The riders for the 4th leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Copenhagen
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:12
Jur Vrieling and Bubalu VDL will compete for the Netherlands. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.This weekend the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 will take place in Copenhagen. Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Poland and Sweden will all have teams present in the hope of collecting some points for the overall standings. France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland on the other hand can not collect points at this leg.
Gert-Jan Bruggink is on the list for Nörten-Hardenberg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The riders list for the CSI3* Hardenberg Burgturnier is ready, and lots of good riders can be seen in action at the event this weekend. Marcus and Johannes Ehning will both be there, as will Jeroen Dubbeldam who comes fresh from a win in Wiesbaden. Gerco Schröder, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Cian O’Connor and Laura Kraut are other strong names on the list.
Heading for Rome again; Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The coming weekend the beautiful CSIO5*-NC event takes place at Piazza di Siena in Rome. The show hosts the second leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1, and France, Great Britain, Ukraine and Spain will be able to pick up points here. These teams send some top riders to Rome; Patrice Delaveau, Roger Yves Bost, Kevin Staut, Nick Skelton, Scott Brash, Ben Maher, Sergio Alvarez Moya and Kathi Offel are all on the list – in addition to lots of other strong names such as Philippe Le Jeune, Daniel Deusser, Carsten-Otto Nagel, David Will, Richard Spooner, Kent Farrington and Pius Schwizer to mention some.
First leg of the South African World Cup qualifier series sees Engela on top
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:21
Jeanne Engela. Photo by TB Images.This past weekend in Johannesburg, the first leg of the South African World Cup qualifier series took place. It was the 22 year old Jeanne Engela that rode to victory in the Knowles Husain Lindsay Attorneys Inc FEI World Cup Qualifier on her 10 year old mare, Cloof Wine’s Chanel (Canturo x Accord II). The pair were the only combination to jump a double clear round over a track built by Portuguese course designer, Bernardo Costa Cabral.
Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet stay clear for victory in Empire State Grand Prix
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:09
Katie Dinan ended up on top. Photo by The Book LLC.Three teenagers and a veteran rounded out the jump-off in the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group, and the first to go in was the one to return to the winner's circle. Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan of New York, NY, and her energetic partner Nougat du Vallet were double clear to win the biggest class of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, which ran May 7-12 and 14-19. The competition concluded two great weeks of equestrian sport in North Salem with incredible entries and top horses and riders.
The $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix had 37 competitors, and they rode over a course designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Riding second in the order, Dinan and “Nougat,” a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D'elle, made it look easy as they bounded through the course for the first clear round. They returned first for the jump-off and set a quick pace and the only clear round in 39.898 seconds.
Kathi with her new watch. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katharina Offel and Hans-Dieter Dreher were the two best riders overall in Wiesbaden. Kathi was the best female rider during the show, while Hans-Dieter Dreher was the best male rider. Both of them were honored with a watch from Longines during the prize giving after the Grand Prix. Both riders have had a terrific weekend, pikcing up one ribbon after the other.
Well deserved win for Cameron Hanley in Wiesbaden Grand Prix!
Monday, 20 May 2013 19:05
Cameron Hanley with Antello Z. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a two year break due to an injury, Cameron Hanley is back stronger than ever which he proved by winning the Grand Prix in Wiesbaden with Antello Z after two amazing rounds. 46 riders came to start in the first round and the 12 best went to the second round - all of them clear. Two combinations, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Quintero Ask and Jeroen Dubbeldam with Quality Time, were just outside the time and had one time fault which prevented them for taking part of the second round. The faults came spread throughout the entire course, and the open water caused some surprising problem for several riders. Some horses landed in the middle of it while both Janne-Friedrike Meyer and Alberto Michan were eliminated as their horses refused to jump.
The winners; Cameron Hanley and Antello Z. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Cameron Hanley has been out of the sport for two years, and recently made his comeback. Hanley had an accident where he injured his leg, and had to undergo several operations. Now he is back in top form, but still has some difficulties walking. "Luckily for me riding is better than walking, but it was always like that," Cameron said after his win.
On his winning ride Antello Z, Cameron explained that the gelding was found as a seven year old by his brother Carl Hanley; "We bought him together. I rode him in the beginning when he was eight before I was injured, and then we sold half of him to Michael Whitaker. Then I got injured and my brother's rider Alex Duffy rode him for almost one year. He won the U25 Grand Prix in Paris, and Michael was there and saw him jumping and said that he wanted to ride that horse. So we send him to Michael and he competed him last year. I was very fortunate this year when I was back riding; I got a new sponsor and they said that we needed a Grand Prix horse. I told them that I knew a very special horse and that was Antello. Luckily we were able to buy him back. To win a Grand Prix like this so quickly - this is just my third of fourth show with him - is really unbelievable!"
Luciana Diniz leads the DKB-Riders Tour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Luciana Diniz is in the lead on the DKB-Riders Tour standing after the third leg in Wiesbaden. Joint rank two is the Hamburg Derby winner Gilbert Tillmann, the winner of Hagen Grand Prix John Whitaker and the winner of Wiesbaden Grand Prix Cameron Hanley. Three riders are joint fifth; Carsten-Otto Nagel, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Hans-Dieter Dreher.
The rain start to pour down when Denis Lynch and Anyway entered the ring to ride the jump-off. They ended third in the final after winning the youngster class yesterday. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Gregory Wathelet wins the Youngster Tour Final in Wiesbaden
Monday, 20 May 2013 12:13
Gregory Wathelet won the Youngster Tour Final in Wiesbaden. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sunday’s Youngster Tour Final in Wiesbaden went to Gregory Wathelet and Citizenguard Million Dreams (Diamant de Semilly x Concetto). The Belgian rider and the beautiful eight year old were the best in this 1.40 class that had 32 riders in it. A slippy and wet grass ring gave the horses some difficult conditions, but still seventeen made it to the jump-off where Gregory had the fastest time at 39.40 – producing yet another clear round. Closest to him came Philipp Weishaupt on the lovely Chico (Cordalme Z x Sandro) with a time of 40.55 seconds, while Denis Lynch was third on Anyway II (No Limit x Farmer). Katharina Offel ended fourth on the well jumping Luke Skywalker (Lord Pezi x Sandro Song).
