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Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014

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Italian domination in Verona, while Brash continues to win

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scott-bonamiScott Brash and Bon Ami - here seen in Stuttgart last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The last and the biggest class in Verona on Friday – a 1.50/1.55 class – went to the man who seems to be winning everything at the moment; Scott Brash. Riding Bon Ami (Pavarotti V. Helle x Richebourg), the British rider had one of twelve double clears in the class – and with a time of 33.83 he went to the top picking up the top prize of 15.000 Euro and securing more Longines Ranking points. Just 0,1 seconds behind was home rider Massimo Grossato on Quala (l'Arc de Triomphe x Jalisco B) – closing off a very good day for the Italians on home soil. Simon Delestre finished third on Napoli du Ry (Baloubet du Rouet/Silvio I) with a time of 34.38 seconds.

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Longines Rising Star Award to Reed Kessler

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awardThe five award winners. Photo by © FEI/Edouard Curchod. Reed Kessler was honored with the Longines Rising Star Award at the FEI Award Gala 2013 in Montreux, Switzerland on Thursday. HRH Princess Haya thanked Reed and Charlotte Dujardin, who won the Reem Acra Best Athlete Award, "for sharing the grace, elegance and beauty of equestrian sport with a global audience."

Top horses then... Top horses now...

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Then: Carambole (Cassini I x Concerto II) at his very first show as a four year old. Already back then he was ridden by Dutch rider Willem Greve.

A selection of Bea's tweets from Verona - part two

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earlyWe started early this morning!! All the horses arrived in Verona!! #Bea

  

Conor Swail taking MNP International Top Score Challenge as well as the “The Brickenden Trophy”

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conorsConor Swail won two classes on Thursday. Photo by Ben Radvanyi.Tonight's horse show featured the fun and exciting $33,000 MNP International Top Score Challenge, where each jump is assigned a point value, and riders have to plan their course to amass the maximum number of points within the time allowed.

 

Once the pair have finished the course, they may opt to take the "Joker" fence, which would either enhance their score by 200 points or diminish it, should they have the rail down.

 

The format clearly suited Ireland's Conor Swail and his nimble little mare Arista, as the pair flew across an incredible fourteen jumps plus the Joker, accumulating a grand total of 1360 points. Not shabby for an eight-year-old mare at her first international show, in her first class of this nature.

Anicmo to HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Moteb Al Saud

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AnicmoAnicmo with Pieter Clemens in the saddle. Photo by galop.be - provided by Ashford Farm.Pieter Clemen’s hugely talented ride Anicmo has been sold to HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Moteb Al Saud. The 9 year old gelding by Amantus x Gracioso has had some great results under Ashford Farm’s stable jockey in the short time they have been together; the pair won the 2* Grand Prix in Oslo in October, as well as recording wins in Beervelde and Bondheiden this summer. Now Anicmo will be seen flying the Saudi Arabian colors.

The Ziegler family named Jump Canada "Owner of the Year"

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zieglerJump Canada Chair John Taylor, Caitlin and Carlene Zeigler, Karen Hendry-Ouellette, Manager of Sport - Jumping Department, Equine Canada. Photo by Cealy Tetley.Jump Canada has named the Ziegler family of Artisan Farms its "Owner of the Year" for 2013. It is the second time that Jump Canada has bestowed the honour on the Ziegler family, who were also the recipients in 2011.

 

Carlene and Andy Ziegler's interest in show jumping first began when their daughter, Caitlin, started riding ponies at the age of four at a small barn outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As Caitlin's riding progressed, so did the involvement of her parents. Today, Artisan Farms continues to support the riding careers of Andy and Caitlin, as well as sponsoring Canadian Olympians Eric Lamaze and Tiffany Foster.

