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Friday, 21 Nov 2014


Popular home win for Roger Yves Bost in the Grand Prix of the City of Saint-Lô

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bosty_prixRoger Yves Bost won the CSI3* Grand Prix of the City of Saint-Lô. Photo © Herpin.Reigning European Champion Roger Yves Bost won the CSI3* Grand Prix of the City of Saint-Lô on Sunday. Riding Qoud'Coeur de la Loge – a son of the French rider's former top horse Ideal de la Loge – Bosty took a very popular win ahead of Vice World Champion Patrice Delaveau with Ornella Mail*HDC (Lando x Alligator Fontaine). The two were properly celebrated by the packed house of French spectators who stayed throughout the prize giving to celebrate the home heroes.




Steve Guerdat takes over the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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steve-nino-stllningSteve Guerdat is in the lead of the Western European League. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After Sunday's World Cup victory in Helsinki, Steve Guerdat has taken over the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League. With 35 points, the Swiss rider is two points ahead of Jur Vrieling who is ranked second. Then follows Marlon Zanotelli as rank three with 21 points, Kevin Staut as rank four with the same amount and then Pius Schwizer as rank five with 18 points. The next leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League takes place in Lyon next weekend.

Swiss sweep it clean in Helsinki as Guerdat, Fuchs & Schwizer take top three World Cup spots

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Nino_des_Buissonnets_Guerdat_SteveSteve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets won the Longines FEI World Cup in Helsinki. Photo Tapio Maenpaa/FEI.The Swiss riders took full control in Sunday's Longines FEI World Cup in Helsinki, as Steve Guerdat, Martin Fuchs and Pius Schwizer claimed first, second and third in the second qualifier in the Western European League. Guerdat partnered up with his Olympic gold medallist Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II), and bettered his third place from Oslo last weekend to go all the way to the top.

Harrie Smolders wins the $125,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar

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HarrieReginaHarrie Smolders and Regina Z (archive photo). Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Harrie Smolders made sure that the Dutch success spreads out around the globe, when he won yesterday's $125,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar. Riding Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover), Smolders secured the win ahead of home rider rich Fellers riding the 18 year old Flexible (Cruising x Safari). Not only did he win, Smolders also recorded the third place on Enjoy Louis (Coriano x Kannan). It was a good day for Smolders' boss Axel Verlooy as he also saw his son Jos, who recently won the Longines Grand Prix in Los Angeles, placing tenth on Domino (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Azur Depaulstra).

Jessica Springsteen Leading International Jumper Rider at WIHS

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JessicaLeadingRiderJessica Springsteen accepting her leading rider awards. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, Springsteen was presented with the $15,000 Leading International Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by The Boeing Company, at Washington International horse Show yesterday. Springsteen also got the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy, and the $10,000 Leading Rider 25 Years of Age and Under Award, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch. The Springsteen Family's Stone Hill Farm was the Leading Jumper Owner sponsored by The Reid Family. Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts was named Leading Foreign Rider after winning Friday's $50,000 Speed Final.

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z capture President's Cup Grand Prix CSI 4*-W

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carlosMcLain Ward with HH Carlos Z. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z raced to victory Saturday night in the $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix CSI 4*-W, presented by Events DC, at the 56th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). Competing at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Ward will have his name etched in WIHS history for now winning the coveted President of the United States Perpetual Cup four times in his illustrious career. The Longines FEI World Cup qualifying grand prix was the highlight event of the week at WIHS as competition concludes on Sunday with the Pony Hunters, WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, and WIHS Regional Finals.

Vrieling continues his fierce form in Helsinki

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VrielingHelsinkiA happy top three in Helsinki. Photo by UB Horse Show/Satu Pirinen.Saturday's 1.50 speed class in Helsinki went to Jur Vrieling, who seems to be in an unstoppable winning mood at the moment. Riding Esprit Ds (Darco x Capitol I), the World Cup winner from Oslo was fractions faster than runner-up Gregory Wathelet on Egano van het Slogenhof (Electro x Nagano). Third place went to Grand Prix winner Martin Fuchs on Picsou du Chene (Le Tot de Semilly x Caloubet du Bois). All three riders stopped the clock on the 51-second mark.

The UB Grand Prix in Helsinki goes to Martin Fuchs

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FuchsHelsinkiMartin Fuchs won the five star Grand Prix in Helsinki on PSG Future. Photo by UB Horse Show/Satu Pirinen.The audience burst into applause when Martin Fuchs and his 10 year old bay gelding PSG Future (Cashandcarry x Lorentin I) crossed the finish line as winners of the CSI5* UB Grand Prix at Helsinki International UB Horse Show on Saturday. Bart Bles on Lord Sandro Ddh (Lordanos x Sandro) from the Netherlands was second and Henrik von Eckermann on Crespo PKZ (Cornet Obolensky) third in the fully charged arena, on the third competition day.

