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Rob Hoekstra steps down as Performance Manager of the British Team

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hoekstraRob Hoekstra with Scott Brash at the Europeans in 2013. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.World Class Performance Showjumping Manager Rob Hoekstra has announced that he is to leave his role at the end of this year. Having seen British showjumping through one of their most successful periods, amassing six Championship medals along the way, Rob departs to take up new challenges elsewhere in the sport.

 

Originally representing Holland at junior level in the sport, Rob changed to British nationality in 1987. He went on to represent Great Britain at three World Cup Finals, in Nations Cup teams and also won the Hickstead Derby in 1999.

 

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Sjaak Sleiderink leaves Stal De Sjiem

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_K7X2365Sjaak Sleiderink pictured at Stal De Sjiem earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After seven years at Stal De Sjiem, Sjaak Sleiderink has parted ways with Jeroen Dubbeldam. On the Dutch equestrian federation's website, Sleiderink comments on his departure: "Jeroen wanted less stable staff and horses (...) After seven years working with Jeroen, I think it's very unfortunate – but of course I respect Jeroen's choice." Although no longer working for Dubbeldam, his former boss is now trying to help Sleiderink to find a new job. "I don't want to make any hasty decisions, I don't know what I want yet and will first take the time to think about it properly," Sjaak says.

Change of job for Katrin Eckermann

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katrin-hoppKatrin Eckermann - here seen on Firth of Lorne in Hamburg earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.German showjumper Katrin Eckermann has decided to leave Gut Berl in Münster, where she has been working since 2011. Eckermann will now start up as a rider in her boyfriend Christian Glanemann's stable – although it might still take a little time before she gets back in the saddle following her car accident in September where she sustained injuries preventing her from riding.

Alex Duffy bases himself with Bertram Allen

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_K7X9840Alex Duffy has based himself with Bertram Allen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Alex Duffy has a new base, as he has started to work with his compatriot Bertram Allen. The 25 year old Irish rider has for the three last years been working for Carl Hanley, at his yard in Ostercappeln, Germany. Two weeks ago, Duffy moved himself 150 km to Allen's stable in Hünxe. "I had the time of my life at Carl and Nadja's yard, and I learned so much there – but I felt it was time to go a bit more independent which I have the possibility to now," Duffy explains. "I will be based here at Bertram's to work with him and for him – sharing the riding on the younger horses with Bertram himself, but I will also have the opportunity to ride for other owners alongside."

This week's live streaming

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IMG_0600A few showjumping events will be live streamed this week:

 

The CSI5*-W show in Lyon will have classes live streamed via this link.

 

The Longines FEI World Cup in Lyon will be live streamed via this link.

Upperclass to Artisan Farms

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william-whitaker-upperclassUpperclass - here seen at Spruce Meadows with William Whitaker in the saddle. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Carlene and Andy Ziegler's Artisan Farms LLC has purchased William Whitaker's Upperclass. Whitaker has enjoyed great success with the 13 year old KWPN gelding by Concorde x Indoctro over the last years. The pair won the 1.60 Tourmaline Oil Cup at Spruce Meadows in September this year, and was also placed second in the 1.55 Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona in the middle of October. The pair also recorded wins in Le Touquet, St. Gallen, Bethune, Bolesworth, Dinard and Hickstead during 2014.

Star line-up for the CSI4*-W National Horse Show in Lexington

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McLain-Ward-Rotchild-41735McLain Ward will compete in Lexington for the CSI4*-W 2014 National Horse Show. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.America's best showjumpers head for the National Horse Show that takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on October 28 -November 2, 2014. Among the riders competing at the CSI4*-W event is team bronze medallists from the World Equestrian Games Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. They will be joined by young stars such as Katie Dinan, Jessica Springsteen, Brianne Goutal and Georgina Bloomberg as well as big names featuring Peter Wylde, Leslie Howard, Laura Kraut, Charlie Jayne, Todd Minikus and Margie Engle.

The riders heading for Equita Lyon

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patrice-delaveau-lacrimosoOne of the many good riders that will compete in Lyon: Patrice Delaveau, here on Lacrimoso HDC. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The third leg of the Longines FEI World Cup in the Western European League takes place this weekend, and Lyon is the city that hosts it. It is a strong field of riders that travel to the five star event, and on the list are names such as Rodrigo Pessoa, Eric Lamaze, Scott Brash, Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning, Daniel Deusser and Steve Guerdat – in addition to all the best French riders that will compete on home soil.

A daughter for Jens Fredricson

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jens-fredricson-profilJens Fredricson. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jens Fredricson and his girlfriend Isabelle Bernhardsson became parents to a little girl Friday afternoon. 

 

We wish the family all the best!

Cassio Rivetti and Alexander Onischenko part ways

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Cassio-Rivetti-Vivant-41675Cassio 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."

New horses for Roger Yves Bost

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bosty-profilRoger 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 to Qatar

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Yuri-Mansur-Guerios-First-DFirst 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.

This week's live streaming

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generell-hoppbildA few top showjumping events will be live streamed this weekend:

 

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

 

The CSI4* World Cup event Washington International Horse Show will be live streamed via this link.

 

The CSI3* World Cup event Del Mar International Horse Show will be live streamed via this link.

The riders heading for CSI3* Saint-Lô

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patrice-orientPatrice 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

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beezie-cortesBeezie 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.

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