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Postcard from the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona

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20141011_214936_LLSOur reader Anna Ringborg send us some photos as a little postcard from the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona last weekend. Thanks Anna for the photos!

 

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VDL Bubalu rounds off successful team career for the Netherlands

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jur-bubaluVDL Bubalu has done his last team performance for the Netherlands. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was the best possible end VDL Bubalu could get as he did his last team performance for the Netherlands in Barcelona. The Dutch team won the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final, and VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) jumped two clear rounds contributing big time to the victory. This was the stallion's last team competition though, as he now moves towards a more relaxed program – and slowly towards retirement.

Sole double clear secures Epaillard’s crown at Horse of the Year Show

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EpaillardHOYS Julien Epaillard won the Leading Show Jumper of the Year Grand Prix. Photo by HOYS.Frenchman Julien Epaillard added his name to an illustrious honours list when he won the Leading Show Jumper of the Year Grand Prix at Horse of the Year Show on Sunday night. Julien delivered the 22-rider competition's only two clears - in round one and the jump-off - aboard the Casall-son Cristallo A LM to win £13,300. Their time of 39.76 seconds, despite going second of six jump-off combinations, provided a target that no-one else could match, including in-form British star John Whitaker.

Marc Houtzager takes a home win in the CSI2* Grand Prix in Assen

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UppityMarc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Uppity. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was a home win in the CSI2* Grand Prix in Assen as Marc Houtzager went out on top riding Sterrehof's Uppity (Guidam x Epilot). Houtzager had one of three double clear rounds in the competition that counted almost sixty riders, and had almost a second down to runner-up Constant van Paesschen riding Citizenguard Toscan De Sainte Hermelle (Surcouf d'Elle x Bayac De Sainte Hermelle) in the jump-off. Third place went to another Dutch rider: Stefanie van den Brink on Ace (Berlin x Irco Polo).

Wout-Jan van der Schans seals successful weekend for the Dutch in Barcelona to win the Queen's Cup

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WoutJanBarcelonaWout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown made it another Dutch win in Barcelona. Photo by CSIO Barcelona.Wout-Jan van der Schans rounded off a tremendous weekend for the Dutch riders in Barcelona by winning Sunday's Queen's Cup. With Capetown (Oklund x Carlino), Wout-Jan was reserve for the Dutch team that won Saturday's Furusiyya FEI Natins Cup Final – and today the sympathetic rider made sure to give the Dutch the best possible end on the event by winning the 1.50 class and also recording his third big win in one month with the 11 year old gelding.

Jörg Naeve wins the Grand Prix of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel

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NaeveKielJörg Naeve and Cashflow won the Grand Prix in Kiel. Photo (c) Karl-Heinz Frieler/Baltic Horse Show. After a nine horse jump-off, it was home rider Jörg Naeve who stole the win in the CSI3* Grand Prix of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel. Riding the 10 year old stallion Cashflow (Cash and Carry x Quinar), Naeve – who is based close to Kiel – produced two clear rounds to take a popular win on home soil. Denis Lynch ended second on Quote Zavaan (Quasimodo Z x Armstrong) with 0.20 seconds separating him from Naeve in the jump-off. "It's just something special to win here at home," smiled Naeve afterwards. "And sometimes during a course I really think 'Cash' can read."

Untouchable Dutch in Barcelona's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

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Team_NED-BARC14X4329The Dutch team celebrate victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Photos (c) FEI/Dirk Caremans.The newly-crowned world champions from the Netherlands added another big title to their tally, when they won yesterday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. With three brilliant clear rounds from their first three riders – Jeroen Dubbeldam on Zenith SFN (Rash R x Fuego du Prelet), Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I) and Jur Vrieling on VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) – the Dutch were in a class own their own.

Le Jeune celebrates 30 Years with a decisive win at Horse of the Year Show

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LeJeuneHOYSPhilippe Le Jeune and Loro Piana Once De Kreisker won the Thistledown Stakes. Photo by HOYS.Former World champion Philippe Le Jeune celebrated 30 years of competing at Horse of the Year Show by winning the Thistledown Stakes after a thrilling battle with Great Britain star John Whitaker. Philippe, who is based near Brussels, struck exactly the right note on his 12-year-old stallion Loro Piana Once De Kreisker (Papillon Rouge) to claim victory 30 years on from his first HOYS appearance, when the show was staged at Wembley.

