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Jörg Naeve wins the Grand Prix of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel

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NaeveKielJörg Naeve and Cashflow won the Grand Prix in Kiel. Photo (c) Karl-Heinz Frieler/Baltic Horse Show. After a nine horse jump-off, it was home rider Jörg Naeve who stole the win in the CSI3* Grand Prix of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel. Riding the 10 year old stallion Cashflow (Cash and Carry x Quinar), Naeve – who is based close to Kiel – produced two clear rounds to take a popular win on home soil. Denis Lynch ended second on Quote Zavaan (Quasimodo Z x Armstrong) with 0.20 seconds separating him from Naeve in the jump-off. "It's just something special to win here at home," smiled Naeve afterwards. "And sometimes during a course I really think 'Cash' can read."

 

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Untouchable Dutch in Barcelona's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

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Team_NED-BARC14X4329The Dutch team celebrate victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Photos (c) FEI/Dirk Caremans.The newly-crowned world champions from the Netherlands added another big title to their tally, when they won yesterday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. With three brilliant clear rounds from their first three riders – Jeroen Dubbeldam on Zenith SFN (Rash R x Fuego du Prelet), Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I) and Jur Vrieling on VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) – the Dutch were in a class own their own.

Le Jeune celebrates 30 Years with a decisive win at Horse of the Year Show

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LeJeuneHOYSPhilippe Le Jeune and Loro Piana Once De Kreisker won the Thistledown Stakes. Photo by HOYS.Former World champion Philippe Le Jeune celebrated 30 years of competing at Horse of the Year Show by winning the Thistledown Stakes after a thrilling battle with Great Britain star John Whitaker. Philippe, who is based near Brussels, struck exactly the right note on his 12-year-old stallion Loro Piana Once De Kreisker (Papillon Rouge) to claim victory 30 years on from his first HOYS appearance, when the show was staged at Wembley.

Toni Hassmann and Classic Man V collect Saturday's biggest win in Kiel

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ToniHassmannCSIKielToni Hassmann and Classic Man V won the Preis der Warsteiner Brauerei in Kiel. Photo (c) Karl-Heinz Frieler / Baltic Horse Show.  It was a home win for Toni Hassmann and Classic Man V in Saturday's 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier at the CSI3* Baltic Horse Show. With a recent Grand Prix win from Donaueschingen up their sleeve, Hassmann and the very talented nine year old Cornet Obolensky-son were full of confidence and produced another top result. There were only six clears in the first round, but these horse- and rider combinations were joined by another six with penalties as it was a winning round. As all started over with a clean sheet in round two, anything could happen.

Breen finds his own winning way at Horse of the Year Show

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BreenAvdentureHOYSTrevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan en route to victory at Horse of the Year Show yesterday. Photo by HOYS.Ireland's Trevor Breen hit the heights once again with Adventure De Kannan (Kannan x Ladalco) as he brought the third day of the 2014 Horse of the Year Show to a rousing conclusion at Birmingham's LG Arena. The combination had already won this year's Hickstead Derby and Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and the Grandstand Trophy can now be added to that impressive portfolio. Eleven combinations made the jump-off, with riders allowed to plot their own route over six designated fences, and Buckinghamshire-based Trevor delivered a stunning performance.

Katharina Offel and B Once Z unbeatable in Friday's biggest class in Kiel

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KathiBOnceZBHS2The winners of the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier in Kiel on Friday: Katharina Offel and B Once Z. Photo (c) Karl-Heinz Frieler/Baltic Horse Show.Friday's biggest win at the CSI3* Baltic Horse Show in Kiel went to Katharina Offel and B Once Z (Baloubet du Rouet x Lavaletto). The Ukrainian rider set an early target time in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier that counted fifty-four riders stopping the clock on 44.36 after some tight turns and a great rhythm throughout the round. None of the forty riders to come could catch Offel, who left home rider Felix Hassmann and Horse Gym's Balzaci (Balou du Rouet x Ex Libris) behind her as runners-up almost two seconds slower. Third was Sweden's Douglas Lindelöw on Talina (Matterhorn).

The Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona to Kent Farrington

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Capelli_FarringtonCSIOBarcelonaJuan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing together with Kent Farrington. Photo (c) CSIO Barcelona.It was another American win in Barcelona yesterday as Kent Farrington won the Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona. With an unusual twelve faults-performance in Thursday's Nations Cup, Farrington kicked back hard yesterday – this time around riding Uceko (Celano x Koriander). The US rider had one of five double clears in the 1.55 class, but was the fastest one of all in the second round with 46.52 seconds.

