The riders list for the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha
Monday, 18 November 2013 07:10
A star studded field of riders are travelling to Doha this weekend to compete at the final leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour for the 2013-season. Nine out of the top 11 ranked riders are in with a chance to win the tour as all is to be settled in Qatar the coming weekend.
The Grand Prix in Wieze to Wout-Jan van der Schans
Monday, 18 November 2013 07:02
Wout-Jan van der Schans won the Grand Prix in Wieze. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Wout-Jan van der Schans won the two star Taitinger Grand Prix in Wieze on Sunday riding Capetown (Oklund x Carlino). With one of five double clears in the class, the Dutch rider finished ahead of Amy Graham on Bella Baloubet (Baloubet du Rouet x Landadel) â€“ with only 0.03 seconds separating them in the jump-off. Third was Pia-Luise Aufrecht on MCB Ulke (Lux x Peter Pan).
Andrew Ramsay returns to stake his claim in the $50,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix CSI-W
Monday, 18 November 2013 06:51
The winning pair; Andrew Ramsay and Adamo van't Steenputje.
At the Las Vegas National Saturdayâ€™s Â $50,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix CSI-W had forty-two entries with eight pairs going clean, resulting in a nail-biting jump-off. As the class commenced, course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil explained the aspects of building to spec. "This is a World Cup qualifier event so we have some standards to keep. The maximum height is a 1.60m and we have today three verticals at 1.60m, and we have oxers at 1.50m high with a maximum spread of 1.60m. I've got a triple bar at 1.90m spread. I think the riders have plenty to work with."Â
Quotes from the Longines FEI World Cup in Stuttgart
Sunday, 17 November 2013 18:12
Hansi was a very happy man after is win! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Hans-Dieter Dreher on his win; "I am so happy to win here in my home area. I think I got the perfect jump-off, and I think I won it after the fourth fence where I already in the landing had a forward distance to the next fence and I could just keep going. What shall I say; I'm really happy!"
Ludger Beerbaum who was third; "Well done Hansi! He really deserved to win today because the jump-off was world class. To see Hansi's time and the times for the rest of the riders -Â he was more than a second faster - that shows how unbeliveable Hansi's jump-off was today. I think if the rest of us would get another three of four goes at it, it would only be Steve with his super fast horse that might have had a chance to beat the time. For the rest of us it would still be impossible to beat Hansi!
Awards for Kessler, Deusser, Davies and Ehning in Stuttgart
Sunday, 17 November 2013 17:45
Leading lady rider in Stuttgart; Reed Kessler. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After brilliant performances in Stuttgart, Reed Kessler and Daniel Deusser were crowned the best female and male riders on Sunday. Both riders notched up wins during the weekend â€“ with Reed taking home two classes on Friday and Daniel winning the Mercedes German Master. The prize for the most well riding female rider went to another young talented American; Lucy Davies â€“ who performed beautifully in the World Cup on Barron. No surprise, it was Marcus Ehning who won the same award for the male riders after his fantastic round on Cornado NRW in todayâ€™s World Cup.
Steve Guerdat takes command of the Western European League
Sunday, 17 November 2013 17:40
With 51 points, Steve Guerdat is in the lead of the Western European League. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Steve Guerdat has taken the command of the Longines FEI World Cup in the Western European League. After four legs of the league, Steve has picked up 51 points â€“ after being second in Oslo, Helsinki and Stuttgart. As rank two follows Scott Brash on 41 points, while Marcus Ehning is rank three on 36 points. Rank four is Luciana Diniz with 32 points, then follows Edwina Tops-Alexander on the same amount as rank five.
Hans-Dieter Dreher is the hero of the day to take a home win in the World Cup in Stuttgart
Sunday, 17 November 2013 17:30
Embassy II celebrates the win in Stuttgart with Hans-Dieter Dreher. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a very exciting and fast jump-off in the Longines FEI World Cup in Stuttgart, it was home rider Hans-Dieter Dreher that stole the win riding the beautiful stallion Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I). The notoriously fast German rider won his first World Cup in Bordeaux in February, and today he recorded the second in his career â€“ this time in front of his home crowd, making it an extremely popular win. Reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) ended second, and Ludger Beerbaum secured a good German day by ending third on Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You).
Andres Rodriquez & Caballito take the top spot in the $33,000 EquiFit, inc. Jumper Classic
Sunday, 17 November 2013 12:30
Andres Rodriquez & Caballito en route to victory in Las Vegas.Wrapping up the indoor season, the Las Vegas National offers the final FEI classes on the West Coast until February 2014. Fifty-six horse and rider pairs representing eleven different countries gave it a go in the $33,000 EquiFit, inc. Jumper Classic. The course was technical and the competition fierce. Brazilian Guilherme Jorge set the track. Knowing he had a large field, he intentionally built a course with technical questions and a tight time.Â
"Even though this is a Welcome Class and a speed round, I set everything at 1.45m - 1.50m; the last jump has 1.7m spread. I added technical aspects. The first jump is a triple bar. There are plenty of options with strides and turns," explained Jorge. "This is just a taste. Saturday's class will be closer to what a World Cup Finals course could be. The idea is to prepare for that level."
Bosty takes home the Speed and Handiness class in Stuttgart
Saturday, 16 November 2013 23:21
Roger Yves Bost and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costervelds in Stuttgart. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Once again Bosty was unbeatable in Stuttgart! After a very fast round in 53,79 seconds Roger Yves Bost could collect the first price yet again riding Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costervelds (Clinton x Randel Z). Faults were calculated into seconds in this class, so it was full speed for the riders, even if a pole fell which made it really exciting for the audience.
The top 12 in Saturday's biggest class at the German Masters in Stuttgart
Saturday, 16 November 2013 21:26
Â Ben Maher and Tripple X III (Namelus R x Cantango) won the "Preis der Firma GEZE GmbH" in Stuttgart Saturday evening. Eleven riders went on to the winning round - all except one of them were clear in the first round. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Wellington and Kentucky join Bromont/Montreal with bids for the World Equestrian Games 2018
Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:09
The two US cities â€“ Wellington and Kentucky - have both submitted their formal bid applications and questionnaires to host the FEI World Equestrian Gamesâ„¢ 2018 and now officially join the Canadian bid from Bromont/Montreal. Applicants bidding to host the Games in 2018 had until 15 November to return signed bid applications and questionnaires and both US cities have met the deadline.
Deusser takes yet another Master Class in Stuttgart, while Kessler is on fire to take two wins
Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:57
Daniel Deusser and Evita van de Veldbalie won yet another Master Class - here seen in Lyon. There is no stopping Daniel Deusser! Yesterday evening the German rider took home the Mercedes German Masters on his winning ride from the Equita Master in Lyon only two weeks ago â€“ Evita van de Veldbalie (Wandor vd Mispelaere x Clinton). Deusser had one of six clear jump-off rounds, and with the fastest time of the day at 37.69 seconds he brought home a brand new Mercedes. In second came another in-form rider; Scott Brash on Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno), who was a little over a second behind Daniel. Ludger Beerbaum was third on Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) â€“ on a time of 40.57.
WoSJ Exclusive; Sophie Mottu Morel - show director of the CH…
Sophie Mottu Morel is the show director of the CHI Geneva. This yearâ€™s edition of CHI Geneva sees some bigÂ changes; can you tell us a little bit about what this yearâ€™s version of theÂ event will look like?
"2013 was indeed a year of change for us. After 35 years and due to the new sponsor of the World Cup, we decided...