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After Cross-Country, British Women Take the Lead and France Moves Back Up

Laura Collett ©S. Bailly/Centaure Production.

Once again this year, the cross-country event at the 5 Étoiles de Pau staged a magnificent show for its spectators. Thirty-one combinations and forty-five efforts to be negotiated along the 6.3-km course, and all in just 11.08 minutes. That was the challenge that French course designer Pierre Michelet set the forty-five competitors on the start list for the only 5*-L cross-country event this year.

Ten horse-rider pairs completed a flawless round, riding home without a single obstacle penalty and within the time limit imposed. Among them was British rider Laura Collett with London 52, who stays in pole position. Her fellow countrywoman Piggy March, riding Brookfield Inocent, took advantage of the few difficulties encountered by Christopher Burton to take second place on the provisional podium. New Zealand rider Tim Price also climbed up one place after the cross-country event, despite being just a second over the time limit, riding home in third place on Wesko. The French riders ended the day with three flawless rides. Jean-Lou Bigot climbs up to eighth place with Utrillo du Halage. Alexis Goury and Trompe l’Oeil d’Emery got into the Top 10, while Maxime Livio and Vitorio du Montet, thirty-first after the dressage test, now lie in twelfth place before the final show-jumping test. Another wonderful day for equestrian sport, and some splendid French performances as two of these three horses were competing for the first time at five-star level.

Laura Collett: “It really picks you up to hear the encouragements from spectators along the course! The public here in Pau is really amazing. So, a big thank you to them all and to the organisation team to have made it possible to run the cross-country course in these conditions. After his first round with Mr Bass, I knew I had to be very careful with London 52 on the combinations. He’s a very careful horse and always jumps a bit bigger too. So, I stayed very concentrated and he was just perfect. It’s the first time he’s ridden an eleven-minute cross-country course, so I’ll see how things go tomorrow in the show-jumping event, but whatever happens, I’m just really proud of him this evening!”

Piggy March: “We’re really lucky to be here in Pau. For me it was a golden opportunity to prepare Brookfield Inocent for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. I’ve never been to Pau before, but I more or less expected the kind of course that we rode today: a course that encouraged forward, brave, attacking riding but with the odd sneaky thing put in. I’m really proud of my horse who was competing in his first 5* cross-country event today. I think he’s one of the best horses I’ve ever had.”

Tim Price: “2020 has been a strange year for everyone. If there was only to be one 5* competition this year, the Pau five star is a pretty good representation. So, a big thank you to the organisation team and course designer Pierre Michelet for the quality of the course today. It was a course that encouraged bravery but also demanded us as riders to be on our toes, take the brilliance of some of the big jumps and do something with it. For me, that’s exactly how a cross-country course should be at this level.”

Jean-Lou Bigot: “When I walked the course, I loved it already even before riding it! Pierre Michelet gave use a wonderfully balanced and technical course to work with. Congratulations and a big thank you to him! All the same, I can’t say that it was an easy ride for me. Since the European Championships, Utrillo du Halage has made a lot of progress and I’m really pleased with his performance in both the dressage test and the cross-country event today, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do to compete at the same level as Tim Price (laughs)!”

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The starting lists, results, maps, practical information, and ticket office are available on the mobile App “Les 5 Étoiles de Pau” or on the website for the event:  www.event-pau.fr.

Juliette Feytout – E-mail: juliette@blizko-communication.com

Great Britain Takes the Lead in Dressage Competition

Laura Collett ©S. Bailly/Centaure Production.

The World’s top riders and their mounts are all at the Domaine de Sers in Pau, Southwest France until this Sunday to battle it out in the 5* (the highest level eventing competition in equestrian sports). The first event in the competition, dressage, ended with the victory of British rider Laura Collett on her mount London 52.

