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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.

 

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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.

Wout-Jan van der Schans into the Dutch Olympic squad

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Wot-Jan-van-der-Schans-CapeWout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens has added a new combination to the Dutch Olympic squad; Wout-Jan van der Schans with his horse Capetown. After great success this year the pair has been promoted from the B-squad. Van der Schans and Capetown won the Grand Prix of Paderborn in September, and early in November they were second in the World Cup in Lyon. In addition they have had big wins in Barcelona and Donaueschingen as well as strong team performances for the Netherlands during the summer.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Kevin Staut

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Kevin-Staut-Reveur-de-HurteKevin Staut. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The next rider we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is Kevin Staut. For years, Kevin has been one of the best riders in the world – he won individual gold at the European Championships in 2009, team silver at the European Championships in 2011 and has two team silver medals from the World Championships in 2010 and 2014.

Star studded field of riders heading for CHI Geneva

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IMG_1200It's that time of the year; CHI Geneva is up this weekend! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.With the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final and the Rolex Grand Prix as two of the major happenings at CHI Geneva, it comes as no surprise that the world's top riders are heading for Switzerland this weekend. Scott Brash, Kent Farrington, Ludger Beerbaum, Daniel Deusser and Marcus Ehning – the highest ranked riders in the world – will all be there, as will legends such as Michael Whitaker, Roger Yves Bost, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.

The riders list for La Coruna

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edwinaEdwina Tops-Alexander is on the list for La Coruna. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The coming weekend the five star show in La Coruna takes place, and there will be plenty of top names in action. The Spanish event welcomes riders such as Edwina Tops-Alexander, Jos Lansink, John Whitaker, Marco Kutscher, Jane Richard Philips and Katharina Offel - to mention some.


Click here for the full riders list.

Farewell to Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel

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Sren-Pedersen-Tailormade-EVery sadly, Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel has passed away. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sören Pedersen's top horse Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel has passed away. The sad news reached the showjumping world yesterday, as it became clear that the 11 year old mare by Rebel Z did not make it through a colic surgery. Pedersen and Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel impressed everybody at this year's World Equestrian Games where they ended 17th individually.

Stephex Stables secures Cornet D'Amour for Daniel Deusser

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daniel-cornetStephex Stables has secured Cornet D'Amour for Daniel Deusser. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Stephex Stables has become sole owner of Cornet D'Amour, after sharing the ownership with Double H Farm since April 2013. Stephan Conter has confirmed to World of Showjumping that he has bought the other half of the Cornet Obolensky-son, to secure his stable jockey Daniel Deusser the ride on the 11 year old gelding in the future.

Martin Fuchs leading rider at Gucci Paris Masters

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Martin-Fuchs-profilMartin Fuchs. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Martin Fuchs was awarded as leading rider at Gucci Paris Masters this weekend. Second best was Constant van Paesschen, while Maikel van der Vleuten was third best overall. All three boys received a Longines watch for their efforts.

Sunday's Grand Prix winners

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felix1Felix Hassmann and Horse Gym's Balzaci won in Poznan. Photo by Malgorzata Frysztak kadraskoki.pl.Felix Hassmann won the CSI3* World Cup Grand Prix in Poznan riding Horse Gym's Balzaci (Balou du Rouet x Landadel). Only three riders managed to be double clear and Felix took home the win after stopping the clock in the jump-off at 36,48 seconds. Michal Kazmierczak with Stakorado (Stakkato Gold x Acorado) needed 37,76 to the finish line and had to settle for the second place. Third place went to Bert Prouve on Cadida van het Provahof (Lux).

Advertisement; "E74 is the alternative to Omeprazole for me" - Interview with Rasmus Lüneburg

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_DSC2885-RASMUS-LUNEBURG--Rasmus Lüneburg. Photo by Janne Bugtrup.Rasmus Lüneburg is managing the ´Holsteiner' breeding and training stable of his parents, Hof Idenburg in Hetlingen, Northern Germany. Apart from training young horses and ambitious riders, the 32 year old is an internationally successful show jumping rider. And he puts his trust in Equine 74.

 

Several studies have shown that around 60% of all horses have stomach problems. How would you describe your experience with that matter?


Rasmus Lüneburg: ' In our stable we have come across this subject as well. The most severe symptoms were shown by a young mare. She would hardly accept being ridden, she was rebellious towards the rider´s leg and as a result bucked and showed other forms of bad habits. Because of that, we suspected that she may suffer from a painful gastric ulcer. ´

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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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