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Friday, 18 Apr 2014


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

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham – xmas carriages & pink castles

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kuchestablesHi everyone,


Woke up before my alarm feeling normal, but the mirror seems to think I look more tired than yesterday!! Katta and I then headed off to the stables with Jenny and coffee in hand.. Gonna be a good day!


Copin had slept to well and was half un-dressed when I looked in his stable this morning and Kuche had been sleeping, lying down from the straw on her blanket... Both were hungry for breakfast.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 15:24

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

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KuchexmastreeKuche found a Christmas tree she liked!
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 08:49

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham – Privileged and proud!

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KayHi everybody,


Sitting in my chair at the magically normal time of 5.45pm finished with work and discussing dinner plans with friends. Wow; it happens about never. In my line of life, job I think it is not really enough to explain what a groom is! This weekend my city of life is Stockholm... About 70 hrs ago I had just arrived home in Borken,Germany from Doha,Qatar! Changed horses but my clone didn't show up - how rude!!

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:52

The WoSJ guest blogger from the Zoetis $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix; Agatha D'Ambra

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agathaHi everybody,


I was very excited about the Zoetis $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties, especially because it is so close to my home and farm, Trade Winds Farm in Rexford, NY. Not to mention, the show itself is run so smoothly and I was sure the event would go off without a hitch.


When I first found out I qualified for the million-dollar Grand Prix, it was one of my proudest moments, especially because it was a goal I had established for myself to accomplish for 2013. It feels amazing to have succeeded and I am truly honored to have been competing with such an elite group of athletes. It was definitely a career high for me!

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 15:57

The WoSJ guest blogger from the last day at the Europeans; Rob Hoekstra

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hoekstraHi everyone,


Well, obviously we came here with the intention to do really well and I thought we had a really good team. The planning has been towards this championship, because we thought we would like to keep the momentum going that we gained from the Olympic Games. We had horses that all could jump clear rounds, I thought at the time they were selected.


I was really impressed when I saw this place, especially the arena. I thought it was a beautiful setting and to ride in a stadium like this is really nice. They struggled a little with the footing just in the beginning because it went in a little bit late I think, but it got better and better all the time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 19:35

The WoSJ guest blogger from the European Championships in Herning; Scott Brash

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scott-bloggHi everyone,


My horse Hello Sanctos has jumped very well here at the European Championships. It was fantastic to be on top yesterday, and win the gold with the team! I was a little bit disappointed with my rail down, because I think we had a really good chance individually and now that has put me down a bit. I think I how a far less chance now, and it was something of nothing as he only touched it. So I was slightly disappointed at that – but at the same time very pleased that we could win another gold medal.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 17:59

The WoSJ guest blogger from day two at the Europeans; Jos Verlooy

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josverlooy-bloggHi everyone,

Day 2 of the European Championship has finished and Domino jumped super. He is such a scopey and nice horse, and I am very lucky to have him. We bought him from his breeder as a seven year old three years ago, and we have developed together up to this level.


We have had a very strong season. In Calgary Domino jumped very good and we were placed in many Grand Prix classes. It was still a surprise that I was chosen for the championships though. I am only 17 and I was never really thinking about going to the Europeans this year. I was just doing my thing and trying to prepare my horse for next year and the things to come. Then about a month ago I got the call that I was the reserve - a very nice surprise.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 19:20

The WoSJ guest blogger from day one at the Europeans; Victoria Gulliksen

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_K7X7282Hi everyone,


Finally we are here in Herning for the Europeans. My goal this year was the European Championships, but until two weeks ago it didn’t look like I would make it. Then one of the team members broke his arm, and suddenly I got a ticket to Herning after all. I felt really sorry for Dag Ove and his team. They had a good season, but that only proves how fast thing change in this sport. It was only last night, that I knew that I actually would be riding. So for me my first senior European Championships came a little more unprepared than one would like. But hey - I ‘m here and I will do my very best!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:04

The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - bye bye Dublin!

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gooseGoose coming out of the prize giving of the speed final.Well true to form, I was saving it for the last day! This morning didn't start out so great though- the shuttle driver almost rear ended someone and hit the brakes leading to scalding hot coffee being spilled all over me. I had to go change but the day got better after that!

After I rode everyone it was time for the speed final. It was a really fast class won by Shane Breen. I finished third with Goose and he jumped really well! Next up was the Grand Prix which looked big enough and long. It was a dramatic class with a couple of big spills but also in the end 10 clear rounds, exactly how many were brought back for the second round. Beezie and I went one after the other both clean and were the only two clean from the U.S. team. Cylana jumped beautifully and I was really happy with how she went. In the jumpoff I went 4th and tried to do a really really ambitious leave-out that maybe wasn't such a good plan. Oh well, no guts no glory! I finished 8th, Beezie finished 4th, and Cian won for Ireland on home ground which was really fun for the crowd.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:52

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