Ludger Beerbaum speaks out about Germany’s disappointment in St. Gallen Nations Cup…

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Published on June 4, 2013


tatement from LB Stables; Ludger Beerbaum stables.

This weekend Ludger went to St. Gallen to compete in the Nations Cup for Germany. Unfortunately the weekend turned out very different than expected. Here are Ludger’s thoughts on Friday’s Nations Cup in St. Gallen, and the dramatic consequences that followed for Germany after they withdrew due to the terrible conditions:  

“For us it was a real shame that the other nations didn’t speak up about the conditions during Friday’s Nations Cup in St. Gallen – the footing was just too bad. In the beginning three or four teams said that they wouldn’t compete, but then the FEI told us that the countries not competing wouldn’t have a chance of making it to the final and also that they probably would be out of the first division. That made the other nations changing their minds.”

“We were offered to ride our second or third horse as well as letting the reserve rider in, but we didn’t want to risk any of our horses.”

“The second round was cancelled and that was just another proof that we made the right decision. Still there is a rule that makes it impossible to qualify for the final as long as there are not special circumstances present. If some other countries would have followed their initial decision not to ride, it would probably look totally different for Germany now.”

“It’s not good news for Germany that we won’t qualify for the final, but of course that is not as bad as having a horse with an injured tendon after the class. On the other hand the final will not be worth half as much when a country such as Germany isn’t in it.”

“There is so much talk about the welfare of the horses and that this always shall be the main priority, and then we are punished for prioritizing exactly this. In the class before the Nations Cup only half of the riders competed, as everyone thought the footing was too bad. I wanted to ride to get the feeling about how the footing really was. I jumped six fences before I retired, and said that it would be the wrong thing to jump the Nations Cup under such conditions. Maybe horses that aren’t that careful would have coped with such footing, but for a careful horse it would be devastating.”

“The course was also changed; the open water and the triple combination were left out and the fences were lowered. So from a course point of view it became a normal 1.45 class that we do every weekend. And after the Nations Cup the rest of the show was cancelled which should be yet another proof that we made the right decision.”

“We don’t regret our decision and will make it again if necessary. Now we probably can’t change the fact that we won’t be able to qualify for the final, and that we probably are out of the highest Nations Cup division next year – but the questions related to this will come up at every press conference after every Nations Cup and it will be an entitled criticism of the FEI. Because their decision in St. Gallen was based on anything but horsemanship.”

Source: LB Stables

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