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Monday, 01 Sep 2014


No more Olympics for Vigo d'Arsouilles?

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philippe-vigoPhilippe and Vigo after today's round.The reports from London say that Philippe Le Jeune’s ride Vigo d’Arsouilles (Nabab de Reve x Fleuri du Manoir) will not compete in the third individual qualifier tomorrow due to a minor injury. The final decision has not yet been made, but it looks like the reigning World Champion has jumped his last fence in London. Several websites also reports that this might have been Vigo’s last competition, and that the wonderful stallion now will be used for breeding only.


We will keep you updated tomorrow as soon as we know anything more. Fingers crossed for Vigo and Philippe. We would love to see more of them together.




The first day of the Olympic team competition in pictures

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nick-laura-krautNick Skelton got a big hug from Laura Kraut after his clear round on Big Star.  

Victor disqualified from the Olympic Games, no sign of malpractice

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presskonfA press conference regarding Victor's disqualification was held this afternoon. Victor, ridden by Canadian rider Tiffany Foster, will take no further part in the equestrian events at London 2012. The horse has according to FEI been disqualified under the FEI’s hypersensitivity protocol due to an area of clear and obvious hypersensitivity on the front of the left forelimb. A protest was lodged by the Canadian chef d’equipe and was heard by the FEI Appeal Committee before the end of the competition, however the protest was denied. A press conference with Princess Haya, president of the FEI, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and FEI Foreign Veterinary Delegate Kent Allen has just been held at Greenwich Park.

“I do want to be very clear with you, it is absolutely no accusation what so ever of malpractice. We have this rule for the welfare of the horse. I totally sympathize with what Tiffany is going through,” Princess Haya said at the press conference. “We are here to stand beside Tiffany and we are very grateful for her to be here,” Princess Haya added later as Foster was clearly very upset and cried through the entire press conference.

Quotes from London Day 2

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edwina-alexander"He didn't touch a fence, he is in super shape!" Edwina said about her super star Itot.The homecrowd favorite Nick Skelton: "It was a nice course, not crazy big. I am happy. He [Big Star] is very fresh, but outside he is very quiet and you might think it is something wrong with him. But as soon  as he gets in the ring he lights up ten gears," said Nick about his round with Big Star. Nick also explained why he likes to ride first. "I am not a very patient person"!


Luciana Diniz about her big baby Lennox: "The feeling was good. I was number one to go so I didn't have to worry about anything. I could just be me there - me and my horse. So we went in there to enjoy it and have fun and so we did. Lennox has a lot of caracter, we call him the big baby. He is still a baby in his mind, he needs a lot of support and a lot of trust, a lot of friendship from the groom and the team - he is a great horse."

Saudi Arabia takes the lead in the team competition, while Germany and France make a shocking exit

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sharbatly-sultanThe Saudi Arabian team - here represented by Abdullah Sharbatly and Sultan - are in the lead of the Olympic team jumping in London. Photo by © 2012 Ken Braddick/ two of the Olympic Games ended in the most surprising way, when the Saudi Arabian team took the lead after the first round of the Olympic team competition and favorites Germany and France made a shocking exit together with five other teams. Germany was considered as one of the favorites – if not the favorite – for the Olympic team gold, but after ending up on a twelve penalty score the team competition was over for the German team at day two. A small comfort was nevertheless that Janne Friederike Meyer, Marcus Ehning and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum all made it to the third individual qualifier as they were among the 45 best riders. Expectations were high for the French team as well, they were in the medals both at the Europeans last year and at the WEG in 2010, but after today the French had to wave goodbye to their team medal chances after ending on a 14 penalty score – and also seeing Penelope Leprevost sadly exit the individual competition.

Laura Chapot finds a winning formula with another $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix victory at HITS-on-the

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laura©ESI Photography Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince get some serious height over the CWD fence in Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Saugerties.Laura Chapot just extended her impressive mid-summer winning streak with another victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson. Friday’s triumph marked the fourth consecutive win for Chapot in the last two weeks and the second victory aboard Quointreau Un Prince, an 8-year-old mount she bought three years ago from McLain Ward. 

Today's starting order at Greenwich Park

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LDNeqFind the starting order for today's team jumping at Greenwich Park here.


