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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.

 

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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.

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).

Beezie Madden wins $33,000 Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

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14PNHSBeezieMadden_CoralReef-WEBKeystone Classic winners Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo. Photo (c) Al Cook.Speed was the name of the game in the $33,000 Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania Horse Show. Some of the biggest names in the sport competed in the class and the spectators cheered and urged on their favorite rider as they galloped around the course. Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, NY, and her 2012 Olympic team partner Coral Reef Via Volo, 24th into the ring, sailed around the course faultlessly in an unbeatable time of 59.52 seconds to clinch the win out of the 29 starters. The mare is known around the barn as "Shrimp" for her tiny size of 15.2 hands.

Gulliksen and Melby win the Puissance in Oslo

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johanA happy Johan Sebastian Gulliksen at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show. Photo by WoSJ.Home riders Johan Sebastian Gulliksen and Kevin Melby split a very popular home win in the late puissance class at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show Saturday evening. Four riders cleared the wall at 2 meters in the third round. Dag Ove Kingsrød chose not to enter the fourth round with Clarkes Ferro (Creevagh Ferro ex Siebe x Diamonds Are Trumps), while Joe Clayton and Noctambule Courcelle (Fidelio du Donjon SF) literally met the wall in the fourth round.

 

Aboard Vasko (Karlstad x Topas) Melby entered the arena facing the 2.10 meter wall. They gave it a go, but could not leave the wall intact. The young Norwegian talent Johan Sebastian Gulliksen and Grand Balou 4 (Balou du Rouet x Grandeur), a horse we normally see with Johan’s father Geir Gulliksen, was the last combination to enter the arena. Like the rest of the Gulliksen-family Johan always rides to win. Unfortunately also Johan had to se a brick fall, but it was good enough for a split win and to make the home crowd more than pleased with a great finish to a long Saturday in the arena.

 

A win for Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking in Odense

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tim-rieskampTim Rieskamp-Goedeking and Quapitola de Beaufor. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking took home Saturday's biggest class at the CSI3* event in Odense. Aboard Quapitola de Beaufor (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan), the German rider went to the top in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier presented by Orifarm. Rieskamp-Goedeking was clear in both rounds, stopping the clock on 33.20 seconds after his jump-off. Johannes Ehning was once again the runner-up, this time aboard Salvador V (Calvados x Voltaire) with a time of 34.29 in the second phase. Third place went to Jörg Naeve on Cashflow 6 (Cash and Carry x Quinar).

Michael Whitaker and Viking are victorious in the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo

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VikingMichael Whitaker and Viking won the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo. Photo by World of Showjumping.It was the experienced couple consisting of Michael Whitaker and Viking that emerged as winners in the five star Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo. The win did not come easy though, as Michael and the 12 year old chestnut gelding by Jacomar x Almox Prints had to go against no less than twenty other horses and riders after the clear rounds kept on pouring in over Uliano Vezzani’s thirteen fence track in the first round. In the end almost half of the class ended up in the jump-off, which of course ended in a real race.

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