Jur Vrieling started off by winning the first leg in Oslo, but he was only allowed to keep the lead of the league until the second leg in Helsinki the weekend after. Then Steve Guerdat took over and he held on to the lead for a couple of legs - until Harrie Smolders became league leader after earning points in the US. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Bertram Allen won his first World Cup only 19-years-old when he won the leg in Verona together with Molly Malone V - and that in his World Cup debut!
Then it was time for William Whitaker to take his first World Cup win when he won the leg in Stuttgart riding Fandango.
After the leg in Stuttgart, Steve Guerdat was back on top of the Western European League and he kept the lead in to the new year.
One of the happiest winner of the World Cup was probably Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy that won the leg in Leipzig.
Most riders compete season after season of the World Cup before they win one of the legs - if ever. But, Bertram Allen won the first leg in his debut and just a couple of months later he took his second World Cup win in Bordeaux, this time riding Romanov. After his second win Bertram went to the top of the standings.
When it was time for the last leg in Gothenburg, Steve Guerdat showed off - won the leg and also the Longines FEI Western European League after being in the lead for most of the season. But for Steve that wasn't enough, he also won the World Cup final in Las Vegas a month later.
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