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Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014


John Pearce and Chianto capture the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix

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ny wk7 50kgp jumpJohn Pearce and Chianto on jumped perfectly during the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, and walked away with the win. Photo ©ESI Photography.Canadian Olympian and show jumping star and HITS Thermal regular John Pearce brought his talents to the East Coast once again as he pursues the coveted Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. Pearce arrived for HITS-on-the-Hudson VII and easily gained his footing in the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium with a win in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on Sunday aboard Allison Moore’s Chianto.


Sunday’s course was designed by Jerry Dougherty of Bokeelia, Florida and 27 horse-and-rider combinations attempted to challenge the track. At the end of the first round, the playing field was trimmed to five, and set up an exciting jump-off with a mix of some of the best athletes coast-to-coast. “I thought today’s course was good – it had some different lines and the jump-off was quite a challenge. I pretty much had to throw all caution to the wind to leave out the strides and go fast enough to win,” said Pearce. “Chianto jumped great today and he is in perfect condition for the [Pfizer] Million.”




Trevor Coyle and Jubilee d’Ouilly victorious in Gijon.

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trevor-coyle-jubileeTrevor Coyle with Jubilee d'Ouilly won in Gijon. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Irish rider Trevor Coyle and Jubilee d’Ouilly were victorious in Gijon Monday evening as the only combination to produce two clear rounds. Nine riders were clear after the first round and additionally three riders on four faults went on to a second round. Penelope Leprevost and Mylord Carthago came closest to Coyle, while Laura Renwick ended third, both on four faults. The ladies followed up on the next two places as well with Katharina Offel and Vivant in fourth and Katherine Dinan and Nougat du Vallet in third place, also them at a total score of four faults after two rounds.

Bosty and Ideal de la Loge go separate ways

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bost-ideal-de-la-logeA fantastic pair go separate ways; Bosty and Ideal de la Loge. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a fantastic partnership together with Roger-Yves Bost, Ideal de la Loge has left the French rider. According to Bosty and the owner disagree on the 16 year old stallion’s sport career, which has resulted in the owner moving Ideal de la Loge (Dollard u Murier x Joyau D’Or A) to Olivier Robert.

Bosty’s father, Roger Bost, has confirmed the news to the French website and says that Ideal de la Loge has left their stable. According to his father, Bosty wanted to save the horse and target him for certain shows due to Ideal getting older and taking longer to recover after each competition. Apparently the owner disagreed on this approach. writes that most of all this is a very emotional loss for Bosty, who has ridden Ideal de La Loge since he was a youngster. Together with Roger-Yves Bost, Ideal de la Loge has won numerous competitions and last year the two ended up on top in the Global Champions Tour Final in Abu Dhabi.



Tribute to Hickstead at Spruce Meadows Sunday

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hickstead2Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.On Sunday 9  September, Hickstead will be tributed in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows at 11 am. Spruce Meaows and Eric Lamaze will use this moment to remember the amazing stallion for all his great achievements and the wonderful athlete he was. Nearly a year after his death the showjumping circuit still feels a little empty without this special horse.



Spruce Meadows Nations Cup

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philipp-catokiPhilipp Weishaupt will compete with Catoki at Spruce Meadows. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The riders list for the Nations Cup that will take place at Spruce Meadow on Saturday are now ready. Nine teams will participate and those are USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland.


Several top riders such as Eric Lamaze, Christian Ahlmann, Werner Muff, Michael Whitaker, Scott Brash, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Ian Miller, Roger-Yves Bost, Shane Breen and Simon Delestre will compete.

Advertisment; Elite Foal Auction Borculo: Vittorio-offspring most expensive jumping foal

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JM-72-120717-HerodiosV-vVitThe Grand Prix stallion Vittorio gave the most expensive jumping foal during the Elite Foal Auction in Borculo on Thursday August 30th. The stallion foal Herodios, out of a Voltaire x Le Mexico dam, was sold for EUR 25.000,- The breeder of the foal is Mr H.C. Vissers from Herpen (The Netherlands).


The foal was bought by Peter van der Kallen in assignment of the Jacobs family (New York, USA). Van der Kallen about his role as agent: 'It was very exciting near the end because we were almost at the maximum amount we wanted to spend. But fortunately there were no other bids and we became buyer.'


The KWPN-approved stallion Vittorio proves himself as a top quality sire. His offspring stands out in sports and at tests/keurings. This stallion is available at Stal Hendrix.

H&M Actrice W is back in action!

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malin-actriceMalin Baryard-Johnsson with H&M Actrice W at the WEG in Kentucky 2010. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Malin Baryard-Johnsson's H&M Actrice W is back competing. This weekend H&M Actrice jumped at  a local show in Söderköping, Sweden. In the spring of 2011 the mare twisted a front leg, and although she was supposed to get her international comeback in Gothenburg earlier this year that didn't happen.


"Spent the day at a local show jumping a couple of young ones and the old and great Actice. She was sooo happy to be back in the ring again!!" Malin writes on her Twitter-account.

Farrington Tops $250,000 FTI Grand Prix At 37th Hampton Classic

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Kent-Farrington---Uceko-144Kent Farrington - here with Uceko. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Kent Farrington set the pace as the first rider to go in the decisive jump-off for the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, and it was a pace his two competitors couldn’t match. Riding Voyeur, Farrington, of Chicago, Ill., was the first starter in the jump-off, and they kept all eight jumps standing as they sped to a time of 47.53 seconds. Farrington won $82,500 and added to the lead he was already holding in the North American East Coast League of the FEI World Cup.


