Category Archives: Eventing/H.T.

4 Stars at Equestrian Festival Baborówko

Baborówko, the 6th of February 2019 – 5 international classes will be played out during Baborówko Equestrian Festival, from the 23rd to the 26th of May 2019. Thanks to the patron of the show, Mr Roman Roszkiewicz, the prize money will reach 465 000 PLN (approx. 110 000 EUR), which places Equestrian Festival Baborówko among the top 10 eventing shows with the highest prize pool in the world.

Olympic qualifications for Tokyo 2020 will take place in Baborówko this year. The team that wins the CCIO4*-L class will immediately qualify for the games. For athletes from C group (Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Equestrian Festival Baborówko is one of two opportunities to qualify. The other one is the overall position in the classification of Nations Cup in 2019.

Since 2019, the FEI has introduced a new distinction in the eventing classes. The Olympic qualification will be played out in the range of 4 stars. The cross-country trial will last 10 minutes, with 40 fences to hurdle over the course of approx. 6000 metres. The prize money in the CCIO4*-L class will reach 85 000 PLN (19 000 EUR), with 60 000 PLN (approx. 14 200 EUR) going to the winning team.

The highest class at Equestrian Festival Baborówko will be the CCI4*-S class, where the winner will gain 100 000 PLN (approx. 23 500 EUR). The organizers suspect that this will be the class where we will have the opportunity to see international eventing’s biggest stars, including the number one in the FEI rankings, Oliver Townend (GBR), or the currently placed as third, Tim Price (NZL). The overall prize money for the class will reach 325 000 PLN (approx. 76 000 EUR).

The most important classes of Equestrian Festival Baborówko will be played out in the classic format – dressage on Thursday and Friday, cross-country on Saturday, and showjumping with prizegiving on Sunday. Traditionally, organisers have also prepared additional shows and activities for children and adults on Saturday and Sunday.

Other classes during Equestrian Festival Baborówko include the international CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and CCIYH2*-S for young horses, as well as the national class CNC-L for the less experienced.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl.

USET Foundation Awards Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Ryan Keefe

Ryan Keefe and Flintstar. Photo: Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Gladstone, N.J. – Jan. 14, 2019 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2019 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to up-and-coming eventing rider Ryan Keefe of Sandy Spring, Maryland.

“It’s a really big honor to be chosen for the [Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant] because I know that a lot of other great riders before me have received it,” said Keefe. “It definitely feels good to have the support of the USET Foundation and other people behind the grant who believe in me.”

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund. Keefe, this year’s winner, has demonstrated her talent at many of the nation’s top CCI1* and CCI2* events. At just 18 years old and a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Keefe has piloted her top mount, Flintstar, to a number of impressive finishes, including winning the Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* in 2017 and finishing 11th overall at their first CCI2* at Fair Hill International in 2018.

Keefe credits much of her success to her veteran partner Flintstar, who she acquired in 2016. The 2000 Thoroughbred gelding was previously ridden by New Zealand’s Jonelle Price up through the 4* level and even contributed towards New Zealand’s team bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In July 2018, the pair competed for the first time on the Area II CICOY2* squad at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), which took place in Kalispell, Montana, in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, where they won team gold and placed fourth individually.

Most recently, Keefe was selected to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program by the US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing Sport Committee in December 2018. The program will host its winter training session with USEF eventing emerging athlete coach Leslie Law in Ocala, Florida from Jan. 14-17.

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund was established by Pirie’s family in her memory with the purpose of helping to provide financial assistance to an eventing rider who has been identified as an athlete with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future.

As the recipient of the grant, Keefe, who trains with her mom, Rumsey, and Sharon White of Last Frontier Eventing, will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year.

“The grant will help me a lot with our winter training in Ocala,” said Keefe. “Since [Flintstar] is getting older, I would like to get some Advanced Level experience out of him this year. He has been such a good teacher so far for me. A big thanks again to the people behind the grant for all of their support!”

Thanks to the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Keefe can focus on continuing her training and preparing for competitions as she aims towards one day representing the United States on the international stage.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.

Association équestre Centaure Thanks Donors and Partners

Photo: Jonathan McCrea & Aristoteles.

Bromont, Quebec – Jan. 3, 2019 – Association équestre Centaure would like to thank its donors and partners who made organizing its 2018 season events possible.

