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Eric Lamaze Enjoys Homecoming at Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’

Photo Credit: Kit Houghton/Rolex.

Calgary, Canada – Fresh off his bronze medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Eric Lamaze (CAN) has arrived in Calgary, Canada to contest the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament running September 7-11, 2016.  He is joined by fellow Rolex Testimonees Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Scott Brash (GBR), who made history at last year’s ‘Masters’ tournament by becoming the first rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

Lamaze, who credits his success at the 2016 Olympic Games to his preparation at the Spruce Meadows ‘Summer Series’, will face another star-studded field when he contests the $2 million CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex, on Sunday, September 11.

“It is a big weekend here; we are going to jump the same fences we jumped at the Olympics, and it’s the same level of competition,” said Lamaze, who added an Individual bronze to the Individual gold and Team silver won at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. “You don’t come into Spruce Meadows taking things lightly.”

Spectators at last year’s Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ witnessed history in the making as Brash, riding Hello Sanctos, became the first athlete to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The pair won at CHI Geneva (SUI) followed by a second victory at CHIO Aachen (GER) before handling the pressure to take the win at Spruce Meadows and claim the unprecedented €1 million bonus offered to any rider able to win all three Grand Prix events in succession.

“What we saw last year with the Rolex Grand Slam was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in this venue,” said Lamaze, who was a two-time winner of the International Grand Prix, presented by Rolex (the predecessor to the now CP ‘International’) 2007 and 2011 with the legendary Hickstead. “I have been part of many exciting things that have happened at Spruce Meadows over the years, but this was one of the very best moments that I have witnessed. I know what it’s like to win this Grand Prix, and it’s not easy. We saw something that was truly incredible.”

At this year’s Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament, Philipp Weishaupt (GER) is the live contender, having won the last leg of the Rolex Grand Slam at CHIO Aachen. Lamaze considers the German and his partner, LB Convall, one of the riders to beat come Sunday.

“I think his horse jumped very well here in the summer, and it went on to Aachen to win the Rolex Grand Prix where it jumped incredible,” said Lamaze. “I believe he is one of the favourites to win this, and I think he has his eye on the prize. We’re going to see great sport.”

While Lamaze’s Olympic partner, Fine Lady 5, is enjoying a well-deserved rest following Rio, he has three horses in the stable for this weekend’s main event. Check Picobello Z is the most experienced while Chacco Kid and Houston are also proving themselves at the top level.

“I think we’re going to get a nice welcome home,” said Lamaze, who is competing on Canadian soil for the first time following the Olympic Games. “The public appreciated what we did there – we brought home a medal from the Olympics – so I think we will be very well-received!

“Spruce Meadows is unique,” concluded Lamaze, who is the all-time money winner at Spruce Meadows, where Rolex has been the official timekeeper since 1989. “The arena is magical on the weekend when there are 60,000 people here; as a rider it is such a special moment to hear the crowd cheer. There is nothing else like it.”

Whatever the outcome, top sport is guaranteed at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’.

Rod Kohler
Revolution Sports
Tel: +44 (0)203 176 0355
Email: rod@revolutionsports.co.uk

Spectacular Line Up of Int’l Displays Set to Perform at Olympia, the London International Horse Show

Organisers of the world’s favourite equestrian Christmas party, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, have announced a stunning new line up of international equestrian displays to be featured at this year’s Show, which runs from 13-19 December 2016.

The headliners include the world-renowned equestrian artist, Santi Serra, who is set to wow the 90,000 visitors with his Spanish flair and unique performance. Joining him will be the elegant Portuguese Lusitanos, often referred to as ‘The Pride of Portugal’, who will be showcasing their beautiful skills of horsemanship and harmony. In addition, the ever popular elements which make London’s premier horse show magical, such as The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and The Olympia Finale, will be back once again to delight the crowds of spectators attending this year’s Show.

