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Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014


The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - the day started out not as expected!

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photoToo funny not to share...Well today started out definitely not as we all expected! At 5 am the fire alarm went off and everyone evacuated the hotel. As everyone on my floor seemed quite urgent I immediately threw on a sweatshirt and sneakers and rushed downstairs to realize upon arrival that I was wearing kind of a small nighty... We waited outside for 45 minutes and I saw that many people took the time to do their hair, put on a full outfit, a jacket, etc and I looked like a little chihuahua shivering in my pajamas and being made fun of! I wasn't sure if I should share the pics Sophie and the boys took but I have a pretty good sense of humor and honestly it's just too funny not to share! After 45 mins they let us back in- it turned out that their was a small explosion with Robert Splaine's mini fridge. Must be some kind of new tactic to wear out the the other nations!

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 07:48




The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - super excited to be here

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ticketOff to Dublin!Hello World of Show Jumping fans! I'm very happy to be back as the guest blogger for this week's show here in Dublin! I'm super excited to be here as everyone has told me it is one of their favorite shows ever AND my mom is almost entirely Irish on her side of the family so it is cool to see where we came from!


We had a good show last week in Hickstead as the U.S. team finished 2nd in the nations cup behind Germany. I jumped a clean first round and Beezie was amazing as usual turning in a beautiful double clear with Cortes. I had a silly rail at the triple bar in the grand prix and then had the next jump related after which was a shame because there were so few clean and she jumped beautifully until then. Big congrats to Ben, Sophie, and Daley for the win! I can't forget to mention Goose who was also really good in all the speeds and was 3rd the first day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 19:54

The WoSJ guest blogger; Rolf-Göran Bengtsson

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rolf-quintero-askRolf and Quintero Ask in action. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.We surely didn't have luck on our side this weekend. Today Quintero Ask and I were clear on the fences in the Grand Prix, but ended with one time fault. It was before and after the combination at number three that I lost the time. Quintero Ask has jumped really good the whole weekend, but in every class there has been something in the way of ending with a great results - a stupid fault in the Longines Global Champions Tour GP and today an annoying time fault.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 23:59

The WoSJ guest blogger; Rolf-Göran Bengtsson

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rolf-q-bloggPhoto by Jenny Abrahamsson.Quintero Ask jumped nice in the GCT yesterday here in Wiesbaden. It was his first outdoor show of the season, and his last show was the World Cup final – so he did really well. Unfortunately for me it was too many clears in the first round. Faults are always stupid, but my fault in the second round was really stupid. But I must say that it is very nice to feel how motivated he is. When I'm on the warm-up he just wants go to the main arena and is always drawn in that direction.


As there is a bit of gap between Casall Ask and Quintero Ask down to the rest of the horses, I only have Quintero Ask with me here in Wiesbaden. Clarimo is my third horse at the moment, but he is not ready to go such a big class as the Riders Tour - it is too early for him. Clarimo will go to Copenhagen and if he is good in the first classes he might do the Nations Cup there.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:01

The WoSJ Guest blogger; Sergio Alvarez Moya - We'll be back!

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sergio-bloggYesterday was a day off from the finals and I went with my family to the funfair in Gothenburg. The weather was not that good, but we did see the sun at some point and tried some of the carousels. In the evening I rode the Grand Prix with Wisconsin. He jumped really good, but the luck is not quite on my side this weekend and I had one fence down as well as one time penalty. Then I just had to wait for the final day to begin!


Carlo has jumped really well the entire weekend, but again the luck has not been on my side this weekend and you really need the luck to make it in a championship like this. Today in the first round it was a shit mistake. The pole might as well have stayed in the cup and then I would have won! That’s how close this race is. I am very happy with Carlo though. The clear in the second round was super super. We’ll come back!

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 18:26

The WoSJ Guest blogger; Sergio Alvarez Moya - Good but too far away?

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sergio-carlo-gbg-bloggUnfortunatley one down for Sergio and Carlo in Gothenburg today. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.I had another nice day with my family in Gothenburg today. We went for a walk in the city before I watched the 1.50 class. I also jogged Carlo a little at 4, and then the world cup started at 6 pm. The class had many clears. In my opinion maybe a bit too many clears to be a world cup final. Carlo was jumping very good, and I am a bit mad with myself for having four faults as I think it was my mistake. I went a bit too flat on the brown oxer and that was it. The rest was good, but unfortunately I think we are a bit too far from the top three on Sunday.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 21:32

The WoSJ Guest blogger; Sergio Alvarez Moya - I really enjoy it here!

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sergio-bloggOur guest blogger from Gothenburg is the winner of the Western European League 2012/2013; Sergio Alvarez Moya. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The final in Gothenburg is finally on, and I must say that my first time in Gothenburg has so far been really nice. I really enjoy it here and I have my entire family with me which of course is a big support. Somehow it never fitted into my plans earlier, but I will probably be back because it is a really good show. The big warm-up here is very good for Carlo and the stables are nice as well.


The last weeks I have not done that much extra with Carlo. When I first got him right before the World Cup season, I started doing shows straight away, and I never really had the time to check his blood and everything. In January when I knew that I had qualified for the final, I took a little break to be at home. My wife and I were expecting our first baby so I wanted to spend some time with them, and then I also took the time to check Carlo.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 21:18

The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - Saving the best for last!!!

