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Saturday, 20 Sep 2014


Maikel van der Vleuten wins the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne

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MaikelMaikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Eureka won the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Friday's feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne, the CSI5* Prix de Canton de Vaud was won by 2014 World Championship Team Gold medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix winner Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) who took the victory by over a second from 2nd placed Doda de Miranda on AD Nouvelle Europe Z (Nelson Z x Jimtown). Third went to home rider Jane Richard Philips with Upanisad di San Patrignano (Mr. Blue), who finished less than 0.5s behind Miranda.




Darragh Kenny and Gatsby go two-for-two at American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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GatsbyDarragh Kenny and Gatsby are on a roll, claiming four consecutive victories together. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.For anyone looking to wager on Sunday's $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*W Grand Prix, consider placing a bet on Darragh Kenny. The Irishman is on quite the hot streak at this year's American Gold Cup; yesterday he earned a definitive victory in the $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake aboard Allison Toffolon's Gatsby, and today the same duo did it again, clinching the win in the $100,000 Hermès American Gold Cup Qualifier.

Images | The 'Masters' kicks off at Spruce Meadows

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_K7X4360Ohlala - the biggest star of the day. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | The World Championship from A to Z in images

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fans-40271No sport without supporters - here is how it looked as showjumping fans gathered in Normandy to cheer on their favorite athletes. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Jeroen Dubbeldam: "I never expected to be in the top four final"

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1Jeroen-Dubbeldam-Zenith-SFWorld of Showjumping has spoken to newly crowned World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson."I never expected to be in the top four final, let alone become World Champion," Jeroen Dubbeldam says to World of Showjumping four days after returning home from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. "I knew we had a good chance with the team. We had three experienced combinations, that all were on the silver medal team in London. Then it was me and Zenith SFN. He is an inexperienced horse compared to the rest on the team, but I knew he was in good form. When we won the team gold, I considered that my job was more or less done – what happened after Thursday was a total surprise," Dubbeldam continues.

Darragh Kenny is great with Gatsby at American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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KennyGatsby2Darragh Kenny and Gatsby. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.When Darragh Kenny and Gatsby entered the ring as one of the last to go in Thursday's $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, the time to beat sat at 76.040 seconds. That time, held by Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W, had been set nearly 50 rounds before and looked like it would remain untouchable. But by the time Kenny and Gatsby trotted off the grass grand prix field at Old Salem Farm, they had blown Springsteen's time out of the water by nearly 5.5 seconds and clinched the biggest victory of the day at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W.

Lauren Hough: "Hats off for the team here"

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lauren-citatThe winning team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough was the winner of Thursday's biggest class at Spruce Meadows. This is what the American rider had to say about her win:

"I was able to watch Kent go, but actually I have a plan with that horse from the moment I walk the course and it doesn't normally change. She is a natural fast horse across the ground, and putting one stride in is normally faster with her than leaving one out. I had my plan and took a couple of shots here and there and I just got a little lucky today!"

Hough, Lamaze and Farrington win at Spruce Meadows

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lauren-hough-ohlalaOhlala taking a bite of the trophy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough, Eric Lamaze and Kent Farrington won one class each on the opening day of the Spruce Meadows 'Masters'. After an amazing effort from the Spruce Meadows team the international arena was cleared from snow and the competitions could start on Thursday. So in minus degrees, with snow everywhere around the arena the riders could compete in the grass ring.

Spruce Meadows - Let the show begin!

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_K7X3120The Spruce Meadows team has been - and still are - doing an incredible job making the showground ready for competitons today. It is still snow, it is still minus degrees, but the event will start today. It will be one 1,50 m class at 10.30 AM, another 1,50 m class at 12.30 AM and finally a 1,60 m class at 2.30 PM. Click here for the start lists. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Canada hosts the Rolex Grand Slam of showjumping

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christian-citatChristian Ahlmann won the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHIO Aachen in July, and will now give it a go at Spruce Meadows as well. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.When the traditional and prestigious Spruce Meadows "Masters" begins today, it is also the countdown for the biggest international equestrian sport challenge, the Rolex Grand Slam of showjumping. This initiative of the three major shows, the Spruce Meadows "Masters", CHI Geneva and CHIO Aachen, marks the start of a new era of equestrian sport. In order to succeed here, both the horse and rider have to achieve exceptional performances.

Sergio Alvarez Moya confirms sale of Zipper

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Sergio-Alvarez-Moya-Zipper-Sergio Alvarez Moya's success horse Zipper goes to Ukraine. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Following this week's reports on the sale of Sergio Alvarez Moya's Zipper, the Spanish rider confirms to World of Showjumping that the sale has been finalized today. The new owner of Zipper (Apple Juice x Concorde) is Ukraine's Alexander Onischencko, who strengthens his team with yet another top horse.

Spruce Meadows | And so, it continued...

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_K7X3027We hope the golf cart had winter tires! Reed Kessler and Carly say hello from a snowy Spruce Meadows yesterday. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Mrs Jane Clark named Owner of the Year 2013

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ben-cella-standingCella's owner Mrs Jane Clark has been named Owner of the Year 2013. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Mrs Jane Clark, owner of Cella (Cento x Chin Chin), has been named Owner of the Year for 2013. Ridden by Great Britain's Ben Maher, Cella enjoyed a string of successes throughout 2013, including victories in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in London and the Warsteiner Preis at CHIO Aachen, as well as winning the team gold and individual silver at the FEI European Championships in Herning.

Images | Spruce Meadows gets snowed under

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_K7X3003The snow kept coming at Spruce Meadows in the beginning of the week, and yesterday the showgrounds looked mostly like a catastrophe area. The wet and heavy snow has caused a lot of trees and branches to fall over, and yesterday the power was out in the whole area. The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, and if anybody will be able to pull this seemingly impossible task off it is the Spruce Meadows crew! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Team spirit trumps the snow at Spruce Meadows

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_K7X2981It has been a historic day at Spruce Meadows. Over 25 cm of snow has fallen on the grounds, and a resulting 8 hour power outage, combined with the devastating impact of the snow on the Spruce Meadows trees and grounds has made for a tremendously difficult day.


The snow forced all competitions originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 to be postponed as well as the closure of the Exhibit space and Plaza. The decision to reschedule Wednesday's events was driven primarily by lack of available essential services including power, water (reverting to the standby water source for the horses), telephone service and other essentials. This lead to the Spruce Meadows Organizing Committee decision, and its genuine concern for the overall safety of the public and all involved with the operations and participation at the 'Masters'.


Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld and Castle Forbes Cosma and would retire from the sport. Owned by Lady Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been like win machines. Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld had no less than 58 international...

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