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Images | The trot-up at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games - part one

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Gerco-Schrder-Glocks-LondoIs this a winning smile from Glock's London N.O.P? All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.




Babington victorious in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix

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Babington3Kevin Babington and Shorapur won the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix.Kevin Babington of Ireland guided the young mare Shorapur to the fastest fault-free jump-off time (39.16 seconds) to claim the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover, in an exciting climax to the 39th Annual Hampton Classic. Brianne Goutal of New York City rode Nice De Prissy to second place (0 faults/40.34 seconds), and Richie Moloney of Ireland rode Freestyle De Muze to third place, with 4 faults in 44.26 seconds. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina guided Whitney to fourth place, with 8 faults in 38.58 seconds.

WoSJ Exclusive; Our top ten favorites for the World Championship title

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ludger-chiaraBeerbaum, Ludger (GER): Ranked as number two in the world it is not possible to leave the ‘maestro’ of showjumping out. Although his WEG-partner Chiara’s results have been somewhat up and down during the summer season, there have been some undoubtable highlights such as the couple’s double clear round in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rome, and more recently their third place in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Valkenswaard. This is a pair that has a record of rising to the occasion; they were Vice-Champions at the World Cup Final in Lyon in April and last year they took European team silver in Herning, as well as finishing sixth individually. Ludger has no less than four Olympic gold medals, as well as five medals from the World Championships not to forget his fourteen medals from the European Championship. The record speaks for itself.


Keyword(s) for success: Beerbaum

All showjumping horses pass the vet-check ahead of the World Equestrian Games

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generellAll showjumping horses presented, apart from one, passed this morning's vet-check in Normandy. A few horses had to stop by the holding box, but apart from one of these all went on to pass eventually. The one that did not pass will be re-checked Monday. The showjumping competition starts Tuesday morning at 9.10, with the warm-up taking place tomorrow.

No World Equestrian Games for Abdullah Al Sharbatly

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_MG_5789Abdullah Al Sharbatly. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Abdullah Al Sharbatly will not take part of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The Saudi Arabian rider was entered with Tobalio for the World Championships, but has decided not to jump. Al Sharbatly was silver medalist at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 with Seldana di Campalto.

Ensor de Litrange out of the Belgian team, Domino in

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Jos-Lansink-Ensor-de-LitranEnsor de Litrange Lxii is out of the Belgian team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jos Lansink and Ensor de Litrange Lxii (Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue) will not be a part of the Belgian team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Belgian Federation reports on their website that after arriving in Caen, Ensor was lunged, ridden and was very fit. A later check-up of the horse revealed a change in the 10 year gelding’s fitness though, and after a consultation between the Chef d'Equipe, the team veterinarian and Lansink this morning it was decided that it was in the interests of the team not to bring Ensor to the veterinary inspection.

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z reign in the Grand Prix of Showpark World Cup qualifier

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LantzmanJosephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z. It was a display of athleticism and accuracy in Del Mar as competitors in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark, a World Cup qualifier, presented by Equ Lifestyle, delighted a crowd of cheering spectators. Twenty-one entries tackled the impressive course with five returning for the jump-off. Josephina Nor Lantzman not only added another victory to her successful season, she stepped closer to a 2015 FEI World Cup Finals invite.

Kenny clocks the fastest time in $40,000 Longines Cup at The Hampton Classic

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KennyDarragh Kenny and Picolo won the $40,000 Longines Cup.Darragh Kenny of Ireland galloped Picolo to the fastest jump-off time to claim the $40,000 Longines Cup, presented by the Crown Family, at the Hampton Classic. Seven of the nine riders who reached the jump-off by recording faultless first rounds repeated their efforts in the jump-off. Kenny, the final rider on course, stopped the timers in the fastest time 40.32 seconds. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina, riding Versus, stopped the clock a fraction slower: 41.73 seconds. Lillie Keenan, of New York City, finished in 42.53 seconds, on Balance.

Carlo 273 out, Action-Breaker in for the World Equestrian Games

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Sergio-Alvarez-Moya-Ca33342Sergio Alvarez Moya's Carlo 273 will unfortunately not jump in Normandy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sergio Alvarez Moya's Carlo 273 will not jump at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. To World of Showjumping, Sergio explains that Carlo has a small inflammation and based on veterinary advice the Spanish rider has decided not to jump the 13 year old gelding by Contender x Cascavelle. Carlo will be replaced by Moya's 14 year old stallion Action-Breaker (Heartbreaker y Lys de Darmen).

No World Equestrian Games for Ben Maher's Cella

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Ben-Maher-Cella-33285There will be no World Equestrian Games for Ben Maher and Cella. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ben Maher's Cella (Cento x Chin Chin) will due to an injury not jump at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Horse & Hound reports that the 12 year old mare sustained a small overreach injury during training, and that she will not be able to compete on the British team in Normandy. "Cella is a once in a lifetime horse, so we have made the decision to withdraw from WEG 2014," was Maher's reaction on Twitter.

Ashe-Cawley captures Douglas Elliman Grand Prix qualifier at Hampton Classic

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asheMolly Ashe-Cawley with Carissimo. Photo by the Hampton Classic.Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo scored a comeback victory in the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, presented by Longines, at the Hampton Classic. Their jump-off time of 43.80 seconds defeated Karen Polle, representing Japan, on With Wings (44.38) and Ronan McGuigan, representing Ireland, on Capall Zidane (46.99).

Kenny claims Merrill Lynch Speed Derby at Hampton Classic

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kennyDarragh Kenny with Gatsby. Photo by the Hampton Classic.With a scorching round on Gatsby in the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby, Darragh Kenny padded his lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge, the bonus that goes to the rider who earns the most open jumper points during the Hampton Classic.


Gatsby's time of 71.765 seconds created a gap of more than 1 second between him and KM What Ever RV (Jeffery Welles/72.664) and Fineman (Shane Sweetnam/72.997). Kenny stands atop the Longines Rider Challenge with 208 points, ahead of fellow Irishmen Richie Moloney (155) and Sweetnam (140). Welles stands fourth with 115 points.

Dello Joio wins in Angelstone debut

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delloNick Dello Joio with Contiki. Photo by Dello Joio and Contiki captured the $33,500 Premeire Equipment Open Welcome last night at Angelstone! Thirty seven horse rider combinations tackled the first round course and of the thirty seven, nine returned for the race against the clock. Dello Joio blazed the track in a time if 31.67 which looked to be uncatchable until the last combination of the evening took to the course. Mac Cone and Vanity B gave it everything they had, but came up just short in a time of 32.07 to claim second place. Third went to Angela Covert and Utan.

The World Championships from day to day – How does it work?

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_MG_5596Get to know the rules for the World Championships! One of them is that the riders are allowed to change saddle during the horse switch in the top four final, but the rest of the equipment on each horse must remain the same. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.


Day one | Tuesday


The format:

The first competition takes place on Tuesday, and is goes over a big table A course but judged as a table C (penalties are converted into time). There will be no jump-off in the event of equality for first place.

WoSJ Exclusive; My dream top four final – Henrik von Eckermann

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In the week ahead of the kick-off for the showjumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, WoSJ asks some of the world's best showjumpers: If you end up in the top four final, which three horses do you dream of riding. Here's what Henrik von Eckermann answered.


Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld and Castle Forbes Cosma and would retire from the sport. Owned by Lady Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been like win machines. Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld had no less than 58 international...

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