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

Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The strongest performance of 2014 definitely came from Jeroen Dubbeldam, who won both individual and team gold at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy after unbelievable good riding. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
The Dutch team once again proved that their team spirit makes them very hard to beat when they took home the gold in Normandy. Later in September, they also won the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona.
The Belgians were on fire in the Nations Cups in Europe early on in the season. First they won the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rome, before they went on to win the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup in Aachen.
 But as the World Championships approached, the Belgian team got to experience some proper turbulence as Constant van Paesschen was not selected for Normandy. The selection process ended up with the lawyers, and in the Belgian Arbitration Court for Sport.
 Many legends were retired this year. One of them was Edwina Tops-Alexander’s great partner Cevo Itot du Chateau.
 Another top horse that left the showjumping rings to enjoy a more quiet life was Janne Friederike Meyer's top mount Cellagon Lambrasco.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson's Quintero Ask was also thanked off, and now enjoys life as a breeding stallion.
 Sadly, a few horses passed away – Denis Lynch’s ride Coulisa had a terrible fall in the Grand Prix in Rotterdam, and had to be put down three months later after not making it through her recuperation period.
Sören Pedersen’s success horse Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel tragically did not make it through a colic surgery early in December.
 The gold medalist from the Olympic Games in London and the World Championships in Normandy – VDL Bubalu – did his last competitions in 2014 with Jur Vrieling in the saddle, and will be retired next year.
 Showjumping is full of ups and downs. Ben Maher got to experience just that when Cella injured herself right ahead of the World Championships, leaving Maher out of the British team.
 As did Patrice Delaveau, who had to feel the pain of withdrawing before the last round of the World Cup Final on home soil in Lyon as the leader when his horse Lacrimosos HDC sustained a minor injury.
 Spruce Meadows miraculously fought back the snow that fell unexpectedly as the Masters tournament was about to begin!
 In July, Quickly de Kreiser topped the WBFSH FEI ranking list for showjumping horses.
 Scott Brash had two horses on top of the WBFSH FEI ranking during the year; Ursula XII and also Hello Sanctos.
 Scott Brash won the Longines Global Champions Tour 2014 overall – for a second consecutive year.

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