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Saer Coulter and Springtime own the clock, win $50,000 Strongid© C 2X™ CSI-W2* Grand Prix

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saercoulterspringtimeSaer Coulter and Springtime have their sights firmly set on the 2014 World Cup Finals. Photo by ©Flying Horse Photography.In their first grand prix of the 2014 season, Saer Coulter and Springtime kicked off their year on the highest of notes. They topped a field of 31 in the $50,000 Strongid© C 2X™ CSI-W2*, presented by Zoetis, to highlight World Cup week at HITS Thermal. The class was a qualifier for the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France this April.

 

The jumps were big, the time was tight and the field was competitive with six of the original 31 advancing to the jump-off. Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Muenchen, Germany, kept the promise he made after Thursday’s grand prix and built big. “Olaf does a great job setting according to the field that he has,” said Coulter, who rides for the U.S. and hails from San Francisco, California. “With six clear, the jump-off was both fun and fair.”

 

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Quintero Ask retired

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rolf-quinteroRolf and Quintero Ask at their last show togehter in Leipzig. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Rolf-Göran Bengtsson’s ride Quintero Ask (Quantum x Chamonix) was retired at the Holsteiner Verband’s stallion show on Saturday. The now 16 -year-old rounded off his sports career with a seventh place in the World Cup qualifier in Leipzig just two weeks before the retirement, and will in future devote himself to his duties as a breeding stallion. “We were of the opinion that this was the right time to retire Quintero,” said Norbert Boley, director of the department of stallions and marketing at the Holsteiner Verband.

Pieter Devos on top in the Grand Prix in Lier

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pieter-devos-Couscous-van-oPieter Devos and Couscous van Orti - here in Amsterdam one week ago. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The two star Grand Prix in Lier saw home rider Pieter Devos on top, riding Couscous van Orti (Nabab de Reve x Cash). The Belgian rider left Kevin Staut and his relatively new eight year old ride Sunday Top (Crown Z x Ahorn) behind him in second – both were double clear, but almost two seconds separated them in the jump-off. Third was Christophe Vanderhasselt on Pin’Up d’Hammer (Querlybet Hero x Hearbreaker), who was another second behind runner-up Staut in the jump-off that had seventeen riders in it.

Filippo Moyersoen and Jur Vrieling share the win in the GLOCK's CSI3 * Grand Prix in Treffen

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GP_SE_GHP9499RThe winning duo: Filippo Moyersoen and Jur Vrieling. Photo by © GHPC / Studio Horst.Italy’s Filippo Moyersoen and the Netherland's Jur Vrieling shared the honors in Sunday’s 100,000 Euro GLOCK's Grand Prix in Treffen, Austria. It was a star studded field of riders that had lined up to compete for the win in 1.60 class – and in the end no less than eighteen of them went on to the jump-off  whereas four of them were home riders.

Martin Fuchs continues his great form in Treffen

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fuchsMartin Fuchs with PSG Future. Photo by © Michael Rzepa.Martin Fuchs won the biggest class at the CSI3* event in Treffen yesterday, the 1.50 ranking class with a jump-off. After a great show in Zürich last weekend, where Fuchs became leading rider – he continued to impress in Austria on Saturday riding the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding PSG Future (Cashandcarry x Lorentin I). The 27,000 Euro class, had a tricky track set by course builder Frank Rothenberger and in the end sixteen riders went on to the jump-off.

 

The class ended as it had begun: With a furiously fast round from the young Swiss rider as the first rider in the ring. Without once pulling back, the double junior European champion rode his PSG Future to a clear round at the time of 29.26 seconds and none of those to come could catch him.  

The Belgian showjumping squads for 2014

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nicola-philippaerts-cortezNicola Philippaerts and Cortez belong in the Belgian Championship squad. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Belgian Chef d'Equipe Kurt Gravemeier has divided the Belgian riders into a Championship squad, as well as an A- and B-squad for 2014. The squads look like the following:

 

The Championship squad: Dirk Demeersman with Bufero vh Panishof, Pieter Devos with Candy, Francois Mathy with Polinska des Isles, Nicola Philippaerts with Cortez, Jos Verlooy with Domino and Gregory Wathelet with Conrad and Sea Coast Forlap.

McLain Ward dashes for the cash with Dulien Van De Smeets at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

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mclainMcLain Ward and Dulien Van De Smeets. Photo by Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.Speed was the name of the game today at the International Polo Club Palm Beach as McLain Ward set the time to beat during the Wellington Turf Tour's 1.40m Grand Prix. Riding Dulien Van De Smeets, owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, he guided the mare to a double clear effort in 38.802 seconds, leaving 42 contenders to chase his time.

