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Springsteen jumps great heights in $25,000 Puissance Presented by The Boeing Company at WIHS

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SpringsteenWIHS3Jessica Springsteen and Lisona. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com.The $25,000 International Jumper Puissance at Washington International Horse Show, presented by The Boeing Company, was the highlight class of the evening on Friday with a win for 21-year-old Jessica Springsteen (USA) aboard Stone Hill Farm's Lisona after clearing the wall up to 6'10" (2.08m). Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this week and fittingly holds the 31-year indoor Puissance record for his win at 7' 7 1/2" aboard Sweet 'N Low in 1983. He set the wall for the evening's $25,000 Puissance presented by The Boeing Company, starting at 5'6" (1.70m) in height, and continuing up to 6'10" (2.08m) in four rounds of competition.

 

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Olivier Philippaerts and Carlito C top $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final at WIHS

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OlivierWIHSOlivier Philippaerts and Carlito C in their winning presentation. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. The 56th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Friday. The $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final was held in a faults converted format with 22 entries and a victory for Olivier Philippaerts (21) of Belgium riding Franz Lens's 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Carlito C (by Kannan). The pair was one of five entries to clear the course without fault and finished with a time of 54.79 seconds.

Amy Graham steals the win in Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô

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amy_bella_sAmy Graham won Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô. Photo by Pixizone PR Agency.As last to go in Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô, Australia's Amy Graham stole the win from home rider Penelope Leprevost. Coming in as the final rider in the jump-off in this 1.45 class, Graham and Bella Baloubet (Baloubet du Rouet x Landadel) shaved off 0.03 seconds on the leading time - which was enough to earn the € 6,000 promised to the winner of the Chaux St Pierre - Pigeon Group Trophy. Leprevost had to settle for second on Sultane des Ibis (Quidam De Revel x Elan De La Cour *HN), while third went to another French rider – Jerome Hurel on Ohm du Ponthual (Voltaire x Calypso d'Herbiers).

Luca Maria Moneta makes it to the top in Friday's biggest class in Helsinki

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MonetaHIUBHSThe winners - Luca Maria Moneta and Connery. Photo Satu Pirinen.Friday's biggest class at the Helsinki International UB Horse Show was a tight affair. Out of 46 riders 20 managed to produce clear rounds, and the top four finished within 13 hundreths of a second. The fastest of them was Luca Maria Moneta from Italy with Connery (Cordobes II x Polydor).

 

"I am very pleased with my horse Connery. He has gotten older and knows his job better. Earlier he was too much in a hurry: if I let him go, he was too excited and not really careful with what he was doing. Now, he finally knows his job and fights for me against the fences. It's nice because I can let him do the job and it is very easy for me," Moneta said after his win.

CSI3*/1* of Saint-Lô - Selle Français Stallion Championships: Let the sport begin!

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StLoThe 2014 edition of the CSI3*/1* of Saint-Lô (Normandy, France) has joined forces with the Selle Français Stallion Championships for the second time in a row to offer a fantastic opportunity to watch both top sport and breeding participants jumping in the heart of the French sport horse breeding land, Normandy. The event started on Thursday at 8:30am with 2 years old Selle Français stallions at the free jump workshop, followed by the 3 year olds. The final results will be published Friday and the top five will be presented to the audience on Saturday evening.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl win $34,000 Welcome Stake at the Washington International Horse Show

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MinikusWIHSTodd Minikus and Quality Girl won the WIHS Welcome Stake. ‏Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. The 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Thursday. The International Open Jumpers had two classes on beginning with a win for Todd Minikus (USA) and Quality Girl in the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake. Top honors in the $20,000 Gambler's Choice costume class went to Jessica Springsteen (USA) aboard Lisona.

Jessica Springsteen and Davendy S win WIHS International Jumper Speed‏

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SpringsteenWIHSJessica Springsteen and Davendy S en route to their win in Washington. Photo Credit: Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, NJ, kicked off the first day of international jumper competition at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) with a win riding Davendy S at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The day also saw victories for Taegen Long riding Pocohontas and Katherine Pontone aboard Belladonna in the WIHS Children's and Adult Jumper Championships. With six days of world-class competition, WIHS continues through Sunday, October 26, featuring hunter, jumper, and equitation highlights.

A summary from the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Oslo

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Did you miss the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Oslo? FEI TV has made a short summary including Jur Vrieling's jump-off with VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P.