A selection of Bea's tweets from Verona - part one

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verdiLyon's GP winner, Verdi is here in Verona!! #Bea 

McLain Ward wins the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by GroupBy

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rotchildMcLain Ward and Rothchild. Photo by Ben Radvanyi.In a masterful display of horsemanship, America's McLain Ward (Brewster, NY) and Rothchild blazed a path to victory tonight in the Ricoh Coliseum, taking top honours in the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by GroupBy for the fifth time in his career.

 

"The Hickstead class" as it is now known, was renamed to honour the great horse Hickstead, following his passing in 2011. Hickstead carried Canadian Eric Lamaze to an individual gold medal, and Team silver in jumping at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

WoSJ Exclusive; Olivier Philippaerts – born to do it

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_MG_0600Olivier Philippaerts is one of Belgium's golden boys - and despite his young age he has already proven that he has what it takes to reach the top. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Our attempt to interview Olivier Philippaerts didn’t start so well, when we were a bit confused about who were who in regards to him and his twin brother Nicola. But, Olivier is probably the sweetest thing on the showjumping circuit – and somehow he made the very embarrassing situation completely normal.

 

With less than two decades on the horse back, and still two European Championships ridden as a pony rider, two European Championships ridden as a junior whereas one resulted in an individual gold medal in 2010, a team gold medal won at the European Championships for young riders in Comporta in 2011 – well it’s kind of an understatement to write that Olivier is one of the circuit’s biggest talents. No surprise either, as his father is Ludo Philippaerts – one of the world’s best riders.

This week’s live streaming

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veronaYou can follow Jumping Verona and several other shows live this week. This week there will be plenty of opportunities to watch showjumping online.


The CSI5*-W show in Verona can be watched via this link. The Longines FEI World Cup is broadcasted on FEI TV on Sunday at  14:25 - click on this link.

Nenuphar’Jac and Catapulte to Ashford Farm

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michel-nenuphar-jacMichel Robert with Nenuphar´Jac. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Michel Robert’s former rides Nenuphar’Jac and Catapulte will in the future be seen under Ashford Farm’s riders. After deciding to retire from the top sport, it was first believed that Nenuphar’Jac (Cumano x Pidayack) would temporarily join his former rider Penelope Leprevost – but now it is clear that the two horses will leave for Belgium to Enda Carroll’s yard. “The horses will be campaigned for shows by our riders, and both are for sale,” Enda explains to WoSJ on the new arrivals.

Who is climbing on the Longines Ranking?

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IMG_0303Marco Kutscher is back in the top, and thus climbing on the Longines Ranking. Photo by WoSJ.With the latest Longines Ranking out, counting results from the the 1st of November 2012 to the 31st of October 2013 – it’s time to look at who is climbing within the top 100. This weekend’s Grand Prix winner in Lyon – Maikel van der Vleuten is now in the top 20 after going from rank 22 to rank 17. Francois Mathy Jr. has climbed into the top 50, and is now rank 46 after being 55 on last month’s ranking.

Bomar and Fresh Direct K2 to Phoebe Lang

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bomerPhoebe Lang with Bomar. Photo by Sanjay Bagai.Bomar (Padinus x Murano) and Fresh Direct K2 (Orlando x Clinton) have a new rider; Phoebe Lang. Bomar, a promising young KWPN stallion who was the winner of the 7 year old class in Zandhoven under Harrie Smolders and owned by Axel Verlooy, has been sold to Zeitgeist Equestrian in California. Bomar joins the string of Phoebe Lang who is the co-owner of Zeitgeist Equestrian along with her husband Sanjay Bagai. Bagai - Lang's husband -  has also just bought Fresh Direct K2 (Orlando x Clinton) from Axel Verlooy. K2 has previously been seen under Tim Stockdale.

Some of the winners at the CSI4* in Munich

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Winner of the Grand Prix: John Whitaker with Argento

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Images | The power of canter - part two

Images | The power of canter - part two

Cantering horses are so powerful to watch, but it always looks different depending on the horse, the rider and the moment. Here are some more powerful moments captured in Falsterbo; Ashlee Bond Clarke and Agrostar are first out in part two of the images. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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