Cassio Rivetti - here on Vivant at the WEG - has ended his collaboration with Alexander Onischenko. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Cassio Rivetti has decided not to continue his collaboration with Alexander Onischenko. Rivetti – originally from Brazil – has been riding for Ukraine since 2009, when he made his championship debut for the country at the European Championships at Windsor. This year he was the best of the Ukrainian riders at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, finishing eight individually on Vivant. "I had a great time riding for Mr. Onischenko, and I have to thank him – he gave me the chance to compete in the top sport," Cassio says to World of Showjumping. "I don't regret anything, this has brought me so much experience and also the possibility to ride at the Olympic Games and the World Championships twice."
Roger Yves Bost. After retiring three of his best horses during the summer, Roger Yves Bost has now strengthened his string with two new arrivals. Studforlife.com reports that Bosty now has the ride on Pegase du Murier – an eleven year old son of Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly – previously seen with great success under French rider Sebastien Duplant. With Duplant, Pegase du Murier won no less than ten international 1.40-1.50 classes this year – and will for sure make a very good addition for the reigning European Champion.
First Devision - here seen with Yuri Mansur Guerios. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Yuri Mansur Guerios' First Devision (Andiamo x Perhaps vh Molenvondel) will in the future defend the Qatari colours. The nine year old gelding – that was reserve for the Brazilian team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with Mansur Guerios – could the past weekend be seen at the Moroccan Royal Tour in Rabat, with Sheik Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani in the saddle.
Patrice Delaveau competes at the CSI3* event in Saint-Lô this weekend. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.There will be plenty of stars in the horse capital, Saint-Lô in Normandy, this weekend. Double silver medallist from the World Equestrian Games Patrice Delaveau will compete at the event, as will reigning European Champion Roger Yves Bost. In addition to all the great French names, in-form Wout-Jan van der Schans can be found on the list – as can Marc Houtzager, Cassio Rivetti and Lauren Hough.
Star-studded lineup for 2014 Washington International Horse Show
Beezie Madden, double bronze medalist from the WEG, will compete in Washington this week. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has announced an all-star lineup of international showjumpers scheduled to ride in this year's competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. One of the year's most esteemed equestrian competitions with an FEI four-star rating and World Cup qualifier, WIHS draws many of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians and rising young talents. The 56th annual event runs October 21-26, 2014. On the list of riders are names such as Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. They get company of Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen and Reed Kessler to mention some of the many great riders on the entry list.
The riders list for Helsinki International UB Horse Show
Jur Vrieling continues from Oslo to Helsinki - perhaps in the Land Rover he won yesterday? Photo by World of Showjumping.The coming weekend it is time for the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup in the Western European League. It takes place in Helsinki, and many of those riders that competed in the first leg in Oslo, Norway will continue on to Finland – such as the winner Jur Vrieling, runner-up Marco Kutscher and third placed Steve Guerdat. For the full riders list click here.
Charity 33 - here seen with Judy Ann Melchior in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Reed Kessler has a new horse; the nine year old Charity 33. The mare by Cayetano L x C-Indoctro has since the end of last year been seen under Judy Ann Melchior, but has now changed ownership and will fly the American colours in the future. This weekend, Reed’s trainer Marcus Ehning is competing Charity 3 at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show.
Rodrigo Pessoa's former super star Tomboy has passed away aged 31.Rodrigo Pessoa's former top horse Tomboy has passed away. "Today my great friend Tomboy left us he was 31 years of age," Rodrigo tweeted yesterday. With Tomboy, Rodrigo Pessoa won the team bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and also the team gold medal at the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires in 1995.
Our thoughts go out to Rodrigo and his team on the loss of a beloved horse.
Forlap DC with Cassio Rivetti in the saddle. Photo by World of Showjumping.Stephex Stables confirm that Daniel Deusser is the new rider of Forlap DC (Querlybet Hero x Heartbreaker). The nine year old gelding was purchased by Alexander Onischenko in June this year, and the sale went through Stephan Conter. The sale to Onischenko followed a successful start to the year for Forlap DC, that with Gregory Wathelet was double clear in the CSIO5* Nations Cup in Lummen and La Baule - as well as second in the Grand Prix in Doha in March. With Rivetti, Forlap DC finished off his outdoor season with a first clear round in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Magna Racino.
VDL Bubalu rounds off successful team career for the Netherlands
VDL Bubalu has done his last team performance for the Netherlands. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was the best possible end VDL Bubalu could get as he did his last team performance for the Netherlands in Barcelona. The Dutch team won the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final, and VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) jumped two clear rounds contributing big time to the victory. This was the stallion's last team competition though, as he now moves towards a more relaxed program – and slowly towards retirement.
Sadly, it is farewell to Denis Lynch's Coulisa. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Denis Lynch's ride Coulisa has been put to sleep. After a terrible fall in the Grand Prix in Rotterdam in late June this year, the 10 year old mare underwent successful surgery for her sustained injuries. Following the surgery it was reported that Coulisa would undergo a four to eight month recuperation period, but unfortunately the mare did not make it through.
Hello Sanctos still on top of the FEI WBFSH World Ranking List
Hello Sanctos at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.There are quite a few changes among the top ten on this month's FEI WBFSH World Ranking List. Scott Brash's Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo v. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) remains as number one in the world though, with 1760 points. McLain Ward's Rothchild (Artos x Elegeant de I'lle) has climbed up from rank five to rank two with 1685 points while Daniel Deusser's Cornet d'Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) has climbed three spots from rank six. Cornet d'Amour has 1660 points and is 45 points ahead of Marcus Ehning's Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) that has dropped down to rank four.