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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

Babington, Garson, & Martinez: ARM’s First eQuest Podcast

Wellington, FL (September 4, 2020) – The end of August marked the beginning of a new collaboration of equestrian minds in the form of the first recording of Athletes Risk Management’s eQuest podcast. Featuring three highly regarded international show jumpers, eQuest debuted from the living room of Olympian Kevin Babington, and discussed topics based on program’s theme, ‘classical horsemanship in modern times.’ With the support of Athletes Risk Management and sponsor Wellington Agricultural Services, eQuest will serve as a source of roundtable discussions and unfiltered conversations about the sport, horsemanship, and how the classical principles of riding can be applied to the modern competitive arena.

The August 31 recording featured Olympians Kevin Babington and Nona Garson as the focus and hosts of the podcast as they discussed the surreal feeling of a perfect ride, whether it’s under the stadium lights at Aachen or in the training arena. Geoff Wight, President of Athletes Risk Management, served as moderator and Antonio Martinez, a Venezuelan Grand Prix rider, gave unique insights on his equestrian upbringing in South America as well as his recent back to back wins in the Welcome and Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix just a few weeks ago at ESP. Nona Garson joined the discussion by phone from her New Jersey training and show facility, the Ridge at Riverview.

From left to right: Geoff Wight of ARM, Olympian Kevin Babington, and Antonio Martinez

“The horse is the great equalizer,” said Garson. “Some days you have an amazing ride in the Grand Prix and the next you fall off the same horse; it’s a funny sport like that.” Garson and Babington also agreed that when it all comes together in what they describe as “the best two minutes of your life,” it’s a magical experience, but that years of hard work and sweat are what get you there.

Click here to watch eQuest #1 on YouTube.

Click here to listen to eQuest #1 on Podbean.

Additional episodes of eQuest are in the works and will include guests and guest hosts from around the equestrian community. Follow ARM’s social media to get updates on each new episode’s drop date, and let us know if you have any ideas for quests or sponsors.

Media contact:
Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC
Holly Johnson
holly@equinium.com
www.equinium.com

Dani the Wonder Horse Headlines September 2020 Issue of Wellington the Magazine

Wellington, FL (September 3, 2020) – Danash’s Northern Tempest, also known as Dani the Wonder Horse, logged her first ever magazine cover this September, with her spectacular coat and expressive profile gracing the front of this month’s issue of Wellington the Magazine. Accompanied by her rider, Laura Reece, the mare’s first cover in her hometown magazine also features a story on her success in the show ring and the confidence she’s inspired in Reece’s return to the saddle.

With such avant garde style and standout coat color, Dani’s alluring look has recently attracted the attention of some of the world’s top equestrian brands. From photo shoots to shows to scheduled appearances, Dani and Reece will have a bustling 2020, and are growing their exceptionally engaged Instagram following as more and more fans join the journey of Dani the Wonder Horse.

Follow Dani on Instagram (@danithewonderhorse) to keep up to date on all her shows and events, and check back on her website www.DaniTheWonderHorse.com.

Media contact:
Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC
Holly Johnson
holly@equinium.com
www.equinium.com

Kim Farlinger and Conreu Jump to the Top of the Leaderboard in $20k PBEC Grand Prix

Kim Farlinger and Conreu. ©Anne Gittins Photography.

August 31, 2020 – Wellington, FL – Kim Farlinger and Conreu jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic on Sunday morning to close out the ESP Labor Day show at PBIEC’s Equestrian Village. Farlinger, a native of Canada, piloted Sher-Al Farm Inc’s entry around the jump-off in 41.774 seconds. The only other pair to go double-clear was Rebecca Conway of Wellington, FL and Stakkatisa, owned by HBC Sport Horses, who finished the jump-off in 42.863 seconds. Juan Manuel Gallego of Wellington, FL claimed third place with Carolina Ramelli’s Chopard Z after a 42.485-second jump-off and with four faults.

