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Saturday, 20 Dec 2014


Irish showjumping breeders honoured at the Horse Sport Ireland Breeders Awards 2014

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Angelica-Augustsson-Ard-GinArd Ginger Pop brought her breeder an award for her performances at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Irish showjumping breeders were among the recipients at the Horse Sport Ireland Breeders Awards 2014 yesterday. Special Lux's breeders Des and Seamus Judge (Co Mayo) were awarded for the 'Highest placed showjumping rookie in the WBFSH rankings 2014' and Ard Ginger Pop's breeder Heather Dean Wright (Meath) was awarded for the 'Highest Placed ISH at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, Lanaken 2014'.




Alex to Audrey Coulter

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BonderAlex with Maureen Bonder in the saddle. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Maureen Bonder's Alex has been sold, and will in the future be seen under Audrey Coulter. The ten year old gelding by Arpeggio x Mon Cheri has had a great season, impressing with a single time fault in the second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in St. Gallen as well as ending fourth in a 1.50 class at the same event. In October Bonder and Alex won the CSI2* Grand Prix in Marienheem, and ended second in the CSI2* Grand Prix in Lier.

Schwizer and Breen on top at the Stuttgart German Masters

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csm_IMG_8017__c4eb2793f2Pius Schwizer won the Preis der Firma Walter Solar at the Stuttgart German Masters. Photo (c) Stuttgart German Masters.Pius Schwizer won Thursday's biggest class at the Stuttgart German Masters. The speed class Preis der Firma Walter Solar was the first of two qualifications for the Mercedes German Masters, and faults were converted into additional time. On the twelve year old gelding Armani The Gun CH (Abanos x Ramiro Z), the Swiss rider posted a time of 62.64 seconds.

Farewell to Lando

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patrice-ornellaLando sired many top jumpers, such as the one in the picture: Ornella Mail HDC. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Danish warmblood stallion Lando has passed away, at the age of 26. Lando (Lancier x Raimondo) took his final breath at his home at Beligneux le Haras, where he enjoyed his retirement. Lando had a successful career under Dutch showjumper Albert Voorn who won Olympic silver with the stallion in Sydney in 2000. Following the Olympics, Lando was sold to Paul Schockemöhle and Otto Becker took over the reins.


Lando was also successful as a sire, and is the father of famous showjumper such as Ornella Mail HDC, Lacan and Oscar des Fontaines.


Jumping Indoor Maastricht in images - part three

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Maikel-van-der-Vleuten-Vdl-VDL Groep Sapphire B bucks her way through the finish line after an amazing jump-off that brought Maikel van der Vleuten to the top of the Longines Trophy Grand Prix in front of an ecstatic home crowd. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Jumping Indoor Maastricht in images - part two

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Jeroen-Dubbeldam-Zenith-568It was all about the Dutch riders in Maastricht – they won every single class apart from one. Here the double World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam on Zenith SFN that won Friday’s Grand Prix qualifier the VDL Groep Prijs. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Jumping Indoor Maastricht in images - part one

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_K7X8494Jumping Indoor Maastricht is probably one of the most beautiful shows on the indoor season calendar. Here is one of the many plusses of the show; carrots for the horses at every prize giving! How cute is that? All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Two new horses for Pius Schwizer

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piusPius Schwizer. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Pius Schwizer strengthens his string of horses with the arrival of PSG Opus and PSG Junior. The latter is a talented eight year old by Cornet Obolensky x Lando, while PSG Opus is a fourteen year old by Contender x Landego. Both horses have until recently been competed by Austria's Stefan Eder, and are owned by Peter Schildknecht.



Harrie Smolders takes over the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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harrie-profilHarrie Smolders.

After his win in Las Vegas this weekend, Harrie Smolders has taken over the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League. Smolders has collected 47 points, while Steve Guerdat is second on 42 points. Then follows Jur Vrieling as rank three on 33 points, Kevin Staut on 30 points and Martin Fuchs and Reed Kessler on 28 points.

New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

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Lauren-Hough-Street-Hassle- Some new combinations showed up at Jumping Indoor Maastricht this weekend – here are some of them, and let’s 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 – who trains Sellon – this weekend. Street Hassle is by Quick Star x Laudanum. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

This week's live streaming

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generell-bildA few international events offer live streaming this week:


The CSI5*-W Stuttgart German Masters will be live streamed via this link. For the live streaming from the Longines FEI World Cup, follow this link.

Farewell to Cassini I

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_MG_5475Cassini I sired many top showjumpers, one of the most famous is the one pictured here: Cavalor Cumano. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The legendary Cassini I has passed away at the age of 26. The son of Capitol I x Caletto II has sired numerous top showjumpers such as Cavalor Cumano, Cabrio van de Heffinck, Juvina, Vienna Olympic, Carambole and Berlin. Cassini I was also a very successful showjumper, first with Bo Kristoffersen in the saddle and then later under Franke Sloothaak.

Jeroen Dubbeldam and Daniel Deusser on the shortlist for Reem Acra Best Athlete at the FEI Awards

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jeroen-zenithJeroen Dubbeldam is one of two showjumpers on the shortlist for the Reem Acra Best Athlete at the FEI Awards. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Two showjumpers can be found on the shortlist for the Reem Acra Best Athlete at the FEI Awards; Jeroen Dubbeldam and Daniel Deusser. Dubbeldam was crowned double World Champion in Normandy in September, and was also on the winning Dutch team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Daniel Deusser won the World Cup Final in Lyon in April.

Belgium on the search for new Chef d'Equipe

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belgien2Kurt Gravemeier with his winning Belgian team in Aachen this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Belgian Equestrian Federation is in the search for a new Chef d'Equipe. Kurt Gravemeier's contract has come to an end, and a group consisting of three showjumpers – Pieter Devos, Philippe Le Jeune and Wilm Vermeir – are now looking into possible candidates. Gravemeier has been chief in charge of the Belgian team since 2013, and this year he brought his team to Nations Cup victories in Rome and Aachen.

The riders list for Stuttgart German Masters

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steve-nino-stllningComing to Stuttgart: Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Plenty of the world's best riders head for the CSI5*-W Stuttgart German Masters this weekend. On the list is of course all the German super stars including Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning and Daniel Deusser. They will get company from the World Cup winner from Verona, Bertram Allen as well as double World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson comes fresh from his Grand Prix win in Doha, and Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat is also on the entry list.


Thank you AD Camille Z

Thank you AD Camille Z

Tragedy struck the showjumping world last Thursday, when Athina Onassis de Miranda's amazing mare AD Camille Z had to be put to sleep after a fall in Geneva. Here is our tribute to this fantastic horse, who was so special and so loved – and who will be deeply missed by us all. Together Athina and AD Camille Z achieved...

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