After the CAI Donaueschingen the ten Four-in-Hand Drivers qualified for the initial FEI Indoor World Cup Driving are known.
There are three Germans (Michael Freund, Ludwig Weinmayr and Christoph Sandmann), two Dutch (Ysbrand Chardon and Harry de Ruyter), two Swiss (Werner Ulrich and Daniel Würgler) and one each from Sweden (Tomas Eriksson) Belgium (Gert Schrijvers) and the United States (Chester Weber).
Each of the ten drivers could select four of the eight events on the calendar 2001 / 2002.
The World Cup starts on 17 November 2001 in Stuttgart, followed in two weeks-intervals by Stockholm, Amsterdam and Mechelen. After a break of six weeks, the World Cup resumes on 10 February in Bordeaux 2002, followed by Dortmund, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Göteborg.
The five drivers who will compete in the World Cup Opener in Stuttgart are Freund, Ulrich, Schrijvers, Weber and Weinmayr. They will be joined by a local driver with a Wild Card.
Of the five Stuttgart starters only Weber will travel to Stockholm, where he will compete against Eriksson, Würgler, de Ruyter, Sandman and a Wild Card from Sweden.
In Amsterdam Chardon starts in his first World Cup, together with Ulrich, Schrijvers, Weber, de Ruyter and again a Wild Card from the home country.
In Mechelen the five drivers are: Chardon, Schrijvers, Weber, Weinmayr and Sandmann, plus a Wild Card from Belgium.
The ten qualified Drivers and their selected World Cup events:
1. Michael Freund GER Stuttgart, Bordeaux, Dortmund, Göteborg
2. Werner Ulrich SUI Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Göteborg
3. Tomas Eriksson SWE Stockholm, Dortmund, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Göteborg
4. Ysbrand Chardon NED Amsterdam, Mechelen, Dortmund, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
5. Gert Schrijvers BEL Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Mechelen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
6. Chester Weber USA Stuttgart, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Mechelen
7. Ludwig Weinmayr GER Stuttgart, Mechelen, Dortmund, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
8. Daniel Würgler SUI Stockholm, Bordeaux, Dortmund, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
9. Harry de Ruyter NED Stockholm, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Göteborg
10. Christoph Sandmann GER Stockholm, Mechelen, Bordeaux, Göteborg
1st Reserve: Ton Monhemius NED
2nd Reserve: Fredrik Persson SWE
CALENDAR 2001 / 2002 of the FEI World Cup Driving
2001 Warm-up World Cup
1 Stuttgart GER November 14 – 18 FRI 16 / 11 SAT 17 / 11
2 Stockholm SWE Nov. / Dec. 30 – 02 FRI 30 / 11 SAT 1 / 12
3 Amsterdam NED December 13 – 16 THU 13 / 12 FRI 14 / 12
4 Mechelen BEL December 26 – 30 WED 26 / 12 THU 27 / 12
5 Bordeaux FRA February 08 – 10 FRI 8 / 2 SUN 10 / 2
6 Dortmund GER March 15 – 17 FRI 15 / 3 SAT 16 / 3
7 ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED March 21 – 24 FRI 22 / 3 SAT 23 / 3
8 Göteborg SWE April 04 – 07 FRI 5 / 4 SAT 6 / 4
Excerpts from the Rules of the Driving World Cup
The two competitions at each CAI-W 2001 / 02 are open to 5 drivers of the Top-Ten in the Top Driver Award 2001 and one home Driver, jointly selected by the NF and the Organising Committee. This Wild Card may not be given to any of the 10 qualified World Cup Drivers.
The two competitions are:
§ Warm-up competition, to decide the starting order in the World Cup Competition
§ World Cup Competition.
The course is the same for both competitions. The course must be built either the day or the morning before the warm-up competition, to allow the drivers to walk the course.
Equipment: Marathon harness and carriage.
Each driver may enter 5 horses.
The Indoor course consists of:
§ 2 Marathon type obstacles (maximum 5 gates each),
§ 1 Bridge,
§ approximately 10 Cone-type obstacles.
The competitions are run as Time Competitions (Art. 967) with penalties converted to seconds:
The scale of penalties is as follows:
- Dislodging one or two balls in the same single obstacle Seconds added
- Knocking over or down any element of a multiple obstacle 5
- Causing an obstacle to be rebuilt (clock stops) 5
- Groom(s) or driver dismounting 1st or 2nd time (clock stops) 5
- Groom uses the reins, the brake or the whip
- Wrong course, corrected
- Starting before the Bell 5
- First or second disobedience No penalties
- Groom(s) or driver dismounting 3rd time Elim.
- Third disobedience Elim.
- Wrong course, not corrected Elim.
- Failing to pass through starting or finishing flags Elim.
- Carriage turnover Elim.
After ringing the Bell the driver has 45 seconds to start his course. If he has not started, the clock starts to run.
The starting order for the warm-up competition is drawn. The starting order of the World Cup is, in principle, the reverse order of merits from the warm-up. As an alternative the drivers, in order of merit in the warm-up, may chose their starting positions.
World Cup points are given as follows (only in the World Cup Competition):
1st 10 pts
2nd 7 pts
3rd 5 pts
4th 3 pts
5th 2 pts
6th 1 pts
If there are seven Starters also the 7th placed is to receive one point. A driver who does not finish the competition receives 0 point.
Warm-up competition: CHF 10’000
World Cup competition: CHF 30’000