Category Archives: Eventing/H.T.

Lots of Gold for Germany and Great Britain while Sweden Tops Individual Jumping

The British Eventing team of Ellie Healy, Hattie Grace, Saffron Osborne, and Daisy Proctor. (FEI/Adam Fanthorpe)

Germany claimed all gold in Dressage while Great Britain dominated Eventing and took the Jumping team title. However, the Swedish flag also flew high on the final day of the FEI European Pony Championships 2018 at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire (GBR) when Ingemar Hammarstrom stood top of the individual Jumping podium.

Dressage

The German Dressage whitewash began in the Team event in which Moritz Treffinger (Top Queen), Jana Lang (NK Cyril), Julia Barbian (Der Kleine Konig) and Lucie-Anouk Baumgurtel (Massimiliano FH) joined forces to post the winning score of 226.286. Denmark took silver on 219.028 and The Netherlands finished close behind in bronze on a final tally of 218.715.

Treffinger was outstanding all week, taking triple gold when also topping the Individual and Kur to Music competitions with his 10-year-old mare. And Denmark’s Alexander Yde Helgstrand was also highly impressive when claiming triple silver with his 12-year-old gelding Adriano B. Jana Lang claimed Individual bronze, but it was her German team-mate Barbian who stood on the third step of the podium in the Kur.

Treffinger looks to have real star potential, judges Jacques Van Daele, Yuri Romanov, Isobel Wessels, Elke Ebert, and Maja Stukelj all placing him first for a big total of 81.875% in the Kur which he performed to David Guetta music.

Eventing

It was a story-book finish when Britain’s Saffron Osborne claimed Eventing Team and Individual gold with the extraordinary 13-year-old Little Indian Feather – a lucky pony who was given a second chance and never looked back.

In very poor condition when rescued from a pound as a two-year-old by the Hennessy family from Waterford in Ireland, the mare survived a near-fatal injury and then produced a surprise foal before beginning her Eventing career and eventually moving on across the Irish Sea. She took Team and Individual silver for Osborne at last summer’s Championships in Hungary, and this year the pair went one better when claiming double-gold.

In fifth place on a score of 28 after Dressage, they added nothing on cross-country day to move into the individual lead, and the 16-year-old daughter of trainer and former National Hunt jockey Jamie Osborne found herself with a fence in hand coming to the closing stages of yesterday’s final showjumping phase.

“I didn’t say to myself that I could have a fence down. I didn’t want to jinx anything and rode it like there was nothing in hand. I know that my pony’s a careful jumper but until you’ve gone over the finishing line you can’t be certain!” — Saffron Osborne (GBR)

Ireland’s Sophie Foyle claimed silver with Little Miss Fernhill while Osborne’s team-mate, Daisy Proctor, took bronze with Holiday Chase. And the British side that also included Hattie Grace riding Noble Superman and Ellie Healy partnering Midnight Dancer were crowned Team champions ahead of Ireland in silver and France who finished just one penalty point further adrift in bronze.

Jumping

The battle for the Jumping Team title was a thriller, with the hosts claiming gold ahead of Sweden and a fierce fight between France and Ireland for the bronze. Clare Whitaker, wife of Olympic legend John Whitaker and mother of Louise and Robert, who also compete at the very top end of the sport, was British Chef d’Equipe. “It meant a lot to win on home soil,” she said.

As other nations started to struggle during the second round the GB girls kept their cool. Shaunie Greig with Casino Royale and Claudia Moore riding Elando van de Roshoeve knew they had the gold medal in the bag after third rider Perdi Digby posted a clear with Kayleighs Star to leave them on eight faults. They had a nine-fault advantage over Sweden in silver, but the French and Irish were tied on 20 faults so all four riders from each team had to jump off once more for the bronze. And it went right to the wire, with France shaving a few precious seconds off the time to clinch it.

Although the gold was won, fourth British team member Nicole Lockhead Anderson still rode her final round with Gangham Style – yet another clear – to keep her very much in the running for the individual medals, but it was Moore who came off best for the home side on the final day. The winner was undisputed as 15-year-old Ingemar Hammarstrom and his bay gelding Ocean des As were just too good for the rest when not touching a pole all week to take the title for Sweden.

