WoSJ Exclusive; Jos Lansink – "When things don't go right, go back to the basics"
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:00
Jos Lansink pictured at his yard in Belgium with his 2006 World Champion Cumano - now aged 21 and enjoying his retirement. Photos (c) World of Showjumping.
Jos Lansink has a busy day when we arrive at his yard in Meeuwen, Belgium a Thursday afternoon. Still in his riding gear after numerous sessions on the horse back, he is now fully occupied with saying good bye to and welcoming clients, trying out possible new horses to add to his stables, helping out his riders as well as building jumps. Lansink – former World Champion, Olympic and European team gold medallist, as well as World Cup Champion – runs a big dealing yard and sports stable. There are over fifty horses in his barn, and three additional international riders next to Jos – nevertheless you cannot detect any stress in the stables. Perhaps it is due to the fact that most of the horses are turned out in the surrounding paddocks and fields unless they are busy being hacked out or flatted. Because as we are soon to discover as we sit talking on a cavaletti in the middle of Lansink's beautiful outdoor ring, Jos is all about the happiness of the horses.
Impressions from Holsteiner Verband's first presentation of the Elite auction horses
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:03
World of Showjumping was present at the Holsteiner Verband's first presentation of the Elite auction horses that took place in the middle of October – here are a few glimpses of what it all looked like. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
WoSJ Exclusive; Fast facts for the 2014/2015 World Cup season in the Western European League
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:22
It's World Cup time in Europe! Here last year's Champions Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.True to tradition Oslo – capital of Norway – is the host when the Western European World Cup season for 2014/2015 kicks off this weekend. These are the fast facts you need to know as Europe's best riders will battle it out to qualify for the final in Las Vegas next year!
'God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses.' --Scottish politician R.B. Cunninghame-Graham in a letter to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1917). All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Then: Although no longer an active showjumper himself (not completely true - he was out jumping in Oliva earlier this year), we still find Enda Carroll more than worthy for a presentation in this section. Back in the days Enda was a groom for Cian O'Connor...
WoSJ Exclusive; Spruce Meadows - collectors of championship fences
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:36
Jon Garner - Competition Manager at Spruce Meadows. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Spruce Meadows has a big collection of fences from different championships and Olympic Games - all the way back to the Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Jon Garner is Competitions Manager at Spruce Meadows and thus responsible for all the fences.
"We decide during the championships which fences we would like. Sometimes the designer and the organizers donate the fences - which is really nice! Now a lot of the designers and organizers know we have a collection. They like the idea of something they designed to stay here and going to keep getting used. Sometimes we can chose what fences we like and sometimes the organizer wants to keep some fences. For example in London we asked about the double decker bus but they really wanted to keep it. We are really thrilled with the ones we got though, they are iconic of London. And we want the fences to be obvious from where it came from."
In this WoSJ Close-Up we take a look at the horse that is ranked the world’s best at the moment, topping the FEI WBSFH World Ranking List – we are of course talking about Hello Sanctos. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Yesterday it was announced that Roger Yves Bost's super partner Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur) will be retired from the sport. Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois has had a very successful career, first under Jessica Kürten and from 2011 under Roger Yves Bost. The highlight of her career was the individual gold medal she won with Bosty at the European Championships in Herning last year. Myrtille Paulois had numerous international wins, and was one of the fastest horses on the circuit. In 2012 she recorded three huge wins with her French rider; in the CSI5* World Cup in Helsinki, the CSI5* Equita Masters in Lyon and in the CSI5* Grand Prix in Basel. This year she was on the winning French Nations Cup team in Rotterdam. Now she has done her job, and we wish Myrtille a very happy retirement and hope to see her babies on top of the sport in the future. Here's a photo tribute to one of the world's best horses. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!
Friday, 19 September 2014 11:02
In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld and Castle Forbes Cosma and would retire from the sport. Owned by Lady Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been like win machines. Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld had no less than 58 international podium appearances during his career including 27 wins! Here’s a photo tribute to Bosty’s success horse, and we wish Vivaldo a happy retirement! Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Cosma and Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld would be retired from the sport. Owned by Lady Georgina Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been real winners. Castle Forbes Cosma picked up 67 podium prizes including no less than 36 speed class wins during her career. Here’s a photo tribute to one of the fastest horse on the scene: We wish you a happy retirement Cosma! Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.