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Tue
05
Dec

Seventh heaven for Bertram Allen as he wins another new car at Sweden International Horse Show

Bertram Allen with Gin Chin van het Lindenhof, winners of the Sweden Grand Prix presented by H&M at Stockholm in Sweden (Photo: Roland Thunholm)

Victory for Bertram Allen in today’s Stockholm Grand Prix has seen the Wexford rider win his seventh new car at the Swedish venue alone in the last three years, and the 10th new car of his career.
Twenty-two year-old Allen from Enniscorthy was one of just five riders who made it through to the second round jump-off in Stockholm, as he partnered the 11-year-old gelding Gin Chin van het Lindenhof. They took the lead with a clear round against the clock in 42.63 seconds, comfortably faster than Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson who had held the lead with H&M Indiana.
Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and his European individual gold medal winner H&M All In, lowered a single fence when chasing Allen’s target as last to go, with Fredricson having to settle for third place on the podium.

Tue
05
Dec

Top International Line-Up announced for Olympia, the London International Horse Show

Top International Line-Up announced for Olympia, the London International Horse Show

A stellar line-up of the world’s best Dressage and Driving competitors has been announced for Olympia, The London International Horse Show, taking place from 12-18 December 2017.
Adding to this year’s spectacular Show will be a world-class selection of riders contesting the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music, supported by Horse & Hound, taking place on the Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December respectively.
 
Contending for the title and making a welcomed first appearance at the Show, Swedish Olympian and current leader of the FEI World CupTM Western League, Patrik Kittel, a long-standing Grand Prix rider with an equally long list of achievements to his name. Kittel will be competing aboard Delaunay Old, who together took team bronze at the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg.
 

Tue
05
Dec

Jeroen Dubbeldam Gets to Keep Champion Partner SFN Zenith

SFN Zenith

When Jeroen Dubbeldam exited the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic arena after finishing in individual 7th place, it was with tears in his eyes as he believed he’d just competed his superstar partner SFN Zenith NOP for the final time.
But 15 months and many ups and downs later, it turns out that the 2014 World Champions are destined to stay together. As owned by the Dutch investment ground Springpaarden Fonds Nederland, SFN Zenith was always meant to be sold on when the fund dissolved. When the sale of its horses was announced in 2016, it came as a surprise to the public, and even more of a surprise when Zenith failed to sell.

Sat
02
Dec

Gonnelien Rothenberger's Leonardo Da Vinci Passed Away

Leonardo da Vinci Photo © Dirk Caremans

Gonnelien Rothenberger-Gordijn's former Grand Prix ride Leonardo da Vinci has passed away at age 30.  Alongside Weyden, the bay Leonardo da Vinci was Gonnelien's top competition horse from 1998 till 2002. 
Born in 1987 and bred by Heinrich Kruse, the Oldenburg branded Leonardo da Vinci was by Landadel out of Zarene (by Coriolan x Intendant x Waidmannsheil). 
 
He was first started as a 5-year old by Christine Wels. In 1995 Insa Hansen and Miriam Henschke took over the ride and the horse came in the ownership of Gestut Ammerland.
 

Sat
02
Dec

Isabell Werth and Weihegold at No. 1 in the latest world dressage rankings

Isabell Werth and Emilio photo. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell Werth and Emilio moved up to No. 3 in the world behind Weihegold OLD still at the top while Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat vaulted to 16th from 299th in the latest rankings released Friday. Isabell and Don Johnson FRH remained at No. 6.
The most decorated Olympic equestrian with 10 medals is the first rider to have two horses ranked in the top three in the world since 2009 when Isabell was ranked No. 1 with Satchmo and second with Warum Nicht.
Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, Isabell’s Olympic and European Championship team mates, remained at No. 2 .
America’s Laura Graves and Verdades, who have not competed in four months as dressage at the Central Park Horse Show was canceled, slipped one place to No. 4 with the elevation of Isabell and Emilio.

