Same, same but different - heading towards the wall in Gothenburg
Saturday, 08 March 2014 16:42
At WoSJ we love to take a closer look at how the riders do things differently. And here is how it looked when they all approached the wall in Friday's 1.50 class in Gothenburg - won by the pair in this picture; Simon Delestre and the fantastic Ryan des Hayettes. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Then: Maikel van der Vleuten aged twelve years old competing his pony Super Brat. Maikel's father Eric bought the pony quite young for his son to ride. The pair started up in small classes, but worked their way up and went on to jump two European Championships for ponies.
On Saturday Otto Becker's former super star Dobel's Cento celebrated his 25th birthday. WoSJ has been lucky enough to get some exclusive photos from the birthday party of the horse that in his time won team gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney for Germany, as well as bronze at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. Cento also won the World Cup Final in 2002 as well as notching up numerous Grand Prix wins under Otto Becker during his career - - including the Aachen Grand Prix -
It’s time to take a farewell with Marcus Ehning's success horse Noltes Küchengirl, who will be retired from the sport. The amazing 17 year old mare by Lord Z x Cambridge Cole has won 11 international Grand Prix classes during her career. Küche won the Grand Prix in Aachen in 2006, the Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 and the World Cup in Zürich in 2011 to mention some of her greatest achievements. She also won the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Geneva in 2010 alongside Plot Plue. Noltes Küchengirl has also been on winning Nations Cup teams in Rotterdam, Aachen and twice in La Baule. Thank you Küche for all the magic moments! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Images | Visiting Alex Duffy at Hanley Sporthorses
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:36
Alex on Living The Dream - who in the future will be seen with Cameron Hanley. "Alex took over Living The Dream from me as a six year old after I got injured. Nobody could have done a better job producing the horse and anything I do with the horse from here will only be possible because of Alex's good work," Cameron says to World of Showjumping. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
WoSJ Exclusive; Alex Duffy – on blackmailing, the million dollar question and Living The Dream
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 05:52
Alex Duffy on his success horse Living The Dream together with his boss Carl Hanley. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson."It's the million dollar question," Alex Duffy smiled two weeks ago when we asked him if he would be able to hold on to Living The Dream after their success. "He's the best horse I ever had, so I hope so!" Well, this week he got the answer to our question: Living The Dream moves on to be competed by his previous owner Cameron Hanley, who's sponsors Quinoa Stables have bought the talented nine year old gelding following an enormous interest for the horse after Alex's third place with him in the Amsterdam Grand Prix at the end of January. Alex has produced yet another fantastic horse from youngster to top level that changes hands just as it breaks through to the international scene.
The WoSJ show review; Quentin Judge on week 5 of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Friday, 14 February 2014 16:47
In our first show review from the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, Double H Farm's Quentin Judge shares his thoughts on the festival, and the first five star week of the season in Wellington. Quentin is a professional rider at Double H Farm, a world-class competition, sales and breeding operation based in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Wellington, Florida. Quentin has been a member of two winning Nations Cups teams for the United States and campaigns top show jumpers like HH Dark de la Hart.
"Things are starting to heat up here as last week, week 5 of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, was the first CSI 5* rated show of the season. We have seen some great competition and high number of entries leading up to week 5, but this week was spectacular on both fronts.
Two weeks ago it was announced that Quintero Ask would be retired from the sport. The stallion - who has a fantastic personality - will for sure be missed. Here is a collection of photos from Quintero Ask's successful career, and we start with a picture from his win at the Gucci Masters in Paris in 2009 where his fantastic character shines through. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Daniel Deusser had a fantastic year in 2013! Here at home at Stephex Stables on Cornet d'Amour. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.According to Stephex Stables' owner and founder Stephan Conter, hiring Daniel Deusser was the best decision he made during the last two years. And it's not hard to understand Conter's enthusiasm. Deusser – described by his boss as extremely talented, incredibly driven, organized and severe – holds all these qualities. In addition he has a boyish spark in his eye and a sense of humour that makes it very hard not to find it fun being around him; during our interview Daniel makes us crack up in laughter at least a dozen times with his stories. "Daniel is always in search of perfection and puts the bar really high. It is almost impossible for him not to score because he does not leave anything to chance. He deserves this," Stephan says of the huge success his German stable jockey has experienced over the last year.
Some horses have really impressed at the beginning of the year, and here is a selection of which horses to watch out for in 2014 as the first big shows have been jumped. We start with one of the horses that looks set to be one of this year's super stars; VDL Groep Zidane ridden by Leopold van Asten. The 10 year old KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Calando I jumped amazing in the Grand Prix in Amsterdam, and would have won if it was not for the last oxer falling to the ground. Zidane already impressed at the end of last year by winning a five star 1.55 class in La Coruna, and is definitely one we will see a lot more of! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
WoSJ Exclusive; CHIO Aachen director Frank Kemperman – “Make your show with your heart!”
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:48
CHIO Aachen director Frank Kemperman. CHIO Aachen director Frank Kemperman is a giant in the sport. Kemperman is the man behind the teams that organize some of the most magic events in the world; first of all and most famously CHIO Aachen, but also Indoor Brabant in Den Bosch and Jumping Indoor Maastricht. When it recently was announced that the legendary CHIO Aachen would pull out as host for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup – well, WoSJ decided it was an absolute necessity to speak with Kemperman to get to know more about the decision, but also to learn more about his views on the sport and it’s future. And as we discover, Kemperman is the perfect example on how to be a professional to the fingertips when it comes to business – but still have love and passion for the sport, not to forget for the wonderful horses in it.
Before we embark on our long list of questions, we want to find out how one ends up as show director for one of the most famous shows in the world – if not the most famous. Of course, Kemperman was always a keen horseman – and he was also at one point a groom for the famous Dutch rider Harry Wouters.”I was even groom at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976 – now you can see how old I am,” Kemperman laughs as we sit in his corner office in Aachen that has views to the grass ring where we are used to seeing the showjumpers warming up.
The WoSJ show review; Alex Duffy on Jumping Amsterdam
Monday, 27 January 2014 16:35
In the first WoSJ show review of the 2014 indoor season, we speak with Ireland’s super talented Alex Duffy – who had a great weekend at Jumping Amsterdam ending third in the four star Grand Prix riding the aptly named Living The Dream.
“I really wanted to go to Jumping Amsterdam as I had heard so many good things about the show; everybody said it was amazing there. So, I put my name down already in December and hoped for a spot. But, as there were a lot of Irish riders wanting to go there I was originally not accepted for the show. I kept pushing and asking though, and on Monday I even called the show director and told I would be happy just to go with one horse as well if somebody would pull out in the last minute. But there were no spaces available. On Thursday around four o’clock I was called up though, and they had a stable free and I could come with one horse – so it was a bit of a rush, but we packed and hit the road and was there about ten minute before the trot-up was finished!