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Back-to-back wins for America's McLain Ward and Rothchild in the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup

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Ward2RoyalMcLain Ward made it back-to-back wins with Rothchild in the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup Grand Prix. Photos (c) BenRadvanyi.com McLain Ward considers The Royal Horse Show a "great home away from home" and it's no wonder, as he has become more than comfortable in the winner's circle here year after year. The Olympic double gold-medalist won the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by Hudson's Bay for the second year in a row last night with Rothchild, having won it twice before with Goldika 559, and twice before that with Rio.

 

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Sixtine de Vains and Pius Schwizer part ways

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Pius-Schwizer-Sixtine-de-VaPius Schwizer with Sixtine de Vains in Falsterbo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sixtine de Vains is leaving Pius Schwizer's stable, as the talented mare is in the process of being sold. With Schwizer, Sixtine de Vains (Calvaro x Damoiseau d'Or) recently finished third in the World Cup in Helsinki and sixth in the Grand Prix in Oslo. On his website, Schwizer states: "I do regret the planned sale of this horse. I had a lot of success with Sixtine (...) But I have to look ahead and hope to fill this huge gap in my string of horses soon."

Glock secures Cognac Champblanc for Gerco Schröder

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Gerco-Schrder-Cognac-ChampGlock continues to support Gerco Schröder - here seen on their new investment Cognac Champblanc. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. Glock continues to support Gerco Schröder with horse power. After investing in both Glock's London N.O.P. and Glock's Debalia, Cognac Champblanc has now been secured by Glock for Schröder. The grey Clearway-gelding has had a great season under the Dutch rider, developing into one of his top horses.

McLain Ward leaves the field behind on opening night of The Royal Horse Show

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WardRoyalMcLain Ward took top honours in the $34,000 Jolera International Jumper class at the CSI4*-W Toronto with HH Carlos Z. Photo (c) BenRadvanyi.com.Often, equestrian sport is decided in mere fractions. Tenths, or even hundredths of seconds are not unusal deciding factors at the uppermost levels. Last night, McLain Ward won the $34,000 Jolera International Jumper class by more than four seconds over his closest rival, Jessica Springsteen.

This week's live streaming

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longFor showjumping enthusiasts this will be a good week, as there is plenty of live streaming from the action around the globe.

 

The CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour Final in Doha will be live streamed via this link. Check this link for the broadcasting schedule.

The Royal Horse Show welcomes top riders

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MillarRoyal2 Ian Millar will be leading the Canadian contingent at the Royal Horse Show. Photo (c) BenRadvanyi.com.The CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto has a great line-up for this year's edition of the event. Home hero Ian Millar will lead the squad representing Canada, while the Americans come strong in force with Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Katie Dinan and Jessica Springsteen – to mention some. Ireland's Conor Swail and Darragh Kenny will be present, as will Belgium's Olivier and Nicola Phillipaerts.

Top riders to Jumping Indoor Maastricht

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maikel3Maikel van der Vleuten - the winner of the Longines Trophy at Jumping Indoor Maastricht 2013 - is also on the list this year. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.This weekend it is time for the CSI3* event Jumping Indoor Maastricht. The popular show attracts many great riders, and no less than three of the four riders on the Dutch gold medal winning team from Normandy will be present as Jeroen Dubbeldam, Maikel van der Vleuten and Jur Vrieling all are on the list. Then there are names such as Jos Lansink and Philippe Le Jeune – who like Dubbeldam – are individual World Champion title holders. Some top lady riders are also on the list; Lauren Hough, Katharina Offel, Angelica Augustsson, Jessica Kürten and Janika Sprunger are all entered for the event.

Good Luck to Cian O'Connor

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cian-oconnor-profilCian O'Connor has his hands on a new talent. Archive photo by WoSJ.Cian O’Connor has secured himself a new talent; Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II). The eight year old Belgian bred has been brought onto the international scene by Fabrice Galdini, and has jumped many impressive rounds in two star Grand Prix classes during 2014 – catching the eye of some of the world’s best riders. In the end, O’Connor was the one who closed the deal though in cooperation with Egyptian showjumper Abdel Said.

 

 

 

The riders heading for the Longines Global Champions Tour Final in Doha

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ScottGrassoCan Scott Brash defend his title in 2014? Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The coming weekend it is time for the Longines Global Champions Tour Final in Doha. The event attracts numerous top riders to it, and it will be an exciting conclusion to the tour with world number one Scott Brash present to defend his title from last year going against the leader of the tour Ludger Beerbaum and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson who is rank two. Rank four and five Edwina Tops-Alexander and Henrik von Eckermann will also be present to battle it out for the 2014 title.

A summary from the fourth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Verona

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Don't miss Bertram Allen's amazing jump-off with Molly Malone V in his first Longines FEI World Cup qualifier ever.

Guerdat holds on to his lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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steve-stllningSteve Guerdat leads the Western European League. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the fourth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup in the Western European League has been completed, Steve Guerdat is still in the lead with a total of 42 points. Rank two is Jur Vrieling on 33 points, while Kevin Staut is rank three on 30 points. Then follows two more Swiss riders; Martin Fuchs as rank four and Pius Schwizer as rank five, with 28 and 27 points respectively.

Bertram Allen in a class of his own in the Longines FEI World Cup in Verona

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Allen_Bertram_SS8_0049Bertram Allen won his World Cup debut after two fantastic clear rounds on Molly Malone V. Photos by Stefano Secchi/FEI.Ireland's only 19 year old Bertram Allen amazed showjumping fans worldwide again, when he won Sunday's Longines FEI World Cup in Verona. Allen has been on tremendous form lately, ending 7th individually at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy rocketing upwards on the world rankings breaking into the top twenty. Making the World Cup his second win for the weekend at the Italian event, Allen no doubt will continue his climb on the Longines Ranking.

Watch the winner of the Munich Indoors Grand Prix - John Whitaker on Argento

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Thanks to Clipmyhorse.com you can watch the winning jump-off produced by John Whitaker and Argento in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Munich.

Holger Wulschner outstanding in the DKB-Riders Tour 2014

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holger-wulschner-fine-ladyHolger Wulschner won the first leg in Hagen with Fine Lady. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the sixth and final leg of the DKB-Riders Tour 2014 Holger Wulschner could climb to the top of the podium. The German rider has been collecting points at four legs and ended with 54 points - something no one else even got close to. Second placed Carsten-Otto Nagel ended on 35 points followed by the brothers Felix and Toni Hassmann - with 30 and 28 points.

John Whitaker and Argento repeat their win at Munich Indoors

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johnJohn Whitaker and Argento won the Grand Prix in Munich. Photo by Stefan Lafrentz.For the third time John Whitaker took the Grand Prix win at the Munich Indoors. Riding Argento (Arko III x Gasper), John was over a second faster than second placed Denis Lynch with Quote Zavaan (Quasimodo Z x Armstrong) in the jump-off. Christina Liebherr with L.B. Midship du Borda (Drakkar Des Hutins x Saphir d'Elle) took the third place. Felix Hassmann - who has been on fire this weekend in Munich - ended fourth with Horse Gym's Balzaci (Balou du Rouet x Ex Libris) after four faults in the jump-off.

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New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

New combinations out and about at Jumping Indoor Maastricht

Some new combinations showed up at Jumping Indoor Maastricht this weekend – here are some of them, and let’s start with Lauren Hough and Street Hassle. This eight year old stallion has been competed by Paris Sellon during 2014, but made an appearance with Hough – who trains Sellon – this weekend. Street Hassle is by Quick Star x...

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