Ben Maher and Tripple X III at the Olympic Games 2012. Photo by Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.Ben Maher's Olympic gold winning medallist Tripple X III has been sold to Torrey Pines Stable. On his official Twitter account, Maher states: "We can confirm that my Olympic partner Tripple X III has been sold to Torrey Pines Stable. We wish them every success."
The 12 year old gelding by Namelus R x Cantangois home bred by Maher, and the British rider has brought him up to the highest level of the sport. In 2012 the pair was a part of the British team that won gold at the summer Olympics in London, and they were also on the bronze winning team at the Europeans in Madrid in 2011. Maher and Tripple X III have many big wins together, and last year they won the Longines King George V Gold Cup on home soil at Hickstead as well as the Grand Prix at London Olympia.
The WoSJ guest blogger after the Longines FEI World Cup Final; Jenny RÃ¥gdel Lagerqvist
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:27
What a fantastic weekend it has been! I expected Daniel and Cornet to do well, but I did not expect them to win the final! I was guessing someone like Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning, Beezie Madden or Kent Farrington would win. So that it would end up being us was not in my thoughts at all when coming to Lyon.
Same, same but different - at the World Cup Final in Lyon
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:43
At WoSJ we love to watch the riders and horses' different styles over a fence. Here is how it looked when the competitors in the first of the two final rounds in Monday's Longines FEI World Cup Final jumped the huge CWD oxer. Let's start with style icon Marcus Ehning on Cornado NRW. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Nouvelle Europe Z and Faye Schoch in Oliva Nova last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Le Cavalier Romand reports that Alvaro de Miranda has a new ride; Nouvelle Europe Z. The 10 year old mare by Nelson Z x Jimtown has done very well under Swiss rider Faye Schoch over the last year. The pair won a two star Grand Prix in Vilamoura in February, they were third in the two star Grand Prix in Cagnes-sur-Mer in March and fourth in the Grand Prix in San Giovanni in the beginning of this month - to mention some of many good results.
Last year's Grand Prix winner John Whitaker returns to the 2014 edition. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The four star event Horses & Dreams meets Brazil in Hagen this coming weekend, welcomes plenty of good riders. Ludger Beerbaum will be present, as will John Whitaker, Peter Charles, Billy Twomey, Jessica KÃ¼rten, Pius Schwizer, Janika Sprunger, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Marco Kutscher and Carsten-Otto Nagel. The show also hosts the DKB-Riders Tour Grand Prix on Sunday.
The riders kicking off the Longines Global Champions Tour in Antwerp
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:31
The first Longines Global Champions Tour of the 2014 season kicks off in Antwerp, Belgium on Thursday. As always the list of riders is full of top names, with world number one and two Scott Brash and Ben Maher present. Another six of the top ten riders in the world are also present; Marcus Ehning, Steve Guerdat, Kevin Staut, Kent Farrington, Patrice Delaveau and Daniel Deusser.
Annika Axelsson. Photo provided by Absolute Horses. Swedish rider Annika Axelsson will join the team of riders at Absolute Horses in Denmark. After a few years abroad, competing up to five star level in the United Arab Emirates â€“ Axelsson has returned to Scandinavia. Axelsson has previously been employed as a rider at Absolute Horses, where her job was to educate young horses.
Lacontino and Katharina Offel part ways. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After almost seven months with Katharina Offel in the saddle, Lacontino (Landgold x Continue) returns to his previous rider Luciana Diniz. The Portuguese rider gave Offel the horse to ride in the end of September last year, and the couple had some good results together â€“ in March they were third in the prestigious Grand Prix at Saut HermÃ¨s in Paris and they were placed fifth and tenth in the World Cups in Leipzig and Bordeaux earlier this year.
"I knew I could have no mistakes" â€“ Quotes after Deusser, Beerbaum & Brash end on top of the podium
Monday, 21 April 2014 18:46
"I knew I could have no mistakes and that I had to be clear," Daniel said after his win. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Daniel on the question of whether he was nervous or not as he went into the 'Lion's cave' today; "Absolutely. When I went into the second round today, I knew I could have no mistakes and that I had to be clear. Then he touched number one straight away, but luckily I got my concentration back afterwards and my horse tried very hard today. I am happy that it worked out in the end."
Success as deserved for Deusser â€“ takes the champion title at the Longines FEI World Cup Final
Monday, 21 April 2014 17:11
The podium in Lyon; World Cup Champion Daniel Deusser together with Ludger Beerbaum (2nd) and Scott Brash (3rd). All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.After four fantastic clear rounds â€“ and a clear jump-off on Saturday â€“ it was no doubt that Daniel Deusser's win in the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Lyon on Cornet D'Amour came as deserved. The 11 year old gelding's jumping stood out already from the first day, and he looked to be in the form of his life. With tremendous riding from the charismatic German rider, who piloted Stephex Stables' and Double H Farm's horse skilfully around the three days of competition â€“ nobody could do anything about this fantastic couple. Finding themselves in sixth position after the first day, and then in second after round two was done â€“ Deusser was constantly in contestant for the title, which today became his.