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Mathieu Michot and Bretzelle D’Arthenay Win 2020 EquiJet $7,500 U25 Championship

Mathieu Michot and Bretzelle D’Arthenay. Photo by Ringside Media.

Ontario, Canada – Sept. 15, 2020 – The 2020 EquiJet $7,500 U25 Championship at Angelstone Tournaments has come to a close. Following three rounds of exciting competition, Mathieu Michot and Bretzelle D’Arthenay were named as the 2020 victors thanks to two top-three placings that pushed them to the top of the leaderboard. Split into three parts, the series classes took place July 23, August 21, and September 11, when top up-and-coming equestrians went head-to-head for a shot at the top title. After a successful 2019 partnership, EquiJet returned to Angelstone Tournaments in 2020 to continue its support of the younger generations of athletes in order to promote their budding competitive careers and offer travel opportunities that may have otherwise been prohibitive.

“This was such an exciting series! Congratulations to all participants. We are so happy to have been able to support the U25 classes this year at Angelstone Tournaments. Traveling to new, and sometimes quite far away, competitions is imperative for high-level equestrians as they kickstart their competitive careers, so we were pleased to have partnered with Angelstone to provide some equine transportation funds for our lucky winners. The future of the sport is bright, and we are proud to have a hand in supporting the next generation,” commented Bastian Schroeder, founder of EquiJet.

Laying down two rounds of quick and careful riding aboard her own Castello Z, Sammy Saunders emerged victorious as the first winner of the three-part series July 23, followed by a win for Lexi Ray and Jana Van D’Abdijhoeve on August 21. During the final installment September 11, Alexanne Thibault and Chacco Prime bested the field as the fastest of the 8-horse jump-off to capture the final class’s blue ribbon. Overall, Michot and Bretzelle D’Arthenay earned the championship distinction with the most cumulative points earned from a third-place finish in August and a runner-up spot in September. Thibault’s September victory pushed her into second place overall to claim the reserve championship.

Celebrating its tenth year, Angelstone has grown since its inception to showcase five competition rings that feature guaranteed perfect footing, including the Angelstone Main Stadium, a tournament ring unrivalled in Canada. Though COVID-19 forced Angelstone Tournaments to rework its schedule, its summer season still features six weeks of Gold-level competition between July and September for exhibitors of all experiences, in addition to seven weekends for its Silver Series. In 2019, nine FEI classes and more than one million dollars in prize money was offered, making the venue a true destination for competitors up and down the East Coast of North America.

Media Contact: Elaine Wessel
(561) 753-3389 | ew@phelpsmediagroup.com

IHSA Congratulates Western Riders Competing in APHA World Championship IHSA Invitational Class

Photo APHA/Paint Horse Journal.

Fairfield, Conn. – Sept. 15, 2020 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) congratulates the 12 Western Regional high-point open riders competing in the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Championship IHSA Invitational Class to be held at the World Championship Show Sept. 29, 2020. The premier all-age breed show will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 21 – Oct. 4.

“We are so proud of our Western riders competing in the APHA World Show IHSA Invitational Class,” said Peter Cashman, IHSA executive director. “These determined student-athletes have worked hard throughout a season cut short due to coronavirus and it will be great to see them shine on the world stage.”

The IHSA 2020 Western Regional high-point riders were invited to participate in the two-phase competition consisting of a horsemanship and reining phase. This event is the first time the IHSA will participate in the APHA event and kicks off an exciting partnership between the two organizations.

“Our association with IHSA is an honor for us,” said Billy Smith, EdD, APHA executive director. “These are opportunities that deliver benefits for the entire horse community far into the future.”

The 12 riders participating in the APHA World Show IHSA Invitational Class range from sophomores to seniors representing member colleges and universities from coast to coast.

The IHSA congratulates our 2020 APHA World Show IHSA Invitational Class participants:

  • Matthew (Matt) Graves
  • Travis Fortune
  • Mathew (Matt) Winter
  • Kendall Viel
  • Nathan Sparren
  • Ashton Kerr
  • Nigel Lancaster
  • Hart Daniels
  • Teah (Teah Mae) Taylor
  • Chloe Alhaig
  • Anna Woolsey
  • Sarah Thomson

For more information, go to IHSAinc.com or contact media@IHSAinc.com.