Quotes from Wiesbaden after the DKB Riders Tour qualification
Sunday, 19 May 2013 19:09
Jeroen Dubbeldam and Utascha SFN. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jeroen Dubbeldam was asked if it is normal for Utascha SFN to take a break and eat some grass on her way out of the ring, as she did so both after the first round and after the jump-off; "It looks like it. She likes to eat a little grass after her rounds, it is like a small treat for her."
He also explained what he liked the most with Utascha; "She has a fantastic attitude. She is a quality horse, but that can also become a problem. She has so much quality that she can get afraid, and we had that problem with the triple combinations - but we have tried to solve it through working on her trust and she really took that to her. I will ride Quality Time tomorrow as this is the first outdoor show for Utascha and we ended our indoor season so bad with the problem in the triple combinations so I want to let her jump in some smaller classes for the first shows.
Patrice Delaveau the winner of the Grand Prix Longines del la Ville de la Baule
Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:44
Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express took a home win in La Baule. Here seen in Rotterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Patrice Delaveau took home the Grand Prix in La Baule Sunday aboard Orient Express (Quick Star x Le Tot de Semilly). Following him in second place was the Dutch talent Frank Schuttert and Winchester H S (Numero Uno x Nimmerdor) while Nick Skelton secured third place with Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor). The top three riders were the only ones to produce two clear rounds as Sunday’s course in La Baule caused difficulties for several riders. After the first round only four out of 48 riders were clear, but the twelve best riders went on to the second round. This was Patrice’s second big win for the weekend as he also won the Derby Saturday with Ornella Mail *Hdc (Lando x Alligator Fontaine).
Utascha SFN is eating some well deserved grass on her way out. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jeroen Dubbeldam and Utascha SFN (Lux Z x Indoctro) returned to their winning ways today in Wiesbaden, taking home the 1.50 class Sunday afternoon. The class was a qualifier for yesterday's DKB Riders Tour, and had 51 riders in it. Ten of these went clear over the first round thirteen fence track which included an early triple combination with a vertical-vertical-oxer and a combination at 10a and b. It was the white and burgundy triple combination that caught out most riders, and plenty got faults here.
The first clear came from America's Saer Coulter on the lovely Don VHP (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire), before Maurice Tebbel followed with a clear for Germany. Laura Renwick and John Whitaker both produced clears for Britain, while Katharina Offel rode a super round on B-Once Z (Baloubet du Rouet x Lavaletto).
The winning combination - Margie Engle and Royce. Scope and stride proved to be the key to the win for Margie Engle and Royce during the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, presented by Audi of Lexington, during the Kentucky Spring Classic. The pair out jumped 12 other horse and rider combinations during the tiebreaker to claim the winning prize with a double clear effort. Charlie Jayne captured the second place award with Chill R Z, while Venezuela's Pablo Barrios galloped into third aboard Zara Leandra.
Laura Kraut tops the overall standings of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2013
Sunday, 19 May 2013 09:40
Laura Kraut is in the lead after her great win in Wiesbaden. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the third leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, Laura Kraut has taken over the leading position on the overall ranking. With 77 points Laura is two points ahead of Luciana Diniz in second place with 75 points. Alvaro de Miranda is next at 66 points while the winner from Hamburg, Christian Ahlmann is currently rank four together with Hansi Dreher on 65 points.
"Cedric won his 4th GCT today and I'm so proud of him." Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Laura Kraut on the question whether this was the perfect course for Cedric; “You never know with him, sometimes he is afraid of break-away jumps so I was really happy when he jumped the first round. It was a good second course to give confidence. I'm just so pleased. And I was surprised that i beat Edwina and Hansi, because I just didn't feel that I was that efficient in the jump-off. It is different with grass and sand and we can't go as fast on grass.”
Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Wiesbaden to Laura Kraut and Cedric
Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:30
The top three in Wiesbaden; Laura, Edwina and Hansi. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Wiesbaden went to Laura Kraut and Cedric (Chambertin x Carolus I). The pair produced one of four triple clear rounds, shaving off 0.23 seconds on runner-up Edwina Tops-Alexander’s time – the Australian riding her faithful Cevo Itot du Chateau (Le Tot de Semilly x Galoubet A). Third was home rider Hans-Dieter Dreher on Magnus Romeo (Royal Feu x Hans Anders Z).
Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail HDC take the Derby in La Baule
Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:12
Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail - here at the Falsterbo Derby two years ago. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Derby in La Baule Saturday saw a home win from Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail HDC (Lando x Alligator Fontaine). Patrice was on of two riders who managed to clear the course consisting of 21 fences. The course had several water trays, natural fences and two combinations - a double at 5a and b and a triple combination as fence 12.
Also second place went to France with Michel Hecart and Nokia de Bekka (Quick Star x Apache d'Adriers) who finished on a clean sheet, but 1.90 seconds slower than Patrice and Ornella. Third place went to a derby expert, Shane Breen on Ominerale Courcelle (Kannan x Caprice d'Elle). Shane produced the fastest time of the day, but with four faults he could not threaten the home win. Steve Guerdat and Sidney VIII secured fourth place, also on four faults, before the following riders had collected 12 faults or more around the demanding Derby course.
Daniel and Mouse won again! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Daniel Deusser continued his winning ways in Wiesbaden today aboard Stephex Stables' Mouse (Limbus x Grundyman). After showing great form in Hamburg last weekend, the pair continued their super form to take home the 1.45 speed class at the CSI5* event today. With the time of 58.73 seconds this super fast combination were way faster than the rest of their competitors – leaving Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) to second at 61.82 seconds and Emanuele Gaudiano and Chicago (Chambertin x Quinar) to third in 62 seconds.
Switzerland takes the lead in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1
Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:33
After the first leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1 in La Baule, Switzerland has taken the lead of the series with 90 points. France, Ireland and Great Britain follows as joint rank two in the series with 75.67 points. Under the new rules of the Furusiyya series, just four of the teams starting in yesterday’s competition – France, Ireland, Great Britain and Switzerland – could earn points towards the final in September. In yesterday's Nations Cup Switzerland finished 2nd and France, Ireland, Great Britain joint 3rd.
