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Quotes after the Longines FEI World Cup in Oslo

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JurStanding"It’s the first World Cup I win and also the first World Cup start for Zirocco," Jur told the press after his win in Oslo Photo by World of Showjumping. The winner Jur Vrieling on winning the opening leg of the Western European League Longines FEI World Cup; “It was really good. It’s the first World Cup I win and also the first World Cup start for Zirocco. A start like this is amazing. The course designers did a good job. It was heavy and technical enough, but it was not crazy. The horses did not have to stretch too crazy so it was a good start to the season. For me Zirocco jumped really good. I was a bit nervous to have Marco Kutscher behind me, he is my idol. I watched his first round and it was so beautiful, I knew he was going to beat me. But now when he was 0,7 seconds slower than me today I like him even more..”

 

Marco Kutscher on his plan for the jump-off going in last; “My horse Cornet’s Cristallo is very fast if he is in a jump-off. I saw the other jump-offs and they were going faster and faster. Jur was the only rider choosing the option to go on five strides down to the last oxer. My plan was to do that as well, but I came too close to the second last fence and I thought it would get too long so I decided to do the six strides instead. Either way I am really happy with my result because it is already a few months since I last could go to a press conference. It is a good start for me especially because I can not choose what World Cup shows I go to. Now I got some points and I will have the chance to get to ride more World Cups - so a good day for me.”

 

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The standings in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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JurQuotesA happy Dutch rider in the lead of the Western European league - Jur Vrieling. Photo by World of Showjumping. The standings in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European league after the first round in Oslo are as follows;

1. Jur Vrieling - 20 points
2. Marco Kutscher - 17 points
3. Steve Guerdat - 15 points
4. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum - 13 points
5. Bart Bles - 12 points
6. Kevin Staut - 11 points
7. Douglas Lindelöw - 10 points
8. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli - 9 points

Jur Vrieling wins the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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JurPGJur Vrieling celebrating his first World Cup win. Photo by World of Showjumping. Team World Champion Jur Vrieling opened up his indoor season by winning the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Oslo on Sunday. The sympathetic Dutch rider had partnered up with VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. (Mr. Blue x Voltaire) for the World Cup kick off, and left behind him seasoned combinations like Marco Kutscher with Cornet's Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) in second and Steve Guerdat with Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) in third after a very fast and exciting jump-off.

Marlon Zanotelli and Vera to the top at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show

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MarlonMarlon Zanotelli with Kingsland founder Lin Kingsröd. Photo by World of Showjumping.Sunday morning's 1.45 class in Oslo sponsored by Kingsland went to Brazil and Ashford Farm's Marlon Modolo Zanotelli. Riding Vera (Contender x Corrado II), Marlon had the difficult task of being first to go in the jump-off – but his very fast clear round in 34.22 seconds would prove impossible to beat as one rider after the other tried to catch him. Closest came Ireland's Cameron Hanley on Caretina de Joter (Caretino x Contender), who also was double clear with a time of 34.90. Another Irish rider followed in third; Shane Breen ended his jump-off in a time of 35.46 seconds on Farao van't Vennehof (Triomphe de Muze x Sun Light van de Zuuthoev).

Beezie Madden wins $33,000 Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

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14PNHSBeezieMadden_CoralReef-WEBKeystone Classic winners Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo. Photo (c) Al Cook.Speed was the name of the game in the $33,000 Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania Horse Show. Some of the biggest names in the sport competed in the class and the spectators cheered and urged on their favorite rider as they galloped around the course. Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, NY, and her 2012 Olympic team partner Coral Reef Via Volo, 24th into the ring, sailed around the course faultlessly in an unbeatable time of 59.52 seconds to clinch the win out of the 29 starters. The mare is known around the barn as "Shrimp" for her tiny size of 15.2 hands.

A win for Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking in Odense

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tim-rieskampTim Rieskamp-Goedeking and Quapitola de Beaufor. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking took home Saturday's biggest class at the CSI3* event in Odense. Aboard Quapitola de Beaufor (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan), the German rider went to the top in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier presented by Orifarm. Rieskamp-Goedeking was clear in both rounds, stopping the clock on 33.20 seconds after his jump-off. Johannes Ehning was once again the runner-up, this time aboard Salvador V (Calvados x Voltaire) with a time of 34.29 in the second phase. Third place went to Jörg Naeve on Cashflow 6 (Cash and Carry x Quinar).

Gulliksen and Melby win the Puissance in Oslo

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johanA happy Johan Sebastian Gulliksen at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show. Photo by WoSJ.Home riders Johan Sebastian Gulliksen and Kevin Melby split a very popular home win in the late puissance class at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show Saturday evening. Four riders cleared the wall at 2 meters in the third round. Dag Ove Kingsrød chose not to enter the fourth round with Clarkes Ferro (Creevagh Ferro ex Siebe x Diamonds Are Trumps), while Joe Clayton and Noctambule Courcelle (Fidelio du Donjon SF) literally met the wall in the fourth round.

