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New Zealand Olympian Tim Price Debuts in Eventing World Number One Slot

Tim Price (NZL) on Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. (FEI/Martin Dokoupil)

Lausanne (SUI), 4 June 2019 – Olympic athlete Tim Price (NZL) has topped the FEI Eventing World Rankings for the first time, overtaking Ros Canter (GBR) who last month ended the reign of compatriot Oliver Townend to hold the position for just 31 days.

Tim Price (40), who has been competing for over 15 years at the top level of the sport, took part in his first Olympic Games in Rio 2016, where team New Zealand finished fourth, one fence off the medals.

A sensational year in 2018 established his presence as a prominent athlete, with wins at Burghley CCI4* (GBR) with Ringwood Sky Boy and Blair Castle CCI3* (GBR) with Pats Jester. His second FEI World Equestrian Games™ outing at Tryon 2018 resulted in an eighth-place finish in the individual and seventh in the team standings with Cekatinka JRA.

His third-place finish at the CCI5*-L in Lexington (USA) this year with Xavier Faer was a contributing factor to his rise to the top, along with 10th place at Badminton CCI5*-L with Ringwood Sky Boy.

“I have to admit to wanting to achieve this for some time,” he said, following the release of the latest FEI World Eventing Rankings. “It’s gone from a dream, to a driving force, to a reality.

“It feels pretty special that’s for sure, mainly because it’s more a recognition of consistency, rather than just outright winning. I try to bring the best out of every opportunity I have. Not always to win, but always in a way that has my horses wanting to give effort for their own satisfaction and enjoyment. For me, it’s the coming together of all the hard work, a strong focus and great partnership with my equine friends.”

Former world number one Ros Canter has dropped to number four in the rankings. Other big movers in the top 10 are Kristina Cook (GBR), up from 33rd to fifth, Australia’s Christopher Burton, from 37th to sixth, and Andrew Nicholson (NZL), who has jumped from 31st to eighth.

With more CCI5*-L and CCI4*-L competitions coming up in the next few months and the FEI Eventing European Championship in Luhmühlen (GER) from 28 August – 1 September 2019, there will certainly be more exciting sport action to follow and more changes in the ranking list can be expected.

View full FEI World Eventing Rankings here.

Tim Price – early career

Tim Price started competing at the top level in 2002 with a horse called Desamoray.

After several attempts at the top level he was ranked 20th at Pau CCI4* (FRA) with his horse Vortex in 2008. The duo claimed the same spot at Badminton CCI4* the following year. His first CCI4* win came at Luhmühlen (GER) in 2014 with Wesko, and the same partnership came second at the CCI4* in Lexington the year after.

Tim is married to Jonelle Price (NZL), who is also a world class Eventing athlete having won team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

They became the first husband and wife to represent New Zealand in Eventing at the Olympic Games when they participated together at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They also became the first married couple from New Zealand to compete at a World Equestrian Games (WEG) when they rode at the 2014 WEG in Normandy (FRA).

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Rotiyas Takes Best Young Horse Title to Conclude 2019 Devon Horse Show

Devon, Pa. – June 2, 2019 – Concluding another spectacular year at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair was the presentation of the Best Young Horse and Leading Handler Award, both sponsored by Renaissance Farm, in the Dixon Oval. The prestigious award for Best Young Horse was selected from the ribbon winners of the in-hand classes throughout the day. This year, it was Susan Tice-Grossmann’s Rotiyas (Rosenthal-Touch of Class) and handler Richard Taylor who took home the top prize.

Rotiyas was the winner of the 3-Year-Old Other Than Thoroughbred – Stallions and Geldings class, sponsored by Renaissance Farm, earlier in the day and left a lasting impression on the judges to ultimately be named Best Young Horse of the 2019 Devon Horse Show and the recipient of the Kenneth Wheeler Perpetual Trophy, donated by B. J. Meeks.

The Leading Handler Award was presented to the handler who accrued the most points, based on ribbons won, throughout eligible classes during Sunday’s competition. Emily Anne Belin will etch her name on the Michael E. Grady Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by his friends, after handling Caberneigh (Cabardino N-Special), owned by Linda Mancini, to top finishes throughout the day. Caberneigh also finished as reserve Best Young Horse.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Foutrier Seals It for France in Swiss Thriller

A champagne celebration for the French team after victory at St Gallen (SUI). (FEI/Richard Juillart)

The reigning Olympic champions from France gritted their teeth and galloped to victory in the edge-of-the-seat Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Switzerland at St Gallen (SUI), where a feisty Italian foursome claimed runner-up spot and the host nation, clear favourites at the outset, had to settle for third.

