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Farrington races to $45,000 Staysail Farm International Open Speed win in Kentucky

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FarringtonPhelpsKent Farrington and Waomi. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.Red-hot Kent Farrington made it two in a row at the 2014 National Horse Show on Thursday, racing Waomi to her second win in as many days. The speedy pair outgunned a field of 34 to win the $45,000 Staysail Farm International Open Speed in a blazing time of 54.55 seconds, one of only two riders to break the 55 second barrier in today's faults converted formatted class. Ireland's Shane Sweetnam finished a close second with Cyklon 1083, ripping across the finish line in 54.99 seconds, while Lexington's Reed Kessler finished third aboard Ligist in 55.06 seconds.




Olivier Philippaerts captures Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers in Kentucky

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OPhilippaertsPhelpsOlivier Philippaerts and Armstrong Van de Kapel. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts guided Armstrong Van de Kapel to victory on Thursday night at the 131st National Horse Show, topping a starting field of 42 and then a massive jump-off roster of 21 to win the marathon Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers, presented by the Coulter Family. In the dash for cash, Philippaerts was the only rider to break the 40 second barrier as he raced home in 39.35 seconds for the win.

Farrington guides Waomi to opening day speed stake win in Kentucky

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kentfKent Farrington with Waomi. Photo by Farrington, one of the most successful riders on tour throughout the 2014 show season, continued his winning ways on Thursday afternoon as the Open and International Jumpers got underway at the 131st National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.


Riding the Amalaya Investments' Waomi, Farrington topped a large starting field of 51 in a one round speed class, racing home in 53 seconds flat to nail down the victory over a pair of Belgian riders, Nicola Philppaerts and Francois Mathy. Philippaerts, riding J'Espere Dream, clocked in just a whisper behind Farrington at 53.06 seconds. Meanwhile, Mathy piloted Ornellaia to a time of 54.56 seconds for today's third place finish.

Home win for Michał Kazmierczak in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Leszno

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KazmierczakLeznoMichał Kazmierczak won the Grand Prix in Lezno today. Photo (c) Foto Małgorzata Frysztak.Michał Kazmierczak made it a popular home win in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Leszno today. Riding Stakorado (Stakkato Gold x Acorado), the Polish rider went to the top ahead of yesterday's World Cup winner Leon Thijssen aboard Hearthago (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z), with 0.52 seconds separating the two riders in the jump-off. Third place went to Piotr Morsztyn on Osadkowski Van Halen (Hors La Loi II x Cavalier), that also was third in yesterday's World Cup.

A summary from the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Helsinki

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Did you miss the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Helsinki? FEI TV has made a short summary including Steve Guerdat's jump-off with Nino des Buissonnets.

Leon Thijssen wins the FEI World Cup in Lezno

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ThijssenLeznoLeon Thijssen won the FEI World Cup in Lezno. Photo by foto Malgorzata Frysztak.Leon Thijssen contributed to even more Dutch success when winning the CSI3* FEI World Cup in Lezno, Poland today. Riding Hearthago (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z), Thijssen went to the top in the class that counted 37 riders and horses. In second came Czech rider Ales Opatrny on Acovaro (Acodetto I x Calvaro). Like Thijssen he was double clear, although three seconds behind on the clock in the jump-off. Third place went to home rider Piotr Morsztyn on Osadkowski Van Halen (Hors La Loi II x Cavalier) who had the third and last double clear of the day.

Olivier Robert wins the World Cup Grand Prix at the CSI3*-W Morocco Royal Tour

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olivier-robertOlivier Robert. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Olivier Robert won the World Cup Grand Prix at the CSI3*-W Morocco Royal Tour in El Jadida. Riding Quenelle du Py (Tresor du Renom), the French rider secured the win with one of four double clear rounds in this class that counted almost forty riders. 0.77 seconds separated Robert from runner-up Emmanuele Gaudiano on Admara (Padinus x Murano), representing Italy – while Belgium's Dominique Hendrickx was third on Cayen van het Hobos (Cornet Obolensky x Corrado), five seconds behind the winner. The last double clear round belonged to Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani on his new ride First Devision (Andiamo x Perhaps vh Molenvondel).