With just four faults on the board, Ireland’s Max Wachman and Cuffesgrange Cavalidam earned the silver but it took a two-way showdown with the French partnership of Romane Orhant and Quabar des Monceaux before Moore claimed the bronze with the quickest time in a third-round jump-off.

Full results here.

By Louise Parkes

Media contact:

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

Sandra Auffarth Wins CI-Short 3* Class during fischer Strzegom Summer Tour

Photo Credit: Leszek Wójcik.

The winner of the CI-short 3* class during fischer Strzegom Summer Tour in Poland is Sandra Auffarth.

Four international and five national classes: all that was to see over the last four days at fischer Strzegom Summer Tour. Some of the best eventers in the world have competed at the hippodrome in Morawa, including the current Olympic champion Michael Jung, world champion Sandra Auffarth, and the current European champion Ingrid Klimke. For the German team it was also the final test before the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA in September.

Sandra Auffarth (GER) with Viamant du Matz has won the most difficult class of the event: the CI-short 3* competition. Fourth after dressage, she has taken the lead after cross country, being the only rider to finish the course clear and in time. A clear round in the showjumping has only proven her to be the best in the class.

„I had a great feeling yesterday in the cross country and I was very proud of my horse. I had a good feeling about the showjumping, because my horse is a good jumper. I’m very very happy; my test went really good for me and my horse. I think the showjumping course was quite difficult, but it made it exciting and fun to watch for the audience.” – Sandra Auffarth after her clear round in the showjumping arena.

Second place belongs to Christoph Wahler (GER) aboard Carjatan S, and third goes to Andreas Dibowski (GER) with FRH Corrida. The highest placed Polish athlete of the competition was Jan Kamiński, finishing on the 18th place.

During the CI-short 3* class, Polish riders also competed for the title of the Polish National Champion. The gold medal went to Jan Kamiński with Senior, silver medal for Joanna Pawlak with Fantastic Frieda, and bronze for Paweł Spisak with Admirał.

German riders have definitely dominated the CI-long 2* class. The best score overall belonged to Michael Jung with Corazon. Good ride in the dressage arena, a few points for the time in the cross country, and a clear round during showjumping has granted him the first place in the class. Second place went to Tabea-Marie Meiners (GER) with Luc M, and third to Stephanie Böhe (GER) with Amazing Prince.

The CI-short 2* class was also lucky for the German team. Julia Krajewski aboard Samourai du Thot has taken the lead after cross country and a clear round in the showjumping arena has secured her position and granted her the first place in the competition. Second in the CI-short 2* was Sandra Auffarth with Daytona Beach 8 and third place went to Emma Brüssau with Donnerstag 20.

In the CI-short 1* class the best score belonged to Pietro Grandis (ITA) with Choclat, second place went to Merel Blom (NED) with Lucky You 7, and taking the third place was Ksawery Śniegucki (POL) with Red Dream Princes.

Online results: http://eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/results/2018/sst/

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Great Equestrian Gala Starts on Thursday in Morawa

Photo: Michael Jung – credit: Mariusz Chmieliński.

Over 300 horses, nine competitions, international star athletes and competition for the title of the Polish champion – fischer Strzegom Summer Tour, an international eventing competition, starts this week in Morawa (Poland).

We will have the opportunity to see some of the best eventers in the world, including last year’s European Championships medallists: last year’s winner in Strzegom, Ingrid Klimke (GER) with Sap Hale Bob Old, and Michael Jung (GER) with fischer Rocana FST, who had taken the silver medal back then. Michael Jung is also the current Olympic champion and the first rider to have won the titles of European Champion, World Champion and Olympic Champion simultaneously.

Also registered for the competition is Sandra Auffarth, an Olympic medallist and World Champion and a double silver medallist of the European Championships.

The riders will compete in four international and five national classes. During the show we will also see the best Polish eventers compete for the title of the Polish National Champion.

fischer Strzegom Summer Tour starts on Thursday. During the first two days the riders and horses will present themselves in the dressage trial – a display of precision, beauty, and harmony. On Saturday and Sunday, the athletes will have to face the cross-country course, the most spectacular of the trials. The final trial of showjumping, which will determine the winners, will be held on Sunday.

