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Friday, 31 Oct 2014


Urico and Cella to Ben Maher

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IMG 8537Ben wishes Jane Clarke and her horses welcome.Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ben Maher has taken over the ride of Jane Clark’s horses including the top mounts Urico and Cella, previously seen under Mario Deslauriers. Deslauriers and Clarke ended their partnership earlier this year and Clark has been looking for a new rider for her horses. After a long search she ended up with Britain and Ben although she did try and find another American rider.


Clarke has stated that "I looked at a number of riders and I really think that Ben was the best possible rider for these horses at this time. He's a brilliant rider and we're very happy with him. It had nothing to do with flags. It had to do with having the right person for my horses and doing the right thing by them."





Leading Show Jumper of the Year Victory to Albert Zoer at HOYS

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AlbertSamAlbert Zoer and Sam took the Leading Showjumper of the Year victory at HOYS. Here seen in Den Bosch. Photo by Hanne Christensen.Cheered on by one of the most enthusiastic audiences ever to attend Horse of the Year Show, Dutchman Albert Zoer and Sam were the last 2012 combination to compete in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. The crowd held their breath, watching in anticipation to see whether or not he’d be able to catch British Team Gold Medallist Scott Brash’s leader with Mon Ami. The gasps of the crowd as he landed over the last fence turned in to a deafening eruption of adulation as he claimed his first victory on his debut visit to “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show”.


“Tonight was absolutely perfect,” said Albert. “To win in front of that crowd was quite special and the show has been great. I really hope to come back here again.”

Rolex FEI World Cup calendar

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pius-carlina-krlekPius Switzer and Carlina won the first leg of the Western European League in Oslo last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Rolex FEI World Cup for the Western European League will kick off in Oslo this weekend.

Here is the calendar for the Western European Leauge 2012/2013 season:


11 - 14 October - Oslo, Norway

18 - 21 October - Helsinki, Finland

31 October - 4 November - Lyon, France

8 - 11 November - Verona, Italy

Changes in the Dutch showjumping squads

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marc-tamino1Marc and Sterrehof's Tamino are now in the Olympic squad. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Dutch Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens has announced some changes in the Dutch showjumping squad. Marc Houtzager now has a second horse - Sterrehof's Tamino - in the Olympic squad in addition to Sterrehof's Opium, and four combinations are added to the B-squad,  Albert Voorn with Tobalio, Hedrik-Jan Schuttert with Cerona HS, Jeroen Dubbeldam with BMC Utascha SFN and Henk van de Pol with BMC Warrant TN.

"Stars of the Future" Sale Establishes UK's Reputation for World Class Show Jumpers

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Murka  Vindicat with flag 2Vindicat W, show jumping gold medal winner at the London Olympics, was bought as a 5-year-old five years ago at the “Stars of the Future” sale organised by leading UK auctioneers Brightwells - a clear indication of the growing reputation of this prestigious UK sale for attracting horses of world-class potential. Top show jumper Peter Charles paid £54,000 for Vindicat W at the sale and following an illustrious career – culminating in the gold medal win at the London Olympics - he has now been sold Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Terri's tweets - part seven

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BackgroundNice background for handwalking! #terriHow lucky are we to be able to follow Marco Kutscher’s head groom Terri in Rio? Terri has taken us behind the scenes on her travel; and given us snapshots of Cornet Obolensky and Cornet’s Cristallo (aka CC Alien). Thanks Terri! Here’s part seven of Terri’s tweets:


Too little sleep last nite, very hard to get out of bed but the boys will be waiting, they dont have much patience when it comes to food. #terri


Just back from longing and there's monkeys playing in the trees! #terri

Last show for Cornet Obolensky and Marco Kutscher

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marco-cornetCornet Obolensky has done his last show with Marco. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Cornet Obolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker) and Marco Kutscher have done their last show together in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. This fantastic couple have some outstanding results together; last year they claimed team gold for Germany at the Europeans in Madrid, this year the pair was on the winning German Top League teams in Rotterdam and Rome and they won the World Cup qualifier in Zürich. The stallion will return to his owners in about four weeks time, where he according to our information will dedicate himself to breeding. Cornet has already proven himself as a great sire, and has several succesful offspring.

Sunday´s Grand Prix winners

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Janne-Friederike-Meyer---GrGrace shows her potential by winning the Grand Prix in Wiener Neustadt. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Janne-Friederike Meyer with Grace won the CSI3* Grand Prix in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Second place went to Emanuele Gaudiano with Uppercut DS and the third place to Angelina Herröder with Pico's Boy. Meyer and Gaudiano were the only two that cleared both rounds.


Click here for the total result list.

Steve and Nino prove to be unbeatable again

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steve-guerdat-profilSteve Guerdat. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Once again Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) proved that they have got what it takes when it matters the most. The Olympic Champions and World Cup-runner ups took home the first prize of 330 000 Euro in the OI Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro last night, and were simply in a class of their own – yet again. Edwina Alexander came the closest on her wonderful Itot du Chateau (Le Tot de Semilly x Galoubet A) and ended second, while third place went to Clarissa Crotta and West Side V Meerputhoeve (Baloubet du Rouet x Apollonios).

