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Carlotta, Again the Fastest

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A jump-off or a speed test is never over until Carlotta, the mare of Italian Emanuele Gaudiano, has entered the track. Recognized as one of the fastest mares in the world, the eleven-year-old girl offers another victory to her rider, who is in second place ahead of the Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, in the saddle on Icarus, and the Dutchman Harrie Smolders, third with Monaco. Nicolas Delmotte signs the best French performance by finishing fourth, associated with Ilex VP.

“With Carlotta, I was unlucky on the first day of this last week of HUBSIDE JUMPING… We knocked over an obstacle when she was, as usual, very fast. Today we made up for it well and she jumped in a remarkable way! There were sixteen pairs qualified for the jump-off of this big event, including some very serious competitors, and she manages to get the fastest double clear of the event. This mare is truly exceptional.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

“To Be Honest, Carlotta Is Exceptional” — Emanuele Gaudiano

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In the major event of the CSI 4 * of the HUBSIDE JUMPING in Grimaud, the Italian Emanuele Gaudiano and his “exceptional” Carlotta 232 won ahead of the Frenchman Simon Delestre on Chesall Zimequest and the Swede Henrik von Eckermann on Forever.

“Carlotta jumped really well today. She’s in great shape. She felt a little peckish in her form coming out of confinement, but after a month, it was off again. To be honest, she’s exceptional. I have known that since the first competition in which we participated together. I remember it very well: she was five years old, it was in Samorin, and we participated in the events dedicated to her age category. She won four of the six races run! Speaking of today and the race won, I have to admit it was not that easy. The course was demanding, with thirteen efforts and three combinations. In the last combination. besides, I had to add a stride. Many riders placed eight strides; I had to put nine. Carlotta will not come out until Saturday, on the 145 jump-off. Chalou will be this week in the Grand Prix, and next week it’s probably going to be an eight-year-old horse.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

The Major Event of the Day for the Italian Gaudiano

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The Italian Emanuele Gaudiano, at the controls of Carlotta 232, wins in the major event of the CSI 4* of the HUBSIDE FALL TOUR. He is ahead of the Briton Guy Williams, in the saddle on Rouge de Ravel. Best French rider Titouan Shumacher is third, associated with Atom Z. Note: the second round of the CSI 4* goes to Habs François-Xavier Boudant with Alabama Bo Regard.

“I’m delighted with what Carlotta provided. We left the last HUBSIDE JUMPING two weeks ago with a win, and we’re starting this new week of competition with another win! I plan to stay at Grimaud the next three weeks. My three leading horses are here. This week Chalou will take part in a race tomorrow and in the Grand Prix on Sunday. I think he will jump two courses each week. As for Carlotta, what can I say? She is exceptional. I think this victory is her 80th international victory in six years! She is not a suitable mare for big Grands Prix, but she is very fast, and suitable for speed events. She has already won indoor derbies, as in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, three times; she has also won twice in the Speed Challenge of the Longines Masters, once in Los Angeles, another time in Paris, and has won numerous proofs on 145cm. I’m not sure if I’ll take it out on a course this week: three weeks is a long time, and I’ll see if I take it out on Saturday or next week.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Brits on Top on Final Day of Olympia

Olympia, The London International Horse Show concluded in spectacular fashion, with the world’s top Show Jumpers in action in the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix, which was won by Britain’s Scott Brash. Meanwhile, Emanuele Gaudiano demonstrated why he is known as one of the fastest riders on the circuit with a win in The Turkish Airlines Speed Stakes. The evening wrapped up with the British flag flying once more as Holly Smith was crowned with the 2019 Leading Rider Award.

The day also included action from the country’s best young riders, with The Voltaire Design Under 25 British Championship going to Jodie Hall-McAteer and Scotland’s Millie Lawson taking the Equine Rescue Services Mini Stakes for 128cm ponies.

The BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship Final sponsored by LeMieux was taken by Emma Burrow with Welsh Section D Dyffryngwy Sir Picasso.