The class was originally scheduled to take place on the Derby Field, but heavy rainfall Saturday night forced management to move the competition to the Van Kampen Covered Arena. A total of 31 entries contested the track designed by Jasen Shelley, with only four pairs returning for the jump-off. After her win, Farlinger gave her thoughts on the class: “I thought the course was really nice and really fair. I think it’s hard for a lot of the horses to come from the Derby Field where it’s so big and beautiful and they can gallop around, into the indoor.”

However, the change of scenery seemed to work in favor of Farlinger and her young mount as she explained, “Conreu is a green Grand Prix horse. This is only his third or fourth Grand Prix and his first win. He can get away from me in the open space; he’s a very scopey and careful horse, so I think it might have actually worked to my advantage to be contained in the indoor today. He did everything I wanted and jumped absolutely unbelievable. I’m super happy with him.”

When asked about show plans, Farlinger mentioned that, “Wellington is home now,” and her team didn’t want to travel anywhere with the threat of COVID. “ESP has done such a fantastic job making us feel safe to horse show. It’s really been great for us to stay close to home and have a super show to come to every week. We’re having a good time.”

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

Join Us for the Start of the ESP Summer Series

August 4, 2020 – Wellington, FL – The 2020 ESP Summer Series kicks off next week, Wednesday, August 12, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village grounds. The series is set to host a variety of competition including five weeks of National “A” & Jumper 4* classes, one week of Regional “C” & Jumper 3* competition, three National Hunter Derbies, and the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship. After much positive feedback, the Derby Field and Derby Annex will also continue to be utilized throughout August and September for both hunter and jumper classes.

The ESP show management team has been working tirelessly since the ESP Spring June Series to adapt and reinforce safety protocols to ensure the wellness of all exhibitors, spectators, and staff. Throughout the weeks of May Schooling and June competition, PBIEC had only one individual test positive on the grounds and the situation was handled within 24 hours. An exhibitor survey completed at the end of June reported that 100% of the individuals who came on-site felt comfortable with the protocols and would return. ESP Management is in constant communication with local and regional health officials as well as the United States Equestrian Federation in order to make any necessary changes as quickly as possible.

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The series begins with National “A” & Jumper 4* competition on Thursday, August 13 and continues through Sunday, August 16 (schooling will take place on Wednesday, August 12). Highlights of the week include the $5,000 JTWG, Inc. 1.35m Stake on Thursday, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m on Friday, and the $20,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix on Sunday. The $2,500 Equiline Medium and Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classics will also be held on Sunday following the Grand Prix. All highlight classes are set to take place on the Derby Field, weather permitting.

The competition continues the following week (August 20-23) with more Hunter and Jumper classes. On Thursday, the $5,000 Vita Flex/Lactanase 1.35m Stake will be held, followed by the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m on Friday. The first $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top will take place Friday afternoon on the Derby Annex before the weekend wraps up with the $20,000 Resilient Fitness Grand Prix on Sunday on the Derby Field, weather permitting.

The week of August 27-30 follows a similar show schedule, with Thursday’s $5,000 Premier Equestrian 1.35m Stake, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m, and the second $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top on Friday, and a $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix set for Sunday, August 30 on the Derby Field.

The National “A” & Jumper 4* competition continues during the week of September 10-13. The $5,000 1.35m Stake on Thursday is followed by the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m and the final $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top on Friday. Sunday will showcase the $20,000 ProElite Grand Prix on the Derby Field.

September 17-20 will feature the ESP Florida State Fall & Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship show with more National “A” & Jumper 4* competition. On Thursday, the Derby Field will be set for the $5,000 1.35m Classic, while Friday will offer the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m. Sunday competition will include the $20,000 1.45m Grand Prix on the Derby Field and the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship in the Van Kampen Covered Arena.

The Summer series concludes with the Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial show on September 25-27 with Regional “C” & Jumper 3* competition. Friday will feature the $5,000 1.35m Classic on the Derby Field, while Saturday is set to host the Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumper class on the field. The $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m will close out the show on Sunday on the Derby Field, weather permitting.