Entry to the event and pony rides for children are free of charge.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Baborówko Horse Sale Show Will Be Held in Two Months

Photo: Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Lassban Radovix – the winners of last year’s CIC2* competition.

Baborówko Horse Sale Show will be held from 28th to 30th of September in Baborówko near Poznań (Greater Poland, Poland). During the show will also take place The Sport Horses Auction of horses with showjumping and eventing potential.

The riders will have the opportunity to compete in three international competitions – CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC1*. Sport program will also include the national competitions L and P.

The schedule of the show has just been approved by the FEI and is available on: http://bit.ly/schedule_BHSS2018. The deadline for entries for international as well as for national competitions is on 10th of September. Baborówko Horse Sale Show will be held in a classic format: dressage will take place on Friday, cross country on Saturday, and showjumping as well as the ceremonies on Sunday.

The Sport Horses Auction will be held in Baborówko for the third time. Previous two editions were a significant success with many horses sold to foreign stables. The star of last year’s edition was Cassens Coco Valentina sold for nearly 29 000 EUR.

The Sport Horses Auction will take place on Saturday, 29th of September. The buyers will have the opportunity to take part in test rides during Baborówko Horse Sale Show, on Thursday and Friday. The official presentation of the horses will take place on Saturday, right after the cross country, and the bidding will be held in the Wooden Barn in the evening that day.

The Sport Horses Auction is open for entries for sport horses with showjumping or eventing potential until 17th August 2018. The organizers offer two fee options with the assistance for bidding, such as veterinary examination and transaction support. The organizers also provide promotion of the horses accepted for the Auction. Horses accepted to the bidding will take part in a photo and video shooting on 20th of August.

Application form for sellers is available on the website of Baborówko Horse Sale Show (www.bhss.baborowko.pl). Deadline for submitting horses to bidding is 17th of August, 2018.

More information at:
www.festiwal.baborowko.pl
https://www.facebook.com/BaborowkoHorseSaleShow/
https://www.instagram.com/eventing_baborowko/

Six-Time Gold for the Netherlands at Fontainebleau

Chiara Reyer leads team-mates Mikka Rotha, Mick Haunhorst and Charlotte Hoing on their victory gallop after Germany won Children’s Team Jumping gold at the Longines FEI European Championships 2018 for Children/Juniors/Young Riders. (FEI/Łukasz Kowalski)

France scoops all four Eventing titles during a week of sensational sport

Young Dutch athletes proved the dominant force at the Longines FEI European Championships 2018 for Children, Juniors and Young Riders which drew to a close at Le Grand Parquet in Fontainebleau, France. However, the host nation claimed all the top honours in Eventing while Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, and Belgium also grabbed gold.

Children

The Dutch gold-rush began with victory in Children’s Team Dressage where Lilli van den Hoogen (Woodstock), Lara van Nek (Fariska), Sanne van der Pols (Excellentie) and Sanne Buijs (Happy Feet) pinned their German rivals into silver medal spot by a two-point margin while France claimed the bronze. Dutch Chef d’Equipe, Monique Peutz, said she felt “20 years older!” after the team competition, but there was plenty more to come. Underpinning the supremacy of The Netherlands side, the 13-year-olds Buijs and van Nek went on to clinch individual gold and silver, and it was the second year in a row for Buijs to take double-gold. Germany’s Kenya Schwierking (Dinos Boy) lined up third for bronze.

In Children’s Team Jumping it was Germany’s Charlotte Hoing (Bajala), Mikka Roth (Caboto), Mick Haunhorst (Conquest) and Chiara Reyer (Cederic) who reigned supreme, finishing on a four-fault total ahead of Ireland in silver medal spot with eight, and Belgium in bronze on 13 faults. And there were plenty of happy Irish faces when 14-year-old Rhys Williams literally cruised to gold medal spot in the individual classification with a foot-perfect run through three tough competitions with CES Cruson.

“Rhys showed nerves of steel. It was an exceptional performance from him all week,” said Irish team manager James Kernan. Germany’s Chiara Reyer and Henry Munsberg took silver and bronze following a jump-off for the remaining medals between all five athletes tied on a four-fault tally.

