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USEF Announces Land Rover US Eventing Team and Reserves for CHIO Aachen

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the  following four horse-and-rider combinations to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Aachen CICO3* held during CHIO Aachen in Germany, June 27-29, 2013. Additionally, two combinations have been named as reserves. This will be the first time the United States has fielded an eventing team to compete at the prestigious German competition.

The following four combinations have been named to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Aachen CICO3* (listed in alphabetical order):

Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) on Jatial LLC’s Ringwood Magister
Ringwood Magister is a 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) on Cassandra Segal’s Ballynoe Castle RM
Ballynoe Castle RM is a 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding

Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) on Jennifer Mosing’s Pawlow
Pawlow is a 1999 Irish Thoroughbred gelding

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) on Jessica Montgomery’s Universe
Universe is a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding

The following two combinations have been named as reserves to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Aachen CICO3* (listed in alphabetical order):

Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) on Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Smoke on the Water
RF Smoke on the Water is a 2005 Wurttemburger gelding

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft and Bill and Holly Becker’s Loughan Glen
Loughan Glen is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding

The USEF is applying to the Organizing Committee of CHIO Aachen for an individual slot which if granted may be offered to a reserve combination.

Combinations named to the CICO3* Team at Aachen will receive Land Rover Competition Grants.

To learn more about the CHIO Aachen, visit: http://www.chioaachen.de/en/programm-sport.

Follow the 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team here.

Three Greatest Equestrian Shows Combine to Create €1M Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping

26 April 2013 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Three of the world’s greatest equestrian shows – the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and CHI Geneva – have joined forces to create the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping; the first global initiative to reward the outstanding rider who wins the Grand Prix at each show in succession. The winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping will be rewarded with a €1 million bonus prize.

Each of the three prestigious and historic equestrian shows in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping has a long tradition of sporting excellence.

This joint creation by the three shows has been devised as a means to set the ultimate equestrian challenge; as a long-term partner to Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva, Rolex quickly appreciated the significance of the Grand Slam and is honoured to become the exclusive partner.

Eric Lamaze, the only rider to have won the Grand Prix at each of the three shows on the same horse, said: “There are many great events on the Show Jumping calendar, but the three Grands Prix that comprise the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping are without doubt the ones which the riders all want to win during their careers.

Winning even one leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is an incredible and career-changing achievement; to win all three in a 12-month period would create a legend of the sport overnight.”

Commenting on the title sponsorship, Arnaud Boetsch, Communication & Image Director of Rolex SA, said: “Throughout our history, Rolex has been driven by tradition and excellence, so when the three shows approached us with the idea of the Grand Slam of Show Jumping, we quickly appreciated its global resonance and degree of difficulty, which would make it achievable by only the very best horse-and rider partnerships. As a long-term partner of these three shows, we were delighted to add our support to create the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.”

Michael Mronz, President of the Steering Committee of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping for 2013, said: “The three shows that comprise the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping not only have a natural synergy, but also a mutual respect for each other’s remarkable achievements and history. The collective desire and vision of all three shows to combine and form a pioneering concept such as the Grand Slam of Show Jumping seemed like the natural thing to do.

“Due to their long-standing commitment to equestrian sport, Rolex was at the forefront of all three shows’ minds as a potential partner to the Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and we were all delighted when they accepted our invitation to develop it.”

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping will become the riders’ ultimate achievement, setting a new standard for the sport worldwide.

Three Historic Shows United

CHIO Aachen

The German show can trace its history back to 1898 when local people from the Aachen region came together to form the “Laurensberger Rennverein”, its main aim to organise horse races that would bring entertainment to the people of Aachen. It was in the 1920s that the show moved to its current location, the show grounds of Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein. Since this time, CHIO Aachen has grown into an internationally recognised event with riders, horses and spectators travelling to the show from around the globe.

More recently in 2005, the Aachen show grounds were completely renovated for the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, which saw the capacity of the Jumping stadium increased to 40,000. The show and city itself is now very much known throughout the world as the capital of equestrian. Rolex has been a partner to the show since 1999.

CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains in the early 1970s. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade.

Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and is a true favourite with rider and horse alike. Rolex began its association with Spruce Meadows in 1989.

