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Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014


Team Murka adds Gem Twist clone to its stable

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GemTwistcloneMurka's Gem!Team Murka is delighted to announce the successful cloning of Olympic medal-winning show jumper Gem Twist and the addition of the colt, Murka’s Gem, to its already globally successful stable. Thanks to French genetic bank Cryozootech and the agreement of the Chapot family, the birth of Murka’s Gem has been made possible. Gem Twist was one of the most successful show jumping horses of all time. Owned and bred by Frank Chapot, the Thoroughbred gelding was competed for the United States of America by Greg Best, Leslie Howard and Frank and Mary Chapot’s daughter, Laura Chapot. He was born in 1979 and died in 2006. During his career, the grey gelding won team and individual silver under Greg Best at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was three times American Grand Prix Association Horse of the Year and was named “World’s Best Horse” at the 1990 Stockholm World Equestrian Games.


Unbeatable Fellers and Flexible

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FlexSMMSRich Fellers & Flexible, winners of the Sun Life Financial “Reach for the Sun”. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. The stars and stripes had a lot to celebrate at Spruce Meadows on the 4th of July during the first day of the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ Tournament. The American’s started out on their roll with 17 year old Reed Kessler (USA) aboard Onisha, a 13 year old Warmblood mare. Kessler faced off against 76 horse/rider combinations over the 500 meter course and 14 jumping efforts, designed by Michel Villancourt (CAN). Kessler is celebrating not only her 3rd FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, but also a nomination to the 2012 US Olympic Team headed to London in August. Later this month, she will celebrate her 18th Birthday.

Order to go in Aachen Nations Cup

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The Draw AACH12kh 0105FEI Jumping Director John Roche at yesterday's draw in Aachen. Photo by FEI/Kit Houghton.The Swedish team will be pathfinders around Frank Rothenberger’s track as the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 gets underway at the prestigious Soers Arena in Aachen, Germany tonight. The draw took place yesterday, and the order-of-go is as follows:  1, Sweden; 2, Switzerland; 3, Germany; 4, France; 5, Belgium; 6, Netherlands; 7, Great Britain; 8, Ireland.


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Skelton and Sprunger win in Aachen

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Nick-big-starNick Skelton and Big Star - here in Hamburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Nick Skelton won the Warsteiner Preis in Aachen with his fantastic Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) after a really fast jump-off in 49.77 seconds. Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) took the second place before Janika Sprunger and Palloubet D Halong (Baloubet du Rouet x Muguet du Manoir). Twelve riders out of 55 cleared the difficult first round and the audience got to see a fast and exciting jump-off.

Rolf still number one in the world

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rolf-casallRolf is till number one - Here he guides Casall La Silla to a second place in the GCT in Cannes in June. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Rolf-Göran Bengtsson holds on to his position as number one in the world. On the latest Rolex Ranking, Rolf is yet again number one – for the seventh month in a row. But, below the Swedish rider there are changes. Former number ones Kevin Staut and Eric Lamaze have made big climbs; Kevin from number ten to number two and Eric from number six to number three. Pius Schwizer – last month’s rank two – now shares rank three with Lamaze. Nick Skelton is down from rank three to five, and Ludger Beerbaum from rank four to ten. Kutscher, Guerdat and Tops-Alexander have all fallen down one rank – while Ehning has climbed two. Outside the Top Ten, Kent Farrigton has leaped from rank 34 to 18 after enjoying some good results lately.


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Twomey and Lynch selected to represent Ireland in London

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billy-tinkaBilly Twomey and Tinka's Serenade will again represent their country in a Championship. Here seen at the WEG in 2010. Photo by jenny Abrahamsson.Horse Sport Ireland has nominated Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey to compete during the Olympic Games in London representing Ireland. Ireland did not manage to qualify as a team, but Lynch and Twomey  still managed to secure two individual places. These places were Irelands places though and any qualified rider could be selected.


As there have not been any other riders proving better than the two - Lynch and Twomey are now traveling to London with their respective horses Abbervail van het Dingeshof and Tinka’s Serenade. For Abbervail this will be his first Championship as Denis over the last years have chosen Lantinus for the bigger jobs. Tinka on the other hand was Billy's partner both during the World Equstrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and at the Europeans last September in Madrid.

Alvaro Miranda wins the Stawag preis in Aachen

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Alvaro-de-Miranda---BogenoAlvaro Miranda won with Rahmannshof´s Bogeno - here in Cannes. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Alvaro Miranda and AD Rahmannshof´s Bogeno (Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville) won the Stawag preis in Aachen today - a 1,50 class against the clock. Hans-Dieter Dreher and Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) kept up their good form from the Global Champions Tour in Monte-Carlo and came second. Third place went to Harrie Smolders with Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover), a combination who also seems to have found their form.

