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Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014


Conor Swail and Lansdowne take the Trofeo Longines in La Coruna

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conor-la_corunaThe winner: Conor Swail. Photo by Manuel Queimadelos.Conor Swail won the 1,50 m Trofeo Longines at the CSI4* La Coruna on Saturday. Riding Lansdowne (Guidam x Wolfgang), the Irish rider was slightly faster than runner-up Samuel Parot on Quick du Pottier (Hurlevent de Breka). Then it was almost two seconds down to third placed Bernardo Alves on Starling 7 (Stakkato x Calvaro), who was followed by Sergio Alvarez Moya aboard Carlo (Contender x Cascavelle) and Daniel Neilson on Varo M (Pierrot x Weinfurst).


Lauren Hough best in Treffen on Saturday

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HoughLauren_RoyaltyDesIslesJohn Travolta congratulates Lauren Hough. Photo by © studiohorst/GHPC.Lauren Hough won the 1,55 m class at the CSI5* show in Treffen on Saturday evening. Riding Royalty Des Isles (Zandor Z), the American rider went to the top ahead of Beat Mändli on Super Trooper de Ness (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Polydor) and Billy Twomey on Ardcolum Duke (Gypsy Duke x Clover Hill).

Austria wins the European Championships for children

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arezzoJessica Vonach with Withny (Hemmingway x Boreas), Stella Egger with Candyman (Caretello B x Grundyman), Sebastian Gorton-Hülgerth with Estoril (Enanco S x Animo) and Dominik Juffinger with Copido (Co-Pilot x Pluspunkt) were all on the winning Austrian team at the European Championships for children in Arezzo. The Austrian team ended the three rounds with an impressive clean sheet.

Ramiro Quintana and Whitney win Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix

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whitneyArgentine rider Ramiro Quintana has been partnered with Whitney for two years, but their hot streak just began this summer. After winning their first grand prix together two weeks ago in New Jersey, they traveled to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show to showcase their winning ways. In front of a packed house at the Kentucky Horse Park for Hats Off Day, the pair raced away with the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix victory against an international field.

Colombia’s Manuel Torres writes fairytale ending in Vermont Grand Prix

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cinderellaManuel Torres and Cinderella. Photo by David Mullinix Photography.Five-time Olympian Manuel Torres of Colombia and Cinderella won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, presented by Purina Horse Feed, on Saturday, July 26, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.


Torres and Cinderella, an eight-year-old Westphalian mare by Cayetano L, posted one of only three double clear rounds on Saturday over the challenging track set by Canadian course designer Peter Holmes. The duo had the unenviable position of going first in both rounds, but their jump-off time of 39.50 seconds held up as five other riders attempted to catch them over the shortened jump-off course.

Edwina Tops-Alexander holds on to the lead in the Longines Global Champions Tour

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edwina-egoEdwina Tops-Alexander is in the lead of the LGCT. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Edwina Tops-Alexander stays on top of the LGCT overall standing with her 201 points. Then there are some changes on the list with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson climbing up from rank five to two with 194 points, after winning the LGCT Grand Prix in Chantilly. Hassan Mohammed is rank three with 181 points, Emanuele Gaudiano rank four with 157 points and Kevin Staut rank five with 155 points.

Longines Global Champions Tour race hots up in Chantilly as Bengtsson reigns supreme

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rolf-casallRolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Fan-favourite Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) and Casall Ask became the celebrated winners of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Chantilly Grand Prix this afternoon in front of a raucous French crowd who seemed to have adopted the pair as their own. Second place went to another hugely popular Swede, Henrik von Eckermann with Cantinero, while third went to Canadian star Eric Lamaze with his relatively new ride Fine Lady 5.

Brianne Goutal speeds to victory in the Prix Equidia Life

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brianne-chantillyBrianne Goutal. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT. The penultimate speed class before the Longines Global Champions Tour of Chantilly, the Prix Equidia Life, was won by a thrilled Brianne Goutal (USA) and Zernike K, who sped to victory in a lightning time of 59.77s. Second went to home rider Simon Delestre (FRA) with Whisper who finished over 2s slower than the winner, but still received rapturous applause from his home crowd. Third place went to Shane Breen (IRE) and Calido Boy who clocked in just 0.53s behind Delestre.

