges who also assess horse’s willingness to perform and the degree of affinity between rider horse.

“We’re looking for exciting, expressive Dressage,” says Stephen Clarke, FEI 5* judge from Great Britain, “but with the horse completely in harmony with

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the rider. The energy, so beautiful to watch, comes from impulsion as opposed to tension.” The horse thus gives the impression of doing, of its own accord, what is required. At Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage qualifiers the Ground Jury is composed of five FEI judges, with seven judges at the Final. In order that the judge is able to concentrate fully on watching the test, each judge is assisted by a secretary or ‘scribe’. The role of the scribe is to note the scores exactly as dictated by the judge during the performance without making comments or interruptions. The scribe notes the marks per movement as awarded by the judge and may also be asked to do the same for any remarks the judge may make. Remarks, stating the reason for the judgment are strongly recommended, particularly when giving marks of five and below. Following the performance, each judge gives his collective marks and signs the sheet. The sheets from each of the judges then pass into the hands of the scorers. The marks are multiplied by the corresponding coefficients, where applicable, and then totalled. Penalty points for errors in the execution of the test are deducted on each judge's sheet and the total scores from each judge are then converted to percentages. At the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final a Judges Supervisory Panel (JSP) ensures there are neither definite technical mistakes nor mathematical errors overlooked by the judges. The scores The total score for the overall classification is obtained by adding the total points on each of the judges' sheets. These results are then published separately and provisionally in addition to the overall total. For example: 1) Percentage per judge E= 69.990%, H=70.333%, C=70.205% M=71.120%, B= 69.660%; 2) Final percentage: 70.261%. All results must be published in percentages with numbers to three places after the decimal point. A copy of the judge’s sheets is then available to the athletes. Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage qualifiers and Final The Reem Acra FEI World Cup ™ Dressage qualifiers and Final consist of the FEI Grand Prix Test and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle to Music Test. In the qualifiers the best 15 participants after the Grand Prix continue to the Grand Prix Freestyle. In the Final all participants who finish the Grand Prix

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with at least 58 percent continue to the Grand Prix Freestyle. The final classification in both cases is determined by the placing in the Freestyle. “You can relate the Freestyle to Music to ice-skating,” says Stephen Clarke, “The rider has chosen and developed the music to suit the horse. This music should enhance the performance. We’re looking for a show of originality in choreography. The rider must obviously show the compulsory movements but can go beyond that to create sequences that create a higher degree of difficulty. He should interpret the music in a way that moves the general public.” Additional information can be found in the FEI Rules for Dressage Events, 24th edition, effective 1 January 2011, available at this LINK.

The calendar Western European League

Central European League

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North American League

Asia Pacific League

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Competition timetable FINAL Lyon (FRA), Show dates 19 - 20 April 2014

Grand Prix Saturday, 19 April 2014 15.00 CEST

Grand Prix Freestyle to Music Sunday, 20 April 2014 13.30 CEST

FEI TV broadcast timetable for CDI-W Lyon (FRA) FINAL The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final will be broadcast LIVE on FEI TV, the FEI’s official online video platform, according to the following timetable: Grand Prix:

Saturday, 19 April, 14.55 CEST (local time in France)

Grand Prix Freestyle: Sunday, 20 April, 13.30 CEST

Photo Caption: Tina Konyot and Calecto V are one of the two combinations representing the USA at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014 Final at Lyon (FRA). Photo: FEI/Ken Braddick.

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Photo caption: Reem Acra spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

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The participants Nineteen (19) riders from 11 nations (Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, and the USA) will take part in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014 at Lyon (FRA). Click the rider’s name in the list below to check out his/her biography. Western European League (9 riders from 5 countries: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland) RIDER Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE) Edward Gal (NED) Isabell Werth (GER) Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) Mikala Gundersen Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) Marcela Krinke Susmelj (SUI) Danielle Heijkoop (NED)

HORSE Don Auriello Glock’s Undercover El Santo NRW Unee BB My Lady Johnson Millibar Smeyers Lazander Siro

Central European League (1 rider from Russia) RIDER Inessa Merkulova (RUS)

