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Friday, 27 Mar 2015


Strong field of riders to Jumping Amsterdam

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daniel-deusser-first-classDaniel Deusser returns to Amsterdam. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The crowds at Jumping Amsterdam are up for a treat this coming weekend, as the CSI4* show attracts some of the world's best riders to it. On the entry list is Daniel Deusser, Christian Ahlmann, Kevin Staut, Pénèlope Leprevost, Roger Yves Bost, Michael Whitaker and Sergio Alvarez Moya - in addition to all the best Dutch showjumpers.




Doda de Miranda and AD Argos dash to victory in $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

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unnamed3Doda de Miranda and AD Argos. Photo by Sportfot. The 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded its third week of competition, sponsored by Adequan®, with a fantastic jump-off in Sunday's $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The win went to Brazil's Alvaro 'Doda' de Miranda and his 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, AD Argos (Padinus x Concorde). Mexico's Sofia Larrea and Jumex Sport Archimides finished second,and Great Britain's Nick Skelton placed third aboard Deauville S.

Will Simpson wins third HITS Thermal Grand Prix

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unnamed2Will Simpson and The Dude jump clear in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Photo (c) ESI Photography.Competition in the Grand Prix ring is heating up at HITS Desert Horse Park, as Will Simpson stretched his streak to three with a win in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with Monarch International’s The Dude.


Forty-one starters took to the SmartPak track but only thirteen left all the jumps up and qualified for the jump off. Simpson and The Dude, who won $7,500 for their effort, were the fastest with a jump off time of 39.562, but by just less than a second over second place winner Christian Heineking, riding Charika for Isabella Terry with a time of 40.312. Simpson, riding another Monarch International-owned horse, Katie Riddle, came in a close third with no faults in 40.675.

Martin Fuchs leading rider in Zürich

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martin-fuchs-psg-futureMartin Fuchs - here on PSG Future. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Home rider Martin Fuchs ended up as the leading rider at the CSI5*-W event in Zürich. The talented Swiss rider collected a total of 47 points and got the top prize of 10 000 CHF presented by LGT Private Banking. Second best was Gregory Wathelet with 35 points, and third Romain Duguet on 34 points.

Steve Guerdat holds on to the lead in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

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steve-ninoSteve Guerdat leads the Western European League. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the 10th leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League has concluded, Steve Guerdat is in the lead ahead of Kevin Staut - both with 57 points. Bertram Allen has climbed up to rank three with 51 points and Daniel Deusser is fourth with 50 points. Rank five belongs to Harrie Smolders and then follows Marco Kutscher, Hans-Dieter Dreher and Edwina Tops-Alexander - all on 44 points. Lucy Davis is ninth with 42 points and Douglas Lindelöw is rank ten with 41 points.

Sergio Alvarez Moya and Carlo show top form in the Longines FEI World Cup in Zürich

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Action_wnr_Sergio_Alvarez_Moya_CarloSergio Alvarez Moya and Carlo 273 en route to victory in Zürich. Photo by Karl-Heinz Frieler.It was an outstanding jump-off that lead Sergio Alvarez Moya and Carlo 273 (Contender x Cascavelle) to the win in Zürich's Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. The Spanish rider and the lovely fourteen year old gelding had the fastest of the four clear rounds in the jump-off, and left Bertram Allen and Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier) behind them in second and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I) to third after a spectacular race against the clock.

Willem Greve with popular home win in the Grand Prix in Drachten

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Willem-Greve-Carambole-5765Willem Greve with Carambole. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The three star Grand Prix in Drachten presented by Provincie Fryslân, was won by home rider Willem Greve. The Dutch rider was aboard his top horse Carambole (Cassini I x Concerto Ii), and was the fastest rider in the jump-off that counted fourteen pairs. Exactly 0.5 seconds separated Greve from runner-up Karim El Zoghby on Amelia (Cantos x Numero Uno). Third place went to another home rider; Robert Vos on Interline H (Indoctro x Elmshorn).