Juniors

The Dutch also had it all their way in Junior Dressage, with Milou Dees (Francesco), Kimberly Pap (Vloet Victory), Thalia Rockx (Golden Dancer), and Daphne van Paperstraten (Greenpoint’s Cupido) finishing with a three-point advantage over Germany in silver while Denmark clinched bronze. Taking the lead in the individual standings, van Peperstraten paid tribute to her country’s Eventing coach who passed away suddenly at the weekend.

“We started this championship with a lot of sadness after the death of Jan van Beek, but it brought the team together and made us strong, and we did our best to honour him today.” — Daphne van Paperstraten (NED)

And she went on to pin two of the German team members, Valentina Pistner (Flamboyant) and Romy Allard (Summer Rose), into Individual silver and bronze.

In Junior Jumping it was the Belgians who came out on top ahead of Great Britain in silver and Ireland in bronze. Thibault Philippaerts (Cataleya), Thibeau Spits (Jericho Dwerse), Alexander Housen (Galoubet Fravanca), and Simon Morssinkof (Vivolta de Gree) finished on the winning score of 14.55 points. Last to go, Morssinkhof was under pressure after Spits posted a 12-fault result. But even though he left a fence on the floor there was still an eight-fault margin between the new champions and the British silver medallists who were just over two points clear of the Irish.

And the Irish once again clinched the individual title thanks to a brilliant performance from Jason Foley who turns 17 next week. Silver went to Britain’s Oliver Fletcher (Disckoboy) and Belgium’s Morssinkof took the bronze.

It was in Eventing that the French really shone. Led by 17-year-old Anouk Canteloup (Daniel del Impermeable) who added nothing to her dressage score of 25.90 to also take the individual title, Julie Simonet (SursumcOrd’Or), Chiara Autin (Urban Legend Blues), and Zazie Gardeau (Udine Jolimon Beam) stormed to Junior Team success while Great Britain claimed silver medal spot and Germany stood third on the podium.

Britain’s Heidi Coy (Royal Fury) and Germany’s Brandon Schafer-Gehrau (Fraelein Frieda) also finished on their first-phase totals to take the silver and bronze Individual medals.

Young Riders

The Germans at last got the better of their Dutch rivals when lifting the Young Riders Dressage Team trophy, but only by another narrow margin. Lisa Weischof (Don Windsor), Alexa Westendarp (Four Seasons), Paulina Holzknecht (Wells Fargo), and Semmieke Rothenberger (Geisha) posted a final scoreline of 222.529 and the Dutch were close for silver medal spot on 221.410. Bronze went to Sweden on 212.792.

But The Netherlands’ Esmee Donkers set a new record in the Individual test with her lovely 11-year-old KWPN mare Chaina when scoring 77.294, her team-mate Febe van Zwambagt (FS Las Vegas) taking silver and Germany’s Welschof claiming the bronze. And Donkers then went on to post 80.500 to add the Freestyle title ahead of German team gold medallist Holzknecht in silver and Zwambagt in bronze.

It was double-gold in Young Riders Jumping for Britain’s Harry Charles who joined Graham Babes (Boucheron), William Fletcher (Persimmon), and Amy Inglis (Wishes) to finish well clear of Team Germany in silver and Denmark in bronze. “It’s awesome to win two years in a row!” said Chef d’Equipe Tony Newbery after his team’s success, but the good times were not over yet.

Because Charles got the perfect gift on his 19th birthday last Sunday when clinching the individual title ahead of Germany’s Cedric Wold (Cho Chang J) in silver and Austria’s Felix Koller (Captain Future) in bronze.

“I knew I had a chance, but my horse was really amazing! This is his third European Championships and he won his sixth medal today.” — Harry Charles (GBR)

When it came to Eventing the formidable French recorded another double-gold thanks to a phenomenal performance from 20-year-old Victor Levecque (Phunambule des Auges) who was joined by Romain Sans (Unetoile de la Serre), Thais Meheust (Quamilha), and Victor Burtin (Early van ter Nieuwbeke). When their nearest challengers from Germany disappeared from the reckoning it was Italy that lined up in Team silver medal spot while Sweden took bronze.

