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Thursday, 24 Jul 2014


Uceko makes a comeback in Progress Energy Cup 1.55m at Spruce Meadows

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ucekoKent Farrington and Uceko. Photo by © Spruce Meadows Media Services.RCG Farm's Uceko quickly returned to the winner's circle with Kent Farrington (USA) at this week's Spruce Meadows 'North American' Tournament after nearly six months out of competition for a well deserved rest. Farrington and Uceko jumped to an impressive victory in Thursday's $85,000 Progress Energy Cup 1.55m over McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z (second), and Pablo Barrios (VEN) with Zara Leandra (third).


Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela is the course designer in the International Ring for the week and showcased another day of fantastic show jumping in Thursday's competition. In the $85,000 Progress Energy Cup, Palacios saw 42 entries with nine in the jump-off and six double clear rounds. Kent Farrington and Uceko stopped the clock in 36.93 seconds for the win.


Kenny and Picolo win PwC Cup 1.50m; Ward and Zander take Suncast Cup 1.45m at Spruce Meadows

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picoloDarragh Kenny and Picolo. Photo by © Spruce Meadows Media Services.The $35,000 PwC Cup 1.50m was held on Thursday with a win for Ireland's Darragh Kenny aboard Oakland Ventures LLC's Picolo. Thirty-eight entries jumped the first round track followed by a seven-horse jump-off with three double clear rounds.


Eric Lamaze (CAN) was first to go over the short course with Artisan Farms LLC's Zigali P S and set the time to beat at a very fast 38.69 seconds, but eventually settled for second place when Kenny and Picolo took the challenge, next to go. They blazed through the course in 37.33 seconds to take the lead. Kevin Babington (IRL) and Shorapur LLC's Shorapur completed the only other double clear round in 40.00 seconds to finish third. Quentin Judge (USA) and Double H Farm's HH Dark de la Hart had the fastest four-fault round in the jump-off in 37.96 seconds for a fourth-place finish.

A selection of photos from the test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy

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_K7X6773Everything was tested at the test event before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy - even how Patrice Delaveau looks in the French flag on the big screen. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

The Canadian team heading for CHIO Aachen

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TrippleXTiffanyFosterTiffany Foster has been selected for the Canadian team for Aachen. The Canadian showjumping team heading for CHIO Aachen, will consist of the following riders; Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze, Ian Millar and Chris Sorensen. "We are extremely honoured and excited to be competing at one of the most historic and prestigious showjumping tournaments in the world," said Mark Laskin, chef d'equipe of the Canadian showjumping team. "It has been 18 years since the Canadian team has been invited to Aachen, and we look forward to representing our country there. This is an important stepping stone in our continuing preparation for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy in September."

Who is climbing on the Longines Ranking?

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william-wihitaker-fandangoWilliam Whitaker makes a huge climb on this month's ranking. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.On this month's Longines Ranking, four countries dominate the Top 10: Germany with three riders, France with three riders, Great Britain with two riders and the US with two riders. Outside of the Top 10 - and within the top 100 it is a much bigger mixture of countries though and it's time to take a look at the biggest climbers.


Inside the top 50 Belgium's Gregory Wathelet is closing in on the ten best riders, he is now rank 13 after being 17 last month. Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is on his way up as well, climbing five spots to rank 14. Canada's Eric Lamaze moves up from 26 to 22, while Ukraine's Cassio Rivetti climbs eight spots to rank 26. Belgium's Pieter Devos has made it into the top 30 after being 39 last month, and Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann climbs five positions to rank 36 as does Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts to rank 39.

Scott Brash continues to top the Longines Ranking

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Scott-Brash-Ursula-14341Scott Brash stays on top of the Longines Ranking for another month. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The top four riders hold on to their positions for yet another month as Scott Brash continues to lead the way on the Longines Ranking. Ben Maher is still rank two followed by Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning.


Kevin Staut has made a huge climb from rank 9 to 5, while Patrice Delaveau moves up one place and is currently number six. Patrice pushes Penelope Leprevost down to rank seven and Kent Farrington is pushed down to rank 8. Daniel Deusser has made it back to the top ten getting hold on rank 9, while Bezzie Madden has moved down from rank 8 to 10.

