Dressage World Cup
The history of the Dressage World Cup is closely connected to the history of the Grand Prix Freestyle. In 1984 Joep Bartels (former rider, husband of Tineke Bartels and father of Imke Schellekens-Bartels) saw Reiner Klimke and Ahlerich the flying one tempi changes to the Olympic hymn at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Inspired by this, he thought of a freestyle dressage competition.
One year later, the first Dressage World Cup was held. Each qualifier for the World Cup Final, which is held at the end of each season, consists of two competitions (Grand Prix de Dressage and Grand Prix Freestyle). From 1985 to 2001 both competitions counted for the qualifier results, which were part of the world cup ranking for this season. Since 2002, only the Grand Prix Freestyle has counted for the world cup ranking.
Reem Acra is the sponsor of the Dressage World Cup since the season 2010/2011.
Qualification to the World Cup final
Riders, who will be part of the Dressage World Cup final, have two options to qualify for this event.
The first option is, to qualify oneself by one World Cup league. There are four Dressage World Cup leagues:
|League||Geographical location||Number of participants who qualify for the World Cup final (according the 2010/2011 rules)||Number of participants who have the chance to move up in the final (if other qualified riders did not start)|
|Western European League (WEL)||European nations west of the line: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom||9||up to the 14th rank|
|Central European League(CEL)||European nations east of the line such as Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ukraine (list may be incomplete)||2||up to the 3rd rank|
|North American League (NAL)||United States of America, Canada, Mexico||2||up to the 3rd rank|
|Asia / Pacific League (PAL)||Australia, New Zealand||1||up to the 2nd rank|
Generally, only three participants per nation are allowed to participate in the World Cup final.
In addition, the FEI awarded by two wild cards entry at riders who have not qualified for the World Cup finals. Unused starting places can be allocated by the FEI as wildcard.
To participate with a horse in the World Cup final, a rider (which starts in one of the leagues) has to start with this horse in two World Cup qualifiers. In this competition, the rider has to complete the competition with at least 68.000%.
The title holder is automatically qualified for the World Cup final, but he/she must also qualify his horse in the above called way. If he/she starts in a qualifier, he/she is not considered in the scoring (scoring points) of this event.
allocation of scoring points
The scoring of the league is set only for the European leagues by the FEI. The North American and the Pacific Leagues have their own regulations.
In the European leagues the number of scoring points of each rider decide on the qualification of the diers for the World Cup final. The points are awarded in the Grand Prix Freestyle according to the following system:
- 1st rank: 20 points
- 2nd rank: 17 points
- 3rd rank: 15 points
- 4th rank: 13 points
- 5th rank: 12 points
- 6th rank: 11 points
- 7th rank: 10 points
- 8th rank: 9 points
- 9th rank: 8 points
- 10th rank: 7 points
- 11th rank: 6 points
- 12th rank: 5 points
- 13th rank: 4 points
- 14th rank: 3 points
- 15th rank: 2 points
If the 15th rank awarded several times, all riders of this rank will get 2 scoring points.
In the Central European League usually a League final is also held. The two best placed riders of this event qualify for the World Cup final.
North American League
In the North American League each rider has to start in two qualifiers to have the chance to start in the World Cup final. The best two Grand Prix Freestyle results of each rider by World Cup qualifiers are added and then divided by two. The two riders with the best scoring of this procedure are qualified for the World Cup final.
The Pacific League has no scoring ranking. Riders, who have to complete a Grand Prix Freestyle competition at a CDI 3* or CDI-W in the Pacific League region with at least 62.000%, have the chance to start at the Pacific League final. This league final is held between December and February in Australia or New Zealand. The winner of this league final are qualified for the World Cup final.
World Cup final
The World Cup final is held at the end of each Dressage World Cup season in March or April. The first competition of the final is the Grand Prix de Dressage, the winner of the second competition of the final (the Grand Prix Freestyle) is the winner of this World CUp season.