Laura Renwick lands a win in Treffen

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renwickOn the way to victory in Treffen: Laura Renwick and Oz de Breve. Photo by © Michael Rzepa.The first Longines world ranking class in Treffen was jumped on Friday afternoon, and it was Great Britain’s Laura Renwick that went to the top riding Oz de Breve (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur). The 1.50 class with a winning round had 49 riders in it, and 17 of them made it to the chase against the clock after riding a first clear round. Laura had the advantage of being last to go in the winning round, and this she used wisely – riding a perfect round pushing Jur Vrieling down to second on Flashdance V. Kalevallei (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Gottwald) shaving off 0.17 seconds on the Dutch rider’s time. Third was Max Kuhner on the lovely Clintop (Clinton x Calvaro).

Darragh Kenny and Quiz triumph in $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

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quizDarragh Kenny and Quiz. Photo by Sportfot. The $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic was held on Friday with a win for Darragh Kenny and Spruce Meadow's Quiz. The class saw 23 entries with 5 clear rounds to advance to the jump-off and three double clears. Kenny and Quiz earned top honors in 41.05 seconds. McLain Ward (USA) and Kantunaro, owned by Ellen Holtgers and David Paige, finished second, clearing the course in 41.17 seconds. Alexa Pessoa (USA) and Rodrigo Pessoa's Levade 35 were the first pair to jump clear and stopped the clock in 42.41 seconds to finish third.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala speed to victory in Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup round 4

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laurenLauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo by Sportfot. The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued with a full schedule of competition on Friday, January 31, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 began the day's competition with a win for Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala. The $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic was held in the afternoon with a win for Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Quiz.

Ashlee Bond Clarke wins to start World Cup qualifying week at HITS Thermal

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clarkeAshlee Bond Clarke and Chela LS. Photo by ©Flying Horse Photography.Ashlee Bond Clarke of Hidden Hills, California has had her eye on Chela LS for years. The big-bodied chestnut mare was the ride of Simon Nizri before Bond Clarke purchased Chela LS in July. It was then that she realized just how special the mare, now coming 10, really was.

Lisa Goldman and Centurion B make it win number three in SmartPak Grand Prix

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lisaaaLisa Goldman and Centurion B. Photo by ©ESI Photography.'This girl is on fire', aptly describes Lisa Goldman and Centurion B as they beat a contentious field and jumped to the blue for their third grand prix win at HITS Ocala, in Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

 

With 76 seconds, the allowed first-round time, course designer Doug Russell of Ocala, Florida challenged competitors by offering 12 obstacles with 14 jumping efforts. The competitors faced a combination of straight-forward verticals, oxers and tight turns, with a difficult left turn between fence seven, onward to eight. But, it was the triple combination at fence 10 a, b and c – a vertical-oxer-vertical that proved the trickiest part of the course. This combination produced the most faults with downed rails.

Opening victory for Werner Muff in Treffen

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MuffWerner_OsirisDuGoyen_10_CSI3_Do_HV7Q0222_RzepaWerner Muff and Osiris du Goyen won the first big class in Treffen. Photo by © Michael Rzepa.Werner Muff took the first big win at the CSI3* event in Treffen on Thursday aboard Osiris du Goyen. No less than 87 combinations jumped in the 1.40 speed class, and twenty of them remained clear in the ring at Glock Horse Performance Center. On the 12 year old gelding by Le Tot de Semilly x Nidor Platiere, Muff went all in from the start and managed to stay clear even with high-risk turns stopping the clock at 55.98 seconds. Irishman Bertram Allen and Zenzation (Solitair x Coriander) ended second with the time of 56.36 seconds, beating Jur Vrieling and Flashdance V. Kalevallei (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Gottwald) who ended third at 56.50 seconds.

Advertisement; 1 February - Holsteiner Verband Stallion Presentation in Neumünster

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RolfCasallprisutdeling_kopieraRolf and Casall Ask in Basel. Photo by World of Showjumping.The Holsteiner Verband stallion presentation will be held at the Neumünster Holstenhalle on 1 February at 2 o'clock. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, who finished fourth individually at the European show jumping championships aboard Verband-owned stallion Casall Ask last year, will also be in attendance.

 

Following a super start into the season at Basel with you winning the Grand Prix aboard Casall Ask, and Leipzig, where you finished 6th in the world cup jumping with Quintero Ask, there have been news about a recurring injury of yours. What happened?

 

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson: As you certainly know, I had been sidelined due to an abductor injury sustained at the end of last year. Basel two weeks ago was my first competition. Then I felt an intense pain again after a tremendous jump aboard Quintero Ask in the jumping practice area just before entering the Leipzig world cup class and I have since been diagnosed with another abductor muscle fibre rupture which means I am facing another five week injury lay-off at least.

Chanel and Roberto Teran Jr. win G&C Farm Speed at FTI WEF 4

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robertoRoberto Teran, Jr. and Chanel. Photo by Sportfot.The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) began its fourth week of competition on Wednesday with a win for Colombia's Roberto Teran, Jr. and Chanel in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class. 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.

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Images | Visiting Jos Lansink - part two

Images | Visiting Jos Lansink - part two

A room with a view: King Julio and Zerlin M enjoying life at Stal Lansink. Photos by World of Showjumping.

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