2020 National Horse Show COVID-19 Protocols Released

Lexington, KY – Sept. 14, 2020 – The COVID-19 Protocols for the 2020 National Horse Show are now available for review. Scheduled to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from October 23 – November 1, the National Horse Show is looking forward to hosting top equestrian sport in a safe environment for all competitors. This year, strict COVID-19 protocols will be enforced for all participants. The COVID-19 Protocols are based on the best practices from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

To make sure everyone is still able to be with us safely from home, The National Horse Show will be offering free live streaming coverage of the event via ShowNet and ClipMyHorse TV.

In addition to the COVID-19 protocols, the 2020 National Horse Show will not be offering any VIP seating or Rider’s Lounge. These adjustments are for the safety of our members, competition organizers, staff, parents, and all involved.

To maintain social distancing standards, the 2020 event will not exceed 25% capacity in the Alltech Arena at any time.

Please check the nhs.org website regularly for event updates. Any questions regarding the event and changes to rules and regulations may be addressed to Cindy@nhs.org.

European Youth Eventing Masters

Strzegom is starting a brand-new project in the European equestrian events calendar – European Youth Eventing Masters. The first edition will be played out during Strzegom October Festival, from the 8th until the 11th of October in Morawa.

European Youth Eventing Masters is a show for every youth age category – Ponies, Juniors, and Young Riders. The athletes will compete in CCIOP2*-L (ponies), CCIO2*-L (juniors), and CCIO3*-L (Young Riders).

The rivalry is designed similarly to Nations Cup classes – each competition will include teams of 3-4 riders.

“Our goal is to give young riders a chance to compete individually and as a team, apart from championship events. We hope that the riders will find the show interesting, because we would like to host it in Strzegom during the coming years,” explains Marcin Konarski, chair of the Organising Committee.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Riders from 16 Countries Compete in Virtual Windsor’s Autumn Series

The Virtual Windsor Autumn Series has received over 1,200 entries, with participants competing from 16 countries around the world. The September edition of the first-of-its-kind virtual show series — which runs entirely via a live-stream composed of video competitions, photographs, and calls — will take place from 25-27 September 2020. Alongside online Showing, the Show also hosts a new-format video jumping competition, The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping, The Omega Equine Pony Club Dressage Home International, and The Riding for the Disabled Association Dressage Challenge.

ONLINE SHOWING

The 20 Online Showing classes saw a good turnout, with several well-known names making an appearance. Top showing producer Robert Walker’s seven-year-old daughter Isabella will contest Class 12, the Plaited Mini Pony, on the eight-year-old Sorells Royal Jubilee. Robert says, “Willow, as he’s known at home, has given Isabella four years of enjoyment. He has been very successful in Lead Rein [classes] picking up many wins, including the Blue Riband and Champion at Cheshire two years running.”

Young rider Liberty Taylor-Hopkins competes in the Intermediate class on the Emma-Jayne Dujardin-produced Carnsdale Kings Secret. Emma-Jayne, sister of Olympic medallist Charlotte Dujardin, is a renowned Showing Producer, who said previously that she is “very proud to be the Producer of two of the top Show Hunter Ponies in the top 10 of the [May Edition] Virtual Windsor Horse Show.” Liberty is a previous winner at the inaugural Virtual Windsor Show, where she took the Show Hack and Riding Horse title on Whalton Goodness Gracious.

Another one to watch in the Online Showing will be Fiona McIntyre, an Australian Showing Producer who was recently awarded the 2020 ‘Lady of Racing’ for her contribution to the retraining of former racehorses. Amongst her entries is Bart Cummings’ former grand stayer Precedence, who competed in four Melbourne Cups and won two Moonee Valley Cups. The online Showing classes have been particularly popular amongst Australian riders, with 135 entries across the board.

The Showing will be played out over the three days of the Show and will culminate in The Voltaire Design Supreme Championships.

THE OMEGA EQUINE EQUITATION JUMPING

Brand new for this Series is The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping, an entirely new video discipline which brings jumping competition into the mix. Riders complete a set test, which incorporates a one-stride triple of any safe height and construction along one side of a 20x40m marked out space, and are marked on their rhythm, riding and the willingness and shape of the horse. Designed to make competition accessible, and to promote excellent horsemanship at all levels, the Autumn Series will see two sections: U16s and Open.