HORSE Mister X

Pacific League (1 slot) (1 rider from Australia) RIDER Mary Hanna (AUS)

HORSE Sancette

North American League (2 riders from the USA) RIDER Tina Konyot (USA) Cesar Parra (USA)

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HORSE Calecto V Van The Man

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South America/Asia (1 rider from Korea) RIDER Dong Seon Kim (KOR)

HORSE Bukowski

Title Defender RIDER Helen Langehanenberg (GER)

HORSE Damon Hill NRW

FEI extra starting places (3 slots - 2 regular and 1 unused from CEL) (3 riders from Denmark, France, and Great Britain) RIDER Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) Marc Boblet (FRA) Lars Petersen (DEN)

HORSE Valegro Noble Dream Mariett

The officials for Reem Acra FEI World Cupโ„ข Dressage Final Lyon (FRA), 17-21 April 2013 Ground Jury: President: Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA) Member: Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode (NED) Member: Gary Rockwell (USA) Member: Thomas Lang (AUT) Member: Evi Eisenhardt (GER) Member: Leif Tรถrnblad (DEN) Member: Jacques van Daele (BEL) Reserve:

Maribel Alonso (MEX)

Foreign Technical Delegate:

Maja Stukelj (SLO)

Judges Supervisory Panel:

Eric Lette (SWE) Mary Seefried (AUS) Henk van Bergen (NED)

Appeal Committee President: Uwe Mechlem (GER)

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The members of the Ground Jury for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014 were selected by a blind draw conducted at the FEI’s headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) on 18 August 2012, based on an established long list. It was overseen by the FEI legal team. There can only be one judge per nation and a total of seven judges on the Ground Jury for the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. The first names to be drawn – provided there is not more than one from any nation – are appointed to the Ground Jury.

Photo Caption: Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro made it twoin-a-row when winning the fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League series at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Photo: FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst.

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Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage news 28 March 2014 North American League quartet make the grade for Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final 22 March 2014 Big win for Gal as Dutch dominate at last Reem Acra qualifier in Den Bosch 1 March 2014 Germany’s von Bredow-Werndl wins Reem Acra qualifier at Gothenburg 16 Feb 2014

Another personal best for Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW as they prove untouchable in Neumunster (GER)

25 Jan 2014

Dujardin and Valegro make it a back-to-back Reem Acra double in Amsterdam (NED)

15 Jan 2014

Russia’s Dorofeeva dominates Central European League while Australia’s Hanna tops Pacific series

18 Dec 2013

Dujardin and Valegro smash Freestyle world record to win Reem Acra leg in London

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Two-in-a-row for Tinne and Don Auriello at Reem Acra qualifier in Stockholm (SWE)

16 Nov 2013 - Personal best for Langehanenberg as defending champions steal Reem Acra show at Stuttgart (GER) 21 Oct 2013 - Denmark’s Kasprzak wins opening Reem Acra round on home ground at Odense (DEN) 17 Oct 2013 - A feast of fantastic sport ahead as new Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage season gets underway

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Photo caption: Reem Acra spring 2014 bridal collection

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Results CDI-W ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) 1.

Glock's Undercover (Edward Gal) NED 86.700

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

Results CDI-W Gothenburg (SWE) 1.

Unee BB (Jessica von Bredow-Werndl) 81.350;

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

Results CDI-W Neumünster (GER) 1.

Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 90.375;

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

Results CDI-W Amsterdam (NED) 1.

Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) GBR 91.275;

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

Results CDI-W London-Olympia (GBR) 1.

Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) GBR 93.975;

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

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Results CDI-W Odense (DEN) 1.

Donnperignon (Anna Kasprzak) DEN 80.575;

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

Results CDI-W Stuttgart (GER) 1.

Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 89.775

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

Results CDI-W Stockholm (SWE) 1.

Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) SWE 81.950;

Full results: Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle to Music

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Photo caption: Defending champions, Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, swept to a convincing victory at the second leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2013/2014 series at Stuttgart, Germany. Photo: FEI/Karl-Heinz Frieler Photo caption: New York fashion designer and sponsor, Reem Acra, with Great Britain’s Charlotte Du Jardin and Valegro who broke the Freestyle world record with their winning performance in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League leg at Olympia, London (GBR). Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

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Photo caption: Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB stormed to victory in style at the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo: FEI/Roland Thunholm.

