Only two legs remain in the Rolex FEI World Cup Western European league before the big final in s-´Hertogenbosch from the 19-22 of April. The two legs that are left are Bordeaux (5.2.12) and Gothenburg (26.2.12).
Eighteen riders from the Western European league will qualify for the final and normally the riders need about 40 points to get there. The riders might need less points this season though as two qualifications fell out - Vigo was canceled and no points were given in Verona because Hickstead's tragic death.
Twelve riders have more than 40 points at the moment, and they are: Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Patrice Delaveau, Denis Lynch, Marco Kutscher, Kevin Staut, Steve Guerdat, Pius Schwizer, Nick Skelton, Scott Brash, Ludger Beerbaum, Harrie Smolders and Emelie Martinsen. Nick Skelton, Scott Brash and Emelie Martinsen have been taking all their points in the US and Harrie Smolders has points from both the US and Europe.
The German rider Christian Ahlmann, who won the final last year in Leipzig, is prequalified to the final this year.
But the Western European league is of course not the only way to qualify for the final – there are fourteen other leagues and the number of riders qualified for the final is different from league to league. From the North America East Coast League seven US riders qualify, from the North America West Coast League three US riders qualify and the two best Canadian riders as well as the two best Mexican riders from those two leagues will also qualify for the final.
For the rest of the leagues between one to three riders will be allowed to ride the final.
Click here for the rules.
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