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Friday, 19 Dec 2014


Wins for Lopez and Breen on opening day of CSI5* La Coruna

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carlos-lopez-ganador-marques-riscal-650x485Carlos Lopez won the opening 1.45 five star class in La Coruna. Photo by Oxer Sport.Shane Breen secured the victory in Friday's feature class at the CSI5* event in La Coruna – the NH Collection Trophy. A total of nine riders out of the 38, moved on to the jump-off in this 1.50/1.55 class after a first clear round. Only three riders yet again went clear, and Breen was the fastest of these with a time of 39,15 seconds riding Farao van't Vennehof (Triomphe de Muze x Sun Light van de Zuuthoeve).




The top 10 grooms say 'Thank you!'

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groomsThe top 10 grooms for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final say 'Thank you' to the organizers for being rewarded with a nice gift yesterday, that included a nice suprise in an envelope, a fleece and a body warmer - it was very much appreciated! Laurence from Kevin Staut, Jenny from Patrice Delaveau, Lisa from Maikel van der Vleuten, Kay from Marcus Ehning, Emma from Steve Guerdat, Marie from Ludger Beerbaum, Denise from Kent Farrington, Jenny from Daniel Deusser, Hanna from Scott Brash and Julie from Penelope Leprevost.

Quotes after the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final: "The right winner was on top of the podium today"

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scott-brashScott Brash. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Scott Brash on his two rounds today: "My horse jumped wonderful today. He has been on really good form lately. I knew if I rode correctly we would have a chance. Today he did everything I asked of him in the jump-off, and I just hoped the rest would make mistakes and it worked out today."

World's number one pair Scott Brash & Hello Sanctos with deserved victory in Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final

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topp-tioThe top three in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final: Scott Brash, Patrice Delaveau and Steve Guerdat. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The world's highest ranked rider and horse – Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos – made it a much deserved win in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. The pair has had a fantastic season, with Grand Prix wins in Wellington, Cannes, Estoril and London – tonight they crowned 2014 by going out on top in this prestigious final in Geneva. Brash and Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo V. Molendreef x Nabab De Reve) was not only the winners, they were the only pair to go double clear in the competition.

Beerbaum best against the clock at CHI Geneva

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LudgerLudger Beerbaum and Leonidas 100 won Friday's speed class in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ludger Beerbaum was the best in Friday's 1.45 speed class Prix des Communes Genevoises in Geneva. Riding Leonidas 100 (Lenardo x Silvio I), the German maestro came in early on in this 54 rider class to take the lead with a clear and fast round stopping the clock on 52.81 seconds. Towards the very end of the class Ireland's Cameron Hanley came very close to beating Beerbaum though, as he was just 0.09 seconds behind on the clock aboard Caretina de Joter (Caretino x Contender). Simon Delestre finished third on Stardust Quinhon (Calvaro x Cabdula Du Tillard) with the time of 53.32 seconds.

Sterrehof's Opium gets official retirement ceremony at Jumping Amsterdam

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opiumSterrehof's Opium - doing one of his trade mark bucks - will be retired at Jumping Amsterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marc Houtzager's faithful partner Sterrehof's Opium will be thanked off from the sport with an official retirement ceremony at Jumping Amsterdam. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 1st of February following the Grand Prix. The now 18 year old gelding has had a very successful career under Houtzager, with many triumphs such as winning the Grand Prix in Den Bosch in 2012.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Scott Brash

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scott-ursulaScott Brash. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The final rider we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is world nr. one Scott Brash. The British rider has held on to his top spot on the world ranking for over one year, but as he did not take part in last year's Top 10 Final this will be his first. Scott has been on fire this year and has Grand Prix wins from Wellington, Cannes, Estoril and London as well as winning the Longines Global Champions Tour overall for a second consecutive year. Brash also ended third in the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Lyon in 2014.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala land the win in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix

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Lauren-Hough-OhlalaLauren Hough and Ohlala won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough won Thursday night's Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva on Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento). The class was naturally shadowed by Athina Onassis de Miranda's terrible fall with AD Camille Z though, as the mare very sadly had to be put to sleep following the accident. The class was completed though, and in the end it was Hough who was the fastest of the 21 riders that went on to the jump-off after first clear rounds over the 1.55 track.

AD Camille Z put to sleep after fall in Geneva

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Athina-Onassis-de-Miranda-AVery sadly AD Camille Z had to be put to sleep after a serious fall in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tragically, Athina Onassis De Miranda's top horse AD Camille Z has been put to sleep after a fall in Geneva. The accident happened during the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, when the 11 year old mare fell in the jump over an oxer. AD Camille Z had to be brought out of the ring by a horse ambulance to be attended to by veterinary specialists, but very sadly there was nothing that could be done for the mare and in order for her not to suffer unnecessary she was put to sleep.

Advertisement; "One in two sports horses is suffering from gastric ulcers!"

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Equine74_quadrat_1412092Our horses' stomachs don't have easy lives. Constant stress-related overacidification in particular is prone to cause problems. Stress during transport, on the warm-up arena, on show jumping courses or in the dressage ring, often inordinately short feeding times, too little hay and excessive amounts of feed concentrate compound the problem.


The consequences:

On the one hand, there is insufficient buffering of gastric acid, an important component in the stomach; on the other hand, gastric acid levels are rising considerably due to stress!

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Ludger Beerbaum

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ludger-chiaraLudger Beerbaum. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Second last to go in our presentation of the riders in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is no other than living legend Ludger Beerbaum. Ludger has no less than three Olympic team gold medals; from the Games in 1988, 1996 and 2000 – and individual Olympic gold from Barcelona in 1992. He has two team gold medals from the World Equestrian Games, and a range of medals from the European Championships as well. In addition he has won the Top 10 Final twice before; in 2001 and 2002.

WoSJ Close-Up; Rothchild

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McLain-Ward-Rothchild-39881McLain Ward’s quirky and super cute Rotchild is next out in the Close-Up series. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

This weekend's live streaming

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generell-hoppbildTop level showjumping can be watched online this weekend, as two five star shows and one four star are being live streamed:


The CSI5* event in Geneva can be watched online via this link.


The CSI5* event in La Coruna can be watched online via this link.


The CSI4* event in Salzburg can be watched online via this link.

Rolex Presents CHI Geneva, The Third Equestrian Major of 2014

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The mark of a truly global sport is that it never sleeps. As the international tennis circuit moves around the world and from outdoor to indoor tournaments, so does the demanding world of top-level showjumping. It builds to an annual peak at CHI Geneva. The Swiss indoor show, situated in Rolex's beautiful home city, is regularly voted by the sport's greatest riders as the best in the world. All of them will strive to compete in Geneva from 11-14 December. It has a long and distinguished history, having regularly attracted the finest horses and riders since its inception in 1926, and its proximity to Christmas gives CHI Geneva a particularly special atmosphere.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Marcus Ehning

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marcus-cornadoMarcus Ehning. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marcus Ehning needs little or no introduction. This fantastic German rider has Olympic team gold from the Sydney Games, team gold from the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky 2010, two team gold's from the Europeans in 1999 and 2003 – not to forget that he has won the World Cup Final three times. And Marcus has won the Top 10 Final before; in 2009 on Plot Blue in Paris. Maybe he can do it again this year?


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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