 

Aboard Vasko (Karlstad x Topas) Melby entered the arena facing the 2.10 meter wall. They gave it a go, but could not leave the wall intact. The young Norwegian talent Johan Sebastian Gulliksen and Grand Balou 4 (Balou du Rouet x Grandeur), a horse we normally see with Johan’s father Geir Gulliksen, was the last combination to enter the arena. Like the rest of the Gulliksen-family Johan always rides to win. Unfortunately also Johan had to se a brick fall, but it was good enough for a split win and to make the home crowd more than pleased with a great finish to a long Saturday in the arena.

 

Michael Whitaker and Viking are victorious in the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo

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VikingMichael Whitaker and Viking won the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo. Photo by World of Showjumping.It was the experienced couple consisting of Michael Whitaker and Viking that emerged as winners in the five star Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo. The win did not come easy though, as Michael and the 12 year old chestnut gelding by Jacomar x Almox Prints had to go against no less than twenty other horses and riders after the clear rounds kept on pouring in over Uliano Vezzani’s thirteen fence track in the first round. In the end almost half of the class ended up in the jump-off, which of course ended in a real race.

Gregory Wathelet wins Saturday's speed class at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show

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GregRieslingGregory Wathelet and Riesling du Monselet won in Oslo. Photo by World of Showjumping.Belgium's Gregory Wathelet won Saturday's speed class at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show. Riding the notoriously fast Riesling du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken), Wathelet was the quickest of the almost fifty riders in the 1.45 class – taking home the win with a clear round in 63.65 seconds. Runner-up was Maikel van der Vleuten on another speed specialist – VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) – stopping the clock on 63.94. Third place went to yesterday's 1.40 winners Shane Breen and Calido Boy (Calido Ass x Alcatraz) that were two seconds behind Wathelet on the time.

Bertram Allen wins Friday's biggest class in Odense

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BertramAllenOdenseBertram Allen won Friday's big tour in Odense. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Bertram Allen continued his winning streak yesterday, and took home Friday's biggest class at the CSI3* event in Odense. Aboard Belmonde (Klok x Kenwood), the Irish rider went to the top in the 1.45 Kingsland Big Tour two phase class going clear in both rounds and stopping the clock on 27.54 seconds. Johannes Ehning ended as runner-up on Cayenne 162 (Cornet Obolensky x Gonfaron) with a time of 28.01 in the second phase, while third place went to Karel Cox on Gentleman (Couleur Rubin x Clinton).

Penelope Leprevost leads the way at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show

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PenelopePenelope Leprevost and Nice Stephanie won in Oslo. Photo by World of Showjumping.It was France's leading lady rider Penelope Leprevost that won Friday's biggest class at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show. Riding Nice Stephanie (Cardento x Ralme Z), Leprevost – one of the most stylish riders in the world – made light work of the 1.50 speed track to take home the win with a clear round in a time of 67.04 seconds. It took quite some time before the clear rounds started to tick in at the first Western European five star event of the 2014/2015 season, and it was only four riders ahead of Penelope that Bart Bles posted the first zero score performance on Wolisco Ddh (Nolisco x Celano).

Kent Farrington wins $40,000 Pennsylvania National "Big Jump"

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14PNHSKentFarrington_Willow-WEB"Big Jump" winners Kent Farrington and Willow. Photo (c) Al Cook.A competitive field of 38 top international riders, including many Olympic and World Champions, headlined the $40,000 Pennsylvania National "Big Jump", sponsored by Wilmington Trust, an M & T Company, at the Pennsylvania Horse Show. Designed by Michel Vaillancourt, the course was set at 1.50m and included 12 fences and 15 jumping efforts in the first round, which weeded out quite a few competitors as only six riders made it through to the exciting jump-off.

Charity 33 to Reed Kessler

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judy-charityCharity 33 - here seen with Judy Ann Melchior in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Reed Kessler has a new horse; the nine year old Charity 33. The mare by Cayetano L x C-Indoctro has since the end of last year been seen under Judy Ann Melchior, but has now changed ownership and will fly the American colours in the future. This weekend, Reed’s trainer Marcus Ehning is competing Charity 3 at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show.

McLain Ward wins $5,000 Open Jumper Speed Challenge at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

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PNHSMcLainWard_Zander-WEBMcLain Ward and Zander. Photo (c) Al Cook.It was a patriotic evening at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for Military Night, sponsored by Yards Brewing Company, as competitors and spectators saluted those who have served in USA's military. A men's choral group opened the evening's festivities with beautiful renditions of God Bless America and the National Anthem, as Cadet Major Zihra Alizada, Cadet Captain Brandon Faux, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Neil Painter, and Cadet Major Evan Shuey displayed the American Flag.

WoSJ Exclusive; Fast facts for the 2014/2015 World Cup season in the Western European League

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Daniel-Deusser-Cornet-D-AmoIt's World Cup time in Europe! Here last year's Champions Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.True to tradition Oslo – capital of Norway – is the host when the Western European World Cup season for 2014/2015 kicks off this weekend. These are the fast facts you need to know as Europe's best riders will battle it out to qualify for the final in Las Vegas next year!

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WoSJ Close-Up; Cornet d'Amour

WoSJ Close-Up; Cornet d'Amour

This time around, the WoSJ Close-Up goes to one of our favourite horses! Meet the lovely Cornet d’Amour! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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