WoSJ Exclusive; Sophie Mottu Morel - show director of the CHI Geneva
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 06:46
Sophie Mottu Morel is the show director of the CHI Geneva. This year’s edition of CHI Geneva sees some big changes; can you tell us a little bit about what this year’s version of the event will look like?
"2013 was indeed a year of change for us. After 35 years and due to the new sponsor of the World Cup, we decided to retire from this circuit. It was not an easy decision but it was clear that we would remain loyal to Rolex, our title sponsor for over 17 years. We consequently had to think about something new for our sport. We therefore met with the organisers of Aachen and Spruce Meadows and together created a new concept. The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping was born. We are so proud to be associated with such great events! Three shows and for the riders the possibility to win a bonus of 1 million of euros, what a big challenge! And of course, thanks to Rolex to have at once supported our idea!
Does the apple fall far from the tree? Nabab de Reve and some of his offspring
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:50
In this photo series we will take a closer look at some of the sport’s top stallions, and if the offspring bear any resemblance to their sires! Nabab de Reve has sired some of the best horses in the sport, including London and Vigo d’Arsouilles. He is by Quidam de Revel and out of the mare Melodie En Fa by Artichaut. Nabab de Reve competed at the World Equestrian Games with Philippe Le Jeune in 2002 and at the Europeans in Arnhem in 2001, and is owned by Joris de Brabander at Stal de Muze.
The WoSJ show review; Willem Greve on Jumping Indoor Maastricht
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 07:21
In this week’s WoSJ show review Dutch rider Willem Greve sums up the CSI3* event Jumping Indoor Maastricht. After a two year absence from the calendar, this fabulous event was back – and as Willem concludes, it was an outstanding show from beginning to end.
“First of all, I have to say that all the riders were very happy that the Jumping Indoor Maastricht was back on the calendar again. For the riders the show is perfect from A-Z. The time schedule is perfect; starting on Friday afternoon, and with no classes starting at nine o’clock in the morning and then with the next one in the late afternoon – it’s nice to get oxygen and do something else like go in to town, and not hang around to wait for your next ride all day long. It also means you have well enough with time to work your horses before the competitions start. The infrastructure there is also really good, with everything close – the stables, the warm-up and even with the hotel being next door. They also take well care of the grooms at the show, which I think is really important.
WoSJ Exclusive; Luca Moneta – “I make compromises with my horses; we are partners & work together"
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:50
Luca Moneta does things in a different way than most of his fellow competitors. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.When we saw Italian rider Luca Maria Moneta riding his top horse Neptune Brecourt bride less in a paddock during Falsterbo Horse Show this summer, we wondered what on earth he was doing. So, in order to find out we sat down with Moneta and let him tell us about his somewhat different approach to riding than that from his fellows competitors. “In the beginning I was laughed at for what I was doing, and I think many thought I was a real idiot. But step by step I think I have gained a little more respect. In the beginning of my international career I was maybe a bit too far from the rest of the riders in my approach to the sport through my philosophy,” Moneta explains.
Let’s start at the very beginning with how Moneta ended up doing things the way he does; “I saw a picture in a news paper of a rider jumping a horse over a barrel bridle less in a field. I was really impressed, and also curious – and thought about how he could do that. I wouldn’t even being able to do the same with a bridle and a saddle. So, I began to read a little – and came over Parelli, that I became a student of. Then I started to study ethology, and I concluded it would be a nice way of getting to the mind of the horses.”
Images | Same horse, different rider; Coupe de Coeur
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:30
Since the end of 2008 Coupe de Coeur 2 (Calido I x Lincoln) has been competing with the riders from Stall Beerbaum. Lately it has been Philipp Weishaupt who has been in the saddle. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
The WoSJ show review – Lorenzo de Luca on Jumping Parma
Monday, 25 November 2013 17:52
This week’s show review comes from Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca who during the weekend jumped at the beautiful three star event Jumping Parma – a show that proved to have it all, and a little bit more! As Lorenzo concludes; it was more like a four star show than a three star.
“Jumping Parma was a very, very nice show. The event took place at an exhibition center - Fiere di Parma – and with two huge halls there was more than enough space. The stables were located in one of the halls, which meant the horses and the grooms could be inside in the warmth – that makes a huge difference for them at this time of the year. The warm-up facilities were also great, and with two quite big warm-up rings on super footing it never got too crowded and there was always time and space to work the horses. The main ring itself was also very good. It was also a super Riders Bar with food and drink – which is always nice.
In the beginning of November it was announced that Ideal de la Loge would retire from the top sport. Here is our tribute to the horse that for years was Roger Yves Bost’s best mount, and that won some of the biggest classes in the world during his career. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Canter is such a powerful gait, but it always looks different depending on the horse, the rider and the moment. Here are some powerful moments from the German Masters in Stuttgart. First out Scott Brash with Ursula XII. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
WoSJ Exclusive; Images from the visit at Stal de Muze
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:09
Joris de Brabander was one of the first to start with embryo transfer, and he didn't hesitate to breed with clones either - this beauty is by the clone of the legendary Gem Twist. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
WoSJ Exclusive; Stal de Muze - The stud with the x-factor of showjumping
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:32
Joris de Brabander together with the star - Nabab de Reve! All photos by Jenny AbrahamssonHe has bred super stars like London, Exquis Walnut de Muze, Derly Chin de Muze and Estoi Aqui de Muze – so there was no question, we had to visit Joris de Brabander. WoSJ decided to travel to Belgium to meet the man behind the very successful Stal de Muze. Joris is also the owner of the famous stallion Nabab de Reve who has sired numerous top showjumpers, bought by Joris when he was two days old - and the reigning World Champion Vigo D'Arsouilles, that was bought by Joris as a two month old colt.