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Russian Rider Rises Up The Rankings
Moscow, Russia
by Kate Green

A Russian rider has now leapt into joint 14th place in the FEI Eventing World Cup Rankings with only qualifier, Martinvast (FRA, August 17-20), left to go in the 2005-06 series.

Andrej Korshunov (RUS), riding the seven-year-old Fabij, scored 100 points by winning the Moscow CIC***-W last weekend, the penultimate qualifier before the final at Malmö (SWE, September 23-24).

Korshunov had knocked down three show jumps and was only in sixth place after that phase, but he was easily the fastest across country (0.4 time penalties) on his young horse to clinch victory on a score of 75.2.

He beat compatriot Sergej Martjanov on the nine-year-old Kahejlan by just 0.4 of a penalty. Aleksej Rozanov (RUS), riding the 11-year-old Bugar, had taken a strong dressage lead on 49.6 penalties with just one show jumping rail to add, but was slower across country (24.8 time penalties) to drop to third (78.4).

Although the Moscow fixture only attracted a modest field of eight participants, it was a testing competition due to the weather. The cross-country phase, designed by Britain's Ronald Alexander, had to be delayed for a day and switched with the jumping phase due to torrential rain and wind.

Technical delegate Andy Griffiths (GBR) said: "The weather was absolutely terrible and we were lucky to run the event at all. It was only a small entry in the World Cup qualifier, but there were some good horses and I was particularly impressed with the horses in the CIC** running alongside, which bodes well for the future of Eventing in Eastern Europe."

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