Former World Cup winners
|World Cup season||Location of the World Cup final||World Cup winner||second placed rider||third placed rider|
|1985/1986||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Anne Grethe Jensen on Marzog|
|1986/1987||Essen (Germany)||Christine Stückelberger on Gaugin de Lully|
|1987/1988||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Christine Stückelberger on Gaugin de Lully|
|1988/1989||Göteborg (Sweden)||Margit Otto-Crepin on Corlandus|
|1989/1990||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Sven Rothenberger on Andiamo|
|1990/1991||Paris (France)||Kyra Kyrklund on Matador|
|1991/1992||Göteborg (Sweden)||Isabell Werth on Fabienne|
|1992/1993||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Monica Theodorescu on Ganimedes|
|1993/1994||Göteborg (Sweden)||Monica Theodorescu on Ganimedes|
|1994/1995||Los Angeles (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)||Anky van Grunsven on Bonfire|
|1995/1996||Göteborg (Sweden)||Anky van Grunsven on Bonfire|
|1996/1997||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Anky van Grunsven on Bonfire|
|1997/1998||Göteborg (Sweden)||Louise Nathhorst on Walk on Top|
|1998/1999||Dortmund (Germany)||Anky van Grunsven on Bonfire|
|1999/2000||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Anky van Grunsven on Bonfire|
|2000/2001||Århus (Denmark)||Ulla Salzgeber on Rusty||Isabell Werth on Anthony FRH||Rudolf Zeilinger on Livijno|
|2001/2002||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Ulla Salzgeber on Rusty – 81.570%||Lars Petersen on Cavan – 79.670%||Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Beauvalais – 79.120%|
|2002/2003||Göteborg (Sweden)||Debbie McDonald on Brentina – 78.890 %||Heike Kemmer on Albano – 76.940%||Guenter Seidel on Nikolaus – 75.720%|
|2003/2004||Düsseldorf (Germany)||Anky van Grunsven on Salinero – 83.450 %||Edward Gal on Lingh – 80.625%||Hubertus Schmidt on Wansuela Suerte – 78.875%|
|2004/2005||Las Vegas, Nevada (United States of America)||Anky van Grunsven on Salinero – 86.725%||Edward Gal on Lingh – 85.225%||Debbie McDonald on Brentina – 83.450%|
|2005/2006||Amsterdam (The Netherlands)||Anky van Grunsven on Salinero – 87.750%||Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht FRH – 81.150%||Jan Brink on Briar – 79.320%|
|2006/2007||Las Vegas, Nevada (United States of America)||Isabell Werth on Warum nicht FRH – 84.250%||Imke Schellekens-Bartels on Sunrise – 77.950 %||Steffen Peters on Floriano – 77.800%|
|2007/2008||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Anky van Grunsven on Salinero – 85.200%||Isabell Werth on Warum nicht FRH – 82.600%||Kyra Kyrklund on Max – 78.150%|
|2008/2009||Las Vegas, Nevada (United States of America)||Steffen Peters on Ravel – 84.950%||Isabell Werth on Satchmo – 84.500%||Anky van Grunsven on Painted Black – 82.150%|
|2009/2010||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)||Edward Gal om Totilas – 89.800%||Adelinde Cornelissen on Parzival – 82.850%||Imke Schellekens-Bartels on Sunrise – 82.150%|
(2011 FEI World Cup Finals)
|Adelinde Cornelissen on Parzival – 84,804%||Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Digby – 80,036%||Ulla Salzgeber on Herzruf´s Erbe – 78,821%|
|2011/2012||'s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)
(2012 FEI World Cup Finals)
|Adelinde Cornelissen on Parzival – 86,250%||Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW - 85,143%||Valentina Truppa on Eremo del Castegno - 81,232%|
(2013 FEI World Cup Finals)
|Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW – 88,286%||Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival - 86,214%||Edward Gal on Glock's Undercover - 84,446%|
(2014 FEI World Cup Finals)
|Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro – 92.179%||Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW - 87.339%||Edward Gal on Glock's Undercover - 83.696%|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to FEI World Cup Dressage.|
- Official Dressage World Cup Website
- 2010/2011 Dressage World Cup rules
- Information to the 2011 World Cup final (German)
- FEI in the Spotlight 52/2007: Making the best of time, the FEI World Cup Dressage 2007/2008, Equestrian Federation of Singapore
- Das Geheimnis der niederländischen Dressur-Erfolge, Dieter Ludwig, July 18, 2010 (german)
- FEI World Cup Dressage Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Pressemitteilung der FEI, March 24, 2010
- Dressur-Weltcupreglement der FEI für die Saison 2010/2011
- North American League 2010/2011 rules
- Pacific League 2010/2011 rules
- List of the World Cup winners from 1985/1986 to 2008/2009
- List of results with the resultsof the World Cup finals 2002 to 2010
- Ulla Salzgeber gewinnt Dressur-Weltcupfinale, Berliner Zeitung, April 9, 2001 (German)
- Debbie McDonald Named Champion of 2003 Dressage World Cup Final