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The weekend's Grand Prix winners

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william-wihitaker-fandangoWilliam Whitaker and Fandango - here seen in Rotterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The CSI3* Grand Prix at the Sunshine Tour went to William Whitaker and Fandango (Last Liberty 988 x Krocket 651). The Grand Prix had no less than four British riders on top, with William Funnell in second riding Billy Congo (Vechta x Animo), Robert Whitaker in third on Catwalk IV (Colman x Corleone) and Robert Bevis in fourth aboard Courtney Z (Chellano Z). It was William who was the fastest of all though, with over one second down to Funnell.

 

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Ben Maher and Diva II top Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

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ben_maherBen Maher with Diva. Photo by Sportfot. Ben Maher has been unstoppable lately and added another victory to his tally with a win in Sunday afternoon's $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at the FTI WEF. The class was held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the PBIEC with 53 entries over the Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER) designed course. Petersen saw ten clear rounds to advance to the jump-off with six double clear rounds. Maher was once again the winner, this time with a new mount in Tatiana Korsakova's Diva II. The pair jumped the fastest track without fault in 43.20 seconds for the win.

Alexander Zetterman wins Young Rider Grand Prix Final; Victoria Colvin takes overall victory

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alex-flecuAlexander Zetterman and Flecu. Photo by Sportfot.Week eleven of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms LLC, concluded on Sunday with jumper action on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Sweden's Alexander Zetterman and Flecu topped the $50,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series Final. Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, was the winner of the series overall. Great Britain's Ben Maher won the $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic with Diva II. The ASPCA Maclay sponsored by Sidelines Magazine was held in two sections at the main showgrounds, with wins for Rachael Barnes and Tye Donaldson.

Quotes after the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch

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kevin-citatKevin Staut and Silvana HDC celebrating the win in the Rolex Grand Prix. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Kevin Staut: "Silvana has a great experience by now, and I know she can be fast. I had a little problem in the class here the first day in a right turn; she misunderstood me and stopped so when I was going in the ring for the jump-off I didn't want to take all the risk – but each turn was great and I could find the best distances possible so it was my day! [...] I am very happy for my mare! [...] Normally I wanted only to jump her in the big class the first day and maybe yesterday, but then I had the misunderstanding in the big class the first day and as it was one of her last rounds before the World Cup Final I decided on Friday night to put her in the Grand Prix and I can't say that was a bad decision," Kevin laughed.

Kevin Staut and Silvana HDC shine in the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch

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kevin-silvanaKevin Staut and Silvana HDC won the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was a difficult task that faced the 39 riders in the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch on Sunday afternoon, but that did not get to France's leading rider Kevin Staut – who after two fantastic clear rounds took home the win by the tiniest of margins with 0.01 seconds down to runner-up Marco Kutscher. It was a good day for the French, as Kevin's long time girlfriend Penelope Leprevost ended third.

Jessica Kürten takes the accumulator class in Den Bosch

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jessica-arezzoJessica Kürten and Arezzo VDL en route to their win in Den Bosch. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ireland's Jessica Kürten took the win in the 1.50 accumulator class in Den Bosch on Sunday, riding the lovely Arezzo VDL (Chin Chin x Heartbreaker). With a full score, and a time of 43.17 seconds Kürten was over a second faster than runner-up Albert Zoer on Abra Kadabra (Vancouver x Calvados). Another Dutch rider followed in third; Friday's 1.40 winner Sjaak Sleiderink continued his great form on W Zarah (Rubert R x Germus R) with a full score but was over two seconds behind the winner.

Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio lead the way in Engel & Völkers Grand Prix

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lazio-houghLauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio. Photo by Sportfot. Lauren Hough led the victory gallop in an exciting top four finish for the women of USA in Saturday night's $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Hough and Böckmanns Lazio topped a six-horse jump-off over Laura Kraut and Nouvelle (2nd), Lucy Davis and Barron (3rd), Lillie Keenan and Pumped Up Kicks (4th), Ben Maher and Urico (5th), and Kent Farrington and Blue Angel (6th).

