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Citizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle Horse of the Year in Belgium

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Constant-van-Paesschen-toscCitizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Constant van Paesschen's top horse Citizenguard Toscan de Sainte Hermelle will be crowned as Horse of the Year in Belgium. The 11 year old stallion owned by Alain Van Campenhoudt was on the winning Nations Cup team in Rome this year, as well as ending third in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Antwerpen and third in the Gucci Masters Grand Prix Paris – to mention some. The award ceremony will take place at Jumping Mechelen during Christmas.




Nenuphar’Jac to the US

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Marlon-Zanotelli-NenupharJNenuphar'Jac and Marlon Zanotelli in Maastricht i November were they were second in the 1.50 class. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. The lovely grey gelding Nenuphar’Jac (Cumano x Pidayack) has been sold to McLain Ward’s stable. The soon to be fourteen year old French bred has had a successful career in Europe and will now get the chance to prove himself in the US.


Since November 2013 Nenuphar’Jac has done a great job as a a part of the team at Ashford Farm in Belgium under Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli. Before he moved to Belgium the gelding was a part of the French team and competed by top riders Michel Robert and Penelope Leprevost.

Chika's Way to be retired

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Pius-Schwizer-Chikas-Way-6Pius Schwizer with Chika's Way in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After successfully completing the year with a win in Geneva, Pius Schwizer's ride Chika's Way (Caretino x Lord) gets retired. "She is such a great horse. As she is turning seventeen and has achieved a lot I will give her back to her Italian owner, Ms. Rory Marzotto. I assume the mare will go into breeding," Pius states on his website.

Zoe II secured for Lorenzo de Luca

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Lorenzo-de-Luca-Zoe-II-6503Lorenzo de Luca and Zoe II in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Stephan Conter and Maria Rosaria Marzotto have secured Zoe II (Kannan x Goes Without Saying) for Conter's new stable jockey Lorenzo de Luca. The mare has had great results with De Luca this season, and recently won a 1.55 class in Verona as well as ending seventh in the Rolex Grand Prix in Geneva. "I am of course really happy for what Stephan and Maria have done for me, and that I can keep on riding Zoe. I really believe she is one of the best horses out there at the moment and I am excited to count on her for the next season. I am sure it will be a super partnership with Stephan and Maria, and I am excited about my new adventures with them," De Luca says to World of Showjumping.

Hello Sanctos' breeder Willy Taets awarded by WBFSH

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scott-sanctosHello Sanctos' breeder Willy Taets has been awarded by the WBFSH. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Last week, the world's leading breeders were gathered in the Jaeger LeCoultre shop in Geneva to be honored for their extraordinary breeding products as the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses held their annual award ceremony for the FEI ranking winners in cooperation with the sponsor Jaeger LeCoultre. For the showjumping breeders, it was Hello Sanctos' breeder Willy Taets, from Belgium, who received his WBFSH diploma and was presented with an exquisite reversible watch from Jaeger LeCoultre.

This week's live streaming

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longThis weekend the following events will be live streamed:


The CSI5* Longines FEI World Cup in London will be live streamed via this link.


The CSI3* event in Frankfurt will be live streamed via this link.

More awards for Dubbeldam

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jeroen-zenithWhat a year it has been for Jeroen Dubbeldam! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jeroen Dubbeldam received yet another award yesterday, this time the double world champion was awarded in his home country as ZappSporter of the Year. Dubbeldam was up against five other athletes, but ended up with the most votes and could receive the award prior to the NOS Ι NOC*NSF Sports Gala on stage at the Amsterdam RAI. Earlier in the evening the RTL News Audience Award went to the Dutch gold jumping team consisting of Jeroen Dubbeldam, Jur Vrieling, Gerco Schröder and Maikel van der Vleuten.

Strong field of riders to Frankfurt

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Jos-Lansink12184On the list for Frankfurt: Jos Lansink. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The CSI3* event in Frankfurt the coming weekend attracts a very strong field of riders. On the list for the show are names such as Steve Guerdat, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Jos Lansink, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Hans-Dieter Dreher, Gerco Schröder and Gregory Wathelet – to mention just a few.


