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Second win of the day for Lynch in Gaston Glock's Championat Vienna

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DenisThe man of the day in Vienna: Denis Lynch. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The Friday night feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Vienna – the Gaston Glock's Championat Vienna – was won by Denis Lynch and All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme). This was Denis' second win of the day, as he also won the opening class on Double O Seven (Equest Carnute x Irco Mena). The Irishman threw everything he had at the challenging course set by Frank Rothenberger to push Germany's Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) and Ludger Beerbaum with Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) into 2nd and 3rd, respectively. A rare smile broke across Lynch's face as he accepted his prize before the packed VIP and the title sponsors family Glock.

 

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Italians earn promotion to Europe Division 1 with superb victory at last qualifier in Arezzo

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caselloPiergiorgio Bucci and Casallo Z were double clear for the winning team. Photo by FEI/Stefano Secchi.There were great celebrations in Arezzo today when the host nation won the last round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 series. The result was not only a much-sought-after victory on home ground, but it also earned a place at next month's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain and has promoted Italy to Europe Division 1 for the 2015 season.

Wout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown continue fantastic form in Donaueschingen

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WoutJan1On a winning streak: Wout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown. Photo by World of Showjumping.They came straight from a Grand Prix win in Paderborn last weekend, and today Wout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown added another win to their record when they were victorious in the 1.50 class at the CSI3* show in Donaueschingen. The Dutch rider and the 11 year old gelding by Oklund x Carlino has been on tremendous form this summer, and continued to impress today at the German event.

Georgina Bloomberg wins inaugural $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix CSI 3* presented by Rolex

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BloombergNYGeorgina Bloomberg rode Juvina to victory in the Central Park Grand Prix, presented by Rolex. Photos © Kit Houghton/Rolex.The first annual Central Park Horse Show (CPHS), presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse, hosted its opening night in New York City's Trump Rink on Thursday. Twenty-three of the world's best horses and riders jumped in the inaugural $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex, with an exciting victory for New York's own Georgina Bloomberg riding Juvina. The Central Park Grand Prix, presented by Rolex was televised live on NBC Sports Network as the first live primetime broadcast of equestrian sport on a major sports network.

The starting order for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 in Arezzo

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Stein-Endresen-Cassiopeia24Norway - here represented by Stein Endresen - leads the Europe Division 2 series. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The eighth and last qualifier of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 series will take place in Arezzo, Italy on Friday 19 September attracting a field of 13 teams. The starting order, which was determined by a draw held at Arezzo Equestrian Centre on Thursday, will be as follows: 1. Austria, 2. Denmark, 3. Finland, 4. Spain, 5. Venezuela, 6. Switzerland, 7. Brazil, 8. Ireland, 9. Italy, 10. Sweden, 11. Slovenia, 12. Germany and 13. Poland.

Images | Spruce Meadows from above

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_K7X6450On Sunday - when the snow was gone - Jenny got a ride in a helicopter with a proper view of the Spruce Meadows properties. This is how it looks like from above. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Ian Millar: "Geneva is like Aachen or Calgary – with a roof over the top"

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Ian_MillarIan Millar. Photo (c) Rolex Grand Slam/Kit Houghton.Canada's equestrian sport legend Ian Millar, won the CP International presented by Rolex at the Spruce Meadows 'Masters. His personal Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping quest has hence begun, and in an interview Millar speaks about the coming Majors in Geneva and Aachen.

 

Question: Your Rolex Grand Slam has now begun, how do you assess your chances at the coming Majors in Geneva and Aachen?

 

Millar: Of course, we all know how difficult it is to win the Rolex Grand Slam. But we all believe that we can succeed in climbing the highest mountain. So why shouldn't it be possible to master this challenge too? Anyone, who has the opportunity, will endeavour to pull it off. And one thing is sure: The first rider to succeed will become a legend, he will be the hero of all heroes.

