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The French redeem themselves in Chantilly with a great win for Patrice Delaveau

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patrice-gctPatrice Delaveau with Carinjo. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.It was a rather suitable finale to a wonderful weekend here in Chantilly. The CSI5* Prix EADS was a competition over two rounds and Italy's Uliano Vezzani certainly seemed determined to leave the riders working until the very end with a difficult two rounds.

 

After some disappointing results for both Frenchman Jerome Hurel and Patrice Delaveau in yesterday's Grand Prix of Chantilly, it seemed France was determined to conclude the weekend with a win, and thanks to Patrice, that is exactly what they did.

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Quotes after Münster Grand Prix

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angelica-citatAngelica Augustsson won in Münster. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Angelica Augustsson on her partner Mic Mac du Tillard; "Mic Mac du Tillard is a very special horse. She needs that I let her run a bit and if I try to control her too much she loses her jump. So I'm trying to guide her around the course without disturbing her too much. Then she is a very fast horse from the nature. Now I'm nominated for the European Championships in Herning and have two horses; Mic Mac du Tillard and S.I.E.C Livello. It is not decided who I will ride yet."

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on top of the DKB-Riders Tour overall standings

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meredith-profilMeredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After four legs of the DKB-Riders Tour, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum tops the overall standings with 34 points. Then follow Carsten-Otto Nagel as rank two with 32 points – while Katharina Offel is rank three on 28 points. Rank four is Luciana Diniz on 26 points and Angelica Augustsson is rank five on 20 points.

 

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Angelica Augustsson and Mic Mac du Tillard continue their winning streak in Münster

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angelica-micmacAngelica and Mic Mac du Tillard took yet another big win today when they topped the Münster Grand Prix. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Angelica Augustsson and Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) continued their super form on Sunday, winning the three star Grand Prix in Münster. The class was also the fourth leg of the DKB-Riders Tour, and a star studded field of riders lined up to compete for points and prize money. Nobody could match the Swedish rider and Bernadette Lejeune’s super hot chestnut mare though – they were simply in a class of their own in the two rounds of this Grand Prix held against the stunning backdrop of the city’s magnificent castle.

Images - Waiting for the Münster Grand Prix

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_K7X3636The Münster Grand Prix took place in 30 degrees and it looked like most of the riders would like to take a bath in the open water when walking the course. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

  

The top 7 in Sunday's 1.50 class in Münster

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sren-pedersen-cavettaIt was Danish rider Sören Pedersen that won the 1.50 class on Sunday in Münster after a double clear round on the lovely Tailormade Cavetta (Careful x Grannus). All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

  

Christian Ahlmann on top of the Longines Global Champions Tour overall standing

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_MG_9558Christian Ahlmann. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Christian Ahlmann has taken over the lead of the overall standing of the Longines Global Champions Tour. The German rider has collected 185 points over the eight legs of the tour that have taken place so far. In second is Luciana Diniz with 166 points, while Laura Kraut is rank three on 161 points. Then follows William Funnell (138), Ludger Beerbaum (138), Scott Brash (133), Edwina Tops-Alexander (123), Alvaro de Miranda (122), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (121) and Michael Whitaker (117).

 

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The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Chantilly to Beezie Madden

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beeziegrassoBeezie Madden and Cortes C on their way to victory in Chantilly. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.After three clear rounds, and the fastest time of the day in the jump-off Beezie Madden climbed to the top of the podium in Chantilly. Riding Cortes C (Randel Z x Darco) the American rider made sure to add yet another big win to her already long list of top results, taking home the the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix. And it didn’t come easy either, with eight other top riders joining her in the jump-off after they had jumped double clear rounds around Uliano Vezzani's two demanding tracks.

Beverley Widdowson named FEI Owner of the Year

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_K7X8938Big Star's owner Beverly Widdowson has been named Owner of the Year.Big Star’s owner Beverley Widdowson, has been awarded the prestigious title FEI Owner of the Year. The FEI and the Jumping Owners Club are behind this award, and Beverley and her husband Gary was honored yesterday in a ceremony at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Chantilly. The presentation was made in partnership with the FEI, with Christian Baillet, Chairman of the Jumping Owners Club, and John Madden, FEI Executive Board member and FEI Jumping Committee Chair, present.