CHI Geneva

Established in 1926, the first show featured 85 riders and 158 horses; a year later in 1927 the show joined the FEI Nations Cup circuit; and in 1979 CHI Geneva became part of the FEI World Cup Jumping series. CHI Geneva has been chosen to host nine of the 12 IJRC Top 10 Finals to date, and has won L’Année Hippique’s award for the best indoor show five times.

In 1991 the show moved to its current home, the Palexpo, which is the world’s largest indoor equestrian arena, drawing in larger crowds year on year. A decade later and the show played host to the first ever Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, which is still held at the CHI Geneva today. Rolex has been a partner to the show since 1996.

Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – The Rules

The rules of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping are simple: any rider that wins the Grand Prix at each of the three shows consecutively will receive €1m on top of the prize-money for each show’s Grand Prix. Moreover, any rider that wins two out of the three shows’ Grands Prix will also receive a bonus.

If the Grands Prix at two shows are won in succession, the bonus will be €500,000. If a rider is successful in qualifying for the “two out of three mode”, but doesn’t claim the victories at two consecutive shows’ Grands Prix, the bonus will be €250,000. It is only the rider that counts, not the horse i.e. it is possible to claim the bonus riding different horses. This system is infinite; it is not limited to a calendar year.

Three wins in a row                                                                                 →               €1,000,000
Two wins in a row                                                                                   →               €500,000
Two wins out of three (not consecutively)                                →               €250,000

Past Winners

The Grand Prix class at CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and CHI Geneva has never been won consecutively by the same rider over a 12-month period. However, three riders have won all three competitions, notably Eric Lamaze (CAN), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Ludger Beerbaum (GER).

Eric Lamaze
Aachen – 2010 (Hickstead)
Spruce Meadows – 2011 (Hickstead); 2007 (Hickstead)
Geneva – 2008 (Hickstead)

Rodrigo Pessoa
Aachen – 1994 (LP Special Envoy)
Spruce Meadows – 2001 (Gandini Lianos); 2000 (Gandini Lianos)
Geneva – 2004 (Baloubet du Rouet); 2002 (Baloubet du Rouet); 2000 (Gandini Lianos); 1993 (LP Special Envoy)

Ludger Beerbaum
Aachen – 2003 (Goldfever III); 2002 (Goldfever III); 1996 (Ratina Z)
Spruce Meadows – 2002 (Goldfever III)
Geneva – 2007 (All Inclusive); 1999 (Champion du Lys)

Websites

www.rolex.com
www.rolexgrandslam.com

Media Enquiries

Rolex SA
Virginie Chevailler
virginie.chevailler@rolex.com
+41 22 302 26 19

Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Rod Kohler
rod@revolutionsports.co.uk
+44 7770 647 662

CHIO Aachen
Niels Knippertz
press@rolexgrandslam.com
+49 241 9171 180

CSIO Spruce Meadows
Katie Macleod
katie.macleod@sprucemeadows.com
+1 403 974 4232

CHI Geneva
Corinne Druey
druey@syntagme-lausanne.ch
+41 21 312 82 22

Michael Whitaker (GBR) Won the Rolex Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2012

8th July 2012 – Riding GIG Amai, Whitaker won the title following two clear rounds, and was fastest in the jump-off with a time of 49.73 seconds. In 2nd place was Thomas Voss (GER) riding Carinjo, and 3rd place was Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) riding Bella Donna.

For the full results please visit: http://www.chioaachen.de/en/starterlisten?iEventId=971&sListLabel=Results%20S17&bNonMobilePage=true.

American Vaulters Make a Strong Showing in Aachen

Pas de Deux pair Rosalind Ross and Devon Maitozo competing earlier this year at CVI Woodside (Lynne Owen/VaultingPhotos.com)

Lexington, KY – Vaulting competition at CHIO Aachen in Germany concluded Sunday afternoon with the American contingent proving itself to be near the top of the world game.

U.S. Pas de Deux vaulters made an especially strong showing. Devon Maitozo and Rosalind Ross finished in 2nd place with an overall score of 8.372 and had by far the best score (9.100) for their artistic execution. Devon and Rosalind were both members of the Gold Medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Kentucky in 2010. Devon was also the coach of that team and Individual Gold Medalist at WEG in Rome in 1998. Finishing 3rd with an overall score of 8.300 was another member of that WEG 2012 Gold Medal winning team, Blake Dahlgren, and his partner Megan Benjamin. Megan was the Individual Gold Medalist at WEG in Aachen in 2006. The winning pair, Great Britain’s formidable Joanne Eccles and Hannah Eccles, was the only other pair to score above 8.0.