The U16s will see a familiar name in the shape of 13-year-old Ellie Stockdale, niece of the late Tim and cousin of Joe. She rides Ostaras Umberto, a Dutch New Forest Pony who she has owned for six months, with whom she has recently been to Pony Club Camp. The Stockdale family has been great supporters of the Royal Windsor Horse Show for many years, with both Tim and Joe securing memorable victories there.

The Open section also sees young rider Gracie Tyte, better known by her social media handle @pony_nuts. Gracie, who is also an ambassador for British Eventing, blogs about her training journeys with her four horses and has a quarter of a million followers across her social media channels. She contests the class on her six-year-old mare, Myspires Another Star.

The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping has seen great support from overseas riders, with entries from as far afield as Canada, Bulgaria, New Zealand, and Finland. Six entries have also come from Thailand, including nine-year-old Punyaphat Budsaenkhom who contests the U16s aboard City NP, having previously achieved 10th in the 2019 Thailand Pony Showjumping Championship.

THE OMEGA EQUINE PONY CLUB HOME INTERNATIONAL DRESSAGE

Entries for the qualifying rounds of The Omega Equine Pony Club Virtual Dressage Home International have also closed and selection for the national teams is underway. The competition, where the winners of the qualifying rounds go on to represent their countries in the Virtual Home International, saw 89 entries from across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.  Several competitors, including Tirion Budd (Wing Man) and Jazmin Vollands (Mo Chara Nua), represented their country at the inaugural event at Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019 and are competing for the 2020 Virtual Trophy; former RWHS Tetrathlete, Lauren McGlennon (OMS Lady Esquire), is also competing for a place on the team.

THE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED DRESSAGE CHALLENGE

There was a total of 43 entries for The Riding for the Disabled Dressage Challenge, supported by Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and Wyychanger. Open to all levels and grades of riders, the result is decided on the highest overall percentage, with riders performing the test most suitable to their grading. Alongside some well-established RDA and para riders, the class was also an opportunity for many new RDA riders to take part in their first competitions virtually in this COVID-19 year, including Sophie-Alice Pearman (Carnival Red), Lisa Brooks (Blue), and Alfie Brew-Lee (Maple), who are all riding in their first dressage competition at Virtual Windsor.

Virtual Windsor Autumn Series 2020 can be found at https://virtual.rwhs.co.uk/ — the site will be constantly updated and will remain in place throughout the year.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / rEvolution / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

Nicolas Delmotte Offers France Its First 4* Hubside Grand Prix of the Season

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

France had to wait until the seventh 4* or 5* Grand Prix of this extraordinary season of the HUBSIDE JUMPING to notch up a victory. Nicolas Delmotte and Ilex VP were the winners, ahead of Normandy’s Titouan Schumacher, and of the Italian rider used to being placed here in Grimaud, Emanuele Gaudiano.

“It was a really great Grand Prix. The first round’s track was really interesting. I was last to go in the jump-off, which is said to be a good position. But I saw that the riders that jumped clear were going faster and faster as the jump-off progressed, and that it was getting harder and harder to improve on the time to beat. I had to pull out all the stops, but I honestly didn’t think that I could beat Titouan. There were already five riders who had jumped double clear, so I had to take all the risks. And so I was already taking risks on the first fence! I chose to ride the long distance at the start of the round in 8 long strides and then everything went well afterwards. I felt that my horse was really in great shape, which made me feel confident. I took all the risks until the last line, as Titouan had already had a wonderful jump-off. As did Mégane Moissonnier and Emanuele Gaudiano. Ilex has proved he’s reliable once again. He’s back in fine form after being out last year for eight months. This summer, he took part in national classes, including those on the Grand National circuit, which I really like for preparing horses coming up through the ranks for high-level competition. He was second in Saint-Lô and third in Le Touquet. Next week, Urvose du Roch should be competing in Grimaud’s CSI 5* Grand Prix. The HUBSIDE JUMPING is an extraordinary opportunity for us as riders: we’ll never be able to thank Sadri Fegaier enough for giving us the possibility to do our sport at high-level.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to Still Offer Bonus for 2020 Hagyard Challenge Series

Lexington, Ky. – September 10, 2020 – Hagyard Equine Medical Institute announced it will still offer a “Leading Rider Award” as part of the 2020 Hagyard Challenges Series even with the further reduction of events as a result of COVID-19.

