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
25 March 2018
Big Money for Madden in Winning Florida Weekend
Last year, after the retirement of her World Cup Final winner Simon, Beezie Madden set out to rebuild her string of top horses. “We retired Simon last year and Cortes the year before that, so there was a big hole in my string for a bit. We made a big push starting in the fall of 2016 to make some big purchases and so far it’s been successful.” Successful is an understatement: after this weekend’s success, there is no doubt that her stable is one of the strongest in the USA. The 55-year-old Olympic veteran earned a total of $417,650 in prize money over two days of competition in Florida, by winning two major grands prix with two different horses that can now be counted as her two top mounts. She has been bringing both horses along up the levels for several years. On Saturday riding Breitling LS, she won the $205,000 CaptiveOne Grand Prix CSI4* in Wellington, earning first place prize money of $67,650. And on Sunday, March 25, Madden and many other Wellington-based riders traveled three and a half hours to the north, to HITS Ocala, in order to compete in the annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.The nationally-rated competition offers the biggest single-class prize money in the United States, along with corresponding $1 Million grand prix classes at HITS Coachella in California and HITS Saugerties in New York. Madden, who already won a $1 Million grand prix in 2015, jumped to the top of Sunday’s class riding Coach, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Con Air x Corofino I. Both Coach and Breitling LS are owned by Madden’s longtime supporter, Abigail Wexner. Five horses jumped off in the class that earned the fifth-place rider a healthy $75,000. Prize money paid out to 20th place. “This is a horse with a lot of scope and he has really nice ride-ability,” Madden said about Coach. “He’s German bred, but we bought him in Holland. We’ve had him since he was 7 years old and he’s been a pleasure to have the whole time.” American riders placed in the top three of the class, with young Lillie Keenan riding the 2nd place aboard Super Sox, and Charlie Jayne claiming 3rd place with former broodmare Tou La Moon.
25 March 2018
Big Money for Madden in Winning Florida Weekend
Last year, after the retirement of her World Cup Final winner Simon, Beezie Madden set out to rebuild her string of top horses. “We retired Simon last year and Cortes the year before that, so there was a big hole in my string for a bit. We made a big push starting in the fall of 2016 to make some big purchases and so far it’s been successful.” Successful is an understatement: after this weekend’s success, there is no doubt that her stable is one of the strongest in the USA. The 55-year-old Olympic veteran earned a total of $417,650 in prize money over two days of competition in Florida, by winning two major grands prix with two different horses that can now be counted as her two top mounts. She has been bringing both horses along up the levels for several years. On Saturday riding Breitling LS, she won the $205,000 CaptiveOne Grand Prix CSI4* in Wellington, earning first place prize money of $67,650. And on Sunday, March 25, Madden and many other Wellington-based riders traveled three and a half hours to the north, to HITS Ocala, in order to compete in the annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.The nationally-rated competition offers the biggest single-class prize money in the United States, along with corresponding $1 Million grand prix classes at HITS Coachella in California and HITS Saugerties in New York. Madden, who already won a $1 Million grand prix in 2015, jumped to the top of Sunday’s class riding Coach, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Con Air x Corofino I. Both Coach and Breitling LS are owned by Madden’s longtime supporter, Abigail Wexner. Five horses jumped off in the class that earned the fifth-place rider a healthy $75,000. Prize money paid out to 20th place. “This is a horse with a lot of scope and he has really nice ride-ability,” Madden said about Coach. “He’s German bred, but we bought him in Holland. We’ve had him since he was 7 years old and he’s been a pleasure to have the whole time.” American riders placed in the top three of the class, with young Lillie Keenan riding the 2nd place aboard Super Sox, and Charlie Jayne claiming 3rd place with former broodmare Tou La Moon.