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Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014


Sunday's Grand Prix winners

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GielenKevin-nyKevin Gielen was one of the Grand Prix winners this weekend, taking home the two star Grand Prix at the Stephex Masters. Photo by World of Showjumping.Laura Kraut was unbetable in the CSI3* Verbier Grand Prix. The American rider rode the only eight year old mare Carolina (Colman x Ramirado) that her partner Nick Skelton has been riding earlier on. Second place went to home rider Hansueli Sprunger with Faith vd Mullegracht (Darco x Carthago). Kraut and Sprunger were the only two that were clear in round two of the Grand Prix. Marc Bettinger was the fastest four faulter in round two aboard Bacardi (Balou du Rouet x Argentinus) and took home the third place to Germany.




WoSJ Exclusive; From Kentucky to Normandy | A trip down Memory Lane - part one

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Edwina-Alexander---Cevo-ItoWoSJ has taken a closer look at the horses that competed at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games four years ago and what has happened to them since then. In other words; a little trip down Memory Lane... First out is the tiny Itot Du Chateau, who jumped into many hearts with Edwina Tops-Alexander. He was retired during the Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris earlier this year, as an 18 year old with numerous of victories under his belt. Related articles: Showjumping legend Itot Du Chateau to retire and Thank you Cevo Itot du Chateau! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

A spellbinding win for Manuel Alvarez and Spirit in Del Mar

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manuelManuel Alvarez and Spirit Magic. Photo by under a cloudless sky on an idyllic Saturday afternoon, the $40,000 Grand Prix of Showpark, presented by EquiFit, inc., entertained a host of spectators and riders alike. Thirty-two entries tackled Linda Allen's impressive course in an attempt to be the best in show today.


With sixteen efforts and a time allowed of 82 seconds, the course covered the expanse of the Grand Prix field while set at national standard height, requiring notable scope from the field of experienced horses. Several challenging elements included a one-stride double combination in a forward five to a liverpool, as well as a triple combination before a rollback to the final wide oxer.

It's a tie for Maikel van der Vleuten and Piergiorgio Bucci at Stephex Masters

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WinnersSaturdayMaikel van der Vleuten and Piergiorgio Buccci both stopped the clock at 36.18 seconds in round two of the Bank Degroof class at the Stephex Masters. Photo by World of Showjumping.


The 1.50 Bank Degroof class at Stephex Masters ended as a tied affair as Maikel van der Vleuten and Piergiorgio Bucci shared the win. The class was in the winning round-format with almost sixty riders in it, and out of these only six went clear over Uliano Vezanni's first round twelve fence track that counted a combination at 4ab and then a triple combination at 7abc – the latter causing trouble for many. The six clear combinations were joined in the second round by six more, one on a time fault and the rest on four penalties.

Hutchinson held the lead through 65 rounds to take top spot in legacy Grand Prix

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HutchisonSigExcelDTLGPtbirdSusan Hutchison with Sig Excel. Photo by Aimee Makris of MOI Photography.A packed field gathered at Thunderbird Show Park for the Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix on Friday night, paying tribute to the woman who gave so much to the sport. Amidst celebrations and scholarship presentations, it was an early lead by California's Susan Hutchison that held through more than 60 rounds to take top spot.

The Belgian Federation fined 5000 Euro following Van Paesschen-case

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Constant---van-Paesschen-CiConstant van Paesschen with Citizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle in Valkenswaard. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Stanny Van Paesschen Equestrian Center has send out a press release, announcing that the Belgian Federation has been served with a fine of 5000 Euro. The fine comes as a result of the Belgian Federation's decision to not include Constant van Paesschen and Citizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle on the team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, putting Thursday's conclusion from the Belgian Arbitration Court for Sport's aside. The legal procedures continued in a first instance court in Brussels yesterday, and ended with the court ordering the Belgian Federation to follow the decision from the CBAS or pay of a fine of € 5,000.

