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Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014


Michael Whitaker and Michel Hecart win the five star classes on the opening day at CHI Al Shaqab

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MichaelAmaiDohaMichael Whitaker won on Amai in Doha. Photo by CHI Al Shaqab.Great Britain's Michael Whitaker and France's Michel Hecart won the two five star classes on the opening day at CHI Al Shaqab. Michael took the victory in the biggest class of the day – a 1.50 class against the clock – riding the 14 year old Belgian bred Amai (Nonstop x Bacara), leaving Luciana Diniz and Upper Star (Metall x Zeus) to second and Shane Breen on Confident of Victory (Cornet Obolensky x Damokles) to third. "Winning so early in the competition definitely gives you confidence. It's better than knocking three down," Michael joked after his win. Of riding in the heat of the Middle East, he added; "I'm sure that the heat helps the horses perform. They don't seem to get jet lag either".


This week's live streaming

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generell-bildThis week plenty of shows will be broadcasted online. To watch the CSI5* show in Doha, please click here. Click here to watch the riders and horses at the CSI3* Sunshine Tour and here to watch the livestream from the CSI2* show in Vidauban. The CSI3* event in Warsaw, which serves as the final of the Central European World Cup league can be watched online here.


Visiting Tal Milstein in images

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_K7X6945Meet Tal Milstein - a man with attention to the details. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

WoSJ Exclusive; Tal Milstein – "You are only as good as the people around you"

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_K7X6980Tal Milstein pictured with his riders Lea Nissen and Henri Kovacks. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tal Milstein is a well-known name in the showjumping business, and is the one responsible for many successful horses such as Estina, Tristan, Baronez, Jonkheer Z and Cadett 7. And there are many horses to be added; as we are guided around Milstein's beautiful yard in the peaceful countryside of Asse, Belgium, we see that more than one wall is covered with photos of horses who have found their way from Tal's stable to the top of the sport. Tal himself is not a Belgian though, he is originally from Israel – and was a successful junior and young rider in his home country before he moved to Europe at the age of 22 to try his luck. "Back in those days there was nothing serious to do in Israel as a horseman," the now 38-year-old laughs when we ask him about the reason for his move.

Richard Spooner claims a win as AIG Million week arrives at HITS Thermal

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spoonerRichard Spooner and Cristallo. Photo by ©Flying Horse Photography.Richard Spooner and Cristallo were as in sync as ever on Sunday to win the $50,000 CardFlex Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal. The final qualifier before the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, Sunday's grand prix was met with blue skies and fierce competition. After a second-place finish on Friday, Spooner is sitting pretty on a blue ribbon before the stakes climb higher.

Tracy Fenney earns back-to-back wins with $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix

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tracy-simonTracy Fenney and MTM Timon. Photo by ©ESI Photography.The sun was shining bright over the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium for the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, as 'big-guns', including Margie Engle, Rodrigo Pessoa and Stephan Barcha made appearances. While riders jump to earn a spot in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on March 24, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas earned a win on MTM Timon.


Forty-three riders attempted to best a course presented by designer Danny Foster of Milton, Ontario. The course was both technical and challenging, consisting of 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts. A long gallop from fence one to two followed by an oxer-vertical double combination, proved a difficult line. But, it was the line from a liverpool at fence six to the vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination at fence seven that ended many competitor's hopes of advancing to the jump-off.

The riders list for CHI Al Shaqab

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AlSlogoThis week both a CSI5* and a CSI3* event takes place in Doha, Qatar. Some of the best riders in the world are heading there; Ludger Beerbaum, Henrik von Eckermann, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Luciana Diniz, Steve Guerdat and Michael Whitaker are all on the list of riders for the five star show.





Zangersheide approves seventeen stallions

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rolf-quinteroQuintero - here competing with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson at his last show in Leipzig earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Zangersheide studbook has approved seventeen new stallions. Among the approved stallions is Rolf-Göran Bengtsson's success horse Quintero (Quantum x Chamonix). The other stallions are: Akarad Hero Z (Aganix du Seigneur x Chin Chin), Fly (Kashmir v Schuttershof x Caretino), Corinjo (Coriano Z x Carinjo), Laertes vd Donkhoeve (For Passion D'ive Z x Quorum de Laubry), Oak Grove's Enkidu (Ensor van de Heffinck x Quidam de Revel), Unbreakable (Untoched x Centauer), Aga Khan (Acorado I x Stakkato), Corydon van't & L (Cornado x Chacco Blue), Mr Quality (Mr Blue x Casall), Solid Gold (Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z), Charlemagne JT (Cachas x Carthago Z), Quando vh Exelhof (Quantum x Contender), Casino Royal van de Hunters (Carrico x Contender), Niagara d'Elle (Quick Star x Jalisco B), Peppermill (Burggraaf x Voltaire) and Quintino (Quidam de Revel x Calato Z).

Watch how Weishaupt and Zoer won the Grand Prix classes in Braunschweig and Dortmund

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Philipp Weishaupt and Tabea in the CSI4* Grand Prix in Braunschweig.

Star studded field of riders to Saut Hermès

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ribbonSome of the world’s best riders are heading for Paris and Saut Hermès the coming weekend. World number one Scott Brash will be present, as will Marcus Ehning, Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau – the latter are all in the top ten. Other strong riders that will participate are Simon Delestre, Penelope Leprevost, Maikel van der Vleuten, Katharina Offel as well as Reed Kessler.


Click here for the full riders list.







Eiken Sato and Egano van het Slogenhof win $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

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eikenEiken Sato and Egano van het Slogenhof. Photo by Sportfot. Week nine of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, concluded on Sunday with a win for Japan's Eiken Sato and Egano van het Slogenhof in the $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic showing at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Zoer seizes the victory in the Grand Prix in Dortmund, while Weishaupt wins in Braunschweig

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albert-zoer-abra-kadabraIt was a well deserved victory for Albert Zoer and Abra Kadabra in Dortmund. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After an amazing jump-off, Albert Zoer was awarded with the win in the Grand Prix in Dortmund. The 1.55 class was also the final of the Masters League, and counted 41 riders. Only four of these remained clear around the demanding first round track that consisted of thirteen fences – including a triple combination at 12abc which claimed many victims. The first clear came from Australia’s Jamie Kermod who rode a beautiful clear in Quite Cassini 11 (Cassini I x Quidam de Revel). Then sixteen riders later Germany’s Toni Hassman rode a lovely round on PKZ Contact van de Heffinck (Concept x Corrado I), before Albert Zoer on the super cute Abra Kadabra (Vancouver x Calvados) and Marcus Ehning on the stunning Comme il faut (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro) joined in for the jump-off.

Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z capture $280,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix

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rodrigo-wcRodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z. Photo by Sportfot. Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa jumped to victory with Citizenguard Cadjanine Z in Saturday night's $280,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI-W 4*, presented by The Bainbridge Companies, at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. The class featured a roster of the world's top riders and saw a win for the legendary show jumper and his promising new mount ahead of three young U.S. riders. Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W, Wilton Porter and Paloubet, and Katie Dinan with Nougat du Vallet finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Rich Fellers and Flexible take it class by class, win $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

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richRich Fellers and Flexible. Photo by ©Flying Horse Photography.Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, Oregon and the famed Flexible climbed the ranks at HITS Thermal on Friday to win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, over a field of 58 starters. Earlier this year, the fate of 2012 USEF International Horse of the Year Flexible was an uncertain one. The 18-year-old gelding was diagnosed with blood clots in his right hind leg in June and his showing career was put on hold.


Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part one

Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part one

Marcus Ehning's super star Cornado NRW shows off in the field at home in Borken. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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