Wathelet and Beerbaum - winners in Zürich on Saturday

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Gregory-Wathelet-Oh-dEole-Gregory Wathelet with Oh d'Eole - here seen in Geneva. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Saturday's biggest class 'Art on Ice Preis' in Zürich was won by Gregory Wathelet on Oh d'Eole (Kannan x Papillon Rouge). Gregory was a second faster than Hans-Dieter Dreher with Colore (Contender x Lord) in the second phase of the 1,50 class. Hansi was another second ahead of Bertram Allen with Romanov (Heartbreaker x Fedor) who also had a second up to the rider behind him - Kaya Lüthi with Pret a Tour (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy).


Pius Schwizer - Swiss rider of the year

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Pius-Schwizer-Quidam-du-VivPius Schwizer. Photo Jenny Abrahamsson.Pius Schwizer has been named Swiss rider of the year after a successful 2014. Pius won classes in San Giovanni, Zürich, Leipzig, Lyon, St. Gallen, Paris, Verbier, Ascona, Vilamoura, Stuttgart, Manerbio, Geneva and was part of the winning team of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Lummen during last year. Pius received the title during the Mercedes-CSI in Zürich on Saturday.

Georgina Bloomberg and Lilli light up the night in Adequan® Grand Prix

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lilliGeorgina Bloomberg and Lilli. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.USA's Georgina Bloomberg guided Gotham Enterprizes LLC's 11-year-old Brandenburg mare, Lilli (Lefevre x Diamir), to the big win in Saturday night's $127,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3* at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. In a five-horse, all-American jump-off, Bloomberg topped the class over Laura Chapot and ISHD Dual Star (2nd), Wilton Porter with Diamonte Darco (3rd), Schuyler Riley and Dobra de Porceyo (4th), and Todd Minikus with Babalou 41 (5th).

Penelope Leprevost lands the win in the Longines Grand Prix in Zürich

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Penelope-Leprevost-Flora-dePenelope Leprevost with Flora de Marioposa. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Penelope Leprevost was in a league of her own in the Longines Grand Prix in Zürich on Friday. Riding Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light), the world's leading lady rider was the only one in the 42-rider class to bring the mark down below 33 seconds in the jump-off and still stay clean. There were only two double clear rounds in the class, but the fastest time belonged to Leprevost at 32.45 seconds. In runner-up position followed Sergio Alvarez Moya on Carlo 273 (Contender x Cascavelle) in a time of 33.05 seconds. Third place went to Gregory Wathelet on Oh d'Eole (Kannan x Papillon Rouge), who was faster than Sergio but on the expense of a pole down.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 win $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Speed at the 2015 WEF

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21cd2a56-2e6e-4cc6-840e-8b1143a354f6Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo (c) Sportfot.Week three of the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued on Friday with a win for Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083 in the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class in Wellington, FL. Sponsored by Adequan®, WEF 3 runs at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) through Sunday, January 25. The week features the $127,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, January 24. The 12-week circuit continues through March 29, awarding over $8.2 million in prize money.

Lisa Goldman wins $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with Centurion B and Brookledge Welcome on Morocco

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unnamedLisa Goldman and Centurion B take the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala January Festival. Photo (c) (c) ESI Photography.Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, is on a hot streak with her American breds Morocco and Centurion B at HITS Ocala. Goldman's time of 29.218 seconds in the Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday was more than two seconds faster than Hoolie Hoo, owned by C.F. Farms, and ridden by Olympic veteran Ian Millar of Canada, who was second with a time of 31.664. Goldman was also third on her own Zacantos Z with a clear jump off time of 31.961.

McLain Ward and Best Buy speed to the Ridge at Wellington's week three Grand Prix victory

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bestMcLain Ward and Best Buy. Photo by Phelps Media Groep. Set amidst lush pastures, voluminous trees and a cloudless sky, The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour ended the third of its 12-week series. Today, McLain Ward and Best Buy would ride to the top of the leader board, tripping the timers in an untouchable 37.911 seconds, a second and a half faster than second place finisher Beth Underhill with Viggo.

Images | The Longines FEI World Cup in Leipzig

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5518All reason to smile: As last to go in a five horse jump-off, Hans-Dieter Dreher ended as the winner on the stunning Embassy II. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.


Looking back | The showjumping year of 2014 in images - part…

Looking back | The showjumping year of 2014 in images - part one

Guess the face? Patrice Delaveau does his best to hide away Scott Brash, who was virtually untouchable all year – closing off 2014 with winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva as the world’s no. one. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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