Dressage World Cup

The FEI World Cup Dressage ( Reem Acra FEI World Cup ™ Dressage ) is a has been held since 1985 by the International equestrian Federation ( FEI ) tournament series. Ideas for hosting a World Cup Dressage rider and is the former husband of Olympian Tineke Bartels, Joep Bartels. This was the World Cup to 2004 World Cup as a director. The highlight of the World Cup is the every year in March or April discharged World Cup Final.

  • 3.1 Previous winners and runners-

History of the World Cup

The history of the Dressage World Cup is strongly associated with the history of the Grand Prix Freestyle. As the inventor of freestyle in dressage applies Joep Bartels. After seeing 1984 Reiner Klimke and Ahlerich at his own words " an impressive series of flying changes, exactly to the beat of the Olympic anthem", he had the idea to perform a dressage test, where the riders ride their own choreography to music freely chosen. After the rider and the national associations were initially skeptical, a year later performed the Dressage World Cup for the first time.

In contrast to the present rules of the winner was determined by means of the addition of the Freestyle results of Grand Prix and Grand Prix in the early years of the World Cup. Since 2002, the World Cup tests are determined exclusively in the free skate, only the Grand Prix serve as warm-up test and qualification testing at high number of participants. At the early days of the Grand Prix Freestyle this was less extensive than today, were only twelve technical scores awarded ( version 2009: 16 notes ).

With increasing acceptance among the riders and by the more attractive for spectators and television to spread the freestyle and in international championships, so this was from 1996, part of the Olympics.

After Joep Bartels, among other things with regard to the increasing prize money in show jumping and dressage riding the high cost of an increase in prize money in dressage, especially in the World Cup demanded, sponsorship was announced during the World Equestrian Games 2010. The fashion designer Reem Acra takes over from the 2010/2011 season sponsorship of the Western European League and the final of the World Cup for a period of three years.

Qualification for the World Cup Final

To take part in the World Cup finals, the riders have to qualify for this. For this, two paths are provided:

The first, typical qualification path is via so-called leagues, distributed as follows over the world:

Athletes (up to the one designated in the table above rank ) can move up in the World Cup final when another qualified participant waives its participation in the World Cup finals.

Generally, may participate in the Finals only three participants per nation. Other participants from these countries may also receive any wildcards.

If a rider is domiciled in a country other than his native country, he can take part in the league this country and is first evaluated for this league. As far as he qualifies on the basis of the regulations of this league for the World Cup finals, he does not count for the (limited ) Takeoff Number of this league as an additional participant.

In addition, the FEI awards by wildcard, two places to riders who have not qualified for the World Cup finals. Unused starting places may be awarded by the FEI as per wildcard.

To participate with a horse at the World Cup finals, a participant from the leagues with this horse must have participated in at least two qualifying examinations and testing have been completed with at least 68.000 %.

The defending champion is qualified for the next World Cup finals, but must also participate in at least two World Cup exams to qualify his horse. As far as he takes part in qualification tests, it is not considered in the scoring.

In addition to the participants in these leagues, participants may qualify for other areas of the world. Thus, a final starting place for participants from the Asia / South America is provided in the World Cup rules. This participant has 68.000 % in the Grand Prix Freestyle at achieving two dressage competitions, which are classified at least as CDI 3 * or CDI -W,.

The World Cup tournaments will be played in the Western European League in the hall, in the other leagues and outdoor tournaments are allowed.


The scoring is set only for the European leagues. The North American and the Pacific League have its own charter.

European Leagues

The respective overall ratings of the various European leagues arising from rating points awarded in each qualification examination. Points are awarded according to the following system:

Should the 15th rank be assigned more than once to get all riders on this place 2 rating points. The rating is not horse related, but the above regulations must be observed.

In the Central European League also a League final will be played, for which the best ten riders of the final results of the Central European League qualifying ( it is a limit of three riders per nation ). The top two participants in this final will qualify for the World Cup finals.

North American League

Participants in the North American League must have participated in at least two World Cup tests to be placed in the final results of the league. This is formed from the two best results of a rider at the World Cup tests the average. The two riders with the highest average values ​​qualify for the World Cup finals.

Pacific League

The Pacific League has in contrast to the other leagues do not have rankings. Every year in December, January or February, a league final for the Pacific League will be held in Australia or New Zealand. For this finale, participants qualify who, 62.000 % in the Grand Prix Freestyle at least achieved a dressage show, which has at least a CDI 3 * or CDI -W. The winner of this final qualifies for the World Cup finals.

The World Cup Final

The World Cup final will take place in March or April, at the end of World Cup season, instead.

The World Cup final is a structure identical to the qualification tests. As a first test, a Grand Prix takes place, which serves as a warm-up test, however, is mandatory for all participants in the final. The winner of the World Cup Finals is solely determined based on the result of the Grand Prix Freestyle, the second test of the final.

Previous winners and runners-