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Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014


Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | Bertram Allen attacks to take the lead

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bertram-molly-maloneBertram Allen stayed ice cold and won the first competition at the World Championships in Normandy aboard Molly Malone V. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ireland's 19 year old sensation Bertram Allen attacked in Tuesday's first competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, and has taken the individual lead in the championships on Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier). Allen has gone from strength to strength with the 10 year old mare this season, and started off his outdoor campaign by winning the Longines Grand Prix in Lummen in May and then closing it off with another Longines Grand Prix win in Dublin in August – which also gave the German-based rider a ticket for the World Championships.




The team draw for the first competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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IMG-20140901-WA0008The team draw for the first competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games took place this afternoon here in Caen. The competition starts tomorrow at 9.10 CET, first out of the 33 teams is Finland and last is Mexico – and the order to go can be viewed here. The full start list of the first part of the competition, will be available here. For the format and rules click here.

Images | Warming up for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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_K7X4936Monday was the day of the official training session in the d'Ornano stadium, and no less than 179 riders came to test out the ring - with or without jumping. Here's a few of them. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Advertisement | One week to go before the Fences Auctions: A peek in the 2014 catalog

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78 three year old colts and fillies and 34 foals are composing the exceptional selection of the 25th anniversary of the Elite Auctions. 50 Selle Français and 28 representatives of the 8 other stud-books will be presented in free jumping.

The Monday WoSJ guest blogger from the World Equestrian Games; Abdel Said

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AbdelBlogWEGHello everyone!


I can't believe how fast this season went and now we are here in Caen for my first World Equestrian Games! The venue here is fantastic and the atmosphere is amazing. I watched the final of the eventing yesterday and the atmosphere gives you goose bumps. The warm-up and the stables are super. All the horses on our team passed the vet-check yesterday and are ready to perform.

Katrin Eckermann's Carlson 46 sold

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katrin-carlsonCarlson 46 with Katrin Eckermann in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katrin Eckermann's Carlson 46 has been sold, and will in the future fly the Canadian flag. Eckermann has confirmed to World of Showjumping that the new owners of her success horse are the Ziegler-family, owners of Artisan Farms and supporters and horse owners behind Eric Lamaze and Tiffany Foster not to forget their own daughter Caitlin.

Bassem Hassan Mohammed to compete Eurocommerce California at the World Equestrian Games

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bassem-californiaBassem Hassan Mohammed on Eurocommerce California at today's training session in Caen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Bassem Hassan Mohammed will compete Eurocommerce California (Corland x Ramiro) at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Bassem was entered with his usual ride Primeval Dejavu (Heartbreaker x Ramiro), but in the very last minute the 10 year old gelding has been changed for the 12 year old grey mare that usually is seen under Bassem's compatriot Sheik Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani. Jan Tops, who trains several of the riders from Qatar - Bassem included, explains to World of Showjumping that Bassem felt Primeval Dejavu to not be 100 % fit and that he does not want to take any chances with the health of his top horse. 

Images | The trot-up at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games - part two

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Laszlo-Toth-Isti-39255Somebody had fun during the trot-up! And it was probably not Laszlo Toth... All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Final definitive entries for the jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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wegThe final version of the definitive entries for the jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games has been published. As reported there have been some changes in the entries such as for the Belgian team, the British team, the Spanish team as well as in the entries for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are also a few other last-minute changes such as the one for Hungary, as Sandor Szasz's horse did not pass a veterinary re-inspection this morning following yesterday's trot-up.

Images | The trot-up at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games - part one

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Gerco-Schrder-Glocks-LondoIs this a winning smile from Glock's London N.O.P? All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Babington victorious in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix

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Babington3Kevin Babington and Shorapur won the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix.Kevin Babington of Ireland guided the young mare Shorapur to the fastest fault-free jump-off time (39.16 seconds) to claim the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover, in an exciting climax to the 39th Annual Hampton Classic. Brianne Goutal of New York City rode Nice De Prissy to second place (0 faults/40.34 seconds), and Richie Moloney of Ireland rode Freestyle De Muze to third place, with 4 faults in 44.26 seconds. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina guided Whitney to fourth place, with 8 faults in 38.58 seconds.

WoSJ Exclusive; Our top ten favorites for the World Championship title

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ludger-chiaraBeerbaum, Ludger (GER): Ranked as number two in the world it is not possible to leave the ‘maestro’ of showjumping out. Although his WEG-partner Chiara’s results have been somewhat up and down during the summer season, there have been some undoubtable highlights such as the couple’s double clear round in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rome, and more recently their third place in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Valkenswaard. This is a pair that has a record of rising to the occasion; they were Vice-Champions at the World Cup Final in Lyon in April and last year they took European team silver in Herning, as well as finishing sixth individually. Ludger has no less than four Olympic gold medals, as well as five medals from the World Championships not to forget his fourteen medals from the European Championship. The record speaks for itself.


Keyword(s) for success: Beerbaum

All showjumping horses pass the vet-check ahead of the World Equestrian Games

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generellAll showjumping horses presented, apart from one, passed this morning's vet-check in Normandy. A few horses had to stop by the holding box, but apart from one of these all went on to pass eventually. The one that did not pass will be re-checked Monday. The showjumping competition starts Tuesday morning at 9.10, with the warm-up taking place tomorrow.

No World Equestrian Games for Abdullah Al Sharbatly

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_MG_5789Abdullah Al Sharbatly. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Abdullah Al Sharbatly will not take part of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The Saudi Arabian rider was entered with Tobalio for the World Championships, but has decided not to jump. Al Sharbatly was silver medalist at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 with Seldana di Campalto.

Ensor de Litrange out of the Belgian team, Domino in

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Jos-Lansink-Ensor-de-LitranEnsor de Litrange Lxii is out of the Belgian team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jos Lansink and Ensor de Litrange Lxii (Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue) will not be a part of the Belgian team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Belgian Federation reports on their website that after arriving in Caen, Ensor was lunged, ridden and was very fit. A later check-up of the horse revealed a change in the 10 year gelding’s fitness though, and after a consultation between the Chef d'Equipe, the team veterinarian and Lansink this morning it was decided that it was in the interests of the team not to bring Ensor to the veterinary inspection.


Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld and Castle Forbes Cosma and would retire from the sport. Owned by Lady Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been like win machines. Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld had no less than 58 international...

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