Scott BrashĀ is still number one onĀ the Longines ranking. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Scott Brash stays on top of the Longines ranking for another month. On the latest world ranking - published today - Ben Maher is still second on the list,Ā while Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning stay put on rank three and four. Steve Guerdat has made a climb from rank seven to rank five, while Kent Farrington climbs from rank eight to six. This means that Beezie Madden has been pushed down to rank seven.
On the list for Braunschweig; Kevin Staut. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The four star show in Braunschweig the coming weekend welcomes a strong field of riders. The riders list has names such as Kevin Staut, Simon Delestre, Hansi Dreher, Shane Breen, Bertram Allen, Gerco SchrĆ¶der, Jeroen Dubbeldam and Cassio Rivetti on it.
Team World - consisting of Nicola Philippaerts, Maikel van der Vleuten and Oliver Lazarus - competed against Team Sweden - consisting of Rolf-GĆ¶ran Bengtsson, Henrik von Eckermann and Douglas LindelĆ¶w -Ā in dressage, jumping and driving. Here is Nicola giving his all in his driving debut! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Kathi Offel returns to Dortmund, after winning there last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The three star Signal Iduna Cup in Dortmund the coming weekend, attracts top riders. The top three from the Longines Grand Prix in Hong Kong are all on the list of riders; Henrik von Eckermann, Katharina Offel and Ludger Beerbaum. They are accompanied by riders such as Marcus Ehning and Carsten-Otto Nagel.
On Saturday Otto Becker's former super star Dobel's Cento celebrated his 25th birthday. WoSJ has been lucky enough to get some exclusive photos from the birthday party of the horse that in his time won team gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney for Germany, as well as bronze at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. Cento also won the World Cup Final in 2002 as well as notching up numerous Grand Prix wins under Otto Becker during his career - - including the Aachen Grand Prix -
William Whitaker with Fandango - here in Rotterdam last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Apart from this weekend's Grand Prix winners in Gothenburg and Wellington, Great Britain's William Whitaker, Germany's Henrik Griese, Ireland's Dermott Lennon and Belgium's Jody Bosteels all ended on top in the international Grand Prix classes around Europe. The three star Grand Prix at the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera was won by William Whitaker on Fandango (Last Liberty 988 x Krocket 651). With a double clear round, and a time of 34.27 seconds William left two other British riders behind him in second and third. Runner-up was Holly Gillot on Dougie Douglas (Ard VDL Douglas x Highroller) who was almost two seconds behind on the time in the jump-off and third was Spencer Roe on Wonder Why (Padinus x Laurin).
The WoSJ guest blogger presented by CAVALOR; Nicola Philippaerts
Monday, 03 March 2014 09:01
Today we are very lucky to have CAVALOR present the WoSJ guest blog, and it is no other than their ambassador Nicola Philippaerts ā winner of Sunday's Longines FEI World Cup in Gothenburg ā who is our guest blogger. Here's how Nicola sums up his amazing weekend in Gothenburg, where he won both international classes on Sunday ā first on Casana and then Donatella-N:
"When I walked the coursefor yesterday's World Cup I said to my father that I thought it was big, and as the ring is quite small the fences come really fast. My mare Donatella has a very big stride, and all the lines were coming quite short ā so I thought I would have a quite exciting time in there with her as it was also her first World Cup ever.
McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z top $25,000 SuncastĀ® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic for second win
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:55
McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z won again in Wellington. Photo by Sportfot.After topping Saturday's $25,000 Nutrena Jumper Classic at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the brand new partnership of McLain Ward (USA) and Double H Farm's HH Carlos Z went on to their second victory of the week in Sunday's $25,000 SuncastĀ® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. The class saw 52 entries with six to jump-off.
Ben Maher and Urico win $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:41
Ben Maher won the $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix in Wellington on Urico. Photos by Sportfot.Week eight of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by G&C Farm, concluded on Sunday with another big win for Great Britain's Ben Maher in the $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. Maher guided Jane Clark's Urico to victory over USA's Laura Kraut and Nouvelle in second and Ireland's Cian O'Connor aboard Quidam's Cherie in third. Also showing at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday, McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z won for the second day in a row with a top finish in the $25,000 SuncastĀ® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.
Marcus Ehning on top in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European league
Sunday, 02 March 2014 18:42
Marcus Ehning with Plot Blue in Gothenburg - the final leg of the Western European league. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After all ten legs in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European league have been completed, Marcus Ehning is on top. Collecting 81 points, Marcus ranks as number one ahead of Scott Brash in rank two with 69 points. Then following sixteen riders on the ranking are; Pius Schwizer (63 points), Patrice Delaveau (61 points), Maikel van der Vleuten (55 points), Edwina Tops-Alexander (53 points), Steve Guerdat (51 points), Kevin Staut (48 points), Roger Yves Bost (45 points), Billy Twomey (40 points), Luciana Diniz (40 points), Joe Clee (39 points), Lars Nieberg (39 points), Nicola Philippaerts (38 points), Tim Gredley (36 points), Lucy Davies (36 points), Christian Ahlmann (35 points) and Francois Mathy Jr. (34 points).
Nicola Philippaerts and Donatella-N prove to be the best in the Longines FEI World Cup in Gothenburg
Sunday, 02 March 2014 18:16
Nicola Phillippaerts and Donatella-N won the World Cup in Gothenburg after two amazing rounds. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Nicola Phillippaerts took the first World Cup win in his career in Gothenburg on Sunday afternoon, riding Donatella-N (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Burggraaf). The 20 year old super talented Belgian rider ā who is son of Ludo ā did the two rounds of his life in Scandinavium on this big jumping chestnut mare, beating no other than Germanyās Marcus Ehning who ended second on Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot) as well as the Netherlandās Maikel van der Vleuten who was third on VDL Groep Sapphire (Mr.Blue x Grand Veneur Sf) ā with a very happy Ludo ringside as witness to his sonās amazing performance. āI found my horse jumped really good today, and everything worked well out,ā Nicola said humbly after his win. āThis is my biggest win so far, together with the win in Falsterbo in 2012. I kind of like Sweden it seems,ā young Philippaerts added laughing.
New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht
Some new combinations showed up at Jumping Indoor Maastricht this weekend ā here are some of them, and letās start with Lauren Hough and Street Hassle. This eight year old stallion has been competed by Paris Sellon during 2014, but made an appearance with Hough ā who trains Sellon ā this weekend. Street Hassle is by Quick Star x...