Kent Farrington and Venus Blaze to Victory in Hagyard Lexington Classic
Friday, 17 May 2013 09:16
Kent Farrington and Venus. Photo by Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.Although thunderstorms disrupted competition throughout the day at the Kentucky Horse Park, the clouds parted as the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic got underway during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Sixteen horse and rider combinations advanced to the tiebreaker, creating a speed duel for the winning prize. Kent Farrington proved to have all the answers with Venus, blazing an uncatchable clear track that was almost two seconds faster than second place finisher Andrew Bourns of Ireland. Reed Kessler and Mika were the pathfinders to take home the third place honors.
Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 capture 1.45m Open Jumper victory at Kentucky Spring Classic
Thursday, 16 May 2013 08:28
Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20. Photo by Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.The heat was on as the Kentucky Spring Classic got underway today at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Five riders produced double clear rounds during the 1.45m Open Jumpers, but it was the last do so that proved to be the fastest. Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 broke the beam at 30.378 seconds for the win by 3/10ths of a second over Reed Kessler and Soraya De L'Obstination. Earlier in the day, Pablo Barrios took home his second blue ribbon in a row during the 1.40m Open Jumpers speed class with Colgate.
A full list of the riders and teams that will compete in La Baule this coming weekend is ready. The CSIO5* event in France includes the opener of the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Division 1 in Europe which takes place on Friday, and the prestigious Grand Prix on Sunday. Top riders are heading for La Baule, and the full entry list can be seen here.
There were a lot of emotions in Hamburg this weekend! Here's the happy top three in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix. Although Bosty didn't seem to enjoy the champagne that much... All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
The German, Belgian and Spanish teams for La Baule
Monday, 13 May 2013 11:48
Olivier Philippaerts will be going to La Baule. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The German, Belgian and Spanish teams for La Baule have been announced. The German riders entered for the opener of the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series are Katrin Eckermann, Lars Nieberg, Patrick Stühlmeyer, Holger Wulschner and Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking. Belgium will have a strong team present with Dirk Demeersman, Judy-Ann Melchior, Ludo Philippaerts, François Mathy Jr and Olivier Philippaerts – while Spain send Manuel Fernandez Saro, Pilar Cordon Muro, Julio Arias Cueva, Manuel Anon and Paola Amilibia Puig.
Christian Ahlmann will compete in Wiesbaden. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.A strong field of riders is heading for the Longines Global Champions Tour in Wiesbaden the coming weekend. The third leg of the tour welcomes top home riders such as Christian Ahlmann, Ludger Beerbaum, Marco Kutscher, Marcus Ehning – not to forget other strong names like Edwina Tops-Alexander, Alvaro de Miranda, Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker, Marc Houtzager, Gerco Schröder and Luciana Diniz.
Sweden in the lead of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2
Monday, 13 May 2013 10:00
After three out of eleven events in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2, Sweden holds the overall lead in the series. Sweden has collected a total of 152 points, while Finland is rank two with 141 points. Norway is currently the third best nation at 139 points.
Eduardo Menezes and Calavda master the $60,000 Grand Prix of California
Monday, 13 May 2013 07:20
Eduardo Menezes and Calavda in the jump-off. Photo by CapturedMomentPhoto.com.On two gorgeous southern California afternoons, two fabulous rides earned the lead in the high performance victory gallops for the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, sponsored by Equ Lifestyle and presented by Ferrari & Maserati of San Diego, and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, both on the grass Grand Prix Field. The competition was fierce with almost forty entries in both classes.
Eric van der Vleuten won the Grand Prix in Drammen.Eric van der Vleuten and Wan Architect continued to impress today, taking home the three star Grand Prix in Drammen, Norway. After helping the Dutch team to a second place in Friday’s Nations Cup, Eric made sure to make it a win today with the 10 year old gelding that has gone from strength to strength under van der Vleuten’s superb guidance. Eric had one of six double clears in the 50-rider class, but with by far the fastest time in the jump-off at 36.51 seconds there was nothing to do about the sympathetic Dutch rider for the rest of the competitors. Suzanne Tepper secured double Dutch on top, as she ended second on KM Wish (Lux Z x Indoctro) with a time of 38.19 seconds in the jump-off. Sweden’s Royne Zetterman ended third on the promising 9 year old Echo de Laubry (Virus de Laubry x Feo), while it was a good day for the home riders who claimed the next three ribbons – with the best Norwegian being Geir Gulliksen on Edesa S Banjan (Toulon x Lys de Darmen).
The winner; Gilbert Tillmann. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was a very emotional winner that was sitting at the press conference speaking of his win; "I can't believe it! It is unbelievable. I wasn't that interested in horses when I was little, but it was one class that I always followed and it was the Hamburg Derby. It was the only show I watched every year. A couple of years ago I told my father that I wanted to ride the derby, and that it would end like this and everything that happened today - it is a dream!"
The 19 year old Hello Max and Gilbert Tillman win the Hamburg Derby
Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:40
Gilbert Tillmann celebrating his win on Hello Max in the Hamburg Derby. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.The 19 year old Hello Max (Hallo x I'm A Star) made it all look so easy when he and Gilbert Tillmann won the prestigious Hamburg Derby today. The veteran and his German rider really fought their way through the difficult derby course in front of the home crowds. No riders managed to be clear around the seventeen fence long track, and only two of the 35 riders ended with four faults - Gilbert Tillmann and Carsten-Otto Nagel on Lex Lugar (Lordanos x Landadel). Both of them were prevented from clear rounds by the open water - Lex Lugar got a foot in the water in the landing while Hello Max also had a hoof in. With four faults for each of the Geman riders, it was a jump-off for the victory.
Paul Estermann will be going to La Baule. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Swiss team that will be heading for the opener of the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series in La Baule next weekend has been announced. The five riders that will travel to France are; Paul Estermann, Steve Guerdat, Beat Mändli, Pius Schwizer and Janika Sprunger. This is one out of four events where the Swiss can pick up points in the series. To view the team allocation click here.