Australian Christopher Burton (22pts) was in the lead of the provisional ranking, but in the end it was the 2015 young horses World Champion, Laura Collett, who won the competition. With a brilliant score of 78.70% she finishes the event with 21.3 penalty points. Laura Collett is currently forty-ninth in the world ranking, but she also took tenth place in the event with 26.2pts on Mr Bass. Close behind, Christopher Burton (22pts) and Piggy March (22.2pts) remain in second and third place, respectively. Although six of the ten top scores were taken by British riders, Tim Price (NZL), who ranks 2nd in the world, took fourth place with a dressage score of 77.04%, earning him 23 penalty points with Wesko.

German rider Christopher Wahler (25.6 pts) also made it to the top 10 with Carjatan S.

The last French rider to take off, Maxime Livio scored 67.65%, finishing thirty-first, with 32.4 penalty points.

“I am very happy with both my horses! This is the first CCI5* eventing competition for London 52.  He was a bit nervous when he entered the track but then he was well focused throughout the test. Of course, the event is not over yet and the cross-country tomorrow will undoubtedly shake up the ranking, but I have confidence in my horses. Mr Bass is experienced at this level of competition and is a very good cross-country horse. London is less experienced, but he is in great shape this weekend and I can’t wait to see how he will perform tomorrow! We are very lucky to be here this weekend and I am very happy to be able to compete with these two outstanding horses,” commented Laura Collett at the end of the event.

Find the results here.
You can follow the live stream here.

The starting lists, results, maps, practical information, and ticket office are available on the mobile App “Les 5 Étoiles de Pau” or on the website for the event:  www.event-pau.fr.

Juliette Feytout – E-mail: juliette@blizko-communication.com

Les 5 Étoiles de Pau: The Only CCI5* L This Year Is Off to a Flying Start

Christopher Burton ©S. Bailly/Centaure Production.

The World’s top riders and their mounts are all at the Domaine de Sers in Pau, Southwest France until this Sunday to battle it out in the CCI5*-L, the highest level eventing competition in equestrian sports. The competition began with the dressage test. In the first part of the test, Australia and Great Britain started as they mean to go on, taking the first eleven places in the provisional ranking ahead of the best French riders, currently twelfth and thirteenth.

With three of its representatives in the top 10, Australia dominates the leaderboard after Christopher Burton’s flawless performance (22 pts). Neck-and-neck with World number 3, British rider Piggy March (22.2 pts) ranked fourth in World, takes second place in the provisional ranking. No less than seven of her compatriots are in the top eleven, including Rosalind Canter (24.8 pts), currently on the third step of the podium.

Among the French riders, Jean-Lou Bigot (29.9 pts) and Arnaud Boiteau (30.1 pts) are twelfth and thirteenth, respectively.

The programme, times, results, and start lists are available on the “Les 5 étoiles de Pau” mobile App or on the website for the event: www.event-pau.fr.

Juliette Feytout – E-mail: juliette@blizko-communication.com

Westphalian Cascamara Tops 6-Year-Olds, Trakehner Sweetwaters Ziethen T Wins 7-Year-Old Title

Ingrid Klimke and Cascamara. (FEI/Solène Bailly)

There was an exciting conclusion to the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses 2020 at the Haras National at l’Isle de Briand in Le Lion d’Angers (FRA), where German star Ingrid Klimke steered Cascamara to claim the 6-year-old title and compatriot Sophie Leube topped the 7-year-old category with Sweetwaters Ziethen T.

In a world so full of uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with all things including the sporting calendar, there was both relief and delight that the annual event went ahead. Speaking during the prizegiving for the 6-year-olds, in which she finished third, Dutch athlete Merel Blom praised the tremendous effort of the organisers who ensured the much-anticipated fixture took place with careful consideration for health protocols, while also offering a strong test for the latest crop of talented young horses.

Riders from 19 countries, and horses representing 22 international Studbooks, competed for the prestigious titles.

6-Year-Olds

Mares claimed the top five places in the 6-year-old division in which there was 38 starters, but it was the Irish Sport Horse gelding MHS Brown Jack who was out in front going into the final day with Great Britain’s Tom McEwen onboard. The pair posted a Dressage score of 26.6 and added nothing on cross-country day, but two mistakes in the final Jumping phase dropped them to sixth in the final analysis.