Santi Serra will be making his debut at the Olympia Exhibition Halls with his beloved horses as well as his loyal four-pawed companions. Born in Spain, Santi Serra has a unique relationship with his animals, who he often refers to as ‘actors’. He communicates with them through mind and body and is able to put on a thrilling show demonstrating extraordinary choreography between horse, human and dog. Making a rare appearance in the UK this new to Olympia act will have the audience in awe.

Serra spoke of his delight at coming to London. “It is such a compliment to be asked to perform at Olympia. It is one of the best Shows in the world and the atmosphere is always electric. My team and I are really looking forward to entertaining the audience with our special routine.”

The world-class Lusitano Display is comprised of Portugal’s top riders and 16 stallions, hand-picked to represent their country in this demonstration of traditional Portuguese equestrian skills. The striking horses are mesmerising to watch with their beauty and flexibility emphasised through the breath-taking carousel routine.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Olympia, The London International Horse Show is a celebration of equestrianism and we work hard to bring a variety of displays to the event each year. This year we are delighted to be bringing a new display to Olympia which, combined with the Lusitanos, will bring high levels of entertainment for the audience and will complement the world-class competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. It is very exciting to have such an impressive line-up at Olympia this year.”

As well as the displays, audience members will be treated to the highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund on the evening of Friday 16 December, which will feature high profile names, such as the legendary Frankie Dettori, in a relay jumping competition.

The world’s top competitors will be in attendance, as once again Olympia will host three FEI World Cup™ Legs in Carriage Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping.  The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leg supported by Horse&Hound takes place on 13 and 14 December, the FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on 16 and 17 December and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leg presented by H&M on 18 December. The climax of the seven-day equine extravaganza will finish with the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday 19 December.

For more information, please contact Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
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Olympia, The London International Horse Show

The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907.  Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971.  This year’s show takes place on 13-19 December 2016 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

Ever-Consistent SFN Zenith N.O.P. Home from Rio

SFN Zenith N.O.P., one of the most consistent horses throughout the four days of the 2016 Olympic competition, was no doubt also one of the unluckiest, with only 0.02 seconds coming between him and a chance to be part of the individual medal battle.

Despite jumping an immaculate double clear round on the final day of competition, SFN Zenith N.O.P., expertly piloted by 2000 Olympic gold medallist Jeroen Dubbeldam, picked up a single time fault, preventing them from progressing to the jump-off.

Throughout the week, the World and European Champions maintained a reliably high standard, posting a series of excellent results and proving what an exceptional combination they are on the big stage.

In addition to winning Team and Individual gold in the World Equestrian Games in Caen, 2014 and repeating this feat by winning Team and Individual gold at the European Championships in Aachen, 2015, SFN Zenith N.O.P. has an incredible track record including Team gold at the 2014 Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona.

Speaking on behalf of the SFN, Henk Rottinghuis, the President of the SFN Board, said, “I would like to express my gratitude to Jeroen, who is one of the best show jumping riders ever seen in the Netherlands. Since becoming a partnership in 2011, Jeroen and SFN Zenith N.O.P. have achieved so many extraordinary accomplishments and given the SFN and Dutch show jumping communities much success and enjoyment.”

SFN Zenith N.O.P., now safely back in his home stable, is one of six horses due to be sold via an online auction on Wednesday 21st September 2016, which also includes Aquila SFN, second reserve for the Dutch Olympic Team in Rio. The unique selection process of the SFN, whereby an elite group of leading horse dealers and trainers must all agree unanimously on the potential of a horse before it is purchased on behalf of the fund means that the quality of the horses up for sale is unparalleled.

The online auction, which will be operated by BVA Auctions in the Netherlands, will officially open at 5pm on Wednesday 14th September, and will remain open until 2pm on Wednesday 21st September. To participate in the auction, it is necessary to register and pay a deposit, after which further information will be accessible, including full veterinary reports. For further information and advice about how to participate, please visit the BVA Auctions website: www.bva-auctions.com/SFN.

All six horses will be available for viewing on Monday 19th September at Wout-Jan van der Schans stables (Landgoed Balkenschoten Barneveldseweg 122 3862 PD Nijkerk), which will be the final opportunity for prospective buyers to see the horses up close. The stables will open its doors to the public at 2pm, with each horse parading in-hand for approximately 10 minutes.