Entries are now open online for all weeks of competition. Please note that you will not be allowed to enter until an ESP Spring/Summer back number is assigned. Visit PBIEC.com now to begin your entry form online. Stall space is very limited; please send all stabling requests directly to stabling@equestriansport.com.

Please review ALL Safety Protocols before arriving to Equestrian Village HERE. As a reminder, outside spectators and media will NOT be allowed on-site. Only those that match the following criteria will be permitted:

  • ESP Staff & Officials
  • Essential Personnel (Vets, Farriers, etc. actively treating horses on the grounds)
  • Trainers (that have exhibitors competing that day)
  • Grooms (that have clients competing that day)
  • Riders (that are competing that day)
  • One Guest per Rider (One family member or one friend of the rider)

Live streaming will be available HERE for each arena so friends and family can safely watch from home.

For more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Competition Schedule for 2021 Confirmed

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) has confirmed the Paralympic Games Competition Schedule for 2021. For Para Dressage, the competition dates have been moved forward by one day so as to mirror the 2020 daily schedule. The Para Dressage events which were due to start on Thursday 27 August 2020 and finish on Saturday 29 August 2020 will now run from Thursday 26 August 2021 to Monday 30 August 2021. There are also some minor modifications to the starting times.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic equestrian timetable for 2021 can be viewed here on the FEI’s Paralympic hub.

Media contact:

Vanessa Martin Randin
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications
vanessa.randin@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 73

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Moving Forward with 2020 “Hagyard Challenge Series”

Brian Moggre, winner of the 2019 Hagyard Leading Rider Award, with MTM Los Angeles.

Lexington, Ky. – July 21, 2020 – The Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute are pleased to confirm they will be moving forward with the “Hagyard Challenge Series” in 2020.  Although the spring shows typically included in the Series were canceled due to COVID-19, Hagyard is committed to “going the distance” in hosting the remaining events in the 2020 Hagyard Challenge Series.

They will be held at the following events:

  • Kentucky Summer Horse Show – Thursday, July 23rd
  • Kentucky Summer Classic – Thursday, July 30th
  • Bluegrass Festival Horse Show – Friday, August 14th
  • KHJA Horse Show – Saturday, August 22nd
  • Kentucky National Horse Show/The Betsy Gala – Sunday, September 20th

With fewer events in the Series, the “Leading Rider Award” for 2020 will be reduced from $50,000 to $25,000. “The award money is tied to our sponsors,” said Elise Jackson, Tour Experience & Event Coordinator for Hagyard. “Since there were fewer events in the series, and considering restrictions USEF has placed on sponsor attendance, it seemed necessary to reduce the Award for 2020.”

With the late start to the show season, Hagyard has also announced a slight change to the method of tabulating points to determine the Leading Rider of the Series. Previously, riders that rode multiple horses earned points based on the placings of each horse they rode in each class. While they can still enter multiple horses, only the points earned from their highest placed horse in each class in the series will count for the Leading Rider Award point tally.

Due to the restrictions and limitations to the 2020 show season COVID-19 has had on the industry, this may provide a more diverse and interesting twist to see which rider will be able to go the distance and come out on top in the Series. Each event in the Series will be available to view via live stream through Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC’s website. Details will follow on how you can view and participate in the excitement safely from a distance as the event approaches.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has hosted the Challenge Series since 2006. The Series is held each spring and summer at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The rider who accumulates the most points in the Series is presented the Leading Rider Award during the Kentucky National Horse Show in September. The Series typically feature a FEI CSI2* and a CSI3*, making riders eligible to earn points toward international show-jumping rankings.

Hagyard announced that the theme for the 2020 event would be Going the Distance. “The word ‘distance’ has been such a prominent part of our life this year, we wanted to put a more positive spin on it,” Jackson explained. “We feel like this theme truly embodies what we want to do with this event, and the Hagyard brand itself. 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. But that’s what we do for our customers every day, so it’s really inherent in who we are as an organization.”

