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Looking back | The showjumping year of 2014 in images - part one

Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Guess the face? Patrice Delaveau does his best to hide away Scott Brash, who was virtually untouchable all year – closing off 2014 with winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva as the world’s no. one. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Scott Brash started and ended 2014 as the world’s leading rider on the Longines Ranking.
 New stars stepped into the spotlight in 2014, here Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s Fibonacci - earlier known as Fendi.
 While others left the ring for good, to enjoy well deserved retirements – such as Marcus Ehning’s super star Noltes Küchengirl...
...Carsten-Otto Nagel's Corradina II... well as Roger Yves Bost's top horses Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld, Myrtille Paulois and Cosma.

 After a tearful retirement cermony for the beautiful Jalisca Solier in December 2013, the 17 year old mare tragically had an accident in the field at home that forced the decision to put her to sleep.
 The death of AD Camille Z during CHI Geneva in December, was another of 2014's big tragedies.
 A switch of riders for the horses is not uncommon, and in 2014 it happened on plenty of occassions. Louis 162 for example went from Beat Mändli to Jessica Kürten in the early spring of 2014 before Annina Züger took over the reins this autumn.
 The King of the Nations Cups! That must have been Sergio Alvarez Moya. The Spanish rider rode no less than three double clear rounds for his team. Zipper - who was Sergio's partner on two of these three occasions was sold in the autumn of 2014.
 And there were plenty of other top horses being sold during the year - here Tripple X III that went from Ben Maher to Tiffany Foster.
 The fantastic thing about showjumping compared to other sports is that age and gender does not matter. The CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows illustrated just this, as it was won by living legend Ian Millar aged 67 - while Reed Kessler aged 20 was second and Marie Etter-Pellegrin aged 35 third.
 Daniel Deusser greets the crowds as he celebrates becoming World Cup Champion on Cornet d'Amour.
 Gerco Schröder's 2014 for sure consisted of mixed emotions. First his gold medal winning partner London went under the hammer in an online-auction of the former Eurocommerce-horses, before the Glock-family stepped in and bought the stallion keeping him together with the Dutch rider. Now both Gerco and London fly the Glock-colours, paying back their supporters with a team gold medal at the World Championships in Normandy.
 For Katrin Eckermann 2014 was also full of ups and downs. The German rider had a fantastic start to the outdoor season when winning the Longines Global Champions Tour in Hamburg, before she did a great performance on the winning German Nations Cup team in Falsterbo. Being selected for the team in Aachen was another highlight, but unfortunately Eckermann had two horrible falls - first in the Nations Cup and then in the Grand Prix. She ended up with a broken collarbone, and with Firth of Lorne injured. Later in the year she had a car accident, and has still not returned to the international rings.
 After a fourteen year long collaboration with Ludger Beerbaum, Marco Kutscher decided to start a new chapter and relocate from Riesenbeck to Bad Essen alongside his long-time girlfriend Eva Bitter.
 Christian Ahlmann had a good summer; first he won the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen in July before he went on to Valkenswaard two weeks later and won the Grand Prix there as well - both on Codex One.
 One week, two Grand Prix victories: That was what Eric Lamaze did in La Baule and Rome in May.

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