Klimke and Cascamara (Cascadello ll and Taramanga x Templer GL XX) lay second on their Dressage mark of 27.4, and when they added nothing to that scoreline had victory in the bag. There were just four eliminations on cross-country day when 20 combinations jumped clear across the beautifully-designed 20-fence track, and amongst those eliminated were the fourth-placed Australian partnership of Kevin McNab and Cute Girl.

The leaderboard was shaken up again on the final day when clear rounds proved hard to get. A total of 31 made it through to the final test and 25 of them collected penalties. Zero scores saw Ireland’s Cathal Daniels and the Irish Sport Horse LEB Empress rocket up from 15th to eventual fifth place, while America’s Tiana Coudray make a spectacular improvement from 12th to fourth with the Holsteiner Cabaret.

Lying in overnight fifth, The Netherlands’ Merel Blom and the Holsteiner mare Corminta Vom Gwick finished third despite the addition of 1.2 time penalties, while a pole down and 0.4 for time saw Germany’s Sophie Leube and Isselhook’s First Sight drop from fourth to eighth.

All the pressure

Great Britain’s Oliver Townend was lying third with the Irish Sport Horse Cooley Rosalent and added nothing to his scoreline, and when Klimke and Cascamara followed suit then all the pressure was on leader McEwen and MHS Brown Jack. A single error would have dropped them to third, but two down saw them having to settle for sixth. Klimke’s smile was as a wide as an ocean when she stood top-of-the-line with her lovely mare at the end of the day.

“I bought her last year directly from the breeder, Helmut Bergendahl – one of the only breeders I know who still breeds for Eventing by crossing Thoroughbred mares with Jumping stallions. She competed at her first show on the last weekend in July and did a good job so I thought she could be ready for a 2-star quite quickly. She did three 2-stars and won the third, and when I brought her to Le Lion she was already more confident in the dressage,” Klimke said.

“She was a bit green in the cross-country, especially at the water and the house, but when I asked her to give it a try, she was right there – so bold and smart and clever. I thought nine minutes might be too long for her, but she galloped around easily.

“In the showjumping she right away said, ‘I know my job’, and she was never close to touching a fence; she was so easy to ride and I feel I have a new superstar coming along!”

7-Year-Olds

Leube was all smiles too when enjoying a runaway victory with Sweetwaters Ziethen T (Abendtanz and Zaria AA x Campetot AA) in the 7-year-old category. The German pair was on familiar territory having finished fifth in the 6-year-old division last year, and the stallion never put a foot wrong after posting the best Dressage score of 27.6.

There were 42 starters and 27 completions in this class in which there was an optimum time of 9 minutes 19 seconds on the 22-fence cross-country track. Leube and her handsome horse did it to perfection when crossing the finish line in 9 minutes 14 seconds, and when they kept a clean sheet, they were simply untouchable.

On his fifteenth visit to these Young Horse Championships, French star Nicolas Touzaint slotted the Selle Francais gelding Diabolo Menthe into second after Dressage on a mark of 29.1, ahead of The Netherlands’ Blom in third with the Holsteiner Crossborder Radar Love (30.3) and New Zealand’s Caroline Powell with the Irish Sport Horse Greenacres Special Cavalier in fourth place (30.6).

Powell collected 20 penalties at the middle element of fence 15 to drop out of contention, and it was Leube and Touzaint, followed by compatriot Donatien Schauly in third with the Selle Francais gelding Dgin du Pestel Mili and Britain’s Laura Collett with the Irish Sport Horse Moonlight Charmer who topped the leaderboard.

Regrouped

But Collett’s mare didn’t pass the second horse inspection so when the field regrouped, it was Italy’s Filippo Gregoroni who was lying fifth with another Irish-bred, disarmingly called Unnamed, and despite a fence down, this pair only dropped a single place in the final standings.