For further details on all horses due to feature in the sale, including up-to-date videos of them in action, please visit www.sfnauction.com or contact:

Jacob Melissen
SFN
Tel: +31 528 241919 / + 31 654 220246
Email: jacobmelissen@hotmail.com

Anna Blunden
Revolution Sports
Tel: +44 (0)207 592 1207
Email: anna@revolutionsports.co.uk

For further details on the sale, please contact:

Rob Meijer
BVA Auctions
Tel: +31 (0)6 1251 9452
Email: r.meijer@bva-auctions.com

BVA Auctions
www.bva-auctions.com/SFN

Philipp Weishaupt Wins Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, the First Equestrian Major of the Year

Image courtesy of ROLEX.

Home favourite Philipp Weishaupt, riding LB Convall, thrilled the capacity 40,000 crowd to win the Rolex Grand Prix on the final day of the world famous CHIO Aachen, the highlight of the World Equestrian Festival, and the first equestrian Major of the year.

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping holder Scott Brash, riding Ursula XII, took second place and Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya aboard Carlo 273 was third.

Under an overcast sky and humid conditions, 40 riders from 13 nations qualified for the Rolex Grand Prix, and were faced with a typically challenging course set by designer Frank Rothenberger. Rightly considered by both spectators and riders as the toughest Grand Prix in the world, the first round showed the sport of show jumping at its most challenging.

Reiterating the importance of the clock, only 13 riders completed their first round within the time allowed, but incurred jumping penalties. Three combinations jumped but picked up penalties against the clock. Separated by time faults, the first rider into the ring Philipp Weishaupt accumulated two, behind Gerco Schröder and Martin Fuchs with one.

The second round seemed like an entirely different competition with the seventeen starters posting eleven clear rounds including a scintillating performance from Rolex Testimonee Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum riding Fibonacci 17, who also jumped double-clear during the Nations Cup competition earlier in the week, and Aachen favourite Marcus Ehning on board Pret a Tout, who were willed over every fence by the patriotic crowd.

But it was Weishaupt who turned up the pressure, with a fault-free second round leaving him in the driving seat. The atmosphere was electric as the crowds waited for the last two riders, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs riding Clooney 51 and Gerco Schröder riding Glock’s Cognac Champblanc N.O.P., to enter the ring. But sport can be cruel, and with Fuchs’ horse refusing the final fence, and Schröder incurring four faults, Philipp Weishaupt and LB Convall were crowned the winner of the Rolex Grand Prix.

Weishaupt has only ridden the nine-year-old LB Convall for the last ten months, starting the 2016 summer outdoor season competing in 3* Grand Prix classes, and only progressing up to 5* level during the Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows summer series, which proved to be the perfect preparation for the large grass arena at Aachen.

Commenting on his victory, Weishaupt said, “I was first to go so did not have too many expectations. When I walked it I knew it was hard to jump a clear round, but Convall jumped amazingly in both the first and second round. I have been riding in the Grand Prix here at Aachen for the last ten or twelve years and that was the toughest course I have ever jumped.”

He continued by saying, “I just did my thing and it is unbelievable. I just can’t believe it.”

This year’s Rolex Grand Prix saw the welcome return of Scott Brash’s Ursula XII who proved she is back to winning ways with a clear in the second round. Speaking about Ursula, Brash said, “Ursula jumped wonderful today and I’m delighted with her. She has been out of the sport for two years; she’s now 15 so to get her back to this level of the sport, all my team, all my staff have done a wonderful job getting her back this top end, so touch wood, she feels fantastic and hopefully we’ll get a victory with her soon.”

All eyes will now be looking ahead to the next equestrian Major at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in September, where Weishaupt will attempt to continue his reign as the live contender of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and write his name in the history books alongside Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash.

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Highlights News Film from the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen

18 July 2016, Aachen, Germany – The Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen in Germany is one of the three equestrian Majors that form the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and is one of the most prestigious grand prix on the international circuit.

