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Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014


Vinton Karrasch and Coral Reef Baloufino clinch the win in the Las Vegas Welcome Jumper Classic

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las1Vinton Karrasch and Coral Reef Baloufino. Photo by McCool. Being fast and fault-free was key in tonight's $33,500 Las Vegas Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by EquiFit, inc. Fifty-eight entries competed for the top prize in the first of two FEI classes featured in this week's schedule of events.


Germany's Olaf Petersen, Jr. designed a winding course with 14 efforts in a time allowed of 79 seconds. Featuring three double combinations as well as multiple bending lines that required adjustability and accuracy, the course gave riders several opportunities to shave off precious seconds by executing daring inside turns and tight rollbacks.




Francois Mathy tops the "Gambler's Choice" presented by MNP at The Royal Horse Show

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MathyRoyal2Francois Mathy guided Ornellaia to the win in the “Gambler’s Choice”. Photo (c) BenRadvanyi.comPart two of the evening at The Royal Horse Show introduced the fun and crowd-friendly "Gambler's Choice" class, presented by MNP, where each jump is assigned a set value and the rider gets to pick their own course in hopes of amassing the top score. After their round each rider may opt to jump the "Joker" fence, in hopes of adding 200 points to their score. But if they are unsuccessful, they are 200 points the fewer.


Seventh in the ring was Ireland's Conor Swail, whose nimble mount Arista executed a right-angle turn twice to rack up the points. But in doing so, he ended up altering his plan of attack, which opened the door ever so slightly for Belgium's Francois Mathy.

Evita van de Veldbalie sold to Canada

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Lorenzo-de-Luca-Evita-van-dEvita van de Veldbalie - here seen at the World Equestrian Games with Lorenzo de Luca in the saddle. Photo by Jenny AbrahamssonEvita van de Veldbalie (Wandor vd Mispelaere x Clinton) has been sold, and will in the future fly the Canadian colours. The ten year old mare has had huge success with Stephex Stables' Daniel Deusser in the saddle, last year the pair won the Rolex IJRC Top Ten Final as well as the Masters in Stuttgart and in Lyon. This year Evita van de Veldbalie jumped at the World Equestrian Games with Lorenzo de Luca.

Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus win Thursday's biggest class in Doha

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WatheletDohaGrassoGregory Wathelet and the stunning Conrad de Hus won Thursday's biggest class in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.This evening's €90,500 CSI5* class at the Longines Global Champions Tour was won by Belgium's Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus (Con Air x Locato). The Belgian rider put in a deceptively quick round to leave a large and competitive field in his dust. Second place went to Germany's Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) who had looked unbeatable, and third to a Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun (For Pleasure x Fabriano).


The first round, built by Italy's Uliano Vezzani, was a sweeping, attacking course that took advantage of Al Shaqab's massive arena. Many of the star riders had their Grand Prix horses in the competition which served as a generous introduction to Saturday's battleground. Of the 40 starters, an incredible 20 went through to the jump-off.

Advertisement | Success made by P.S.I. - our vision and mission

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Chacdo_sprungChacdo (Chacco-Blue - Lando – Landadel), grey gelding born *06/2008, size XL, ready for 1,30 m (apprx. 4.3 ft.), qualified for the World Championships for young horses 2014. Successful relatives: Colande, Chacciana, Chactinue.The World Equestrian Games in Normandy demonstrated the extent to which the equestrian sport world has expanded, and many new nations are now represented at top-level international championships. At the WEG, 100 Grand Prix-level riders from 32 nations competed in the discipline of dressage alone, and there were an impressive 153 riders from 53 nations in the show jumping ring. To sustain this trend in future, P.S.I. remains committed to selecting the best young dressage and show jumping horses and to "placing them in the right hands."

Longines Global Champions Tour leader Ludger Beerbaum with change of horse ahead of the final

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BeerbaumZinedineGrassoZinedine will replace Chiara in the Longines Global Champions Tour final in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Longines Global Champions Tour Ranking leader Ludger Beerbaum will not compete his top horse Chiara (Contender x Coronado) in Saturday's final in Doha. Beerbaum, who leads the tour with twelve points, will instead ride Zinedine. "The mare suffered a light colic. Although the vet gave his okay for a start, I won't start with her," Beerbaum said continuing on to say that he does not wish to risk the health of his horse. "She is fine today, but still on medication and it's not fair to compete her here."

Dreher and Qataris take the top honours in opening 5* class in Doha

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DreherDohaGrassoHansi Dreher won the opening five star class in Doha on Callisto. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Germany's Hans-Dieter Dreher and Callisto (Casall x Acorado) claimed victory in the opening CSI5* class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha event at the spectacular Al Shaqab arena. Second and third went to home riders Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi with Gunder (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Randel Z) and Khalid Mohammed AS Al Emadi with Utascha SFN (Lux x Indoctro).

WoSJ Close-Up; Embassy II

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_K7X2226One of the most stunning horses in the world is out next in our WoSJ Close-Up series; meet the heart robber Embassy II. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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) 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.

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), 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) 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.


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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