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Popular home win in Prix Merial for Louis Bouhana in Lyon

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PrixMerial-litenLouis Bouhana and Qlandestin SAS won the Prix Merial in Lyon on Saturday. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Louis Bouhana brought the home crowds to the edge of their seats and got standing ovation for his performance, when he won today's Prix Merial at Equita Lyon. The five star 1.50-1.60 class consisted of two phases, where the clock started ticking after the triple combination at 7abc. To win the class, it was necessary to take all possible risk – which included a very daring turn from the gate at fence nine to the vertical at fence ten before it was all about going for it in the fastest possible way over the three last fences.

 

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Francois Mathy goes wire to wire to win Chansonette Farm Gamblers Choice Costume Class

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mathyFrancois Mathy and Ornellaia. Photo by Shawn McMillen.Halloween Night at the 2014 National Horse Show featured creative costumes throughout the building; some on the many kids that came to trick or treat as well as those created by the riders in tonight's popular Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gamblers Choice Costume Class. Although it wasn't realized at the time, the class was over right after the first rider finished his imaginative course. Francois Mathy of Belgium, dressed as a soccer referee, raced Ornellaia through some tight tricky turns and amassed a grand total of 1340 points to secure the Friday night wire to wire win.

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask back on top in the Longines Grand Prix at Equita Lyon

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RolfCasall030Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask won the Longines Grand Prix in Lyon on Friday. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I) was the winning pair in the CSI5* Longines Grand Prix at Equita Lyon on Friday evening. After a World Equestrian Games that ended just outside the podium, it was evident that Rolf was hungry to be back on top – producing two very determined clear rounds on the wonderful 15 year old stallion. It was no easy win though, as Rolf had to battle it out against eighteen other riders against the clock. Unsurprisingly, the jump-off turned in to a race.

Farrington races to $45,000 Staysail Farm International Open Speed win in Kentucky

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FarringtonPhelpsKent Farrington and Waomi. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.Red-hot Kent Farrington made it two in a row at the 2014 National Horse Show on Thursday, racing Waomi to her second win in as many days. The speedy pair outgunned a field of 34 to win the $45,000 Staysail Farm International Open Speed in a blazing time of 54.55 seconds, one of only two riders to break the 55 second barrier in today's faults converted formatted class. Ireland's Shane Sweetnam finished a close second with Cyklon 1083, ripping across the finish line in 54.99 seconds, while Lexington's Reed Kessler finished third aboard Ligist in 55.06 seconds.

Olivier Philippaerts captures Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers in Kentucky

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OPhilippaertsPhelpsOlivier Philippaerts and Armstrong Van de Kapel. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts guided Armstrong Van de Kapel to victory on Thursday night at the 131st National Horse Show, topping a starting field of 42 and then a massive jump-off roster of 21 to win the marathon Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers, presented by the Coulter Family. In the dash for cash, Philippaerts was the only rider to break the 40 second barrier as he raced home in 39.35 seconds for the win.

Rob Hoekstra steps down as Performance Manager of the British Team

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hoekstraRob Hoekstra with Scott Brash at the Europeans in 2013. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.World Class Performance Showjumping Manager Rob Hoekstra has announced that he is to leave his role at the end of this year. Having seen British showjumping through one of their most successful periods, amassing six Championship medals along the way, Rob departs to take up new challenges elsewhere in the sport.

 

Originally representing Holland at junior level in the sport, Rob changed to British nationality in 1987. He went on to represent Great Britain at three World Cup Finals, in Nations Cup teams and also won the Hickstead Derby in 1999.

