29 August 2018
Palm Beach Series announces partnership with EEM for 2019
Since its beginning four years ago, the Palm Beach Masters has firmly established itself as one of the premier horse shows in the world with its picturesque location, unrivaled hospitality, and world-class facilities. One of just seven Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League events on the east coast, the Palm Beach Masters has grown from one elite competition to a thrilling series of horse shows, supporting the growth and success of world class show jumping, traditional show hunters, and the young equine stars of tomorrow. But there is still more to come…. The Palm Beach Masters Series is also proud to announce their partnership with Christophe Ameeuw of EEM, the founder and CEO of the Longines Masters Series, which currently hosts three five-star events across the globe in Paris, Hong Kong, and New York. Inspired by the Grand Slam of tennis, EEM has brought together under one roof the best of show jumping, entertainment, and lifestyle experience to establish the Grand Slam Indoor across three continents, awarded to the show jumper who can complete a successive sweep of the Longines Grand Prix at each of the three events. In 2017, EEM also introduced the Riders Masters Cup, presented in collaboration with the European Equestrian Federation, which opposes in a collective logic two great giants of show jumping, Europe and the United States. The Palm Beach Masters has an exciting lineup in 2019. Events such as these are not possible without the support of our sponsors. On behalf of everyone at the Palm Beach Masters Series, we are incredibly grateful for your support, and we look forward to continuing and building upon your involvement as we venture further into our quest to host, showcase, and support the elite ranks of show jumping. Press Released
25 May 2018
Triumphant Italy Wins FEI Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5*
Italy made it an incredible two in a row on home turf at Piazza Di Siena on Friday, May 25, 2018 when they won the Intesa SanPaolo FEI Nations Cup CSIO5*. Nine nations lined up for the prestigious class in the heart of Rome, Italy on newly resurfaced turf. After Round 1, a three way tie on zero faults between the USA, Switzerland and Italy, setting the stage for a super showdown in Round 2. It did come down to the very last round for the Italian team of Luca Marziani and Tokyo Du Soleil (Montender), Giula Martinen with Verdine SZ (Verdi), Emanuele Gaudiano and Caspar 232 (Berlin) and Bruno Chimirri with Tower Mouche (Diamant De Semilly). With Switzerland and the USA both on 8 faults and Italy on 4, a rail would have forced a jumpoff. But Chimirri, who was able to save his horse in Round 1 after the first three Italian riders all jumped clear, pulled off a clear of his own as last to go. With that, the joyous Italians had reason to celebrate another Nations Cup win, one year after winning on home soil for the first time in 90 years. The USA team of Laura Kraut, Spencer Smith, Beezie Madden and Mclain Ward used their drop score in both rounds to erase Smith’s eight-fault rounds, but a single rail each from Madden and Kraut would put them into equal 2nd with Switzerland. Guerdat was also able to save his horse for Round 2 when his teammates all went clear in Round 1, but as anchor he was unable to return the favor, pulling a critical rail with Alamo (Ukato). Germany placed equal 4th with Sweden and Canada, on 12 faults. The Netherlands took up 7th place, and New Zealand moved up a placing for 8th, while France finished last after Roger Yves Bost didn’t start in Round 2. Kevin Staut was eliminated in Round 2, which didn’t give France enough riders to post a complete score. Complete Result
20 May 2018
News From America
An unseasonably rainy week across the East Coast of the USA may have spoiled the picture perfect atmosphere of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show’s beautiful grass field, which was unusable due to weather this week, but competition proceeded on the venue’s sand arenas, where Switzerland’s Beat Mandli won the $131,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday afternoon with Simba (Toulon). Thirty-three pairs entered the grand prix, and with just five in the jumpoff, Mandli had to head off McLain Ward aboard Clinta (Clinton), the talented mare with whom he won the Longines Masters Grand Prix of New York a few weeks ago. Both riders are based nearby to North Salem, New York where the show is held. Mandli was fastest by a hair to take the win; also going double clear was Brianne Goutal-Marteau, who placed 3rd with Viva Colombia (Couleur-Rubin). Darragh Kenny is heading to Europe this week on a high after two very successful weeks in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Spring Series. The Irish rider won the $131,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* with Balou Du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky). He also placed 2nd with the 12 year old Oldenburg stallion in Thursday’s qualifier. Kenny just started competing the horse that was previously ridden by Colombia’s Jorge Matte and also Ljubov Kochetova of Russia. American lady rider Margie Engle and Royce (Café Au Lait) placed 2nd in the Grand Prix, and Rowan Willis of Australia was 3rd with Blue Movie (Chacco Blue) Also in Kentucky, another Irish rider, Kevin Babington, won the Sunday grand prix for the second week in the row. Babington rode his veteran partner Mark Q to victory in the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, coming out just ahead of Todd Minikus and Amex Z. And Abigail McArdle won the U25 Grand Prix with Fanta Light B. At the future site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, the spring circuit continued with Jimmy Torano winning’s the week’s feature class, the $25,000 Spring 3 Grand Prix. He rode Glasgow De Muze (Andiamo) to a double clear over Sarah Bagworth and Malou. Torano was also 3rd with Day Dream. Celso Arani finished in 4th with Ukulman De La Nutria (Quick Star.) Riders are back at the Colorado Horse Park outside of Denver, Colorado, and Katharin Gualtieri took top honors with the 16-year-old Castalano (Capone) in the $25,000 Spring in the Rockies Grand Prix II on Saturday evening. Paul Rohrbach and Camerino were 2nd, and Nicki Wilcox was 3rd with JES Quito in the three-horse jumpoff. Out on the West Coast, California-based, British rider Patrick Seaton won the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix with Skipio K (Taloubet K) at the Sonoma Horse Park. Fellow professional Carol Wright was 2nd with Conejito (Conejo HF), and Ashley Bewick was 3rd with Lintina. Carol’s daughter, Leslie Wright, placed 4th with Karo. And competition began on both sides of Canada, with the Caledon Equestrian Park beginning its season over the weekend. Ireland's Daniel Coyle won the $35,500 CSI2* Grand Prix with Farona (Baltic VDL). Coyle also won Thursday's CSI2* Qualifier with Lothlorian Farm's homebred Canadian Sport Horse mare Tienna (For Pleasure). Finally, the organizers of Thunderbird Show Park held a national exhibition grand prix in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday afternoon. The event drew many spectators and billed as a success, with Kyle King taking victory in the grand prix. TBird will host its annual CSIO5* week this coming week. Photo of Beat Mandli ©The Book for Jump Media