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Jung Maintains Leads at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day with Sights Set on Rolex Grand Slam

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30 April 2016, Lexington, USA – Michael Jung riding Fischerrocana FST has maintained his position as the current leader after Day Two of the dressage phase of the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and now has his sights firmly set on the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize.

Allison Springer (USA) riding Arthur are now lying in second place behind Jung, with Marilyn Little (USA) riding RF Demeter in third place, after the Day Two Dressage. A total of 71 competitors completed the dressage phases with riders represented from nine nations.

TOP FIVE RESULTS AFTER DAY TWO DRESSAGE

1. Michael Jung (GER), Fischerrocana FST, 34.1
2. Allison Springer (USA), Arthur, 39.7
3. Marilyn Little (USA), RF Demeter, 42.5
4. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA), Fernhill By Night, 43.0
5. Philip Dutton (USA), Fernhill Fugitive, 43.1

ROLEX GRAND SLAM OF EVENTING

Jung has all his options covered ahead of Saturday’s 29 fence cross-country course and said, “At the moment we will try to go fast. My horse feels very happy and very strong, but that can change tomorrow morning.  Rolex Kentucky and the Rolex Grand Slam are very important to me. It’s a very long trip here – I am not coming here to having a nice holiday. I come here to win!”

Competing in their seventh Rolex Kentucky, Allison Springer said, “It’s always so emotional and wonderful to be here. I’ve had such a long partnership with the horse [Arthur]. He’s tricky, but it brings a tear to my eye just to be able to be here where the crowd cheers you on. It’s just such a great feeling here.”

Marilyn Little was thrilled with her ride and said, “There were some moments of brilliance today, but there were also a few mistakes. It was certainly one of her more relaxed tests.”

Michael Jung has traveled to the Kentucky Horse Park as the new Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing ‘live contender’ and as defending champion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover.

All eyes are now on Jung to see if he can repeat the form he demonstrated in 2015, by winning this year’s Rolex Kentucky, which will put him one competition away from the coveted USD$350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize.

HISTORY OF THE ROLEX GRAND SLAM

In 2001 Rolex was inspired to link the three foremost eventing competitions in the world into a Grand Slam. Badminton – the British horse trials on which the modern sport of eventing was founded, Kentucky – the premier US event, and Burghley – the East of England’s showpiece event, formed the competition.

Every year these three events attract world class competition and crowds of enthusiastic supporters eager to bear witness to equestrian greatness. It became immediately apparent that, completing the challenge and winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, would require a series of outstanding performances from a remarkable athlete.

Since its inception in 2001, only one rider has risen to the challenge: Britain’s much loved and highly decorated team member, Pippa Funnell. In April 2003 she rode Primmore’s Pride to victory at Rolex Kentucky, beginning her Rolex Grand Slam campaign. A week later, this time riding double European champion Supreme Rock, Funnell was crowned Badminton winner. A few months later, Funnell reigned supreme at Burghley, riding Primmore’s Pride again, outperforming fellow Rolex Testimonee Zara Phillips, who finished in second place. Pippa Funnell immediately joined the ranks of sporting greats and became a Rolex Testimonee.

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The Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman

Preparations for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, taking place 12-15 May, are well under way in Windsor. Today one of the main acts set to perform, The Royal Cavalry of Oman, will touch British soil for only the second time in history. From the south eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, more than 100 horses and over 200 members of The Royal Cavalry of Oman have travelled the 3000 miles from Muscat to London to perform their musical ride and traditional Omani riding in front of Her Majesty The Queen.

To coincide with their landing we have produced a short film to give you a sneak-peak into their preparations for this momentous occasion. Please find below a short copyright free film, presented by HPower.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/niGarXRH3u4

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Tickets to Go on Sale for Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2016

On Friday 29th April tickets will go on sale for the unmissable Olympia, The London International Horse Show which is coming back bigger and better than ever from 13th to 19th December 2016.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2016 is predicted to sell quickly following the announcement of an enhanced visitor experience, to go alongside the top class competition and displays that make up this popular event.  For seven days, the world’s equestrian stars will compete at the iconic Kensington Olympia venue at the height of the Christmas festivities.

