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Saturday, 26 Jul 2014


The Irish team for Aachen is announced

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Denis-LantinusDenis Lynch will be in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ireland´s show jumping manager Robert Splaine has announced his team for the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup in Aachen. Shane Breen, Dermot Lennon, Denis Lynch, Cian O´Connor and Billy Twomey will all be in Aachen and Splaine will before Thursday announce which four of these riders that will compete.


Source: Press release Horse Sport Ireland



Rivetti revs up to win the big speed class on day one of Monaco GCT

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RivettiGCTCassio Rivetti won in Monte Carlo. Photo by Sportfot/GCT.The competition, in hot and humid conditions, gave some of the world’s top riders a chance to prepare their Grand Prix horses ahead of Saturday’s big event at the GCT in Monaco. The glamorous atmosphere was enhanced with dramatic multi-coloured lights as the first three riders entered the arena for the prize giving ceremony. And in the background outside the arena, jubilant Italian football fans could be heard revving up their sports cars in celebration after Italy won through to the final of the Euro 2012 championships. Cassio Rivetti blazed a trail in the big speed class of the night winning the Prix Massimo Dutti at the Global Champions Tour in Monaco.  

Last minute win for Ben Maher in opening event of GCT Monaco

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BenGCTBen and Aristo Z won the opening class in Monte Carlo. Photo by Sportfot/GCT.British rider Ben Maher seized first place in the opening CSI 5* of the Monaco weekend taking full advantage of his last place on the starting list. In the glamorous setting of Monte-Carlo Ben turned up the heat with his lively chestnut gelding Aristo Z and burned up the course to take top spot. French rider Michel Robert was first in and had been leading the event from the word go, finishing in a time of 57.00 on Catapulte. A string of leading riders had tried but failed to beat Michel’s time which stood until the 46th rider, Ben Maher, entered the ring.  

Charles Owen Announces Kick Off of its 2012 Hickstead Sponsorship

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COlogoCharles Owen kicked off its 2012 partnership with The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead by opening the Charles Owen Shopping Village. The Charles Owen Shopping Village was launched during last week’s successful British Jumping Derby Meeting, June 20 – 24 and will continue throughout The Royal International Horse Show, July 17 – 22. 


Hickstead is the home of British show jumping. Established in 1960 by the late Douglas Bunn, Hickstead is considered one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Offering six arenas, permanent seating for over 5,000 spectators, 26 corporate hospitality suites, and conferencing and entertainment facilities for up to 250, Hickstead is an impressive setting.

Farrington on top at Canada One

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FarringtonVenusSpruce Meadows_Media_ServicesKent Farrington & Venus, champions of the Cargill Cup, first FEI competition of the Canada One tournament. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. The pros were at it again forthe first day of the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament,with half a million dollars in prize money on the line though Sunday. The day started off well for Kent Farrington (USA). After going up against 46 horse/rider combinations in the 1.50 meter CargillCup, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio  Farrington emerged victorious. Nobody could catch the time set by Farrington and his 10 year old DutchWarmblood mare, Venus. This is Farrington’s 5th FEI Victory atSpruce Meadows this season.


Farrington tried for two today, but two-time Olympian Beezie Madden (USA) couldn’t be beat in the $60,000 Akita Drilling Cup. The 550 meter course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) saw 25horse/rider combinations narrowed down to 5 riders, all of whome are heading toLondon, save for Farrington. In the end, Farrington ended up with silver, while Madden took home top prize on her 10 year old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Cortes C. Madden was thrilled with the result, saying Cortes C showed he’s got what it takes to compete against the big boys. “I’m really pleased,I think he is really starting to understand” Madden commented.“When I ask him the questions, he answers me. The speed, the scope, the power- he has it all to go up against the guys who were in this competition.”

WoSJ Close-Up; Ninja La Silla

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 MG 2436It is once again time to take a closer look at one of our favorite horses - this time: Ninja La Silla. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson. 

Riders list for Aachen

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 MG 6386Happy Janne after her win in Aachen Grand Prix last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Next week, with start on Tuesday, it is time for one of the most popular shows in the world - CHIO Aachen! The next leg of the FEI Nations Cup will take place on Thursday with start at 19.30 and on Sunday it is the very prestigeous Aachen Grand Prix at 14.00.