This second leg of the Europe Division 1 series came down to a nail-biting three-way jump-off in which Guillaume Foutrier (42) and his 10-year-old gelding Valdocco des Caps clinched it when second to go against the clock. And Swiss hearts were broken when once again their own Nations Cup title slipped from their grasp. It has been a long wait since their last St Gallen success back in 1996, but once again it wasn’t to be, despite a titanic effort from the crack side fielded by Andy Kistler.

“In France we love to win – this was a great day!” said French anchorman Kevin Staut whose team was already home and hosed with three clears in the first round before he took his turn with his new ride Calevo 2 who lowered only the final oxer. Italy also completed round one on a zero scoreline, but the leading nations were closely stalked by Switzerland, carrying just four faults as round two began.

Swiss course designer Gerard Lachat presented a superb 12-fence test that required accuracy, balance, and control. The double of uprights at the second-last proved pivotal for many, and it was at the first of these that Swiss pathfinder and world individual silver medallist Martin Fuchs faulted with Chaplin. So when Niklaus Rutschi and Cardano CH hit the middle element of the triple combination then there were definitely going to be four Swiss faults on the board.

Clears from Fuchs, Rutschi, and Paul Estermann riding Lord Pepsi changed everything second time out, however. Last-line rider and World No 1, Steve Guerdat, didn’t need to return to the ring because the Swiss result couldn’t be improved. But his day wasn’t over, because Guerdat and his great mare, Albufuehrens Bianca, would be called up for a third-round jump-off when both France and Italy completed the second round also with four faults on the board.

Double-clears from Penelope Leprevost and Vancouver de Lanlore and Nicolas Delmotte with Urvoso du Roch set the French up nicely, but Foutrier misjudged his take-off at the open water and when Staut’s inexperienced gelding hit the following oxer then that settled France onto a two-round four fault total.

Riccardo Pisani’s stallion, Chacclot, hit the first element of the now-infamous double at the end of the track, but if anchorman Luca Marziani and Tokyo du Soleil could produce his team’s third double-clear of the afternoon, following foot-perfect runs from Giulia Martinengo Marquet with Elzas and Paolo Paini with Ottava Meraviglia Di Ca’ San G, then it would be an Italian victory. An uncharacteristic foot in the water meant it would go to a three-way battle against the clock, as there was nothing to separate the three sides.

The Swiss crowd held its breath as Guerdat led the way into the third and final round. He had no choice but to throw down a super-fast target time, but, running strongly down to the remaining two elements of the triple combination, Bianca clipped the front bar with her hind feet for four faults in 43.46 seconds.

Chef d’Equipe, Thierry Pomel, selected Foutrier to fight for the French. And although his time was slower than Guerdat’s, he left all the poles in place when breaking the beam in 44.09 and Italy’s Martinengo Marquet couldn’t better that when crossing the line almost a half-second slower. She still had plenty to celebrate, having racked up three fabulous clear rounds with her lovely 10-year-old gelding.

“Like in every Nations Cup there was a lot of pressure, but it’s a nice story, especially when it ends like this!” said Staut. Talking about Foutrier’s winning ride, the Olympic team gold medallist pointed out, “Guillaume has been a really tough rider for a long time. He’s very consistent and he has this horse for two years now. Today he handled the pressure and was really focused on bringing home something great in the jump-off. When Steve had one down, he went for a safe, fast clear round because we knew Julia’s horse is not the fastest.”

Once again there was new shining star in the British team that finished fourth, as 24-year-old James Wilson steered Imagine de Muze to one of the six double-clears posted on the day. Team Brazil finished fifth despite elimination for last-line rider Stephan Freitas Barcha who took a fall from Artois D’Avillon at the final element of the combination in the second round. The competition was suspended while he received medical attention in the arena. A statement confirmed that “he was always conscious and responsive, but was taken to hospital for further examinations. The horse remained unharmed.”

The Europe Division 1 series now moves on to Sopot (POL) in two weeks’ time.