Penelope and Topinambour have been picked to ride for France in La Baule. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.One team after the other is getting ready for the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series Division 1 (Europe) that will kick off in La Baule next weekend. The home team has now been announced and it will consist of; Aymeric de Ponnat on Armitages Boy, Marc Dilasser on Obiwan de Pilière*JO, Olivier Guillon on Lord de Theizé, Pénélope Leprevost on Topinambour and Kevin Staut on Estoy Aqui de Muze*HDC .
Pablo Barrios claims early lead in Hagyard Challenge Series standings
Saturday, 11 May 2013 19:34
Pablo Barrios currently leads the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series. Photo by Rebecca Walton/PMG.Pablo Barrios has taken an early lead in the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series. Barrios took home the top spot during Thursday's $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The Venezuelan native rode Zara Leandra to a dominating first place finish with a double clear effort in 38.258 seconds. Richie Moloney is holding the second place position in the standings after claiming the second place award on Thursday aboard Slieveanorra. Olympian Margie Engle is currently ranked third in the standings after she went double clear with her veteran mount Indigo to earn the third place honors.
Fast Kent Farrington wins $20,000 Bluegrass Classic with Zidane at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Saturday, 11 May 2013 19:23
The winners; Kent Farrington and Zidane.Capturing a ribbon was no easy task during today's $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Forty-two entries gathered at the Rolex Stadium to compete in the 1.45m Open Jumper event, but when 23 qualified for the tiebreaker the results came down to a foot race. Besting the clock and the course was Kent Farrington aboard Zidane, breaking the beam at 38.879 to take home the winning prize. Ramiro Quintana, riding Largo to second place, followed him, and Emanuel Andrade placed third with Walter 61.
Richard Jefferys set a very inviting course for today's event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The first round included an open water option, an oxer-vertical double combination, and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. Twenty-three were able to master the track and advance to the jump-off, where speed and accuracy were the keys to winning. "That was probably more than Richard expected, but he's not building it to be the grand prix," stated Farrington after his win. "I think he just maybe under built for the class today, but that just meant the jump-off turned into a speed class."
Quotes after the Longines Global Champions Tour in Hamburg
Saturday, 11 May 2013 17:32
The top three celebrating in Hamburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Christian Ahlmann missed the car on Thursday, but won the watch today: "It felt fantastic! I have had a great day today, and Codex One did an amazing job. In all three rounds he really showed everyone exactly how special he is. I took a lot of risks in the jump-off where I was lucky enough to be in a position that allowed me to watch some of the riders before me, so I knew I had to take risks to win."
Home win for Christian Ahlmann and Codex One in Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg
Saturday, 11 May 2013 17:02
The winner; Christian Ahlmann on Codex One. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.After riding three fantastic rounds on Codex One (Contendro x Glückspilz) Christian Ahlmann ended up winning the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg. Saturday's Grand Prix - the second leg of the tour - had 44 riders and horses lined up to compete for the win in the huge grass arena in Hamburg. The first round track designed by Frank Rothenberger consisted of 13 fences and 16 jumps, which included a triple combination at 11abc, followed by an open water to a final combination at 13ab. Only eight riders managed to produce clear rounds, as it was the final combination with a vertical - oxer that caused most problems.
The eighteen best riders from the first round came back for the second round. Clear rounders Katharina Offel, Janne-Friederike Meyer, Daniel Deusser, Roger-Yves Bost, Christian Ahlmann, Hans-Dieter Dreher, Gerco Schröder and Pius Schwizer were joined by the fastest four faulters from the first round.
Pius Schwizer on top of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2013 overall standings
Saturday, 11 May 2013 16:59
Pius Schwizer is on top of the GCT standings after two rounds. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the first two legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2013, the overall standing sees Swiss rider Pius Schwizer on top. Pius has collected 56 points altogether in the two first legs, and he is followed by Luciana Diniz as rank two with 54 points. Rank three is Harrie Smolders on 54 points, then follows Kathi Offel on 51 points and Marcus Ehning on 48 points.
Edsor Youngster Cup Final to Patrick Stühlmeyer and Chasmo
Saturday, 11 May 2013 11:33
Patrick Stühlmeyer and Chasmo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The eight year old Chin Chin-son Chasmo won the Edsor Youngster Cup Final in Hamburg on Saturday. 30 horses were qualified for the final and today the course went over twelve fences and fifteen jumps. The line from fence six - seven - eight that was placed in front of the VIP tents caused a few problems - some horses got spooky, while some horses got problems with the distances. After a couple of days of jumping some of the youngsters also started to look a bit tired cantering around the huge arena. Seven horses cleared the first round and went on to the jump-off that was all about the time as all the horses cleared that part of the competition as well.
Aaron Vale on top in the 1.45m Open Jumpers at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Saturday, 11 May 2013 10:39
Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday. Photo by Rebecca Walton.Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday ended on top in the 1.45m Open Jumpers at Kentucky Spring Horse Show yesterday. Schuyler Riley was the trailblazer aboard Andretti, owned by Southbeach Stables of Wellington, FL, but in an effort to leave all the rails in place she posted a conservative time of 38.112 seconds that would place fourth. Ian Millar and Baranus, owned by The Baranns Group of Perth, Ontario, were the next to leave all the fences intact, and they took home the third place honors for a time of 36.735.
Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm of Folsom, LA, were the next to show over the short course and they blew by Millar's time. They easily maneuvered all the turns and had a nice, open gallop to dash across the finish line in a quick 33.611 seconds. Ireland's Andrew Bourns and Carmina attempted to best Vale's time. They were just a touch short of the winning time in 34.478 seconds to claim second place and seal Vale's victory.
French Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup victory in Drammen
Saturday, 11 May 2013 10:06
The French team; Nicolas Delmotte, Mathieu Billot, Chef d´Equipe Philippe Guerdat, Francois Xavier Boudan and Timothee Anciaume. Photo by Roland Thunholm/FEI.Yesterday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Drammen, Norway, saw the French team ending on top of the podium yet again. It was a close call though, with the Dutch team breathing the French riders in the neck all the way to the end. It was the anchor rider for France Timothee Anciaume that secured the win; the 34 year old had already produced a great first clear on Quorioso Pre Noir – a 9 year old stallion by Kannan. Timothee had one of only two double clears in the Nations Cup, the other belonged to French first rider Nicolas Delmotte on Number One d'Iso Un Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Si Tu Viens). Together with Mathieu Billo on Pardoes (0-(9)) and François Xavier Boudan and Amadeus Z’s ((4)-4) performances it was good enough for the win as the team ended on a total score of four penalties, three ahead of the Dutch team at seven faults. Sweden ended third ahead of the hosts Norway in fourth.