Photo Caption: The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover produced a convincing victory in today’s last qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

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The history Introduction Discussions in dressage circles about the creation of a World Cup in that discipline began in the early eighties, following the success of the series in Jumping. The first serious meeting took place in 1982 in Paris and it was followed by a larger meeting in March 1983 in Dortmund (GER). The rules were established in December the following year. Nashua, currently Nashuatec, one of the main brands for office equipment in Europe, became the newly created series’ sponsor and remained in place for five years. It was followed by the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo who supported the FEI World Cup™ Dressage until 1998. New York-based fashion designer Reem Acra became the title sponsor of the Western European League in 2010. In the first season of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage, 1985/1986, 76 riders from 14 countries competed in at least one of the 14 European qualifying competitions. Ten combinations qualified for the Final. In addition, there was one rider from the USA and one from Canada. The first Final took place from 21 to 23 March 1986 in 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. 1986 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Anne-Grethe Jensen of Denmark on Marzog emerged as the first FEI World Cup™ Dressage champion having won both the qualifying Grand Prix test and the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music. Later in the year the combination went on to win the world championships in Cedar Valley, Canada. Christopher Bartle (GBR) on Wily Trout, Christine Stückelberger (SUI) on Rubelit von Unkenruf, and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff (FRG) on Vallauris took the next places. 1987 Essen (FRG) The second Final was held in the framework of the Equitana trade fair in Essen, in western Germany. This time the title went to Christine Stückelberger of Switzerland riding the Swiss-bred Gauguin de Lully. They were 77 points ahead of Anne-Grethe Jensen on Marzog in the Grand Prix and led by 3.2% in the Freestyle. George Theodorescu (FRG) put on a sparkling performance on Sunny Boy to finish third. 1988 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Christine Stückelberger (SUI) and Gaugin de Lully repeating their victory from the previous year. Cindy lshoy of Canada, riding Dynasty, was second, the highest North American placing before 2003. 1989 Gothenburg (SWE) The Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, which had already hosted five highly acclaimed FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, was the site of the fourth

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Dressage Final. Victory went to Margit Otto-Crépin (FRA) on Corlandus in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,800, ahead of the defending champions, Stückelberger on Gauguin de Lully and Nina Menkova of the Soviet Union on Dikson in third place. 1990 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) This was the last Final sponsored by Nashua. Twenty-three year old Sven Rothenberger, at the time still competing for his native Germany, won on Andiamo, ahead of Michael Klimke, the son of the legendary Dr Reiner Klimke, on Entertainer. Nina Menkova repeated her performance from the previous year placing third on Dikson. 1991 Paris Bercy (FRA) The magnificent indoor arena of Paris-Bercy hosted the sixth FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, now sponsored by Volvo. For the first and only time a rider invited as a wild card to the Final won: Kyra. Kyrkland of Finland on Matador. Nina Menkova, still on Dikson, was second followed by Sven Rothenberger on Andiamo. 1992 Gothenburg (SWE) For the first time a representative from the Pacific League competed. Another first was the selection of the riders from the USA and Canada in League Finals. Isabell Werth (GER) on Fabienne won, ahead of Sven Rothenberger on ldeaal and Monica Theodorescu (GER) on Grunnox. 1993 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Monica Theodorescu (GER) won by a considerable margin riding Ganimedes ahead of her compatriots Sven Rothenberger, lsabell Werth and Gina Capellmann. 1994 Gothenburg (SWE) Monica Theodorescu repeated her 1993 victory on Ganimedes. Just like the previous year, the combination won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle, to finish ahead of Nicole Uphoff (GER) on Grand Gilbert and Kyra Kyrklund (FIN) on Edinburgh. Klaus Balkenhol (GER) on Goldstern was fourth after a disappointing performance in the Grand Prix. 1995 Los Angeles (USA) For its 10th anniversary, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final made its first overseas trip to the Griffith Park Equestrian Centre in Burbank, Los Angeles, California. European competitions had been divided into two Leagues, Western European and Central European, and all Western European League competitions had to be held indoors. Anky van Grunsven (NED) had won, with her two horses Bonfire and Cocktail, five of the eight qualifying competitions in the Western European League. In Griffith Park aboard Bonfire she was the