Re-live the excitement of the four-day competition at the world’s leading venue, as the finest riders compete for the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix title.

Please find below a short copyright free news film, presented by Rolex.

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Highlights Film of the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International

(MAHWAH, N.J.) – July 11, 2016 – After two days of world-class eventing competition, USA’s Clark Montgomery claimed the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International title in Virginia, having ridden a near flawless riding performance aboard Loughan Glen.

To the delight of the home spectators, the event also served as the final preparatory event for riders from the 2016 U.S. Olympic Eventing Team prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

To download the above 2 minute copyright free Highlights Film and a selection of copyright free photographs, featuring the 2016 winner Clark Montgomery and the winning USA Eventing Nations Cup Team, use the links below:

2 Minute Highlights Film: here

Action photographs and U.S. Eventing Team: here

For more information about the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International, please visit: http://www.greatmeadowinternational.com.

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Marty Bauman
Chief Press Officer
Land Rover Great Meadow International
508.698.6810
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Deb Sandford
Nat’l PR Comms & Events Manager
Jaguar Land Rover
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Leah Oliveto
Director, Communications
United States Equestrian Federation
859 225 2053
loliveto@usef.org

Great Meadow International Underway with Opening Ceremony

L to R: U.S. Chef d’Equipe, David O’Connor, with U.S. Eventing Team; Phillip Dutton, Maya Black, Lauren Kieffer, Clark Montgomery and Boyd Martin.

(VIRGINIA, USA) – July 8, 2016 – The Land Rover Great Meadow International will be the final stateside preparation event for the U.S. Eventing Team before they go to the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

History was made as the Land Rover Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan, officially began with a poignant opening ceremony kick-starting the first-ever North American FEI Eventing Nations Cup™. Athletes from five nations paraded in the Fleming Arena showcasing the teams and individual competitors who will participate in the historic weekend’s event.

“We’re excited to bring top international competition to the Piedmont Valley,” said David O’Connor, Co-Chairman of Great Meadow International. “We have never seen the FEI Nations Cup of eventing in America; it is truly an honor to have it here at Great Meadow.”

The opening ceremony began with LTC Art Perritt of the Blue Devils Horse Platoon International Riding Unit leading the Color Guard to present the United States Flag. Blythe Condon, daughter of Great Meadow Operations Director Teresa Condon, then sang the National Anthem. USEF President Chrystine Tauber addressed the crowd on the significance of the competition and Robert. L Banner Jr., President of the Great Meadow Foundation, presented a plaque to major donors who made the acquisition of Fleming Farm and the construction of the new arena possible. The grand finale was the Parade of Nations. Riders belonging to the Casanova-Warrenton Pony Club had the honor of leading the teams from Canada, Great Britain and the United States, as well as individual competitors from Australia, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Earlier in the afternoon all 40 horses were presented and accepted at the Horse Inspection for the FEI Nations Cup.

Competition begins on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM with dressage followed by the show jumping phase at 5:00 PM. The cross-country phase will take place at 9:00 AM on Sunday with the closing ceremony scheduled for mid-day.

For more information about the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International, please visit: http://www.greatmeadowinternational.com.

Contacts:

Marty Bauman
Chief Press Officer
Land Rover Great Meadow International
508.698.6810
marty@classic-communications.com

Deb Sandford
Nat’l PR Comms & Events Manager
Jaguar Land Rover
North America, LLC
949.510.0529
dsandfor@jaguarlandrover.com

Leah Oliveto
Director, Communications
United States Equestrian Federation
859 225 2053
loliveto@usef.org

CHIO Aachen Welcomes Steve Guerdat, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Live Contender

05 July 2016, Aachen, Germany – Elite performances and highly competitive show jumping will return to Aachen in July, as the world’s finest riders compete in the first equestrian Major of the year.

Considered by many to be the most breathtaking equestrian show in the world, CHIO Aachen attracts a record attendance of passionate supporters, with over 400,000 spectators across 10 days of exhilarating competition.