Shane Carey and Ballymore Eustace will be going to La Baule. Photo by Hanne Christensen.Irish team manager Robert Splaine has announced his squad for the opener in the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series in La Baule. The Irish squad of five, from whom Splaine will pick his team of four, is: Shane Breen with Balloon or Cos I Can, Shane Carey with Ballymore Eustace, Capt. Michael Kelly with Annestown, Shane Sweetnam with Amaretto Darco and Billy Twomey with Tinka's Serenade.
Pius Schwizer's Rafale des Forets best youngster in Hamburg on Friday
Friday, 10 May 2013 19:48
Pius Schwizer with Rafale des Forets. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Pius Schwizer and Rafale des Forets (by l'Arc de Triomphe) ended up on top in Friday's Youngster Cup in Hamburg. 65 horse and rider combinations lined up for the second qualification for the Edsor Youngster Cup. It was the Swiss rider that took home the first prize though, after a clear round in 65,66 seconds. Second went to Denis Lynch with Anyway II (No Limit x Farmer) who was one second slower than the winner.
Nick Skelton and Big Star will compete for Great Britain in La Baule. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Chef d’Equipes Rob Hoekstra and Rob Ehrens have picked their squads for the 5* Furisiyya Nations Cup in La Baule. The Nations Cup competition takes place next Friday. The British team will consist of; Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos, Tina Fletcher on Hello Sailor, Ben Maher on Cella, Nick Skelton on Big Star and Robert Smith on Voila. Frank Schuttert, Hendrik Jan Schuttert, Leon Thijssen, Albert Voorn and Albert Zoer have been picked to represent the Netherlands.
Daniel Deusser and Mouse couldn't be beat today! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Daniel Deusser and Mouse (Limbus x Grundyman xx) won the NFR Trophy in Hamburg on Friday. The class was set at 1,50 m and was against the clock. It was a track with eleven fences, thirteen jumps and a lot of space to let the horses gallop on the big grass arena. Daniel and Mouse - known for being very fast - were more than a second quicker than runner-up Denis Lynch on Quintus (Quick Star x Grannus).
Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra capture $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic victory
Friday, 10 May 2013 09:28
Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra.The 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series kicked off with a big win for Venezuela's Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra during the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Topping an 11-horse jump-off at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, the duo made a dash for the cash that was uncatchable with a double clear effort in 38.258 seconds. Ireland's Richie Moloney was right on his heels with Slieveanorra to claim second, while Margie Engle and Indigo took home the third place award.
Edsor Youngster Tour qualification won by Ignace Philips
Thursday, 09 May 2013 18:10
Ignace Philips and Swing de Riverland. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Yesterday's first Edsor Youngster Tour qualification in Hamburg was won by the Belgian rider Ignace Philips and Swing de Riverland (Diamant de Semilly x Saphir Rouge). The Yougster Tour was a 1,35 m class against the clock for seven and eight year olds.
65 pairs entered the ring and 30 were clear over the eleven jumps. Philips was the fastest one of them all, with about a second down to Christian Ahlmann on Cocktail (Calato x Exorbitant). Third place went to Patrick Stühlmeyer with Chasmo (Chin Chin x VDL Indoctro) and fourth to Emanuele Gaudiano with Caspar (Casper x Padarco).
Quotes after the Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg
Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:27
Uppity getting some well deserved treats from Madeleine. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson."I thought about the car already yesterday and that I would try to buy it from the winner, as we really need a new car and I like this one. Now I only have to buy half of the car from our sponsor, so of course I'm very happy. It is a fantastic car," Marc Houtzager said happily after winning a Mercedes CLA.
Marc also shared a little info about his horse Sterrehof's Uppity: "Uppity has mostly been going to shows as my second horse. It was only in Den Bosch that I took him with as a first horse and let him do the World Cup, as I wanted to ride him in the speed class in the final. He has a fantastic attitude, he is naturally fast and he always does his best."
Christian Ahlmann ended second with Lorena and said this on the press conference: "I'm really pleased with Lorena, it is the second time she jumps outdoors and she did it really great. Normally I would have been happy with being second, but today I'm a bit upset as I had the same thoughts as Marc about the car - but with me it will stay as a thought," Christian laughed. "But I believe that the audience got to see great sport and a really good jump-off."
Marc Houtzager makes it a win in the Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg
Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:49
The winners: Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Uppity. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a speedy jump-off Marc Houtzager took home the Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg with Sterrehof's Uppity (Guidam x Epilot). It was a 1,55 m class and course designer Frank Rothenberger really gave the horses and riders a challenge. The triple combination as number three caused plenty of mistakes as several horses had problems with the plank on top of the a-element. But also the line from fence eight to the combination at nine a and b gave the riders a headache, with six or seven strides to the combination and then two really short strides between a triple bar and an oxer.
Reed Kessler and Mika lead Open Jumpers to kick off Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:23
Reed Kessler with Mika. Photo by Phelps Media Group, Inc. The top horses and riders from across the country have returned to the Kentucky Horse Park this week for the start of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. The first day of competition kicked off with the Open Jumper divisions in the Rolex Stadium. Olympian Reed Kessler led the way in the 1.45m Open Jumper class aboard Mika with a double clear effort, while the victory in the 1.40m Open Jumper speed class went to Pablo Barrios riding Colgate.
Overall standings for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup division 2
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:36
After the first two legs of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup division 2, Austria and Finland are in the lead with 75 points each. The two countries are followed by Sweden in third and then Denmark and Belgium which are joint fourth.
Division 2 consists of sixteen teams. The teams can only count their scores from five out of the eleven legs. The next leg will take part in Drammen, Norway, the coming weekend. Italy, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Finland and Turkey will battle it out for points in the third leg of the series.
Peter Phillips, Boris Johnson, Nick Skelton, Jan Tops and Walter von Kanel. The Mayor of London was yesterday joined by Team GB gold medallist, Nick Skelton, as they announced details of the LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR in the capital, set to be staged adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, the world’s leading show jumping championships, will be staged at The International Quarter, which is adjacent to the iconic Olympic Park from June 6 – 9th 2013.