Gold for the British junior team at the European Championships in Arezzo

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arezzoAfter ending the two rounds on a total of four penalties the British team took the gold medal at the European Championships for juniors in Arezzo. The team consisted of Jake Saywell with Grand Cru van Paemel (Cicero x Silvio), Christie Pritchard with Waldemar (Calvados x Lux), Millie Allen with Cantino (Canturo x Libertino I) and Jessica Mendoza with Spirit T (Tornado x Carnaval Drum). Both Jake and Jessica managed to produce a double clear round.

McLain Ward and Dulien Van De Smeets tops SmartPak Grand Prix

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ward-dulienMcLain Ward and Dulien Van De Smeets. Photo by ©ESI Photography.When McLain Ward climbed down from the tack of Dulien Van De Smeets after winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix presented by Zoetis, he didn't look for congratulations, but marched straight to the mare's owner, his godmother. Susie Heller stood clutching a winner's trophy and was scooped up by Ward's embrace.

Silvana HDC will miss out on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

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Kevin-Staut-Silvana-HDC-386Kevin Staut and Silvana HDC. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The French Equestrian Federation has announced that Kevin Staut's top horse Silvana HDC (Corland x Widor) is injured, and that she will not be able to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. According to the federation's website the 15 year old mare injured herself in the box. The hope is now to have her back for the World Cup circuit that starts in Oslo in October.

Team gold for Germany at the European Championships for Young Riders

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maurice-cooper1Maurice Tebbel and Cooper were on the winning German team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Germans took the team gold medal at the European Championships for Young Riders on Friday. The squad that went to the top in Arezzo consisted of Angelina Herröder with ABC Trixi (Quidam de Revel x Carolus), Maurice Tebbel with Cooper 75 (Colman x Limbus), Niklas Krieg with Carella 5 (Clearway x Concerto II) and Laura Klaphake with Nifrane de Kreisker (Carnute x Papillon Rouge).

A win for Maikel van der Vleuten in Treffen

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VleutenMaikelVanDer_VDLGroeMaikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Sapphire B. Photo by © Michael Rzepa.The Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten won Friday's biggest class at Glock Horse Performance Center in Treffen, riding VDL Groep Sapphire B (Mr. Blue x Grand Veneur). Maikel had the fastest clear in the second round and won ahead of Emanuele Gaudiano with Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) and Billy Twomey with Ardcolum Duke (Gypsy Duke x Clover Hill).

Wins for Renwick, Cordon and Garcia at CSI4* La Coruna

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pilar-corianaPilar Cordon and Coriana van Klapscheut in Herning 2013. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Spain's Pilar Lucrecia Cordon won Friday's biggest class at the CSI4* in La Coruna riding the Darco-daughter Coriana van Klapscheut. The 1.50 m Grand Prix qualifier Trofeo NH Hoteles had 26 clear rounds. Cordon was over 1,5 second faster than Giulia Martinengo Marquet aboard Fixdesign Pop Lady d'Elle (Quick Star x Jalisco B), and then followed Khalid Mohammed A S Al Emadi with Tamira IV (Damiro x Corleone).

Olympian Jill Henselwood shines in Bromont

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jillJill Henselwood & Bolero HX. Photo by Tom Von Kap-Herr.Olympic rider Jill Henselwood won the first international show jumping event in Bromont on July 17 with her mount Bolero HX in an unbeaten time of 40.95 seconds. For this FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) event, FEI4* Brazilian course designer Guilherme Jorge prepared a course with 12 obstacles for 15 efforts, with six rider/horses duos acceding to the jump-off including, Canadian Jill Henselwood and Kelley Robinson, American Derek Braun and Denise Wilson, Russian Liubov Kochetova as well as 2013 International Bromont World Cup Qualifier winner, Ireland's Andrew Bourns.


Aachen images | Emotions & tears at Corradina's retirement c…

Aachen images | Emotions & tears at Corradina's retirement cermony

There were few dry eyes during the emotional retirement ceremony of Carsten-Otto Nagel’s fantastic partner Corradina 2 in Aachen on Thursday. Corradina 2 jumped to individual silver and team bronze at the Europeans at Windsor in 2009, to team gold at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, to team gold and individual silver at the Europeans in...

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