Levecque, double-gold medallist at the European Pony Championships four years ago, was in a league of his own when finishing on his dressage score of 26.00 to take the Individual Young Riders Eventing title ahead of Germany’s Emma Brussau in silver and Britain’s Alex Kennedy (Lissangle Cavaletto B) in bronze.

“Victor is a machine! He is our Kylian Mbappé!” said team-mate Burtin, comparing him to the young French soccer star who was such a sensation throughout the recent FIFA World Cup.

By Louise Parkes

Media contact:

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

Strzegom Horse Trials: France First in Nations Cup

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The French team was unbeatable in the Nations Cup competition at the LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. Second place went to team Great Britain; Italy finished on third.

In the showjumping trial the Polish team had a few mistakes, which led to them falling from the third position that they had after the cross country, to fourth position. The best polish athlete of the team was Mateusz Kiempa, who after two knockdowns has finished on the 11th position individually.

“I had two mistakes in the showjumping – one was because we had a tight distance in the combination. My horse is quite big and he lands far after the jump, but I’m very pleased, because the course was really demanding; not a lot of horses have finished it clear.”

Great dressage tests, clear rounds of Christopher Six with Totem de Brecey and Francois Lemiere with Ogustin du Terroir at the showjumping, and a good cross country test of Maxime Livio aboard Opium de Verrieres made it possible for the French team to take home the cup for the first place in the Nations Cup.

“We did a good job with the team – two of us were clear. Yesterday the cross was quite hard, but our three horses were clear, and mine was very close to the time. We came here to try to win the Nations Cup and we did, so we are very happy,” said Maxime Livio.

The individual ranking proved Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) the best of them all: after clear rounds in both the cross country and showjumping trials, he won the CI-short 3* with Calle 44.

“I’m very happy and very lucky to have this horse; he is a super jumper. He is a really careful horse; he jumped really well today, and I’m pleased with him”

Frenchman Christopher Six has moved up from the fifth place to finish as second, and William Oakden (GBR) finished third with Cooley Ramiro.

7 nations have competed in the Nations Cup altogether.

The Nations Cup competition in Strzegom was the first test of the new Olympic format of the team competition before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The jumping trials on Sunday have also determined the winners of the CI-long competitions. In the CI-long 3* competition, the hardest one at Strzegom Horse Trials, the athletes competed to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The winner, Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE), riding the 17-year-old Wega, took the lead after the dressage. An excellent ride in the cross country trial allowed her to stay in the leading position even after one knockdown in the showjumping.

The cup for the second place went to Andreas Ostholt with So Is Et (GER), and Karin Donckers (BEL) finished as third with Fletcha van’t Verahof.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt has also had a great round in the CI-long 2* competition. She kept her score after dressage and showjumping, after which she was first and second, and after a clear round she won the class with Cesar V and took home the cup for the second place with Arpertina. Third place went to Kai Rüder aboard Chicago M. The best polish athlete in the class was Wiktoria Knap, which finished as 7th with Quintus 134.

German riders had a lot to be happy about after the CI-long 1* showjumping. Sophie Grieger (GER) won the class with Costakovich, Niklas Bschorer (GER) finished as second with Back in Time 2, and Frank Ostholt (GER) was third aboard Luvis. As for the Polish athletes in the competition, the best one was Filip Dziuba, finishing on the 4th place with Cormintta.

It was also time for the cross country trials for the CI-short star competitions. Andreas Dibowski (GER) won the CI-short 2* with FRH Corrida, Julia Krajewski (GER) was second with Amande de B’Neville, and third place went to Maxime Livio (FRA) aboard Billy Elmy.

In the CI-short 1* class, Frank Ostholt (GER) took home the cup for the first place with Carlson 119, Elaine Pen (NED) was second, and Julien Despontin (BEL) finished on the third position.

In the national classes, the best riders after the dressage kept their leads throughout the cross country trials. Verena Laber (AUT) has won the P1 class with Con Casiro, and Miroslav Trunda (CZE) with Riviera was first ex aequo with Miloslav Příhoda (CZE) and Eldorado in P2.

Tomasz Stachowiak (POL) won the L class aboard Monito, and Weronika Jerczyńska (POL) took home the first place in the L-18.