The first Olympic day in pictures

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ian-millerIan Millar just seconds before he does his first start in his 10th Olympic Games. For sure an impressive record! 

Quotes from London Day 1

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reed-kesslerReed Kessler is the youngest rider at this Olympics with her 18 years. "She is brilliant all the time, she is always brilliant," said a happy Reed Kessler about her horse Cylana after their Olympic debut where they only had one time penalty.


Marc Houtzager on the course and his horse Tamino; "He jumped really good and was super today. He is just a fantastic horse. And the course was build really fair. The horses have to jump four days with the warm-up class yesterday and that is a lot. Normally we give our horses a day off in between, but it will be the same for everyone. It will be tough for the horses though. So this was a good and fair class to start with," explained Marc.


"Silvana is a really careful horse and sometimes she can be a little bit scared and loose her capicity to make a good jump. She is a little bit stiff and need her flatwork, but I have to take my time with her. It is a little bit the same story every day so I have to give her time,"Kevin Staut said about his mare.

Plenty of clears and unexpected drama on the first day of Olympic showjumping

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nick-big-starMedal candidates Nick Skelton and Big Star were clear on the first day of the Olympic showjumping in London. Photo by © 2012 Ken Braddick/ first individual qualifier at the 2012 Olympic Games in London brought with it plenty of lovely clear rounds and some very unexpected drama.  Out of the 75 riders, 32 rode clear rounds – and many of the favorites for the medals could be found among these. Nine of the riders also left the fences intact, but had time penalties – while on the other end of the scale four riders found themselves eliminated after some dramatic stops and a fall.

The first showjumper in the ring at Greenwich Park was Dutch rider Jur Vrieling on Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor). Vrieling opened up with what was going to be the first of an amazing four clears for the Dutch team – giving them the best possible warm-up before tomorrow’s first part of the team competition.

Start list for tomorrow’s first qualifier

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LDNeqThe start list for tomorrow's first round of showjumping is ready, click here to see it. We can’t wait for the jumping to begin!

The Olympic warm-up in pictures

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marc-taminoMarc Houtzager's Tamino looked really relaxed, and was playing around with the fences.  

Training session in the Olympic arena

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olivier-philippaerts-cabrioThe warm-up tonight was probably the only time reserve rider Olivier Philippaerts and Cabrio van de Heffinck was seen in the arena. This evening the show jumpers were allowed to jump in the main arena and every rider got 90 seconds to spend how they wanted to. A course with nine fences and ten jumps were set up in the arena. There was one combination an oxer - vertical, and one overbuild water jump among the jumps.


Some riders jumped the course as it was built while other riders chose their own lines. Most of the riders jumped the combination and very few riders jumped the overbuild water. A couple of riders didn't jump at all and spend their 90 seconds to ride around and show their horses the arena.

The rules for the Olympic showjumping

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 MG 28032008 Olympic champions Eric Lamaze and the late and legendary Hickstead. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Olympic showjumping will start tomorrow on the 4th of August with an individual class. It is not a speed class, but the riders will have to be clear and within the time allowed to have a good position for the next individual rounds. The riders will bring the penalties from this round with them.

Showjumpers on Twitter!

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steveSteve Guerdat is one of many showjumpers on Twitter. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.During the Olympics we encourage our readers to follow the showjumpers on Twitter. It’s a great way to get the latest news from the riders themselves, and many use Twitter actively at Greenwich Park. Rodrigo Pessoa, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Peter Charles, Ben Maher, Billy Twomey, Gregory Wathelet, Jens Fredricson, Reed Kessler, Alvaro de Miranda, Steve Guerdat, Dirk Demeersman, Lisen Bratt Fredricson, Cian O’Connor and Kevin Staut are some of the riders you can follow via Twitter.


WoSJ Exclusive; Our top ten favorites for the World Champion…

WoSJ Exclusive; Our top ten favorites for the World Championship title

Beerbaum, Ludger (GER): Ranked as number two in the world it is not possible to leave the ‘maestro’ of showjumping out. Although his WEG-partner Chiara’s results have been somewhat up and down during the summer season, there have been some undoubtable highlights such as the couple’s double clear round in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rome, and more recently...

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