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
20 May 2018
An Historic First Victory for Brazil in Nations Cup of La Baule
It took nerves of steel for anchorman Pedro Veniss to clinch the honors for Brazil at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of France in La Baule, France on Sunday, May 20, 2018. In a contest that came right down to the very last ride of the afternoon, he had absolutely no room for error if he was to give his country an historic first-ever win at the Francois Andre Stadium in the beautiful French seaside town, and pin Europe’s elite into the minor placings. But partnering the fabulous 14-year-old stallion, Quabri de l’Isle, he produced a super-cool clear that left the 2017 series champions from The Netherlands in runner-up spot and Switzerland into third. Veniss admitted he was feeling the pressure when last into the arena, but he knew he could rely on his horse. “Quabri is my very best friend, he has so much scope and always tries his best for me - that’s the greatest feeling in the world!” he said. The pair have a spectacular track record, having been on the Brazilian sides that finished fifth at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, fourth at the Pan-American Games in Toronto (CAN) in 2015 and fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Team spirit played a big part in the Brazilian success story, but, just like the Swiss who won the first Europe Division 1 leg in Slovakia three weeks ago, things weren’t looking altogether optimistic for them earlier in the week. Veniss' first choice horse was unable to compete and then Felipe Amaral’s ride came down with an allergy so he also had to change mounts. But there’s a sense of rising momentum in the Brazilian camp, and Yuri Mansur’s exciting 10-year-old, Vitiki, provided a major boost when clear in the first round in which both Veniss, and Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho riding Chaccomo, collected just a single time fault to leave their country out in front at the halfway stage carrying just two faults. Amaral’s replacement ride, the inexperienced Germanico T, provided the drop score in both rounds. Mansur’s Vitiki has literally come along in leaps and bounds over the last few months. “I bought him in October and he only jumped his first 1.30m track in November and now he has won the Nations Cup at La Baule - he’s developing so quickly!” said his delighted rider this afternoon. It was a super-close finish, Brazil posting a final tally of seven faults with the Dutch on eight and the Swiss on nine. The Netherlands had the satisfaction of collecting the maximum points of the six Europe Division 1 nations chasing points towards the 2018 Final. And their anchorman and new World No. 1, Harrie Smolders (Don VHP Z), took a one-third share of the €50,000 bonus on offer for double-clear rounds along with Spain’s Manuel Fernandez Saro (Cannavaro 9) and Germany’s Maurice Tebbel (Chaccos S). Spain chased the leading pack all the way to finish fourth on 12 faults, Germany lined up fifth with 14 and Ireland slotted into sixth with 17 faults. It was a disappointing day for the French hosts who had to settle for seventh with 20 faults on the board, while Team Canada lined up eighth and last on a 35-fault total. Today’s result bodes well for the Brazilians who also finished an impressive second at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America at Ocala (USA) in February and who now have the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon (USA) clearly in their sights. For the Europe Division 1 teams however their next port of call is St Gallen on Sunday 3 June, where the host nation of Switzerland will be hoping to further boost their lead on the league table with another good result. That’s going to be a busy day of top sport as the third and final qualifier of the North/Central America & Caribbean League also takes place in Langley (CAN). Full 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
19 May 2018
Rene Lopez Wins Derby Pays de la Loire at La Baule
Nineteen pairs started in the Derby Pays de la Loire region, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at CSIO5* La Baule in La Baule, France. The 1,000-meter course included 22 obstacles, including two banks and an open water obstacle to ride through. Colombian René Lopez, a regular at this stop of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup in France, was the first to start on the grass track at Stade François-André with his 10-year-old mare Destiny's Child. They showed all their talent with a fluid round, resulting in a faultless 139.48 seconds to set the standard. The pressure was now on the shoulders of their competitors. But on down the order, no other pair managed to do as well. Frenchman Philippe Rozier, also a regular in this derby, and Rêveur de Kergane finished their round with 24 saults. Sweden's Peder Fredricson, the world No. 3, was eliminated after two refusals from H&M Carat Desire, as was France's Max Thirouin with Tarquin. In his first derby appearance, the French rider Harold Boisset was faster than René Lopez on a time of in 137.63 seconds with Vakhenaton, a 9-year-old Selle Francias. But with a fault, he saw the victory escape and took 2nd place. As for the 2012 Olympic champion, Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, he also made a mistake with Venard de Cerisy in a time of 138.04 but earned on the third step of the podium. In the award ceremony, René Lopez did not hide his emotion. He had just realized a dream by winning at La Baule. It was a victory that goes down in history, as he is the first Colombian to put his name on the prestigious list of winners of the of Derby Pays de la Loire.
