Euro Update: Western European League Qualificants for Las Vegas World Cup Finals

Isabell Werth and her Hanoverian gelding Warum Nicht FRH won the CDI-W in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the final Western League World Cup Qualifier, and also became the winner of the Western League Standing, tying with Imke Schellekens.

The Western League qualificants for the Finals are: Imke Schellekens-Bartels, Isabell Werth, Andreas Helgstrand, Kyra Kyrklund, Edward Gal, Tinne Vilhelmson, Laurens van Lieren, Jan Brink, Ellen Schulten Baumer and Silvia Iklé.

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Iklé and Schulten-Baumer have already withdrawn from competing at the finals. Kyrklund is still uncertain about their participation. Brink has confirmed to the Swedish Equestrian Federation that he'll be going to Las Vegas.

Reserve riders to get a wild card are Louise Nathorst, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Marlies van Baalen, Catharine Haddad and Wayne Channon. Bechtolsheimer has declined her option for a wild card and Marlies van Baalen will only be entitled to ride if another Dutch rider withdraws as only three riders per country are entitled to compete in the Finals.

Iryna Lis wins 2007 Central European League World Cup Finals in Warsaw

In Torwar Hall in Poland the Central European Final of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage was organised and took place almost in the same hours as the Western-European Final of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The FEI Central European League Word Cup Final was a contest of truly European level, in which the Eastern participants have always played an important role. A wonderful audience and most enthusiastic organisation heartily welcomed all competitors who happily used the first test Grand Prix to get used to the audience and the great atmosphere.

Iryna Lis, a clean-cut Byelorussian lady showing Problesk, a healthy 17 year old home bred trakehner gelding, was in the lead before entering the show grounds of Warsaw. She was too happy to win the Freestyle of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage today. “What a wonderful award for my true and healthy champion Problesk!”, she commented. “Travelling to Las Vegas and competing there in the Final will be a special honour for me and my horse, as it will be his debut in flying. Problesk had not travelled by plane previously before and now this will probably his last international outing in a championship”, the student of teacher Finnish Kyra Kyrklund said. She travelled to compete at the WEG in Jerez 2002 all by car and trailer. As all European horses will fly from Amsterdam and Iryna’s trainer Kyra Kyrklund still has to make up her mind to compete in Las Vegas, Iryna Lis does strongly hope to be partnered with her trainer and her horse Max in the aircraft to the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final.

Cinderella Withdrawn from 2007 World Cup Finals due to Eye Tumour

The Pacific League World Cup Final winners Matthew Dowsley and Cinderella have withdrawn from competing at the 2007 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, U.S.A. A few days before taking part in the western league final CDI-W qualifier in s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, Cinderella was diagnosed with another growth attached to her lower right eyelid. Fortunately, the tumour, which is growing rapidly, has been tested and it appears to be benign.

Veterinarians have advised Australian rider Matthew Dowsley and Cinderall's owner Claudia Harper against going to the World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas, to avoid further stress and to be able to start treatment immediately. Matthew will seek additional specialist advice this week. Because of the rapid growth of the tumour, it is likely that surgery take place within the next few days. Matthew, Cinderella’s owner Claudia Harper and their support crew are extremely disappointed about not being able to participate in the Final, but the welfare of the horse is uppermost in their minds.

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