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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.

 

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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.

Al Sharbatly races to victory in the Prix du Qatar

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sharbatlyPhoto by Stefano Grasso/LGCTThe final CSI5* class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Lausanne, the Prix du Qatar, was won by Abdullah Al Sharbatly with Andrea (Marome Nw x Voltaire). Second went to recent World Championship Team Gold medallist Jur Vrieling with VDL Zirocco NOP (Mr. Blue x Voltaire) and 3rd to young rising star Bertram Allen with Romanov (Heartbreaker x Fedor). The class was a fast and furious race against the clock which had the crowd rising from their seats in excitement as each horse crossed the finish line.

Darragh domination of American Gold Cup CSI4*-W continues with third win in a row

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DarraghDarragh Kenny and Prof De La Roque. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.Darragh Kenny has done it again. For the third day in a row, the talented Irish athlete made headlines at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, this time after clinching the victory in the $34,000 Fidelity Investments Speed Derby CSI4*. The Speed Derby victory comes amidst an unbelievable American Gold Cup winning streak for Kenny. On Thursday, he blew the competition out of the water to claim victory in the $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome aboard Gatsby. On Friday, the pair did it again, turning in the fastest clear jump off time to win the $100,000 Hermès American Gold Cup Qualifier. A third victory for Kenny however, would not come without a hard earned fight for the fastest finish.

William Whitaker takes the 1,60 m Tourmaline Oil Cup at Spruce Meadows

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william-whitaker-upperclassWilliam Whitaker and Upperclass. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Friday's 1,60 m class at Spruce Meadows - the Tourmaline Oil Cup - turned out to be a difficult one. Faults were spread out all over the thirteen fences track and only five horses out of 50  managed to jump a clear round. Two of these horses were ridden by German rider Daniel Deusser.

Darragh Kenny and Gatsby go two-for-two at American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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GatsbyDarragh Kenny and Gatsby are on a roll, claiming four consecutive victories together. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.For anyone looking to wager on Sunday's $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*W Grand Prix, consider placing a bet on Darragh Kenny. The Irishman is on quite the hot streak at this year's American Gold Cup; yesterday he earned a definitive victory in the $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake aboard Allison Toffolon's Gatsby, and today the same duo did it again, clinching the win in the $100,000 Hermès American Gold Cup Qualifier.

Darragh Kenny is great with Gatsby at American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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KennyGatsby2Darragh Kenny and Gatsby. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.When Darragh Kenny and Gatsby entered the ring as one of the last to go in Thursday's $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, the time to beat sat at 76.040 seconds. That time, held by Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W, had been set nearly 50 rounds before and looked like it would remain untouchable. But by the time Kenny and Gatsby trotted off the grass grand prix field at Old Salem Farm, they had blown Springsteen's time out of the water by nearly 5.5 seconds and clinched the biggest victory of the day at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W.

Lauren Hough: "Hats off for the team here"

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lauren-citatThe winning team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough was the winner of Thursday's biggest class at Spruce Meadows. This is what the American rider had to say about her win:


"I was able to watch Kent go, but actually I have a plan with that horse from the moment I walk the course and it doesn't normally change. She is a natural fast horse across the ground, and putting one stride in is normally faster with her than leaving one out. I had my plan and took a couple of shots here and there and I just got a little lucky today!"

Hough, Lamaze and Farrington win at Spruce Meadows

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lauren-hough-ohlalaOhlala taking a bite of the trophy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough, Eric Lamaze and Kent Farrington won one class each on the opening day of the Spruce Meadows 'Masters'. After an amazing effort from the Spruce Meadows team the international arena was cleared from snow and the competitions could start on Thursday. So in minus degrees, with snow everywhere around the arena the riders could compete in the grass ring.

Julie Welles and Shane Sweetnam jumps to victory on opening day of 2014 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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julieJulie Welles and Twan. Photo by Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group.The 2014 edition of the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W kicked off today at Old Salem Farm, and from the perfectly manicured jump field to the phenomenal weather and the equally phenomenal competition, there was no place better to be horse showing today - particularly if you were Julie Welles or Shane Sweetnam.

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