18 May 2018
Patrice Delaveau Edges Out Kent Farrington in Grand Prix of La Baule
Kent Farrington has almost made his comeback to the sport after three months off from injury completely flawless—but on Friday, May 18th at La Baule CSIO5*, home rider Patrice Delaveau got in the way of the American when he won the €150,000 Longines Grand Prix Ville de La Baule with Aquila HDC (Ovidus). A beautiful day in France set the stage for the full spectator stands to witness one of the spring’s most prestigious grand prix classes. A start list of 47 tried their best to come back for the jumpoff, but just seven made it through without fault. From that, Gudrun Pateet of Belgium was first to go and laid down a super time with Sea Coast Just the Music (Tornedo FCS) that held for 3rd place. It was a super day for the Belgian rider, as she also won the Prix Bouygues Immobilier CSI5* earlier in the day with Sea Coast Atlantic (Schilling). With two French riders in the jumpoff, the home crowd had a good chance to witness what played out with a French rider standing atop the podium. Delaveau’s time of 38.53 seconds couldn’t be beat, but Farrington gave it all to try aboard Gazelle (Kashmir Van Schuttershof). His time of 39.28 seconds earned him the 2nd place sash. The Longines Grand Prix, traditionally held on Sunday afternoon of La Baule, is new on Friday this year in order to feature the FEI Nations Cup CSIO5*, now held on Sunday with eight nations set to start. Full result Photo ©Psvphoto.com/Jumping International La Baule
14 May 2018
News from America
At the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show in North Salem, New York, 25-year-old Adrienne Sternlicht (pictured above) won the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2* with Toulago (Toulon). It was the American rider’s first, career grand prix victory. Fellow American Sydney Shulman was 2nd with Villamoura, and Charlie Jacobs placed 3rd with Cassinja S. In Lexington, KY, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show saw Kevin Babington take the Sunday grand prix aboard Super Chilled (Gelvin Clover). The Irish rider won the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI3*, with Ramiro Quintana of Argentina placing 2nd aboard Corento VH Dingenshof (Contendro I). Alex Granato of the USA was 3rd with Beorn (Douglas), and Karl Cook placed 4th with Caillou 24 (Casall). Also at Kentucky Spring, Darragh Kenny took the biggest win of the weekend in the $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3* riding Babalou 41 (Balou Du Rouet). "She’s so fantastic. She’s so careful and tries so hard. She turns unbelievable and I think she’s going to be an incredible mare for the future. We’re really learning each other now and it feels so good and she’s jumping well, I’m just so happy with her,” said the Irish rider. Babalou's former rider, Todd Minikus, placed 2nd with Quality Girl (Quidam's Rubin), and Eugenio Garza was 3rd with Armani SL Z (Asca Z). On the West Coast, both Southern and Northern California national circuits are well underway, with the Sonoma Horse Park’s opening week taking place one hour north of San Francisco. Mattias Ekeroth of Sweden placed 1st and 2nd in the $25,000 Tack Warehouse Grand Prix with Dacarlos (Verdi) and Hautesse Van’t Zorgvliet. Hayden Zadel placed 3rd with Triskel De Kerliven. In Southern California, Carly Anthony is making her mark after a season in Wellington. She won the $60,000 Grand Prix of California with Chacco (Chacco-Blue), coming out ahead of veteran rider Richard Spooner with Quirado RC (Quinar). Shawn Casady placed 3rd with Cicomein VDL. Photo ©The Book