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Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014


Franke Sloothaak won at CSI4* in Georgenburg, Russia

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franke-schloothaak-lascarFranke Sloothaak with Lascar won "The President of Russia Cup". Photo by Elena Zobova.The international show jumping event was held last weekend in the former East Prussian town Chernyakhovsk on the arena of the horse stud Georgenburg, where Hannoverian and Trakehner horses are bred.


One of the main classes of the event - the 1,55 m Chernyakovsk Cup - was won in a brilliant and very fast manner by Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano with the Holsteiner gelding Chicago (Chambertin x Quinar). The pair was the only clear in the jump-off, while Belgium's Jerome Guery with SBS stallion Tic Tac du Seigneur (Clinton x Darco) had a rail down and Russian rider Vladimir Beletskiy with the Westfalian gelding Littlefoot (Lord Caletto x Pierot II) finished with 8 penalties.




McLain Ward kicks off The Amercian Gold Cup with a win

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MWardMcLain Ward and Esplanade sail away with the win in the Hallmark Feeds.The first day of The American Gold Cup FEI CSI 4* dawned clear and cool with a cloudless sky in North Salem, NY. The magnificent Old Salem Farm is the new home of the 2012 show after an off-and-on hiatus and it's back and better than ever. The American Gold Cup is one of the world's most prestigious show jumping events, now celebrating its forty-second year. The highlight of Wednesday's action was the $7,500 Hallway Feed & KER Sport Horse Nutrition Open Jumpers held in the meticulously groomed grass Grand Prix field. McLain Ward came away with the win aboard Esplanade 7.

Eurocommerce London's passport back with the bank

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gerco-londonGerco and Eurocommerce London in London. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Once again Gerco Schröder has been deprived of the possibility to take Eurocommerce London abroad. According to it has been decided today that Rabobank will keep London's passport, despite earlier reports that the  passport was to be delivered back to the owner of the horse enabling Gerco to compete the stallion abroad.


London is one of several Eurocommerce horses that have been declared as property of the bankrupt company Eurocommerce. Through legal actions earlier this month Eurocommerce managed to get the passports back so that the horses could compete abroad, but now the passports are back with the bank again.

Marcus Ehning - The German You Will Never Forget

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marcus-ehningMarcus Ehning. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.By: Karim Mekawi, Egypt


In the show jumping world, only very few have come close enough in comparison with this sophisticated yet humble gentleman known now as the "German Gun" who studied whole-sale and foreign trade management and grew up to become a global show jumping phenomenon.


He is not just the hat trick- winner of the World Cup title on three very different mounts, a team Gold Olympian, former number one show jumper in the world or even the winner of the overall Global Champions Tour rankings a couple of years ago. He is much, much more than that, managing to grab the wins of almost every medal there is. He is truly, and purely a margin setter of his own.

Uchin van de Cenatur to Brazil

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kevin-uchinKevin and Uchin van de Cenatur in Cannes. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Kevin Staut‘s ride Uchin van de Cenatur has according to been sold to Brazil. The eight year old gelding by Chin Chin x Vondel van het Hendrixhof has been competed with success by Staut up to five star level, and was placed 6th in the 2* Grand Prix of Nice and 9th in the 3* Grand Prix of Vidauban. It is Victor Alves Teixeira who is the new rider of the horse, that has been bought by Haras Império Egípcio.



Kay Neatham guest tweeting for WoSJ

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 MG 5665Kay will be our guest Tweeter this week. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.As of tonight you can follow Marcus Ehning’s head groom Kay Neatham on our Twitter account. Kay will be guest tweeting throughout the rest of the week, and during the next as she hits the road for the Global Champions Tour in Lausanne and Vienna.


Make sure to follow us on Twitter here, and look for Kay’s tweets that will have her signature #kay.

Concerns raised about the draft rules for the FEI Nations Cup

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nationscuplogoAccording to Horse and Hound the British Equestrian Federation has expressed their concerns about the draft rules that have been drawn up for the FEI Nations Cup.The format that has been drawn up is based on regional competitions where the teams qualify for two semi-finals and then a final that will be held in September/October next year. The British concern is that the draft leaves more questions then answers, and that these questions may not be answered in time for the 2013–season.

Trevor Breen wins the All England Grand Prix

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IMG 0978-Trevor-Breen-on-AdTrevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan. Photo by Julian Portch. A huge class of 52 riders came forward for the £6,000 All England Grand Prix at Hickstead on Sunday (9 September), and the very last rider to jump – Ireland's Trevor Breen – walked away with the top prize.


