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
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
24 March 2018
Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Win CSI4* Grand Prix at WEF
With five in the jumpoff and five clear rounds that got better and better, it was the final rider in the order, the USA’s Beezie Madden, who was fastest to win the $205,000 CaptiveOne Grand Prix CSI4* with Breitling LS on Saturday, March 24, 2018. It was the biggest class during the second-to-last week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, USA, and run in the morning on WEF’s grass derby field, to give the 1.50m Series Championship Final center stage later in the evening under Saturday Night Lights. Breitling LS, the 12-year-old SLS stallion by Quintero Ask x Acord II, has already been a winner once before this season in Wellington, and Madden chose today’s grand prix as his final preparation before he competes in Paris, France in April at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final. “I think that the grass and a nice fresh venue keeps him going better. He’s always a better horse when he’s in a good mood and this venue keeps him happy,” Madden commented. The jumpoff got quite exciting, as all of the five finishers, who moved on to the shorter round from the original order of 45, jumped stellar clear rounds. Madden had the advantage of going last in the first round, and last in the jumpoff, allowing her to catch the very quick round of Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, who rode Cita to 2nd place. While Coyle would have liked to win it, he expressed happiness with his result of the day. “The mare is jumping fantastic and has never been in better form,” he said. “She will do next week and then have a couple of months off. Later in the summer we’ll do the Nations Cup in Langley and probably spruce meadows again and see how it goes from there.” Richie Moloney, also of Ireland, placed 3rd with Freestyle De Muze. Juan Manuel Gallego and Fee Des Sequoias Z were 4th for Colombia, and Alise Oken of the USA placed 5th with Hitchcock VD Broekkant.
24 March 2018
Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Win CSI4* Grand Prix at WEF
With five in the jumpoff and five clear rounds that got better and better, it was the final rider in the order, the USA’s Beezie Madden, who was fastest to win the $205,000 CaptiveOne Grand Prix CSI4* with Breitling LS on Saturday, March 24, 2018. It was the biggest class during the second-to-last week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, USA, and run in the morning on WEF’s grass derby field, to give the 1.50m Series Championship Final center stage later in the evening under Saturday Night Lights. Breitling LS, the 12-year-old SLS stallion by Quintero Ask x Acord II, has already been a winner once before this season in Wellington, and Madden chose today’s grand prix as his final preparation before he competes in Paris, France in April at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final. “I think that the grass and a nice fresh venue keeps him going better. He’s always a better horse when he’s in a good mood and this venue keeps him happy,” Madden commented. The jumpoff got quite exciting, as all of the five finishers, who moved on to the shorter round from the original order of 45, jumped stellar clear rounds. Madden had the advantage of going last in the first round, and last in the jumpoff, allowing her to catch the very quick round of Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, who rode Cita to 2nd place. While Coyle would have liked to win it, he expressed happiness with his result of the day. “The mare is jumping fantastic and has never been in better form,” he said. “She will do next week and then have a couple of months off. Later in the summer we’ll do the Nations Cup in Langley and probably spruce meadows again and see how it goes from there.” Richie Moloney, also of Ireland, placed 3rd with Freestyle De Muze. Juan Manuel Gallego and Fee Des Sequoias Z were 4th for Colombia, and Alise Oken of the USA placed 5th with Hitchcock VD Broekkant.