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Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014


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.

Big Star out with injury

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_K7X7882Nick Skelton with Big Star in Aachen last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Nick Skelton's fantastic Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) is injured and will probably be out for about a year. According to Horse & Hound the 11 year old stallion has torn his lower suspensory. Big Star sustained a similar injury in September 2013 and was out for nine months before he made a super comeback being third in the Longines Global Champions Tour in Estoril two weeks ago. This means that Nick and Big Star will miss out on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy later this year.

Darragh Kenny wins his first CSI5* Longines GCT class

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kenny-dDarragh Kenny with Piccolo. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Ireland's Darragh Kenny was thrilled with his first big CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour win of his career this afternoon as he took first place in the Prix Equidia Life with Piccolo in a time of 67.43s. Second place went to Luca Maria Moneta (ITA) and Connery in 68.71s, and third to Jane Richard Philips (SUI) with Dieudonne de Guldenboom - her second 3rd place of the day!

Emilie Martinsen wins the opening CSI5* class of Chantilly

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emilieEmilie Martinsen with Pacome Des Plains. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Emilie Martinsen (DEN) and Pacome Des Plains won the opening class of Longines Global Champions Tour of Chantilly by just 0.07s from Alexis Borrin (FRA) and Ruby de la Fosse in 2nd. Jane Richard Philips (SUI) and Pablo de Virton took 3rd. Only six riders jumped clear in the introductory class of the show as riders familiarised themselves with the huge grass arena ahead of the feature Grand Prix tomorrow afternoon.

Images from Aachen Speed Derby - part one

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1Andre-Thieme-Voigtsdorfs35Saturday evening it was time for speed derby action in Aachen. Here Andre Thieme with Voigtsdorfs Quonschbob. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Geisha van Orshof to HDC and Patrice Delaveau

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Andre-Oliveira--Campos-FreiGeisha van Orshof with Andre Freire in Den Bosch earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Haras des Coudrettes has purchased the promising 8 year old Geisha van Orshof (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Parco) for Patrice Delaveau. The mare started her international career with Olivier Philippaerts before Andre Freire took over in October 2013. At the end of June this year Geisha van Orshof competed in Bonheiden with Stephex stable's Petronella Andersson in the saddle.


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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