CHIO Aachen offers competition in five equestrian disciplines, including show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting, with the Rolex Grand Prix, the highlight of the competition, on Sunday 17 July.

Designed by the legendary course designer Frank Rothenberger, the course for the Rolex Grand Prix at Aachen is widely acknowledged as one of the most demanding for equine athletes, testing horses and riders to the limit of their skill and talent. Crowds in excess of 40,000 are expected to watch Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat tackle this challenge and attempt to maintain his position as the live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

THE ROLEX GRAND SLAM OF SHOW JUMPING

Created jointly in 2013 by CHIO Aachen, CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ and CHI Geneva, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping rewards the rider who wins the Grand Prix at each of the shows, amounting to three Grands Prix in succession.

The Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen has been won by some of the most famous names in the sport, including father and son team Nelson and Rodrigo Pessoa, alongside Rodrigo’s fellow Rolex Testimonees, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Eric Lamaze and Scott Brash. The year 2015 was momentous for the international world of show jumping, as Brash won the pinnacle of equestrian sporting achievement. Aachen was the second Major in his path to writing history, before lifting the prestigious trophy in the atmospheric grass arena at Spruce Meadows.

This year all eyes will be focused on leading Swiss rider and current Olympic champion Steve Guerdat, who is following in the footsteps of Brash by winning at CHI Geneva in December 2015. Guerdat will be looking to continue his quest in challenging for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at Aachen to firmly establish his own place, alongside Brash, in the ranks of equestrian legends.

EQUESTRIAN TESTIMONEES SET TO COMPETE AT AACHEN

To be the very best, an athlete must be able to deliver repeatedly under pressure. As the world’s leading makers of timepieces, this is something Rolex understands perfectly.

Rolex has developed particularly close partnerships with a handful of the very best riders in the world – its equestrian Testimonees. These men and women are notable not only for their exceptionally high levels of achievement, but also for the virtues of horsemanship and sportsmanship.

They must be patient and persistent, as well as courageous, resilient and quick thinking. It is these qualities that turn a rider into a horseman, qualities found at the heart of every Rolex Testimonee.

Many of Rolex’s Testimonees are set to return with their leading horses this year, to compete for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

Two-time individual gold medal winner and Canadian sporting hero Eric Lamaze will be ready to challenge Guerdat. Having won the Rolex title here in 2010, he will be hungry for further success. Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash is expected to return in 2016 to defend his Rolex Grand Prix title, alongside the ‘first lady’ of German show jumping Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who will be looking to repeat her 2005 victory at Aachen.

Kent Farrington will be eager to continue his winning form at the end of 2015, with victory in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva. Rolex’s youngest Testimonee, Bertram Allen, French rider Kevin Staut and Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa have also all entered their world class horses to compete for the esteemed Rolex Grand Prix trophy.

Rolex’s iconic dressage Testimonee, the World and Olympic gold medallist Isabell Werth has won Aachen’s dressage Grand Prix a breathtaking 11 times, and is set to return again in 2016 to compete in the magnificent 20,000 seater Deutsche Bank stadium.

AN OPENING CEREMONY LIKE NO OTHER

Rolex has sponsored the Grand Prix at Aachen since 1999 and are proud to continue their enduring partnership with this iconic and emblematic event.

More than 160 horses and around 500 active participants are expected in the impressive main stadium on 12th July for the official opening ceremony. There will be plenty of surprises, spectacular stunts and impressive show elements in the fascinating floodlit atmosphere of the stadium that holds a crowd of 40,000. “Forget everything you know about the CHIO Aachen opening ceremonies to date. This year’s ceremony will be better than ever,” said Show Director Frank Kemperman.

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Daniel Deusser Wins the Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke Hippique

Daniel Deusser ©Scoopdyga.

Germany’s Daniel Deusser described his win in the Rolex Grand Prix, presented by Porsche, at Knokke Hippique as “my greatest victory” and the thousands of spectators enjoying the sunshine of the coastal town of Knokke in Belgium were hard pushed to disagree.