Farrington guides Waomi to opening day speed stake win in Kentucky

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kentfKent Farrington with Waomi. Photo by PhelpsMediaGroup.com.Kent Farrington, one of the most successful riders on tour throughout the 2014 show season, continued his winning ways on Thursday afternoon as the Open and International Jumpers got underway at the 131st National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Riding the Amalaya Investments' Waomi, Farrington topped a large starting field of 51 in a one round speed class, racing home in 53 seconds flat to nail down the victory over a pair of Belgian riders, Nicola Philppaerts and Francois Mathy. Philippaerts, riding J'Espere Dream, clocked in just a whisper behind Farrington at 53.06 seconds. Meanwhile, Mathy piloted Ornellaia to a time of 54.56 seconds for today's third place finish.

Home win for Michał Kazmierczak in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Leszno

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KazmierczakLeznoMichał Kazmierczak won the Grand Prix in Lezno today. Photo (c) Foto Małgorzata Frysztak.Michał Kazmierczak made it a popular home win in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Leszno today. Riding Stakorado (Stakkato Gold x Acorado), the Polish rider went to the top ahead of yesterday's World Cup winner Leon Thijssen aboard Hearthago (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z), with 0.52 seconds separating the two riders in the jump-off. Third place went to Piotr Morsztyn on Osadkowski Van Halen (Hors La Loi II x Cavalier), that also was third in yesterday's World Cup.

A summary from the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Helsinki

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Did you miss the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Helsinki? FEI TV has made a short summary including Steve Guerdat's jump-off with Nino des Buissonnets.

Leon Thijssen wins the FEI World Cup in Lezno

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ThijssenLeznoLeon Thijssen won the FEI World Cup in Lezno. Photo by foto Malgorzata Frysztak.Leon Thijssen contributed to even more Dutch success when winning the CSI3* FEI World Cup in Lezno, Poland today. Riding Hearthago (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z), Thijssen went to the top in the class that counted 37 riders and horses. In second came Czech rider Ales Opatrny on Acovaro (Acodetto I x Calvaro). Like Thijssen he was double clear, although three seconds behind on the clock in the jump-off. Third place went to home rider Piotr Morsztyn on Osadkowski Van Halen (Hors La Loi II x Cavalier) who had the third and last double clear of the day.

Sjaak Sleiderink leaves Stal De Sjiem

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_K7X2365Sjaak Sleiderink pictured at Stal De Sjiem earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After seven years at Stal De Sjiem, Sjaak Sleiderink has parted ways with Jeroen Dubbeldam. On the Dutch equestrian federation's website, Sleiderink comments on his departure: "Jeroen wanted less stable staff and horses (...) After seven years working with Jeroen, I think it's very unfortunate – but of course I respect Jeroen's choice." Although no longer working for Dubbeldam, his former boss is now trying to help Sleiderink to find a new job. "I don't want to make any hasty decisions, I don't know what I want yet and will first take the time to think about it properly," Sjaak says.

Change of job for Katrin Eckermann

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katrin-hoppKatrin Eckermann - here seen on Firth of Lorne in Hamburg earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.German showjumper Katrin Eckermann has decided to leave Gut Berl in Münster, where she has been working since 2011. Eckermann will now start up as a rider in her boyfriend Christian Glanemann's stable – although it might still take a little time before she gets back in the saddle following her car accident in September where she sustained injuries preventing her from riding.

WoSJ Close-Up; Cornet d'Amour

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daniel-cornetThis time around, the WoSJ Close-Up goes to one of our favourite horses! Meet the lovely Cornet d’Amour! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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.

Alex Duffy bases himself with Bertram Allen

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_K7X9840Alex Duffy has based himself with Bertram Allen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Alex Duffy has a new base, as he has started to work with his compatriot Bertram Allen. The 25 year old Irish rider has for the three last years been working for Carl Hanley, at his yard in Ostercappeln, Germany. Two weeks ago, Duffy moved himself 150 km to Allen's stable in Hünxe. "I had the time of my life at Carl and Nadja's yard, and I learned so much there – but I felt it was time to go a bit more independent which I have the possibility to now," Duffy explains. "I will be based here at Bertram's to work with him and for him – sharing the riding on the younger horses with Bertram himself, but I will also have the opportunity to ride for other owners alongside."

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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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