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Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014


Behind the scenes in Paris

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aragonIt's not every day you get to have your horses stabled on Champs-Élysées. This it how it looked like behind the scenes in Paris last weekend, with spring in the air, happy horses and happy people! Here's Aragon Z enjoying the sun. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.


This weekend's live streaming

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generell-bildThe coming weekend plenty of showjumping will be live streamed. The five star show in Den Bosch – Indoor Brabant that hosts the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday – can be watched on ClipMyHorse. The CSI3* Sunshine Tour can be watched online here while the CSI3* show in Arezzo can be watched here and the CSI2* show in Oliva Nova here. The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival is in its eleventh week of competition, and live streaming will be available for the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 which is the featured class on Thursday, March 20, at 1 p.m. The $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* will feature the top show jumping combinations on Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. To keep up-to-date with all the live streaming click in to the WoSJ calendar for links.

Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais in Paris

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20140316_094439This is how the beautiful sun filled Grand Palais looked during the Saut Hèrmes this weekend; breathtaking! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Ales Opatrny and Zandiro top Warsaw World Cup

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AlesOpatrnyZandiro5256mAles Opatrny on Zandiro. Photo by Ewa Imielska Hebda Opatrny on Zandiro (Zandor Z x Attache) won this weekend's Grand Prix of Warsaw. The event in Warsaw served as the final of the World Cup Central European League. With the only double clear of the class the Czech Republic's Opatrny took home the win ahead of the Netherland's Jody van Gerwen aboard the Andiamo Z-son Acord, who had a time that was 0.01 faster in the second round but on the expense on four faults. Lukasz Appel and Zarco (Corland x Goodtimes) were third with one time penalty.

Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW - winners of the Grand Prix Hermès in Paris

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Marcus-Ehning-Cornado4This is how it looked when Marcus Ehning and the stunning Cornado NRW won the Grand Prix in the beautiful Grand Palais yesterday. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The WoSJ show review; Katharina Offel on Saut Hermès

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kathiThis weekend Katharina Offel does the WoSJ show review on the beautiful Saut Hermès show in Paris. Kathi had a great weekend at the show, ending third in the feature class on Saturday riding Charlie and then going on to be third in the Grand Prix on Sunday with Lacontino. As Kathi concludes; Saut Hermès is one of the events where she had the most luck during her career!


"The Saut Hermès is simply the most beautiful show I know. The first time I walked in to the Grand Palais I was left without words, it is almost overwhelming how it looks with the glass roof and constructions in there – it's just such a unique building which gives you the feeling you are a part of something really special. The atmosphere is super! The French crowds are very knowledgeable, and I really thought it was cool with the illustrations of the course that Michel Robert was doing – allowing the audience to really understand the difficulties of the track before the competition begins.

Primeval Dejavu to Qatar

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gert-jan-dejavuPrimeval Dejavu with Gert-Jan Bruggink in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Gert-Jan Bruggink’s success horse Primeval Dejavu (Heartbreaker x Ramiro) has been sold to Qatar. The new rider of the 10 year old gelding is Bassem Hassan Mohammed. With Bruggink, Primeval Dejavu has gone from strength to strength – the pair was second in the Grand Prix in Amsterdam in January, and just before Christmas 2013 they won the Grand Prix in Frankfurt. The couple were also on top in the Grand Prix in Hannover last autumn, and were third in the Grand Prix in Maastricht – to mention some of many good results.

Grand Prix wins for Philippaerts in Spain and Frühmann in Austria

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olivier-litenOlivier Philippaerts and Cabrio van de Heffinck - here seen in Rome. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Olivier Philippaerts made it a win in the three star Grand Prix at the Sunshine Tour yesterday riding the lovely Cabrio van de Heffinck. "This is a great boost," Olivier stated in a press release after his win on the 12 year old Cassini I-stallion. "This is our first win since Spruce Meadows in 2012 [...] I am the first to realize that this is only a three-star GP, but winning is winning. Cabrio has shown that he still can do it, and that's fantastic." The sympathetic Belgian rider left Dutchman Henk van der Pol on Willink (Twister x Landsieger) behind him in second, and Switzerland's Romain Duguet and the Kannan-daughter Quorida de Treho to third.


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Star studded field of riders heading for 's-Hertogenbosch and the Rolex Grand Prix

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IMG_5119Marcus Ehning comes fresh from his win in Paris to compete in the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The coming weekend Indoor Brabant hosts the € 350.000 Rolex Grand Prix, and the world's best riders will be competing for the win. No less than 14 out of the top 20 on the world ranking will be competing at Indoor Brabant; Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat, European Champion Roger-Yves Bost, this weekend's Grand Prix winners Marcus Ehning and Ludger Beerbaum, as well as number two and three in Paris Patrice Delaveau and Katharina Offel are all on the list – as is plenty of other big names.

