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Beerbaum best against the clock at CHI Geneva

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LudgerLudger Beerbaum and Leonidas 100 won Friday's speed class in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ludger Beerbaum was the best in Friday's 1.45 speed class Prix des Communes Genevoises in Geneva. Riding Leonidas 100 (Lenardo x Silvio I), the German maestro came in early on in this 54 rider class to take the lead with a clear and fast round stopping the clock on 52.81 seconds. Towards the very end of the class Ireland's Cameron Hanley came very close to beating Beerbaum though, as he was just 0.09 seconds behind on the clock aboard Caretina de Joter (Caretino x Contender). Simon Delestre finished third on Stardust Quinhon (Calvaro x Cabdula Du Tillard) with the time of 53.32 seconds.

 

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Sterrehof's Opium gets official retirement ceremony at Jumping Amsterdam

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opiumSterrehof's Opium - doing one of his trade mark bucks - will be retired at Jumping Amsterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marc Houtzager's faithful partner Sterrehof's Opium will be thanked off from the sport with an official retirement ceremony at Jumping Amsterdam. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 1st of February following the Grand Prix. The now 18 year old gelding has had a very successful career under Houtzager, with many triumphs such as winning the Grand Prix in Den Bosch in 2012.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Scott Brash

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scott-ursulaScott Brash. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The final rider we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is world nr. one Scott Brash. The British rider has held on to his top spot on the world ranking for over one year, but as he did not take part in last year's Top 10 Final this will be his first. Scott has been on fire this year and has Grand Prix wins from Wellington, Cannes, Estoril and London as well as winning the Longines Global Champions Tour overall for a second consecutive year. Brash also ended third in the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Lyon in 2014.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala land the win in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix

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Lauren-Hough-OhlalaLauren Hough and Ohlala won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough won Thursday night's Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva on Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento). The class was naturally shadowed by Athina Onassis de Miranda's terrible fall with AD Camille Z though, as the mare very sadly had to be put to sleep following the accident. The class was completed though, and in the end it was Hough who was the fastest of the 21 riders that went on to the jump-off after first clear rounds over the 1.55 track.

AD Camille Z put to sleep after fall in Geneva

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Athina-Onassis-de-Miranda-AVery sadly AD Camille Z had to be put to sleep after a serious fall in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tragically, Athina Onassis De Miranda's top horse AD Camille Z has been put to sleep after a fall in Geneva. The accident happened during the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, when the 11 year old mare fell in the jump over an oxer. AD Camille Z had to be brought out of the ring by a horse ambulance to be attended to by veterinary specialists, but very sadly there was nothing that could be done for the mare and in order for her not to suffer unnecessary she was put to sleep.

Advertisement; "One in two sports horses is suffering from gastric ulcers!"

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Equine74_quadrat_1412092Our horses' stomachs don't have easy lives. Constant stress-related overacidification in particular is prone to cause problems. Stress during transport, on the warm-up arena, on show jumping courses or in the dressage ring, often inordinately short feeding times, too little hay and excessive amounts of feed concentrate compound the problem.

 

The consequences:


On the one hand, there is insufficient buffering of gastric acid, an important component in the stomach; on the other hand, gastric acid levels are rising considerably due to stress!

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Ludger Beerbaum

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ludger-chiaraLudger Beerbaum. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Second last to go in our presentation of the riders in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is no other than living legend Ludger Beerbaum. Ludger has no less than three Olympic team gold medals; from the Games in 1988, 1996 and 2000 – and individual Olympic gold from Barcelona in 1992. He has two team gold medals from the World Equestrian Games, and a range of medals from the European Championships as well. In addition he has won the Top 10 Final twice before; in 2001 and 2002.

WoSJ Close-Up; Rothchild

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McLain-Ward-Rothchild-39881McLain Ward’s quirky and super cute Rotchild is next out in the Close-Up series. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

This weekend's live streaming

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generell-hoppbildTop level showjumping can be watched online this weekend, as two five star shows and one four star are being live streamed:

 

The CSI5* event in Geneva can be watched online via this link.

 

The CSI5* event in La Coruna can be watched online via this link.

