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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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The UB Grand Prix in Helsinki goes to Martin Fuchs

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FuchsHelsinkiMartin Fuchs won the five star Grand Prix in Helsinki on PSG Future. Photo by UB Horse Show/Satu Pirinen.The audience burst into applause when Martin Fuchs and his 10 year old bay gelding PSG Future (Cashandcarry x Lorentin I) crossed the finish line as winners of the CSI5* UB Grand Prix at Helsinki International UB Horse Show on Saturday. Bart Bles on Lord Sandro Ddh (Lordanos x Sandro) from the Netherlands was second and Henrik von Eckermann on Crespo PKZ (Cornet Obolensky) third in the fully charged arena, on the third competition day.

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.

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.

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).

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