With more than 50 veterinarians and 142 years behind it, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is the oldest and one of the largest private equine veterinary practices in the world. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the facility, located across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park, boasts superior ambulatory services, the world-renowned Davidson Surgery Center, McGee Medicine and Fertility Centers, Hagyard Laboratory, Hagyard Sports Medicine & Podiatry Center, and hyperbaric medicine facilities. For more information, visit hagyard.com.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com. To request a prize list, please e-mail prizelist@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

The Best Is Yet to Come: Federico Fernandez

Federico Fernandez and Landpeter de Feroleto on their way to helping seal victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ at the Royal Dublin Society showgrounds in Dublin (IRL) in 2018. (FEI/Jon Stroud)

Mexican showjumper, Federico Fernandez, had just arrived in Madrid (ESP) by train when I spoke with him last week. He was en route to a business meeting and had intended travelling by air from Valencia (ESP), but the flight was cancelled at the last moment.

Considering his story, I asked him if he has any fear of flying. Federico was one of just three people who survived an horrific air-crash back in 1987, but he has more than come to terms with the tragedy that claimed the life of his friend and team-mate Ruben Rodrigues and at least 50 others. The horse transporter carrying the Mexican contingent to a Young Riders Championship in Chicago (USA) fell out of the sky and ploughed into rush-hour traffic on the eight-lane Mexico-Toluca highway before slamming into a restaurant on a drizzly Friday afternoon 33 years ago.

“To be honest, I never think that something bad can happen to me – the place I sleep the best is on a plane!” he says.

My first close encounter with this remarkable man, who has competed at three Olympic Games and six FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), was in the aftermath of his team’s historic victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ in Dublin in 2018, when Mexico claimed the coveted Aga Khan Trophy for the very first time. I moderated the post-competition press conference that evening, and in all my years in the sport I have never experienced so much immense joy and such wild celebrations.

And Federico’s words that day embedded themselves into my memory. “After what happened to me, I feel an obligation to be happy, and today was one of the happiest days of my life!” he said.

Family passion

His uncle, Fernando Senderos, won individual gold and team silver at the Pan-American Games in Mexico City in 1975, and Federico inherited the family passion for horses. He was nine years old when he first climbed into the saddle, and when I ask him about his childhood heroes he tells me that the legacy of individual champion Humberto Mariles and his gold-medal-winning military team-mates was still very much in place when he was growing up. They swept all before them at the London Olympic Games in 1948.

“Captain Mariles rode a small, one-eyed horse (Arete) and was a fantastic rider. It was the Mexican golden era of showjumping when they were the team to beat for about 10 or 12 years, we’ve never had anything like that since,” he says.

However, US riders were the big stars on his own horizon when he was child. “We heard a lot about Nelson Pessoa and the d’Inzeo brothers, but they were faraway legends because we didn’t get to see them. The guys we had around the corner were Americans like Rodney Jenkins and Michael Matz, great horsemen. And at home, Gerardo Tazzer was my trainer and I was lucky enough to jump on many Nations Cup teams and at the Olympics in Athens (GRE, 2004) with him,” Federico explains.

Business

Riding hasn’t been the only thing in his life, however. Federico is one of those exceptional people who successfully manage to combine careers in both business and sport. He was something of an entrepreneur in his teens. “I sold hot-dogs outside my school, and then got more and more hot-dog cars as I went along!” he says.

“Mexico is an incredible country that gives you amazing opportunities,” he points out. He began his career by creating companies that functioned as service-providers to big corporations. “Then a few big international companies came to start businesses and I partnered with them and ended up selling the business to them. After doing that a few times I have a business with two arms – one providing small/medium businesses with a high level of services in terms of payroll, administration and human resources, and the other providing small businesses with loans to help them grow.

“In Mexico we really need to support young entrepreneurs. I’m proud of what we do, and it makes me really happy when we can help people source a loan and build a secure business,” he explains.

However, while researching his competition profile I was staggered by the number of horse shows Federico attends. How does he manage to combine his business commitments with his sporting endeavours?

