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The WoSJ guest blogger from the Asian Games; Samantha Lam

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photo-2Hi everybody,

 

Well the final day for show jumping has arrived! As usual we had an early wake up so that we could get to the competition venue on time. The course walk opened at 9:00. The first round of the individual final was a flowing course over 1.50m. The time was more generous than in the team competition. In total 29 horses and riders were slated to jump over the track built by John Vallance. Adonis and I were 10th on the start list. I felt confident after the course walk and even more so during the warm up. He was fresh and relaxed and jumping really well.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 08:30

 

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The WoSJ guest blogger from the Asian Games; Samantha Lam

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AGSJ3Hi everybody,



The big day finally arrived! Team jumping at the Asian Games! 9 teams in total. There were originally ten teams but one horse failed the trot up from team India. Since they only had three on the team, this left them with 2 individuals. The Hong Kong horses all passed without any problems.

 

John Vallance designed a lovely course. The time was tight which resulted in quite a few time faults! After 2 rounds of jumping, team Qatar walked away with the gold medal finishing with 0 faults. Team Saudi Arabia won silver with 4 faults and bronze went to team Japan. Hong Kong ended up in 6th.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:29

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Asian Games; Samantha Lam

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AGEventing2Hi everybody,

 

After an early morning ride on Thursday, the Hong Kong jumpers ventured out on the cross country course to help spot for our 3 day event team. We were positioned at certain jumps and asked to let the eventing trainer, Lucinda, know how the obstacles were riding, striding etc. It was a very warm day and our HK 3 day event team were in spectacular form! Three clear rounds helped them move up to third place after cross country! Spirits were high during a Hong Kong team dinner and we decided to return to cheer them on in the showjumping!

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 September 2014 09:00

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Asian Games; Samantha Lam

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AG_SamHi everybody,

 

Day four here in Incheon included Team Hong Kong doing our first full training day; we all rode in the morning. Adonis was very very fresh! He obviously has recovered fully from the long trip and was very happy in Incheon. I worked him for around 45 mins and then went for a nice walk. Lunch time was a rather quiet time and seeing as the athletes village was 45 minutes away, we decided to relax and eat lunch at the venue. We played poker substituted poker chips with potato chips. Then we all took the horses out again in the afternoon. I decided to lunge Adonis. He felt like he needed to get some bucks out of his system.... Oh boy was I right! I ended the day with another interval training followed by a Hong Kong Team dinner at a Korean BBQ.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 16:59

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Asian Games; Samantha Lam

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HKTeamHi everybody,

 

On our second day here in Incheon, the horses all hand walked and enjoyed a relaxed day. The team physio worked on the horses and our team vet watched all the horses trot up. Other than being tired, all the horses were in good form. The Hong Kong jumping team then stayed to cheer on our only Hong Kong dressage rider! We finished up the day with a great Korean BBQ dinner full of laughs!

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 16:31

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Asian Games; Samantha Lam

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Adonis2Next weekend the showjumping kicks off at the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea and World of Showjumping is so lucky as to have Hong Kong showjumper Samantha Lam guest blogging from the championships. Lam will compete with her horse Adonis, a nine year old gelding by Pino x Lancer II. Flying from Europe to Incheon, Lam gives a first brief update on their arrival. The jumping competitions will be on from the 28-30th of September.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:42

The Saturday WoSJ guest blogger from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games; Rob Ehrens

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robHi everybody,

 

It's been a long way to get here, and it takes a lot of effort to get a healthy team to a championship. It's difficult enough to get a top team here that is fit to compete, because we have a lot of shows in front of the championships. We started up with four good rounds in the speed competition on Tuesday, unfortunately Maikel had a mistake but he was still fast. The three best results brought us up to fifth spot. On Wednesday we had three marvellous clear rounds, from Jeroen, Maikel and Gerco. For Jur it did not work out – he had two down and a time penalty – so we had a conversation, watched the video of his round, spoke about it and analysed the round.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:40

The Thursday WoSJ guest blogger from the World Equestrian Games; Daniel Bluman

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Daniel-Bluman-Conconcreto-SHi everybody,

 

So today is the day for the team final, and Colombia is in it! Quite honestly, I think we have great riders here – I have never had any doubt about that. I think we are a little underrated when it actually comes to the talent we have on the team. Dayro Arroyave lives in Belgium and has been doing the young horse cycle for years, and is in my opinion one of the most talented riders in the world. Then we have Roberto Teran who also is a fantastic rider, and is based in North America. We also have Carlos Lopez who is a rider that has been on a high level for many years, and who also is extremely talented. I also have faith in myself, you have to at this level.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:59

