21 May 2018
New Potential: Darragh Kenny & Balou Du Reventon
Darragh Kenny is very arguably the most talented rider in the sport at forging winning connections with brand new horses. He’s done it with Imothep, with Prof De La Roque, with Red Star D’Argent and Sans Souci Z. And now, he’s done it with his newest partner, Balou Du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky). After competing together for just two weeks, they picked up the biggest prize of the Kentucky Spring CSI3* at the Kentucky Horse Park. But the Irish rider is modest when this fact is pointed out; ‘’It is just because I’ve ridden so many different horses in my life, and I’ve had to figure them out quite quickly,” he says. “I think that’s the main reason.” Kenny’s jumpoff in this past Saturday’s $131 Mary Rena Grand Prix CSI3* in Lexington, Kentucky, USA shows a winning pair at the very beginning of their partnership. See the jumpoff here. Balou Du Reventon was formerly seen with Jorge Matte of Chile and Russia’s Ljubov Kochetova. With the stallion clearing every fence by miles (he once won a CSI4* Grand Prix with Kochetova as the only clear round with a time fault), he spends extra time in the air that Kenny hopes to hone when he heads to Europe with his top horses this week. “He’s not a very difficult horse at all – he’s a super horse, very careful, very easy to ride, very naturally talented so it’s easy,” Kenny says. “That’s the last few I’ve done this on, they have all been really superstar horses so it’s worked out well.” Kenny had his eye on Balou Du Reventon for several years, and feels lucky that he now has the stallion to take to the top levels, thanks to owners Kenny and Ann Thompson. “I’ve known the horse probably for three or four years now. I always thought he was an incredible horse,” Kenny says. “I just have to work and get him more confident jumping across the oxers. Sometimes he gets a little too over careful and gets too high. He just needs to relax a bit and jump a little more across. I think for sure that will come in another few months time. Kenny is well set up to make a serious bid for Team Ireland’s Tryon 2018 World Equestrian Games squad. The team will be chosen later this summer. Kenny competed in his first senior team championships at 2014 Caen, where he finished in the top 12. Now, with four more years of experience under his belt, the World No. 58 is hoping to make a return trip to WEG if all goes well this summer. Not only does he have Balou Du Reventon, he also has quickly made a winning team with Babalou 51 (Balou Du Rouet), the mare that took Australia’s Matt Williams to the 2016 Olympic Games, and that was also successful with Todd Minikus. Kenny won the previous week’s CSI3* Kentucky grand prix with the mare. Kenny’s mount Go Easy De Muze (Vigo D’Arsouilles) is stepping back up to competition after spending time on the sidelines, and he also has Cassini Z, with whom he will save for the LGCT and GCL events that he focuses on. “It couldn’t have gone better for the two weeks,” says Kenny of his spring tour in Kentucky. “It’s the first time I’ve actually ever shown in Kentucky at the outdoor shows before. It worked out to be very successful; myself and Hardin Towell have started a business together, so we wanted to come here and show a little bit. He’s going to base in Kentucky and I’m going to go to Europe, and we’re going to do both locations together.” Kenny has his own farm in Holland, near Peelbergen, and a big business that Kenny has been running successfully on two continents for several years now. “I’m very lucky with the team of people I have, that I can just fly here and get on the horses and go. The most important thing is to have a great team of people around you, and I’m very lucky at the moment that we have a super team of staff, flat riders and trainers and everything. It’s working out great.” Photo ©Barre Dukes/Phelps Sports
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
21 March 2018
Flanders Foal Auction Brings First Ever Embryo Auction to USA