Sunday's Grand Prix winners

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Ben-Maher-Diva-II-34131Ben Maher with Diva - here seen in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.In Vilamoura, it was Great Britain's Ben Maher that won the concluding CSI3* Grand Prix on the last week of the Champions Tour 2014. Maher was riding Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz), and had one of ten double clear rounds in the class that counted almost sixty riders and horses. In second came another British rider, as Laura Renwick finished her jump-off on Rembrandt Blue (Mr. Blue) almost a second behind Maher. Third place went to Brazil's Katty King on Wilexo (Phin Phin x Calvados).

Beat Mändli and Antares F win $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National

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14PNHSBeatMandli_Antares-WEBWinners Beat Mandli and Antares F. Photo (c) Al Cook. The excitement was palpable at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show as crowds filed into the stadium to watch the star-studded field of top international riders, including Olympic and World Champions, compete in the $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National, a qualifying competition for the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

Quotes after the Longines FEI World Cup in Oslo

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JurStanding"It’s the first World Cup I win and also the first World Cup start for Zirocco," Jur told the press after his win in Oslo Photo by World of Showjumping. The winner Jur Vrieling on winning the opening leg of the Western European League Longines FEI World Cup; “It was really good. It’s the first World Cup I win and also the first World Cup start for Zirocco. A start like this is amazing. The course designers did a good job. It was heavy and technical enough, but it was not crazy. The horses did not have to stretch too crazy so it was a good start to the season. For me Zirocco jumped really good. I was a bit nervous to have Marco Kutscher behind me, he is my idol. I watched his first round and it was so beautiful, I knew he was going to beat me. But now when he was 0,7 seconds slower than me today I like him even more..”

 

Marco Kutscher on his plan for the jump-off going in last; “My horse Cornet’s Cristallo is very fast if he is in a jump-off. I saw the other jump-offs and they were going faster and faster. Jur was the only rider choosing the option to go on five strides down to the last oxer. My plan was to do that as well, but I came too close to the second last fence and I thought it would get too long so I decided to do the six strides instead. Either way I am really happy with my result because it is already a few months since I last could go to a press conference. It is a good start for me especially because I can not choose what World Cup shows I go to. Now I got some points and I will have the chance to get to ride more World Cups - so a good day for me.”

Jessica Kürten wins the Grand Prix in Odense

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_K7X5550Jessica Kürten and Arezzo VDL. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The CSI 3* Grand Prix at JBK Horse Show in Odense went to Jessica Kürten and Arezzo VDL (Chin Chin x Heartbreaker) after two clear rounds. Kürten finished the jump-off in 34.28 seconds and was 1,42 seconds faster than runner-up Andreas Schou and Allstar (Oklund x Peter Pan). Third place went to Kristaps Neretnieks and Caramsin (Cornet Obolensky) who was the third combination producing two clear rounds.

Jur Vrieling wins the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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JurPGJur Vrieling celebrating his first World Cup win. Photo by World of Showjumping. Team World Champion Jur Vrieling opened up his indoor season by winning the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Oslo on Sunday. The sympathetic Dutch rider had partnered up with VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. (Mr. Blue x Voltaire) for the World Cup kick off, and left behind him seasoned combinations like Marco Kutscher with Cornet's Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) in second and Steve Guerdat with Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) in third after a very fast and exciting jump-off.

The standings in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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JurQuotesA happy Dutch rider in the lead of the Western European league - Jur Vrieling. Photo by World of Showjumping. The standings in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European league after the first round in Oslo are as follows;

1. Jur Vrieling - 20 points
2. Marco Kutscher - 17 points
3. Steve Guerdat - 15 points
4. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum - 13 points
5. Bart Bles - 12 points
6. Kevin Staut - 11 points
7. Douglas Lindelöw - 10 points
8. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli - 9 points

Marlon Zanotelli and Vera to the top at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show

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MarlonMarlon Zanotelli with Kingsland founder Lin Kingsröd. Photo by World of Showjumping.Sunday morning's 1.45 class in Oslo sponsored by Kingsland went to Brazil and Ashford Farm's Marlon Modolo Zanotelli. Riding Vera (Contender x Corrado II), Marlon had the difficult task of being first to go in the jump-off – but his very fast clear round in 34.22 seconds would prove impossible to beat as one rider after the other tried to catch him. Closest came Ireland's Cameron Hanley on Caretina de Joter (Caretino x Contender), who also was double clear with a time of 34.90. Another Irish rider followed in third; Shane Breen ended his jump-off in a time of 35.46 seconds on Farao van't Vennehof (Triomphe de Muze x Sun Light van de Zuuthoev).

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