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Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014


New horse for Katie Dinan

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_K7X3798Katie Dinan with her trainer Beat Mändli. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katie Dinan has a new ride in the eight year old Galan S (Indoctro x Calypso D'Herbiers). Galan S has since the spring of 2013 been competed by Italy's Giulia Martinengo Marquet, and earlier this year the pair was placed second in a two star Grand Prix in Gorla Minore in Italy as well as winning a three star 1.45 class in Arezzo. Dinan tells World of Showjumping that she is very excited about the arrival of Galan S.


The riders heading for the CSI4*show in Mons/Ghlin

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JohnWhitakerWoulonJohn Whitaker goes from CSI Twente to Jumping International Mons. Photo by World of Showjumping.There are some great riders on the masters list for the CSI4* show Jumping International Mons in Belgium this coming weekend. Among them are Steve Guerdat, John Whitaker, Doda de Miranda, Gregory Wathelet and Sergio Alvarez Moya who will all be present – in addition to all of Wathelet's best colleagues from Belgium.

Demeersman on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games; "I think it can be a very good championship"

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dirk-demeersman-profil-vmDirk Demeersman. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.During the test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, WoSJ took the opportunity to ask Belgian rider Dirk Demeersman – who has enormous championship experience with three Olympics, two World Championships and four European Championships under his belt – about his verdict on the facilities in Normandy.

The riders list for the Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris

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EiffeljumpingThis week the seventh leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2014 takes place in Paris. The Paris Eiffel Jumping event will welcome some of the world's best rider such as nr. one and two on the tour standing Edwina Tops-Alexander and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, as well as rank one and two in the world Scott Brash and Ben Maher.

Images | Ups, not what we planned...

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Frank-Schuttert-Winchester-WoSJ ended up with a lot of headless bodies in Rotterdam. Our focus was just too much on the horses so the riders didn't fit into the picture... Here's Frank Schuttert's body on Winchester HS. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Nicolas Pizarro and Colasko triumph in Imperial Challenge 1.55m at Spruce Meadows

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pizzaroThe winner; Nicolas Pizarro. Photo by © Spruce Meadows Media Services.The 'Canada One' Tournament at Spruce Meadows concluded on Sunday with a win for Mexico's Nicolas Pizarro Suarez and Colasko in the $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m in the Meadows on the Green.


Cristina Larangeiro of Portugal was the course designer for Sunday's main event, which saw 30 entries in total with five advancing to the tie-breaking jump-off. Pizarro and Monica Burrillo Eguia's Colasko completed the fastest of two double clear rounds in 43.40 seconds to take their first major international grand prix victory.

Will Simpson and Geledimar top West Canadian Cup at Spruce Meadows

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willsWill Simpson and Geledimar. Photo by © Spruce Meadows Media Services.The first competition in the Meadows on the Green on Sunday was the $33,500 West Canadian Cup 1.50m with a win for Will Simpson and Monarch International's Geledimar, an 11-year-old Zangersheide mare by Grosso Z x Lord Z. Cristina Larangeiro set the track for 44 starters with seven advancing to the jump-off and five double clear rounds.

Breen's Derby dream finally comes true

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breenTrevor Breen wins the Derby 2014, riding Adventure De Kannan. Photo by Samantha Lamb.After coming so close for the past two years, Ireland's Trevor Breen finally achieved what he'd always wanted to do - winning the Derby at Hickstead. Trevor's horse Adventure De Kannan has a superb record at Hickstead, winning the Speed Derby in 2009 and the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix in 2012. But the Hickstead Derby kept eluding him - despite coming tantalisingly close with a third place in 2012 and second in 2013.


Last year Trevor finished in runner-up spot in the Derby when 'Addy', who only has one eye, knocked the open ditch near the end of the course and picked up four faults, meaning Phillip Miller won the top prize. But this year the roles were reversed when Phillip had to settle for second place.

