Behind the scenes at the Rolex IJRC Final - The Top 10 Grooms
Saturday, 30 November 2013 22:43
The top ten grooms in Stockholm: Claude (Bosty), Daley (Ben), Heidi (Steve), Lais (front - Gerco), Kay (back - Marcus), Katta (back - Ludger), Jenny (front - Daniel), Fabien (Patrice), Margaux (Kevin) and Emma (Christian). Huge thanks to our guest blogger Kay for all the photos!
Daniel Deusser shows dazzling form to win the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final
Saturday, 30 November 2013 21:39
The top three in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Stockholm; Daniel Deusser, Patrice Delaveau and Ben Maher. Photographer: Peter Zachrisson - www.rgbpictures.se.Despite being called in to ride the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at the last minute, Daniel Deusser won the prestigious class on Evita van de Veldbalie (Wandor vd Mispelaere x Clinton) Saturday night. Deusser has had a tremendous year â€“ and his mare has gone from strength to strength the last months, winning both the Master class in Lyon and in Stuttgart during November, and now also the Top 10 Final. After producing one of the only two double clears in the class, and shaving off 0.20 seconds on runner-up Patrice Delaveauâ€™s time â€“ Daniel could celebrate one of the biggest wins ever. â€śI am unbelievably happy ,â€ť the sympathetic German rider said after his win adding that it was not the best of jump-offs he did, and that he really had to speed up to the two last fences to catch Dealveau. â€śItâ€™s one of the biggest victories in my career so far [â€¦] I am very happy,â€ť Daniel smiled.
The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final â€“ The riders in it: Ben Maher
Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:14
World nr. one Ben Maher in action in Herning on Cella. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The final presentation in our countdown towards the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final tonight belongs to the worldâ€™s number one; Ben Maher. The British rider has had a year to remember; winning the European team gold medal for Britain and the individual silver â€“ riding Cella. Maher took over as the worldâ€™s leading rider following his success in Herning, and in addition to the medals he won in Denmark he has big wins from Basel, Wellington, La Baule, London, Cannes, Aachen, Hickstead, Vienna, Verona and Stuttgart this year as well as being on the winning British Nations Cup team in Dublin in August.
Peder Fredricson en route to one of his two victories yesterday - here in the big class on H&M Cash In. Photographer: Peter Zachrisson - www.rgbpictures.se.Peder Fredricson had a good day at the office, and won both five star classes at Stockholm International Horse Show on Friday. First the Swedish rider won the 1.40 class on H&M Sibon (Sibon WÂ x Baloubet du Rouet), before he went on to be victorious in the 1.50 class as well on H&M Cash In (Cashandcarry x Corofino I) - taking home the car that was the top prize. His brother Jens was also very consistent, as he finished second in both classes â€“ on Avon (Quidam de Revel x Cortez) in the 1.40 class and on Lunatic (Landlord x Utrillo) in the big class, just fractions behind Peder in both classes.
Frances Land and Vieanne top $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic
Saturday, 30 November 2013 01:32
Frances Land and Vieanne. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.Nineteen-year-old Frances Land (USA) and Vieanne were the winners in Friday's $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic at Equestrian Sport Productions' Holiday & Horses competition in Wellington, FL, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Anthony D'Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC this week. For Friday's $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic, D'Ambrosio set the course for 38 entries with just four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. First to go, Frances Land and Vieanne set a blazing fast pace of 35.09 seconds over the short course that could not be topped.
Timothy Hendrix won Friday's biggest class in Maastricht on Very Nice. Photo by WoSJ.Two home riders ended up on top in the international three star classes in Maastricht on Friday; Timothy Hendrix and Jur Vrieling. Aboard the 11 year old gelding Very Nice (Cantos x Candillo), Hendrix rode one of nine double clears in the 1.50 class â€“ and as fourth last to go in the jump-off he shaved off over a second around the shortened seven fence track on then-leader Jessica KĂĽrtenâ€™s time. The last two in the jump-off could not do anything about the leader, but second-last to-go Lars Nieberg ended third on Leonie W (Lorenco x Grandeur) and the final rider was Bart Bles slotted into the runner-up position on Lord Sandro DDH (Lordanos x Sandro).
Pablo Barrios was on the winning team for Venezuela and leads the Bolivarian Games individually. Photo by WoSJ.Venezuela captured the team gold medal following the Nationsâ€™ Cup team competition held November 28 at the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Trujillo, Peru. The Venezuelan team comprised of Emanuel Andrade, Pablo Barrios, Luis Larrazabal and Andres Rodriguez took the gold medal over Colombia, who claimed team silver, and Peru, who won team bronze. In Wednesdayâ€™s opening speed round, the Venezuelan riders had filled four of the top five placings, putting Venezuela firmly in the lead with a total of 2.59 faults heading into Thursdayâ€™s team competition.
The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final â€“ The riders in it: Marcus Ehning
Friday, 29 November 2013 06:13
Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW en route to one of their wins this year - in Herning. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.We have reached the top two riders in our presentation towards the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; first out is Marcus Ehning. Ranked as number three in the world, the German rider has had a tremendous year. Ehning notched up huge wins in ZĂĽrich, Den Bosch, Paris, Cannes, Rotterdam, Herning and more recently Verona. He was also on the winning German Nations Cup teams in Falsterbo and at Hickstead.
The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham â€“ Privileged and proud!
Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:45
Sitting in my chair at the magically normal time of 5.45pm finished with work and discussing dinner plans with friends. Wow; it happens about never. In my line of life, job I think it is not really enough to explain what a groom is! This weekend my city of life is Stockholm... About 70 hrs ago I had just arrived home in Borken,Germany from Doha,Qatar! Changed horses but my clone didn't show up - how rude!!
Kay Neatham guest blogs for WoSJ from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final
Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:46
Kay Neatham will be our guest blogger this weekend. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.This weekend Marcus Ehningâ€™s fabulous groom Kay Neatham will guest blog for WoSJ from Stockholm International Horse Show. The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final will take place on Saturday, and with Kayâ€™s blogs you will be sure to get all the behind the scene action going on in the Swedish capital.
The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final â€“ The riders in it: Christian Ahlmann
Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:01
Title holder Christian Ahlmann celebrating his win last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Three riders remain in our presentation towards the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; the first of these three is Christian Ahlmann. The German rider won last yearâ€™s Top 10 Final in Geneva aboard Taloubet Z, and for nine months in a row â€“ from November 2012 he was ranked as the worldâ€™s best rider. Now he is rank number five, and will defend his title in Stockholm.
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