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Images - 10th anniversary for Holger Hetzel's Sport Horse Sales

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_K7X6337The 7 year old Conquest (Caretino x Quidam de Revel) was sold for 400 000 Euro which was the best price at the Sport Horse Auction. Conquest won the German Championship for 7 year olds with Mario Stevens this summer. Conquest was sold to Mr. Maslov, the president of the Russian Equestrian Federation. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

 

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Who is climbing on the Longines Ranking?

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Rolf-CasallBack in the Top 10: Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.With the latest Longines Ranking out, counting results from 1st of December 2013 to 30th of November 2014, it’s time to see which riders are climbing it. Starting with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson feels natural, as the Swedish rider bounces back into the Top 10 going from rank thirteen to rank nine after great results in November. Outside the Top 10, Denis Lynch goes from rank 30 to 22, Luciana Diniz from rank 33 to 28, John Whitaker from rank 41 to 35, Cassio Rivetti from rank 44 to 38, Marlon Zanotelli from rank 48 to 40, Nicola Philippaerts from rank 57 to 46, Paul Estermann from rank 56 to 48 and Katharina Offel from rank 55 to 49.

Brainpower to the US

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WillemGreveBrainpowerTRUSTBrainpower with Willem Greve in the saddle. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Willem Greve's eight year old ride Brainpower (Contendro x Guidam) has been sold to the US, and the stallion's new rider will be Charlie Jacobs. "For me as a rider it is of course unfortunate, as Brainpower for next year was ready to compete alongside Carambole and Avion in the bigger classes, but we also need to earn a living and then make such decisions," Greve says in a press release.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Maikel van der Vleuten

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15Maikel-van-der-Vleuten-VDMaikel van der Vleuten. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The third of the ten riders that we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is Maikel van der Vleuten, who will defend the Dutch colours. Maikel is only 26 years old, but nevertheless he has a team gold medal from the World Championships in Normandy and a team silver medal from the Olympics in London up his sleeve. Maikel has had a fantastic year, and was also on the winning Dutch team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona as well as winning the Dutch Championship.

Sweden International Horse Show in images - part one

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Malin-Baryard-Johnsson-CorpSports director Malin Baryard-Johnsson also found time to compete at the Sweden International Horse Show this past weekend. Here on the Cardento-son Corporal VDL. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Scott Brash still on top of the Longines Ranking

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Scott-Brash-Ursula-19468Still nr. one: Scott Brash. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Scott Brash (2940 points) tops the Longines Ranking for the 13th month in a row, but below him there has been some shake ups. Kent Farrington (2680 points) has gone up from rank four to two, Ludger Beerbaum (2654 points) has dropped one spot to rank three – while Daniel Deusser (2620 points) is up from rank seven to four. Marcus Ehning (2605 points) is down from rank three to five, and Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau drop down one spot to rank six and seven. McLain Ward stays as rank eight, and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson jumps back into the top ten as rank nine going up from rank thirteen. Rank ten is now Maikel van der Vleuten, who goes down from rank nine.

Competition come back for Sterrehof's Tamino

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marc-taminoSterrehof's Tamino in Aachen in 2013. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marc Houtzager's ride Sterrehof's Tamino makes his competition comeback this weekend, at Jumping de Achterhoek. The now 14 year old son of Numero Uno contributed to the Dutch Olympic team silver medal in 2012, and was also on the winning Dutch Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen in 2013. This weekend Sterrehof's Tamino makes his first international appearance since last summer, after a longer break due to injury.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Steve Guerdat

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steve-ninoSteve Guerdat. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The second of the ten riders that we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is home hero Steve Guerdat. Steve is reigning Olympic Champion on Nino des Buissonnets, and World Cup vice-champion for two years in a row – the Swiss rider was second with Nino both in 2012 and in 2013. During 2014 Steve picked up some big wins in Doha, Falsterbo, Aachen and Münster – as well as going to the top with the Swiss team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Lummen. Lately Steve has been on fire; he won the Longines FEI World Cup in Helsinki, as well as being third in the World Cup in Oslo and Stuttgart.

This weekend's live streaming

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longThis weekend it will be possible to watch live streaming with some of the best riders in the world in action. The CSI5* event Gucci Paris Masters will be live streamed via this link or via this link, while the CSI2* show in Lichtenvoorde can be watched via this link.

Young talents selected for the World Class Development Programme in the UK

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william-citatWilliam Whitaker has been selected for the World Class Development Programme in Britain. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The British Equestrian Federation has announced the athletes who have been selected for the 2014-2016 UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme. The Programme looks to provide coaching and support to athletes – through human and equine sports science, nutrition and sports psychology – as part of an established training pathway.

Echo D to USA

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Pieter-Devos-Echo-D-43634Pieter Dievos with Echo D at Spruce Meadows earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Studforlife.com reports that Pieter Devos has sold his ride Echo D to USA. The 10 year old gelding by Orlando x Skippy II has jumped successfully up to five star Grand Prix level with Devos, and has picked up many ribbons in 1.50 classes this year including a third place in the Stawag-Preis in Aachen. Echo D has already made his competition debut with Shane Sweetnam in Wellington.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – The riders in it: Pénélope Leprevost

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penelope-floraPénélope Leprevost. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The first of the ten riders that we present for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is Pénélope Leprevost. The 34 year old Leprevost is France's leading lady rider, and is known for her stylish riding that few can match. Pénélope is team silver medallist from the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the 2011 FEI European Championships in Madrid and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. There rarely is a weekend were Pénélope is not in the top three; this year she has notched up some big wins in Leipzig, Bordeaux, Antwerp, La Baule, Cannes, Rotterdam, Barcelona, Oslo and Verona.

Ten days to the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final – Ten Riders to Present

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Top10Towards the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva on the 12th of December, WoSJ will give a presentation of each of the riders in it. World number one Scott Brash, number two Ludger Beerbaum, number three Marcus Ehning, number four Kent Farrington, number five Kevin Staut, number six Patrice Delaveau, number seven Daniel Deusser, number eight Maikel van der Vleuten, number eleven Steve Guerdat and number twelve Penelope Leprevost will be competing in one of the most prestigious competitions on the showjumping calendar.

Images - Sweden International Horse Show from another view

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_K7X4293For once we will not show the showjumping - but just the show! Here from this weekend's Sweden International Horse Show. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Bertram Allen nominated for Irish Independent Young Sports Star of the Year Award

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bertram-molly-maloneBertram Allen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Bertram Allen has been nominated for the Irish Independent Young Sports Star of the Year award.  The nomination reads: "Bertram is, unquestionably, the biggest sensation in international showjumping right now. The 19-year-old from Wexford lies 19th in the World rankings following a sensational year during which he won a qualifier for the 2015 World Cup in Las Vegas as well as the Grand Prix in Belgium and Dublin Horse Show before joining the Irish team for the World Equestrian Games in Caen, where he finished seventh in the individual."

Exclusives

Thank you AD Camille Z

Thank you AD Camille Z

Tragedy struck the showjumping world last Thursday, when Athina Onassis de Miranda's amazing mare AD Camille Z had to be put to sleep after a fall in Geneva. Here is our tribute to this fantastic horse, who was so special and so loved – and who will be deeply missed by us all. Together Athina and AD Camille Z achieved...

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