The Show will be the climax of the 2016 equestrian sporting calendar, as the competitors look to end the Olympic year in style and will again play host to three FEI World Cup™ events in driving, dressage and show jumping, all of which are expected to feature the World’s top ranked athletes in the sport. The Dressage leg will kick off the FEI World Cup™ action on the 13th and 14th December, with The FEI World Cup™ Driving leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on the 16th and 17th December. Rounding off the medley of elite sporting competitions, The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping leg presented by H&M is set to provide a world-class spectacle on Sunday 18th December.

Supporting these feature events will be a schedule of first class action and entertainment, from the infamous Christmas Puissance, always a family favourite, to the Olympia Grand Prix which will provide a fitting conclusion to the week of top-class sport, as the world’s best show jumpers look to see off 2016 with their best performances yet.

Further enhancing the spectator experience will be a thrilling line-up of international display acts, as well as competitions from old favourites such as The Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility to more newly introduced spectacles due to be announced later in the year.

In between the exhilarating equestrian action spectators can explore the extensive shopping village, revamped for 2016 with larger walkways, a central feature and innovative product finders to help make a more efficient and enjoyable shopping experience. Inside the revitalised shopping village, visitors will discover over 220 pop-up shops selling a whole array of luxury goods and equestrian must-haves, along with a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants, with something to please the whole family.

Check in to the brand new website www.olympiahorseshow.com for more information on Olympia, The London International Horse Show and keep up to date with announcements of the performances due to set pulses racing in 2016.

Members can pre-order tickets via the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com or by telephoning the box office on 0871 230 5580. Ticket prices vary.

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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.

International Field Returns to Kentucky to Contend for 2016 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

18 April 2016, Lexington, USA – Three-day eventing is considered by many to be the ultimate equine test. The triathlon of equestrianism, the competition sees horse and rider partnerships compete across gender and age boundaries in three different disciplines: dressage, cross-country and show jumping, requiring a unique range of skills from precision and elegance to accuracy, bravery and perfect timing. It tests the resolve of the timeless partnership between horse and rider.

In 1998, Rolex Kentucky became the third annual CCI4* event in the world and remains the only one on the American continent. There are now six CCI4* events in total, but only three offer the chance to claim the sport’s greatest prize, the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. In order to make history and lift this prestigious trophy, riders must win at all three Rolex supported events in succession: Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley CCI4*.

Rolex Kentucky attracts the world’s leading riders and is considered the highlight of the US eventing calendar. As a result, the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover will also act as the last major official trial for the 2016 US Olympic eventing team. Located at the impressive Kentucky Horse Park, the state-of-the-art, outdoor, Rolex-sponsored stadium, with its 30,000 seating capacity, is the centrepiece of the event.

THE ROLEX GRAND SLAM OF EVENTING

In 2001 Rolex was inspired to link the three foremost eventing competitions in the world into a Grand Slam. Badminton – the British horse trials on which the modern sport of eventing was founded, Kentucky – the premier US event, and Burghley – the East of England’s showpiece event, formed the competition.

Every year these three events attract world class competition and crowds of enthusiastic supporters eager to bear witness to equestrian greatness. It became immediately apparent that, completing the challenge and winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, would require a series of outstanding performances from a remarkable athlete.

Since its inception in 2001, only one rider has risen to the challenge: Britain’s much loved and highly decorated team member, Pippa Funnell. In April 2003 she rode Primmore’s Pride to victory at Rolex Kentucky, beginning her Rolex Grand Slam campaign. A week later, this time riding double European champion Supreme Rock, Funnell was crowned Badminton winner. A few months later, Funnell reigned supreme at Burghley, riding Primmore’s Pride again, outperforming fellow Rolex Testimonee Zara Phillips, who finished in second place. Pippa Funnell immediately joined the ranks of sporting greats and became a Rolex Testimonee.

Since then, two of the three legs of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing have been won by four different riders: Australia’s Andrew Hoy, Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend, and New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson. None of these top-class riders have yet succeeded in triumphing over the series and winning the final element of the Rolex Grand Slam.

