|Clarke Johnstone (NZL) - leader since first leg of FEI World Cup™ Eventing 2011 in Kihikihi (NZL) Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI|
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Lausanne (SUI), 19 August 2011
Antipodean riders Clarke Johnstone (NZL) and Chris Burton (AUS) are making absolutely sure of their FEI World Cup™ Eventing bonus by travelling to the last event in the 2011 series, which is underway at Haras du Pin (FRA) today.
Both riders are now based in Britain, where they are making quite an impact on the national circuit.
They will be hard to beat in the race to secure the FEI World Cup™ Eventing 2011 champion title and for Clarke Johnstone this would be a sweet victory after his brilliant wins at the first and second legs at Kihikihi (NZL) and Sydney (AUS).
A strong field of 47 riders representing 12 nations will contest this popular event, including several leading French names and Olympians such as Mark Todd (NZL) and Clayton Fredericks (AUS), so the Antipodean influence is expected to be strong.
Emily Baldwin, who scored a one-two-three on Drivetime at FEI World Cup™ Eventing's third leg at Chatsworth (GBR), and was last year's Le Pin winner, had signalled that she would be returning to the final leg of the 2011 series in her quest for further points. She will be missed after suffering a broken collarbone at Gatcombe.
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A full report on Haras du Pin and the final standings in the FEI World Cup™ Eventing 2011 will be published after the event.
FEI World Cup™ Eventing Standings (after 6 of 7 events)
1 Clarke Johnstone (NZL) 118
2 Chris Burton (AUS) 108
3 Aliaksandr Faminou (BLR) 96
4 Michael Jung (GER) 79
5 Shane Rose (AUS) 70
6 Yoshiaki Oiwa (JAP) 66
7 Mykhailo Nastenko (RUS) 64
8 Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) 62
9 Peter Thomsen (GER) 56
10 Niklas Lindback (SWE) 41
FEI World Cup™ Eventing Calendar for 2011
1 Kihikihi (NZL), 07-10 April 2011
2 Sydney (AUS), 06-08 May 2011
3 Chatsworth (GBR), 14-15 May 2011
4 Strzegom (POL), 23-26 June 2011
5 Minsk (BLR), 13-17 July 2011
6 Malmö (SWE), 05-07 August 2011
7 Le Pin au Haras (FRA), 18-21 August 2011