“I’m an incredibly lucky man, I have an amazing team and with today’s technology you can stay on top of your business even if you are on the other side of the world. It works well because sometimes when you are doing horses it’s good to take the focus off them for a while, because we can forget that they are animals and need some time alone. When you dedicate too much time to thinking about new things to do with them then sometimes it goes backwards! And the same thing happens in business. Sometimes you need to step away so you can see the wood for the trees,” he points out.

Federico talks a lot about having balance in his life. “I try to understand the things I need to get that balance, like family, horses, entrepreneurship. I love to eat and I love to travel, so I put everything in the mix and every few years check that the mix I have is the right one. Because that’s very dynamic, it changes, so you have to adjust from time to time,” he says wisely.

He is married to Spanish-born Paola Amilibia, ‘the love of my life,’ who also competes for Team Mexico, and Federico has three children from a previous marriage – Juan Pablo, Eduardo, and Federica.

Mature young man

He was already a mature young man in his early 20s because he had been through a lot. He had only just returned to competition after back-packing across Europe for a year when the air-crash happened. The cargo plane was an all-but-obsolete 4-engine propeller-driven Boeing 377 that dated back to the 1940s, and it came down just seven minutes after take-off.

I ask him if it’s difficult to talk about the crash, and he insists it is not. “Incredible things came from it. At this point in my life it’s easy to say that, but if I could re-live my life I wouldn’t change it,” he insists.

His clothes were ablaze, and he suffered severe burns but survived along with two other people and just one of the horses on the flight. Hard as it is to believe, that surviving horse, Pepito, went on to compete with Mexico’s Everardo Hegewisch at the Seoul Olympic Games the following year.

Federico doesn’t dwell on the horror of it all. “Everything happens for a reason,” he says.

“It’s your will, your spirit, your determination, your power that turns a thing like this into something good instead of something that goes against you.

“Since that day I learned to not be worried about things that don’t matter, to really focus on the things you can change and not on the things you can’t, and to live every day like it’s your last. To create a life so that you go to bed hoping the night goes fast, because you really want the next day to start again. If you can make this your every day then you are a very happy person!”

He had surgery on his face at least 50 times. In the end he decided he’d just had enough of it. “The difficult part was I was just 19 years old, and when you get your face destroyed at that point in your life you have to really spend some time re-organising your feelings. It made me completely change my scale of importance, and I started looking more into the inside of things and less into the superficiality of life. And I found a lot of comfort and happiness in that.

“It made me grow up very fast and made me a person I like better today. All kids are superficial; I loved riding and everything to do with it which in many ways is very superficial. Success – or not – with the girls was important to me, and my work was all about making money. But those things changed in a positive way,” he insists.

Back in the ring

He spent six months in a hospital burns unit in Galveston, Texas, and the doctors told him it would be a long, slow path to recovery. But he was back in the ring and winning his next Grand Prix in Mexico City a year later, and in 1989 he qualified for the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Tampa, Florida (USA). That would be his first, and his last Final….

“In Mexico we don’t have an indoor circuit because of our fantastic weather, so I qualified at outdoor shows and when I went into the indoor I realised for the first time that my eyes had some issues after they were burned. When I was looking at the light that came from lamps I couldn’t see where I was, and I’ve never competed in an indoor again. Daylight is OK and in stadium lighting (under floodlights) I see even better, but the problem is lamps. My pupils are in only one position and can’t adjust, so when I go from bright to not-so-bright then it’s like looking into a cloud,” he explains.

I ask him what sporting successes he treasures most, and he tells me that every Grand Prix win is special. “I’m good at enjoying the moment when it happens. I try to enjoy it deeply because this sport is cruel in many ways, the next competition you have a fence down and the magic is gone very quickly! The good thing about Grand Prix classes is that they are on Sundays, so you’ve a whole week to feel proud knowing that maybe the next one won’t be so lucky for you!”

That Nations Cup win in Dublin two years ago and the team silver medal he earned alongside Gerardo Tazzer at the Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic in 2004 are stand-out moments, along with finishing 13th at the WEG in Jerez (ESP) in 2002.