The very first Flanders Embryo Auction, held at Live Oak International CSI3*-W in Ocala, Florida, USA on March 16, 2018 proceeded in a way that any scriptwriter would dream of. The collection included a grandchild of the world’s best earning showjumping horse at the moment, Gazelle, ridden by Kent Farrington, and it was to be expected that Gazelle’s owners Farrington and Robin Parsky would be interested. And there they were on Friday, sitting at a table at Live Oak International, calmly waiting, watching the goings-on, until lot 18 came up. Then they struck and for $30,000 they bought the still unborn foal. The good reputation of Flanders Foal & Embryo Auction is rapidly growing world-wide. After the regular foal auctions in Bonheiden and Opglabbeek, Luk Van Puymbroeck and Gerald Lenaerts further developed their format. Their motto: ‘Do not wait for the client to come to you, you should go to the client’ last year resulted in the first embryo auction in the United Emirates and a super foal auction last June in Bolesworth, where one record after the other was broken. ”Are the Americans ready yet for buying embryos, was a question we were often asked. Well, you never know, but the Arabs were ready! We have had two successful embryo auctions there already,” Gerald Lenaerts said. “They are the risks you have to take”, Luk van Puymbroeck explained. “It will all go easier once you have a good reputation. We are extremely pleased that we constantly attract new clients as buyers, people we would never get to come to our auctions in Belgium.” The embryo auction in Ocala was hosted at the impressive, 2,000 hectares estate from the family of top-class combined driver Chester Weber, one of the active powers behind Live Oak International. Where the sale of embryos already has become customary in Europe, the Americans still have to be introduced to the idea. The word embryo is somewhat confusing, because they are often foals about to be born. The first will come in April. Bids by telephone came from all over the world to get hold of the unborn foals with the genetic backgrounds. Including the sales on the spot, the twenty embryos went for $345,500 altogether, at an average price of $17,275. “We consider that a good start already. The idea still has to grow, but it certainly has potential here,” said Luk van Puymbroeck. Van Puymbroeck himself got $18,000 for his embryo by Taloubet Z out of the full sister of Air Jordan Z, bought by the Muny Sunk Stables. “In two years time I have bought five via Flanders,” laughed Christine Vanneck from the Muny Sunk Stables, who also laid down $16,000 for the Cornet Obolensky x Heartbreaker out of the full sister to Primeval Dejavu. For a price of $18,000, the American Lauren Tisbo bought the Balou du Rouet x Chin Chin out of the full sister to the Grand Prix showjumping horse Gin Chin van het Lindenhof. Auctioneer Dirk Zagers got things really moving in the second part of the auction. The Canadian team member Francois Lamontagne bid $22,000 for the Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Plot Blue out of the line of Kashmir van Schuttershof. The Canadian Kristine Semrau from Semrau Farms acquired the Diamant de Semilly x Cornet Obolensky. The Irish rider Marion Hughes bought the Urano de Cartigny x Wandor van de Mispelaere on the sport for $23,000. Robin Parsky can not wait to see her ‘grandchild’ by Bamako de Muze x Elvis ter Putte x Kashmir Van Schuttershof born. She will have to wait until August, however. She bought Gazelle, who has since earned world fame, five years ago in Belgium. “Kent has his stables near Antwerp and we often visit him,” she said. “Once the foal is born, I will have a good reason to travel to Belgium even more often. I am very happy about it all. I will soon have to come up with a suitable name for the foal. I will make a phone-call to Kent. He must believe that I have gone mad. Kent, we have a grandchild!” Photo via Flanders Foal Auction
21 March 2018
Flanders Foal Auction Brings First Ever Embryo Auction to USA
The very first Flanders Embryo Auction, held at Live Oak International CSI3*-W in Ocala, Florida, USA on March 16, 2018 proceeded in a way that any scriptwriter would dream of. The collection included a grandchild of the world’s best earning showjumping horse at the moment, Gazelle, ridden by Kent Farrington, and it was to be expected that Gazelle’s owners Farrington and Robin Parsky would be interested. And there they were on Friday, sitting at a table at Live Oak International, calmly waiting, watching the goings-on, until lot 18 came up. Then they struck and for $30,000 they bought the still unborn foal. The good reputation of Flanders Foal & Embryo Auction is rapidly growing world-wide. After the regular foal auctions in Bonheiden and Opglabbeek, Luk Van Puymbroeck and Gerald Lenaerts further developed their format. Their motto: ‘Do not wait for the client to come to you, you should go to the client’ last year resulted in the first embryo auction in the United Emirates and a super foal auction last June in Bolesworth, where one record after the other was broken. ”Are the Americans ready yet for buying embryos, was a question we were often asked. Well, you never know, but the Arabs were ready! We have had two successful embryo