No Olympics for Ludger and Gotha

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ludger-gothaLudger Beerbaum has given up the thought about the Olympics. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the first class in Aachen Ludger Beerbaum decided that he not will try to get on the 2012 Olympic Team for Germany with Gotha. After getting 15 faults in the warm-up class this morning, Ludger decided to just jump the smaller classes on the Goldfever-mare.


"The mare isn´t in shape. Therefore it is also obvious for me that I´m no longer at disposal for the Olympic Games," said Ludger Beerbaum.



Marina Frutuoso de Melo makes history in Portugal

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coltaire-zMarina Frutuoso de Melo and Coltaire Z - here in Madrid. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marina Frutuoso de Melo has made history in Portugal. The 33 year old rider won the Portuguese Championship for a sixth time last weekend. Marina rode the lovely stallion Coltaire Z (Carthago Z x Voltaire), and it is the fourth time this couple has won the championship together – which makes them historical in Portuguese context. Coltaire Z is now 15 years old, and has participated at two European Championships, ten Nation Cups and won several international Grand Prix classes.

WoSJ Exclusive; Gregory Wathelet - “I liked it and wanted to do more”

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gregory-profilGregory Wathelet talks about his way from riding ponies to becoming one of the world's best riders. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Gregory Wathelet is not as young as we thought as he has reached the age of 32. Not that 32 is old of course, but for some reason when we first opened our eyes for this brilliant rider last year we somehow thought he was younger. Why we assumed so is hard to say because Gregory has done a lot over the years and has been lucky to ride some brilliant horses like Lantinus, now seen with Denis Lynch, and Cortes, one of Beezie Madden’s top horses.


So how did it all start? Gregory explains that he started riding ponies when he was seven or eight years old. He did some national shows and when he was ten his parents bought him a horse that he competed with at some smaller shows. “I liked it and wanted to do more,” Gregory states. So he was lucky enough to get a couple of more horses. Nothing expensive, but horses he could ride some smaller classes on.

Broken ankle for Margie Engle

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Margie Engle Stefan ConterMargie Engle, here seen talking to Stephex owner Stefan Conter during the WC final in Den Bosch. Photo by Hanne Christensen.According to Margie Engle has broken her ankle. Engle fell of a horse last week while she competed at the Lake Placid Horse Show. To Engel explained that the horse she rode misjudged a vertical and went through it. Engle will undergo surgery in the beginning of July for the injury.  “Luckily” for Engle it was the ankle on her right leg that broke. In 1990, Engle broke her left leg badly and in 2004 she suffered a broken hip when a horse fell on her.



New owner for Topinambour

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 MG_3196Topinambour with Penelope in Falsterbo last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Topinambour (Heartbreaker x Veneur de Luc) is under new ownership, but will stay with his rider Penelope Leprévost. It is the Haras de Clarbec and the Mégret-family that has bought the 12 year old KWPN stallion. Haras de Clarbec already owns Penelope’s rides Nayana and Nice Stephanie as well as Simon Delestre’s ride Armani van Overis Z.



Kevin Staut's winning round

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Canada Day Celebrations at Spruce Meadows

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lamaze-smEric Lamaze with Coriana van Klapscheut. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. Canada Day competition started off with the 1.50 meter West Canadian Cup, with 34 horse/rider combinations on the playing field. As predicted, Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA) created a tough track for the riders, stretching over 555 meters with 16 jumping obstacles.


Four combinations moved on into the jump off, with only one Canadian among them. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) saw to it that Canadians had their win on Canada Day, aboard his 10 year old Warmblood mare, Coriana Van Klapscheut. This marks Lamaze's second FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, after taking the RSA Cup during the 'Continental' Tournament.

Sunday´s Grand Prix winners

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tim-corvinTim Rieskamp-Goedeking with Corvin won in Steinhagen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking with Corvin (Contendro x Athletico) won the Grand Prix at CSI2* Steinhagen. He did that after being slightly ahead of Abdel Said with Classica LS (Chapultepec La Silla x Formateur) in the jump-off. Ten out of 57 riders made it to the jump-off and the two in the top were more than four seconds faster than the third placed Christian Hess with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson´s old ride AB19 Chianti (Caretino x Capitol).


Aachen images | Emotions & tears at Corradina's retirement c…

Aachen images | Emotions & tears at Corradina's retirement cermony

There were few dry eyes during the emotional retirement ceremony of Carsten-Otto Nagel’s fantastic partner Corradina 2 in Aachen on Thursday. Corradina 2 jumped to individual silver and team bronze at the Europeans at Windsor in 2009, to team gold at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, to team gold and individual silver at the Europeans in...

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