 

Big Star has had an amazing year; winning team gold at the Olympics last summer and more recently the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen. This is not the first time Beverley Widdowson has received this title; she and her husband also won it last year – then as owner of Carlo 273, that is now seen under Sergio Alvarez Moya.

Meredith and Malou make it a win in Münster

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1250-Frie-MM-Beerbaum-MalouMeredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Malou. Photo by Karl-Heinz Frieler. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum took home the biggest win at the CSI3* show in Münster on Saturday. Aboard the scopey Swedish bred Malou (Maloubet de Pleville x Visa Carthago Z) Meredith made sure she was the fastest as last to go in the jump-off, and securing the first prize of 7500 Euro – pushing Robert Whitaker down from his leading position down to second.

 

No less than fifteen riders had to enter and leave the ring in Münster – which is situated in front of the city’s beautiful castle – before the first clear came. The Germans made sure that their precense was noticed; out of the seven clear rounds, five came from home riders. The track was tricky enough, and most head ache was caused by the oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination towards the end of the course where several top riders came in trouble.

Complete riders list for the European Championships in Herning

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em-loggaThe complete riders list for the European Championships in Herning is ready. Riders from 23 different countries are entered to the championships that takes place in August, and out of these 21 will participate in the team competition. Greece and Turkey only take part in the individual competition with Athina Onassis de Miranda and Omer Karaevli as their individual riders.

 

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Double gold for Switzerland at the Europeans for juniors and young riders

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young_riders_medalsThe winning Swiss young rider team. Photo by Sunshine Tour.Switzerland took home the team gold medals at the European Championships for juniors and young riders yesterday. In the children team competition it was the French that claimed the gold in Vejer de la Frontera. The Swiss young riders were on fire yesterday, and Martin Fuchs contributed big time to the win riding a clear round on PSG Future also climbing to second position on the individual standings ahead of the final on Sunday. Emilie Stampfli on Alessa Z; Annina Züger on Liatos II and Chantal Müller on Tabasca were the other three riders on the Swiss team - the latter two also riding clear rounds and putting Switzerland on an eight penalty score that were carried forward from the first part of the team competition.

Andrew Bourns claims victory in international Bromont FEI Open Welcome

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gatsby1Andrew Bourns and Gatsby. Photo by Isabelle Mark Beaulieu.As the first FEI event concludes at the International Bromont, Andrew Bourns earns a well deserved victory over Canada's Olympian Jill Henselwood, by 2.05 seconds. The first round turned out to be challenging: only 6 teams make it to the jump-off, including Canadian Jill Henselwood on her two mounts, IV Ever and New Idol Z.

 

On a course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, with 12 obstacles for 15 efforts including three double combinations, Jaclyn Duff (CAN) on Pater Noster is first to execute a clear round. Jill Henselwood, a member of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams, on her first horse IV Ever, a twelve-year old Dutch warmblood, forces a jump-off with a clear round in 80.38 seconds.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl stay on top at HITS Saugerties, win SmartPak Grand Prix

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girlTodd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by ©ESI Photography.Todd Minikus and his own Quality Girl proved that speed is what they do best on Friday at HITS Saugerties. Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida and his 10-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam's Rubin x Dobrock rode to the blue in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, against a field of 24 horses. Going second in a six horse jump-off, they put the pedal to the proverbial metal to be the last pair standing with a full second to spare.

Wins for Guerdat and Rozier in Chantilly

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SteveGuerdat_47Y8416Steve Guerdat won in Chantilly. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Friday afternoon Swiss Olympic Champion, Steve Guerdat, won the EADS-Generali Prize in Chantilly. The class was set at 1.50 and was against the clock, and Steve's victory came on his faithful and longtime 16 year old partner Jalisca Solier (Alligator Fontaine x Jalisco B). “Jalisca has been in great shape for the last two years now, maybe she is in better shape than two years ago. I only enter her in the best competitions, where I know the ground will be good. And thus she only takes part in eight classes per year and I have come here with that objective: To win in this beautiful arena,” Steve said after his win.

 

Guerdat beat French rider Kevin Staut on the 8 year old For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure/Heartbreaker) with almost three seconds, while Hans-Dieter Dreher was third on Colore (Contender x Lord). 

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Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part two

Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part two

Welcome to the Ehning's yard! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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