 

The CSI4* event in Salzburg can be watched online via this link.

Rolex Presents CHI Geneva, The Third Equestrian Major of 2014

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The mark of a truly global sport is that it never sleeps. As the international tennis circuit moves around the world and from outdoor to indoor tournaments, so does the demanding world of top-level showjumping. It builds to an annual peak at CHI Geneva. The Swiss indoor show, situated in Rolex's beautiful home city, is regularly voted by the sport's greatest riders as the best in the world. All of them will strive to compete in Geneva from 11-14 December. It has a long and distinguished history, having regularly attracted the finest horses and riders since its inception in 1926, and its proximity to Christmas gives CHI Geneva a particularly special atmosphere.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Marcus Ehning

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marcus-cornadoMarcus Ehning. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marcus Ehning needs little or no introduction. This fantastic German rider has Olympic team gold from the Sydney Games, team gold from the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky 2010, two team gold's from the Europeans in 1999 and 2003 – not to forget that he has won the World Cup Final three times. And Marcus has won the Top 10 Final before; in 2009 on Plot Blue in Paris. Maybe he can do it again this year?

"At CHI Geneva every day has a highlight"

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Sophie_M3Sophie Mottu Morel, General Director of the CHI Geneva.With CHI Geneva coming up this week, World of Showjumping took the chance to ask Sophie Mottu Morel, General Director of the CHI Geneva, a few questions about this year's edition.

 

1) What is the best reason to pay CHI Geneva a visit this year?

 

If you want to see great sport, the best riders and drivers in the world and feel emotion, do not miss the CHI Geneva (11th to 14th of December). Our show is the last Major of the year and we will host the 3rd Grand Prix of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping of the season on Sunday, December 14th at 2.15pm. This class will offer to the public a magnificent show. We are really happy to also host the 14th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final this year, for the 10th time. The 10 best riders in the world will compete on Friday evening in this thrilling competition created in Geneva. Of course, we have the pleasure to organise a leg of the World Cup Driving in which Boyd Exell will try to win for the 7th time in Palexpo! And last but not least, we are really happy to welcome a new discipline this year, a 3rd discipline, with the first Indoor Cross Country presented by Rolex, in which many stars will take part as the current World champion Sandra Auffarth. At CHI Geneva every day has a highlight from Thursday with the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, a qualifier for the Rolex Grand Prix, till Sunday with the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Kent Farrington

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kentKent Farrington. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The next rider we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is Kent Farrington. The American rider has a team bronze medal from the World Equestrian Games this year, and also team gold from the Pan-Am Games in 2011. Kent is a winner through and through, and this year he has recorded big victories in Wellington, Lyon, Rome, Monte Carlo, Calgary, Aachen, Dublin, Wolvertem, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Harrisburg and Lexington. Farrington’s non-stop winning recently brought him from nr. four to two on the world ranking.

Oh d'Eole to Gregory Wathelet

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kevin-oh-deoleOh d'Eole with Kevin Staut in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the news of Oh d'Eole and Kevin Staut parting ways last month, it has now been revealed that Gregory Wathelet is the new rider of the mare. Studforlife.com reports that the pair will make their international debut together in Geneva this week. Oh d'Eole (Kannan x Papillon Rouge) and Kevin Staut were together for a year, and had many top results together. Before Staut got the mare to ride, she was competed by Michel Robert, Marc Bettinger and also by McLain Ward.

Thank you Esperanza de Rebel

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11Sren-Pedersen-TailormadeSören Pedersen's top horse Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel tragically passed away this weekend. The 11 year old mare by Rebel Z was a wonderful horse, and showed her qualities both at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy this year and at the Europeans in Herning last year – ending 17th individually at both events with Pedersen. Here is a photo tribute to this special horse that will be deeply missed. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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Thank you AD Camille Z

Thank you AD Camille Z

Tragedy struck the showjumping world last Thursday, when Athina Onassis de Miranda's amazing mare AD Camille Z had to be put to sleep after a fall in Geneva. Here is our tribute to this fantastic horse, who was so special and so loved – and who will be deeply missed by us all. Together Athina and AD Camille Z achieved...

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