Watch highlights here.

By Louise Parkes

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Canadians Prove Untouchable on Home Ground at Langley

Nicole Walker and Falco van Spieveld. (FEI/Rebecca Berry)

There was plenty to celebrate when the hosts posted an emphatic victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley (CAN), where Ireland finished second and USA slotted into third ahead of Mexico in fourth and Israel in fifth place.

However, despite his side’s overwhelming success, Canadian Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin said, “It was a bit bittersweet. It’s great to win here, especially on our home field, but there were two parts to this equation. The first part we took care of, but the second part we just missed.”

He was of course referring to the fact that Canada has finished third, and last, in the 2019 North/Central America & Caribbean League from which only two of the three competing nations can qualify for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona (ESP) in September. Those two places go to Mexico, winners of the previous two legs of the series, and to USA who have pipped the Canadians for the second spot by a narrow margin of just 10 points.

There is no denying the new energy and excitement in the Canadian side, however. With three first-round clears they grabbed the advantage, and they held on so firmly that anchorman, Mario Deslauriers, didn’t have to ride again in the second round because the win was already in the bag.

Ireland, USA, and Mexico were all sharing second place with eight faults apiece going into round two, and when the Irish added nothing more they would be runners-up while USA had to count four more faults to finish third on 12. Mexico finished another fence further adrift, on 16 faults despite a superb double-clear from Salvador Onate and his fabulous gelding Big Red who produced one of five foot-perfect performances on the day.

When both pathfinder Lisa Carlsen and her busy bay mare Parette and second-line rider Nicole Walker with the super-cool Falco van Spieveld each put a second clear round on the board, the Canadians were already looking like runaway winners. And although Tiffany Foster picked up her second four faults of the afternoon with her promising nine-year-old Figor when next to go, that was still good enough to clinch it.

When asked afterwards if she knew when she was riding into the arena that a clear or four fault result would seal the win, Foster said with a laugh, “I’m not great at math but I figured that one out! When I was coming down the last line, I had Mario in mind – I was thinking, he’s going to kill me if I have another one down and he has to jump, so we held it together!”

Walker said she was “super-delighted for everyone” on her team and with the “spectacular” performance of her horse. She wasn’t wrong about the latter as Falco van Spieveld made it all look like a training exercise. “He’s the best partner I could possibly ask for – in the barn he’s super easy and he’s a bit lazy at home, but when he goes in the ring he’s so reliable,” said the 25-year-old who works in the family business with the Stronach Group, and who trains with Irish rider Cian O’Connor on a regular basis.

Reflecting on where the result leaves Team Canada, she concluded, “We would have liked to make it to the Final in Barcelona, but the cards didn’t fall in order for us today; that’s the way it goes. Now our big plan is the Pan Ams where we will be looking for Olympic qualification.”

By Louise Parkes

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Lacey Gilbertson and Baloppi Produce a $132,000 Ingles Grand Prix CSI 3* Win at TIEC

Lacey Gilbertson and Baloppi ©Bailey Beck Photography.

Mill Spring, NC – June 1, 2019 – Lacey Gilbertson (USA) and Baloppi produced a foot-perfect round to take the $132,000 Ingles Grand Prix CSI 3* win, clearing the jump-off course in 38.654 seconds in Tryon Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). David Blake (IRL) and Keoki, a 2009 Holsteiner male (Catoki x Cassini I) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, sped to a 42.272-second finish to claim second, while Angel Karolyi (VEN) and April Moon, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Quinar x Landwind II) owned by Carol Rosenstein, bagged a podium finish for their 42.21-second jump-off performance.

Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) saw 28 entries test his first-round course design, with five pairs welcomed back for the jump-off contest. One of the early challengers for the jump-off, Gilbertson explained that she was able to gain an advantage over her competitors with Baloppi, who is “very quick naturally, and the faster you go with her, honestly, the easier she is to ride. She’s naturally a winner. She’s amazing.

“The course was careful, and I don’t think it was overly big,” she detailed. “The course designer definitely got their number [of clears] right.” There were a few spots on course that rode a little differently than she originally planned,” Gilbertson continued. “In the first round, [the line] from the Liverpool to the triple bar rode a little bit differently than I thought. I thought it was going to be a bit more steady. I think everything came up very quickly in that ring with those verticals off all the short turns, so that was a bit expected, other than that I think it was pretty much what it walked.”