Advertisement; Woodland's international sales – Collection 2014 Online!

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WoodlandsDuring the Stephex Masters, Woodland's International Sales presents the 2014 collection. Niels Bruynseels comments: 'Once again we have selected these talented youngsters on their talent and ability to develop into performers. After presenting a very strong group of horses in 2013, it was our challenge to bring together an assortment with even more potential. When looking at the series of sport horses presented in this Collection, we can say we have succeeded. By having these horses trained by our own riders we know them like we know ourselves and we can estimate their abilities. That is why we can say that this collection will reach its goal, that is performing in the jumping arena with success'.

Bluman, Hough and Kutscher on top at the Stephex Masters

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HoughLaurenLauren Hough was one of the CSI3* winners at the Stephex Masters, and also ended third in the big class. Photo by World of Showjumping.It was Colombia's Daniel Bluman, America's Lauren Hough and Germany's Marco Kutscher that opened up with wins at the Stephex Masters on Friday. The first edition of the event has attracted a very strong field of riders, and offered top sport during the day and night. The CSI3* 1.40 class went to Daniel Bluman, who rode Cantando Lyngriis (Cassini I x Zarewitsch) to victory being almost a second faster in this speed class than Kent Farrington on Zojasper (Concorde x Jasper). In third followed John Whitaker on Lord of Arabia (Cassini II x Carry).

WoSJ Exclusive; Looking back at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Final 2010 - 3

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_MG_5805The three medalists from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 - Philippe Le Jeune, Abdullah Sharbatly and Eric Lamaze. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld to be retired from the sport

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bosty-costerveldCastle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld has had a long and succesful career. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld will be retired from the sport. Roger Yves Bost's 16 year old partner by Clinton x Randel Z will, like Bosty's mare Cosma, enjoy a peaceful retirement but combine it with breeding duties. Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld has had a great career with the French rider in the saddle – and before him with Jessica Kürten.

The definitive entries for the World Equestrian Games

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wegThe definitive entries for the showjumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are now available. The total national federations are 54, and 34 of them have teams. Nineteen national federations have individuals only. In total 184 athletes and 199 horses will participate in the jumping. 158 combinations will start in the first competition on 2 September.

Pierre Durand FEI president candidate

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fei-loggaThe French Federation has announced that Pierre Durand will run as candidate for the post as FEI's new president. Durand, who has been European Champion, team World Champion and individual gold medalist at the Olympic Games, was president of the French Federation from 1993-1998. Switzerland's Pierre Génécand and Denmark's Ulf Helgstrand have also been announced as candidates. The election will take place on December 14th and each national federation will have one vote.

Karl Cook and Farrari race to the win in the Markel Insurance Grand Prix

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karlKarl Cook and Farrari. Photo by off the spotlight classes at Showpark Summer Festival, the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix welcomed an impressive 51 entries to compete for the top prize. With both green and seasoned horses in the class, course designer Linda Allen built a technical track that asked many questions at the 1.40m height. Featuring 17 efforts in a time allowed of 90 seconds, the intricate track required both speed and endurance from competitors to jump clean while staying within the tight time.

WoSJ Exclusive; Looking back at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Final 2010 - 2

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_MG_5589Vigo d'Arsouilles and Hickstead got to know each other during the final - both behaving as it was any given day. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

This weekend's live streaming

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generell-hoppbildThe following events will be live streamed this weekend:


The CSI3* show Stephex Masters - click here.


The CSI2* show in Allershel - click here.


The CSI2* show in Langley - click here.


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WoSJ Exclusive; Our top ten favorites for the World Championship title

Beerbaum, Ludger (GER): Ranked as number two in the world it is not possible to leave the ‘maestro’ of showjumping out. Although his WEG-partner Chiara’s results have been somewhat up and down during the summer season, there have been some undoubtable highlights such as the couple’s double clear round in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rome, and more recently...

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