Deusser, riding the Stephex Stables owned Equita van het Zorgvliet, was one of 19 competitors who successfully navigated the first round to go into the jump-off. Ben Maher riding Boomerang set the early target, with a second clear round in a time of 40 seconds, and despite the best efforts of the many who followed him into the arena, no one could come close to this quick pace.

But this competition included many of the top riders in the world, and as the final three combinations lined up to enter the arena, Maher must have known that his time would be under threat. It was the Frenchman, Philippe Rozier riding Rahotep de Toscane, who showed that 40 seconds could be beaten when he posted a blistering clear round in 39.39 seconds. He was followed by Deusser, who had already enjoyed success on the Friday afternoon when he won the 1.50m class aboard Equita van het Zorgvliet, and the in-form partnership posted a time of 39.32 seconds to race into first place.

It was left to the last remaining horse and rider combination to enter the ring to knock Deusser off the top spot, but despite going clear aboard the magnificent bay gelding Nino des Buissonnets, the reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat could only manage a time of 39.96, and had to settle for third place.

This is a remarkable win at 5* level for Equita van het Zorgvliet, who a year ago won her first 3* Grand Prix when ridden by Jonna Ekberg for the Stephex Stables. Deusser took over the riding duties on Equita only two months ago, with the plan to campaign the horse at 5* level throughout the summer. Following good showings at Saint Tropez, Cannes and Rotterdam, this is the first victory at 5* level, and has all the signs of being a partnership to watch for the future.

Speaking after his victory, Deusser said, “As a rider you are always hoping for a result like this, but you don’t even dare to dream of it. This victory is the perfect finish of a perfect show. Even if I am part of the Stephex team I have to congratulate all the team for what they are doing. It is only the second edition but looks already like one of the best shows in the world.”

And commenting about his plans for the future, Steve Guerdat said, “It was my last big Grand Prix before the Olympics with Nino; he will maybe do a small show before, but I am really happy and he looks in a really great shape.” He also added his praise to the organisers of the Knokke Hippique. “Congratulations to Stephan (Conter) and his team plus all the sponsors for such an amazing show.”

This is only the second edition of Knokke Hippique but with the show offering over €570,000 prize money and able to attract many of the world’s Top 10 riders including six Olympic gold medallists, it has quickly established itself as one of the top CSI5* events of the summer.

The second show of the year to be organised by the Stephex team, the Brussels Stephex Masters, will take place from 31 August to 4 September – for further information, please visit http://stephexmasters.com.

For further information, please contact: press@stephex.com or Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk T: +44 207 592 1207.

The Showjumping Fund of The Netherlands (SFN) Announces Sale of Six Horses

Current World and European Champion SFN Zenith N.O.P. Included in Sale

The Showjumping Fund of the Netherlands (SFN) Auction will take place on 21 September 2016.

All six horses currently under its ownership, including SFN Zenith N.O.P. – Jeroen Dubbeldam’s World and European Championship mount – will go up for sale via an internet auction operated by BVA Auctions in The Netherlands.

Formerly known as Springpaarden Fonds Nederland, the SFN was created in 2006. The uniquely structured syndicate group was the brainchild of Dutch equestrian journalist Jacob Melissen.

It was Jacob’s initial vision to create a financial fund, open to Dutch equestrian fans, who wanted to invest in keeping some of the finest Dutch-bred horses on home soil and made available to Dutch riders.  Uniquely, five of Holland’s leading horse dealers, Emile Hendrix, Willy van der Ham, Egbert Schep, Teus van den Brink and Johan Heins, advise the SFN Board on the horses the Fund should purchase and which riders they should be given to. Only when all five agree unanimously will an investment go ahead.

The SFN has been closely responsible for an unparalleled period of Dutch success both at team and individual level. Its strategy has achieved exceptional results, not only through the world class SFN Zenith N.O.P., who will be the highest profile lot offered at the September sale, but also Aquila SFN. Under Wout Jan van der Schans, Aquila SFN jumped one of only two double clears in the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Dublin and again at the 2016 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in La Baule, also winning the 3* Grand Prix in Luxembourg earlier this month.