Jur Vrieling wins the Grolsch Grand Prix of Twente

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JurZiroccoJur Vrieling and the lovely VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. won the three star Grand Prix in Geesteren. Photo by World of Showjumping.It ended with a home win at the CSI3* show in Geesteren on Sunday, as Jur Vrieling went to the top aboard a very well jumping VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. (Mr. Blue x Voltaire). With one of only two double clears in the class, Jur's second round was by far the fastest one riding to a time that was three seconds quicker than that of runner-up Gerben Morsink on Faithfull (For Keeps x Amor) – also he a Dutch rider. Sweden's Alexander Zetterman and Cafino (Cardento x Roderik) ended third with one pole down against the clock. Only five riders went clear in the first round to move on to the jump-off.

Edwina Tops-Alexander holds on to the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour overall standing

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Edwina-Tops-Alexander-Ego-vEdwina with Ego van Orti in Hamburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Edwina Tops-Alexander stays on top of the LGCT overall standing with her 146 points. Then there are some changes on the list with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson climbing up from rank four to two with 126 points. And just behind Rolf is Saturday's winner Bassem Hassan Mohammed with one point less.

Spooner scores a hat trick at Spruce Meadows

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spooner-tuxRichard Spooner with Tuxedo. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Service. Competition kicked off in the Chinook Ring Friday morning with the $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m where Richard Spooner got his third win in a row this week. Held in a faults converted format, the competition saw 30 entries jumping a course set by Manuel Esparza of Mexico. About halfway through the order, Spooner and Tuxedo cleared the course in a time of 66.44 seconds that would hold on for the win. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Gentleman x Hamilcar) is another brand new mount for Spooner riding for Legacy Stables LLC.

Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL win McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m at Spruce Meadows

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vdlDarragh Kenny riding Alpha VDL. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.The 'Canada One' Tournament at Spruce Meadows continued on Saturday featuring the $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m with a win for Ireland's Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL. The small margin of six one-thousandths of a second separated Kenny from second place finisher Kirsten Coe aboard Czardas 30.

Bassem Hassan Mohammed claims first ever Qatari LGCT Grand Prix win in spectacular Monaco

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bassemA very happy Bassem Hassan Mohammed with Victoria. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.A jubilant Bassem Hassan Mohammed won the first major class of his young career this evening in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco Grand Prix before packed house and a very appreciative Royal box. Second went to the ever-consistent Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask, and third to Cameron Hanley and his very aptly named young superstar-in-the-making, Living the Dream. The result left Championship leader Edwina Tops-Alexander, who lowered a rail in the first round with Old Chap Tame, just 20 points ahead of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson in second, while the Qatari rider moves up to third just one point behind.

Guy Williams speeds to victory at Hickstead

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guyGuy Williams with Casper de Muze. Photo by (c) Samantha Lamb.British rider Guy Williams won the Bunn Leisure Speed Derby this afternoon at Hickstead, exactly 10 years since his last victory in the class. Riding the 12-year-old chestnut gelding Casper De Muze, Guy produced one of only two clear rounds to finish more than 2sec faster than Harriet Nuttall in second. Guy's horse had lost a shoe half way round the course but continued at a strong pace to cross the finish line in 96.36sec.

Sulz and Whitaker on top in Geesteren

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DeniseFlotteDernDenise Sulz and Flotte Dern won Saturday's biggest class in Geesteren. Photo by World of Showjumping.The CSI3* show in Geesteren continued on Saturday with wins for Germany's Denise Sulz and Great Britain's John Whitaker in the 1.50 and 1.45 classes respectively. Sulz – a student of Marcus Ehning – rode Flotte Dern (Forsyth x Acord II) to victory in the over 90-rider class that counted some of the sport's true stars. With a double clear round and a time of 40.23, Sulz was the fastest in the jump-off that twelve of the nineteen first-round clears opted to ride. In second came Abdullah Sharbatly on Callahan (Contendro x For Pleasure) in 40.74 seconds, while Timothy Hendrix was third on Cedrick 8 (Couleur-Rubin x Quattro B) in 41.67 seconds.


The flying Fibonacci

The flying Fibonacci

This is the horse that is on everybody's lips at the moment; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum's Fibonacci 17 - a nine year old gelding by For Feeling x Corland - jumps incredible with the German rider, and to sit on this horse must be like flying! Here is a little photo series from Friday's 1.55 class to illustrate. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.   

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