Fri
01
Dec

Seven Of The World’S Top Ten Show Jumpers To Compete At Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Scott Brash

Seven of the world’s top 10 Show Jumpers will take to the Olympia Grand Hall as top-class sporting action returns to Olympia, The London International Horse Show. Europe’s most renowned riders, including seven former world number 1s, will take centre stage over five days of unmissable CSI5*-W competition from Thursday 14 – Monday 18 December 2017.

Home heroes Scott Brash and Ben Maher, winner and runner-up in the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Leg, are both returning, with Ben hoping to turn the tables on his Olympic gold medal winning team-mate to take home the coveted prize in 2017. British hopes will be buoyed by crowd favourites John and Michael Whitaker, seeking to add to their extensive tally of Olympia victories.

Thu
30
Nov

Raia d’Helby under the saddle of Charlotte Bettendorf

Raia d’Helby

The 12-year-old SF-mare, Raia d’Helby will this week start at the Longines Masters in Paris with her new rider, Charlotte Bettendorf. Recently te Luxembourg rider started to work for Francois Mathy.
Last weekend the new pair jumped their first competition with succes at the Equestrian Center the Peelbergen. Bettendorf and te SF-mare placed first in the 1.40m class.
The Chapultepec La Silla-daughter was sold in 2008 at the Fences Auction, After Olivier Robert jumped the mare up to the highest international level.  The pair competed at the world cup in Bordeaux and placed seventh that week.
After a short period under the saddle of Nick Skelton, Raia was competed by Adrianna Sternlicht starting 2015. Together with Skelton the mare jumped to the fifth place in the Vilamoura Grand Prix.
Source equnews

 

Thu
30
Nov

New Rider for Alicante

New Rider for Alicante

The KWPN-approved sire, Alicante (by Casall) switched riders in august, earlier this year, moving from the stables of Jérome Guery to Marlon Modolo Zanotelli. Now the white sire moves again. Soon the sire will be competing under the saddle of Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci.
The 12-year-old sire has already had many riders in the saddle. After being sold at the Prinsjesdagveiling in 2005 it were Julia Houtzager-Kayeser, Chloe Vranken, Jerome Guery, Marlon Zanotelli and now also Bucci who have ridden Alicante.
The new pair will debut at the international CSI3* show in Poznan.
Together with Zanotelli, Alicante jumped to victory in septebmer this year in Samorin. Together with Guery the sire won in Madrid, Chantilly, the sires of the world, etc.
Source: equnews

Wed
22
Nov

Fashion in Black Named Champion of the 2017 Westfalian Stallion Licensing

Fashion In Black

Fashion in Black (by For Romance x Lauries Crusador xx) became the champion of the 2017 Westfalian Stallion Licensing in Munster-Handorf on 19 - 22 November 2017. Twenty-four stallions out of a collection of 44 dressage colts were licensed, 10 of them were named premium.

From the start on the hard surface, through the lunging phase and the freedom phase, Fashion in Black (by For Romance x Lauries Crusador xx x Donnerhall) bred by Matthias Böckermann was a favourite of the public. The Westfalian Licensing committee, which includes Theo Lohmann, Michael Settertobulte, Heinrich Plaas-Beisemann, Gerd Könemann and Wilen Treu, proclaimed him champion of the licensing. Fashion in Black is owned by Wilhelm Holkenbrink and was not for sale. 

Wed
22
Nov

Swedish Reserve Team Horse Bon-Ami Sold to the U.S.A.

Bon Ami

The 11-year old Dutch warmblood gelding Bon-Ami, a Swedish short listed team horse, has been sold to the U.S.A.. Adrienne Pot will continue the career of the black gelding.

Bon-Ami is bred by G. Nijhof in The Netherlands and is by Johnson out of Tavella (by Fidermark).

Originally owned by Philippa Ral of Frösaker Gard in Sweden, the gelding was competed up to small tour level by his owner from 2011 till 2016.

Bon Ami moved to Germany in October 2016 and Malin Nilsson, an assistant trainer for Patrik Kittel,  took on the ride.  The gelding came into the international spotlight in 2017.

The new pair made its CDI debut in April at the CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland, winning the Grand Prix and Special with 73.360% and 72.078%.  The duo went on to win the Grand Prix and Special at the CDI Brno.

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