Simon Delestre steals the win as last to go in Den Bosch

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simon-napoliThe winners of the Audi Prijs: Simon Delestre and Napoli du Ry. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.As the last rider in the ring in Saturday night's 1.55 class in Den Bosch, Simon Delestre took the win aboard Napoli du Ry (Baloubet du Rouet x Silvio I). It was an incredibly fast jump-off in the class – that together with yesterday's big class served as the qualifier for Sunday's Rolex Grand Prix. In total fourteen riders went on to the jump-off after producing magnificent clear rounds over the thirteen fence first round track. Loaded with top riders, it was bound to be a fast second round.

The Den Bosch Indoor Derby to Hamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah

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al-attiyah-LevicciHamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah went all in for the win in the Indoor Derby in Den Bosch. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Qatar's Hamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah won the Indoor Derby in Den Bosch on Saturday. The entertaining class – where the riders race out the corridor to jump two fences in the warm-up is always fun to watch, and this year's edition was no exception. Riding Qatar Armed Forces' Levicci (Levisto x Anthonysdream) Hamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah produced the only clear round of the Derby class, and also the fastest, to take the win. Home rider Maikel van der Vleuten was second on VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice x Caletto I), but with one down. Third place went to Nicola Philippaerts on Esprit van de Wellington (Orlando x Gratianus), also he on four faults.

David Will and Black Jack 163 beat the odds in G&C Farm speed class

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willDavid Will and Black Jack 163. Photo by Sportfot. Germany's David Will got the win in Friday's $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class with Eveline Kraus's 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Black Jack 163 (Escudo I x Drosselklang II). Will had the fastest time to beat out three Olympic gold medalists for the win, with Beezie Madden (USA) in second, Eric Lamaze (CAN) in third, and Laura Kraut (USA) fourth.

Janika Sprunger and JL's Komparse sprint to a win in Den Bosch

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janika-jossan-comparseThe winning team: Janika, Josefine and JL's Komparse! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Switzerland's Janika Sprunger and JL's Komparse were the fastest combination in Den Bosch on Friday night, taking the victory in the 1.50 winning round competition. With twelve riders moving on to the winning round, it was bound to be fast – and it proved to be a real race against the clock in the end. When Wout-Jan van der Schans took the lead about half way, it looked almost unbeatable. The Dutch rider got a fantastic turn to the penultimate vertical and came flying into the last oxer crossing the finish line on a time of 34.31 seconds aboard Vingino (Voltaire x Cassini I).

Christian Ahlmann and Aragon Z are the best in Den Bosch

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christian-aragonChristian Ahlmann and Aragon Z were unbeatable in Den Bosch on Friday. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Friday’s biggest class at the five star event in Den Bosch went to Christian Ahlmann and Aragon Z (Askari x Kolibri). It was a very fast 1.55 class against the clock, were almost half of the start field went clear around the thirteen fence track. Coming in mid-way in the class the German rider took over the command, producing one of his trademark accurate rounds – where it’s all going fast but without looking so. When Christian stopped the clock on 63.58 seconds he had shaved off no less than 2.34 seconds on current leader Simon Delestre’s time.

Images from Saut Hermès

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Abdelkebir-Ouaddar-Quickly- Abdelkebir Ouaddar's Quickly de Kreisker likes throwing in a few bucks here and there! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Marco Kutscher leaves Ludger Beerbaum's stable

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Marco-Kutscher-Colestus-13Marco Kutscher - here on Colestus at Saut Hermès last weekend - will leave Ludger Beerbaum's stable. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a fourteen year long collaboration with Ludger Beerbaum, Marco Kutscher has decided to start a new chapter and relocate from Riesenbeck to Bad Essen. Starting on 1st July 2014, he will be running a showjumping stable alongside his long-time girlfriend Eva Bitter. On Ludger Beerbaum's website it is stated that taking this decision proved difficult due to the successful and productive collaboration of the past years. Both parties wish to maintain a professional and private relationship.

Images from the U25 at Saut Hermès

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_K7X8155The U25 classes Les Talents Hermès is a great way of getting to watch some of Europe's most talented younger riders in action! Here's Winner and Touchable who won the team competition for the riders Louise Saywell and Jessie Drea. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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