The World Equestrian Festival in Aachen is no longer a part of the FEI’s jumping Nations Cup series.
Michael Mronz, General Director of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, the company responsible for the marketing activities of the CHIO Aachen, said the decision was made because of “substantive and financial reasons”.
FEI Jumping Committee Chair John Madden said: “Regretfully, at the time of the 31 December deadline for declaration of participation, we were informed by the German National Federation that Aachen was unable to meet the commercial requirements and therefore would not be part of the Furusiyya series in 2014. Despite the best efforts of all parties, with discussions continuing right up to yesterday, it was not possible to resolve this matter.”
Event chairman Frank Kemperman said the move meant that Aachen would now be able to be more flexible regarding which teams would be invited to participate in the Mercedes-Benz sponsored event. “As a result, in future the de facto strongest teams at the given point in time will compete against each other in the traditional Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup at the Aachener Soers.”
To replace Aachen, Lummen in Belgium has been moved into Europe Division 1 to make up the full complement of eight events in that division.
The FEI Jumping Committee announced the 2014 calendar for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series on Wednesday, following its teleconference meeting of the year.
The number of qualifiers for the 2014 season has been limited to 20, with eight in both Europe Division 1 and Europe Division 2. The North and Central America & Caribbean League now has three qualifiers, including a new CSIO at Coapexpan (MEX) from 7-11 May. The season opens at Al-Ain (UAE), the single qualifier in the Middle East League, with the CSIO5* running from 5-7 February.
The Final will be held on October 9 to 12 at the Real Club de Polo of Barcelona, Spain, venue for the equestrian events at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
“Following the success of last year’s inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series and the fantastic Final in Barcelona, we are looking forward to another fabulous Furusiyya season starting at Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates next month,” Madden said.
“We are planning 20 qualifiers building up to the Final, which will once again be hosted in Barcelona, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to HH Prince Faisal and the Saudi Equestrian Fund for their belief in and support of the series. Without that support, the revitalisation of the Nations Cup to create the brilliant series that we now have would simply not have been possible.
2014 calendar (subject to final confirmation by event organisers):
Al-Ain (UAE) CSIO5*, 5-7 February
North/Central America & Caribbean
Wellington (USA) CSIO4*, 25 February-2 March
Coapexpan (MEX) CSIO4*, 7-11 May
Calgary (CAN) CSIO5*, 12-15 June
Europe Division 1
Lummen (BEL) CSIO5*, 30 April-5 May
La Baule (FRA) CSIO5*, 15-18 May
Rome (ITA) CSIO5*, 22-25 May
St Gallen (SUI) CSIO5*, 29 May-1 June
Rotterdam (NED) CSIO5*, 18-22 June
Falsterbo (SWE) CSIO5*, 10-13 July
Hickstead (GBR) CSIO5*, 31 July-3 August
Dublin (IRL) CSIO5*, 6-10 August
Europe Division 2
Linz-Ebelsberg (AUT) CSIO4*, 8-11 May
Copenhagen (DEN) CSIO3*, 15-18 May
Lisbon (POR) CSIO3*, 29 May-1 June
Sopot (POL) CSIO3*, 5-8 June
Budapest (HUN) CSIO3*, 3-6 July
Gijon (ESP) CSIO5*, 30 July-4 August
Bratislava (SVK) CSIO3*, 7-10 August
Arezzo (SMR) CSIO3*, 17-21 September