Under Roger Deslauriers’s management, Association équestre Centaure organizes close to a dozen events and competitions every year in the hunter, jumper, dressage, three-day eventing, and driving disciplines. Events are held at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in the Eastern Townships region of Canada.

Organizers of the International Bromont CSI3*, Bromont International Driving, and the CDI Autumn Classic, notably, and the Association équestre Centaure acknowledge the support of the Quebec Government, the Town of Bromont, Assante, the National Bank of Canada, Back on Track, Volta Électrique, Soltek Agrégats, as well as everyone who contributed to the 2018 season events.

Many athletes participated in the events organized by Association équestre Centaure, and the organizing committee hopes than 2019 will be just as successful. General manager, Deslauriers, said, “We are happy with the participation in the different events over the past year, and would like to thank the athletes for their trust and support. We are already at work on our 2019 season and hope that many of them will join us.”

Association équestre Centaure will organize seven competitions in 2019, including four international jumping, dressage, and driving horse shows.

Contact: Hélène Sactouris, event co-ordinator, via email: co-oc@internationalbromont.org or by phone: 450-534-0787.

Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials Discontinued

Organizers Reflect on Beautiful Memories

Chesterfield, S.C. — After ten fabulous years celebrating the traditional eventing long-format, The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials is sorry to announce that the competition is cancelled for the foreseeable future.

We are going out on a high note. Our entries for the 2018 event were our highest to date and exceeded our goal. We successfully ran our first Preliminary divisions and maintained the high standards we’d set in the past.

We would like to thank the officials, vendors, sponsors, and clinicians for everything they have done for this event as well as Southern 8ths Farm’s Brad Turley and Pati Martin for being gracious hosts.

Most importantly we would like to thank our volunteers. They were the key to our success and were the reason every competitor, spectator, clinician, and official left the event raving about HOTC. We appreciate every minute they gave to us.

Although we are deeply saddened, we will remember the experience fondly and celebrate the incredible impact HOTC had on its competitors, community, volunteers, and staff. Thank you for an incredible ride. Long live the long format!

Brad Turley, Owner, Southern 8ths Farm: Southern 8ths has over 200 years of equestrian history and the HOTC was our way to burnish what had come before. We hope that in the future we’ll be able to keep those memories alive. We have a great appreciation for those who made it happen over the past ten years and are heartfelt in our thanks.

Cindy Deporter, Co-Organizer: I am proud to have been associated with HOTC. It was a unique event and had a unique character. I was blessed with extraordinary people who were dedicated and believed in the event as I did. I thought we got it right in all ways. Here is to the competitors, volunteers, and the sponsors who helped to make it happen.

Leslie Threlkeld, Co-Organizer: There was a very special energy about HOTC. From the lovely people who helped to put on the event, to the serenity and beauty of the farm, to the generations old spirit of the horse that enveloped the property. Thank you to everyone who shared this incredible space with us over the years and supported the competition. We are sorry to see it go.

Erin Kimmer, Co-Organizer: I have attended the event as volunteer, competitor, and organizer. This event was truly one of the nicest events I have ever attended. The organizers and staff over the years have gone above and beyond to make this such a lovely event. I feel very lucky to have been able to ride and compete here. As a volunteer, this event’s hospitality and appreciation was the highest I have ever experienced. Thank you so much to Brad and Pati for their passion for the long format and hosting the event at their beautiful farm for many years. I am truly grateful to Cindy and Leslie for letting me join on board as an organizer and their help and insight with the technical delegate licensing process. I have gained so much from everyone and all of my experiences at HOTC.

Erica Pawlak, Sponsorship Coordinator: I’ve been working HOTC since the 2015 event and it really helped cement my love for eventing. Being new to the area, it’s introduced me to a whole host of wonderful Area II and III people and given me a fabulous education in between stuffing prize bags. My favorite position to work (besides giving out loads of swag on Sunday) was the vet box coming off Phase D. Getting to be one of the first to greet everyone after they’d completed endurance day and congratulate them on their accomplishment was an absolute privilege. I’m so honored I got to be a part of it.

Melissa Beasley-Rundt, Hospitality/Volunteer Coordinator: Southern 8ths Farm is a magical place. My best memories of Heart of the Carolinas are the people that I’ve met over the past few years. I’ll take those friendships with me forever.