A daughter for Jens Fredricson

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jens-fredricson-profilJens Fredricson. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jens Fredricson and his girlfriend Isabelle Bernhardsson became parents to a little girl Friday afternoon. 


We wish the family all the best!

Cassio Rivetti and Alexander Onischenko part ways

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Cassio-Rivetti-Vivant-41675Cassio Rivetti - here on Vivant at the WEG - has ended his collaboration with Alexander Onischenko. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Cassio Rivetti has decided not to continue his collaboration with Alexander Onischenko. Rivetti – originally from Brazil – has been riding for Ukraine since 2009, when he made his championship debut for the country at the European Championships at Windsor. This year he was the best of the Ukrainian riders at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, finishing eight individually on Vivant. "I had a great time riding for Mr. Onischenko, and I have to thank him – he gave me the chance to compete in the top sport," Cassio says to World of Showjumping. "I don't regret anything, this has brought me so much experience and also the possibility to ride at the Olympic Games and the World Championships twice."

New horses for Roger Yves Bost

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bosty-profilRoger Yves Bost. After retiring three of his best horses during the summer, Roger Yves Bost has now strengthened his string with two new arrivals. reports that Bosty now has the ride on Pegase du Murier – an eleven year old son of Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly – previously seen with great success under French rider Sebastien Duplant. With Duplant, Pegase du Murier won no less than ten international 1.40-1.50 classes this year – and will for sure make a very good addition for the reigning European Champion.

Springsteen jumps great heights in $25,000 Puissance Presented by The Boeing Company at WIHS

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SpringsteenWIHS3Jessica Springsteen and Lisona. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, $25,000 International Jumper Puissance at Washington International Horse Show, presented by The Boeing Company, was the highlight class of the evening on Friday with a win for 21-year-old Jessica Springsteen (USA) aboard Stone Hill Farm's Lisona after clearing the wall up to 6'10" (2.08m). Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this week and fittingly holds the 31-year indoor Puissance record for his win at 7' 7 1/2" aboard Sweet 'N Low in 1983. He set the wall for the evening's $25,000 Puissance presented by The Boeing Company, starting at 5'6" (1.70m) in height, and continuing up to 6'10" (2.08m) in four rounds of competition.

Olivier Philippaerts and Carlito C top $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final at WIHS

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OlivierWIHSOlivier Philippaerts and Carlito C in their winning presentation. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, The 56th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Friday. The $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final was held in a faults converted format with 22 entries and a victory for Olivier Philippaerts (21) of Belgium riding Franz Lens's 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Carlito C (by Kannan). The pair was one of five entries to clear the course without fault and finished with a time of 54.79 seconds.

Amy Graham steals the win in Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô

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amy_bella_sAmy Graham won Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô. Photo by Pixizone PR Agency.As last to go in Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô, Australia's Amy Graham stole the win from home rider Penelope Leprevost. Coming in as the final rider in the jump-off in this 1.45 class, Graham and Bella Baloubet (Baloubet du Rouet x Landadel) shaved off 0.03 seconds on the leading time - which was enough to earn the € 6,000 promised to the winner of the Chaux St Pierre - Pigeon Group Trophy. Leprevost had to settle for second on Sultane des Ibis (Quidam De Revel x Elan De La Cour *HN), while third went to another French rider – Jerome Hurel on Ohm du Ponthual (Voltaire x Calypso d'Herbiers).

Luca Maria Moneta makes it to the top in Friday's biggest class in Helsinki

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MonetaHIUBHSThe winners - Luca Maria Moneta and Connery. Photo Satu Pirinen.Friday's biggest class at the Helsinki International UB Horse Show was a tight affair. Out of 46 riders 20 managed to produce clear rounds, and the top four finished within 13 hundreths of a second. The fastest of them was Luca Maria Moneta from Italy with Connery (Cordobes II x Polydor).


"I am very pleased with my horse Connery. He has gotten older and knows his job better. Earlier he was too much in a hurry: if I let him go, he was too excited and not really careful with what he was doing. Now, he finally knows his job and fights for me against the fences. It's nice because I can let him do the job and it is very easy for me," Moneta said after his win.


New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

Some new combinations showed up at Jumping Indoor Maastricht this weekend – here are some of them, and let’s start with Lauren Hough and Street Hassle. This eight year old stallion has been competed by Paris Sellon during 2014, but made an appearance with Hough – who trains Sellon – this weekend. Street Hassle is by Quick Star x...

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