Wrapping up the South African showjumping season - Jeanne Engela takes the World Cup series
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:06
Jeanne Engela won the World Cup qualifing series in South Africa. Photo by TB Images.The last show on the South African calendar was completed on the 24th of November; the Investec FEI World Cup Qualifier, which also marked the 6th and final leg of the series. Winner of the class, Shaun Neill maximised his victory by being the only rider to produce two double clear rounds on his horses, Clyde Z (Carthago Z x Jus de Pomme) and Bariton P (Darco x Pachat II) â€“ placing him first and second in the class.
Athina has a new promising eight year old in her stable.Athina Onassis de Miranda has horse in her stable; the eight year old Rose Valon. The French bred mare by Elf d'Or x Quinquin du Valon has this year been ridden successfully by Olivier Guillonâ€™s wife Monika, with their best result of the season being a seventh place in the CSI2* final in Lyon in November.
Juan-Carlos Garcia with Prince de la Mare at the European Championships in Herning earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Juan-Carlos Garcia's success horse Prince de la Mare (Bequin de Moens x Socrate de Chivre) has been sold to the Columbian rider Carlos Lopez. Lopez hopes that the 10 year old gelding will be his ride for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014. With Garcia, Prince de la Mare has delivered some top results at five star Grand Prix level - and the two also jumped for Italy at the European Championships this summer.
WoSJ Exclusive; Sophie Mottu Morel - show director of the CHI Geneva
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 06:46
Sophie Mottu Morel is the show director of the CHI Geneva. This yearâ€™s edition of CHI Geneva sees some bigÂ changes; can you tell us a little bit about what this yearâ€™s version of theÂ event will look like?
"2013 was indeed a year of change for us. After 35 years and due to the new sponsor of the World Cup, we decided to retire from this circuit. It was not an easy decision but it was clear that we would remain loyal to Rolex, our title sponsor for over 17 years. WeÂ consequently had to think about something new for our sport. We therefore met with the organisers of Aachen and Spruce Meadows and together created a new concept. The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping was born. We are so proud to be associated with suchÂ great events! Three shows and for the riders the possibility to win a bonus of 1 million of euros, what a big challenge! And of course, thanks to Rolex to have at once supported our idea!
Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur top ESP Year End Grand Prix
Monday, 09 December 2013 20:08
Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Year-End Awards Show on December 7-8, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The week featured a $10,000 Open Stake on Saturday, December 7, as well as the $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix.
The show concluded on Sunday afternoon with an exciting win for Denmark's Henrik Gundersen riding Adlanteur in the $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix. Out of 32 entries, five horse and rider combinations qualified for the jump-off and three of those jumped double clear over the course designed by Pierre Jolicoeur of Wellington, FL. Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur were last to go and had two fast rounds to beat. Their winning time was 38.267 seconds.
The Gucci Paris Masters kind of belonged to Kevin Staut and Scott Brash - who both took home the biggest wins during the weekend. Here with nr. three in the Grand Prix Gerco SchrÃ¶der. Photos by World of Showjumping.
Simon Delestre leading rider at the Gucci Paris Masters
Monday, 09 December 2013 12:27
Leading rider at the Gucci Paris Masters; Simon Delestre. Photo by World of Showjumping.Simon Delestre took home the leading rider award at the Gucci Paris Masters this weekend. Picking up points in six of the seven classes Simon got a total of 290.5 points. Scott Brash was second best with 281 points, while Maikel van der Vleuten was third with 272 points. All three riders were awarded with beautiful Longines watches for their performances.
Sergio Alvarez Moya will be back in Geneva this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.This week it is time for the CSI5* show in Geneva. The event also hosts this season's third Rolex Grand Slam Grand Prix. It is a star-studded field of riders that will bring their horses to Switzerland - Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Athina Onassis de Miranda, Marcus Ehning, Sergio Alvarez Moya, Christian Ahlmann, Reed Kessler, Rodrigo Pessoa, Ludger Beerbaum, Gerco SchrÃ¶der, Roger-Yves Bost, Richard Spooner, Gregory Wathelet, Steve Guerdat, Penelope Leprevost, Kent Farrington, Daniel Deusser, Rolf-GÃ¶ran Bengtsson, Ben Maher, Eric Lamaze, Kevin Staut, Michael Whitaker and Luciana Diniz are all on the list.
Felix Hassmann won the World Cup in Poznan. Photo by www.KadraSkoki.pl.German rider Felix Hassmann won the FEI World Cup qualifier at the CSI3* in Poznan, Poland on Sunday. Only three riders managed to produce clears in the first round, but no one cleared the jump-off. Felix Hassman was the best four faulter though, and took home the win on the 10 year old Horse Gym's Balzaci (Balou du Rouet x Landadel). Second place went to Jan Vinckier with Emilie de Diamant A S (Diamant de Semilly x Flipper d'Elle) - also he ended the jump-off on a score of four faults.
Kirsten Rikkert with Sorrento. Photo by www.digishots.nl.It was all about the Netherlands in Enschede's CSI2* Grand Prix. Dutch rider Kirsten Rikkert ended on top with her gelding Sorrento (Kingston x Faram), while second place went to Willem Greve on Avion (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot). Third place was shared between Peter Olthof with Agossi (Heartbreaker x Zapateado) and Leopold van Asten aboard VDL Groep Zidane (Heartbreaker x Calando I). Even the fifth place went to a Dutch rider - Albert Zoer on Abra Kadabra (Vancover x Calvados). Joachim Heyer from Germany was the first rider to break the Dutch dominans by taking the sixth place with Aquarell PW (Argentinus x Zeus).
WoSJ Exclusive; Our top ten favorites for the World Champion…
Beerbaum, Ludger (GER): Ranked as number two in the world it is not possible to leave the â€˜maestroâ€™ of showjumping out. Although his WEG-partner Chiaraâ€™s results have been somewhat up and down during the summer season, there have been some undoubtable highlights such as the coupleâ€™s double clear round in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rome, and more recently...