Gammon Castellvi, Volunteer Coordinator: I have seen this event from every angle. First as a technical delegate, I felt it was an incredible educational event I was proud to have had a part in. Then as the volunteer coordinator, it was a privilege to work with an organizing committee that was doing all the right things for all the right reasons. Everyone put in all this amazing effort to provide our riders with an opportunity that we lost many years ago when the long format disappeared from the FEI levels. An event like this, for a rider, was the culmination of months of work. Just the look on each rider’s face as they came through the finish brought back the unbelievable feelings of accomplishment that only an event like this can bring. Too few of our riders will ever experience that or learn so much about themselves and their horse partners. The last few years, my own daughter has brought several young horses to this event. Watching her and her young partners come through the finish line, sharper, fitter, more educated, and much more confident each time is priceless, the level of horsemanship and sportsmanship it promotes is unequaled.

Kim Keeton, DVM, Veterinarian: What Brad brought at Southern 8ths was truly unique! I first participated in 2015 as a competitor at the Training Level in the three-day with my young warmblood. She grew leaps and bounds over the weekend as we danced in front of the mirrors at Brad’s main barn, then trotted on manicured roads and tracks through the woods traversing streams and nature paths, and galloped on the perfectly maintained steeplechase and cross country turf, and then triumphantly finished over a unique and atmospheric show jumping. Winning that weekend was icing on the cake, but it reignited in me the need for an amateur accessible long format event. Since then, I’ve been back each year, in 2016 and 2017 volunteering my time to assist Dr. Debbie Williamson in the veterinary aspects of the event, and then in 2018 as the official event veterinarian. As with any event, it’s not only a stunning purpose-built facility, but also the people and their passion that makes an event special. Each day at Southern 8ths was packed from sun up to sun down with a unique competitor camaraderie, educational clinics, and nature’s beauty. HOTC should be heralded for what it brought to the sport and paving the path for future lower level long format events. Farewell HOTC – thanks for the memories, education, and most of all horsemanship and fun!

Cindy Wood, Stabling Manager: We all loved ‘Brad-minton’, the beautiful farm, stabling, grounds, cross country courses, and the Southern Eighths crew.

Ed and Annie Madden, Safety Officer and Volunteer: Every year that we have been a part of this incredible event has been special. We have gained new friends, experienced camaraderie that is rare, were introduced to the culture of horses and eventing, and gained an appreciation for what is possible when people are able to work toward a common goal.  For Annie and me it has added to the richness of our lives.

Charles Pinnell, Announcer: Farewell HOTC! There was nothing quite like that annual trip to Brad Turley’s Southern 8ths Farm. The buildup, the excitement, the professionalism at all levels, while working with a top-notch team, every member passionate about eventing and the advancement of our great sport. People will talk about this horse trials for generations.

John Michael Durr, Cross Country Course Designer: It was a pleasure being part of the HOTC team. As both a designer and a competitor at Southern 8ths, it was a joy working with the dynamic landscape and helping to bring the vision to life along with course builder, Dylan Barry.

Tony Astmann, Jack of All Trades: HOTC was a very special experience for me. It was a pleasure and honor to be part of such a first-class event. It gave me an opportunity to meet and become friends with many fantastic and accomplished people, learn a lot, and even ride some special horses too. My memories begin with Brad and his dedication, desire, and vision in creating his beautiful Southern 8ths Farm and the world-class event, Heart of the Carolinas. I remember years ago visiting Brad’s home when there was little else other than the natural, raw, South Carolina land. Through the years it was incredible to witness how the terrain was shaped, fences created, and structures were built to the make facility we now know. What truly made the HOTC memorable and special were the people – show personnel, farm staff, clinicians, competitors, everyone. It was pleasure being a part of Cindy’s team. She was generous in making this Yankee feel welcome. She was incredible in uniting and directing us all in making something special and unique happen. It was exciting working with the best and a wonderful synergy ensued. Though the hours were long, the positive atmosphere made the work a pleasure and laughs would come often and easy. I am thankful for the opportunity to have helped contribute to the sport and to have made some very special friends and memories, too.

