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Irma Karlsson on the shortlist for the the Longines Rising Star Award 2014

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Irma-Karlsson-300hIrma Karlsson is on the shortlist for the the Longines Rising Star Award 2014. Photo © Stefano Secci.Swedish showjumper Irma Karlsson is on the shortlist for the the Longines Rising Star Award 2014. In the press release from the FEI, the following is stated in regards to the showjumping nominee: "With her career to date decorated with medals and top level honours, Irma is certainly one to watch. At 21, she is the current European Champion for Young Riders in Jumping. Riding Cornet 39, they were the only combination to finish on a double clear in the final competition." (Text continues below)




Irish showjumping breeders honoured at the Horse Sport Ireland Breeders Awards 2014

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Angelica-Augustsson-Ard-GinArd Ginger Pop brought her breeder an award for her performances at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Irish showjumping breeders were among the recipients at the Horse Sport Ireland Breeders Awards 2014 yesterday. Special Lux's breeders Des and Seamus Judge (Co Mayo) were awarded for the 'Highest placed showjumping rookie in the WBFSH rankings 2014' and Ard Ginger Pop's breeder Heather Dean Wright (Meath) was awarded for the 'Highest Placed ISH at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, Lanaken 2014'.

Alex to Audrey Coulter

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BonderAlex with Maureen Bonder in the saddle. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.Maureen Bonder's Alex has been sold, and will in the future be seen under Audrey Coulter. The ten year old gelding by Arpeggio x Mon Cheri has had a great season, impressing with a single time fault in the second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in St. Gallen as well as ending fourth in a 1.50 class at the same event. In October Bonder and Alex won the CSI2* Grand Prix in Marienheem, and ended second in the CSI2* Grand Prix in Lier.

Farewell to Lando

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patrice-ornellaLando sired many top jumpers, such as the one in the picture: Ornella Mail HDC. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Danish warmblood stallion Lando has passed away, at the age of 26. Lando (Lancier x Raimondo) took his final breath at his home at Beligneux le Haras, where he enjoyed his retirement. Lando had a successful career under Dutch showjumper Albert Voorn who won Olympic silver with the stallion in Sydney in 2000. Following the Olympics, Lando was sold to Paul Schockemöhle and Otto Becker took over the reins.


Lando was also successful as a sire, and is the father of famous showjumper such as Ornella Mail HDC, Lacan and Oscar des Fontaines.


Two new horses for Pius Schwizer

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piusPius Schwizer. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Pius Schwizer strengthens his string of horses with the arrival of PSG Opus and PSG Junior. The latter is a talented eight year old by Cornet Obolensky x Lando, while PSG Opus is a fourteen year old by Contender x Landego. Both horses have until recently been competed by Austria's Stefan Eder, and are owned by Peter Schildknecht.



This week's live streaming

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generell-bildA few international events offer live streaming this week:


The CSI5*-W Stuttgart German Masters will be live streamed via this link. For the live streaming from the Longines FEI World Cup, follow this link.

Farewell to Cassini I

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_MG_5475Cassini I sired many top showjumpers, one of the most famous is the one pictured here: Cavalor Cumano. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The legendary Cassini I has passed away at the age of 26. The son of Capitol I x Caletto II has sired numerous top showjumpers such as Cavalor Cumano, Cabrio van de Heffinck, Juvina, Vienna Olympic, Carambole and Berlin. Cassini I was also a very successful showjumper, first with Bo Kristoffersen in the saddle and then later under Franke Sloothaak.

Jeroen Dubbeldam and Daniel Deusser on the shortlist for Reem Acra Best Athlete at the FEI Awards

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jeroen-zenithJeroen Dubbeldam is one of two showjumpers on the shortlist for the Reem Acra Best Athlete at the FEI Awards. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Two showjumpers can be found on the shortlist for the Reem Acra Best Athlete at the FEI Awards; Jeroen Dubbeldam and Daniel Deusser. Dubbeldam was crowned double World Champion in Normandy in September, and was also on the winning Dutch team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Daniel Deusser won the World Cup Final in Lyon in April.