THE CURRENT CHALLENGE

Here to contest for the 2016 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is reigning champion and the current live contender Michael Jung. Jung won individual gold at the World Equestrian Games when held in Kentucky in 2010 and claimed victory at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, riding Fischerrocana FST.

Jung will be looking to continue his winning form from Burghley and stake his claim for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize in 2016. Should Jung be victorious on Fischerrocana FST, they will be only the third horse and rider combination in the history of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to retain their Lexington title.

INTERNATIONAL FIELD OF ENTRIES

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event attracts the world’s most talented eventers and 2016 is no exception, the competition will welcome 71 elite riders from nine different nations. For the third year running, the nations will compete in teams as well as individually. The team – comprised of a minimum of three competitors – that ends on the fewest penalties will be victorious.

VALUED PRIZE MONEY

For the second year running the prize money at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has increased thanks to the ongoing support from the events long-term partners and sponsors. Event organizer and EEI President Stewart Perry remarked, “We proudly award prize money to the top 20 finishers and this record level of prize money fits with our position as one of the sport’s premier events.”

EVENTING HISTORY

As the crown in equestrianism for over 50 years, Rolex is proud to be a major force at play behind the sport’s finest events, riders and organizations. Whether supporting leading eventing athletes including Zara Phillips and Pippa Funnell, or maintaining tradition and excellence with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Rolex has cultivated a privileged relationship with the elite world of equestrian sports.

Rolex has been closely associated with this exceptional equestrian challenge in the beautiful surroundings of the Kentucky Horse Park since 1981.

Its facilities are recognized as the best of any three-day event in the world and it is renowned for testing the courage and stamina of both horse and rider. Rolex’s support has seen the event develop into one of the most prestigious in the world, with top riders from round the globe now vying to compete there.

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Winter Equestrian Festival Brings Together World’s Finest

Jessica Springsteen (USA) riding Davendy S, winning the Championship Jumper Classic.

Wednesday 13th January 2016 marked the start of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), which runs until Sunday 3rd April 2016. The Festival, supported by Rolex since 2014, brings together many of the world’s finest horse and rider combinations, as they compete in the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre in Wellington, in both show jumping and dressage.

A few notable performances were seen in the fifth week of the competition. On Sunday 14th February, Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Davendy S won the 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Competing in the International Ring, Springsteen topped an 18-horse jump-off to win, with Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Rosana du Park in second, and fellow Testimonee Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Unbelievable 5 in third.

In the seventh week the Thursday saw Eric Lamaze win aboard Fine Lady 5, in the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7. This victory marked the fourth win in the series this year so far, following on from wins in week two, three and four.

This year WEF has been lived streamed by on NBC, across the United States.

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Marcus Ehning Wins Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant

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13 March 2016, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands – Marcus Ehning rode Cornado NRW to win the Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant in the Netherlands, with Hans-Dieter Dreher in second and Willem Greve in third place.

The world’s best riders gave everything to win the CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix with competitors from 13 different nations from as far as Australia, USA and Qatar. The Netherlands were the strongest represented with the home nation fielding 11 riders, followed by Germany with six and Belgium with five world-class combinations.

The Louis Koninckx designed course was a challenging and technical ask for the riders, who had to tackle a 13-fence first course set with a very tight time. From the 40 starters, just 12 went clear and within the time to make it through to the jump-off.

Commenting on his victory, Marcus Ehning said, “I was really pleased with my horse. He was fantastic – it was a great course and great fans as always here.”

It was not to be for 2015 winner Daniel Deusser from Germany, riding Cornet D’Amour, who just tipped one fence down in the second round. The jump-off thrilled the packed crowds who were on the edge of their seats as the final riders battled it out for the Rolex Grand Prix prize.

The passionate home fans had to settle for a third place with Willem Greve finishing less than one second behind the German pair of Ehning and Dreher, with only four riders managing a double-clear.

In ninth position was Rolex Testimonee, and the first and only winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Scott Brash, who had one fence down early in the jump-off round.

