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
05 May 2018
Ben Maher & Explosion W Sweep LGCT Madrid
Ben Maher stood out on the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid with a spectacular day on Saturday, May 5, 2018 that finished with victory in the LGCT Grand Prix of Madrid CSI5* aboard new mount Explosion W. The British rider has been on an upswing as of late, with strong results that included 2nd place in last month’s LGCT Grand Prix of Shanghai with the 9-year-old KWPN gelding (Chacco Blue) that is owned by his sponsor, Poden Farms. It was a close victory ahead of a rare, joint 2nd place in the grand prix recorded by Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts on Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf vd Bisschop) and Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar on Rokfeller de Pléville (The Arc de Triomphe). the Pieter Devos of Belgium was pushed to 4th place on Espoir (Surcouf de Revel) despite a double clear that broke 40 seconds in the jumpoff. Spain had plenty to cheer about, with Paola Amibilia jumping to the first clear in Round 1 with Gaudi. The Spanish rider would finish 10th in the ten-horse jumpoff. For Maher, it will remain a day to remember; he took both titles in the individual 1.55m class that is also the Global Champions League final preceding the grandprix. Indvidually he was best with Explosion W and also won the team ranking of the same class. “It was really about riding the course how it needed to be ridden and it was great sport,” said Maher about the jumpoff. “Explosion has always been a good horse, but this year he as really come forward.” Complete Results Belgian riders Belgium, which was in great shape on Friday, where the young Belgian sprinters won the Linz Nations Cup with Gilles Dunon's double clear rounds on Fou de toi vs Keihoeve (Toulon) and Yves Vanderhasselt on his big promise, Jeunesse (Eldorado vd Zeshoeke) who will become a mother in the night of a filly of Mylord Carthago!With a clear round in the second set, Frederic Vernaet and Just a Gamble (Toulon), Wilm Vermeir will not even have to start in the second run! Cups of nations that will be successful in Belgium as the junior team won a victory in Fontainebleau ahead of Ireland, Germany and France while Switzerland won the Young Riders in front of Denmark, Germany and Belgium.