Luka Zaloznik claims gold at the FEI Balkan Jumping Championships

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Zaloznik_SeniorChampSlovenia’s Luka Zaloznik and Eloise du Petit Vivier claimed individual gold and team silver. Photo (c) Alexis Vassilopoulos/FEI.Slovenia's 30-year-old Luka Zaloznik steered Eloise du Petit Vivier (Non Stop x Éclair Des Bois) to clinch the senior individual gold at the FEI Balkan Jumping Championships 2014 last weekend. The event took place at Konjicki Klub Karoca in Zagreb, Croatia. Zaloznik pinned Turkey's Cagri Basel and Chaccomo (Chacco-Blue x Contender) into silver medal spot on the final day of the championships, while Croatia's Janka Krasovec and Chicofino (Colman x Cascavelle) took individual bronze.

Images | Happy faces at the $1.5 Million CP International prize giving cermony

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_K7X7754The top three riders in the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex were all very happy with their horses yesterday. Second placed Reed Kessler was over the moon with Cylana, who she gave a big hug at the prize giving. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | The World Championship from A to Z in images

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_K7X2381We have reached the end of our journey through the World Championships, and here's how it all ended as Jeroen Dubbeldam became World Champion in Normandy. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W victorious in $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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SpringsteenJessica Springsteen, winner of the 2014 American Gold Cup. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.The sold-out crowd of nearly 6,000 fans cheered following the conclusion of Sunday afternoon's $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W held at the idyllic Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York. Jessica Springsteen flashed a huge smile as she raised the prestigious American Gold Cup trophy high above her head. Springsteen and Vindicat W bested a field of 32 other qualified international entries to add their names to the list of accomplished riders and horses who have won the $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W before them.

Quotes after the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex: "It was a heck of a payday"

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_K7X7841The top three! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Here's what the top three in the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex, had to say after an amazing day of competition at Spruce Meadows;

 

Ian Millar - the winner at the age of 67:

"It is amazing. I can honestly tell you that I didn't think I would win this Grand Prix again. I won it twice before, and it is a long time ago. And I have been second and third and so on, but I really didn't think I would win it again. The sport has changed so much and these young people live very fast and they know all the tricks and they are really good. I have so much respect and admiration for my fellow riders - they are that good! And to go up against them is no easy task and to take on the famous Leopoldo (the course designer) is also a painful experience."

Ian Millar makes it a Canadian win in the CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex

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_K7X7750Ian Millar and Dixson in the winner's circle after winning the Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.The CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows was showjumping at its very best! As the prestigious class came towards an exciting end, there was to be a jump-off between the 67 year old home rider Ian Millar and 20 year old US rider Reed Kessler after two very difficult rounds.

Holger Wulschner still tops the DKB-Riders Tour

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holger-wulschner-fine-ladyHolger Wulschner leads the DKB-Riders Tour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.With only one leg to go, Germany's Holger Wulschner is till in the lead of the DKB-Riders Tour. Wulschner has collected a total of 47 points, while his compatriot Toni Hassmann is rank two with 28 points. Then follows Carsten-Otto Nagel (GER) with 26 points, Angelina Herröder (GER) with 24 points and Andre Plath (GER) with 22 points. Hassmann is thus the only rider with a theoretically chance to fight Wulschner for the overall win.

Wout-Jan van der Schans takes the DKB-Riders Tour Grand Prix in Paderborn

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1Wout-Jan-van-der-Schans-CaWout-Jan and Capetown have been very consistent this season. In Paderborn they secured another win. Here seen in Falsterbo earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. The fifth and penultimate leg of the 2014 DKB-Riders Tour went to Wout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown (Oklund x Carlino). The class counted 49 horse and rider combinations, and van der Schans was one out of only three riders to produce two clear rounds.

 

It was a fast second round in Paderborn, and the Dutch rider secured the lead with only 0,09 seconds down to runner-up Abdel Said and Dakota (Cento Lano x Intermezzo) representing Egypt. Third place went to another Dutch rider, Albert Zoer riding Abra Kadabra (Vancouver x Calvados). The fastest ride of the day was produced by Jens Fredricson and Lunatic (Landlord 849 x Utrillo), but four faults placed them fourth.

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