The Tuesday WoSJ guest blogger from the World Equestrian Games; Kay Neatham

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CornadoKayBlogHi everybody,

 

As every day it began with an alarm clock going off, today it was 5.40am – I let it snooze once and got myself out of bed. Deodorant tick, red t shirt tick; not to forget it has to be the one with 'Fendt' on the right side – everyone is part of the team and has a dress code to follow. Three German arm bands – tick. One was from Bertram's groom for luck, one from the team – all the other German teams wore them also. Otto said they're lucky, the other I brought for this week in Aachen. Hair, rest of my clothes – tick, pass – tick, jacket – tick. 5.55 off to work... Thinking through my plan for the morning in my head.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 22:07

The Monday WoSJ guest blogger from the World Equestrian Games; Abdel Said

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AbdelBlogWEGHello everyone!

 

I can't believe how fast this season went and now we are here in Caen for my first World Equestrian Games! The venue here is fantastic and the atmosphere is amazing. I watched the final of the eventing yesterday and the atmosphere gives you goose bumps. The warm-up and the stables are super. All the horses on our team passed the vet-check yesterday and are ready to perform.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 17:38

The WoSJ guest blogger from Falsterbo Horse Show; Alexander Zetterman

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_K7X2061"It has been an unforgettable week in Falsterbo.

 

It started with Flecu's great result in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier on Thursday, where he ended second. I thought I would try and go for it, as a good result would be quite important for the rest of the weekend – and I was very happy about the outcome. Cafino jumped the 1.45 on Thursday, and he felt relaxed – which is quite difficult to achieve with him the first time he is in a ring that is new to him. So I was happy with our start.

 

The Nations Cup on Friday was of course very exciting! This was my second Nations Cup on home soil, my first time was in 2009 on Isaac. I was clear in the first round, and it was a good one – but he touched a few poles and as I was well within the time allowed we agreed to try and give him a bit more time in the second round. I felt I rode really well in round two sticking to my plan, but I came a bit slow into the triple combination and had to push a little coming in – then the a-element fell. It felt like Cafino had a double clear in his body though, so the mistake I will take on me. To end second on home soil was a great result though!

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 18:09

The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

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kayAs I sit here on a trunk near to Sabrina, she's a little restless as we are leaving our favorite city. I'm chatting with her and trying to think back over the last two days, it's just before 1am and I've been awake about 18hrs, am I comfortable? I've definetly had worse spots in the last 20 years of traveling all over the world with my best friends.

 

I think Corny and Saby read my blog too on Friday, my thoughts on their first day performances seemed to pull their socks up for Saturday.

 

After having a splendid time at the fair with Reed and Mimi the night before, my alarm was a little un-welcoming, but the day can only begin by getting out if bed!

The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

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cornyThe forecast was for rain today, all day and thunder in the evening... It barely drizzled, so if this is a rainy day in Paris, I don't mind to have more rainy days! It's the 4th of July which is kind of big in America, barbecues and hamburgers, I'm told! To top the day off Germany get France at 6pm in the quarter finals, I am wearing my German team t- shirt just to be clear who I'm supporting, oh putting a target on my back, we'll see...

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:51

The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

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ParisTrucksA short word about getting to Paris...

 

Most of the time everything, because of proper planning, runs smoothly but that wasn't to be for our trip this time around. Left home, drove to Holland where I picked up a driver and a present from friends of English chocolate (Cadburys) – all was well...

 

About an hour later we all heard a clonk sound, I went back to check the horses and could hear something dragging on the ground under the truck... Went back to the front and said calmly that we should pull over at the next safest place. So we pulled in at the next exit on a small parking place, I got out and the batteries from the living had fallen out the bottom of the truck due to a rusty nail on the hinge, that holds them in. I made it all safe and it was smoking a bit, so we found the fire extinguisher put it next to the batteries and got out ropes, lounge lines and chifneys ready to unload in case.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 09:04

The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

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sabyparisI awoke this morning around 6.30 feeling not so bad, bad as in not tired or better said exhausted. Put the coffee machine on anyway, just in case at any moment that feeling would kick in and of course out of habit.


The trucks are parked in the military school in the middle of Paris. It's very quiet here, there is a medium size race track running around the parking, the buildings are all tall, solid – the type built centuries ago to last with cobble stones, everywhere is clean and well looked after. As I walk and look up the sky it is a beautiful blue and the promise of what should be, and if one believes the weather forecast, our only dry day! A short walk down the street - already full of cars, people, scooters and the hub of a major city about to come into full life.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 08:27

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