Rich Fellers and Flexible top Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.55m at Spruce Meadows

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fellersRich Fellers with Flexible. Photo by © Spruce Meadows Media Services.The Spruce Meadows 'North American' Tournament CSI 5* kicked off on Wednesday with a big schedule in the International Ring to continue a fantastic summer series in Calgary. The $85,000 Sun Life Financial 'Reach for the Sun' 1.55m competition was the feature event of the evening with a win for Rich Fellers (USA) and Flexible. Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Fine Lady 5 got a win in the $33,500 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.50m, Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Picolo won the $33,500 AON Cup 1.45m, and Will Simpson (USA) and Axl-Rose began the day with victory in the $33,500 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m.


Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela is the course designer in the International Ring for this week's 'North American' competition. In Wednesday's highlight $85,000 Sun Life Financial 'Reach for the Sun' 1.55m, Palacios saw 44 entries with eight very fast horse and rider combinations advancing to the jump-off and four double clear rounds.

Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 win 1.50m jump-off at Spruce Meadows

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fine_ladyEric Lamaze with Fine Lady. Photo by © Spruce Meadows Media Services.The $33,500 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.50m was held in the afternoon with a 16-horse jump-off out of 47 first round starters. Only four competitors were able to clear the short course without fault, where Eric Lamaze and Artisan Farms LLC's Fine Lady 5 took top prize.


Tiffany Foster and Victor, owned by Torrey Pines & Artisan Farms LLC, were first to jump-off and set the pace at 46.03 seconds to finish fourth. McLain Ward upped the ante in 44.44 seconds, next to go with Carl Rijcken's d'Ulien van de Smeets, to eventually place second. He was bested a few rounds later by Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 in a blazing 43.03 seconds. Ian Millar completed the only other double clear round in 44.53 seconds with Susan and Ariel Grange's Dixson to finish third.

International interest in the Flanders Foal Auction

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FlandersFoalAuction This Diamant de Semilly colt brought in the top price at 19.000 euro and was sold to Germany. On Saturday the 28th of June, the Flanders Foal Auction was organised in Bonheiden. Besides one foal for charity, there were 19 other foals and three embryos in the catalog. One foal was absent. The foal for the benefit of the charity organisation fighting breast cancer "Think Pink" was sold for 4500 euros.

The American team for Aachen

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_K7X8968Reed Kessler gets her Aachen debut this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The following riders will compete on the American team travelling to CHIO Aachen, that takes place 15-20th of July; Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Kent Farrington, Lauren Hough and Reed Kessler.



This week's live streaming

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generell-hoppbildThe following events will be live streamed this week;


The CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour in Parisclick here. For the broadcast schedule click here.


The CSI5* 'North American' event at Spruce Meadowsclick here.


The CSIO3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup from Budapest (Friday 4.7.14 14:25 CET) – click here.

Images - Another sneak peek on the facilities for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy

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_K7X6364There is a lot of space in the stable area. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Images - A sneak peek on the facilities for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy

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5d794ec539dc55924bdde859980Here is a little sneak peek on the facilities for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy later this summer. Some things might change, but overall this is how it will look. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Images from CSI Twente - part two

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MarcusCommeThe nine year old Cornet Obolensky-stallion Comme il faut 5 continues to jump amazing under Marcus Ehning, and was 5th in Friday and Saturday's 1.45 classes. Photos by World of Showjumping.

Images from CSI Twente - part one

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ZiroccoBlueJurThe CSI3* show in Geesteren was mostly a Dutch affair - at least result wise. Home rider Jur Vrieling took the win in the Grand Prix on Sunday after two fantastic clear rounds on VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. that impressed with his performances this weekend. Photos by World of Showjumping. 


The flying Fibonacci

The flying Fibonacci

This is the horse that is on everybody's lips at the moment; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum's Fibonacci 17 - a nine year old gelding by For Feeling x Corland - jumps incredible with the German rider, and to sit on this horse must be like flying! Here is a little photo series from Friday's 1.55 class to illustrate. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.   

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