2012 will be the first time that the Pas de Deux event is part of the World Vaulting Championships. Both U.S. pairs that competed in Aachen will represent the U.S. at the World Championships.

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Top American Four-In-Hand Driver Chester Weber Puts In Brilliant Performance at 2011 CHIO Aachen and Ties for First in FEI World Cup Standings

Chester Weber, with the new additions of Uniek and Splash owned by Jane Clark, put in a brilliant performance at the 2011 World Equestrian Festival CHIO at Aachen. (Photo courtesy of Franz Steindl)

Aachen, Germany (June 20, 2011) – American Four-In-Hand Combined Driver Chester Weber put in a brilliant performance at the 2011 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, earning the highest results of his career at Aachen with a win in Dressage and finishing in the third place in the individual standings. Weber, the eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, is now tied for first place in the standings for the FEI World Cup qualifications after 9 of 14 competitions.

Following his victory at the prestigious CHIO Aachen, Weber, the 2008 World Champion silver medalist, wrote on his Facebook page to thank and update his many fans in the United States. “Thanks to everyone for the support. We had our best results at Aachen ever. One first, two seconds, one fifth and one seventh place finish. In the combination we ended third!”

Weber, who competed as an individual for the United States, made headlines across the globe during his second dressage test, when he piloted Para, Senate and Jane Clark’s Splash and Uniek to a first place victory with a total score of 34.69. Exell earned a 37.12 in the second dressage test to place second. While Weber had two canter mistakes in the dressage test, he kept his cool and persevered to win. “When I made the mistakes I said to myself ‘bring them back and just go again’ and it went well from there,” he said.

During his winning dressage test, Weber scored an impressive 193, 203, 194, 196 and 193 from the judges. His dressage score helped him win the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG. “This was the first time I scored under 40 penalty points with my two new leader horses and I am very pleased with that,” Weber said. Ed Young, the United States Driving Chef d’Equipe, said Weber drove a wonderful test and described it as “beautiful.”

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Peters and Ravel Take Second in Grand Prix Freestyle; Ward and Rothchild Win Yageo Prize at Aachen CHIO

Steffen Peters and Ravel Sunday at CHIO Aachen. Photo: Ken Braddick/ dressage-news.com.

Aachen, Germany – Team USA wrapped up the 2011 World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany, with more strong performances, including a second-place finish for Steffen Peters and Ravel in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO and a win for show jumper McLain Ward on Rothchild.

Peters and Ravel, owned by Akiko Yamazki and Four Winds Farm, stepped up their game today and gave the best dressage horse in the world a run for his money in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO for the Deutsche Bank Prize.

The judges gave Ravel and Peters technical scores of 77.25, 77.00, 80.50, 80.50, and 76.75, along with artistic scores of 86.00, 83.00, 83.00, 89.00, and 87.00 for an overall 82.000% – just .825% off the winning score set by Matthias Rath of Germany and Totilas.

According to Dressage-news.com, Peters said, “It felt fantastic. I’m still searching for words to describe it. The icing on the cake was the reaction of the crowd. That was a huge honor. I finished fifth in the Grand Prix and the Special, so to come within fractions of Totilas and Parzival in the freestyle is amazing.”

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Laura Kraut Victorious in Sparkassen-Youngsters Cup, Steffen Peters Continues to Win, and Chester Weber Drives to Third Overall at CHIO Aachen

Laura Kraut on Teirra during the Warsteiner jumping competition at 2011 CHIO Aachen. Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images.

Aachen, Germany – Another American victory came Saturday at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany. Show jumper Laura Kraut rode Woodstock O, owned by Joan Kalman and The Freedom Group, to the win in the Sparkassen-Youngsters Cup. They were also awarded with the overall special prize for the best rider/horse of the three Youngsters Cup competitions.

Kraut and Woodstock O have consistently been in the ribbons this week in the Youngsters Cup, with clear rounds in the previous two speed classes. “I don’t think he rubbed a fence the whole time. I didn’t go fast the first two days, even though they were speed classes, because it doesn’t really matter. The goal is to qualify for the final and save yourself for the last class,” Kraut explained.