Two mistakes dropped Blom to eighth while French rider Camille Lejeune, 26th after Dressage and 10th after cross-country, shot up to fifth when the Selle Francais mare Dame Decoeur Tardonn picked up just 1.2 showjumping time penalties. Meanwhile Great Britain’s Alexander Bragg and the Irish-bred Ardeo Premier moved up from seventh to fourth when clear.

In the battle between the top three, Touzaint dropped a place when his fabulous big grey gelding left one on the floor allowing Schauly into runner-up spot when foot-perfect. And then Leube held her nerve to clinch the win in fine style.

As Klimke remarked, these Championships are held in high regard by the world’s top riders. “It’s one of my favourites for young horses because they learn so much here; there’s no other course with such a variety of fences and terrain. My inexperienced mare was spooky at the first water, but by the time she got to the second water she had already learned a lot and was in a nice easy rhythm. Thanks to everyone at Le Lion for giving us riders and horses a great opportunity in these difficult times!”

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German Athlete Wins the 4* Class in Strzegom

Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

Julia Krajewski with the 14-year-old Samourai du Thot was victorious in the CCI4*-L, the highest ranked class at Strzegom October Festival. Polish riders won two team classes in junior and young rider categories, and Dutch riders were the best in the pony class.

Julia Krajewski (GER) took the lead after dressage but went down into third place after some mistakes in the cross-country. A clear round in the showjumping made her take the lead back and win the whole class. Second place went to the best rider after XC – Lea Siegl (AUT) with Fighting Line. Michael Jung (GER) was third with Go For S.

In the CCI3*-L, the win went to Belgian rider Lara De Liedekerke-Meier with Hermione d’Arville after a clear jumping round. Mélody Johner (SUI) with Toubleu de Rueire was second, and Kamil Rajnert (POL) with Gouverneur finished third.

The podium in the CCI2*-L was dominated by women. Mélody Johner (SUI) won with Demoiselle Peccau, British rider Phoebe Locke was second with Clotaire de Ferivel and Anna Siemer (GER) with Lilybelle Ea was third.

The three- and four-star short format classes ended with cross-country trials. The leaderboard changed a lot in the 4* class. Phoebe Locke (GBR) with Pica d’Or went up from the 13th to 7th place after a clear showjumping round. Her victory was secured by a clear cross-country round with only some points for the time. Second place went to Katrin Norling (SWE) with Fernando-Ukato, and third to Elmo Jankari with Soraya 243 – they went up from the 28th position that they had after the jumping. The leader after dressage – Yoshiaki Oiwa with Bart L JRA finished fourth.

Dutch rider Jordy Wilken with Wilbert BO was victorious in the 3* short class after a clear cross-country inside the time. Robert Pokorny (CZE) with Quantos Mer was second, and third place went to Rebecca Juana Gerken (GER) with Curley Boy.

The best rider in the CCI1*-Intro class was Mélody Johner with Gb Keep Cool du Perchet.

Strzegom October Festival hosted European Youth Eventing Masters for the first time. It’s a new addition to the European equestrian calendar, where all youth categories competed individually and as a team.

European Youth Eventing Masters was dominated by Polish riders in the team classifications. In the young riders category, first place went to Julia Gillmaier with Rarashek, Pauline Wieczorek with Czacza, and Alicja Tropiło with Erez M. The best individual rider was Hedwig Wikström (FIN) with Pin Rock’s Fade To Black.

Karolina Ślązak with Ganges, Weronika Król with Lismakeegan Chester, Ewelina Falkowska with Jusis, and Oliwia Rapa with Kselion won the CCIO2*-L for juniors. Camille Delvaux (BEL) was the best individually with Rock And Roll.

The Dutch team was the best one in the CCI2*-L class for ponies – the win went to Kato De Smidt with Orchid’s Tigersun, Tijn De Blaauw with Orchid’s Megan, Ivy Van Der Kolk with Robin Hood, and Senna Van Houte with Fernhill First Lady. Jule Krueger (GER) was the winner in the individual classification with Golden Grove Simon.

Online results: http://eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/results/2020/sof/.