auctions there already,” Gerald Lenaerts said. “They are the risks you have to take”, Luk van Puymbroeck explained. “It will all go easier once you have a good reputation. We are extremely pleased that we constantly attract new clients as buyers, people we would never get to come to our auctions in Belgium.” The embryo auction in Ocala was hosted at the impressive, 2,000 hectares estate from the family of top-class combined driver Chester Weber, one of the active powers behind Live Oak International. Where the sale of embryos already has become customary in Europe, the Americans still have to be introduced to the idea. The word embryo is somewhat confusing, because they are often foals about to be born. The first will come in April. Bids by telephone came from all over the world to get hold of the unborn foals with the genetic backgrounds. Including the sales on the spot, the twenty embryos went for $345,500 altogether, at an average price of $17,275. “We consider that a good start already. The idea still has to grow, but it certainly has potential here,” said Luk van Puymbroeck. Van Puymbroeck himself got $18,000 for his embryo by Taloubet Z out of the full sister of Air Jordan Z, bought by the Muny Sunk Stables. “In two years time I have bought five via Flanders,” laughed Christine Vanneck from the Muny Sunk Stables, who also laid down $16,000 for the Cornet Obolensky x Heartbreaker out of the full sister to Primeval Dejavu. For a price of $18,000, the American Lauren Tisbo bought the Balou du Rouet x Chin Chin out of the full sister to the Grand Prix showjumping horse Gin Chin van het Lindenhof. Auctioneer Dirk Zagers got things really moving in the second part of the auction. The Canadian team member Francois Lamontagne bid $22,000 for the Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Plot Blue out of the line of Kashmir van Schuttershof. The Canadian Kristine Semrau from Semrau Farms acquired the Diamant de Semilly x Cornet Obolensky. The Irish rider Marion Hughes bought the Urano de Cartigny x Wandor van de Mispelaere on the sport for $23,000. Robin Parsky can not wait to see her ‘grandchild’ by Bamako de Muze x Elvis ter Putte x Kashmir Van Schuttershof born. She will have to wait until August, however. She bought Gazelle, who has since earned world fame, five years ago in Belgium. “Kent has his stables near Antwerp and we often visit him,” she said. “Once the foal is born, I will have a good reason to travel to Belgium even more often. I am very happy about it all. I will soon have to come up with a suitable name for the foal. I will make a phone-call to Kent. He must believe that I have gone mad. Kent, we have a grandchild!” Photo via Flanders Foal Auction
19 March 2018
The weekend winners:
In Paris, Simon Delestre couldn’t thank his sponsor Hermès in a better way as he won the 8th edition of the Saut Hermès with Ryan des Hayettes (Hugo Gesmeray) who wins a new event of GL Events after the World Cup stage in Lyon. He is ahead of Niels Bryunseels who, one week after his triumph at ‘s Hertogenbosh, was on the verge of starting up again with Gancia de Muze (Malito de Rêve) while Marcus Ehning who had been the first to set off in this 14 men jump-off finished in a great 3rd place behind the Belgian… like last week but Cornardo NRW (Cornet Obolensky) is well back at the highest level a few weeks before the World Cup final in Paris. Let’s also remember the 4th place of the European champion and Olympic vice-champion Peder Fredericson with his exceptional new recruit Hansson WL (Hip Hop x Iowa). In Arezzo, the victory went to Bruno Chimirri on Tower Mouche (Diamant de Sémilly) ahead of Martin Fuchs on Chica B Z (Canturano) and Conor Swail on Domino van de Valhoeve (Lord Z). Grégory Cottard takes another victory with his Regate d’Aure (Robin II Z) by winning the Villeneuve Loubet Grand Prix** ahead of Joffrey Buard on Uncle AD WZ (Untouchable Z) and Vincent Feuillerac on Concaro (Carinjo) for a 100% tricolour podium. In Lier, it is Gilles Thomas who wins the Grand Prix with Conaro (Con Capitol) ahead of Sanne Thijssen on Celine M Z (Cruador) while Camron Hanley Aiyetoro (Concorde) leaving Nicola Philippaerts at the foot of the podium with Bisquet Balou C (Balou du Rouet) who is back in shape for the outdoor season. Thomas Rousseau wins the Grand Prix** of Le Mans with the GFE stallion Up To You in front of Alexis Gautier on Siroco de Coquerie and Jérôme Gachignard on Great Miracle for a franco-French competition. Katharina Offel wins the Grand Prix** of Oliva with Elien (Carambole) ahead of Micky Morssinkhof on Happy Girl 42 (Non Stop) and Annelies Vorsselmans on Wilandro 2 (Unistar).