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Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014

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The WoSJ guest blogger from Falsterbo Horse Show; Alexander Zetterman

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_K7X2061"It has been an unforgettable week in Falsterbo.

 

It started with Flecu's great result in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier on Thursday, where he ended second. I thought I would try and go for it, as a good result would be quite important for the rest of the weekend – and I was very happy about the outcome. Cafino jumped the 1.45 on Thursday, and he felt relaxed – which is quite difficult to achieve with him the first time he is in a ring that is new to him. So I was happy with our start.

 

The Nations Cup on Friday was of course very exciting! This was my second Nations Cup on home soil, my first time was in 2009 on Isaac. I was clear in the first round, and it was a good one – but he touched a few poles and as I was well within the time allowed we agreed to try and give him a bit more time in the second round. I felt I rode really well in round two sticking to my plan, but I came a bit slow into the triple combination and had to push a little coming in – then the a-element fell. It felt like Cafino had a double clear in his body though, so the mistake I will take on me. To end second on home soil was a great result though!

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Congratulations Alexander and Cafino!

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_K7X2016It was a fantastic Grand Prix class in Falsterbo yesterday – as the 24 year old Alexander Zetterman wrote some showjumping history jumping two incredible clear rounds on the Swedish-bred Cafino to take the win on home soil. The pair has had some great results this season, but yesterday they simply nailed it in front of an ecstatic home crowd – and Alexander’s emotions brought tears in our eyes and smiles on his competitors' faces. It's safe to say that everybody was happy for Alexander! Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Images | Course walking in Falsterbo

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_K7X0965There was plenty of course walking to be done the past weekend in the huge grass ring in Falsterbo. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Kevin Babington and Goodwins Loyalty land a derby win at Spruce Meadows

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babingtonKevin Babington and Goodwins Loyalty. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services. The $33,500 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m Derby was held in the All Canada Ring in the morning with a win for Ireland's Kevin Babington aboard Goodwins Loyalty. Twenty-eight entries jumped the track set by USA's Anthony D'Ambrosio with ten clear trips in the one round competition. Babington and the ten-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (OBOS Quality 004 x Candle King) jumped the fastest clear round in 105.94 seconds.

Farrington and Uceko win $400,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex

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UcekoFarringtonKent Farrington and Uceko. Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. The 'Pan American' Tournament CSI 5* at Spruce Meadows concluded on Sunday with a fantastic win for Kent Farrington (USA) and Uceko in the $400,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex. The pair set an uncatchable pace in the jump-off that left McLain Ward (USA) and Rothchild to finish second. Egypt's Sameh el Dahan and Suma's Zorro concluded a great summer series with a third place finish.

Sébastien Duplant wins the CSI3* Grand Prix in Vichy

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Sebastien_Duplant_FRA_Pegase_du_Murier_1er_prixSebastien Duplant and Pegase du Murier - the winning combination in Vichy. Photo provided by CSI3* Vichy/ AB Pictures.Winning the first qualifier on Friday, the French rider Sébastien Duplant and his partner Pégase du Mûrier (Adelfos x Le tot de Semilly) confirmed their great form by winning the Grand Prix de la Ville de Vichy. Duplant was last to go in the jump-off, and he made it all look very easy as he took a popular home win ahead of another young French rider, Benoît Cernin. Dutch rider Edwin Smits secured third place with Simone Coata from Italy, named the best rider of the show, as number four.

The Grand Prix in Spangenberg to Tim Gredley

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header_2014_final2Tim Gredley and Unex Omega Star (Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet) were victorious in the 3* Grand Prix Spangenberg Sunday afternoon. The British rider saw seven strong German riders behind him in the twelve-horse jump-off, as he finished off an impressive British show jumping-weekend.

 

Despite a strong field of home riders second place went to Jan Vinckier from Belgium and the ten year old Diamant de Semilly-mare Emilie de Diamant A S, with Amy Graham from Australia and Bella Balouet (Baloubet du Rouet x Landadel) in third place. Then six German riders followed with Jan Sprehe, larns Nieberg, Max Kühner, Nisse Lüneburg, Andreas kreuzer and Markus Renzel.

 

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Quotes after the Longines Falsterbo Grand Prix: "I was so tired!"

