With just four weeks to go before the 36th annual FEI World Cup Final takes place in Lyon, France from 17 to 21 April 2014 - the majority of the 17 qualifying leagues have now concluded. Amongst them are the Arab, Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian and Central Asia series which, between them, attracted 178 horse-and-rider combinations. The Arab league was won by Morocco's Abdelkabir Quaddar, who competed in six of the 13 legs and notched up 102 points after winning three of them. Qatar's Hamad Ali Mohammed A Al Attiya finished a very close second on the league table when picking up 101 points. Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly was third in this series, which attracted 92 participants. A total of 65 horse-and-rider combinations collected points and the best seven results from the 13 legs counted towards qualification.
Tae Sato, whose brothers Eiken and Kenki Sato have both competed at Olympic level, won the FEI World Cup Japanese league following a double of victories in Osaka. Runner-up in the Japanese league was last year's champion, 24-year-old Koki Saito, who once again enjoyed a great season with his two horses, Eddi Maserati and Telexio. Meanwhile Daisuke Kawaguchi, who finished second last year, was third this time around. The Japanese league expanded from three to six qualifying rounds this season, and the four best results were counted. A total of 31 athletes participated, with 26 obtaining points.
The first leg of the Chinese FEI World Cup league took place at Beijing Caiyu last May, while the remaining two legs were staged at the Beijing International Equestrian Club and, with riders from China, Hong Kong and Germany taking part, it was China's Tongyan Liu who took the title. German rider, Franz-Josef Dahlmann, and his wife Kate moved to China last year to manage the Beijing International Equestrian Club, which is owned by Mr Zhang Baosheng. Dahlmann, who competed horses for German national coach Otto Becker and for Zangersheide Stud in Belgium, competed in all three legs of the Chinese league and the 34-year-old won the opener at Beijing Caiyu riding Ziemar. Third place in the Chinese league went to 22-year-old Meimei Zhu who divides her time between the US and European circuits and who is a pupil of German star Ludger Beerbaum. Fourth went to Hong Kong's Kenneth Cheng.
Both South East Asia and Central Asia staged three legs each in their regions, with the two best results counting for points. A total of 17 athletes participated in the Central Asia series and just eight in the South East Asia FEI World Cup qualifiers. Uzbekistan's Umid Kamilov topped the Central Asia leaderboard. The 26-year-old overall champion pipped Kazakhstan's Alexander Tishkov by five points at the end of the series. Riders from just three nations took part - Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan - and it was Uzbeki rider, Gairat Nazarov who lined up third. Indonesia's Kumiadi Katompo won the South East Asia league.
FEI World Cup™ Jumping Arab League 2013/2014 - 1, Abdelkabir Quaddar (MAR) 102; Hamad Ali Mohamed AAl Attiya (QAT) 101; 3, Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly (KSA) 97.
FEI World Cup™ Jumping Japanese League 2013/2014 - 1, Tae Sato (JPN) 66; 2, Koki Sato (JPN) 62; 3, Daisuke Kawaguchi (JPN) 42.
FEI World Cup™ Jumping Chinese League 2013/2014 - 1, Tongyan Liu (CHN) 49; 2, Franz-Josef Dahlmann (GER) 44; 3, Meimei Zhu (CHN) 40.
FEI World Cup™ Jumping South East Asia League 2013/2014 -1, Kumiadi Katompo (INA) 17; 2, Ferry Wahyu Hadiyanto (INA) 11; 3, Muniska Piyavidtayakarn) THA 6.
FEI World Cup™ Jumping Central Asia League 2013/2014 - 1, Umid Kamilo (UZB) 26; 2, Alexander Tishkov (KAZ) 21; 3, Gairat Nazarov (UZB) 20.
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