Tuesday, April 22, 2003

IntNewsGroup: FEI Press News FEI PRESS NEWS 13/03

On Behalf Of Lori & Rick Stewart

FEI OPEN EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS CONFIRMED FOR IRELAND

Following the conclusion of successful discussions with both sponsors and
the FEI, the International Sport Horse Show has now confirmed that they will
indeed be organising this year?s FEI Open European Endurance Championships
which will be held at Punchestown (Ireland) in conjunction with the European
Eventing Championship. It will be the first time that the Europeans of the
disciplines of Endurance and Eventing are organised together.

The Endurance Championship will take place on Sunday 21 September 2003 and,
subject to agreement from the FEI Bureau and Endurance Committee, it will be
run as a one day event run over a 160 kilometres course in the picturesque
Wicklow Hills.

Over 100 competitors from up to 25 countries are expected to take part in
what promises to be an historic event in which the course will be routed
through the beautiful valleys and hills of Kildare and Wicklow. In a novel
and innovative site design, the main Vet Gate at Punchestown will be located
beside the Main Arena where, on the Sunday whilst the Endurance
Championships are in progress, the top eventers will be fighting for the
final places in the show jumping phase of the European Eventing
Championship.

The European Eventing Championships return to historic Punchestown after a
gap of 12 years. Sponsored in a joint Public / Private partnership by Bord
FĂ ilte, the Irish Tourist Board through the International Sports Tourism
Initiative, and IFG Group plc, one of Ireland?s leading companies in the
growing financial services sector, the championship that will take place
from 18 to 21 September, is expected to attract large numbers of overseas
visitors to Ireland in mid September.

The Punchestown site, which has recently undergone a major ?20m
refurbishment, will have a course specially designed for the Eventing
Championships by the Irish course designer Tommy Brennan

Booking both tickets and accommodation can all be done on the International
Sport Horse Show?s web site at www.sporthorseshow.com
Press accreditation and hotel reservation for accredited media will start
this week and close on 15th May.

Accreditation and hotel reservation forms will be e-mailed to media. If you
wish to be added to the media mailing list, or make sure that your
name/publication is in it, please send your request to
press@sporthorseshow.com .

An official press conference to present the European Eventing and Endurance
Championship will take place at Badminton (GBR) on Sunday 4 May.

For more information, please contact
Lucia Montanarella, Press Officer
ph. +39 335 6165415
e-mail press@sporthorseshow.com


OLYMPIC TEST EVENT IN ATHENS

The ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games will host the
official equestrian test event in the form of a CIC**, from Friday, 15
August to Sunday, 17 August at the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. The
format of this Eventing competition aimed at testing the infrastructure and
organisation of the 2004 Games will be a CIC and the level of difficulty
will be two stars (**).

The schedule will be available as of tomorrow 23 April at Athens 2004
Olympic Games website at the following address:
www.athens2004.com/equestrianCIC. All NFs wishing to participate in this
event shall consult this website for further information.

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Muriel Faienza, FEI Communications
FEDERATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE
1005 Lausanne Switzerland
T 41 21 310 47 47 F 310 47 60
m.faienza@horsesport.org
www.horsesport.org


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