10 classes, both national and international, over 280 athletes on more than 300 horses. All that was to be seen during this year’s LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Nations Cup team standings:

  1. France – 115,80
  2. Great Britain – 139,40
  3. Italy – 209,00
  4. Poland – 220,70

Online results: http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Strzegom Horse Trials: Dressage Day 2

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The French team has taken the lead after Friday’s dressage test during the prestigious Nations Cup. Swedish team is currently second, and the third position is occupied by Germany. 7 teams are competing altogether.

The Polish team is currently sixth. The best result after the dressage goes to Mateusz Kiempa and Lassban Radovix, currently 11th in the individual ranking. Here’s what he said after his performance:

“I think the test went all right; it is a great honour for me to compete in the Nations Cup representing Poland. I want my score to be as good as possible for our team.”

German rider Marie Kraack is currently the best in the individual ranking in the competition, aboard Havana Club.

“He was really super; he did what we expected from him, and he performed very well,” said the rider after her dressage.

Second place for now goes to Linda Algotsson (SWE) riding Fair Spot, and third to Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with Duke of Cavan.

“He was very good. I’m happy with the test; he was a bit tense inside; I could have done a nicer test, but otherwise I’m really pleased with him,” he told us after his ride.

The Nations Cup competition in Strzegom is the first test of the new Olympic format, which will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Three riders compete for each team, and their added score counts for the overall classification.

Dressage tests of the short CI competitions have ended on Friday as well. In the 2* competition two riders are in the lead with the same score: Maxime Livio (FRA) with Ariano du Quinze and Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Libertina. In the one star competition Pia Münker (GER) with Dunkin Donut M. has taken the lead.

National competitions were happening alongside the international classes as well. Danish rider Casper Rasmussen got the best dressage score in the L class aboard Tranehajs Prada Noir, and in the L-18 class the lead has been taken by Weronika Jerczyńska (POL) with Karat.

Verena Laber (AUT) is the current best rider in the P class number 1 with Con Casiro, and in the P class number 2 the lead is taken by two Czech riders: Miroslav Trunda with Riviera and Miloslav Prihoda with Eldorado.

Online results: http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Strzegom Horse Trials: Sara Algotsson Ostholt Takes Lead after Dressage

Photo: Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) takes the lead after her dressage test during the CI-long 3* competition at Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials.

First dressage tests have been held at the Morawa hippodrome during the eventing competition, also called the equestrian triathlon. In the most demanding competition of the event, the CI long 3*, Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt is the leader aboard Wega.

“Wega was fantastic! She was amazing to ride, she loves to show off in the dressage arena, and she did so today,” said the Swedish rider.

The Ostholt family has dominated the competition. Sara’s husband Frank Ostholt and her brother-in-law Andreas, both representing Germany, have also competed in the CI-long 3*, finishing their tests on the fourth and sixth position accordingly.

Karin Donckers (BEL) is in the second place so far aboard Belgian-bred gelding Fletcha van’t Verahof. A true Strzegom veteran, regularly competing at the Morawa hippodrome for many years, commented upon her test: “I had a good feeling about our test with Fletcha. I’m happy with how it went; I’m really pleased with my horse. It’s been a very good year for him.”

Christoph Wahler (GER) is currently third in the competition after a good round of 27,10 penalty points.

Competing in the CI-long 3* gives an opportunity to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in September in Tryon in the United States. The only Polish rider participating in the competition is Artur Społowicz, with Poker, currently on the 12thposition after dressage.

In the CI-long 2*, German rider Kai Ruder has taken the lead with Chicago M. Sara Algotsson Ostholt is currently second and third with Arpertina and Cesar accordingly. A good round for Polish rider Wiktoria Knap, whose dressage test has gained her the 5th position.

Polish rider Paweł Warszawski with Hummer has gained the best score in the CI-long 1*class.

Online results: http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Strzegom Horse Trials: A Walk with Course Designer Marcin Konarski on CICO3* Nations Cup Route

It’s a big challenge to design a cross country course after the Championships. Achieving a balance between creating an interesting course for visitors whilst lowering technical requirements can be difficult. I hope all this year’s courses will be entertaining for spectators and at the same time friendly and educative for horses and riders. Designing a cross country course for the Nations Cup competition is particularly interesting. It is a team competition and it has its own rules.