David Will with Colorit - here in Den Bosch. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.David Will and Colorit (Coriano x Capitol I) won the Grand Prix in Mannheim on Tuesday afternoon and proved that their World Cup win in Den Bosch was no coincidence. Ten riders made it to the jump-off, but only four of them managed a clear second round. David and the big jumping Colorit were the fastest combination just ahead of Lars Nieberg and Leonie W (Larenco x Grandeur). Albert Zoer and Wollie Bollie (Cantos x Zuidhorn) ended third, with Alberto Michan and Camilo LS La Silla (Portofino x Cor de la Bryere) in fourth.
Hans-Dieter Dreher and Angelina Herröder were awarded as the best riders of the show after good results throughout the long weekend in Mannheim.
Michael Whitaker tops the GCT ranking after the first leg in Madrid. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.After the opening leg of the Global Champions Tour in Madrid, the top ten riders on the overall ranking is as follows;
A win for Laura Renwick in the King's Cup in Madrid
Sunday, 05 May 2013 20:17
Laura Renwick won in Madrid. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.The Global Champions Tour in Madrid finished off the weekend with a double British win in Copa del Rey - Trofeo El Corte Ingles with Laura Renwick in the lead. Laura and Scott Brash were the only two clear riders, but as Scott and Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo V. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) were about four seconds slower than Laura and Oz de Breve (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur) they had to settle for second place as there was no jump-off.
Athina Onassis de Miranda and Penelope Leprevost were also clear over the fences, but had respectively two and three time penalties, placing them as number three and four ahead of Athina’s husband Alvaro de Miranda in fifth place.
Mario and Little Pezi won the GP in Linz. Here seen in Stuttgart last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Nicola Philippaerts took a brilliant home win in the 4* Grand Prix in Lummen Sunday afternoon aboard Cortez (Quick Star x Quito de Baussy). The first round counted 50 starts, and top 15 got to ride a second round. A jump-off was also scheduled, but as Nicola was the only rider without penalties after two rounds the winner was already decided. Bernardo Alves and Cloud Nine II (Lando x Calido) came close to giving the spectators a jump-off though, but with one time penalty in round two they ended second ahead of Neriske Prinsloo and Bill Clinton (Clinton x Wunderbar) at two penalties.
A win for Michael Whitaker in the Global Champions Tour opening in Madrid
Saturday, 04 May 2013 20:33
The winner; Michael Whitaker on Viking. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.It was British veteran Michael Whitaker that ended up on top in the Global Champions Tour opening in Madrid on Saturday. After three exciting rounds, the British veteran was the only rider left on a zero penalty score – after producing one great round after another on a very well jumping Viking. Both runner-up Laura Kraut and third placed Alvaro de Miranda had faster rounds than Michael in the jump-off, but on the expense of a rail down each. It was a jump-off with some strong names in it – the top three were joined by Denis Lynch, Harrie Smolders, Luciana Diniz, Richard Spooner and Pius Schwizer who also produced clears in both the first and the second round.
The winners: Katharina Offel with Pour le Poussage. Katharina Offel went all the way to the top in Saturday's 1.45 accumulator class in Madrid. Kathi rode a super speedy and lovely round with Pour le Poussage (Polytraum x Ladalco) in the beautiful grass ring in Madrid, crossing the finish line with a full score of 65 and a time of 52,36 seconds. None of those to come could catch her. Second place went to William Funnell on Billy Congo (Vechta x Animo Elite) and third place to Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Zimba (Mermus R x Hemmingway). Always fast Harrie Smolders on Exquis Powerfee (Fedor x Erdball xx) ended on forth place.
Sergio with Abab van het Molenhof. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Laura Kraut took home the 1,45 m class against the clock at the CSI5* in Madrid on Friday. She rode the eight year old Wotsamillion (Captain Clover x Atlantic Boy) to a safe win in 74,70 seconds. Second placed Tim Gredley on the seventeen year old Unex Omelli (Burggraaf x Equador) ended the course in 79.37 seconds and was followed by Tiffany Foster on Victor (Elmshorn x Grandeur).
The 1,50 m class against the clock was won by home rider Sergio Alvarez Moya and Abab van het Molenhof (Nabab de Reve x Calypso I). Sergio was three seconds faster than Marlon Zanotelli with Madame Butterfly (Corrado I x Lavall II) that ended second ahead of William Funnell on Billy Congo (Vechta x Animo Elite).
Olivier Guillon with Lord de Theize - a part of the French winning team in Lummen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.France won the Nations Cup in Lummen after two rounds on amazing zero faults. Both Marc Dilasser with Obiwan de Piliere Jo and Aymeric De Ponnat with Armitages Boy were double clear. France's fourth rider Olivier Guillon and Lord de Theize were clear in the first round and did not have to come to start in the second round as they had already secured the win with a clear round from Jerome Hurel and Ohm de Ponthual in the second round.
Switzerland ahead of Australia and Germany in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Linz
Friday, 03 May 2013 17:56
Christina Liebherr helped her team win the Nations Cup. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Switzerland took home the win in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Linz today after a first round counting only 5 faults and a second round with 12 faults. Christina Liebherr and L.B. Callas Sitte Z was the best combination for Switerland with a clear first round. The team also consisted of Theo Muff with Leszek, Pascal Bettschen with Milor Landais and Claudia Gisler with Touchable.
Australia was in the lead after the first round with two clears and one rider at one time penalty. Unfortunately they were not able to hold on to their lead with 20 faults in the second round and they had to settle for second place. Australia's team consisted of Alison Rowland with Bickley Brook Bella, William James Passy with Yirrkala Cortina, Phillip Lever with Da Vinci's Pride and Rory Hovell with Yalambi's Val d'Isere VDL.
The teams for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Lummen
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:44
The CSIO4* in Lummen, Belgium, kicks off tomorrow – with the highlight being the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Friday. Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden will all be present with teams in the Nations Cup, and you can click here to view the list of the teams.
