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Jeroen Dubbeldam: "I never expected to be in the top four final"

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1Jeroen-Dubbeldam-Zenith-SFWorld of Showjumping has spoken to newly crowned World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson."I never expected to be in the top four final, let alone become World Champion," Jeroen Dubbeldam says to World of Showjumping four days after returning home from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. "I knew we had a good chance with the team. We had three experienced combinations, that all were on the silver medal team in London. Then it was me and Zenith SFN. He is an inexperienced horse compared to the rest on the team, but I knew he was in good form. When we won the team gold, I considered that my job was more or less done – what happened after Thursday was a total surprise," Dubbeldam continues.

 

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Darragh Kenny is great with Gatsby at American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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KennyGatsby2Darragh Kenny and Gatsby. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.When Darragh Kenny and Gatsby entered the ring as one of the last to go in Thursday's $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, the time to beat sat at 76.040 seconds. That time, held by Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W, had been set nearly 50 rounds before and looked like it would remain untouchable. But by the time Kenny and Gatsby trotted off the grass grand prix field at Old Salem Farm, they had blown Springsteen's time out of the water by nearly 5.5 seconds and clinched the biggest victory of the day at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W.

Lauren Hough: "Hats off for the team here"

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lauren-citatThe winning team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough was the winner of Thursday's biggest class at Spruce Meadows. This is what the American rider had to say about her win:


"I was able to watch Kent go, but actually I have a plan with that horse from the moment I walk the course and it doesn't normally change. She is a natural fast horse across the ground, and putting one stride in is normally faster with her than leaving one out. I had my plan and took a couple of shots here and there and I just got a little lucky today!"

Hough, Lamaze and Farrington win at Spruce Meadows

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lauren-hough-ohlalaOhlala taking a bite of the trophy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough, Eric Lamaze and Kent Farrington won one class each on the opening day of the Spruce Meadows 'Masters'. After an amazing effort from the Spruce Meadows team the international arena was cleared from snow and the competitions could start on Thursday. So in minus degrees, with snow everywhere around the arena the riders could compete in the grass ring.

Spruce Meadows - Let the show begin!

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_K7X3120The Spruce Meadows team has been - and still are - doing an incredible job making the showground ready for competitons today. It is still snow, it is still minus degrees, but the event will start today. It will be one 1,50 m class at 10.30 AM, another 1,50 m class at 12.30 AM and finally a 1,60 m class at 2.30 PM. Click here for the start lists. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Canada hosts the Rolex Grand Slam of showjumping

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christian-citatChristian Ahlmann won the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHIO Aachen in July, and will now give it a go at Spruce Meadows as well. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.When the traditional and prestigious Spruce Meadows "Masters" begins today, it is also the countdown for the biggest international equestrian sport challenge, the Rolex Grand Slam of showjumping. This initiative of the three major shows, the Spruce Meadows "Masters", CHI Geneva and CHIO Aachen, marks the start of a new era of equestrian sport. In order to succeed here, both the horse and rider have to achieve exceptional performances.

Sergio Alvarez Moya confirms sale of Zipper

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Sergio-Alvarez-Moya-Zipper-Sergio Alvarez Moya's success horse Zipper goes to Ukraine. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Following this week's reports on the sale of Sergio Alvarez Moya's Zipper, the Spanish rider confirms to World of Showjumping that the sale has been finalized today. The new owner of Zipper (Apple Juice x Concorde) is Ukraine's Alexander Onischencko, who strengthens his team with yet another top horse.

Spruce Meadows | And so, it continued...

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_K7X3027We hope the golf cart had winter tires! Reed Kessler and Carly say hello from a snowy Spruce Meadows yesterday. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Mrs Jane Clark named Owner of the Year 2013

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ben-cella-standingCella's owner Mrs Jane Clark has been named Owner of the Year 2013. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Mrs Jane Clark, owner of Cella (Cento x Chin Chin), has been named Owner of the Year for 2013. Ridden by Great Britain's Ben Maher, Cella enjoyed a string of successes throughout 2013, including victories in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in London and the Warsteiner Preis at CHIO Aachen, as well as winning the team gold and individual silver at the FEI European Championships in Herning.

Images | Spruce Meadows gets snowed under

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_K7X3003The snow kept coming at Spruce Meadows in the beginning of the week, and yesterday the showgrounds looked mostly like a catastrophe area. The wet and heavy snow has caused a lot of trees and branches to fall over, and yesterday the power was out in the whole area. The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, and if anybody will be able to pull this seemingly impossible task off it is the Spruce Meadows crew! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Team spirit trumps the snow at Spruce Meadows

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_K7X2981It has been a historic day at Spruce Meadows. Over 25 cm of snow has fallen on the grounds, and a resulting 8 hour power outage, combined with the devastating impact of the snow on the Spruce Meadows trees and grounds has made for a tremendously difficult day.

 

The snow forced all competitions originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 to be postponed as well as the closure of the Exhibit space and Plaza. The decision to reschedule Wednesday's events was driven primarily by lack of available essential services including power, water (reverting to the standby water source for the horses), telephone service and other essentials. This lead to the Spruce Meadows Organizing Committee decision, and its genuine concern for the overall safety of the public and all involved with the operations and participation at the 'Masters'.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games | The World Championship from A to Z in images

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marcus-cornadoSaturday's last individual qualifier went over two rounds, and was the final chance to make it to Sunday's top four. A pair that came back strong, displaying some great jumping was Marcus Ehning on Cornado NRW. In the first round the couple had one pole down, and in the second they were clear - and Marcus looked very, very happy with his beautiful grey partner. In the end Marcus and Cornado NRW ended 10th overall. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Julie Welles and Shane Sweetnam jumps to victory on opening day of 2014 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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julieJulie Welles and Twan. Photo by Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group.The 2014 edition of the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W kicked off today at Old Salem Farm, and from the perfectly manicured jump field to the phenomenal weather and the equally phenomenal competition, there was no place better to be horse showing today - particularly if you were Julie Welles or Shane Sweetnam.

Hello Sanctos, Cornado NRW and Quickly de Kreisker the best horses in the world for another month

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scott-sanctosLike his rider, he is the world's number one: Hello Sanctos. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.For a second consecutive month, Hello Sanctos, Cornado NRW and Quickly de Kreisker top the FEI WBFSH World Ranking. Scott Brash's Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) is still on top of the ranking, this month with 1690 points. Marcus Ehning's Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) stays as rank two with 1419 points, while rank three is Abdelkebir Ouaddar's Quickly de Kreisker (Diamant de Semilly x Laudanum) on 1403 points. Ludger Beerbaum's Chiara 222 (Contender x Coronado) is just like last month rank four, and then follows McLain Ward's Rothchild (Artos x Elegeant de I'lle) as the new number five.

Photos from a snowy Tuesday at Spruce Meadows - part two

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_K7X2944At Spruce Meadows they have a good sense of humor so it was no surprise to find this snowman on the showground. Yesterday we were listening to Christmas carrols and saw Christmas lights in the trees. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Exclusives

Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

Thank you Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld!

In August it was announced that both Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld and Castle Forbes Cosma and would retire from the sport. Owned by Lady Forbes, and ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost for the past three years – the two horses have been like win machines. Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costersveld had no less than 58 international...

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