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Thursday, 24 Jul 2014

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The flying Fibonacci

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_K7X5460This is the horse that is on everybody's lips at the moment; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum's Fibonacci 17 - a nine year old gelding by For Feeling x Corland - jumps incredible with the German rider, and to sit on this horse must be like flying! Here is a little photo series from Friday's 1.55 class to illustrate. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

  

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WoSJ Exclusive; Angelica Augustsson's next chapter

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_K7X0326Angelica Augustsson pictured at Ashford Farm in Belgium together with one of her top horses Snapchat. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

 

Since Angelica Augustsson jumped into the spotlight on Mic Mac du Tillard with a sensational World Cup win on home soil in Gothenburg in 2011 – hitting the headlines world wide – a lot has happened in her life. First of all the 27 year old Swedish rider added her first senior championship medal to her tally, as she together with her team mates took home the bronze medal at the European Championships in Herning last August – again riding Mic Mac du Tillard. Success, and the extremely special bond to her four-legged partner Mic Mac, did not stand in Angelica's way of making a big change in her life though – as she started up 2014 moving from Dietmar Gugler's Gestüt Prinzenberg in Germany to Enda Carroll's Ashford Farm in Belgium. Closing an eight year old chapter with Gugler, Angelica turned the page to start up with a blank one – but quickly discovered that the pages were filling faster than she thought they would.

Images | Ups, not what we planned...

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Frank-Schuttert-Winchester-WoSJ ended up with a lot of headless bodies in Rotterdam. Our focus was just too much on the horses so the riders didn't fit into the picture... Here's Frank Schuttert's body on Winchester HS. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

WoSJ Close-Up; Ursula XII

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_K7X2470Together with Scott Brash, this is the horse that rules the world at the moment. While Brash does not move from the top of the Longines Ranking, Ursula XII also stays firmly on top of the FEI WBFSH World Ranking - echoing her rider. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The WoSJ show review; Billy Twomey on Bolesworth International

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BillyBolesworthThis week top Irish rider Billy Twomey does the WoSJ show review on the Bolesworth International – a traditional show in the UK that for this year's edition was upgraded to an international three star show. The hard work with the event definitely paid off, and as Billy discovered – it was a beautiful show with its own identity!

 

"Many aspects of this weekend's show felt more like something on a five star, rather than a three star. The brand new international ring at Bolesworth was super, with the grass changed to Andrews Bowen wax surface which was very good to jump on – and that takes any kind of weather. We also had a large warm-up, one for flatting and one for jumping – providing plenty of space.

Thank you Corradina!

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_MG_2946After picking up medals in every international championship she has jumped – Carsten-Otto Nagel’s fantastic partner Corradina 2 will be retired at the age of 16. Corradina 2 jumped to individual silver and team bronze at the Europeans at Windsor in 2009, to team gold at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, to team gold and individual silver at the Europeans in Madrid in 2011 and to team silver at the Europeans in Herning last year. She has been with Nagel since she was a youngster, and in addition to her medals Corradina 2 can look back on a career full of Grand Prix and Nations Cup wins. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Thank you Cevo Itot du Chateau!

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Edwina-Alexander---Cevo-ItoIn the end of May, it was announced that the legendary Cevo Itot du Chateau will be retired from the sport. The now 18 year old gelding has World Cup and Grand Prix wins from Geneva, Doha, Chantilly, Cannes, Valkenswaard, London and Brussels with his rider Edwina Tops-Alexander who got him as a New Years surprise from her husband Jan Tops and Cees Van Opstal in 2007. The tiny gelding also jumped at the Olympics in London in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2008 as well as at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. This is our thanks to one of the true stars and characters in the sport; Toti you will be missed! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson. 

Same, same but different - over the open water in the LGCT GP in Hamburg

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Doda-de-Miranda-AD-Uutje-25This is what it looked like as the open water was jumped in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg. First out; Doda de Miranda on AD Uutje. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Same, same but different - heading towards the second fence in LGCT GP in Hamburg

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Roger-Yves-Bost-Poker-des-DRoger Yves Bost and Poker des Dames heading for the second fence - a vertical - in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg. Here's a new 'Same, same but different'! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Visiting Maikel van der Vleuten in images - part two

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MaikelVerdi3Maikel van der Vleuten and the beautiful VDL Groep Verdi NOP enjyoing a quiet moment at home in Someren. All photos by World of Showjumping / Jenny Abrahamsson.

Visiting Maikel van der Vleuten in images - part one

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MaikelAristoThe Van der Vleuten-yard is situated in the beautiful countryside outside the town Someren, The Netherlands. Here's Maikel out walking VDL Groep Aristo Z after a jumping session. All photos by World of Showjumping/Jenny Abrahamsson.

WoSJ Exclusive; Maikel van der Vleuten – "Verdi and I have a strong bond"

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MaikelVerdi2World of Showjumping met the hugely talented Maikel van der Vleuten at home at the family yard in Someren, The Netherlands. Maikel is pictured together with his top horse and Olympic medalist VDL Groep Verdi NOP.

 

At only 26, Maikel van der Vleuten has already positioned himself among the world's best riders – currently he is ranked number fifteen in the world closing in on the top ten after his recent Grand Prix win in Madrid. You might think that as the son of famous Dutch showjumper Eric van der Vleuten the success has come easier for Maikel than for many other young riders, but as we discover – Maikel is all about hard work, using his incredible feeling and bringing youngsters up to the top level of the sport. The Olympic silver team medal from 2012 is a proof of the work Maikel has done – it came on his super star VDL Groep Verdi NOP, a stallion Maikel has been riding since it was a four year old. Here's the story of Maikel's journey to the top of the sport.

Promising youngsters and new combinations

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Holly-Gillott-Dougie-DouglaDougie Douglas is not a youngster anymore, but what a star! After being double clear in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup division 2 in Odense he won the Grand Prix on Sunday together with his rider Holly Gillott, and the interest for the nine year old gelding by Ard VDL Douglas exploded. All photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Visiting Reed Kessler in images

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_K7X8865Reed with KS Stakki - pictured at Marcus Ehning's yard in Borken, Germany where she is based. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

WoSJ Exclusive; Reed Kessler – "You have to be willing to fail in order to succeed!"

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_K7X8968Reed Kessler captured with her beloved Goose in Borken, Germany where she is based at Marcus Ehning's yard. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.A lot has happened in soon-to-be 20 year old Reed Kessler's life since we last spoke with her in Paris back in 2012. She was the new kid on the block, a fresh breath of air on the international showjumping scene – stepping into the spotlight as the youngest rider ever to compete at the Olympic Games. Now, one and a half years later she is a familiar face – and has established herself among the best in the world, currently inhabiting rank 29 on the Longines Ranking. Reed's results and riding have hardly gone by unnoticed; in November last year she was honoured with the Longines Rising Star Award at the FEI Award Gala – another amazing achievements by the young American rider.

 

Still – in the middle of all her success, Reed surprisingly decided to change what many might have considered a winning recipe. In the autumn of 2013 she ended her collaboration with her long term trainer Katie Prudent – who is also Reed's godmother – and left the States to train with Marcus Ehning, basing herself in Borken, Germany to learn from the man many consider the best in the sport.

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