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clearClear in Grand Palais!!Today was an amazing day!!!!  O guess I was saving the best for last!!!We started this morning riding the two in the ring at 8- katie set an interesting line of rails on the ground. It was a very short one, easy one, medium one, long one, VERY long one- and I did it both directions on both horses to practice my control after going so fast on both. As it was set up, a couple other riders tried to do it as well but didn't realize that Katie likes to set things on ridiculous difficult distances for her students to make it hard and no one else could do it! Several tried- the funniest was Bosty! He kept trying to do it and chipping in two strides in the last one- several times! I love it over here, everyone has so much personality and really enjoys riding, even early in the morning on the last day :)

Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 08:00

The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - covered on the speed front!

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photo-1Reed and Bosti pair upDay 3 in Paris- I have very mixed motions about today- I was the fastest in both classes- by quite a big margin in the first- but had rails!


To be the fastest against the top 30 is quite an accomplishment but to be so close to glory and have a rail at the end is so annoying!!! No one was touching Hansi's time in the first speed of 54 seconds- I was 2 seconds faster but a bit too fast into the combination at the very end!! In the pairs class Bosty and I were both very fast but I had the last jump down. If I can just jump clean tomorrow I will be a very happy girl because I think I'm covered on the speed front...

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 April 2013 08:53

The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - transitioning back into an indoor arena!

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photo-5Show timeDay two was what I would call our introduction back into "indoors". I think most of us who have been competing outside, specifically in the huge ring in Wellington, had a difficult enough first day transitioning back into an indoor arena, especially a very small indoor arena!


I jogged my two horses first thing then rode in the ring with the Cadre Noir- I tried to copy but their flatwork is better than mine I think.... The first class was a 1.45 2 phase not world ranking so most people used it to school. I was going to try anyways with Goose but I had an early rail and so I schooled and then pulled up after the first phase to save him for the rest of the more important classes.


Last Updated on Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:03

The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - a scary moment, a woman on a mission & Saut Hermés!

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sauthermesSaut Hermes!Hi everyone!!!


It is a pleasure to be the World of Show Jumping blogger again for this week's Saut Hermes at the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris! My horses, Cylana and Ligist, shipped over last week and I flew over Sunday night. We spent a few days in Chantilly at Fursan's farm which was lovely. However there was one scary moment where a couple stallions broke out of their stalls in the middle of the night and came for Cylana. Unfortunately for them, they picked the wrong mare! If you know anything about her personality, you know that she is not afraid to express her dislike for behavior that does not suit her and that those two stallions ended up sincerely regretting bothering her.... She however is in beautiful shape! In fact, I think she quite enjoyed getting to take her rage out on someone/something without being yelled at... At any rate everyone was very lucky because these things happen and it could have been far worse!

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 01:17

The WoSJ guest blogger; Alison Prescott - part four

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katieKatie McVean with Leopoldo Palaccio and top trainer Jeff McVean.Hi !! The show has finished and it was an honour to be part if it. We didn't win the GP but we came out guns blazing for Speed Horse of the Year. First up was Zara ( Zehrenland) but a rail added to our score amazingly she was so fast she went into the lead anyway (time added)... Katie made a quick call to Emma to throw a bridle in Zoe (Zasjany); "Do you want a saddle?" Was Emma's reply!! Haha rush to the ring with dust and all Zoe jumped and turned didn't miss a beat finished in first place - clean fast and clear!! What a super pony she was on fire!

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:30

The WoSJ guest blogger; Alison Prescott - part three

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allaTeam McVean minus Katie... L to R ....Yours truly, head groom Helen, Emma , Veteran australian Olympic rider Jeff McVean, and Vicki McVean, (Katie's Mum).Day 5 of the Horse of the Year show in Hastings New Zealand and the champions sashes are merrily decorating the Team McVean headquarters.


Last night the big class also incorporated a team competition between Australia and New Zealand. As usual there were a lot of starters but only one double clear, we had 3 horses in the class and our best finishing score was 9 faults. That earned Katie 6th place but Australia won the test match convincingly.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 March 2013 14:20

The WoSJ guest blogger; Alison Prescott - part two

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photoBreeze and Banderas having a sneaky lie in.Hi from down under!! Today was an awesome day by anyone's standards I'm not sure if it has been matched or equaled but to be part of it was very special! We had the lady rider of the year class here in New Zealand and Katie had 4 runners.... There were plenty of contenders for the class.. The course was set the sun shone shone and the riders warmed up their mounts....about 60 lady riders from New Zealand plus the Aussie squad tackled the challengeing course but only one girl... The Golden Girl was able to jump clear. Not only one horse but on three out of her four rides Miss McVean showed us why she is the Kiwi Queen and no one could question her skill... She produced the only 3 clears in the class!! It was an incredible result and another super 1st place for Springfield being the fastest clear she didn't go into a jump off against ourselves haha that would have been funny!

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:09

The WoSJ guest blogger; Alison Prescott - part one

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photo-4Our big winner!! Lovely Springfield with his beautiful sashes and ribbons.A few days ago I flew 12000 miles across the continents to surprise my daughter Emma who is working in New Zealand for Katie McVean. A few weeks ago I got a lovely invitation from her father Jeff for me to come to Horse Of the Year Show here in Hastings in the south east of the North Island and after 3 days of flying and 5 hours driving I finally arrived at the showgrounds. Emma got the absolute shock of her life when she found me standing at the truck..... her jaw actually dropped she was speechless but very very happy!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:59

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