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undisputed leader scoring a whopping 83.60% in the Freestyle ahead of Monica Theodorescu (GER) on Ganimedes. 1996 Gothenburg (SWE) Anky van Grunsven (NED) and Bonfire won in Gothenburg as well. Klaus Balkenhol (GER) on Garçon was runner-up in the Grand Prix. But Margit OttoCrépin (FRA) on Lucky Lord overtook him in the Freestyle – which counted 150% at the time – to finish second overall. 1997 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Fourteen riders competed at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1997. Anky van Grunsven (NED) scored her third victory on Bonfire; Sven Rothenberger on Weyden was second, Louise Nathhorst (SWE) on Walk on Top was third. 1998 Gothenburg (SWE) The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 1998 returned to Gothenburg for the last year of the Volvo sponsorship of the series. Louise Nathhorst (SWE), riding the 13-year-old Hanoverian Walk on Top, won on home ground. She had been in the lead in both tests, each time ahead of Anky van Grunsven (NED) on Bonfire, the winner in the three previous years. Isabell Werth on Anthony was third. 1999 Dortmund (GER) Anky van Grunsven (NED) and Bonfire scored their fourth FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final victory. lsabell Werth, again on Anthony, was second, ahead of Alexandra Simons-de Ridder (GER) on Chacomo. Defending champions, Louise Nathhorst (SWE) and Walk on Top, were fifth in the Grand Prix and did not take part in the Freestyle. 2000 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Bonfire and Anky van Grunsven (NED) earned their fifth title in 2000 in 'sHertogenbosch, a few months before winning Olympic gold in Sydney. Two more Dutch riders, Coby van Baalen and Arjen Teeuwissen were second and third. 2001 Aarhus (DEN) The foot-and-mouth disease of 2001 prevented a proper Dutch representation at the 16th FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Aarhus, Denmark. Ulla Salzgeber of Germany on the Latvian-bred 13-year-old Rusty was the winner ahead of lsabell Werth (GER) on Anthony, and Rudolf Zeilinger (GER) on Livinjo. 2002 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Ulla Salzgeber (GER) and Rusty repeated their victory from the previous year. Lars Petersen (DEN) on Blue Hors Caravan was second ahead of Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain on Beauvalais.

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2003 Gothenburg (SWE) The 18th FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final was overshadowed by the disqualification of the winning combination, Ulla Salzgeber (GER) and Rusty, following a positive test to a prohibited substance. They had won the Freestyle – the Grand Prix no longer counted for the overall result - ahead of Debbie McDonald (USA) on Brentina and Heike Kemmer (GER) on Albano. Following the disqualification of the winner, Debbie McDonald became the champion. 2004 Düsseldorf (GER) Anky van Grunsven (NED), now on Salinero, earned her sixth FEI World Cup™ Dressage title. at the 19th series Final. Later that year she went on to win her second individual Olympic gold medal in Athens. In Düsseldorf she won both the Grand Prix, which determined the starting order in the Freestyle, and the Freestyle itself scoring 83.450%. Anky’s pupil Edward Gal (NED) was second on Lingh and Hubertus Schmidt (GER) was third on Wansuela Suerte. 2005 Las Vegas (USA) The 20th Final was held in Las Vegas (USA), where two highly successful FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals had been organised in 2000 and 2003. For the first time the Finals of the two disciplines were held at the same time at the same site. The event was a huge success. Anky van Grunsven (NED) on Salinero was unbeatable once again earning her seventh World Cup title. Edward Gal (NED) on Geldnet was second and Debbie McDonald (USA) on Brentina was third. 2006 Amsterdam (NED) The long-established Jumping Amsterdam in the RAI exhibition complex hosted the 21st Final. Anky van Grunsven (NED) and Salinero won again, this time ahead of lsabell Werth (GER) on Warum Nicht and Jan Brink (SWE) on Bjorsells Briar. 2007 Las Vegas (USA) The second FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final to be held in Las Vegas saw Isabell Werth (GER) on Warum Nicht FRH win her second title as well as the largest amount or prize money – USD 110,000 – available to the series champion at the time. Imke Shellekens-Bartels (NED) and Sunrise placed second followed by Steffen Peters (USA) and Floriano. 2008 ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) Anky van Grunsven (NED) riding the dark bay Hanoverian gelding IPS Salinero won a record-breaking ninth FEI World Cup™ Dressage title. Later in the year she would go on to become individual Olympic champion for the third time. Isabell Werth (GER) was second riding Warum Nicht FRH and the 1991 champion Kyra Kyrklund (FIN) was third on Max.