Mixed course walk images from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:25
The Swedes and the Americans ended up with most riders in Sunday's two last rounds. The Swedes had four, and the Americans six. Here's Rolf, Charlie, McLain and Henrik out walking one of this weekend's courses. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
The Madrid audience can expect to see some good riders the coming weekend.The opening leg of the Global Champions Tour in Madrid takes place the coming weekend. The event will welcome some strong names that include riders such as Edwina Tops-Alexander, Alvaro de Miranda, Kevin Staut, Penelope Leprevost, Ludger Berbaum, Marcus Ehning, Steve Guerdat and Sergio Alvarez Moya to mention some.
Simon Delestre won in Antwerp. Photo by galop.be.Simon Delestre and Valentino Velvet took home the four star Grand Prix at Jumping Antwerpen. Sunday’s Grand Prix had almost 50 riders at start, with only the top three going double clear. On the 11 year old Indoctro-stallion, the French rider stole the win from Dutch rider Harrie Smolders on the amazing stallion Emerald (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago) who eventually ended second. Only 0.12 seconds separated the two riders in the jump-off, with the times 37.68 seconds and 37.80 seconds. Switzerland’s Nadja Steiner rode to a surprising third on the nine year old mare Celeste (Casall x Landgraf I) - with a time of 43.66 seconds in the jump-off.
Emanuele Gaudiano won in Lamprechtshausen. Photo by Malgorzata Frysztak.It was Emanuele Gaudiano that won the two star Grand Prix in Lamprechtshausen. The Italian rider took home the win on the 16 year old Belgian bred Uppercut DS (Nonstop x Feinschnitt I), with one of only three clear jump-off rounds in this 1.50 class that counted about 40 riders. Gaudiano was over two seconds faster than runner-up Bronislav Chudyba aboard Concano (Come On x Grannus), while Andrzej Lemanski was third riding the lovely Bischof L (Bachus x Fernando).
“I can safely say that this has been fantastic," Beezie said at the press conference after the final. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. John Madden, boardmember of the FEI and Beezie Madden's husband; “I personally happen to think it was a fantastic event. As well as being the boardmember of the jumping committee I am the proud husband of the winner Beezie Madden. I am very proud to be Beezie’s husband, but also very proud of my involvement with the FEI. We have had a unique, excellent, fantastic event here in Gothenburg this week. We had great sport here this week. Not just Beezie, but all the riders.”
Beezie Madden and Simon seal the deal to win the Rolex FEI World Cup Final
Sunday, 28 April 2013 17:09
Beezie Madden took home the World Cup title in Gothenburg. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Yesterday Simon’s former rider Jeroen Dubbeldam showed up in Scandinavium and stated; ”I’ve come to Gothenburg to see Simon win” – well, he got what he came for as Beezie Madden rode the 14 year old Dutch gelding all the way to the top in today’s Rolex FEI World Cup Final. Beezie and Simon have been extremely consistent throughout the final; they were in the lead after Thursday’s first round, and in runner-up position after Friday’s second part of the competition. Today Beezie took the lead after the first round, and after being tied with Olympic Champions Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) following round two she came in as last to go in a heart-racing jump-off to land the win for America – making sure to follow up on compatriot Rich Fellers’ win last year.
WoSJ Expert Comment from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final; Rob Ehrens
Sunday, 28 April 2013 16:39
Rob Ehrens gives us the comments on the final in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. On the last day of the World Cup Final WoSJ brings you more expert comments on the sport from Dutch chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens.
On today’s courses; "Today it was a completely different world. Today you really needed a good jumping horse. I don’t think it was too much because the horses jumped well and the first two days were not over-done so the horses were still in a good shape. The first round was tough and needed a good plan. It had difficult lines, high fences and wide oxers. You saw today in the second round compared to the first round that the horses gave up a little and then you could see the real top athletes."
Dirk Demeersman takes a win in Antwerp. Photo provided by galop.be Dirk Demeersman took home the win in the 1.50 class in Antwerp Saturday. Aboard Cicero Z van Paemel (Carthago Z x Randel Z) Dirk was 0,8 seconds faster than runner-up Wilm Vermeir and D’Elia van het Molenhof (Up Chiqui x Weltruf) with another Belgian rider in third; Nicola Philippaerts and Cortez (Quick Star x Quito de Baussy).
The Gothenburg Trophy to Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman
Saturday, 27 April 2013 22:13
Ludger and Chaman on top in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Gothenburg Trophy presented by Carpe Diem saw three veterans on top with Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) taking their second Grand Prix win in two weeks. Ludger was followed by Marcus Ehning riding Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot) and a very popular Rolf-Göran Bengtsson who made the crowds go crazy as he was double clear with Casall La SIlla (Caretino x Lavall I).
Out of 39 riders seven went clear around the 13 fence track with fence 12a and b towards the end of the course causing the most problems. The jump-off became a hard challenge as Ludger, Marcus and Rolf got company from Christian Ahlmann and Rich Fellers, all known for their short turns and brilliant riding. In addition to these five experienced riders Nayel Nassar and the young American talent Lucy Davis. also joined in.
Pieter Devos on top in yesterday's 1.50 in Antwerp. Photo by galop.be.Home rider Pieter Devos and the 11 year old chestnut mare Candy (Nabab de Reve x Etretat) took home the biggest class at Jumping Antwerpen yesterday. The four star 1.50 class had 61 riders at start, out of which 12 went double clear. Devos was fractions faster than runner-up Rik Hemeryck - also he from Belgium - riding Papillon Z (Perhaps x Cassini I). Only 0.09 seconds seperated the two. In third came US rider Lauren Hough on her faithful partner Quick Study (Quick Star x What a Joy), who was a tiny 0.06 seconds behind Rik.
Kevin and Silvana - a combination to look out for in tomorrow's final rounds in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.These are the riders that will compete in tomorrow's last part of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final;
WoSJ Expert Comment from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final Day Two; Rob Ehrens
Friday, 26 April 2013 21:36
Rob Ehrens delivers the WoSJ Expert Comment! On the second day of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final WoSJ brings you Dutch Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehren's expert comment on the final.