Favourites

When I ask about his favourite horses, he doesn’t hesitate. “My darling Bohemio! He’s Irish-bred and the most amazing horse. He has been Mexican National champion and took me to the Pan-Ams, the Olympic Games and the WEG. In the Masters at Spruce Meadows (CAN) the Cana Cup is the big class on Friday, and there were only two clears and we went into a jump-off against Jos Lansink and Cumano who had just won the World Championships (in 2006) and we beat them; it was amazing! In 2008 he was the top horse in the summer series (at Spruce Meadows) but he was injured after winning a class. That injury ended his career, but he finished the best possible way with a win! He’s 28 years old now and enjoying his retirement out in my fields.”

And then there is Gitano, “a great Grand Prix winner in Mexico, not scopey enough to do the same in big Grand Prix competitions in Europe but a fantastic character and a winner. In Mexico he gave me so many successes that I really love him, for that and for his character. These two horses were not just very special in the ring, they also had so much personality; they gave you their best every time you rode them. When you feel that your horse is completely with you and willing to do anything for you, that creates a kind of magic!”

I ask Federico if there are any famous horses he would have liked to sit on, but he replies that he prefers watching them with their own riders, “because I truly believe some couples are made in heaven!”  He lists Hugo Simon and ET, Jos Lansink and Cumano, and John Whitaker ‘in my opinion the best rider in the history of the world’ with Milton as some of his favourites, along with Eddie Macken and Boomerang and Rodrigo Pessoa with Baloubet.

And then he moves on to Rio 2016 individual Olympic champion Nick Skelton from Great Britain with Big Star. “Since London (Olympics 2012) Nick didn’t ride another horse; he was just determined to win that gold medal and he spent those four years helping the stallion to recover from a bad injury and getting him back into the sport only to show up at the Games and win that gold – just brilliant!” he says.

Tokyo

I ask him if Landpeter de Feroleto, the horse that carried him to that historic Nations Cup victory in Dublin two years ago, had been aimed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games before the world was brought to a halt by the pandemic. The horse is 18 years old now, however, so hardly surprising that the answer was in the negative….

”I had planned with our Chef d’Equipe to give Peter his retirement tour this year, he’s been an amazing horse for many riders, he gave me the win at Dublin and also in the Nations Cup in Mexico and was very generous with me. Unfortunately, with the Covid situation there have been no Nations Cups so it would be very unfair to stretch his retirement one more year. He isn’t on my list of favourite horses because he came to me when he was 15. If I’d had him since he was eight who knows what we might have done together. But he is a special horse with a huge heart who would do anything for you,” he points out.

Feredico is placing his hopes for Tokyo elsewhere, and the hiatus caused by the virus may just work to his advantage. “Coming into this year I was not in the best situation because I had a horse that was coming along but not ready. However, one year more really benefits me in terms of my possibility; I have a horse that needed the extra time and now he will have it. His name is Grand Slam and I got him three years ago, but he had a bad injury and was out for one year. Now he is strong and healthy and jumping great, so I think he’ll be in super shape.”

Thoughts

Finally, I ask for his thoughts about the pandemic and its effect. “I don’t want to sound like a preacher,” he says with a laugh, “but we’ve had the opportunity to slow down in a world that normally goes so fast. At some stage we have all felt annoyed and anxious, and in many cases – including my own – it was financially disruptive and took away our peace of mind. But we’ve been given a chance to take a really good dive inside ourselves, to understand who we are and to regain the understanding of how incredibly beautiful life is, and liberty, and the right to walk in the streets and breathe the air and smell the flowers, all of that.

“And I honestly think that you always have to believe that the best is yet to come. We’ve been given a fresh start, so now is the time to re-prioritise things in your life, to put some dreams on the table, and to try to make them real. It’s in everyone’s hands to make that happen….”