Click here for the full riders list.

Lorenzo de Luca with new job at Stephex Stables

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Lorenzo-de-Luca-Voice-de-LoLorenzo de Luca - here in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It's exciting times for Italy's Lorenzo de Luca, who has a new job as a rider at Stephex Stables. De Luca has been working for Neil Jones for the past three years, and the two has created a lot of success during this period – with De Luca picking up major wins all over Europe and competing at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy this September.

Max Kühner to compete for Austria

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max-khner-profilMax Kühner. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.As of 1st of January, Max Kühner starts to ride for Austria. Kühner has been successfully competing under the German flag throughout his entire career. On his website Kühner writes that German Chef d'Equipe Otto Becker has been involved in his decision, and that it thus comes as no surprise. Kühner also has a strong connection to his new country; "We have for a long time had a residence in Austria. As a child, I started riding at the equestrian center Mauring together with Julia Kayser. In addition for me who lives in Bayern, Austria is closer than Northern Germany," the rider states on his website.

Top showjumpers build up to Christmas in London

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1Reed-Kessler-KS-Stakki-591On the list for London: Reed Kessler. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.This week the traditional London International Horse Show takes place. The CSI5* event expects many big names within showjumping to the British capital. On the list of riders are names such as world no. 1 Scott Brash, who will be joined by the legends John and Michael Whitaker as well as stars such as Kevin Staut, Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning, Daniel Deusser, Maikel van der Vleuten, Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Reed Kessler.

Jessica Kürten puts her showjumping career on hold

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jessica-krten-profilJessica Kürten. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jessica Kürten has decided to put her showjumping career on hold. The accomplished Irish rider will now concentrate on training, and staying close to the sport. To World of Jessica says; "I am restructuring my career, and reorienting my priorities at the moment. I look forward to the challenges that the future may bring."


The stallions from VDL that has successfully been seen under Kürten, will compete with Jessica until the beginning of February finishing at the KWPN stallion show in Den Bosch. "It has been super to work over the many years with my various owners and sponsors, we have enjoyed some great highlights together and I thank them for their support and loyalty," Kürten says.

Allen and Kenny honoured at 2014 Showjumpers' Ball Awards in Ireland

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bertram-molly-maloneInternational Rider of the Year in Ireland: Bertram Allen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Bertram Allen and Darragh Kenny was honoured at the Showjumpers Awards Ball in Ireland on Saturday night. Bertram Allen received the International Rider of the Year prize, after a monumental rise in the world rankings this year with numerous wins and placings around Europe and several high profile performances on the Nations Cup circuit. At the Dublin Horse Show, Allen steered the wonderful grey mare, Molly Malone to victory in the Dublin Grand Prix and with her many impressive performances she was named as the Horse of the Year.

Jeroen Dubbeldam awarded as 'Reem Acra FEI Best Athlete 2014'

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Jeroen-Dubbeldam-Zenith-SFNJeroen Dubbeldam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jeroen Dubbeldam was awarded as 'Reem Acra FEI Best Athlete 2014' at Sunday's FEI Awards. The reigning double World Champion was honored during the FEI General Assembly in Baku. The Reem Acra Best Athlete award goes to an athlete who has demonstrated exceptional equestrian skills, and over the last twelve months have taken the sport to a new level. "I'm very proud of it! Looking back at 2014 I am full of pride for my horse, Zenith SFN, and the way he competed, as this was the first year at this top level, filling in the gap of my former horse, Utascha SFN that was sold," Jeroen said.

Ingmar De Vos elected as President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale

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New_FEI_President_Ingmar_De_Vos-14Dec2014_thumbnailIngmar De Vos. Photo by Liz Gregg/FEI. Ingmar De Vos (BEL) has been elected as President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) by an overwhelming majority in the first round of voting, earning 98 votes out of a possible 131. De Vos, 51, Secretary General of the FEI since May 2011, was elected to take charge of the world governing body of equestrian sport during Sunday morning's session of the FEI General Assembly in Baku (AZE).

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