The Brazilian Equestrian Federation having been unable to find the financial necessary support to organise the 2001 World Cup Dressage Final in Sao Paulo, further to the late withdrawal of the Organising Committee and main sponsor, the Final has been moved to Denmark.

The World Cup Dressage Director and Dressage Committee Chairman, in cooperation with BCM, have studied several offers of replacement by European cities. After careful assessment of all proposals, in consultation with the Secretary General, they have recommended the Executive Board to re-allocate the Final to Vilhelmsborg Castle near Aarhus (DEN) most probably at the same date, i.e. 5-7 April. The Executive Board confirmed the re-allocation today.

It is the first time that Denmark, country with long and rich history of equestrian sports and which contributed to dressage with several famous riders and horses, hosts the Dressage World Cup Final.

Amil, the sponsor of the North and South American World Cup leagues as well of the former Final in São Paulo regrets the cancellation of the Final in Brazil and promised financial support to the Final in Denmark.

  • At the beginning of January, FEI and the Dutch company Best Communications Management (BCM) entered into a new agreement thereby continuing their long-term cooperation.
  • BCM’s sponsorship of the FEI World Cup Dressage, initiated in 1998, is renewed until 30 April 2002, with an option for extension to a further period until April 2006. The FEI and BCM will continue to cooperate for the press service of the World Cup Dressage.

    FEI and BCM also agree to continue their fruitful collaboration in the monthly magazine Horse International and the yearbook L’Année Hippique, published by BCM, which is covering the International equestrian year and is the official yearbook of the FEI.

    BCM had been in charge of the calculation of the Jumping and Dressage rankings since their creation. Beginning 1 January 2001, the FEI Secretariat produces both the Jumping and Dressage Ranking lists. The calculation rules of both rankings have been amended and will be further developed by the FEI Jumping and Dressage Committees BCM and FEI have agreed to exchange data and results and work closely together in this regard. The computer list for Dressage will be called the FEI/BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings. After a pleasant settlement, BCM and the FEI agreed that the Jumping rankings will no longer carry the BCM name.

    Muriel Faienza
    FEI Communications
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