Belgium on the search for new Chef d'Equipe

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belgien2Kurt Gravemeier with his winning Belgian team in Aachen this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Belgian Equestrian Federation is in the search for a new Chef d'Equipe. Kurt Gravemeier's contract has come to an end, and a group consisting of three showjumpers – Pieter Devos, Philippe Le Jeune and Wilm Vermeir – are now looking into possible candidates. Gravemeier has been chief in charge of the Belgian team since 2013, and this year he brought his team to Nations Cup victories in Rome and Aachen.

The riders list for Stuttgart German Masters

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steve-nino-stllningComing to Stuttgart: Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Plenty of the world's best riders head for the CSI5*-W Stuttgart German Masters this weekend. On the list is of course all the German super stars including Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning and Daniel Deusser. They will get company from the World Cup winner from Verona, Bertram Allen as well as double World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson comes fresh from his Grand Prix win in Doha, and Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat is also on the entry list.

Comanche 28 to Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum

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coupido-17-33-35Comanche 28 - here seen with Angelica Augustsson in the saddle. Photo (c) by Ashford Farm.Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum has a new talent in her stable; Comanche 28 (Coupe de Coeur x Baloubet du Rouet). The eight year old gelding – also known under the name Coupido 2 – has for the past months been competed successfully by Angelica Augustsson. The pair had two very good Grand Prix rounds during the last month; first in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Vilamoura and then in the CSI3* Grand Prix in Liege.

Kannan tops WBFSH showjumping sire ranking for 2014

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steve-ninoOne of Kannan's most famous offspring is Nino des Buissonnets. Photo by Ken Braddick/ WBFSH showjumping sire ranking for 2014 has been released, and this year Kannan is on top. Kannan has numerous top offspring in the sport, one of the most famous ones being the 2012 Olympic Champion Nino des Buissonnets. Other famous names that the stallion has sired is Molly Malone, Oh d'Eole, Quabri de L Isle, Albfuehren's Paille, Adventure De Kannan, Diva II and Carlito C – to mention just a few.

Evita van de Veldbalie sold to Canada

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Lorenzo-de-Luca-Evita-van-dEvita van de Veldbalie - here seen at the World Equestrian Games with Lorenzo de Luca in the saddle. Photo by Jenny AbrahamssonEvita van de Veldbalie (Wandor vd Mispelaere x Clinton) has been sold, and will in the future fly the Canadian colours. The ten year old mare has had huge success with Stephex Stables' Daniel Deusser in the saddle, last year the pair won the Rolex IJRC Top Ten Final as well as the Masters in Stuttgart and in Lyon. This year Evita van de Veldbalie jumped at the World Equestrian Games with Lorenzo de Luca.

Longines Global Champions Tour leader Ludger Beerbaum with change of horse ahead of the final

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BeerbaumZinedineGrassoZinedine will replace Chiara in the Longines Global Champions Tour final in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Longines Global Champions Tour Ranking leader Ludger Beerbaum will not compete his top horse Chiara (Contender x Coronado) in Saturday's final in Doha. Beerbaum, who leads the tour with twelve points, will instead ride Zinedine. "The mare suffered a light colic. Although the vet gave his okay for a start, I won't start with her," Beerbaum said continuing on to say that he does not wish to risk the health of his horse. "She is fine today, but still on medication and it's not fair to compete her here."

Sixtine de Vains and Pius Schwizer part ways

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Pius-Schwizer-Sixtine-de-VaPius Schwizer with Sixtine de Vains in Falsterbo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sixtine de Vains is leaving Pius Schwizer's stable, as the talented mare is in the process of being sold. With Schwizer, Sixtine de Vains (Calvaro x Damoiseau d'Or) recently finished third in the World Cup in Helsinki and sixth in the Grand Prix in Oslo. On his website, Schwizer states: "I do regret the planned sale of this horse. I had a lot of success with Sixtine (...) But I have to look ahead and hope to fill this huge gap in my string of horses soon."

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