From 10-13 March the medieval city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch became the focal point for international show jumping as it staged four days of exceptional equestrian sport. Indoor Brabant’s long and distinguished history, combined with its long-term partnership with Rolex – which was extended in 2014 – has strengthened s’Hertogenbosch’s position at the top of the international indoor show jumping circuit.   In this 49th edition of the show, it combined both elite-level show jumping and dressage.

There were several top CSI5* jumping classes over the four days of competition, with the Rolex Grand Prix bringing the show to an exciting climax on Sunday evening.

Rolex Equestrian Testimonees Compete at ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Rolex Testimonees have taken the honours in the showpiece jumping class at Indoor Brabant on no less than four occasions since 2003. French rider Kevin Staut won the Rolex Grand Prix in 2014; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum took back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006; while Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and the legendary Baloubet du Rouet jumped to victory in 2003.

Four of Rolex’s Testimonees were competing in this year’s Grand Prix, including Rolex’s newest Testimonee, Scott Brash; Kevin Staut from France; Irish rider and Rolex’s youngest Testimonee, Bertram Allen; and leading Swiss rider and current Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat. Brash finished in the highest position, after making it to the jump-off but was unlucky in tipping one pole down dropping him down to finish in ninth position.

It was not to be for Guerdat as he rode a perfect clear jumping round, but picked up just one time penalty ruling him out of the jump-off. The Swiss champion will now be looking ahead to CHIO Aachen 2016 having triumphed in the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva in December 2015. Guerdat, who is currently the live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, is hoping to emulate the historic feat achieved by Scott Brash at Spruce Meadows in 2015.

World Class Dressage

As well as top class show jumping, Indoor Brabant played host to two days of world class dressage, including the ninth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage.

At the 2014 show, Rolex Testimonee Isabell Werth won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle events. Sadly due to a late injury to her prized horse Don Johnson, Werth was forced to withdraw from the competition.

The 2016 edition was won by Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) who steered Glock’s Flirt to a stylish victory.

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National Entries Now Open for Royal Windsor Horse Show 2016

National Entries for Royal Windsor Horse Show 2016 are now open for all those hoping to compete at the prestigious Horse Show, which takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 May 2016.

As the first major outdoor equine show of the season and with such a great array of National Jumping, Invitational National Dressage and over 120 showing classes on offer, ranging from lead rein show ponies to heavyweight cobs, organisers of the five-day action packed show are predicting record entries to this year’s event.

To help accommodate the growing demand for national competition at the show, a new addition to 2016 will be the Adelaide Arena at the south end of the show ground which will host many of the In Hand Showing classes.

Windsor will also be introducing CSI Amateur-A classes to this year’s event, open to national and international riders, where five classes will be held over the course of the Show.

National Competition Highlights at Royal Windsor 2016 include:

  • Wednesday 11th May
    –         National Show Jumping
    –         Hunters
    –         Sport Horse
    –         Part Bred and Anglo Arabs
    –         Riding Horses
    –          Senior Showing
  • Thursday 12th May
    –         National Show Jumping
    –         Working Hunters
    –         Hackneys
    –         RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge Championship
    –         Coloured Horse/Ponies, Ridden and In Hand
  • Friday 13th May
    –         Mountain and Moorlands, In Hand
    –         Hacks
    –         Cobs
    –         Haflingers
  • Saturday 14th May
    –         Services Team Jumping
    –         Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Ponies
    –         Mountain and Moorlands, Ridden
    –         Inter Schools Show Jumping
  • Sunday 15th May
    –         Pony Club Show Jumping
    –         University Show Jumping
    –         Intermediate Show Hunter/Riding Type
    –         Appaloosas
    –         Portuguese Lusitanos
    –         Spanish Andalusians

In between the hotly contested classes, competitors will also have the chance to watch some of the world’s best equestrian performers who will be showcasing their acts ahead of performing in the evening for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, which takes place on the last four evenings of Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Other highlights include CSI 4* International Jumping, the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix CAIO4* World Cup Qualifier, and performances from The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, The Shetland Pony Grand National and DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games. In addition, there will be a shopping village with over 220 shops selling all things from equestrian goods to homeware and much sought after fashion brands as well as other delights such as pop-up restaurants, bars, cafes and food stalls throughout the site.