On August 4, 2020 Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC and US Equestrian announced the cancellation of Bluegrass Festival (Aug. 11-16), KHJA (Aug. 19-23), and USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast (Aug. 23-24) scheduled to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Bluegrass Festival and KHJA were to be part of the 2020 Hagyard Challenge Series Events. With the changes, the events comprising The Series now will be as follows:

  • Kentucky Summer Horse Show – July 23rd
  • Kentucky Summer Classic – July 30th
  • Kentucky National Horse Show/The Betsy Grand Prix – September 20th

Because the Series is being further reduced to three events from its usual seven, Hagyard announced that the “Leading Rider Award” will be reduced, proportionately, to $15,000. Hagyard had announced a similar reduction in the prize when the Series was originally reduced from seven to five events.

“We’re just rolling with the changes,” said Elise Jackson, Tour Experience & Event Coordinator for Hagyard. “The competitors are being flexible and bringing their best to the events that are able to be held, and we believe they should be rewarded for Going the Distance. We’re just scaling the award to reflect the number of events that are ultimately included.”

In the Hagyard Challenge Series, competitors Claire McKean and Shane Sweetnam are battling closely in the standings, but several others are not far behind.

Previously, Hagyard announced that the theme for the 2020 event would be Going the Distance. “We have worked with the Kentucky Horse Park to go the extra mile this year and find ways to put on the event in spite of some challenges,” Jackson had explained. “These new changes won’t deter us.”

One other group has also been willing to “Go the Distance” this year, the Hagyard Challenge Series sponsors. In a year marked by changes an economic uncertainty, title sponsor MWI Animal Health, Audi of Lexington, Central Kentucky Ag Credit, and Hagyard Pharmacy continued to honor their commitment.

“As we’ve mentioned before, the Leading Rider Award money is tied to our sponsors,” said Jackson. “This year, it would have been easy – and very understandable – if they had dropped out. We can’t thank them enough.”

For more information regarding the Leading Rider Award, please contact:

Elise Jackson, Tour Experience & Event Coordinator
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
ejackston@hagyard.com
859.255.8741

Pessoa Auction Coming September 14 & 15, 2020

With over 200 victories over 40 years of participating in prestigious Grand Prix events and derbies all over the world, Nelson Pessoa is a modern show jumping living legend and a rider with a magnificent record. Since he retired a rider, he has been focusing on coaching others.

Many people are unaware of the fact that Nelson Pessoa has always had a passion for breeding, and that he is a discreet but successful breeder. By seizing opportunities when the mares he once rode or trained retired, he was able to cross their genetics with stallions boarded in his stables or the stables of his students. Just think of Galoubet, Baloubet du Rouet, Canturo, and all the others. Some truly exceptional mares helped him breed horses that clearly left their mark in the studbooks, such as Quick Star.

Nelson Pessoa is passionate, and just like with any project he has undertaken so far, he always gives 100%.

It has been four years since he gathered a group of people to get them to invest in his breeding. Nelson Pessoa is not a trader because that is something that has never really interested him. Rather he is a patient horseman who knows how to develop the career of his horses. The goal is to sell 50% of the headcount in order to secure the whole breeding, keep the horses in training for four years, bring them to their full potential, and eventually market them.

At the age of 84, Nelson Pessoa is still very eager to coach. When this project first came to life, he had decided he would retire as a breeder in 2020. The “Pessoa Auction” is therefore the culmination of his breeding work and an opportunity for buyers to start their own breeding, expand their strings, or acquire a promising young horse or even a great performer ready to get out there and win.

The offering for sale has been mainly built around a founding mare who will also be included in the brochure; we are talking about Pandora, winner in 150 events and daughter of Kannan. This lot will also include a recipient mare carrying an embryo by Untouchable.

Pandora’s eldest son, Ze Carioca, a nine-year-old approved stallion by Canturo, competed on the U.S. circuit this spring in Wellington under the saddle of Rodrigo Pessoa. His younger brother, El London King, aged six and also an approved stallion, is a sublime copy of his father London and has enjoyed a string of successes this summer. Cornetina, daughter of the sister of the two champions, Divine Sensation by Diamant de Sémilly, is a three-year-old filly who will certainly generate a lot of interest.

Also a son of Cornet Obolensky and crossed with Pandora, Cornetino is a stallion candidate for this year. Tinkabell, a 15-year-old mare who has teamed up with Rodrigo Pessoa on 160 events, will be sold with her foal of the current year by Ze Carioca. Bella Baloubette, Eleonore, Ginseng, and Jigaro are mares and geldings from six to 11 years old and ready to show. They complement the brochure with other youngsters who are still in breeding.