Twelve riders made it through to the jump-off, with the times getting quicker as the class progressed. A fast clear by Paul Crago and About Time V put the pressure on the remaining riders, but his time was soon bettered by Keith Doyle and Walk Tall II, winners of the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup earlier this summer.


But Keith wasn't the only rider in the class to have already secured a big win at Hickstead this season, and Trevor Breen – winner of both the Bunn Leisure Speed Derby and the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix with Adventure De Kannan – made it a hat-trick with a superb clear to win the All England Grand Prix by 2 secs.

McLain Ward won the Pfizer $ 1 Million Grand Prix

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mclainAntares and McLain Ward won the Pfizer $ 1 million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties. Photo by ESI Photography.While the tunes of concert headliner Michael McDonald played in the background, McLain Ward soaked in another Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix victory Sunday. After riding to a win in the inaugural event in 2010 aboard the famed mare Sapphire, Ward returned to glory, this time in the irons of Grant Road Partners, LLC's Antares F, who is fresh off the Olympic Games in London. "With being injured and trying to qualify for the Olympics, our schedule was a little unpredictable this year, but I knew that I wanted to be a part of this class and it was a great thing to aim this horse to at the end of his year," said Ward. "The jumps were beautiful and the course was hard. You needed a real Olympic caliber horse to jump a lot of those obstacles."

Lausanne's riders list

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ludger-beerbaum-chamanWill Ludger be able to take another GCT win this weekend? Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Global Champions Tour moves on to Lausanne, Switzerland this weekend for the tenth leg of the tour. After Lausanne there is only one leg left in Vienna before the final is held in Abu Dhabi in November.


Several of the best riders in the world will participate in Lausanne including Edwina Tops-Alexander, Rodrigo Pessoa, Kevin Staut, Marcus Ehning, Gerco Schröder, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Nick Skelton.


Click here to see the entire riders list.

Tina Fletcher with broken ankle

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tina-fletcher-sailorTina Fletcher has broken her ankle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.British rider Tina Fletcher has according to broken her ankle. Fletcher's accident happened when she fell of her horse Hello Sailor in yesterday's Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. Tina had to be taken to hospital, where examinations revealed the injury.



Mikael Forstén Finnish Champion

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Mikael Forstn ja Isaac du Jonquet kuva Sonja Holma10Mikael Forstén became Finnish Champion this weekend. Photo by Sonja Holma, SRL.Mikael Forstén won the Finnish showjumping championship this weekend in Ypäjä, Finland. The championships were ridden over the weekend in all age categories as well as for ponies cat. I and II. The main championship was of course the one for seniors which was ridden over three days and four different 140-155cm tracks.


The first leg was ridden against the clock in a 1.40 table C class and was won by Mikael Forstén riding Nandele. Sanna Backlund was second aboard Wiseguy before Mikael on his second ride Isaac du Jonquet. Saturday's course was ridden over a 145cm track under difficult windy conditions and the only clear came from Sanna Backlund and Wiseguy. Mikael Forstén was second with only a time penalty on Isaac du Jonquet after suffering a fall from Nandele. Germany based Lotta-Riikka Rintamäki claimed third place with FIM Fräulein Smilla.

Hickstead tributed with statue at Spruce Meadows

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image004Eric Lamaze pointing at Hickstead’s statue that was unveiled Sunday on the International ring, joined by John Fleischhacker (co-owner of Hickstead) and Mary Sand, artist. Photo Credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services. At Spruce Meadows the Sunday began with a tribute to one of the greatest show jumping horses of all time; Hickstead. A statue made in Hickstead’s likeness was unveiled to a capacity crowd. In a touching ceremony, Eric Lamaze (CAN) was inducted into the Spruce Meadows Hall of Fame along with his famed mount who passed away in November 2011. The bronze, made by Mary Sand, will stay permanently at Spruce Meadows, as per Lamaze’s wishes.


Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media Services

Youngest Rider in History wins the CN International

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image002Olivier Philippaerts and Cabrio Van De Heffinck, winner of the CN International Grand Prix. Photo Credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services. The biggest day in show jumping saw the youngest CN International winner in History in an exciting finale to the 2012 Spruce Meadows tournament season. With $1,000,000 on the line in the CN International Grand Prix, 30 horse/rider combinations entered the International ring. Round one, designed by Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) saw only one clear round through the 17 jumping obstacles stretched over 580 meters of course. Round two began with the top twelve riders returning to the changed course, with 480 meters of track and 14 jumping obstacles.


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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