Toni Hassmann and Classic Man V collect Saturday's biggest win in Kiel

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ToniHassmannCSIKielToni Hassmann and Classic Man V won the Preis der Warsteiner Brauerei in Kiel. Photo (c) Karl-Heinz Frieler / Baltic Horse Show.  It was a home win for Toni Hassmann and Classic Man V in Saturday's 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier at the CSI3* Baltic Horse Show. With a recent Grand Prix win from Donaueschingen up their sleeve, Hassmann and the very talented nine year old Cornet Obolensky-son were full of confidence and produced another top result. There were only six clears in the first round, but these horse- and rider combinations were joined by another six with penalties as it was a winning round. As all started over with a clean sheet in round two, anything could happen.

Breen finds his own winning way at Horse of the Year Show

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BreenAvdentureHOYSTrevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan en route to victory at Horse of the Year Show yesterday. Photo by HOYS.Ireland's Trevor Breen hit the heights once again with Adventure De Kannan (Kannan x Ladalco) as he brought the third day of the 2014 Horse of the Year Show to a rousing conclusion at Birmingham's LG Arena. The combination had already won this year's Hickstead Derby and Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and the Grandstand Trophy can now be added to that impressive portfolio. Eleven combinations made the jump-off, with riders allowed to plot their own route over six designated fences, and Buckinghamshire-based Trevor delivered a stunning performance.

Katharina Offel and B Once Z unbeatable in Friday's biggest class in Kiel

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KathiBOnceZBHS2The winners of the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier in Kiel on Friday: Katharina Offel and B Once Z. Photo (c) Karl-Heinz Frieler/Baltic Horse Show.Friday's biggest win at the CSI3* Baltic Horse Show in Kiel went to Katharina Offel and B Once Z (Baloubet du Rouet x Lavaletto). The Ukrainian rider set an early target time in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier that counted fifty-four riders stopping the clock on 44.36 after some tight turns and a great rhythm throughout the round. None of the forty riders to come could catch Offel, who left home rider Felix Hassmann and Horse Gym's Balzaci (Balou du Rouet x Ex Libris) behind her as runners-up almost two seconds slower. Third was Sweden's Douglas Lindelöw on Talina (Matterhorn).

The Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona to Kent Farrington

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Capelli_FarringtonCSIOBarcelonaJuan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing together with Kent Farrington. Photo (c) CSIO Barcelona.It was another American win in Barcelona yesterday as Kent Farrington won the Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona. With an unusual twelve faults-performance in Thursday's Nations Cup, Farrington kicked back hard yesterday – this time around riding Uceko (Celano x Koriander). The US rider had one of five double clears in the 1.55 class, but was the fastest one of all in the second round with 46.52 seconds.

 

 

Farewell to Coulisa

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Denis-Lynch-Coulisa-28658Sadly, it is farewell to Denis Lynch's Coulisa. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Denis Lynch's ride Coulisa has been put to sleep. After a terrible fall in the Grand Prix in Rotterdam in late June this year, the 10 year old mare underwent successful surgery for her sustained injuries. Following the surgery it was reported that Coulisa would undergo a four to eight month recuperation period, but unfortunately the mare did not make it through.

Twomey wins a battle royale at Horse of the Year Show

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TwomeyHOYSBilly Twomey and Royale Du Rouet won the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge. Photo by HOYS.Nottinghamshire-based Irish star Billy Twomey claimed his first victory at Horse of the Year Show 2014 on Friday when he captured the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge. Billy, who rode for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics and is among the most consistent performers in World show jumping, triumphed with the promising nine-year-old stallion Royale Du Rouet (Jeff D´or x Kannan).  The challenge is over a maximum of five rounds, with riders gaining two points for each fence jumped and one point taken away if they knock it down. Should they accrue a fault, then combinations are eliminated.

Whitaker shows his seasoned skills at Horse of the Year Show

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JohnHOYSJohn Whitaker and Lord of Arabia won the Horse Radar Stakes. Photo by HOYS.John Whitaker produced a vintage performance to win the Horse Radar Stakes and ensure a scintillating start to day three at Horse of the Year Show. The 59-year-old Yorkshireman, who first competed at HOYS during the early 1970s, delivered a masterclass on Lord of Arabia (Cassini II x Carry) to thrill a bumper audience in Birmingham's LG Arena. The Huddersfield-based star was drawn last to go among a 29-strong field, and he shaved more than a second off Nicole Pavitt's time with Victor Blue (My Bjorn W x Rebel II Z) to triumph.

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Showjumpers then... Showjumpers now...

Showjumpers then... Showjumpers now...

Then: Can you spot the famous showjumper? Daniel Deusser (the smallest of all on the front row) after taking his showjumping competition license at his local riding school in Germany.

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