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Monday, 14 Jul 2014


Sébastien Duplant wins in Vichy

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Sebastien_Duplant_FRA_Pegase_du_Murier_1er_prixSebastien Duplant and Pegase du Murier - the winning combination in Vichy. Photo provided by CSI3* Vichy/ AB Pictures.Winning the first qualifier on Friday, the French rider Sébastien Duplant and his partner Pégase du Mûrier (Adelfos x Le tot de Semilly) confirmed their great form by winning the Grand Prix de la Ville de Vichy. Duplant was last to go in the jump off, and he made it all look very easy as he took a popular home win ahead of another young French rider, Benoît Cernin. Dutch rider Edwin Smits secured third place with Simone Coata from Italy, named the best rider of the show, as number four.


The Grand Prix in Spangenberg to Tim Gredley

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header_2014_final2Tim Gredley and Unex Omega Star ((Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet) were victorious in the 3* Grand Prix Spangenberg Sunday afternoon. The British rider saw seven strong German riders behind him in the twelve-horse jump-off, as he finished off an impressive British show jumping-weekend.


Despite a strong field of home riders second place went to Jan Vinckier from Belgium and the ten year old Diamant de Semilly-mare Emilie de Diamant A S, with Amy Graham from Australia and Bella Balouet (Baloubet du Rouet x Landadel) in third place. Then six German riders followed with Jan Sprehe, larns Nieberg, Max Kühner, Nisse Lüneburg, Andreas kreuzer and Markus Renzel.


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Emotional home win for Alexander Zettermann in the Longines Falsterbo Grand Prix

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alex-cafino-lapofhonorAlexander Zettermann celebrates his amazing win in Falsterbo on Cafino. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.With his eyes filled with tears, a very emotional Alexander Zettermann received a standing ovation from the home crowds in Falsterbo – while R Kelly’s ‘The World’s Greatest’ roared out. It was easy to understand the hard-working Zetterman’s emotions; he has showed great form the last months – and today he nailed it in front of a Falsterbo-crowd still high on Friday’s second place for the Swedes in the Nations Cup. Riding Cafino (Cardento x Roderik), Zetterman also took the prestigious and traditional Grand Prix home to Sweden for a second year in a row – last year Jen Fredricson won. Not only that, he posted a hot bid for a ticket from his Chef d’Equipe for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Quotes after the Longines Falsterbo Grand Prix: "I was so tired!"

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presskonfThe top three! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson."I was so tired. It has been so tense the entire week, and I have been preparing for this for so long. I had a very tough schedule that started already on Monday with the 5 year olds, and everything had to go perfect every single day and in every single class. It was my goal to be able to win every single class, that didn't happen, but I'm still happy," said the winner Alex Zettermann laughing and continues. "At least I won the most important class this week."

International Show Jumping of Vichy: Alexandra Francart in top form

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Francart_PrixToyota1Alexandra Francart and Red Star d'Argent won in Vichy. Photo by Pixizone PR Agency.Alexandra Francart continued her super form at the CSI3* show in Vichy yesterday, winning the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier on Red Star d'Argent (Quick Star). It has definitely been Francart's weekend; the French rider was twice fourth on Friday, clear with her two 7 years old horses on Saturday, second in Saturday's speed class – and then she managed to win the big class of the day against 61 competitors. Belgium's Koen Vereecke ended second riding Fetard de la Pomme (Querlybet Hero x Nabab de Reve), and Italy's Simone Coata with Whycoconah (Kashmir van't Schuttershof x Heartbreaker) was third.

Ward takes top two in $83,000 Investors Group Cup 1.50m at Spruce Meadows

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WardZanderMcLain Ward and Zander en route to victory at Spruce Meadows. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services. Spruce Meadows held its $83,000 Investors Group Cup 1.50m competition on Saturday afternoon with another win for USA's McLain Ward at the 'Pan American' Tournament CSI 5*. Ward took the top two places, winning aboard Zander and finishing second with HH Carlos Z. The rider has had a fantastic tournament to conclude the summer at Spruce Meadows and looks forward to competing Rothchild in Sunday's final $400,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex.

Edwina Tops-Alexander yet again rank one on the Longines Global Champions Tour standings

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Edwina-Tops-Alexander-Ego-vEdwina Tops-Alexander is back in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Longines Global Champions Tour leadership changed once more in Cascais, Estoril as Edwina Tops-Alexander retook rank one on the overall standing, with a total of 176 points so far. Monaco Grand Prix winner Bassem Hassan Mohammed is rank two with 158 points while Emanuele Gaudiano is just one point behind as rank three. Kevin Staut is rank four with 155 points, and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson rank five with 154 points.

Behind the scenes at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Falsterbo - part three

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_K7X9463Cassio Rivetti and his team did not have the best day at work, and ended last after it fell apart in the second round. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Unbeatable Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos win the LGCT Cascais, Estoril Grand Prix

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scott-estorilScott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photos by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.The Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais, Estoril was won by the virtually unbeatable World No1 Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) - the pair won Friday night's big class and have now claimed their second LGCT Grand Prix win of the 2014 season. Runner-up was Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Status (Satisfaction x Sao Paulo) who jumped the only other treble clear, and third place went to Nick Skelton (GBR) and Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) who were the fastest four faults.

Jur Vrieling and Zavall VDL take the Falsterbo Derby

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jur-zavallJur Vrieling and Zavall VDL were outstanding in the derby. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jur Vrieling's Zavall VDL (Casall x Emilion) made the most out of his derby debut in Falsterbo. After being clear in both the first round, and in the jump-off the pair won the Falsterbo Derby. 24 horse and rider combinations took part in the class and five cleared the long track to qualify for the jump-off.

Behind the scenes at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Falsterbo - part two

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_K7X9416Sergio Alvarez Moya has good reason to smile; he keeps on producing double clear rounds for Spain and is rocketing up on the world ranking. Here together with team-mate Manuel Fernandez Saro. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The top five in the 1,50 Kopparbergs Trophy at Falsterbo Horse Show

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_K7X0059As always Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover) and Harrie Smolders were deadly fast - this time around they won Saturday's 1.50 class against the clock in Falsterbo racing to a time of 68.27 seconds. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Gregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet top the Prova Mercedes Benz in Estoril

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gregoryestorilgrassoGregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet won the Prova Mercedes Benz in Estoril. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Gregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken) headed up a Belgian first and second in the final fast and furious two-phase 1.45/1.50 Prova Mercedes Benz class before tonight's feature Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Estoril. Wathelet came from the middle of the draw to claim the victory in a time of 33.08s ahead of his countryman Nicola Philippaerts and Cortez (Quick Star x Quito de Baussy) who finished just 0.03s behind. Third went to Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld (Clinton x Randel Z) who initially looked to be the winners with their usual turn of speed, but Bosty had to settle for third with a time of 33.33s after his win yesterday morning.

Behind the scenes at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Falsterbo - part one

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_K7X9253The heat was on (in every way) during the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Falsterbo - here's Great Britain's Joe Clee cooling off. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The 2015 Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen to take place in May

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_K7X8862In 2015 the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen will take place in May. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.In 2015 Aachen hosts the FEI European Championships in five equestrian disciplines. Nevertheless, the Rolex Grand Prix - the Grand Prix of Aachen - will also be held in Aachen's Soers in the year 2015. "We have decided to stage this one competition, because we don't want to do without this most traditional jumping competition in the world, not even for that single year," commented Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, organisers of the event. "It was important to us to offer our loyal crowd their Grand Prix of Aachen even in the year of the European Championships."

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