Media Contact:
Leslie Threlkeld
leslie.a.threlkeld@gmail.com
678-378-0244

From Baborówko to Tokyo 2020

Photo: Oliver Townend.

Baborówko, November 26, 2018 — FEI General Assembly in Bahrain has announced that an eventing qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be held during Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2019 in Baborówko, Poland. For athletes from C group, that includes countries from Central and East Europe, it is one of the two opportunities to qualify for the Olympics.

“Such a decision from the FEI is a great honour for us, validating the high level of the organisation of shows in Baborówko,” says Henryk Święcicki jr, the director of Equestrian Festival Baborówko. For the athletes from C group, another opportunity to qualify for the Olympics are the European Championships in Lumuehlen in August 2019.

The qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be played out in Baborówko as the CCI4*-L class. In the cross-country trial for this class, the athletes will have to finish a 6000m distance in the course of 10 minutes, overcoming almost 40 fences.

Within the team classification of the CCI4*-L class during Baborówko Equestrian Festival, the athletes will compete for the individual qualification to the Olympics, and the right to compete will only be granted to the best team.

Once again we will have the opportunity to witness the best athletes compete not only for the Olympic qualification. Thanks to the support of the Patron of the event, Mr. Roman Roszkiewicz, the prize money at Baborówko Equestrian Festival will once again reach ca. 100 000 EUR.

From the 23rd to the 26th of May 2019, at Equestrian Festival Baborówko, apart from the CCI4*-L class, athletes will also compete in the CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S classes, and the CCIYH2*-S class for young horses. The organisers are preparing an additional programme for the audiences, and as every year, admission is free.

Eventing is one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines (along with dressage and showjumping), which the audience will have the opportunity to watch at Japan’s capital. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place from the 24th of July until the 9th of August 2020.

More information on: www.festiwal.baborowko.pl.

World Jumping Champion Simone Blum Takes Fosun Best Athlete at FEI Awards 2018

FEI Awards winners (L to R): Philip Wong (CHN), Lee McKeever (USA), Simone Blum (GER), Alex Hua Tian (CHN), FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibanez (SUI), Victor Levecque (FRA), FEI President Ingmar De Vos (BEL), Leila Malki (PLE), Juan Carlos Capelli Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, Natasha Baker (GBR), Juan Matute Guimon (ESP). (FEI/Liz Gregg)

Manama (BRN), 20 November 2018 — Germany’s golden girl Simone Blum (29) has undoubtedly had the best year of her career to date, and she added another accolade to the list, taking home the Fosun Best Athlete Award at the FEI Awards 2018 presented by Longines in Manama (BRN).

Crowned individual world champion and winner of a team bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (USA) in September, she became the first woman in the 28-year history of the Games and only the second female athlete in 65 years of the World Jumping championship to win individual gold.

“I am very proud to be the Fosun best athlete. I think it’s a dream of every rider,” Simone Blum said. “A lot of really good riders got it before and to the people I want to say thank you a lot; it was a pleasure for me and I have the best fans and supporters. Thank you.”

Hosts for the gala evening were five-time Paralympic gold medallist and multi world and European title holder, Natasha Baker (GBR), and Spain’s rising star, Juan Matute Guimon, FEI Dressage European Junior champion in 2015 and at 20, one of the youngest Dressage athletes at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Presenting the winners of the five categories, in front of more than 300 distinguished guests, including top sporting legends, equestrian fans, National Federations, FEI partners and stakeholders, these awards celebrate outstanding achievements within the equestrian community, tapping into the sporting excellence and celebrating the champions, the unsung heroes and the incredible individuals and organisations backstage making it all happen.

Groom to four-time Olympian McLain Ward, the USA’s Lee McKeever, took the award for FEI Best Groom. After 30 years working with McLain, he is still as dedicated about his work as when he started, going above and beyond to ensure the best possible care for his horses, and always willing to help others in the sport working tirelessly behind the scenes. McLain and Lee’s shared victories include the recent FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 team gold medal with Clinta, the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ title with HH Azur in Omaha (USA), individual gold medal with Rothchild at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto (CAN), and team gold medals at the Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games with Sapphire.

French Eventing athlete Victor Levecque was presented with the Longines Rising Star Award by Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, Juan-Carlos Capelli. This award highlights the achievements of athletes between the ages of 14 and 21 who demonstrate outstanding equestrian sporting talent. At the age of 20, Victor is already multiple winner, with 10 European medals, including two gold medals and five French national champion titles to his name.

