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FEI/Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings - Top Ten

Source :  FEI

After four important events in Germany last November (Hannover, Berlin,
Stuttgart and Munich), the German riders have consolidate their position
in the Top ten of the World Riders Rankings supported by the Italian
fabrics designer Gandini.

Ludger Beerbaum (GER) is still in the lead with a total of 3495 points,
896 points ahead of his runner-up Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA). Beerbaum won the
Grand Prix in Stuttgart two weeks ago, and placed 2nd in the World Cup
in Berlin and 2nd in the Grand Prix in Hannover.

Thanks to his good results in Verona, Berlin and Stuttgart, Toni
Hassmann earned 225 points in November and enters the Top Ten. He is now
9th.

This edition of the rankings decides on the participation field of the
Final of the Top Ten to be held in Geneva on 14 December evening.


Five nationalities will be represented at the Top Ten Final. Further to
the retirement of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Leslie Howard will be the
only lady and overseas rider in the Top Ten Final. The participating
field is confirmed as followed:
1. Ludger Beerbaum (GER)
2. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA)
3. Markus Fuchs (SUI)
4. Marcus Ehning (GER)
5. Otto Becker (GER)
6. Jos Lansink (BEL)
7. Lars Nieberg (GER)
8. Ludo Philippaerts (BEL)
9. Toni Hassmann (GER)
10. Leslie Howard (USA)

First reserve is Olympic champion Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED).


The Top Ten Final, open to the best 10 riders of the FEI/Gandini World
Jumping Rankings will take place on Saturday 14 December 2002 at 21:00
in Geneva (SUI). The Final will be held over two rounds, without
jump-off. The riders may choose if they want to ride the same or a
different horse in the two rounds. The starting order will be from the
Top 10 to Top 1 of the World Rankings in the first round, and reverse
order of the first round’s results in the second round. The Final
classification will be obtained by adding the penalty points of the two
rounds. The time of the second round will be taken into account in case
of a tie.


The course will be designed by Rolf Lüdi and Heiner Fischer (SUI).


Supported by Rolex, the FEI/Gandini Top Ten Final will have a total of
150.000 Swiss francs prize money (36.000 and a Rolex watch to the
winner).

Geneva CSI-W was awarded the 1st place in the rankings of the best
2001-2002 Indoor shows. These rankings are established each year by the
riders themselves for l’Année Hippique. Geneva placed before Göteborg
(SWE) and Stuttgart (GER), while Aachen (GER) and Calgary (CAN) were
designated as the two best Outdoor shows.

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