The sale will be held online on September 14 and 15, 2020 via the web platform www.pessoa-auction.com.

We invite you to join Nelson Pessoa and other guests on 15 September at 8:30 p.m. (CET), for an exceptional live broadcast on our website, where you will be able to experience the thrill of the last hour of the “Pessoa Auction” sale.

“During my career, I have always been interested in the breeding and genetics. I love all these horses, no exception. My desire is not to sell at all costs, but rather to sell to the right person. It would be a wonderful achievement if each of them found their match.” – Nelson Pessoa

CONTACT: www.startinggate.ca

The Major Event of the Day for the Italian Gaudiano

© Marco Villanti for HUBSIDE JUMPING.

The Italian Emanuele Gaudiano, at the controls of Carlotta 232, wins in the major event of the CSI 4* of the HUBSIDE FALL TOUR. He is ahead of the Briton Guy Williams, in the saddle on Rouge de Ravel. Best French rider Titouan Shumacher is third, associated with Atom Z. Note: the second round of the CSI 4* goes to Habs François-Xavier Boudant with Alabama Bo Regard.

“I’m delighted with what Carlotta provided. We left the last HUBSIDE JUMPING two weeks ago with a win, and we’re starting this new week of competition with another win! I plan to stay at Grimaud the next three weeks. My three leading horses are here. This week Chalou will take part in a race tomorrow and in the Grand Prix on Sunday. I think he will jump two courses each week. As for Carlotta, what can I say? She is exceptional. I think this victory is her 80th international victory in six years! She is not a suitable mare for big Grands Prix, but she is very fast, and suitable for speed events. She has already won indoor derbies, as in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, three times; she has also won twice in the Speed Challenge of the Longines Masters, once in Los Angeles, another time in Paris, and has won numerous proofs on 145cm. I’m not sure if I’ll take it out on a course this week: three weeks is a long time, and I’ll see if I take it out on Saturday or next week.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Patrick McNamara Shines for a Cause in Kevin Babington Benefit Classic

Patrick McNamara (IRL) and Billy Onslow soar over the Dalman Jump Co.-designed “Jump for Kevin” wall en route to winning the $5,000 Kevin Babington Benefit Classic at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

September 7, 2020 — For one memorable evening at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament in Traverse City, MI (USA), a tremendous group of supporters rallied to honor international show jumper Kevin Babington (IRL) with the Kevin Babington Benefit Classic. The charitable competition, in which the entirety of the $5,000 purse was donated to the Kevin Babington Family Trust, resulted in a meaningful win for fellow Irishman Patrick McNamara and Billy Onslow.

Babington, an Olympic veteran and team gold medalist from the 2001 European Championships, suffered a life-altering injury at the 2019 Hampton Classic. More than $1 million has been raised in the year since to support Babington and his family with the high costs associated with his ongoing rehabilitation. Jeff Papows, Founder of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, has been a key contributor, setting up the “I Ride for Kevin” program, in which exhibitors can donate a percentage of their prize money to the cause at various competitions around the country.

“Because Kevin is so beloved [in the industry], every time I’ve raised my hand to do anything in his name, people sort of rush to help,” Papows said. “We wanted to do this, not just for the continued sort-of-financial reasons, but [also because] Kevin is still very invested in the sport, as is the whole family. That was the point of the class. Kevin taped an introduction for the class, and I think it’s a little bit of a morale boost for Kevin while he’s working so hard with his recovery.”

The Kevin Babington Benefit Classic featured 22 horse and rider combinations, all of which sported a green lapel pin to commemorate Babington. The field included international stalwarts Shane Sweetnam (IRL), David Blake (IRL), Alison Robitaille (USA), and Vasco Flores (PUR), along with Babington’s daughter Gwyneth and wife Dianna.

“It was important for us to show everyone that we’re here, and we appreciate [all the support],” Dianna said.

Ultimately, McNamara and Phoebe Backman’s Billy Onslow came away with a most memorable win. Jumping halfway through the class, McNamara and the 14-year-old chestnut gelding took nearly two seconds off the leading time and held on through the remainder of the competition.

“It was great to be involved in such a great cause for Kevin,” McNamara said. “I’m so happy that this class was in aid of him. Thankfully enough, it worked out [for me] — the plan and everything — [and] it was an Irish win!”

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