“For a second consecutive year the online public vote has become very popular and a peer to peer recognition is one of the most powerful,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “The influence of one’s peers and the recognition of talent and hard work is a testament to the strengths and development of the growth of the sport.

“Development, like youth, is key to our future and has been a strong focus throughout 2018 as we can see here tonight in the results of the youth of our sport shining through. With our top partner Longines, and their ever-increasing support, their commitment to these awards and equestrian sport globally, and for the first time to celebrate the Fosun Best Athlete award, we are delighted to be here in Bahrain to reward these fantastic achievements.”

Alex Hua Tian and Philip Wong of China accepted the FEI Solidarity award for the Horsemanship charity programme in China. Ten years ago, Alex won the Rising Star Award and he was here as part of the team working to communicate the core value of “Equestrianism as Horsemanship” to the world’s fastest growing equestrian market.

Leila Malki from Palestine was presented with the Against All Odds award. Her dedication to equestrian sport and her passion have made her a role model for young women in Palestine through her encouragement of girls and women to become involved in equestrian sport in her country.

“As FEI’s Top Partner, Longines is very proud to take part in the 2018 FEI Awards Ceremony in Manama,” Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, said.

“Our connection with the equestrian world dates back 150 years, and we attach great importance to supporting events that are aligned with our core values of tradition, elegance and performance. We are particularly delighted to present the Longines Rising Star award, acknowledging our commitment in supporting new generations of athletes in each sport that we are involved in.”

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

Kentucky Three-Day Event Early Bird Pricing Ends Dec. 6

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Nicole Walker Claims Canadian Show Jumping Championship Title

Nicole Walker riding Falco van Spieveld. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography.

Toronto, Ontario – Nicole Walker of Aurora, ON claimed the $125,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship title on Saturday night, November 3, at the 96th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.

“I will never forget this! It feels amazing. I’m very excited for my whole team, and I think the horse deserves a title like this because he’s such a special boy. I’m glad he could have a title to his name.” ~ Nicole Walker, who will celebrate her 25th birthday on Sunday, November 4

Having claimed victory in Friday’s $25,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship – Round One, presented by Lothlorien, Walker held the lead coming into Saturday night’s two-round competition. The defending Canadian Champions, Amy Millar, 41, of Perth, ON and Heros piled on the pressure by opening Saturday night’s competition with a clear round while Walker incurred four faults.

When the top six in the standings went through to the all-deciding final, Walker kept her cool to deliver another clear jumping round, picking up one time fault over the course set by Ireland’s Alan Wade to bring her total score to five faults. When Millar and Heros faulted the second time out, their final score of 7.13 penalty points left them in second place, handing Walker her first Canadian Show Jumping Championship title riding Falco van Spieveld, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding.

Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill of Schomberg, ON delivered a clear round riding Count Me In to finish in third position, while 12-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion Ian Millar, 71, of Perth, ON took fourth place riding Calvin Klein for Brookstreet Stables. Olympic team silver medalist Mac Cone of King City, ON guided Zaia di san Giovanni to fifth for owner Mark Samuel’s Chadburn Holdings Inc., while Hyde Moffatt of Brantford, ON also made the cut for the top six riding Granturo.

As the defending Under 25 National Champion at the Royal Horse Show, Walker has grown up competing at the annual Royal Horse Show.

“I had a lot of friends and family here tonight as it’s very close to home,” said Walker, who trains with 2012 Irish Olympic individual medalist Cian O’Connor and his assistant trainer, Mark Kinsella. “But beyond everything, the atmosphere is incredible here. It has so much tradition. I would recommend every rider to come visit it at some point, even if they’re not riding. It’s just such a cool experience.”

With their top finishes on Saturday night, Walker and Amy Millar earned their tickets into the international division as the two highest placed finishers in the Canadian Show Jumping Championships not already qualified. Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON, Keean White of Rockwood, ON, and Ian and Jonathon Millar, both of Perth, ON, qualified based on their standings in the Longines World Rankings while Jump Canada’s high performance committee named Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC and Beth Underhill of Schomberg, ON as its two picks for the international division. The international division opens on Wednesday, November 7, featuring the $36,000 Jolera International Welcome in the evening session.