For more information on this year’s programme and for those wishing to take part in Royal Windsor 2016 please go to www.rwhs.co.uk.

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Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Show will take place from 11-15 May 2016. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the 74th year of Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 220 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink. Her Majesty The Queen has attended every year since the Show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public. Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by Windsor Equestrian Promotions Ltd, a part of HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show www.hpower.co.uk.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Due to The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration taking place in the evenings following the Horse Show, there will be no evening performances at Royal Windsor Horse Show this year. These will return for 2017. The Horse Show will be ending at about 6pm each day. Royal Windsor Horse Show tickets do not include access to The Queen’s Birthday Celebration and there will be nowhere to watch the performance without The Celebration ticket.

Musketeer Event Management and BEDE Events Launch Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam

Alec Lochore of Musketeer Event Management and Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events have joined forces to launch an exciting new CIC3* Grand Slam, thanks to generous sponsorship from Shearwater Insurance.

The Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam has a refreshingly tempting £50,000, ‘winner-takes-all’ prize for any rider who can win three of the five CIC3* events: Burnham Market International, Belton International, Houghton International, Hopetoun International, and Burgham International in 2016.

Jeremy Lawton, Managing Director of Shearwater Insurance, is a long-standing supporter of eventing, Shearwater Insurance famously owning 2004 individual Olympic gold medal winning Shear l’Eau as well as his 2000 Olympic team silver medal winning brother Shear H2O. Jeremy’s in-depth knowledge of the sport ranges from horses starting out at their first events to those tackling the biggest competitions on the circuit.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. Being experienced event horse owners ourselves we have supported the sport for many years and recognise the importance of offering good prize money across all levels of competition.

“The costs involved in owning, training and entering horses have only increased and we want to ensure that all riders have the potential to cover these costs. The hope is that by creating a prize pot of £50,000 we can not only support dedicated owners and riders but also raise the profile of the sport. By pitching the prize fund at the 3* level we believe that we have created a real opportunity for aspiring and amateur riders to win a significant amount of money,” explained Jeremy.

“As multiple event organisers and past competitors, Stuart and I are only too aware of the costs involved, both in competing and in ‘running the show’,” said Alec Lochore. “Facilitating opportunities like this, I hope, show competitors that we are responding to their concerns regarding the level of prize money available in the sport and rewarding them for their skill and dedication.”

“To have such enthusiastic support from Shearwater Insurance is fantastic,” added Stuart. “Its generous prize fund is a real ‘golden goose’ that we hope will bring out the competitive nature of all riders competing at 3* level, and reward any rider who can achieve what is anything but an easy task.”

Martyn Johnson, organiser of Burgham Horse Trials, expressed his enthusiasm for the Grand Slam. “I am delighted Burgham is a part of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. It is a great concept which I think will really help to promote the sport and is a giant step in progressing the issues surrounding prize money for riders. A huge thanks should go to Jeremy Lawton and Shearwater as well for joining Stuart and Alec in his support of this progressive initiative.”

Early rider feedback has been positive. Australian Badminton winner Paul Tapner commented: “Eventing is a hugely popular, exciting and extreme equestrian sport. It is long overdue a prize fund to match its exhilarating nature and reward the expertise and dedication of the participants, both human and equine.

“International Event Riders on the world’s most competitive competition circuit here in the UK will all be hugely excited and motivated by the Tri-Star Grand Slam innovation. We are massively grateful to Shearwater Insurance for their longstanding, and now substantially increased, support of our sport.”

David Holmes, British Eventing Chief Executive, added: “British Eventing are delighted to be a part of this exciting new Grand Slam initiative, delivering riders, owners, sponsors and spectators with a thrilling competition to follow throughout the season. It is great to see the support of Shearwater Insurance who are able to help provide riders and their connections with a generous prize pot to aim for through some of the most prestigious three star events in the country.”