Richie Moloney and Alsvid win $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

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MoloneyRichie Moloney and Alsvid. Photo by Sportfot.Week ten of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Horseware Ireland, concluded on Sunday with a win for Ireland's Richie Moloney and Alsvid in the $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. The FTI WEF, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding $8 million in prize money.


Richard Jeffery (GBR) concluded week ten with 37 starters in Sunday's 1.50m Classic with seven clear rounds to jump-off. Richie Moloney qualified two horses for the jump-off, taking the lead first with Equinimity LLC's Elouise de Muze in 38.45 seconds to eventually finish third. Sixteen-year-old Joao Victor Castro of Brazil briefly took over in 38.25 seconds with Wamira, but settled for second when Moloney returned with his next mount, Equinimity LLC's Alsvid, last to go to secure the win in 36.94 seconds.

Ashlee Bond Clarke and Chela LS take home the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix

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BondAshlee Bond Clarke and Chela LS jumping to the top spot. Photo ©Flying Horse Photography.Ashlee Bond Clarke admits that she had to keep her nerves and her emotions in check when entering the ring for the jump-off of Sunday's AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, at HITS Thermal. She was, however, a picture of poise and control to the crowd of 4,000 spectators that looked on as she topped a star-studded field to win the historic event with Little Valley Farms' Chela LS. "It still hasn't sunk in," she said. "This was the biggest track I have ridden on this mare, but she comes out every day wanting to win. It's been all about finding that partnership for us and I think we have found it."

Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW win the Grand Prix Hermès in Paris

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marcus-cornadoMarcus Ehning and Cornado NRW won the Grand Prix Hermès in the beautiful Grand Palais. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.After two incredibly beautiful rounds it was Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) who won the Grand Prix Hermès in Paris on Sunday afternoon. In true Ehning-style the German rider made sure that the lovely 10 year old stallion did not put a foot wrong in the two rounds – riding as smoothly and rhythmical as only Marcus Ehning can. With only three other clears in the first round, it was a very exciting jump-off where Patrice Delaveau on Lacrimoso HDC (Landjunge x Cascavelle) produced the only other double clear next to Ehning to take second while Katharina Offel was third on Lacontino (Landgold x Continue), with Laura Renwick in fourth in Bintang II (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Orlando).

Great Britain’s Jessie Drea and Louise Saywell win the Les Talent Hermès team competition

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drea-saywellThe best team in the Les Talents Hermès was the British one! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jessie Drea and Louise Saywell went all the way to the top in Sunday’s Les Talent Hermès in Paris. The CSIU25-A competition had ten teams lined up, and it was yesterday’s winner of the Les Talent Hermès Louise Saywell on Hello Winner and her compatriot Jessie Drea on Touchable (Touchdown x Irco Mena) that proved to be the best riding two double clear rounds in Grand Palais. Runner-ups were Sweden who had Friday’s U25 winner Alexandra Eriksson on Cassian 7 (Cassini I x Caletto I) on the team as well as Stephanie Holmen riding Fendi (For Feeling x Corland). With one down in the second round for Eriksson the pair had to settle for second, but they were fast at 81.81 seconds. Third were Irish brothers Alex and Michael Duffy who rode Murchu (Last News x Rakish Paddy) and Felix XXVIII (Forsyth x Waldstern). With eight faults for Alex in the first round, and the remaining rounds all clear and a time of 76.73 the Irish boys were good enough for the last podium position.

Bosty is the best in the Prix de la Ville de Paris

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bosty-costerveldBosty and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld en route to victory in Grand Palais. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Roger Yves Bost and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld (Clinton x Randel Z) were the fastest in Sunday morning’s Prix de la Ville de Paris at Saut Hermès. Coming in midway in the class, the French rider – always dangerous against the clock – rode a blistering fast second phase on the 16 year old stallion to take the lead on the time of 28.57 seconds. Daniel Neilson tried his very best to catch up with Bosty, but had to settle for second on Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido) over one second behind on the time. Third was another fast rider; Hans-Dieter Dreher on Constantin B (Contendro x Espri) who was 0.18 seconds slower than runner-up Neilson.

The Grand Prix of Al Shaqab to Ludger Beerbaum

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BeerbaumG4SA9666The Grand Prix of Al Shaqab went to Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara. Photo by CHI Al Shaqab.Saturday night’s Grand Prix of Al Shaqab went to Ludger Beerbaum, who could take home the first prize of 214.500€ after jumping one of only three triple clear round on Chiara (Contender x Coronado). “My horse likes the venue. This is my third show in Doha. In CHI Al Shaqab 2013 I came in fourth with Chiara and in the Global Champions Tour final I placed second. I’ve now come first so you can imagine how happy I am. My horse enjoys the ring, the facilities, the stabling, the warm up area. You don’t find better anywhere in the world. I’m delighted,” the German rider said after his win.


Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part one

Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part one

Marcus Ehning's super star Cornado NRW shows off in the field at home in Borken. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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