Irish rider Shane Sweetnam just brushed the front rail of the oxer in front of the packed grandstand on Amaretto D’Arco to finish with 4 faults in 48.04 seconds. Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo slipped badly on the 180-degree turn to the same oxer before leaping awkwardly and demolishing the jump. They regrouped, though, to cross the finish line with just those 4 faults in a time of 55.19 seconds.

Stakkato retired in Warendorf

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eva-bitter-stakkatoStakkato did his last lap of honor with a very moved Eva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Stakkato entered the arena for the last time when he was thanked off in Warendorf at the Bundeschampionat on Sunday. The now 19 year old stallion had an amazing career with Eva Bitter, and the pair won the German Championship in 2010 and have taken part in several Nations Cups to mention some.


Stakkato did just two shows - Balve and St. Gallen - during 2011. He then got lame and a reason was never found. The famous stallion will now spend his retirement in Eva Bitter's stable after an arrangement that has been made with the owner Celle Landesgestüt.


The dark brown stallion has been very successful as a breeding stallion as well, and has several approved sons and has left fantastic showjumpers for the sport.

Von Eckermann and Hassmann best at the Bundeschampionat!

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Henrik-captain-SparrowHenrik von Eckermann and Captain Sparrow were best among the five year olds. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The prestigious German Championship for Young Horses - the Bundeschampionat - took place in Warendorf this weekend. Henrik von Eckermann won the final among the 5 year olds with Captain Sparrow (Cormint x Barnaul xx), while Toni Hassmann took home the final for the 6 year olds with Crespo PKZ (Cornet Obolensky x Landadel).


The five year olds got points from 0 - 10 for how they jumped, there ridability and the rhythm. The eight horses with the highest scores from the first round qualified for a second round where they once again were judge the same way. The pair who got the total best score over the two rounds won the final. Henrik ended both rounds with a total score of 17,6 and was 0,2 points better than second placed Bastian Freese with DSP Araldik (Con Air x Franklin). The bronze medal went to the Olympic Champion in eventing Michael Jung with Cardea (Caretino x Capitol I).

Nino des Buissonnets climbs up on top of the WBFSH ranking

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steveNino des Buissonets has performed brilliantly this season. Photo by Hanne Christensen. Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) has entered first place on the FEI WBFSH World Ranking List and has taken over the number one spot from Cristallo with an 82 points lead. The eleven year old Selle Francais gelding has more than deserved his position as he is the reigning Olympic Champion together with his rider Steve Guerdat.


Last month’s number one Cristallo (Caretino x Cicero) is currently number two on the ranking, 25 points ahead of Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I). They are followed by several other amazing horses with Big Star, Carlina, Tripple X and Flexible on the following places. Nick Skelton has no less than two horses among top ten with Big Star as number four and Carlo 273 as number nine. The ranking include validated results from 01/10/2011 to 31/07/2012.

Ukraine wins the FEI Nations Cup Promotional League 2012

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RivettiCassio Rivetti and Temple Road jumping for Ukraine in Gijon yesterday. Photo by FEI/ won the FEI Nations Cup Promotional League 2012 title after finishing fourth in the Nations Cup in Gijon, Spain, yesterday. As the FEI Nations Cup Series will undergo a total make over in the coming months, the win does not upgrade the Ukrainian team to the Top League as it would have if the system had stayed as it has been. The plans are to introduce a new system of regional qualifying leagues, semi-finals and a world final. A draft copy of proposed changes for 2013 has already been sent to National Federations, the International Jumping Riders Club, Chef d'Equipes and show organizers for their comments. These will be considered at a meeting of the FEI Jumping Committee on 12/13 September, following which a final proposal will be submitted to the FEI Bureau for approval.  

Rusty Stewart and Bristol Take The $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix

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201Rusty Stewart and Bristol - here in the Showpark Jumper Classic earlier this weekend. Photo © Amy McCool Photography.Rusty Stewart and Bristol made a flawless performance in Saturday's $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix, presented by EQU Lifestyle Magazine. Stewart guided Bristol to the only double clear round of the day over the large track set by Michel Vaillancourt  (CAN). It was an FEI regulated course at it's finest with large spreads and tall verticals with an objective to shave down the field. Many pairs fell victim to the multiple combinations, while a select few had to end their day when the brick wall caused for refusal. Ashlee Bond and her mount Wistful were the only other pair to post a clear round and qualify for the jump-off.

Sunday’s Grand Prix winners

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funnell-billy-congoWilliam Funnel and Billy Congo - here seen in Rome earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The biggest Grand Prix today was the five star one at the Donbass Tour in Ukraine, and it was won by William Funnel on Billy Congo. The British rider beat a field of thirty riders on the lovely Vechta-stallion, and had one of six double clear rounds in the class. William and Billy Congo were slightly faster than runner-up Max Kühner on Coeur de Lion (Coriano x Cassini I), with 41.19 in the jump-off compared to Max’s 41.50. Third place went to Edwina Tops-Alexander and the lovely stallion Guccio (Quick Star x Cantus) on the time of 42.16 in the jump-off.


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Ward Rides To Fourth Win At 37th Hampton Classic

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mclainMcLain Ward is unbeatable at The Hampton Classic. Here seen in London. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.McLain Ward scored his fourth victory this week at the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show when he guided Vocas to the top prize in the $30,000 Pilatus Cup on Saturday afternoon. This was also his second consecutive victory in the Pilatus Cup and his third victory in the class in the last four years.


Vocas was the only one of the five horses who qualified for the jump-off to finish the second round  faultlessly, which he did in 34.22 seconds. Twisther and Jonathan McCrea, of Suffield, Conn., finished second (4 faults/31.87 seconds), while Carribas Z and Irish rider Richie Maloney finished third (4/32.61).


Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld and Castle Forbes Cosma and would retire from the sport. Owned by Lady Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been like win machines. Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld had no less than 58 international...

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