The five events in the series are as follows – Burnham Market International: 1-3 April; Belton Park International: 15-17 April; Houghton International: 26-29 May; Hopetoun International: 17-19 June; Burgham International: 29-30 July.

For more information and high res images, please contact Stuart Buntine at stuart@bedeltd.co.uk. For more information about Shearwater Insurance, please visit their website: www.shearwater-insurance.co.uk.

Statement on Bertram Allen (IRL), on Behalf of Olympia

Following the Olympia Grand Prix CSI5* at Olympia, The London International Horse Show (GBR) on 21 December, 2015, Bertram Allen (IRL) was disqualified by the Ground Jury under Article 242.3.1 of the FEI Jumping Rules when the FEI Steward tasked with the mandatory post-competition boot and bandage control reported to the Ground Jury that Allen’s horse, Quiet Easy, had presented with blood on the offside (right) flank.

An appeal was lodged by Ms Mhairi Alexander who had been appointed by the Rider and Mrs E Phillips, the Owner, to speak on their behalf. The Appeal Committee heard from the Ground Jury, the FEI Steward and the appointed representative of the Rider.

The Appeal Committee upheld the decision of the Ground Jury that Bertram Allen was correctly disqualified from the competition.

The class was awarded to Michael Whitaker (GBR) and Viking.

Appeal Committee President Val Turner (GBR).

FEI Jumping Rules Article 242.3.1 – Mandatory Disqualification – (‘Horses bleeding on the flank(s), in the mouth or nose or marks indicating excessive use of spurs or of the whip anywhere on the Horse’)

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Emanuele Guadiano Does an Italian Job on the Longines FEI World Cup Leg

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Dashing Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano snatched victory in the Longines FEI World Cup™ leg presented by H&M at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, with an audacious display of speed jumping on his heroic chestnut gelding, Admara.

At one stage in the marathon 17-horse jump-off it looked as if the British were keeping their World Cup™ leg to themselves with Ben Maher on the feisty chestnut mare Diva ll, world number one Scott Brash (Hello M’lady) and Guy Williams (Titus) heading the leaderboard.

But the Italian police officer blew them out of the water with his ambitious round, shaving 0.95 secs off Ben’s time. The remaining riders – Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Hans-Dieter Dreher, Britain’s Laura Renwick, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Ireland’s Bertram Allen – couldn’t get close and it all came down to the last rider, Britain’s Michael Whitaker on Viking.

The packed house roared Michael down to the final fence, but he had struggled to get a good stride to either the third or fourth fences and, despite his desperate efforts, he finished just 0.13 secs slower than Ben to slot into third place.

‘I don’t think the course was too easy,’ said Michael, commenting on the large number through to the jump-off. ‘In fact, it was quite difficult. It’s just that everyone had really prepared their horses well and had been saving them for this class plus the standard is now very high.’

Portuguese course-designer, Bernardo Costa Cabral, admitted that the course was ‘difficult to build for these superstars.’ He commented: ‘Achieving a balance is a thin line. It wasn’t the highest track but it obviously rode tougher than it walked. However, it resulted in a brilliant jump-off.’

‘Emanuele certainly spoiled our party,’ joked Ben, ‘but I don’t think I could have done any more. My horse did everything for me – it felt like coming down to the last at Cheltenham! I’ve been a bit short of horse power this year, but she has always come forward for me when it matters and I won’t forget that.’

‘And I love my horse,’ declared Emanuele of the 10-year-old by Padinus that he has owned since a two-year-old. ‘He is clever and careful. I tried my best and it was good! I particularly chose to come here to try to qualify for the World Cup because I love this show, so to win here is great.’

Emanuele is now looking good for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final at Gothenburg, Sweden, in March; his win has propelled him from 42nd to 13th in the rankings which are headed by Germany’s Christian Ahlmann.

The FEI’s World Cup Director John Roche congratulated Olympic Director Simon Brooks-Ward and his team on an outstanding show. ‘It’s a great surface, horses love to jump in this environment and riders have the best crowd in the world behind him,’ added Ben Maher. ‘This is why it’s my favourite show.’

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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 15-21 December 2015 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.