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Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014


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.

Hello Sanctos still on top of the FEI WBFSH World Ranking List

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Scott-Brash-Hello-Sanctos-4Hello Sanctos at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.There are quite a few changes among the top ten on this month's FEI WBFSH World Ranking List. Scott Brash's Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo v. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) remains as number one in the world though, with 1760 points. McLain Ward's Rothchild (Artos x Elegeant de I'lle) has climbed up from rank five to rank two with 1685 points while Daniel Deusser's Cornet d'Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) has climbed three spots from rank six. Cornet d'Amour has 1660 points and is 45 points ahead of Marcus Ehning's Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) that has dropped down to rank four.

The starting order for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona

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chefThe Chef d'Equipes. Photo by FEI/Dirk Caremans.Italy will be first to go, and Germany will be last of the 14 teams into the arena, when the much-anticipated Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 Final gets underway on Thursday at Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain. The event kicks off at 16.30 local time and, following this evening's draw, the order-of-go for the opening competition is:

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final kicks off tomorrow in Barcelona

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Furusiyya_FEI_Nations_Cup_Final_-_Barcelona-8Oct2014Riders from around the globe in Barcelona for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final draw inspiration from the iconic Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, home of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Diving Finals. Photo Jude Edginton/FEI.

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final kicks off tomorrow in Barcelona. All 14 nations that have qualified for Barcelona start from scratch in Thursday's first-round qualifier, which decides the starting order for Saturday's top-eight final, while the remaining six teams go through to Friday's Challenge Cup. The teams battling it out for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final 2014 are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Venezuela.

The International Jumping Riders Club signs Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI

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IJRClogoThe International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), which represent the world's top showjumping athletes, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with the FEI. The organisation will work closely with the FEI to expand the Olympic disciplines of jumping.

Brash, Clee and Roe awarded at the British Showjumping Awards Ball

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Scott--Brash-Hello-Sanctos- International Combination of the Year in Britain: Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The annual British Showjumping Awards Ball took place yesterday at the Hilton Metropole, NEC where almost 500 guests celebrated with the nominees and winners. Some famous names were awarded during the evening. The award for the International Combination of the Year went to Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos owned by Lady Kirkham and Lord & Lady Harris, the award for the Nations Cup Team Member of the Year went to Joe Clee, and the award for the Leading Rider Under 21 Years & Under (On Horses) of the Year went to Spencer Roe.

Advertisement |The AFP's Jumping Trophy CSI** & CSI Am A+B: A new highlight in Brandenburg, Germany!

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www.fotodesign-rk.de_-_070_2From 6th to 9th November 2014, the first AFP's Jumping Trophy CSI** & CSI Am A+B will be held in the Graf von Lindenau-Hall at the State Stud in Neustadt (Dosse). The show offers many great highlights, entertainment and sport at the highest level. Riders will fight for world ranking points, there's an exhibition in the Museum of Carriages to be explored and every day comes to a nice end at the After-Show-Partys.


On Saturday night, the organizers try to set new standards in the world record attempt in jumping the wall and thereby remember the falling of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. This unique combination of sports and political history is supported by the patronage of the politician Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

WoSJ Exclusive; Spruce Meadows - collectors of championship fences

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_K7X4949Jon Garner - Competition Manager at Spruce Meadows. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Spruce Meadows has a big collection of fences from different championships and Olympic Games - all the way back to the Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Jon Garner is Competitions Manager at Spruce Meadows and thus responsible for all the fences.


"We decide during the championships which fences we would like. Sometimes the designer and the organizers donate the fences - which is really nice! Now a lot of the designers and organizers know we have a collection. They like the idea of something they designed to stay here and going to keep getting used. Sometimes we can chose what fences we like and sometimes the organizer wants to keep some fences. For example in London we asked about the double decker bus but they really wanted to keep it. We are really thrilled with the ones we got though, they are iconic of London. And we want the fences to be obvious from where it came from."


Impressions from Holsteiner Verband's first presentation of …

Impressions from Holsteiner Verband's first presentation of the Elite auction horses

World of Showjumping was present at the Holsteiner Verband's first presentation of the Elite auction horses that took place in the middle of October – here are a few glimpses of what it all looked like. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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