 

 

Farewell to Coulisa

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Denis-Lynch-Coulisa-28658Sadly, it is farewell to Denis Lynch's Coulisa. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Denis Lynch's ride Coulisa has been put to sleep. After a terrible fall in the Grand Prix in Rotterdam in late June this year, the 10 year old mare underwent successful surgery for her sustained injuries. Following the surgery it was reported that Coulisa would undergo a four to eight month recuperation period, but unfortunately the mare did not make it through.

Twomey wins a battle royale at Horse of the Year Show

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TwomeyHOYSBilly Twomey and Royale Du Rouet won the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge. Photo by HOYS.Nottinghamshire-based Irish star Billy Twomey claimed his first victory at Horse of the Year Show 2014 on Friday when he captured the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge. Billy, who rode for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics and is among the most consistent performers in World show jumping, triumphed with the promising nine-year-old stallion Royale Du Rouet (Jeff D´or x Kannan).  The challenge is over a maximum of five rounds, with riders gaining two points for each fence jumped and one point taken away if they knock it down. Should they accrue a fault, then combinations are eliminated.

Whitaker shows his seasoned skills at Horse of the Year Show

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JohnHOYSJohn Whitaker and Lord of Arabia won the Horse Radar Stakes. Photo by HOYS.John Whitaker produced a vintage performance to win the Horse Radar Stakes and ensure a scintillating start to day three at Horse of the Year Show. The 59-year-old Yorkshireman, who first competed at HOYS during the early 1970s, delivered a masterclass on Lord of Arabia (Cassini II x Carry) to thrill a bumper audience in Birmingham's LG Arena. The Huddersfield-based star was drawn last to go among a 29-strong field, and he shaved more than a second off Nicole Pavitt's time with Victor Blue (My Bjorn W x Rebel II Z) to triumph.

American win in the Challenge Cup at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona

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Team_USA-BARC14X2341Team USA won the Challenge Cup in Barcelona. Photo by FEI/Dirk Caremans.The American team won the Challenge Cup at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona on Friday afternoon. It took a jump-off to decide which country would win though, and the US riders met the Australians against the clock after both teams were left on a one penalty score after the first round. The competition was open to the six nations that failed to qualify for tomorrow night's Furusiyya Final. The French slotted into third this afternoon ahead of Spain in fourth, Venezuela in fifth and the three-man team from Qatar in sixth and last place.

Germany's David Will makes a winning debut at Horse of the Year Show

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WillHOYSDavid Will and Colorit won the Sky Sports Trophy. Photo by HOYS.Horse of the Year Show debutant David Will made an immediate impression at Birmingham's LG Arena when he landed the Sky Sports Trophy speed class after an impressive performance on Colorit (Coriano x Capitol) last night. The German rider clocked a time of 57.11 seconds to defeat a high-class field that included the likes of Great Britain's world number one Scott Brash, Belgium's former World Champion Philippe Le Jeune and rising Irish star Bertram Allen.

Guy Williams pinches a close fought win at Horse of the Year Show

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GuyHOYSGuy Williams won the Michael Mac Memorial Trophy. Photo by HOYS.Prolific Horse of the Year show winner Guy Williams made a flying start to the international classes at Birmingham's LG Arena on Thursday, by winning the inaugural Michael Mac Memorial Trophy. The two-phase competition, which included a jump-off, produced a thrilling spectacle as just 53 hundredths of a second separated the top five combinations. Guy, who is based in Kent but will shortly be relocating to northern France, guided Casper De Muze (Triomphe De Muze x Corsaire De Vauban) home in a time of 29.23 seconds.

Dutch champions conquest the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final first round

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Van_Der_Vleuten_M-BARC14X1162Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. produced one of the three clear rounds for the Dutch team. Photo by FEI/Dirk Caremans.It was the newly-crowned Dutch world champions that won the first round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2014 Final in Barcelona on Thursday. The Dutch team was the only one to end the competition on a clean sheet. Sweden ended up second on a four penalty score while Belgium, Canada and Germany tied for third on eight penalties. Only eight nations qualified for Saturday final competition, and the last three to grab a spot were Italy, Brazil and Great Britain.

WoSJ Exclusive; Simply horses...

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_K7X5953'God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses.'
--Scottish politician R.B. Cunninghame-Graham in a letter to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1917). All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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Images | Visiting Jos Lansink - part two

Images | Visiting Jos Lansink - part two

A room with a view: King Julio and Zerlin M enjoying life at Stal Lansink. Photos by World of Showjumping.

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