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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.

 

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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.

Sunday's Grand Prix winners

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mario-stevens-profilMario Stevens won in Oldenburg. Archive photo by World of Showjumping. Mario Stevens and Baloubet (Balou du Rouet x Grandeur) won CSI2* the Grosser Preis von Oldenburg on Sunday afternoon. The German riders dominated the class and runner-up was Holger Hetzel riding Legioner (Limbus x Calido I) ahead of Patrick Stühlmeyer with Lacan (Lando x Contender) in third and Denis Nielsen and Cashmaker (Calido x Lafitte) as number four.

 

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Maikel van der Vleuten takes the Longines Trophy for a second consecutive year in Maastricht

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maikel-sapphireMaikel van der Vleuten won the Longines Trophy at Jumping Indoor Maastricht. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Maikel van der Vleuten blew the competition aside at the beautiful CSI3* event in Maastricht tonight when winning the Longines Trophy. The popular Dutch rider also won last year's edition – and on the same horse, VDL Groep Sapphire (Mr. Blue x Grand Veneur SF). With four home riders on the top, Timothy Hendrix finished second, Albert Zoer third and Frank Schuttert fourth the Limburg crowd got value for their ticket money and the atmosphere reached a climax in the ring at MECC.

Jonathon Millar, McLain Ward and Game Ready finish the week at the top of the standings in Toronto

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royalJonathon Millar and McLain Ward. Photo by Michelle Dunn.The "Braeburn Farms" Leading International Rider Award went to McLain Ward of Brewster, NY. With grace and wisdom, he admitted he simply made a mistake in the class tonight, taking a "pull" in the jump off, rather than trusting his horse.

 

"Carlos jumped beautifully in the first round, I was really happy with him," said Ward. "It was a bit of an anxious jump-off, as Beezie (Madden) and I were duking it out for the Leading Rider award, unfortunately maybe that seeps into your thinking a bit more than it should," he admitted. "I made a mistake. I should have kept coming to the vertical - it was a flat out jump off - and I tried to change my mind at the end which probably wasn't necessary. I should have trusted the horse. Last night I tried to leave out a stride which was foolish, and tonight I should have left the stride out, but the horse performed well and it's easier to correct my mistakes than theirs."

Harrie Smolders and Regina Z hit the jackpot in the Las Vegas CSI-W Grand Prix

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unnamed2Harrie Smolders and Regina Z won the Grand Prix in Las Vegas. Photo by Alden Corrigan.In true Las Vegas style, the final highlight event of the Las Vegas National opened with glitz and glamour. As eager spectators began to fill the stands, forty-four of show jumping's best and brightest prepared to compete in the $75,000 Las Vegas CSI-W Grand Prix. After ten went clean, it was Harrie Smolders (NED) and the speedy Regina Z who outran the rest for the win.

Nicola Philippaerts takes the GroupBy Big Ben Challenge at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show

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nicolaNicola Philippaerts and Challenge vd Begijnakker. Photo: BenRadvanyi.com.The International Division at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show ended with a seven-way foot-race tonight, and it was Belgian Nicola Philippaerts who emerged victorious.

 

The initial track of 16 jumping efforts set at 1.60m by course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil, was set with a tight time allowed of 79 seconds. The first two riders in the ring (Canada's Ian Millar and Quentin Judge for the United States) both jumped clean, but for one single time fault. Fortunately American Todd Minikus was able to show everyone how to do it, leading a select group of riders to a second round tie breaker.

Frank Schuttert takes popular home wins at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

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frank-schuttert-arc-de-trioFrank Schuttert had a great day at Jumping Indoor Maastricht. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was a good day for Frank Schuttert at CSI3* Jumping Indoor Maastricht, as the Dutch rider won both the 1.45 class and the 1.50 class. The first win of the day came on Go Easy de Muze (Vigo d'Arsouilles x For Pleasure), while the second was on Arc de Triomhpe (Triomphe De Muze x Calvados). In an eleven horse jump-off in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier, Schuttert came in half way, and produced a spectacular round against the clock to take over the lead with a time of 35.52 seconds.