Another former star of the SFN, Utascha SFN, who was sold in December 2013, competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games and two FEI European Championships, as well as numerous Furusiyya FEI Nations Cups.

Discussing the sale, Henk Rottinghuis, the President of the SFN Board, said, “The first SFN has been hugely successful and has not only contributed towards an unprecedented period of success for The Netherlands in the sport of show jumping, but has also given the original investors a great deal of emotional pleasure in supporting the horse and rider combinations. We thank everyone involved in the SFN for their support and commitment over the last ten years, and we hope to reward them with a good financial return from the auction.”

He continued, “The original SFN always had a lifespan of 10 years and the Board has been focussed on ensuring that the investors received a significant financial return. It is this approach, managed in partnership with Van Lanschot Bank that has allowed us to launch SFN II, which will be open to investors from around the world, and which we hope will enjoy equal success and support for the sport in The Netherlands.”

The horses in the auction will be:

SFN Zenith N.O.P., an impeccably bred 12-year-old, a son of Rash R, out of a Jalisco B line mare, has surpassed the expectations of the SFN, who acquired the gelding as a seven-year-old. SFN Zenith N.O.P. and Jeroen Dubbeldam have been regulars on the 5* Grand Prix circuit in recent years, with highlights including team and individual gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen 2014, team and individual gold at the FEI European Championships in Aachen in 2015, and team gold at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, also in 2014.

Another 5* horse to be offered up for sale is the 10-year-old gelding Aquila SNF, who with Wout-Jan van der Schans has represented Holland in Nations Cup teams, most notably when one of only two combinations to jump double clear in Dublin in 2015 and in La Baule in 2016. Aquila SNF was the recent winner of the 3* Grand Prix at CSI Luxemburg in early June, again as one of only two to jump double clear.

SFN Zenith N.O.P. and Aquila SFN will be aimed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro before entering the sales ring in the autumn, with both making the longlist announced earlier this week.

Chuck Blue SFN will be offered from the stable of Emile Hendrix, where he is currently ridden by Niels Knape. A nine-year-old gelding, with world class breeding, Chuck Blue SFN has been competing in 1.40m classes with continued success.

Djumpsina SFN, an eight-year-old daughter of Zurich, moved to the yard of Gerco Schröder at the end of 2015 following a successful career to date in the Dutch young horse classes. Gerco will bring the mare on over the summer, giving her valuable competition experience before she goes up for auction.

Another to achieve great success in the young horse classes is Eloma’s Blue SFN, who under Wout-Jan van der Schans was joint winner of the KWPN six-year-old championships in 2015, finishing sixth in the World Championships six-year-old final in Lanaken. The seven-year-old stallion has a promising future and will continue to progress through the age class ranks in 2016.

Similarly, Ferrari SFN, the youngest horse to be offered for sale within the SFN consignment, will continue to train on in 2016 under Hester Klompmaker. The six-year-old stallion, by Argentinus stallion Thunder van de Zuuthoeve, is full of promise and an exciting prospect for the future.

The horses can be purchased by auction, both on location at BVA Auctions in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, or online, on Wednesday 21st September, 2016. The decision to sell the horses through BVA Auctions was due to their experience in the sport following the successful sale of Eurocommerce Stables’ consignment in 2014, which included Olympic silver medalist, London.

For further details on all horses due to feature in the sale, please visit www.sfnauction.com or follow @SFNAuction.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Jacob Melissen
SFN
Tel: +31 528 241919 / + 31 654 220246
Email: jacobmelissen@hotmail.com

Anna Blunden
Revolution Sports
Tel: +44 (0)207 592 1207
Email: anna@revolutionsports.co.uk

For further details on the sale, please contact:

Rob Meijer
Tel: +31 (0)6 1251 9452
Email: r.meijer@bva-auctions.com 

BVA Auctions
www.bva-auctions.com