They did just that, as Woodstock O, an 8-year-old KWPN gelding, was clear through two rounds today and the fastest in the jump-off to take home the top prize over Philipp Weishaupt (GER) on Urmel 86 and Lars Nieberg (GER) with Coco Mademoiselle.

Kraut said, “We jumped the first round at 9:15 this morning and we didn’t have the jump-off until 2:15 in the afternoon. This morning he was actually quite fresh and strong. He was sort of a handful to ride around, but he jumped brilliantly. By the afternoon, he settled down and he was so good in the jump-off. It was his type of course with a lot of galloping. Even though he’s small, his stride is very big. He did everything he was supposed to do.”

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Chester Weber and Four-In-Hand Team Capture First Place in Driving Phase at Aachen CHIO

Aachen, Germany – Team USA notched another win today at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany. Chester Weber and his four-in-hand team won the second dressage test in driving.

Weber handled the reins of Jane Clark’s team – Para, Senate, Splash, and Uniek – in the dressage test, which was a rating competition for team classification. Weber competed as an individual for the United States, and he was given scores of 193, 203, 194, 196, and 193 from the judges. He and his team received a total score of 34.69 for victory and the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG.

“It was spectacular,” said Ed Young, U.S. Driving Chef d’Equipe. “He drove a wonderful test. It really was flawless, and it went beautifully.”

Weber will compete tomorrow in the obstacles phase.

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Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic Win Prix St. Georges on Small Tour at CHIO Aachen

Aachen, Germany – Team USA continued their success at the CHIO Aachen with strong performances over the past two days. Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic, owned by Jen Hlavacek, won the Preis der VUV-Vereinigte Unternehmerverbände Aachen.

The class was the Prix St. Georges of the small tour, and the 9-year-old Westfalen gelding received judges’ scores of 71.053, 73.553, 72.632, 75.000, and 70.658 for a total percentage of 72.579.

USEF Dressage Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons stated, “Under Steffen’s expert guidance, Weltino’s Magic made a grand debut in Europe at the small tour. Hearing our national anthem after the Prix St. Georges, which was the first class of the event, made the U.S. team feel like we are off to a good start!”

Dressage competition continues tomorrow with the Grand Prix CDIO class. The U.S. team will be:

Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) and Ravel (owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki);
Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) and Rafalca (owned by Ann Romney and Amy Roberts Ebeling);
Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, CA) and UII (owned by Dick and Jane Brown);
Todd Fettrich (Royal Palm Beach, FL) and Otto (owned by Cherry Knoll Farm).

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U.S. Vaulting Team Posts Medal-Winning Results at CHIO Aachen

Aachen, Germany – The U.S. Vaulting contingent posted fantastic results at this year’s CHIO in Aachen, Germany, with a full complement of athletes. The “developing team” was made up of a mixture of seasoned veterans and vaulters new to performing at CHIO Aachen. The squad won two medals at the world’s most competitive vaulting competition, and has had solid results through three days of classes.

Mary McCormick gave a very impressive performance through three days of competition in the Female Individual Classification. On Friday, she and Gustafsson with longeur Lars Hansen posted a score of 8.227 for fourth place in the freestyle class. She improved on Saturday in the second classification freestyle test with a score of 8.240. On Sunday, she received a final score of 7.901 for the overall Bronze medal in the Individual Female classification.

The second Bronze medal for USA Vaulting came in the new Pas de Deux class with USA Vaulting veterans Devon Maitozo and Rosalind Ross. They started out with a score of 7.805 on Friday vaulting with equine partner Flashlight and longeur Alexandra Knauf. On Saturday, they finished with a final score of 7.911 for the Bronze medal.

Craig Coburn, U.S. Chef d’Equipe, said, “As the USA Vaulting Chef d’Equipe at the 2011 CHIO Aachen, I am proud to say that the American team was extremely successful this weekend. With the support of the USEF, we were able to win two medals; Mary McCormick won the Bronze medal in the Ladies Individual event, while Devon Maitozo and Rosalind Ross won the Bronze medal, this is also the first time the U.S. has competed internationally in Pas de Deux.”

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