Jessica Springsteen is climbing on the Longines Ranking after some great results in August, and goes from rank 125 to 81. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.With the latest Longines Ranking out, it's time to take a look at which riders is climbing it. Germany's Christian Ahlmann is getting closer and closer to the Top 10, going from rank 19 to 15 following another great Grand Prix win in August. Canada's Eric Lamaze is now within the top twenty in the world as he goes from rank 23 to rank 19. Outside the top twenty, there are quite a few riders making some good climbs within the world's 100 best riders.
Cruising sired many top showjumpers including Rich Fellers' World Cup Champion Flexible. Photo by Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.The McCann family and Hartwell Stud have sadly announced the death of their fantastic showjumping stallion Cruising. The legendary stallion passed away on Sunday the 7th September 2014 at the age of 29, peacefully in the stable he was born in.
Top riders head for the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne
Vice World Champion Patrice Delaveau will travel to Lausanne. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Several of the world's best riders take the trip to the third last leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour this weekend, which takes place in Lausanne. World nr. one and two Scott Brash and Ludger Beerbaum will both be there, as will Vice World Champion Patrice Delaveau and reigning European Champion Roger Yves Bost. Other great names on the list includes Lucy Davis - last year's Grand Prix winner at the event, McLain Ward, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Edwina Tops-Alexander.
Spruce Meadows 'Masters' to welcome the world's best
Last year's CP International, presented by Rolex winner Pieter Devos. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.The Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament is set for an exciting CSIO5* competition on September 10-14, 2014. The feature competition of the week is the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex, one of the most prestigious grand prix events in the world and part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. There will be $2.8 million CAD on the line over the five days, an increase of more than half a million dollars from 2013. The top riders in the world, many having just competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games, will be on hand to thrill crowds as they compete for top prizes. Spruce Meadows welcomes team silver medalists Kevin Staut and Penelope Leprevost of France and team bronze medalists of the United States, McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, and individual bronze medalist Beezie Madden.
Scott Brash pulls out of the World Equestrian Games
Scott Brash will not compete Hello Sanctos in today's competition in Caen. Photo by Jeny Abrahamsson.Scott Brash has decided to go home from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The British team did not qualify for today's team final after finishing as number eighteen yesterday, but Scott was still among those riders that could compete individually in Thursday's competition with his score of 8.10. The decision to withdraw from the championship was taken in consultation with Hello Sanctos' owners, Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, the Great Britain Chef d'Equipe and Chef de Mission.
Scott Brash holds on to his lead on the Longines ranking. Photo by World of Showjumping.This month's Longines Ranking is the tenth one in a row that sees Great Britain's Scott Brash on top (3219 points). Germany's Ludger Beerbaum is still rank two (2829 points), while Kent Farrington has taken over as rank three (2648 points) followed by Marcus Ehning who stays as rank four (2554 points). Kevin Staut has stepped up one rank and is number five on the current ranking (2500 points)
Staut is followed by another French rider; Patrice Delaveau (2408 points). Ben Maher meanwhile has dropped down to rank seven (2403 points). The next three riders remain the same with Daniel Deusser as number eight with (2384 points), Penelope Leprevost is number nine (2350 points) and Gregory Wathelet is the last rider within the top ten (2275 points).
Carlson 46 with Katrin Eckermann in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katrin Eckermann's Carlson 46 has been sold, and will in the future fly the Canadian flag. Eckermann has confirmed to World of Showjumping that the new owners of her success horse are the Ziegler-family, owners of Artisan Farms and supporters and horse owners behind Eric Lamaze and Tiffany Foster not to forget their own daughter Caitlin.
Bassem Hassan Mohammed to compete Eurocommerce California at the World Equestrian Games
Bassem Hassan Mohammed on Eurocommerce California at today's training session in Caen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Bassem Hassan Mohammed will compete Eurocommerce California (Corland x Ramiro) at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Bassem was entered with his usual ride Primeval Dejavu (Heartbreaker x Ramiro), but in the very last minute the 10 year old gelding has been changed for the 12 year old grey mare that usually is seen under Bassem's compatriot Sheik Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani. Jan Tops, who trains several of the riders from Qatar - Bassem included, explains to World of Showjumping that Bassem felt Primeval Dejavu to not be 100 % fit and that he does not want to take any chances with the health of his top horse.
All showjumping horses pass the vet-check ahead of the World Equestrian Games
All showjumping horses presented, apart from one, passed this morning's vet-check in Normandy. A few horses had to stop by the holding box, but apart from one of these all went on to pass eventually. The one that did not pass will be re-checked Monday. The showjumping competition starts Tuesday morning at 9.10, with the warm-up taking place tomorrow.
Ensor de Litrange out of the Belgian team, Domino in
Ensor de Litrange Lxii is out of the Belgian team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jos Lansink and Ensor de Litrange Lxii (Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue) will not be a part of the Belgian team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Belgian Federation reports on their website that after arriving in Caen, Ensor was lunged, ridden and was very fit. A later check-up of the horse revealed a change in the 10 year gelding’s fitness though, and after a consultation between the Chef d'Equipe, the team veterinarian and Lansink this morning it was decided that it was in the interests of the team not to bring Ensor to the veterinary inspection.
No World Equestrian Games for Abdullah Al Sharbatly
Abdullah Al Sharbatly. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Abdullah Al Sharbatly will not take part of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The Saudi Arabian rider was entered with Tobalio for the World Championships, but has decided not to jump. Al Sharbatly was silver medalist at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 with Seldana di Campalto.
Carlo 273 out, Action-Breaker in for the World Equestrian Games
Sergio Alvarez Moya's Carlo 273 will unfortunately not jump in Normandy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sergio Alvarez Moya's Carlo 273 will not jump at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. To World of Showjumping, Sergio explains that Carlo has a small inflammation and based on veterinary advice the Spanish rider has decided not to jump the 13 year old gelding by Contender x Cascavelle. Carlo will be replaced by Moya's 14 year old stallion Action-Breaker (Heartbreaker y Lys de Darmen).
There will be no World Equestrian Games for Ben Maher and Cella. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ben Maher's Cella (Cento x Chin Chin) will due to an injury not jump at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Horse & Hound reports that the 12 year old mare sustained a small overreach injury during training, and that she will not be able to compete on the British team in Normandy. "Cella is a once in a lifetime horse, so we have made the decision to withdraw from WEG 2014," was Maher's reaction on Twitter.
A daughter for Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Evi Penzlin
A huge congratulations from WoSJ!Swedish showjumper Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and his long-time girlfriend Evi Penzlin have become parents. On the 25th of August Penzlin gave birth to a baby girl, who the parents have named Pamina Caroline. On Stall Bengtsson & Kristoffersen's website it is stated that a very proud dad reports that both mother and daughter are in good health following the birth.