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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.

 

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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.

Lars Nieberg steps up to the German Championship squad

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lars-nieberg-leonieLars Nieberg with Leonie W in Leipzig. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After some great results lately, Lars Nieberg has made the step up from the German B-squad to the Championship squad. Together with the 11 year old mare Leonie W (Lorenco x Grandeur) Nieberg was in the ribbons in the World Cup qualifiers in London, Mechelen,  Leipzig and Zürich - with the third place from Leipzig as the best result.

Amsterdam Grand Prix in images

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alex-duffyIreland's got talent! Alex Duffy was the first rider going into the ring in the Amsterdam Grand Prix riding Living the Dream - and he showed everyone how it should be done with a clear round that took our breath away. Here's Alex heading for the finishing line after the jump-off, to eventually end third. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

FEI announces officials for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014

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wegThe Ground Juries, Technical Delegates, Chief Stewards, Course Designers, Appeal Committee and Medical Officer have been appointed for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA), where from 23 August to 7 September athletes from 60 nations will compete for medals in the FEI's seven disciplines.

 

"We are now 207 days from the Opening Ceremony of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, the world's biggest equestrian event", said Ingmar de Vos, FEI Secretary General. "We are extremely grateful to the international officials who will be travelling from around the world to Normandy, where they will be working closely with the Organising Committee, the FEI and our athletes, upholding the key values and principles of these Games including fair play and providing the perfect stage for this seventh edition of the Games".

WoSJ Exclusive; CHIO Aachen director Frank Kemperman – “Make your show with your heart!”

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FrankKemperman1CHIO Aachen director Frank Kemperman. CHIO Aachen director Frank Kemperman is a giant in the sport. Kemperman is the man behind the teams that organize some of the most magic events in the world; first of all and most famously CHIO Aachen, but also Indoor Brabant in Den Bosch and Jumping Indoor Maastricht. When it recently was announced that the legendary CHIO Aachen would pull out as host for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup – well, WoSJ decided it was an absolute necessity to speak with Kemperman to get to know more about the decision, but also to learn more about his views on the sport and it’s future. And as we discover, Kemperman is the perfect example on how to be a professional to the fingertips when it comes to business – but still have love and passion for the sport, not to forget for the wonderful horses in it.

 

Before we embark on our long list of questions, we want to find out how one ends up as show director for one of the most famous shows in the world – if not the most famous. Of course, Kemperman was always a keen horseman – and he was also at one point a groom for the famous Dutch rider Harry Wouters.”I was even groom at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976 – now you can see how old I am,” Kemperman laughs as we sit in his corner office in Aachen that has views to the grass ring where we are used to seeing the showjumpers warming up.

USET Foundation awards 2014 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Katie Dinan

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usetUSET Foundation President S. Tucker S. Johnson, Katie Dinan, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Chairman of the Board, and Courtney Caverzasi, Hermes Equestrian Representative.The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy is the talented show jumping rider Katie Dinan of New York, NY and Wellington, FL.

 

Each year this award is presented to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. In 2013, Dinan had a breakthrough year competing at her first World Cup Finals and representing the United States at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain.

Beezie Madden honored with 2013 Whitney Stone Cup from USET Foundation

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usefUSET Foundation President S. Tucker S. Johnson, Beezie Madden and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Chairman of the Board.The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that reigning Show Jumping World Cup Champion Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, is the recipient of the 2013 Whitney Stone Cup. The award is presented annually to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition and high standards of sportsmanlike conduct while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport. This marks the third year that Madden has received the prestigious honor after an incredible year that included her victory at the 2013 FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals aboard Abigail Wexner's Simon in Gothenburg, Sweden.

New combinations in Amsterdam

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harrie-enjoy-louisIt was the first international show for Enjoy Louis - a 10 year old gelding by Coriano x Kannan - and Harrie Smolders in Amsterdam. Enjoy Louis has previously been competed by Brecth Bille. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Watch Pius Schwizer's winning round in Zürich

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If you missed Pius Schwizer's winning round with Toulago in the Longines FEI World Cup in Zürich last Sunday, you can watch it below:

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Tracy Fenney two for two with bookend performance at HITS Ocala

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fenney1Tracy Fenney and MTM Centano. Photo by ©ESI Photography.After jumping to the top of Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas found success again today in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, this time aboard MTM Farm's Centano. Lucky enough to have two grand prix mounts to choose from, she also capped the ribbons in twelfth with Friday's victor, MTM Timon.

 

Twenty-three combinations made up the starting field and jumped a course set by Jerry Dougherty of Bokeelia, Florida. The original track included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts, including a double combination at the sixth fence and a triple two jumps later.

The WoSJ show review; Alex Duffy on Jumping Amsterdam

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alexduffy-living-the-dreamIn the first WoSJ show review of the 2014 indoor season, we speak with Ireland’s super talented Alex Duffy – who had a great weekend at Jumping Amsterdam ending third in the four star Grand Prix riding the aptly named Living The Dream.

 

“I really wanted to go to Jumping Amsterdam as I had heard so many good things about the show; everybody said it was amazing there. So, I put my name down already in December and hoped for a spot. But, as there were a lot of Irish riders wanting to go there I was originally not accepted for the show. I kept pushing and asking though, and on Monday I even called the show director and told I would be happy just to go with one horse as well if somebody would pull out in the last minute. But there were no spaces available. On Thursday around four o’clock I was called up though, and they had a stable free and I could come with one horse – so it was a bit of a rush, but we packed and hit the road and was there about ten minute before the trot-up was finished!

Top riders competing at CSI3* Treffen

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john-argento-amsterdamJohn Whitaker goes from Amsterdam to Treffen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The coming weekend it is time for the CSI3* event in Treffen, Austria. On the list for the show are some of the world’s best riders; Daniel Deusser, Hans-Dieter Dreher, Jos Lansink, John Whitaker, Gerco Schröder, Pius Schwizer, Edwina Tops-Alexander and Bertram Allen are just some of the top names on the entry list.

 

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A selection of Bo Vaanholt's tweets from Jumping Amsterdam

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sixthPrincess Bibi 6th in the GP and Kathi best lady rider of the show! Happy!!! # Bo This weekend Katharina Offel's groom Bo Vaanholt has been guest tweeting for WoSJ from Jumping Amsterdam. With her she had B Once Z, Charlie and Juanita - and it turned out to be a great weekend for Bo and her horses! Here's a selection of her tweets from the weekend, so don't miss out.

Bertram Allen best rider in Amsterdam

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betram-romanovBertram Allen and Romanov in action in Amsterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ireland’s Bertram Allen ended up as best rider at Jumping Amsterdam. After a consistent weekend that included top placings or ribbons in most of the classes – the super talented 18 year old picked up 2500 Euro for his performances at this amazing show. Leading lady rider was Katharina Offel, who got a beautiful necklace for a job well done.

Exclusives

WoSJ Exclusive; Fast facts for the 2014/2015 World Cup seaso…

WoSJ Exclusive; Fast facts for the 2014/2015 World Cup season in the Western European League

It's World Cup time in Europe! Here last year's Champions Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.True to tradition Oslo – capital of Norway – is the host when the Western European World Cup season for 2014/2015 kicks off this weekend. These are the fast facts you need to know as Europe's best riders will battle it out...

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