Lauren Kieffer Rocks $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge

The popular $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge rocked the house on Saturday night as competitors tackled a mix of delicate show jumping fences and challenging cross-country obstacles set by course designer Mark Phillips. Lauren Kieffer of Middleburg, VA made her Royal Horse Show a winning one, riding Glendening Avis, a 13-year-old buckskin Canadian Sport Horse mare owned by Callie Evans, to victory.

“I’m thrilled.  The mare is just incredible; she tries her guts out,” said Kieffer, who was riding a borrowed mount that she rode for the first time on Friday.  “It’s very rare that you hop on something and sync together so quickly.  It was so much fun to do this on her, and I felt so in sync with her.

“Brandon and Kendal certainly put the pressure on; I was hoping for a little bit more breathing room!” joked Kieffer following her indoor eventing debut.  “The format is fun; it’s energetic.  If it gets one person to leave here and go Google ‘eventing’ and get into it, then it did its purpose.”

Finishing second was Toronto’s own Brandon McMechan riding Oscar’s Wild to a clear round in a time of 92.78 seconds to hold off third-placed Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, ON, who was also clear riding Totally Frank in a time of 94.30 seconds.

At the conclusion of the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge, World Championship and Pan American Games medalist Selena O’Hanlon of Kingston, ON was presented with the Michael Gutowski Award, donated by Mr. Iain Gilmour, as the highest-ranked Canadian athlete on the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Eventing World Athlete Rankings.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, please visit www.royalfair.org/horseshow.html.

FEI World Equestrian Games Medallists Celebrate Achievements in Olympia Parade

Photo: © BEF / Jon Stroud Media.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show will welcome Team GBR’s medallists from the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 to the annual event to take part in a celebratory parade on the evening of Thursday 20 December 2018.

The parade marks the success of British athletes, who won eight medals this summer, giving spectators the opportunity to show their appreciation for these top riders, owners and Chefs d’Équipe, after their successful campaign at the WEG.

Reigning Olympic champion, Charlotte Dujardin CBE, will be a central figure in the parade after she and her nine-year-old mare won individual bronze in the Dressage Grand Prix Special competition, with a personal best score of 81.48%. Dujardin, who also clinched team bronze in the Dressage Grand Prix on the first day of the dressage competition, will be joined by fellow bronze medallists and teammates, Carl Hester MBE, Spencer Wilton, and Emile Faurie.

Olympia will also celebrate the achievements of Gemma Tattersall, Piggy French, Tom McEwen, and Ros Canter who, after a commendable year, took prime podium position in the Eventing at the WEG. Not only helping the team to post the lowest score in world championship history, Ros Canter held her own to take individual gold, making it a double sweep for the record-breaking Brits.

Adding to the line-up will be Natasha Baker MBE, who stormed the Dressage arena to take a silver medal in the Grade III Para-Dressage Individual Championship. Baker’s win came aboard Mount St. John Diva, adding to Mount St. John Equestrian’s medal haul, the breeder of Dujardin’s ride, Mount St. John Freestyle. Baker will be joined by Nottinghamshire’s Sophie Wells MBE, whose world championship got off to a golden start by taking top honours in the Grade V Individual test. She topped off a successful Games by winning her second gold medal, this time in the Grade V Individual Freestyle. Baker and Wells will be accompanied by Sir Lee Pearson and WEG debutant, Erin Orford, who, together, won silver in the Para Dressage team competition.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “It is an honour to be welcoming the leading British equestrian teams to this year’s Olympia. The parade hails the fantastic achievements of Team GBR and the exceptional group of riders.”

The WEG athletes will be accompanied by the successful British Youth teams, as this next generation of riders join the Thursday evening parade to celebrate their own medal achievements of 2018. One athlete who will take part is Jack Whitaker, son of Show Jumping legend Michael; Jack won individual Show Jumping silver at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina this September.

Taking place from 17-23 December, Olympia will provide the platform for top international equestrian competition, with many of the World’s elite riders expected to compete at the Show. Highlights include three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage, and Carriage Driving, not to mention international displays from La Garde Républicaine, and ‘Land of Fire’ Azerbaijan, bringing their traditional Karabakh horses to the Grand Hall.