Billy Twomey and Shane Breen best at HOYS Saturday

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billy twomey1Billy and WIngs Sublieme - winners of the 1.55 at HOYS Saturday. Photo by  Roberto Cubeddu.Billy Twomey chalked up Ireland's second win at HOYS Saturday in the 1.55 Thistledown stakes riding Wings Sublieme (Oklund x Voltaire). Billy was one of eight through to the jump-off at the indoor arena, and finished with well over two seconds in hand in the final round, leaving French rider Eugenie Angot and the bay mare Atlete van't Heike (Voltaire x Landgraf I) in the runner-up spot. Third place went to Harrie Smolders riding Deuly Z (Dutch Capitol x Baloubet du Roet) as the third rider with a double clear.


Later in the vening Shane Breen made it a hat trick for Ireland Saturday when he won the Accumulator competition with his own stallion Balloon (Balou du Roet x Landcapitol). Breen saw off competition from British challenger Guy Williams and Larino (by Lordanos), who trailed the Irish rider by almost one-and-a-half seconds at the finish. The third place was taken by a Dutch rider in this class as well, Leon Thijssen with Quintera (Kannan x Quick Star).

Denis Lynch takes the accumulator while the Germans rule the Nations Challenge in Rio

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denis-night-trainDenis and Night Train win the accumulator class in Rio. Here seen in Valkenswaard. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Oi Athina Onassis Horse Show in Rio offered their spectators two big classes yesterday. The first one was a 1.50 accumulator class, and Denis Lynch was the fastest rider aboard Night Train (Calvaro Z x Papillon Rouge) who seems to be unbeatable in these kind of classes. The Irish rider had Marcus Ehning and Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) in his heels though, and only 0,06 seconds split the two riders. Rodrigo Pessoa made the home crowd happy by taking third place riding HH Let’s Fly (Lordanos x Forrest).


At 9 p.m local time it was time for the Nations Challenge where the German team with Marco Kutscher and Ludger Beerbaum took a convincing victory. Riding Cornet’s Cristallo and Chaman the Germans produced four clear rounds and their time was 14 seconds faster than the British team in second place with Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker. The two Brazilian teams took third and fourth place, the best team being Alvaro de Miranda and Rodrigo Pessoa who closed off at four faults, but two seconds faster than the winning team. The fastest team of the day was the Swiss team consisting of Janike Sprunger and Steve Guerdat. Their fast time was unfortunately followed by eight faults which placed them as number five.

Horse of the Year Show 2012: Whitaker & Stockdale thrill a sell out crowd

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john-whitaker-profil John Whitaker takes to wins at HOYS Friday. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The crowd roared, the fences climbed and two British riders shared the spoils after the thrilling Harry Jo & Co Five Fence Challenge on a sell-out Friday at Horse of the Year Show. It could have gone to one round more, but as the only two remaining to contest the top prize after four corking rounds of jumping and with some fences standing a whopping 1.80m, Tim Stockdale and John Whitaker decided to share the honours.


In the Harry Jo & Co Five Fence Challenge, which was introduced to “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show” last year, each of the five fences are raised in each round over a maximum of five rounds. A fence down, a run out or a refusal means instant elimination. After round four and to rapturous applause, only Tim (Fresh Direct K2) and John Whitaker (Maximillian) remained.

Terri's tweets part six

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 breakfasttimeBreakfast time in Rio!!! #terriBoys all finished, cornet jumped super, to many aliens for cc today and had 2down. We try again tomorrow! :) #terri



Shuttle to stables, different route this time, could take a while! Cornet will be angry!!! #terri



Like father like son, 11.30am and cc is already banging for lunch, he learnt well from corney!! #terri



Becker and Engemann prolonge their contracts

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heinerHeinrich-Hermann Engemann at the WEG in Kentucky 2010. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The German Chef d'Equipe Otto Becker and Heinrich-Hermann Engemann have both signed up for new contracts with the German federation, and will continue their jobs towards the next Olympic Games in Rio.


Becker will continue to be in charge of the top showjumpers and function as their chef d’equipe at championships and important Nations Cups. Becker will also be responsible for the guidance of the showjumping trainers, and is in charge of taking the necessary measures to ensure progress and development in the sport.

Horse of the Year Show 2012: Big wins for Brash and Funnel

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scott brashScott Brash won the Sky Sports Trophy at HOYS yesterday. Photo by/copyright Roberto Cubeddu.Scott Brash was delighted to claim his first international victory since winning show jumping team gold at the London Olympics in front of a home crowd at Horse of the Year Show. Spurred on by rapturous applause as he entered the ring to jump in the Sky Sports Trophy on Liz MacTaggart’s Bon Ami, Scott sped round the course to snatch victory from The Netherlands’ Albert Zoer, riding Sam.


“It’s a privilege to jump in front of this home crowd,” said Scott. “It’s a fantastic show for us British riders, the atmosphere here is incredible and the spectators always give you such a warm welcome. It’s great to be able to repay their support.”

Bon Ami, who was Scott’s winning partner in last year’s Zinc Management Trophy, gave such a good performance tonight that his rider has a few options for Sunday Gala evening’s Leading Show Jumper of the Year contest. “I was planning on riding Intertoy Z on Sunday, but Bon Ami is on form, so we’ll have to see,” said Scott.


WoSJ Close-Up; Cornet d'Amour

WoSJ Close-Up; Cornet d'Amour

This time around, the WoSJ Close-Up goes to one of our favourite horses! Meet the lovely Cornet d’Amour! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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