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The riders heading for CSI3* Saint-Lô

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patrice-orientPatrice Delaveau competes at the CSI3* event in Saint-Lô this weekend. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.There will be plenty of stars in the horse capital, Saint-Lô in Normandy, this weekend. Double silver medallist from the World Equestrian Games Patrice Delaveau will compete at the event, as will reigning European Champion Roger Yves Bost. In addition to all the great French names, in-form Wout-Jan van der Schans can be found on the list – as can Marc Houtzager, Cassio Rivetti and Lauren Hough.

 

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Star-studded lineup for 2014 Washington International Horse Show

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beezie-cortesBeezie Madden, double bronze medalist from the WEG, will compete in Washington this week. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has announced an all-star lineup of international showjumpers scheduled to ride in this year's competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. One of the year's most esteemed equestrian competitions with an FEI four-star rating and World Cup qualifier, WIHS draws many of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians and rising young talents. The 56th annual event runs October 21-26, 2014. On the list of riders are names such as Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. They get company of Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen and Reed Kessler to mention some of the many great riders on the entry list.

Advertisement; Holsteiner Stallion Grading 2014 1st November 2014 at Neumünster, Germany

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Holsteiner stallion grading: 65 colts accepted at Neumünster

 

"We have seen almost 300 colts", said breeding director Dr. Thomas Nissen after the pre-selection tour at Elmshorn, which means no significant decrease compared to last year. 65 colts have been entered into the current catalogue after the vet check.

The riders list for Helsinki International UB Horse Show

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JurcarJur Vrieling continues from Oslo to Helsinki - perhaps in the Land Rover he won yesterday? Photo by World of Showjumping.The coming weekend it is time for the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup in the Western European League. It takes place in Helsinki, and many of those riders that competed in the first leg in Oslo, Norway will continue on to Finland – such as the winner Jur Vrieling, runner-up Marco Kutscher and third placed Steve Guerdat. For the full riders list click here.

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.

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.

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.”

The standings in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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JurQuotesA happy Dutch rider in the lead of the Western European league - Jur Vrieling. Photo by World of Showjumping. The standings in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European league after the first round in Oslo are as follows;

1. Jur Vrieling - 20 points
2. Marco Kutscher - 17 points
3. Steve Guerdat - 15 points
4. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum - 13 points
5. Bart Bles - 12 points
6. Kevin Staut - 11 points
7. Douglas Lindelöw - 10 points
8. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli - 9 points

Jur Vrieling wins the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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JurPGJur Vrieling celebrating his first World Cup win. Photo by World of Showjumping. Team World Champion Jur Vrieling opened up his indoor season by winning the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Oslo on Sunday. The sympathetic Dutch rider had partnered up with VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. (Mr. Blue x Voltaire) for the World Cup kick off, and left behind him seasoned combinations like Marco Kutscher with Cornet's Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) in second and Steve Guerdat with Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) in third after a very fast and exciting jump-off.

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).

Advertisement; Holsteiner Elite Riding Horse Auction 2014

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The Holsteiner elite riding horse auction is just around the corner: from 30 October to 1 November breed and equestrian enthusiasts from all over the world come together at the Neumünster Holstenhalle.

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.

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).

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.

 

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WoSJ Exclusive; Fast facts for the 2014/2015 World Cup seaso…

WoSJ Exclusive; Fast facts for the 2014/2015 World Cup season in the Western European League

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...

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