Sunday's Grand Prix winners

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Jorg-Oppermann---Che-GuevarJörg Oppermann with Che Guevara - here seen in Hagen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The CSI2* Grand Prix of Wiener Neustadt was won by Jörg Oppermann with Che Guevara (Concept x Rebel Z). Oppermann was one of only two riders that managed to ride a double clear round - the other one was Armin Himmelreich with Clenur (Carinue x Fernando), putting to German riders on top. Third place went to Ireland's Daren Hopkins with Mister Cruise (Cruising x Clover Hill) after four fault in the jump-off. Only the top three that made it to the jump-off, and Andrey Holly with James (Acros x Dietward) - who had one time fault in the first round - took the fourth place.

Popular home win for Roger Yves Bost in the Grand Prix of the City of Saint-Lô

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bosty_prixRoger Yves Bost won the CSI3* Grand Prix of the City of Saint-Lô. Photo © Herpin.Reigning European Champion Roger Yves Bost won the CSI3* Grand Prix of the City of Saint-Lô on Sunday. Riding Qoud'Coeur de la Loge – a son of the French rider's former top horse Ideal de la Loge – Bosty took a very popular win ahead of Vice World Champion Patrice Delaveau with Ornella Mail*HDC (Lando x Alligator Fontaine). The two were properly celebrated by the packed house of French spectators who stayed throughout the prize giving to celebrate the home heroes.

Swiss sweep it clean in Helsinki as Guerdat, Fuchs & Schwizer take top three World Cup spots

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Nino_des_Buissonnets_Guerdat_SteveSteve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets won the Longines FEI World Cup in Helsinki. Photo Tapio Maenpaa/FEI.The Swiss riders took full control in Sunday's Longines FEI World Cup in Helsinki, as Steve Guerdat, Martin Fuchs and Pius Schwizer claimed first, second and third in the second qualifier in the Western European League. Guerdat partnered up with his Olympic gold medallist Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II), and bettered his third place from Oslo last weekend to go all the way to the top.

Steve Guerdat takes over the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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steve-nino-stllningSteve Guerdat is in the lead of the Western European League. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After Sunday's World Cup victory in Helsinki, Steve Guerdat has taken over the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League. With 35 points, the Swiss rider is two points ahead of Jur Vrieling who is ranked second. Then follows Marlon Zanotelli as rank three with 21 points, Kevin Staut as rank four with the same amount and then Pius Schwizer as rank five with 18 points. The next leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League takes place in Lyon next weekend.

Harrie Smolders wins the $125,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar

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HarrieReginaHarrie Smolders and Regina Z (archive photo). Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Harrie Smolders made sure that the Dutch success spreads out around the globe, when he won yesterday's $125,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar. Riding Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover), Smolders secured the win ahead of home rider rich Fellers riding the 18 year old Flexible (Cruising x Safari). Not only did he win, Smolders also recorded the third place on Enjoy Louis (Coriano x Kannan). It was a good day for Smolders' boss Axel Verlooy as he also saw his son Jos, who recently won the Longines Grand Prix in Los Angeles, placing tenth on Domino (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Azur Depaulstra).

Jessica Springsteen Leading International Jumper Rider at WIHS

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JessicaLeadingRiderJessica Springsteen accepting her leading rider awards. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, Springsteen was presented with the $15,000 Leading International Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by The Boeing Company, at Washington International horse Show yesterday. Springsteen also got the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy, and the $10,000 Leading Rider 25 Years of Age and Under Award, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch. The Springsteen Family's Stone Hill Farm was the Leading Jumper Owner sponsored by The Reid Family. Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts was named Leading Foreign Rider after winning Friday's $50,000 Speed Final.

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z capture President's Cup Grand Prix CSI 4*-W

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carlosMcLain Ward with HH Carlos Z. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z raced to victory Saturday night in the $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix CSI 4*-W, presented by Events DC, at the 56th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). Competing at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Ward will have his name etched in WIHS history for now winning the coveted President of the United States Perpetual Cup four times in his illustrious career. The Longines FEI World Cup qualifying grand prix was the highlight event of the week at WIHS as competition concludes on Sunday with the Pony Hunters, WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, and WIHS Regional Finals.

Vrieling continues his fierce form in Helsinki

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VrielingHelsinkiA happy top three in Helsinki. Photo by UB Horse Show/Satu Pirinen.Saturday's 1.50 speed class in Helsinki went to Jur Vrieling, who seems to be in an unstoppable winning mood at the moment. Riding Esprit Ds (Darco x Capitol I), the World Cup winner from Oslo was fractions faster than runner-up Gregory Wathelet on Egano van het Slogenhof (Electro x Nagano). Third place went to Grand Prix winner Martin Fuchs on Picsou du Chene (Le Tot de Semilly x Caloubet du Bois). All three riders stopped the clock on the 51-second mark.

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