Gilbertson is preparing Baloppi for an upcoming trip to Europe, and has also been stepping her up to do 1.50m competitions. “She hasn’t done that many classes this height,” Gilbertson revealed. “She’s very careful, so we wanted to take our time stepping her up, and in the past few months she’s just gotten better and better. She feels like she’s more comfortable, she’s gotten a little scopier, and she’s had some night class experience, too.”

The pair had to call upon their experience to put in a competitive round early in the second round, putting the pressure on for those to follow, Gilbertson commented. “Going in the beginning of the jump-off, I had to take chances where I could and go fast, because I didn’t know how everybody else behind me was going to do, but luckily it all paid off!”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Amanda Derbyshire and McLain Ward Share Open Jumper Championship Honors at Devon

Devon Horse Show Open Jumper champions: Amanda Derbyshire (aboard Roulette BH) and McLain Ward.

Devon, Pa. – June 1, 2019 – Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship, sponsored by Hermès. Following their top performances throughout the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Roulette BH, ridden by Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire, and Double H Farm’s HH Azur, ridden by the USA’s McLain Ward, were crowned the 2019 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 15 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $72,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, which was won by Derbyshire and Roulette BH.

Becky Gochman and Stephanie Danhakl Shine in Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped up on Saturday with each section awarding the grand champion title to the athletes who accumulated the most points throughout two days of competition. The Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter championship was awarded to Becky Gochman and Catch Me, while the Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter championship, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds, was presented to Stephanie Danhakl and Enough Said.

Smith Lilly Rides Off in Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake with Extreme Ways

Saturday evening in the Dixon Oval closed out with several championships in the breed divisions. In the exciting Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake, Smith Lilly and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Extreme Ways took the top spot after impressing the judges with his performance, manners, presence, quality, and conformation against six other competitors. They were awarded the championship cooler, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller, as well as the Betsy Van Duren Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Todd Minikus Takes Top Honors at Tryon Spring 4

Todd Minikus and Amex Z ©Bailey Beck Photography.

Mill Spring, NC (May 31, 2019) — The 2019 Tryon Spring 4 proved to be a lucky week for Todd Minikus when he took home 7 first place blue ribbons on three different horses at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.  Riding to a faultless performance on 10-year-old Zangersheid mare, Amex Z (Andiamo Z x Landaris), owned by Bit by Bit Group, Minikus dominated the $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3* with a time of 28.43 seconds.  During the same week, riding JuJu VDM Minikus also won the $1,000 1.35m Open Jumper II2B with a time of 73.438 seconds, plus the $1,000 1.40m Open Jumper II2.1 coming in at 61.439 seconds, as well as the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake II2B with a 62.7 second ride.  Switching over to the Hunters division, Minikus pulled off another hat trick, this time aboard Omazing, taking first place in three classes of Baby Green Hunter 2’6.

Minikus says that he and his team were thrilled to be back at Tryon. “The whole team loves coming to Tryon… even the horses!” he smiles. “I was very happy with everyone’s performances this week.”

Two-time bronze medal winning US Pan-Am team rider, Todd Minikus, is called The Show Jumping Maverick for a reason.  His decorated record of over 150 national and international Grand Prix wins continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  Best known for his Saugerties, Million Grand Prix win at HITS in 2013, and also for his Pan Am team success, Minikus has consistently jumped his way into the winner’s circle year after year, and 2019 is proving to be another year to remember.

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Amberlee Wentz and Up in Smoke Conquer $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at TIEC

Amberlee Wentz and Up in Smoke ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 31, 2019 – Amberlee Wentz of Colorado Springs, CO guided Dana Vollbracht’s Up in Smoke to a win in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), earning a two-round score of 168.5. In second, Luke Jensen (Denton, TX) rode Jill Barnett’s Coraggio PF to a 168 after two rounds, while Sara Ketcham and Claire de Lune Farm’s Hudson claimed third place on a score of 165 to represent Columbus, NC.

Nineteen horse-and-rider combinations tested the Skip Bailey (Chicago, IL) course design, and Wentz piloted two mounts of the 12 returning for the handy round, placing fourth aboard Dana Vollbracht’s Davidson on a score of 164.