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2009 Las Vegas (USA) The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals were held concurrently in Las Vegas (USA). For the first time an American, Steffen Peters riding Ravel, won the title in his home country establishing a personal best (84.950%) on this occasion. Peters was only the second US rider – the first being Debbie Mc Donald on Brentina – in the 24-year long history of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage to become the series’ champion. Isabell Werth (GER) aboard Satchmo and Anky van Grunsven (NED) on IPS Painted Black were respectively second and third. 2010 ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) The Netherlands' Edward Gal and the super-stallion Moorlands Totilas claimed the 25th anniversary FEI World Cup™ Dressage title. They clinched the trophy for The Netherlands for the tenth time. Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) and the athletic Jerich Parzival were runners up demonstrating a creative new routine. Another Dutch rider, Imke Schellekens-Bartels, daughter of long-time FEI World Cup™ Dressage director Joep Bartels, and her elegant mare, Hunter Douglas Sunrise, placed third. 2011 Leipzig (GER) The Netherlands' Adelinde Cornelissen, riding the magnificent 14-year-old gelding Jerich Parzival, danced to victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ 2011 Final. The partnership entered the equestrian history books as the 11th Dutch winners of the coveted title. Denmark's Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby finished second, while Germany's Ulla Salzgeber steered Herzruf's Erbe into third. 2012 ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the defending champions from The Netherlands, clinched the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title for the second consecutive season when topping the Freestyle on home turf in ‘sHertogenbosch (NED). But Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg really pressurised the dominant Dutch duo with a spectacular performance that left them a close second, while Italy’s Valentina Truppa was a huge hit with the packed stadium of spectators when finishing third with Ermo del Castegno. 2013 Gothenburg (SWE) Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg lived up to all the promise she had shown over the past seasons to clinch the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title in style with the fabulous stallion, Damon Hill. The 30-year-old rider produced a breath-taking performance that catapulted her into the lead when fourth-last to go of the 17 through to the closing stages. And despite their best efforts, defending champion Adelinde Cornelissen and her Dutch colleague Edward Gal could not do better, having to settle for second and third places respectively.

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FEI World Cup™ Dressage champions 1986-2013 YEAR 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

RIDER Anne-Grethe Jensen Christine Stückelberger Christine Stückelberger Margit Otto-Crepin Sven Rothenberger Kyra Kyrklund Isabell Werth Monica Theodorescu Monica Theodorescu Anky van Grunsven Anky van Grunsven Anky van Grunsven Louise Nathhorst Anky van Grunsven Anky van Grunsven Ulla Salzgeber Ulla Salzgeber Debbie McDonald Anky van Grunsven Anky van Grunsven Anky van Grunsven Isabell Werth Anky van Grunsven Steffen Peters Edward Gal Adelinde Cornelissen Adelinde Cornelissen Helen Langehanenberg

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HORSE Marzog Gaugin de Lully Gaugin de Lully Corlandus Andiamo Matador Fabienne Ganimedes Ganimedes Bonfire Bonfire Bonfire LRF Walk on Top Gestion Bonfire Gestion Bonfire Rusty Rusty Brentina Gestion Salinero Keltec Salinero Keltec Salinero Warum Nicht FRH IPS Salinero Ravel Moorlands Totilas Jerich Parzival Jerich Parzival Damon Hill NRW

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