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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, 06 September 2014 22:25

 

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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

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

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