Seven riders out of the top ten on the Rolex Ranking will be riding and last year´s Grand Prix winner Janne-Friederike Meyer will be there.


Click here for the total riders list.

Three new promising stallions for Michel Robert

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Michael-robertMichel Robert. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Michel Robert’s new sponsor Xavier Marie has not only given Michel the chance to ride the great horses already present at Haras de Hus. Marie has now also bought three new seven year old stallions for Michel to ride; Charles de Gaulle (Clinton x Rebel II Z), Vivaldi du Seigneur (Chellano x Darco) and the promising Holsteiner Conrad (Con Air x Locato).



Ninja La Silla returns to competition

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 MG 9031Ninja La Silla returns to competition this weekend. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After being out of competition since the GCT in Doha, Ninja La Silla returns to competition this weekend. The 17 year old Guidam-gelding will go to the two star show in Steinhagen, where he will jump two classes together with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. On his website, Bengtsson says; “Ninja La Silla was really fresh when I jumped him yesterday and he seems happy to be going to a show again.”



The possible French Olympic Team

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patrice-orient-expressPatrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC are heading for London. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Although the official announcement of the French competitors for the Olympics won't take place until July 9th, the French Federation has named the combinations they suggest for the French team. These combinations are; Patrice Delaveau with Orient Express HDC, Simon Delestre with Napoli du Ry, Olivier Guillon with Lord de Theize, Penelope Leprevost with Mylord Carthago HN or Topinambour and Kevin Staut with Silvana HDC.


Eugénie Angot with Old Chap Tame, Roger-Yves Bost with Nippon dÉlle and Jerome Hurel with Ohm de Ponthual are named as reserves.

Switzerland´s team for London announced!

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 MG 2202Clarissa Crotta will go to London. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Urs Grünig, Switzerland's Chef d'Equipe, has announced the country's Olympic team. Clarissa Crotta with West Side van Meerputhoeve, Steve Guerdat with Nino des Buisssonnets, Nasa or Carpalo, Werner Muff with Kiamon and Pius Schwizer with Carlina or Verdi will all go to London as well as Paul Estermann with Castlefield Eclipse as reserve.


Switzerland will bring four of these five riders to Aachen. Clarissa Crotta will not go though, so Paul Estermann takes her place on the team. Clarissa will therefor ride the Nations Cup in Falsterbo.


This will be the first Olympics for Clarissa Crotta and Werner Muff, and the first championship ever for Paul Estermann.




The Dutch Team for Aachen

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harrie-reginazHarri Smolders will ride on the Dutch team in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After Jeroen Dubbeldam’s decision to withdraw from the list of riders heading for the Olympics he will thus not ride in Aachen either as originally planned. In his place Rob Ehrens has put in Harrie Smolders on the team after his great performances over the last months.


In addition to Harrie the team will consist of Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof’s Tamino last weekend’s winners of the Grand Prix in Rotterdam – Leon Thijssen will bring his little bouncy Tyson and Maikel van de Vleuten and VDL Groep Verdi completes the team. The fifth rider will be Piet Raijmakers jr.

The German team for Aachen

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christian-taloubetChristian Ahlmann will be on the German team in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The German Chef d'Equipe, Otto Becker, has announced the team for the Top League in CHIO Aachen next weekend. The team will consist of Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning, Janne-Friederike Meyer, Marco Kutscher and Philipp Weishaupt. In Aachen Otto Becker will  decide which four riders of these five that will compete in the Top League.


Rotterdam Grand Prix in Images

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patrice-orient-expressPatrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC in total focus over the first fence. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson. 

The riders acceptance list for Monte Carlo

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gerco-londonGerco won in Cannes and is also riding in Monte Carlo - will he be able to take a double? Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.This weekend some of the best riders in the world are headed for Monte Carlo to fight for big money, fame and glory at the sixth leg of this year’s Global Champions Tour. The GCT-queen Edwina Tops-Alexander is of course present as well as other big names such as Rodrigo Pessoa, Kevin Staut, Christian Ahlmann, Billy Twomey and Gerco Schröder.


To view the full riders acceptance list go here.


The flying Fibonacci

The flying Fibonacci

This is the horse that is on everybody's lips at the moment; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum's Fibonacci 17 - a nine year old gelding by For Feeling x Corland - jumps incredible with the German rider, and to sit on this horse must be like flying! Here is a little photo series from Friday's 1.55 class to illustrate. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.   

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