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Strzegom October Festival: The Final of the Eventing Season in Poland

Michael Jung with fischerChipmunk FRH. Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

It’s the last edition of this year’s international eventing rivalry in Poland. Strzegom October Festival, including a new eventing series, starts October 7.

Strzegom October Festival is traditionally the end of the season at the hippodrome in Morawa. This year it will be accompanied by European Youth Eventing Masters. It’s a brand-new project in the European equestrian calendar, with classes for all youth categories. “Our goal was to create another chance for young athletes to compete individually and as a team, apart from championship events,” says Marcin Konarski, the organizer of the show. “The rivalry will be based on Nations Cup classes. The show will see teams of 3 or 4 riders compete in a team.”

Ten classes will be played out at Strzegom’s arenas, including youth categories of ponies, juniors, and young riders. The equestrian facility in Morawa will host more than 370 horses from 20 countries.

The entry list includes top international eventers, such as German rider Michael Jung – the current Olympic gold medalist and the only rider to ever hold the titles of European, world, and Olympic champion at the same time; his teammates Julia Krajewski, Andreas Dibowski, Dirk Schrade, and Frank Ostholt – team Olympic medalists, as well as Yoshiaki Oiwa – the gold medalist of the Asian Games.

Top Polish athletes will also take part in the competition, including the medalists of this year’s senior national championships: Mateusz Kiempa and Małgorzata Korycka.

Strzegom October Festival starts October 7with dressage tests. Cross-country, the most exciting of the trials, will be played out over three days. We will know the winners on Sunday after the XC and jumping.

Fans will have the chance to cheer on their favourites online, thanks to livestream of the cross-country trials. It will be available to watch at www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl, Świat Koni website, and the show’s Facebook.

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Favourites Win in Baborówko

Yoshiaki Oiwa. M&R Photo.

Baborówko, 27 September 2020 — On the last day of LOTTO Baborówko Horse Sale Show, riders competed not only in international classes, but also in Polish championships for seniors and young riders as well as in the Polish Cup in 4 age categories.

Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) was the winner of the most demanding class – the CCI4*-S for the prize of LOTTO. The athlete took the lead after Friday’s dressage, gave it away for a second to Paweł Spisak (POL) after the cross-country, and then took it back again. Second place after a great XC and one knockdown in the jumping went to Paweł Spisak (POL) with Banderas, and Harald Ambros (AUT) riding Lexicon finished third.

The CCI4*-S was also the class that determined the medalists of this year’s Polish national championships for seniors. The gold medal went to Paweł Spisak (POL) for the eighth time in his career. Mateusz Kiempa (POL) took the silver, and Małgorzata Korycka (POL) went home with the bronze.

Japanese rider Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) was also the best in the CCI3*-S class for the prize of Kuhn Maszyny Rolnicze. He was the author of the best dressage with The Duke Of Cavan and kept his lead throughout the three trials. Second place went to Nadine Marzahl (GER) with Vally K, and Johanna Pohjonen (FIN) was third with Conner K.

Kamil Rajnert (POL) established his leading position in the CCI2*-S after dressage with Emilia of Chin, and he kept his score until the last day. Katharina Kopp (GER) was second with Clintina, and third place went to Karolina Ślązak (POL) with Tores P.

More information can be found at: www.bhss.baborowko.pl/eng.

New Leader at Baborówko Horse Sale Show 2020

Paweł Spisak. M&R Photo.

Baborówko, 26 September 2020 — Saturday was cross-country day at LOTTO Baborówko Horse Sale Show. The riders faced not only the challenging weather conditions, but also the demanding challenges of the XC course designer, who took advantage of the freshly modernized infrastructure.

Thanks to a fast and clear round, the new leader in the CCI4*-S is Paweł Spisak (POL) with Banderas – he is also the best rider in the classification of Polish senior championships. Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN), the author of the best dressage test, sits in second with Calle 44. Mateusz Kiempa (POL) is currently third with Libertina.

Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) kept his lead in the CCI3*-S with The Duke of Cavan. Julia Gillmaier (POL) is now in the second position aboard Quinton 14, and Nadine Marzahl (GER) is third for now with Vally K.

Kamil Rajnert (POL) with Emilia of Chin is still the best rider in the CCI2*-S. Malin Hansen-Hotopp (GER) also kept her second place with Monsieur Schnabel. Katharina Kopp (GER) took third place after cross country with Clintina.

The CNC 1* had their showjumping trial. Erkki Hoim (EST) with Ally Nightingale is the leader, Anna Królikowska (POL) with Fudżi BM is second, and Patrycja Zubko (POL) sits in third riding Cyklon.

Josephine Schnaufer (GER) has the best score after dressage and jumping in the CNC 100 riding Skyfall AS. Klaudia Kostrzewska (POL) is second for now, and Jacek Rajnert (POL) with Odessa is currently third.

We now know the best riders of the CNC 90. First place after three trials went to Mariusz Kleniuk (POL) with Weppetano “M”. Andrea Novotna (CZE) riding Eso finished second, and Diana Jaroszkiewicz (POL) took home third place riding Intuicja Koński Gaj.

More information can be found at: www.bhss.baborowko.pl/eng.

A Good Day for Yoshi

Yoshiaki Oiwa. M&R Photo.

Baborówko, 25 September 2020 — Dressage trials for three international classes have ended at LOTTO Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

The highest-ranked class of the show – the CCI4*-S, for the prize of LOTTO – the leader after dressage is Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with Calle 4. Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Lassban Radovix currently sits in second. The CCI4*-S will also determine the medalists of Polish national championships for senior riders – Kiempa’s second place in the class makes him the leader for the moment. The athlete rode three horses in the class – he’s also currently fourth in the overall classification with Libertina. Paweł Spisak (POL) with Banderas sits in third place (and second in the championships).

Yoshiaki Oiwa is also the best rider in the CCI3*-S for the prize of Kuhn Maszyny Rolnicze – he was the author of the best dressage test with The Duke of Cavan. He also holds the fifth position with Bart L JRA. Second place for now belongs to Paweł Warszawski (POL) with Lucinda Ex Ani 4, and Maja Wyszkowska (POL) riding Sacramento is third. This position made her the leader in the Polish championships for young riders.

Kamil Rajnert (POL) took the lead in the CCI2*-S with Emilia Of Chin. Malin Hansen-Hotopp (GER) riding Monsieur Schnabel is second, and William Nilsson Fryer (SWE) sits in third.

The best result in the CNC1* class belongs to Oliwia Paździora (POL) with Quintus Junior. Ewa Schweitzer Wojcieszek (POL) with Waterloo is currently second, and third place belongs to Erkki Hoim (EST) riding Ally Nightingale.

Josephine Schnaufer (GER) with Skyfall AS is the best rider in the CNC 100 class. Eliška Orctova (CZE) is second with Kirea, and Klaudia Kostrzewska (POL) with Ivory ES is third.

Mariusz Kleniuk (POL) is the leader after dressage in the CNC 90 with Weppetano M. Diana Jaroszkiewicz (POL) with Intuicja Koński Gaj sits in second, and Carmen Peussa (EST) with Corda is third.

More information can be found at: www.bhss.baborowko.pl/eng.

European Youth Eventing Masters

Strzegom is starting a brand-new project in the European equestrian events calendar – European Youth Eventing Masters. The first edition will be played out during Strzegom October Festival, from the 8th until the 11th of October in Morawa.

European Youth Eventing Masters is a show for every youth age category – Ponies, Juniors, and Young Riders. The athletes will compete in CCIOP2*-L (ponies), CCIO2*-L (juniors), and CCIO3*-L (Young Riders).

The rivalry is designed similarly to Nations Cup classes – each competition will include teams of 3-4 riders.

“Our goal is to give young riders a chance to compete individually and as a team, apart from championship events. We hope that the riders will find the show interesting, because we would like to host it in Strzegom during the coming years,” explains Marcin Konarski, chair of the Organising Committee.

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