“The course rode great,” Wentz reported. “It was a nice, fluid course, with only one related distance line and we just went out and had fun.”

Wentz and Up in Smoke have “been doing a few Derbies here and there,” Wentz relayed, but “this is his first Derby win with me. He normally does the 3’3″ Performance classes with me, before the Derbies, and then he shows with his mom.”

Having experienced 20 inches of snow at home in Colorado the week before competing at TIEC for the first time, Wentz admitted that “we are not sure we are going home! We love it – it’s amazing here. Everything that’s been done here, they have given great attention to detail from not only the bathrooms and the barns, but to how the entire grounds are set up,” she continued. “We are thrilled to be here, and staying on-site in one of the cabins, which is absolutely amazing.”

Wentz noted that her barn has traveled for competitions across the country, from Colorado to Texas and Kentucky, and that her horses are able to handle significant venue changes easily:

“The horses have all been pretty experienced and have shown quite a bit throughout the country at different venues. I am just really lucky to have great-minded horses; they have all been pretty good about all the new atmosphere,” she concluded.

For full results from the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Catherine Tyree Can’t Be Caught in $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4* with BEC Lorenzo

Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 31, 2019 – Following Thursday night’s spectacular performances in the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, show jumping fans returned to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday afternoon to watch as the USA’s Catherine Tyree of Chicago, Illinois captured her first professional win in the Dixon Oval with Mary Tyree’s BEC Lorenzo in the $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4*, sponsored by GlycoGuard®.

Lindsay Maxwell and Kelly Tropin Start Strong in Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters

Friday at the Devon Horse Show hosted day one of competition for amateur-owner athletes and their mounts in the Dixon Oval. First up on the schedule was the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Lindsay Maxwell and Kelly Tropin started the division off with their mounts by producing strong rounds to each win one of the over fences classes.

Helen Rich Claims Four-in-Hand Coaching Championship

Following the $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4*, attention in the Dixon Oval shifted to the Four-in-Hand Coaching championship comprised of four unique classes held throughout the week. Helen Rich and her Brewster Park Drag accumulated the most points to earn the Coaching championship title and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bright Perpetual Trophy, donated by the officers and members of the 1972 Devon Horse Show committee, as well as the championship apron, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller.

For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Old Friends Launches New Membership Program, “The Hoof Patrol”

Illustration by Remi Bellocq.

GEORGETOWN, KY – MAY 30, 2019 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, is introducing a new fan-based membership initiative, “The Hoof Patrol,” which will serve to educate members and aid with equine retirees facing costly and ongoing hoof-related issues.

Members who join the Hoof Patrol will be able to choose from different levels of support, and their contribution will supply a continuous funding stream to for Old Friends retirees that have short and long-term ailments — everything from common abscesses to serious issues such as Laminitis.

All Hoof Patrol memberships will include a gift of an official key chain, a full year of email updates and information, including spotlight horse case-studies, videos & photos, “Talk to the Hoof” Q&As, and photo opportunities with Old Friends Hoof Patrol horses when visiting the farm.

Members will also enjoy contest eligibility for giveaways of shoes worn by selected Hoof Patrol horses.

Fans will have three Hoof Patrol support levels to choose from:

Bronze Shoe Member ($50 annually)

Your annual donation provides supplies directly for the Hoof Patrol Hoof care Tool Box. Supplies for care of hoof ailments include:

Keratex hoof hardener
Animalintex hoof poultice
Betadine
Cast padding
Elastikon (4″)
3M Vetwrap
Heavy duty duct tape
Farriers Formula Double strength
EasyBoot Rx therapy hoof boot
Soft-Ride hoof boots
Custom fit glue on shoes

Silver Shoe Member ($125 annually)

Your annual donation provides support for horses experiencing short-term hoof issues such as abscesses, bruises, cracks, and general soreness.

Gold Shoe Member ($250 annually)

Your annual donation provides support for horses experiencing long-term issues, such as chronic arthritis, Laminitis, brittle hooves, quarter cracks, issues associated with Cushing’s Disease, and other geriatric issues.

For additional information and to join, interested fans can either click here, visit the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org, or call (502) 863-1775.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (502) 863-1775, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; or Barbara Fossum, (502) 863-1775, barbara@oldfriendsequine.org