World Cup Season: Ready, set, go!

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen!

The world cup season is almost at our doorstep and we must all get prepared to see things happening. I have prepared a little guide to help us through this very exciting period for our amazing sport.


We wrote this post a few years ago to sum up the rules of the whole World Cup concept and it is still very accurate. If you want more details I recommend that you take a look at it.

To summarize things very briefly: The world cup will have 6 qualifying legs, each one of them in a different country. Only individuals and pas des deux are competing.

The final will be happening in Germany between March 3rd and 5th of 2017 and will feature the six best individuals in each category and the four best pdds after the qualifying rounds.


To qualify for the World Cup season an athlete must be placed among the top ranked vaulters after the CVI*** season (competitions held between January and September). Extra points are awarded for CVIO****s and Championships and the winner of the previous World Cup Final is automatically qualified (in this case it is Daniel Kaiser and Simone Jäiser – who is retired).

To see which athletes are already confirmed on each leg, you can check out the official standings here

Below are the current top athletes in each category. Names that have been crossed are not shortlisted to participate on any of the legs and, therefore, have withdrawn from the competition. The alternates follow the ranking.

Male individuals:

  1. Jannis Drewell – Germany
  2. Thomas Brüsewitz –  Germany
  3. Daniel Kaiser – Germany
  4. Stefan Csandl – Austria
  5. Lukas Heppler – Switzerland
  6. Vincent Haennel – France
  7. Lambert Leclezio – Mauritius
  8. Balázs Bence – Hungary
  9. Clement Taillez – France
  10. Ramin Simon Rahimi – Austria
  11. Jannik Heiland – Germany
  12. Francesco Bertoletto – Italy
  13. Lorenzo Lupacchini – Italy
  14. Cyril Michel – Switzerland
  15. Colton Palmer – USA
  16. Dominik Eder – Austria

Female individuals:

  1. Kristina Boe – Germany
  2. Janika Derks – Germany
  3. Anna Cavallaro – Italy
  4. Nadja Büttiker – Switzerland
  5. Sheena Bendixen – Denmark
  6. Lucy Philips – Great Britain
  7. Isabel Fiala – Austria
  8. Corinna Knauf – Germany
  9. Daniela Fritz – Austria
  10. Jasmin Lindner – Austria
  11. Katharina Luschin – Austria
  12. Regina Burgmayr – Germany
  13. Marina Mohar – Switzerland
  14. Silvia Stopazzini – Italy
  15. Pascale Wagner – Switzerland

Pas des Deux

  1. Stefan Csandl and Theresa Thiel – Austria
  2. Janika Derks and Johannes Kay – Germany
  3. Lucie and Simon Chevrel – France
  4. Jolina Ossenberg-Engels and Timo Gerdes – Germany
  5. Zoe Maruccio and Syra Schmid – Switzerland
  6. Lukas Wacha and Jasmin Lindner – Austria
  7. Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini – Italy
  8. Kimberly and Cassidy Palmer – USA
  9. Alexandra Semeredy and Petra Dragan – Hungary
  10. Theresa-SophieBresch and Torben Jacobs – Germany


A brief comment on this list: There are only three non-European contestants qualified for the European World Cup: Lambert Leclezio (current individual World Champion) and Kimberly and Cassidy Palmer (who participated last year already) and Colton Palmer. To our disappointment, it seems like none of these people is shortlisted to actually take part at the competition, meaning they have probably withdrawn.

Another brief comment on this list: Wild cards can be given to local athletes to participate as special representatives at each leg. Vaulters competing with wild cards won’t be able to qualify for the final.

A final brief comment on this list: The rules clearly state (on paragraph 2.7) that there is a 3 athletes per country rule, therefore Regina Burgmayr and Jannik Heiland shouldn’t be shortlisted to participate, but they are. Our sources tell us that the regulations predicts that this rule could be changed, therefore FEI’s commitee decided to make it a 4 by country rule.


The only thing we are absolutely sure about this year’s World Cup edition is the calendar: It will start on November 24th (next week) in Madrid and Paris – Don’t ask me why they are holding two legs almost on the same day.

If you’d like to keep up with each leg, this post might help you.


Amazing vaulting, should be the answer to this question.

Details: This is a freestyle-only competition, therefore no compulsories will be displayed. Each individual performance should last up to 1 minute and 20 seconds (which is different from last year, when presentations lasted 2 minutes) and each PDD presentation should last up to 2 minutes).

To be absolutely honest with you, every year we try to keep track of the FEI World Cup rules, but every year at least 2 of us spend hours researching to understand what is going on. This post is a reflection of our understanding based on the official regulations, which you can check out for yourself here.


I am a 27 years old psychologist from Brazil, although I have graduated in psychology I work with media and communications, with a focus on data analysis. I am currently heading towards a master's degree at the London School of Economics (LSE). I am not vaulting anymore, but I did for over 10 years. As it very often happens in our sport, I never really left, I taught at a social project for a few years and have been working on VN since 2014.