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Gothenburg Grand Prix in images

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linda-heedLinda Heed had an annoying stop at the first fence, but the rest of the round was very good. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson/worldofshowjumping.com

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Quotes from Gothenburg

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rolf-ninjaRolf gave it all down to the last fence in the Grand Prix, but unfortunately the fence fell. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

 

Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue top Gothenburg Trophy Grand Prix

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marcus-plotThe winners; Marcus and Plot Blue back were they belong - on top. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue rode two picture perfect rounds in Gothenburg to take home the Grand Prix Saturday evening. Marcus left Denis Lynch on Abbervail van het Dingeshof and Edwina Tops-Alexander on Titus II behind him in second and third. The atmosphere was as usual amazing in the packed arena of Scandinavium, with the spectators taking completely off when home hero Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and other Swedish riders entered the ring.


The first round saw eight of the 34 riders go clear and on to the jump-off. Faults were spread around the twelve fence track, but many of the faults came in the triple combination at 5abc – an oxer, vertical, oxer – and at fence eight which followed on a bend line from a narrow oxer at seven. The airy vertical-vertical combination at fence 11a and b with water trays underneath also caused trouble for some.

Same same but different! Images from Gothenburg

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simonHow do the riders and their horses look when approaching a 1.45 fence? Simon Delestre obviously looks a bit terrified. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Nina Fagerström rules in Gothenburg

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nina-mouseNina and Mouse won again! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Nina Fagerström took her third victory in three days in Gothenburg today. Together with Stephex Stables’ Mouse (Limbus x Grundyman) Nina was yet again the fastest of all; setting a time impossible to beat for her competitors. As usual Nina set off in a high pace from the start, and kept moving forward – taking really tight turns wherever it was possible.

Rodrigo Pessoa and HH Palouchin Win Wire to Wire in $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic

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HH Palouchin Rodrigo Pessoa FEI1-45 Sportfot loHH Palouchin & Rodrigo Pessoa on their way to victory in Wellington. Photo by Sportfot.Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm's HH Palouchin led the way from start to finish in Friday afternoon's $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic in Wellington. A Rolex FEI world ranking class, Pessoa and Palouchin beat out a field of 65 starters over Olaf Petersen Jr.'s timed first round course. The pair set the standard, first to go with their lightning fast time of 64.46 seconds, and would prove unbeatable. Seventeen of the 65 starters in today's 1.45m class completed Petersen's speed course without fault, but Pessoa's time set the mark high. No one was able to surpass him, and only a few came close.

Vrieling on fire in Norway

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jur-wittingerJur is in great form in Norway. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jur Vrieling won the Big Tour at the AEG CSI2* show in Vestfold, Norway, on Friday together with VDL Wittinger. Jur was one of seven double clears in the class that had fourteen clears in the first round. Second and third place went to the home riders Morten Djupvik with Valle Blanche and Tony André Hansen with Frodo.

Gothenburg Images

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WOSJGothenburgWorldofshowjumping.com was very visible in Gothenburg thanks to Sport Computer Graphics! Photo by Peter Zachrisson www.zmedia.se

Ahlmann and Taloubet Z in a league of their own in Gothenburg

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christian-taloubetAre Christian and Taloubet finding back to last year's perfect form in front of another WC-final? Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) were in a league of their own in the 1.50 speed class in Gothenburg Friday evening. As start number 29 Christian and his wonderful stallion set a target impossible to beat by the riders to come.

 

After his win Ahlmann said; ”The whole course was good for me as there were a lot of turns, and were there were distances it was almost impossible to do one stride less. If I ride on the same amount of strides as the other riders, I’m normally a bit faster. When I walked the course I felt that this was my class, and that I could be in the top five without pushing the horse. And when it goes all the way it’s just great! It’s so cool to ride into the price giving ceremonies here, because the spectators stay and make a party of it! You get the feeling that they are really enjoying it!”

Emma Lindgren is our guest blogger this weekend

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EmmaEmma Lindgren is our guest blogger this weekend. Photo by Hanne Christensen.Christian Ahlmann’s head girl Emma Lindgren is our guest blogger this weekend. Emma is currently in Gothenburg with Taoulbet Z, Lorenzo and Well Done for the 5* show in Scandinavium, and will in our guest blog tell you about her adventures during the four days the show lasts.


Click here to read Emma’s blog.

Kent Farrington takes another win in Wellington

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Kent Farrington Voyeur WEF7 Sportfot loKent Farrington and Voyeur. Photo by Sportfot.Kent Farrington earned a victory for the United States on Thursday with his brand new mount Voyeur, owned by Amalaya Investments, in the $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 in Wellington. Showing in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the pair out jumped fellow Americans Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partner's Nougat Du Vallet, who finished second and Cara Raether and Trelawny Farm LLC's Saskia 269, who placed third. Catherine Pasmore and Pasmore Stable's Vandavid also earned USA the fourth place prize.

Rozier races to victory in Gothenburg

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rozier-idealIdeal de Roy just won his 97th international class. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was Philippe Rozier who took home the first class of the day in Gothenburg on Friday morning. Aboard his long time French bred partner Ideal de Roy (Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur) Rozier set off in a high pace, chose the shortest possible route around the 12 fence track and crossed the finish line 1.05 seconds faster than the then current leader Douglas Lindelöw.

Marco & Nina on top in Gothenburg

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marco-satisfactionOn top again; Marco and Satisfaction FRH. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was Marco Kutscher and Nina Fagerström’s day in Gothenburg on Thursday. Nina took home the two first classes of the day; first a 1.40 class on Mouse (Limbus x Grundyman) and then another one on Viva (Corrado x Nimmerdor) – both horses owned by Stephex Stables. Late in the evening it was time for the 1.50 class with a jump-off; a class where Stall Beerbaum made sure that their presence was noticed – Marco won, Ludger was third and Philipp Weishaupt fourth.


There were a lot of clears in the 1.50 class; altogether 17 of the 38 riders produced clear rounds. Some were really unlucky; Dermott Lennon, Douglas Lindelöw and Edwina Tops-Alexander all had the last vertical down while Kevin Staut fell off when ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z refused on the oxer at fence nine.

Ben Maher finds his form in Wellington

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Tackeray Ben Maher Meter45pres Sportfot loTackeray and Ben Maher looking comfortable under the palm trees. Photo by Sportfot.Great Britain's Ben Maher finished first and second in today's $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic aboard his horses Tackeray and Quiet Easy 4. Held as a Rolex FEI world ranking competition, the class was the feature event on Wednesday as the seventh week of the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) got underway. 

Did you know…?

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marco-cornetCornet Obolensky - once named Windows van het Costersveld. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.In a recent Did you know…? we discovered that Nolte’s Küchengirl had a very funny birth name; Lord’s Fantastic Mouse. This trigged us into looking into other showjumping horses that has had their names changed, and here are some of the most famous ones. Cian O’Connor’s former super star K Club Lady was originally named Olanda K, while Marco Kutscher’s wonderful stallion Cornet Obolensky had the funny and not so easily pronounced birth name Windows van het Costersveld.

 

Maikel van der Vleuten’s top horse VDL Groep Verdi was once named Vanquidam M – after his famous father Quidam de Revel. Angelica Augustsson’s hot chestnut mare Mic Mac du Tillard got her named changed when she was sold to American rider Georgina Bloomberg, and was at one point in her career called Midtown du Tillard – a named that was changed back to her original one when she came back to Angelica.

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Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part two

Visiting Marcus Ehning in images - part two

Welcome to the Ehning's yard! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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