By Louise Parkes

Media contact:

Shannon Gibbons
Media Relations and Communications Manager
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 46

FEI and ClipMyHorse.TV Join Forces on Equestrian Live Streaming

The FEI and ClipMyHorse.TV (CMH.TV) have entered into an agreement that is set to change the future landscape of the global governing body’s live streaming services to millions of equestrian fans worldwide. CMH.TV is one of the world’s leading providers of live streams for equestrian sports.

“We are very excited with this new venture which is the result of open and productive conversations with the founder of ClipMyHorse.TV, Mr Klaus Plönzke,” President Ingmar De Vos said.

“This is the first time the FEI will have an equity stake in a company which will allow us to actively contribute to shaping the narrative around the coverage of equestrian events.

“By bringing together our collective strengths, we can work towards the development of one combined live streaming service that provides high quality event coverage and a broader range of content to fans.”

FEI.TV has traditionally live-streamed all major FEI Series and Championships, with an extensive range of replays, special features, and historic events coverage available live and on-demand. Subscribers can now view coverage of international, national, and local equestrian events, with commentary provided in English as well as local languages. They will also have access to the largest archive of equestrian video content and an extensive database of information on athletes and horses.

“ClipMyHorse.TV’s comprehensive platform and their extensive experience with production and streaming services within this sector will allow for an improved viewing experience for FEI.TV customers, while the look and feel of FEI.TV will, at least for the moment, stay the same,” FEI Commercial Director Ralph Straus said.

“The depth of the combined offering is unique and will provide equestrian fans access to a wide range of events all under one roof, from top international events to local competitions, together with online equestrian magazines, documentaries, and other relevant programming.”

Currently the FEI.TV online television platform is providing coverage of past events and special equestrian features free of charge to everyone while live sport is on hold.

“The market for OTT and streaming services has grown substantially and we have seen an exponential rise in online viewing,” CEO of CMH.TV Markus Detering explained.

“We created the CMH.TV platform in 2007 with the express aim of making horse sport events across the world accessible to fans and followers everywhere and at any time.

“By pooling our resources with the FEI, we will be able to offer equestrian fans a more in-depth and enriching experience that will make the sport even more attractive and to a wider global audience.”

Media contact:

Vanessa Martin Randin
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications
vanessa.randin@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 73

CMH.TV Media contact:

Patricia Rademacher
International Content Management, Partner Management FEI.TV
p.rademacher@clipmyhorse.tv

Esparteiro Interagro’s Watchful Eye Graces Cover of Revista Horse

Cover of Revista Horse Brazil, June 2020. Photo courtesy of Interagro Lusitanos.

Itapira, Sao Paulo, Brazil (July 10, 2020) – During a trying time in world history, the reflective eye of an Interagro Lusitano was chosen to grace the cover of one of Brazil’s largest equestrian magazines: Revista Horse. Esparteiro Interagro, an elegant mahogany bay stallion, was photographed by Tupa as a young horse, and his pensive, intelligent expression accurately reflects the breed standard of the Interagro Lusitano sport horse.

Esparteiro, who has since been exported to the United States to pursue a dressage career, exudes the conformation, beauty, and noble air of his sire, Perdigueiro (MAC). The famous gray stallion (Hábil (MV) x Fidalga (MAC)) was also a cover star for Revista Horse in August of 2017, and is one of Interagro’s most influential sires. His offspring, including Esparteiro, excel in many disciplines including dressage, jumping, working equitation, driving, and conformation/in hand classes.

With travel between Brazil and the United States still mired in coronavirus concerns, Interagro’s US agents have been observing pairs of horses via WhatsApp video to select ideal FEI and adult amateur prospects before arranging for shipping to South Florida. With horses currently on 4 continents, Interagro is no stranger to selling horses virtually, even before the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic. A focus on integrity, quality, and trust between breeder, agent, and buyer has yielded much success in “sight unseen” sales via video, both in national and international auctions as well as one-on-one transactions.

For more information on Interagro Lusitanos, Interagro’s horses for sale, or the Lusitano bloodlines, visit Interagro’s website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.

Media contact:
Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC
Holly Johnson
holly@equinium.com
www.equinium.com