WoSJ Exclusive; Tal Milstein â€“ "You are only as good as the people around you"
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:59
Tal Milstein pictured with his riders Lea Nissen and Henri Kovacks. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tal Milstein is a well-known name in the showjumping business, and is the one responsible for many successful horses such as Estina, Tristan, Baronez, Jonkheer Z and Cadett 7. And there are many horses to be added; as we are guided around Milstein's beautiful yard in the peaceful countryside of Asse, Belgium, we see that more than one wall is covered with photos of horses who have found their way from Tal's stable to the top of the sport. Tal himself is not a Belgian though, he is originally from Israel â€“ and was a successful junior and young rider in his home country before he moved to Europe at the age of 22 to try his luck. "Back in those days there was nothing serious to do in Israel as a horseman," the now 38-year-old laughs when we ask him about the reason for his move.
Forty-three riders attempted to best a course presented by designer Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario. The course was both technical and challenging, consisting of 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts. A long gallop from fence one to two followed by an oxer-vertical double combination, proved a difficult line. But, it was the line from a liverpool at fence six to the vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination at fence seven that ended many competitor's hopes of advancing to the jump-off.
This week both a CSI5* and a CSI3* event takes place in Doha, Qatar. Some of the best riders in the world are heading there; Ludger Beerbaum, Henrik von Eckermann, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Luciana Diniz, Steve Guerdat and Michael Whitaker are all on the list of riders for the five star show.
Quintero - here competing with Rolf-GÃ¶ran Bengtsson at his last show in Leipzig earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Zangersheide studbook has approved seventeen new stallions. Among the approved stallions is Rolf-GÃ¶ran Bengtsson's success horse Quintero (Quantum x Chamonix). The other stallions are: Akarad Hero Z (Aganix du Seigneur x Chin Chin), Fly (Kashmir v Schuttershof x Caretino), Corinjo (Coriano Z x Carinjo), Laertes vd Donkhoeve (For Passion D'ive Z x Quorum de Laubry), Oak Grove's Enkidu (Ensor van de Heffinck x Quidam de Revel), Unbreakable (Untoched x Centauer), Aga Khan (Acorado I x Stakkato), Corydon van't & L (Cornado x Chacco Blue), Mr Quality (Mr Blue x Casall), Solid Gold (Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z), Charlemagne JT (Cachas x Carthago Z), Quando vh Exelhof (Quantum x Contender), Casino Royal van de Hunters (Carrico x Contender), Niagara d'Elle (Quick Star x Jalisco B), Peppermill (Burggraaf x Voltaire) and Quintino (Quidam de Revel x Calato Z).
Some of the worldâ€™s best riders are heading for Paris and Saut HermÃ¨s the coming weekend. World number one Scott Brash will be present, as will Marcus Ehning, Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau â€“ the latter are all in the top ten. Other strong riders that will participate are Simon Delestre, Penelope Leprevost, Maikel van der Vleuten, Katharina Offel as well as Reed Kessler.
Eiken Sato and Egano van het Slogenhof win $84,000 SuncastÂ® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
Monday, 10 March 2014 07:33
Eiken Sato and Egano van het Slogenhof. Photo by Sportfot. Week nine of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, concluded on Sunday with a win for Japan's Eiken Sato and Egano van het Slogenhof in the $84,000 SuncastÂ® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic showing at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
Zoer seizes the victory in the Grand Prix in Dortmund, while Weishaupt wins in Braunschweig
Sunday, 09 March 2014 18:54
It was a well deserved victory for Albert Zoer and Abra Kadabra in Dortmund. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After an amazing jump-off, Albert Zoer was awarded with the win in the Grand Prix in Dortmund. The 1.55 class was also the final of the Masters League, and counted 41 riders. Only four of these remained clear around the demanding first round track that consisted of thirteen fences â€“ including a triple combination at 12abc which claimed many victims. The first clear came from Australiaâ€™s Jamie Kermod who rode a beautiful clear in Quite Cassini 11 (Cassini I x Quidam de Revel). Then sixteen riders later Germanyâ€™s Toni Hassman rode a lovely round on PKZ Contact van de Heffinck (Concept x Corrado I), before Albert Zoer on the super cute Abra Kadabra (Vancouver x Calvados) and Marcus Ehning on the stunning Comme il faut (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro) joined in for the jump-off.
Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z capture $280,000 FEI World Cupâ„¢ Grand Prix
Sunday, 09 March 2014 08:13
Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z. Photo by Sportfot. Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa jumped to victory with Citizenguard Cadjanine Z in Saturday night's $280,000 FEI World Cupâ„¢ Grand Prix CSI-W 4*, presented by The Bainbridge Companies, at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. The class featured a roster of the world's top riders and saw a win for the legendary show jumper and his promising new mount ahead of three young U.S. riders. Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W, Wilton Porter and Paloubet, and Katie Dinan with Nougat du Vallet finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Offel takes the Championat of Dortmund for a second year in a row, while Meyer tops in Braunschweig
Saturday, 08 March 2014 19:53
Katharina Offel and B Once Z won the Championat of Dortmund. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.For the second year in a row, Katharina Offel won the Championat of Dortmund. Last year the Ukrainian rider won on Cathleen (Cordobes x Ramiro's Son I) â€“ second in yesterdayâ€™s 1.40 opening class â€“ this year the win came on B Once Z. The super careful mare by Baloubet du Rouet x Lavaletto is small, but had no problem around Saturdayâ€™s Championat tracks in Dortmund â€“ jumping the fastest clear in the first round, securing Offel the favourable spot as last-to-go in the winning round.
As Katharina entered the ring to chase the clock, it was her former colleague Connor Drain from Ireland who was in the lead after a very fast and good round on Zidane (Germus R x Landwind) where he stopped the clock on 32.75 seconds. After great turns everywhere and a race to the final oxer â€“ flying in on a big stride, Katharina shaved off 1.26 seconds on Connorâ€™s time though, pushing him down to second. Third was Eva Bitter who rode two beautiful clear rounds on Perigueux (Perpignon x Stakkato).