On the course and the class; “It’s always a wrong thing to say that the class was easy, but the class was not really technical. It was a class where the course went really well; it was an easy going class. It was not some tricky things anywhere, when we walked it the course was massive and big – the verticals were high enough – but it was not technical. The time was not a critical thing either. You saw all this in the end – because we have good riders here – and we had fifteen clear rounds. But I think it’s good for the sport, and it was a good jump-off. After yesterday I expected something more technical today, something more difficult – and maybe seven to eight clears instead of fifteen. For the audience it was great though!
Rolex FEI World Cup Final Day Two; Luciana Diniz takes the overall lead
Friday, 26 April 2013 20:48
Leading rider Luciana Diniz on Lennox. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After day two of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final it is Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz that leads overall. Beezie Madden – who won yesterday’s first round – is rank two overall with 1 point behind Luciana’s zero score. France’s Kevin Staut is rank three on 2 points ahead of home rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on 3 points and Dutch rider Marc Houtzager on 4 points.
Quotes after day two at the Rolex FEI World Cup Final
Friday, 26 April 2013 20:44
A good atmosphere at the press conference in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. Steve on today’s plan; "To win was my plan today. I did not have to think too much because I was not so good yesterday, so only a win today could bring me further up on the ranking for Sunday."
Steve on yesterday’s class; "Actually yesterday the horse jumped quite good. I don’t think I made a big mistake. It’s just something that happens, but in general I was a little bit too slow yesterday. The last two shows haven’t been that good so we maybe didn’t have the confidence."
Rolex FEI World Cup Final Day Two; Steve shows strength to win, while Luciana lands the lead
Friday, 26 April 2013 20:35
The winners in round two of the World Cup Final; Steve and Nino des Buissonnets. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat did an out-of-this-world performance at day two of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final aboard the incredible Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II), making it a Swiss win. It was all about amazing jumping, breathtaking performances, goose bumps and a few tears of joy today in Gothenburg – as the world’s top riders kept delivering one fantastic round after the other. Luciana Diniz – one of the most stylish riders in the world – delivered yet again to finish third on Lennox (Lifestyle x Grannus), with only Marc Houtzager between her and Steve. With another top result, the Portuguese rider went up in the lead overall in the World Cup after two rounds have been ridden. Following Luciana in the overall standings is yesterday’s winner Beezie Madden in second, and Kevin Staut who is overall third after another great day in the ring.
Bosty winning the 1.50 in Gothenburg Friday. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.In the first class of the day – a 1.40 class – it was home rider Douglas Lindelöw that was victorious. The 22 year old rode the chestnut mare Balahe (Baloubet de Rouet x Flamingo) to the fastest clear round of this speed class, ending his performance with a time of 50.19. Runner-up was Poland’s Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski aboard Crazy Quick (Chacco Blue x Quick Star) almost four second behind, while Latvia’s Kristaps Neretnieks was third on Continue (Contini x Libero H) – also he clear on a time of 55.94.
The happy winner of a new car in Antwerp - Gerco Schröder. Photo by galop.be.The BMW Masters class in Antwerp Thursday evening went to Gerco Schröder and Callahan (Contendro x For Pleasure). In a class where the winner basically "took it all", Gerco was the lucky rider to drive home in a sporty new BMW. Only ten riders were allowed to start, and as the fences got higher Gerco and Katharina Offel were the only two to clear the course all five times. Laura Kraut had four clear rounds ending as number three after some problems with Nouvelle (Solitair x Contango) in the fifth round. Billy Twomey is finally back competing at high level and could secure fourth place after three clear rounds with Je t'Aime Flamenco (Flamenco de Semilly x Landetto).
WoSJ Expert Comment from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final Day One; Rob Ehrens
Thursday, 25 April 2013 20:26
Rob gives us his expert comment!On the first day of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final WoSJ brings you Dutch Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehren's expert comment on the final so far.
Rob on course designer Uliano Vezzani’s track on day one of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final; "It was a nice course. It was not overdone in height and spread of the fences.You could also see that on the results. You needed a good plan; at some lines you could take a turn inside, and there were also lines where you could leave out a stride if you knew your horse well and was in good control. So it was a nice fair course."
Rolex FEI World Cup Final Day One; Beezie Madden makes sure to secure America the lead
Thursday, 25 April 2013 20:23
The winner; Beezie Madden on the amazing Simon. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Beezie Madden made sure to secure America the lead in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final today on Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox). The US team has arrived with a strong field of riders to defend the title won by Rich Fellers and Flexible (Cruising x Safari) last year, and made sure to make their presence noted not only by taking home the win in the class – but by ending up with another five of their in total eleven riders with ribbons. It’s an understatement to say that it was a US domination on the first day in Gothenburg. The home riders performed excellent as well, with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson doing a picture perfect round on Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I) to finish third and Jens Fredricson ending 7th in addition to Henrik von Eckermann placing as number 15 – as well as Malin Baryard-Johnsson being clear on a fantastic jumping H&M Tornesch (Lux Z x Libero H). In between Beezie and Rolf was number three from last year’s World Cup Final Pius Schwizer, on Verdi III (Hors la Loi II x Cantus).
The Rolex FEI World Cup Final is ridden over competitions held Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The first part of the final, the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final I, will be a table C class ridden over a 1.50 course. Faults for fences down will be converted into additional time, and the winner is the rider with the fastest time. The winner of the class gets one point more than the total number of starters in the first competition of the final, the runner-up gets two points less than the winner, the third placed rider three points less, and so on.
Day one in Gothenburg; victories for Meredith & Shane
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:42
Gothenburg Horse Show kicked off today with two international showjumping classes. The first class of the day went to Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her veteran Checkmate (Contender x Pik Bube II). A lot of the riders used the 1.40 class as an opportunity to give their horses a feel of the arena, and very few of them gave full speed. The 18 year old Checkmate does no longer really need any introduction to the surroundings when he comes to a show, and easily took home the victory with the fastest time of the day. Meredith was followed by Kristaps Neretnieks in second on Conte Bellini (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro), and Edwina Tops-Alexander on Erenice Horta (Diamant de Semilly x Parco) in third.
Fittingly enough the show in Hagen is named Horses & Dreams - something we never get enough of here at WoSJ. One rider that by now should have had most dreams fulfilled is the winner of the Grand Prix - John Whitaker. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.