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Rolex FEI World Cup Final update - league winners around the globe

Friday, 05 April 2013

Last year's winners Rich Fellers and Flexible. Photo by Ken Braddick/ 16 qualifying leagues for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final have crowned their winners, and the list of riders for the final is starting to come together. The leagues vary from the little to the large, with 145 athletes competing in the high-profile Rolex Western European series, while just six took on the challenge in the Central America and Caribbean Islands League. WoSJ has previously reported on the standings from the Western European League, the Northern Sub-League of the Central European League, the North American and Arab Leagues. Below you will find information on the winners of the other leagues as reported on

The three-leg South America North League was won by Santiago Medina, who is also an experienced eventing athlete. The 30 year old Colombian finished ahead of Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez and Noel Vanososte in second and third places. The six-leg South American series attracted 72 competitors and it was 29-year-old Brazilian, Daniel Chaves Anicet, who emerged as the clear winner ahead of fellow-countryman Cesar Almeida, while Carlos Milthaler from Chile finished third.  

In the South-East Asian series, which attracted 11 competitors from four nations it was 24 year old Indonesian, Ferry Wanyu Hadiyanto, who came out on top ahead of Sweden’s Helen Gabrielsson, while Malaysia’s Gabil Ambak Dato Mahammad slotted into third.

Riders from Georgia and Azerbaijan competed in the six-leg Caucasian League in which 25 year old Shalva Gachechiladze reigned supreme for Georgia. Azerbaijan’s Sayid Musayev and Kanan Novruzov claimed the next two placings.

A total of 17 contested the Central Asian League. It was a close-fought affair in which 42 year old Gairat Nazarov from Uzbekistan pipped Kazakhstan’s Alexander Tishkov by just a single point, while another Uzbeki, Vladimir Shmelyov, was next on the final leaderboard standings.

There were 24 athletes in action in the Chinese League, won by 25 year old Raena Leung from Hong Kong. China’s Ciren Bianba finished second here ahead of Hong Kong’s Patrick Lam.

A total of 26 competed in the three-leg Japan League, in which 23 year old Koki Saito had a 10-point winning margin over Daisuke Mizuyama, with Koji Yamada in third. Meanwhile it was neck-and-neck in the race to the finish of the South African League in which both Jodi Pieters and Shaun Neill completed with 63 points. Pieters was declared champion however when they were separated on the basis of placings following the final leg in Cape Town. Jeanne Engela finished third.

In the New Zealand League, the busy Maurice Beatson headed up the 17-strong list of athletes. The 59-year-old, who represented his country at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, combines sheep and cattle-farming with horse breeding as well as an active competitive career, and he left fellow-Kiwis Bernard Denton and Ross Smith in his wake when topping the regional table.

There was a big turnout of 65 competitors in the Australian League, which  concluded in Sydney last December.  Alison Rowland pipped Evie Buller for the title following a great run that saw her accumulate 113 points, with victories at Gatton, Melbourne and Sale proving decisive.  Third place in the Australian series went to Billy Raymont.

There are two sub-leagues in Central Europe, and, from the 48 competing athletes, it was Turkey’s Omer Kaaevli who emerged victorious in the Southern Sub-League. The 35 year old, who was Turkish national champion in 2012, competed at six of the eight qualifiers and completed with a 27-point lead over second-placed Rossen Raitchev from Bulgaria, while Hungary’s Laszio Toth lined up in third.

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