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Saturday, 20 Dec 2014


Hickstead wins an award

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HicksteadLizzie Bunn, Inge Van Der Net from Horse International, and Edward Bunn. Photo by (c) Trevor Meeks/Olympia.The Longines Royal International Horse Show has been crowned the world's best showjumping competition by the Horse International year book, L'Année Hippique. The international show, which has been held at Hickstead in West Sussex since 1992, won the award for 'Best Showjumping Event of the Year Award 2014', taking a massive 40% of the vote ahead of CHIO Aachen (19%) and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (11%). Hickstead Directors Edward and Lizzie Bunn accepted the award from Inge Van Der Net from L'Année Hippique during a presentation at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.




Championat of Frankfurt to Hans-Dieter Dreher

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HansiFrankfurtCool and Easy en route to victory with Hans-Dieter Dreher. Photo by Stefan Lafrentz.Hans-Dieter Dreher made it a home win in Friday's CSI3* Championat of Frankfurt. Aboard Cool and Easy (Contender x Riverman), the German rider was almost a second faster than runner-up Toni Haßmann and Classic Man V (Cornet Obolensky x Gralshüter ) in the jump-off to take the victory in the 1.50 class. Mario Stevens and Baloubet (Balou du Rouet x Grandeur) completed the all-German podium to take third place.

Epaillard, Allen and Deusser on top in London

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epaillard-profilJulien Epaillard. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Julien Epaillard won the biggest class at Olympia on Friday, making it to the top in the five star Longines Christmas Cracker. Riding the lovely Casall-son Cristallo A LM, the French rider was one of twelve proceeding to the jump-off in this 1.55 class. Five riders produced double clear rounds, and Epaillard was the fastest one stopping the clock on 31.68 seconds.

Ian Millar and Star Power top ESP Holiday II Grand Prix

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ianespIan Millar and Star Power. Photo by Mancini Photos, Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Holiday Festival II this week on December 16-18, 2014, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The week featured the $10,000 Equiline Open Stake on Tuesday with a win for Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane, and the $25,000 Holiday II Grand Prix on Thursday with a win for Ian Millar (CAN) and Star Power.

David Simpson strikes it rich at Olympia

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simpsonDavid Simpson with Ricci Rich. Photo by Kit Houghton/HPower.Young Irishman David Simpson took the Alltech Christmas Puissance at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, by storm, wowing a packed house with a bravado display of riding.


The contest, an annual favourite, went all the way to five rounds, with Simpson, riding puissance specialist Ricci Rich (Chatman x Cassini), clearing 7ft 3in (2.20m) in superlative style. He took over the ride on the 13-year-old grey gelding from Britain's Guy Williams, who the Olympia puissance on him in 2011.

A selection of photos from Geneva - part two

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Meredith-Michaels-Beerbaum-The soon-to-be 20 year old Checkmate looked as fresh as always in Geneva. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Citizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle Horse of the Year in Belgium

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Constant-van-Paesschen-toscCitizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Constant van Paesschen's top horse Citizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle will be crowned as Horse of the Year in Belgium. The 11 year old stallion owned by Alain Van Campenhoudt was on the winning Nations Cup team in Rome this year, as well as ending third in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Antwerpen and third in the Gucci Masters Grand Prix Paris – to mention some. The award ceremony will take place at Jumping Mechelen during Christmas.

Nenuphar’Jac to the US

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Marlon-Zanotelli-NenupharJNenuphar'Jac and Marlon Zanotelli in Maastricht i November were they were second in the 1.50 class. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. The lovely grey gelding Nenuphar’Jac (Cumano x Pidayack) has been sold to McLain Ward’s stable. The soon to be fourteen year old French bred has had a successful career in Europe and will now get the chance to prove himself in the US.


Since November 2013 Nenuphar’Jac has done a great job as a a part of the team at Ashford Farm in Belgium under Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli. Before he moved to Belgium the gelding was a part of the French team and competed by top riders Michel Robert and Penelope Leprevost.

A selection of photos from Geneva - part one

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Patrice-Delaveau-Lacrimoso-Patrice Delaveau and Lacrimoso HDC showed great form in Geneva to end second in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. Here Lacrimoso takes a moment to give his groom Jennifer some attention. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Chika's Way to be retired

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Pius-Schwizer-Chikas-Way-6Pius Schwizer with Chika's Way in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After successfully completing the year with a win in Geneva, Pius Schwizer's ride Chika's Way (Caretino x Lord) gets retired. "She is such a great horse. As she is turning seventeen and has achieved a lot I will give her back to her Italian owner, Ms. Rory Marzotto. I assume the mare will go into breeding," Pius states on his website.

Zoe II secured for Lorenzo de Luca

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Lorenzo-de-Luca-Zoe-II-6503Lorenzo de Luca and Zoe II in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Stephan Conter and Maria Rosaria Marzotto have secured Zoe II (Kannan x Goes Without Saying) for Conter's new stable jockey Lorenzo de Luca. The mare has had great results with De Luca this season, and recently won a 1.55 class in Verona as well as ending seventh in the Rolex Grand Prix in Geneva. "I am of course really happy for what Stephan and Maria have done for me, and that I can keep on riding Zoe. I really believe she is one of the best horses out there at the moment and I am excited to count on her for the next season. I am sure it will be a super partnership with Stephan and Maria, and I am excited about my new adventures with them," De Luca says to World of Showjumping.

Advertisement | World of Showjumping supports the Charity Show for Children's Cancer Aid in Germany

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benfiz-header"We are helping life"World of Showjumping will be supporting an important show in the calendar next year: The Charity Show for Children's Cancer Aid held on the 20-22nd of March in Haselünne, Germany. A similar show was already organized in 2010 where 40 000 Euro were raised and donated to children with cancer at the University Hospital in Münster (

Hello Sanctos' breeder Willy Taets awarded by WBFSH

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scott-sanctosHello Sanctos' breeder Willy Taets has been awarded by the WBFSH. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Last week, the world's leading breeders were gathered in the Jaeger LeCoultre shop in Geneva to be honored for their extraordinary breeding products as the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses held their annual award ceremony for the FEI ranking winners in cooperation with the sponsor Jaeger LeCoultre. For the showjumping breeders, it was Hello Sanctos' breeder Willy Taets, from Belgium, who received his WBFSH diploma and was presented with an exquisite reversible watch from Jaeger LeCoultre.

Images | The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final

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Scott-Brash-63570Scott Brash had to wait to see if he would be crowned the winner of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. In the end, nobody could do anything about the world's no. one rider. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

This week's live streaming

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longThis weekend the following events will be live streamed:


The CSI5* Longines FEI World Cup in London will be live streamed via this link.


The CSI3* event in Frankfurt will be live streamed via this link.


Thank you AD Camille Z

Thank you AD Camille Z

Tragedy struck the showjumping world last Thursday, when Athina Onassis de Miranda's amazing mare AD Camille Z had to be put to sleep after a fall in Geneva. Here is our tribute to this fantastic horse, who was so special and so loved – and who will be deeply missed by us all. Together Athina and AD Camille Z achieved...

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