For more information on how to purchase tickets, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0844 995 0995.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Telford gtelford@revolutionworld.com +44(0)7717 776928

Irish Sport Horse Studbook Reigns Supreme Once Again

Kitty King and Cristal Fontaine. (FEI/Libby Law)

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook won the overall title for the second consecutive year at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2018 which drew to a close at the Haras National at l‘Isle de Briand in Le Lion d’Angers (FRA). The title is decided by the best three scores of each Studbook in both categories, and it was the performances of Emerald Jonny ridden by Great Britain’s Piggy French, Cooley Moonshine with America’s Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp, and Universal Cooley with Britain’s Camilla Millie Dumas that decided the result when these three finished second, third and fourth in the 6-year-old division.

The combined score for the Irish-bred horses was 79.5, giving them almost three points of an advantage over the second-placed Selle Français Studbook while the KWPN Studbook of The Netherlands finished third on a score of 102.0.

There were 25 Irish horses representing eight nations in the two categories, but it was the Selle Français gelding Cristal Fontaine that claimed the 6-Year-Old title for Britain’s Kitty King while the Brandenburg mare, Asha P, was steered to success in the 7-year-old class by Germany’s Ingrid Klimke.

6-Year-Olds

King and the French-bred grey owned by Alex Wakeley posted a score of 25.4 for third place on Dressage day and never faltered. America’s Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine were the dressage leaders ahead of Dumas and Universal Cooley in second while British compatriot, Piggy French, sat in fourth spot going into cross-country day when the 20-fence track presented relatively few problems.

However, single showjumping errors cost the top two dearly, dropping Halliday-Sharp to third and Dumas to fourth while clears for King and French saw them claim the top two places.

King (36) is an Olympian and a veteran of multiple Young Horse Championships at Le Lion where she previously finished third with Zidante as a 6-year-old before returning to win the 7-year-olds with the same horse the following year. She was filled with emotion when she realised she’d done it again and was mighty proud of her lovely grey gelding.

“He’s just tried really, really hard. I always said to the owner he was as good as Zidante… and I’m just chuffed to bits with him. Millie (Dumas) and Liz (Halliday-Sharp) are on really good jumpers; I know what their English form is like so I would have been delighted to just finish third on my dressage score. It’s wonderful; I’m so pleased for my team at home, my sponsors and especially my owners!” — Kitty King (GBR)

A total of 40 horse-and-rider combinations started in this category and 36 completed.

7-Year-Olds

In contrast to the younger horses, the 7-year-olds found the cross-country test set by master course designer Pierre Michelet much more challenging, with 19 different horse-and-rider combinations racking up penalty points including three that retired and seven that were eliminated. A total of 69 started in this category, and 56 completed.

Newly-crowned team and individual world champion, Great Britain’s Rosalind Canter, made it all the way to fence 20, four from home, before her Irish-bred Rehy Royal Diamond collected 20 penalties for a refusal. Well down the line in 17th place after dressage she finished 44th in the final analysis, while dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, was eliminated for a fall with Chocolat at fence 8 which left the three-time Olympic gold medallist with a shoulder injury.

As a result, second-placed Klimke and Asha P rose to pole position when cruising round the cross-country track well inside the time-allowed of 9’14”, but going into the final phase they had only 0.3 of a lead over Britain’s Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin who posted the second-quickest cross-country time. However, a fence down saw this pair drop to fifth and it was Great Britain’s Tom Jackson with the Irish-bred Capels Hollow Drift who slotted into runner-up spot behind Klimke and her bay Brandenburg mare who never put a foot wrong. Third place went to Astier Nicolas from France with Babylon de Gamma (SF) and Belgium’s Karin Donckers and Leipheimer van’t Verhah (BWP) finished fourth.

Double Olympic and double World Championship team gold medallist Klimke, who clinched individual bronze with SAP Hale Bob at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA last month, was delighted with her result.

“It’s my third win at the Mondial du Lion and the happiness is still the same! I love more and more bringing young horses to top level, and winning here is really important. My mare is really good and I believe she will easily rise to 3-Star level. I have no doubt she will step into Hale Bob’s shoes!” — Ingrid Klimke (GER)

Full results here.

By Louise Parkes

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