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Scott Brash pulls out of the World Equestrian Games

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scott-sanctosScott Brash will not compete Hello Sanctos in today's competition in Caen. Photo by Jeny Abrahamsson.Scott Brash has decided to go home from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The British team did not qualify for today's team final after finishing as number eighteen yesterday, but Scott was still among those riders that could compete individually in Thursday's competition with his score of 8.10. The decision to withdraw from the championship was taken in consultation with Hello Sanctos' owners, Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, the Great Britain Chef d'Equipe and Chef de Mission.

 

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Fences2Those who will not be able to attend the Fences Elite Auction in Bois-le-Roi (France) from September 10th to 14th will be able to follow the five evening sessions live on www.fences.fr. Similarly, the following week, the two auction sessions (September 20th) of the Fences Selection Auction will also be broadcast live on www.fences.fr.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | “We all work together to get the best result"

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jeroen-zenithJeroen Dubbeldam - one of the keys to the Dutch success in Caen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The leading Dutch team as well as the top three individual riders after the second day at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games met up with the media on Wednesday afternoon, and here is what they all had to say at the press conference and when speaking with World of Showjumping.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | The Dutch dig out their best - Delaveau flies the French flag

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_K7X8393Gerco Schröder and Glock's London N.O.P. clear the Memorial de Caen vertical to go clear for the Netherlands. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.After two days of showjumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Netherlands have taken the lead in the team competition while Patrice Delaveau has climbed up to top the individual standings. It was a tough day of competition in Normandy, that saw the Dutch riders bring out their very best with three out of their four riders going clear – and Patrice Delaveau showing he has nerves made of steel as he produced another clear round aboard Orient Express HDC.

Scott Brash still on top of the Longines Ranking

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scott_profilScott Brash holds on to his lead on the Longines ranking. Photo by World of Showjumping.This month's Longines Ranking is the tenth one in a row that sees Great Britain's Scott Brash on top (3219 points). Germany's Ludger Beerbaum is still rank two (2829 points), while Kent Farrington has taken over as rank three (2648 points) followed by Marcus Ehning who stays as rank four (2554 points). Kevin Staut has stepped up one rank and is number five on the current ranking (2500 points)

 

Staut is followed by another French rider; Patrice Delaveau (2408 points). Ben Maher meanwhile has dropped down to rank seven (2403 points). The next three riders remain the same with Daniel Deusser as number eight with (2384 points), Penelope Leprevost is number nine (2350 points) and Gregory Wathelet is the last rider within the top ten (2275 points).  

Images | Hard luck at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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madorno-milanoRiders from all over the globe have travelled to Normandy to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Quite a few were off to a rough start though, and had rounds that did not go quite according to plan in Tuesday's first competition. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The WoSJ expert commentator from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games: Piet Raijmakers

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PietPiet Raijmakers. During the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games World of Showjumping will have Piet Raijmakers as our expert commentator. Piet Raijmakers has gold medals from the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the European Championships. This is what Piet had to say about the first day of competition:

 

“My first impression when we walked the course on Tuesday morning was that it was quite light. I think the course designer built a little bit in the direction of the teams here that are not that strong, and I think maybe it could have been a little bit bigger. But from the first fence too the last there were mistakes; the faults spread out and I think in the end he did a good job.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Game | Faces and feelings

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bertram-mollyBertram Allen is not a rider that goes wild following a top performance, but yesterday's clear round on Molly Malone V was celebrated by the 19 year old Irish rider that ended up winning the competition. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | The starting order for Wednesday's team competition

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mclain-rotshildMcLain Ward will be nr. 2 into the ring on Tuesday in Caen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.No less than 32 teams will enter the d'Ornano stadium on Wednesday for the first round of the team competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A draw for today's starting order took place yesterday, and America will be the first team in the ring while Brazil goes last. All teams carry a penalty score picked up during Tuesday's first round – and currently it is host nation France that is in the lead.

The Tuesday WoSJ guest blogger from the World Equestrian Games; Kay Neatham

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CornadoKayBlogHi everybody,

 

As every day it began with an alarm clock going off, today it was 5.40am – I let it snooze once and got myself out of bed. Deodorant tick, red t shirt tick; not to forget it has to be the one with 'Fendt' on the right side – everyone is part of the team and has a dress code to follow. Three German arm bands – tick. One was from Bertram's groom for luck, one from the team – all the other German teams wore them also. Otto said they're lucky, the other I brought for this week in Aachen. Hair, rest of my clothes – tick, pass – tick, jacket – tick. 5.55 off to work... Thinking through my plan for the morning in my head.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | Bertram Allen on his win: "It is unbelievable"

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bertram-citat"We have great connection" - That is what Bertram Allen says of his relationship with Molly Malone V. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The top three in Tuesday's first competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games met up with the media following a great day of sport, and here is what Bertram Allen, Patrice Delaveau and Gregory Wathelet had to say at the press conference and when speaking with World of Showjumping.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | France takes command and tops the team ranking

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patrice-orientexpressFrance - here represented by Patrice Delaveau on Orient Express HDC - top the team classification. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It is the hosts that have taken the command at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, as the French riders have brought their country to the top of the team rankings. With a total score of 2.08, France leads the way as the first round of the team competition takes place tomorrow.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | Bertram Allen attacks to take the lead

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bertram-molly-maloneBertram Allen stayed ice cold and won the first competition at the World Championships in Normandy aboard Molly Malone V. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ireland's 19 year old sensation Bertram Allen attacked in Tuesday's first competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, and has taken the individual lead in the championships on Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier). Allen has gone from strength to strength with the 10 year old mare this season, and started off his outdoor campaign by winning the Longines Grand Prix in Lummen in May and then closing it off with another Longines Grand Prix win in Dublin in August – which also gave the German-based rider a ticket for the World Championships.

The team draw for the first competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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IMG-20140901-WA0008The team draw for the first competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games took place this afternoon here in Caen. The competition starts tomorrow at 9.10 CET, first out of the 33 teams is Finland and last is Mexico – and the order to go can be viewed here. The full start list of the first part of the competition, will be available here. For the format and rules click here.

Images | Warming up for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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_K7X4936Monday was the day of the official training session in the d'Ornano stadium, and no less than 179 riders came to test out the ring - with or without jumping. Here's a few of them. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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