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Darragh domination of American Gold Cup CSI4*-W continues with third win in a row

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DarraghDarragh Kenny and Prof De La Roque. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.Darragh Kenny has done it again. For the third day in a row, the talented Irish athlete made headlines at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, this time after clinching the victory in the $34,000 Fidelity Investments Speed Derby CSI4*. The Speed Derby victory comes amidst an unbelievable American Gold Cup winning streak for Kenny. On Thursday, he blew the competition out of the water to claim victory in the $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome aboard Gatsby. On Friday, the pair did it again, turning in the fastest clear jump off time to win the $100,000 Hermès American Gold Cup Qualifier. A third victory for Kenny however, would not come without a hard earned fight for the fastest finish.

 

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The starting order for the BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows

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eric-lamaze-profilEric Lamaze will be part of the Canadian team with Zigali PS. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.On Saturday at 14.00 the BMO Nations Cup kicks off at Spruce Meadows and the starting order will be as follows: 1. Switzerland, 2. USA, 3. France, 4. Canada, 5. Belgium, 6. Ireland, 7. Germany, 8. Great Britain.

 

Click here for the start list.

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

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_K7X2241We continue our journey through the World Championships, and have reached the day of the top four final. One that was totally laid back to the entire affair was Casall Ask, that showed zero stress - on the contrary he seemed pretty happy to get to be a part of it all. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

William Whitaker: "The show supplied us with extra rugs"

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william-whitaker-profilWilliam Whitaker. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.William Whitaker is the fifth Whitaker to win at the Masters, and the British rider started the press conference by saying: "This is something I have dreamed of for as long as I can remember. This show has always been on my bucket list. To come and win a big class my first time here is fantastic."

William Whitaker takes the 1,60 m Tourmaline Oil Cup at Spruce Meadows

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william-whitaker-upperclassWilliam Whitaker and Upperclass. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Friday's 1,60 m class at Spruce Meadows - the Tourmaline Oil Cup - turned out to be a difficult one. Faults were spread out all over the thirteen fences track and only five horses out of 50  managed to jump a clear round. Two of these horses were ridden by German rider Daniel Deusser.

Maikel van der Vleuten wins the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne

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MaikelMaikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Eureka won the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Friday's feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne, the CSI5* Prix de Canton de Vaud was won by 2014 World Championship Team Gold medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix winner Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) who took the victory by over a second from 2nd placed Doda de Miranda on AD Nouvelle Europe Z (Nelson Z x Jimtown). Third went to home rider Jane Richard Philips with Upanisad di San Patrignano (Mr. Blue), who finished less than 0.5s behind Miranda.

Darragh Kenny and Gatsby go two-for-two at American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

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GatsbyDarragh Kenny and Gatsby are on a roll, claiming four consecutive victories together. Photo (c) Phelps Media Group.For anyone looking to wager on Sunday's $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*W Grand Prix, consider placing a bet on Darragh Kenny. The Irishman is on quite the hot streak at this year's American Gold Cup; yesterday he earned a definitive victory in the $34,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake aboard Allison Toffolon's Gatsby, and today the same duo did it again, clinching the win in the $100,000 Hermès American Gold Cup Qualifier.

Images | The 'Masters' kicks off at Spruce Meadows

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_K7X4360Ohlala - the biggest star of the day. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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

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fans-40271No sport without supporters - here is how it looked as showjumping fans gathered in Normandy to cheer on their favorite athletes. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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.

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.

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