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Saturday, 26 Jul 2014

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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

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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

The WoSJ guest blogger presented by CAVALOR; Olivier Philippaerts

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OlivierCabrio2Today we are very lucky to have CAVALOR present the WoSJ guest blog, and it is their ambassador Olivier Philippaerts – leading rider at the CSIO5* show in St. Gallen – who is our guest blogger. Olivier has had a fantastic season so far, and in St. Gallen he won Saturday’s 1.50 class on Zilverstar and ended fourth in the Longines Grand Prix on Cabrio van de Heffinck. Here’s how Olivier sums up the weekend in St. Gallen and his season so far;

 

“When we went to St. Gallen, I did not know what to expect as the show there last year was cancelled after terrible weather that again led to bad ground conditions. But, as Belgium was allocated to pick up points there in the Nations Cup it was an important event for us so there was no choice but to go. In the end it turned out to be a fantastic show. The ring was super to ride in, the footing was good – and the sun was even shining. This year there was nothing to complain about!

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:01

The WoSJ guest blogger after the Longines FEI World Cup Final; Jenny Rågdel Lagerqvist

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bloggWhat a fantastic weekend it has been! I expected Daniel and Cornet to do well, but I did not expect them to win the final! I was guessing someone like Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning, Beezie Madden or Kent Farrington would win. So that it would end up being us was not in my thoughts at all when coming to Lyon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:07

The WoSJ guest blogger at the second day of the Longines FEI World Cup Final; Steve Guerdat

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steve-bloggAfter his win in Geneva in December, Nino had nearly eight weeks completely off – just walking, being in the woods and in the paddocks. He has not been working hard at all, and after these eight weeks we started up slowly. Nino just jumped one show before we came here – in Lanaken ten days ago; he did two 1.35 classes, one 1.40 class and then one 1.50 class.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 15:59

The WoSJ guest blogger at the first day of the Longines FEI World Cup Final; Daniel Deusser

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daniel-cornet-bloggI had a really good feeling already from the first fence on the warm-up on Cornet. The plan that I had in my mind worked out; I wanted to do a quick round – not too fast, but I ended up as number six which is a nice position to be in and I had a really good feeling on him. Still, he should be fresh enough for Saturday after this first round. I think it was a good day!

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 09:37

The WoSJ guest blogger presented by CAVALOR; Nicola Philippaerts

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nicola-donatella2Today we are very lucky to have CAVALOR present the WoSJ guest blog, and it is no other than their ambassador Nicola Philippaerts – winner of Sunday's Longines FEI World Cup in Gothenburg – who is our guest blogger. Here's how Nicola sums up his amazing weekend in Gothenburg, where he won both international classes on Sunday – first on Casana and then Donatella-N:

 

"When I walked the course for yesterday's World Cup I said to my father that I thought it was big, and as the ring is quite small the fences come really fast. My mare Donatella has a very big stride, and all the lines were coming quite short – so I thought I would have a quite exciting time in there with her as it was also her first World Cup ever.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:03

The WoSJ guest blogger from CHI Geneva; Heidi Mulari - We finally found the "Geneva magic"!

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JaliscaWElovyouHi everybody,

 

Saturday was a hard day for me with Liisa's retirement ceremony. It was done very nicely, but I don't think I could have done it without Mari being there. She literally had to push me into the arena.. Strange thing was that once it was over I was absolutely fine. All day I had been in tears just by somebody mentioning Liisa's name, but when I knew it was done and over with I was ok. I think it was super that the public in Geneva got to see her one more time, she is in super shape so it was great for everybody. Liisa was a bit excited and knew something special was going on and that everybody was there for her. The fans had made amazing banderols, a few were brought to the stable and I hang them up there and later on took them home with me.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 13:48

The WoSJ guest blogger from CHI Geneva ; Heidi Mulari - This time it's gonna be extra memorable

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LiisaHeidi3Right, it's the time of year for Geneva, one of my absolutely favourite shows of the year. This time it's gonna be extra memorable (or sad) because Liisa will be retired. I arrived here Wednesday afternoon, 1 hour late from my schedule, as usual, but stil got everything done nicely before the vet-check. Roope (Carpalo) wanted to bring me back to the stables from there. It was so noisy and many things happening around the vet-check that he tought it would be better to take off and go back to his own box. The thing with him is, if he wants to take off, nobody can hold him. Let me tell you it s not even funny to sit on him when he gets scared.. Luckily he did'nt get loose and my always helpful collegues let me go first so nothing happened. Nasa and Nino were less complicated and vet-check got done in no time. Grandma Liisa didn't need to trot because she is not showing here. Think she will be very disappointed because she came off the lorry again like a winner. When I went to handwalk her later in the evening in the ring her eyes light up in a way that I was nearly in tears. She truly knew where she was, in the end she settled eating grass from the side of the ring, food has always been her priority...

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 09:48

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham – a quiet weekend in Stockholm

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copinkayHi everyone,

 

Sitting in the truck with about 800km, a ferry, many bridges and a lay over at Maria Gretzer's behind me and Emma. Left is 500km and home.


My charger died Saturday night so I've been cut off from the world. Quite nice sometimes and when I turned the phone on again, I hadn't missed much.


Sunday morning was busy with the first class at 9am and the Grand Prix at 11.45. Katta only had the first class today so by 10am on a Sunday she was finished! With jumping anyway. how strange!

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 14:37

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham – Top 10 day

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Top10betsHi everone,

 

It's Top 10 day.. This will be my 5th time grooming for a top ten participant. Once for Beat Mändli and 4 times for Marcus. Never been higher than 5th place and today showed that fact was not about to change!


There are some things in sport that you kind of want win and this would be one of those classes on my list, it looks like I'll have to do another year in the sport then! If that's enough... Every year, for as long as I can remember, we have had a betting board in the stable, this year was no different and Daniel was the favorite, also Ludger and Rodrigo's top tip, how right they were.

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham – behind the scenes snapshots

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winnersThe winners: Jenny and Evita with a sign last year's winning groom Emma had made!
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 23:08

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