The Nations Cup cross-country course begins with four easy but large scale fences, which are designed to help horses find the correct rhythm and for riders to feel in control.

The fifth fence is the first that spectators will be able to observe up close. It’s an enormous yellow-black oxer near a water fence complex. Then we have a long stretch of canter and a 1-stride combination of fences EUROINS 6AB on the top of the hill.

Over the next stretch, horse and rider will be presented with their first serious test on this cross-country route: it’s a combination of two URSUS tractors positioned parallel at a large angle provoking run-out to the left. We are now getting close to the first big fence complex sponsored by KOWAR. It starts with the largest log on the ditch followed by a four element combination, the direct route consisting of very risky skinny fence, concluding with another big jump through the ditch with the hedge.

Following such an intensive section of the cross-country, there is opportunity to take a breath. On route to the first water fence, there is only one jump through another ditch proceeded by a length of canter where riders will face the PODA LAKE combination which finishes with an innovative corner build with MIM safety cups and arranged in a non-conventional layout.

Now riders go straight to the main water complex, which this year, thanks to our principal partner, is called LOTTO ARENA. First is a massive table and on to the curve line jump into the water through vertical palisade. Next riders turn right and jump out off the water through a combination of skinny fence and corner. Dealing with this question requires high-level skills from the rider and a lot of precision from the horse. All four jumps are situated just a few meters from the visitor’s area, so they will bring a lot of sporting thrill for sure.

A short rest at the main show jumping arena with the task of two big oxers and then we go back to LOTTO ARENA. This part of the course begins with a jump into the water through the big log followed by a very difficult combination of house and corner in the water. It’s not far to the finishing line now. All that’s left to do is to jump the table followed by the final combination on this cross-country route, walls made of Strzegom granite. One last fence and we arrive at the finishing line!

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

FEI Tribunal Issues Final Decisions on Autumn Crocus Cases

The FEI Tribunal has issued Final Decisions in two cases involving the prohibited substance Demecolcine after hearing that the presence of this substance can be the result of contamination due to the ingestion of the flower Colchicum Autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus.

These cases involve the horses Inception 2 (FEI ID 105CF31) ridden by German athlete Felix Etzel (FEI ID 10031843) at the CCI1* in Wiener Neustadt, Milak (AUT) and Finest Quality V&K (FEI ID 105DG03) ridden by Lebanese athlete Emile Karim Fares (FEI ID 10005907) at the CSI3* in Eindhoven (NED). Samples were taken from both horses in May 2017.

Demecolcine, which was previously a Banned Substance* on the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List, was reclassified as a Specified Substances** on 1 January 2018. There is no known use for Demecolcine in veterinary medicine and the alkaloids of the autumn crocus are all highly toxic.

The athletes were able to prove to the FEI Tribunal that the substance had entered the horses’ systems through ingesting hay that had been contaminated by autumn crocus.

The athletes also established that they bore no fault or negligence for the rule violation and, as a result, the Tribunal ruled that no further sanctions should be imposed, other than the automatic disqualification of the horse and athlete from the competitions.

The athletes have 21 days to appeal these decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from the date of notification, 20 July 2018.

FEI Prohibited Substances

The FEI’s Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections – Controlled Medication and *Banned Substances. Controlled Medication substances are those that are regularly used to treat horses, but which must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition.

Banned (doping) Substances should never be found in the body of the horse. In the case of an adverse analytical finding for a Banned Substance, the Person Responsible (PR) is automatically provisionally suspended from the date of notification. The horse is suspended for two months.

**Specified Substances

The FEI introduced the concept of Specified Substances in 2016. Specified Substances should not in any way be considered less important or less dangerous than other Prohibited Substances. Rather, they are simply substances which are more likely to have been ingested by horses for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance, for example, through a contaminated food substance. In the case of a positive for a Specified Substance, provisional suspension is not automatic.

FEI Media Contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Press Relations
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 787 506 142

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
Email: ruth.grundy@fei.org
Tel: +41 787 506 145