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask win the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha

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rolfRolf-Göran Bengtsson won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha on Casall Ask. All photos (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.After three incredible clear rounds in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I) won the prestigious competition. Only one other competitor managed to be triple clear, Luciana Diniz on Fit for Fun (For Pleasure x Fabriano) who ended second. Third place went to Yann Candele on Showgirl (Gold de Becourt x Elf III), double clear but with one rail down in the jump-off.

Scott Brash takes the Longines Global Champions Tour title for 2014

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ScottScott Brash took home the Longines Global Champions Tour title for 2014 in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.World number one Scott Brash successfully defended his Longines Global Champions Tour title in Doha tonight. The 2012 Olympic team gold medalist took fourth place in tonight’s Grand Prix giving him a one point advantage over four-time Olympic medalist Ludger Beerbaum and finishing on the same points as rival Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, who was the eventual class winner tonight with Casall Ask. Due to Scott having more wins than Bengtsson this season, the British rider took home the title.

Michael Whitaker wins Saturday’s 1.50 class in Doha

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michael_w_dohaMichael Whitaker and Valentin R. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Great Britain’s Michael Whitaker went to the top in Saturday’s 1.50 speed class in Doha on Valentin R (Heartbreaker x Indorado). With a clear round in a time of 60.33 seconds, Michael was 0.64 seconds faster than runner-up Luciana Diniz on Lady Lindenhof (Grand Chef Bleus SF x Type d'Elle). Third place went to Simon Delestre on Stardust Quinhon (Calvaro x Cabdula du Tillard).

 

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World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam wins on home soil in Maastricht

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jeroen-zenithThe VDL Groep Prijs in Maastricht went to Jeroen Dubbeldam and Zenith SFN. Photo by Jenney Abrahamsson.Jeroen Dubbbeldam took Friday's biggest win at CSI3* Jumping Indoor Maastricht riding Zenith SFN (Rash R x Fuego du Prelet). The double World Champion from Normandy went on to the jump-off as one of nine riders, and was the fastest one against the clock in 41.72 seconds. Runner-up was Germany's Philipp Weishaupt on Casilius (Casall x Cambridge), who stopped the clock at 42.19 seconds. Then followed another home rider as Bart Bles was third on Wolisco DDH (Nolisco x Celano).

Beezie Madden flew to victory in the Weston Canadian Open at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show

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beezieBeezie Madden with Coral Reef Via Volo. Photo by BenRadvanyi.com.Clean rounds were hard to come by in tonight's $50,000 Weston Canadian Open at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Canada, but American legend Beezie Madden, (Cazenovia, NY), who can always be counted on in a footrace, came out on top yet again. She stopped the clock with Coral Reef Via Volo in a blistering time of 58.42 seconds.

 

Of the twenty to start this evening, just five were able to produce fault-free performances. Madden, who took individual bronze at this summer's World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, had the unenviable slot of riding second in the order of go. Still, she was able to post a near ten-second lead over Canada's Chris Sorenson, first in the ring tonight.

Daniel Deusser takes the glory while Brash shows hot form ahead of tomorrow's Grand Prix in Doha

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DeusserDohaGrassoDaniel Deusser won Friday's 1.55 class in Doha on Pironella. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.As the heat of the day faded and the the sun set on the stunning Al Shaqab stadium, tonight's €151,000 CSI5* 1.55m class was won by a thrilled Daniel Deusser on Pironella (Non Stop x Pilot). The pair galloped to an elegant victory ahead of Ireland's Denis Lynch in second with his bouncy All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) and Marco Kutscher with the consistent Liberty Son (Clooney x Lord Z) in third.

Comanche 28 to Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum

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coupido-17-33-35Comanche 28 - here seen with Angelica Augustsson in the saddle. Photo (c) www.tempsdeposes.be/provided by Ashford Farm.Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum has a new talent in her stable; Comanche 28 (Coupe de Coeur x Baloubet du Rouet). The eight year old gelding – also known under the name Coupido 2 – has for the past months been competed successfully by Angelica Augustsson. The pair had two very good Grand Prix rounds during the last month; first in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Vilamoura and then in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Liege.

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New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

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...

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