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
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).
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).