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presskonfThe top three! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson."I was so tired. It has been so tense the entire week, and I have been preparing for this for so long. I had a very tough schedule that started already on Monday with the 5 year olds, and everything had to go perfect every single day and in every single class. It was my goal to be able to win every single class, that didn't happen, but I'm still happy," said the winner Alex Zetterman laughing and continued "At least I won the most important class this week."

Emotional home win for Alexander Zetterman in the Longines Falsterbo Grand Prix

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alex-cafino-lapofhonorAlexander Zetterman celebrates his amazing win in Falsterbo on Cafino. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.With his eyes filled with tears, a very emotional Alexander Zetterman received a standing ovation from the home crowds in Falsterbo – while R Kelly’s ‘The World’s Greatest’ roared out. It was easy to understand the hard-working Zetterman’s emotions; he has showed great form the last months – and today he nailed it in front of a Falsterbo-crowd still high on Friday’s second place for the Swedes in the Nations Cup. Riding Cafino (Cardento x Roderik), Zetterman also took the prestigious and traditional Grand Prix home to Sweden for a second year in a row – last year Jens Fredricson won. Not only that, he posted a hot bid for a ticket from his Chef d’Equipe for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

International Show Jumping of Vichy: Alexandra Francart in top form

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Francart_PrixToyota1Alexandra Francart and Red Star d'Argent won in Vichy. Photo by Pixizone PR Agency.Alexandra Francart continued her super form at the CSI3* show in Vichy yesterday, winning the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier on Red Star d'Argent (Quick Star). It has definitely been Francart's weekend; the French rider was twice fourth on Friday, clear with her two 7 years old horses on Saturday, second in Saturday's speed class – and then she managed to win the big class of the day against 61 competitors. Belgium's Koen Vereecke ended second riding Fetard de la Pomme (Querlybet Hero x Nabab de Reve), and Italy's Simone Coata with Whycoconah (Kashmir van't Schuttershof x Heartbreaker) was third.

Behind the scenes at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Falsterbo - part three

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_K7X9463Cassio Rivetti and his team did not have the best day at work, and ended last after it fell apart in the second round. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Ward takes top two in $83,000 Investors Group Cup 1.50m at Spruce Meadows

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WardZanderMcLain Ward and Zander en route to victory at Spruce Meadows. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services. Spruce Meadows held its $83,000 Investors Group Cup 1.50m competition on Saturday afternoon with another win for USA's McLain Ward at the 'Pan American' Tournament CSI 5*. Ward took the top two places, winning aboard Zander and finishing second with HH Carlos Z. The rider has had a fantastic tournament to conclude the summer at Spruce Meadows and looks forward to competing Rothchild in Sunday's final $400,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex.

Edwina Tops-Alexander yet again rank one on the Longines Global Champions Tour standings

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Edwina-Tops-Alexander-Ego-vEdwina Tops-Alexander is back in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Longines Global Champions Tour leadership changed once more in Cascais, Estoril as Edwina Tops-Alexander retook rank one on the overall standing, with a total of 176 points so far. Monaco Grand Prix winner Bassem Hassan Mohammed is rank two with 158 points while Emanuele Gaudiano is just one point behind as rank three. Kevin Staut is rank four with 155 points, and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson rank five with 154 points.

Unbeatable Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos win the LGCT Cascais, Estoril Grand Prix

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scott-estorilScott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photos by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.The Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais, Estoril was won by the virtually unbeatable World No1 Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) - the pair won Friday night's big class and have now claimed their second LGCT Grand Prix win of the 2014 season. Runner-up was Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Status (Satisfaction x Sao Paulo) who jumped the only other treble clear, and third place went to Nick Skelton (GBR) and Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) who were the fastest four faults.

Jur Vrieling and Zavall VDL take the Falsterbo Derby

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jur-zavallJur Vrieling and Zavall VDL were outstanding in the derby. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jur Vrieling's Zavall VDL (Casall x Emilion) made the most out of his derby debut in Falsterbo. After being clear in both the first round, and in the jump-off the pair won the Falsterbo Derby. 24 horse and rider combinations took part in the class and five cleared the long track to qualify for the jump-off.

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