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Thursday, 17 Apr 2014


Holstein Spring Auction: Top price for Classic Edition

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Preisspitze_Classic_EditionClassic Edition by Cancara – Casall (bred by Hark Martensen in Oldsum / Fohr) scored the top prize at the spring auction of the Holsteiner Verband in Elmshorn, Germany. Customers from Belgium purchased the well jumping five-year-old mare for 52,000 Euros. The average price of the 26 accepted auction horses amounted to 22,134 Euros.


The second most expensive horse was the dressage horse La Belle by Larimar –Alcatraz (ZG Stall Burgard, Bechhofen). She has a short way into her new stable. She was sold for 37,000 Euros to Hamburg.


Bücheler's top horses to Jessica Kürten

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beat-louisBeat Mändli with Louis in Mechelen last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jessica Kürten has gotten the ride on Paul Bücheler's horses Louis (Lord Pezi x Ultraschall), Croesus (Casall x Coronado) and Cool and Easy (Contender x Riverman). The three horses were previously ridden by Beat Mändli. Croesus was also ridden by Hans-Dieter Dreher for a short period of time, but according to he is now in Jessica's stable.

Scott Brash stays on top of the Longines Ranking

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scott_profilStill number one: Scott Brash. Photo by World of Showjumping.Little has changed on the latest Longines Ranking no. 159 among the Top 10; Scott Brash remains the highest ranked rider in the world at the moment, and his compatriot Ben Maher stays as ranks two with 332 points separating the two riders. Like last month Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning and Steve Guerdat are rank three, four and five respectively.


The new number six is Kevin Staut who has climbed from rank eight, while Kent Farrington falls one spot down to rank seven. In rank eight is Beezie Madden, down from last month's rank seven – while Patrice Delaveau stays as rank nine and Daniel Deusser as rank ten.

Bugatti VDL to the US

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suzanne-tepper-bugattiSuzanne Tepper with Bugatti VDL in Amsterdam earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The eight year old Bugatti VDL (Silverstone x Indoctro) has been sold to the US. It is Nicole Bellissimo, a student of Candice King that is the new rider of the promising horse. Suzanne Tepper has competed Bugatti VDL the last months, and before this the horse was showed by Marcel de Boer and John Popely.

The riders heading for the American Invitational

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Article-flyer-231x300The coming weekend the American Invitational takes place in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami – the home of the Dolphins Football team – and the event attracts top riders to it. On the riders list are Beezie Madden, Ben Maher, Jessica Springsteen, Kent Farrington, Kirsten Coe, Laura Kraut, McLain Ward and Rodrigo Pessoa – to mention some of many great names.


Click here for the full riders list.

VDL Fakir to Ales Opatrny

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suzanne-tepper-vdl-fakirSuzanne Tepper with VDL Fakir - here in Amsterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The nine year old VDL Fakir (Indorado x Zadok) has been sold to Ales Opatrny from the Czech Republic. The gelding has previously been ridden by Suzanne Tepper and the pair has top results in Wiener Neustadt, Poznan, Arnhem, Leszno, Zuidbroek and Mechelen to look back on during their time together. 

The Athina Onassis Horse Show arrives in France

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aohsAfter six editions organized in Brazil, the Athina Onassis Horse Show now settles in France. It is the beach of Pampelonne, located on the peninsula of Saint-Tropez, that has been selected as venue for the event. The show is orchestrated by Brazilian rider Alvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto, known as Doda, and his wife Athina Onassis.

Jur Vrieling and Zirocco Blue VDL step up into the Dutch Olympic Squad

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Jur-Vrieling-Zirocco-Blue-VZirocco Blue VDL and Jur Vrieling. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jur Vrieling has a second horse in the Dutch Olympic Squad, as the 10 year old stallion Zirocco Blue VDL (Mr. Blue x Voltaire) has joined the squad after consistent top performances lately. Vrieling is already in the Dutch Olympic Squad with VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor).

Niack de L'Abbaye to Pg Mohd. Nasir

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cassio-rivetti-niackNiack de L'Abbaye - here with Cassio Rivetti in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The beautiful black stallion Niack de L'Abbaye has according to a new rider; Pg Mohd. Nasir. Niack de L'Abbaye (Diamant de Sémilly x Rocky du Carel) – now 13 years old – has had much success under Cassio Rivetti and Björn Nagel as they both competed the stallion under the Ukrainian flag and before that under Australia's James Paterson-Robinson. In 2012 Niack competed at the Olympic Games in London with Nagel, and in 2010 at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky with Paterson-Robinson.

Maher, Clee and Dreher choose not to ride the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final

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_K7X1810Hans-Dieter Dreher will not compete at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Lyon. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Great Britain's Ben Maher and Joe Clee as well as Germany's Hans-Dieter Dreher has chosen not to compete at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Lyon. FEI reports that Sweden's Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Simon Delestre from France will take up the two spots from the British riders. Next on the standings in the Western European League is Dutch rider Harrie Smolders, but it has not yet been confirmed that he will participate instead of Dreher.

The riders lists for the Z-Tour 2014

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IMG_7058This week it is once again time for the Z Tour in Lanaken. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.From today until April 13th the Z-Tour takes place in Lanaken, Belgium. The tour is proving to be extremely popular, and on the Masters Lists are top names such as Christian Ahlmann, Marco Kutscher, Jos Lansink, Jessica Kürten, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Katharina Offel and Reed Kessler.


Click here to access the riders lists for the tour.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Final line-up takes shape

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longines-fei-wcBy Louise Parkes/


Last weekend's fixture at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, Florida brought the final group of FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leagues for 2013/2014 to a close. Riders from both the North America West and East Coast Leagues were eligible to line out at this event, but the League winners had already been decided.

The Central Park Celebration of the Horse presented by Rolex is coming to New York City

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CentralParkMark Bellissimo announced today, March 27, that The Central Park Celebration of the Horse presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse, will be held on Sept. 18-21, 2014, at the Trump Rink (Wollman Rink) in New York City's Central Park. This event will feature the best equestrian sport in the world along with daily exhibitions featuring different breeds and disciplines. Remember the glory of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden? The Celebration of the Horse will be a spectacular return for equestrian sport to New York City, showcasing the horses and riders against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world's most iconic venues.

This week's live streaming

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generell-hoppbildThis week live streaming from the following events can be watched online:


CSI5* Wellingtonclick here for the Ruby e Violette WEF Challenge Cup and here for the FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix


CSI3* Arezzoclick here


CSI2* Oliva Novaclick here


Check into the WoSJ calendar for any updates during the week.

Cella's breeder awarded by the BWP

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ben-cellaCella - here in action at the Europeans last summer. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ben Maher's top horse Cella performed tremendously in 2013, and now the BWP studbook has awarded her breeder Marc Kluskens. The BWP-KBC award is presented annually to someone who has contributed to the equestrian sport and breeding. Born in June 2002 Marc's filly was named Centoia van't Roosakker, and she went on to become one of the world's best horses under the name Cella.

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