The final Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National races of the season saw wins for Lily Phelan on Sedgehill Talisman and Lucy Aspell riding Merkisayre Sea Duble in her last year of being eligible for the competition. Meanwhile, The Kennel Club Small Agility Stakes Final went to Dave Munnings with Boost Bite for the third year in a row.

The final night crowd was in for a real treat as a thrilling competition unfolded in the showpiece Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix. It was horsemanship at its best as Scott Brash, in the very last round of 2019, produced a magical display on Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s Hello Vincent to snatch the prize from his six rivals in the jump-off.

“Winning my last grand prix of the year, in front of a home crowd – it doesn’t get any better than that,” said a visibly thrilled Brash.

Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, on brand new ride Identity Vitseroel, had given it her all, her 11-year-old bay gelding trying his heart out with prodigious leaps and turns on a sixpence, but Brash’s smooth horsemanship was pure class and, with the crowd screaming him down to the final fence, the clock showed that he had shaved 0.82 off her time.

Holly Smith, who has enjoyed an outstanding show and took the Leading Rider accolade by an astonishing 28 points, finished third on Hearts Destiny and sealed a brilliant season.

“I’m absolutely delighted with all three of my horses, but Hearts Destiny has taken me to places I’ve only dreamed of – a bronze medal at the Europeans, winning the Aga Khan Trophy in Dublin. And the calibre of riders here at Olympia – seven of the world’s top 10 – makes it all the more special.”

In fourth place was new face James Wilson, 25, on Imagine de Muze, a mare that has given him a dream year. “I’ve been watching Olympia since I was a kid, so this is particularly special,” he said. “This horse has made all my dreams come true: my first World Cup, my first Nations Cup, and now my first Grand Prix placing. She has catapulted me right up there and now I’ve got Tokyo in my sights.”

Seven riders made it through to the jump-off, four of them British, and, as tension built, Brash was coolly waiting in the wings on Hello Vincent, a horse produced by new Voltaire Design under-25 champion Jodie Hall-McAteer and which he’s only been riding for a few months.

“The others were very fast, and I knew I had to pull out all the stops,” said Brash. “I just tried to keep it tight. I got a good first forward distance and then managed the seven strides to the tray, which is what you had to do to win. The crowd was great and really gets behind you. I’m so proud of Vincent – he was amazing.”

Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano led from the front to take the Turkish Airlines Speed Stakes with Carlotta. As fourth to go in the 20-strong class, he set a tough target and held on for the victory.

“There was not so many options for me, so I just had to follow the course,” said Gaudiano. “My horse is a bit smaller than some of the others, who would be able to take out a stride, so I knew I had to go fast.”

Gaudiano has ridden Carlotta, a 10-year-old mare, since her first competition and she has been a prolific winner for him. “She has now won over 65 international classes, and is my [specialist] speed horse,” he said.

Britain’s Holly Smith finished second with Denver, a result which was part of her tactics to clinch the Leading Rider of The Show. “I was going to jump Denver in the Grand Prix, but decided to enter him in this,” she said.

Meanwhile, rising star Jodie Hall-McAteer punched the air and hugged her horse as she realised she had won the coveted Voltaire Design Under 25 British Championship with two superb clear rounds on Shalt’n Peppa.

Under a new format, the young riders went through a qualifier on Friday, won by Georgia Tame on Quintella, with the top 10 competing in front of a packed house on the prestigious final night of the Show. The best five – all of whom went clear in the first round – then progressed to the jump-off.

Jodie, 19, was first to go in the jump-off and set the target of a clear round in a time of 30.75 seconds. The consistent Georgia came closest, riding a mature round for clear in 32.38 seconds.

“I’m so proud of my horse,” said Jodie, who competed on her first senior FEI Nations Cup team this year. “It’s right up there with the highlights of my career. Everyone wants to win this.”

Earlier in the day, Millie Lawson made the most of her long journey from Aberdeen to London with victory in the Equine Rescue Services Mini Stakes for 128cm ponies. Riding Priestwood Hardy, she was chasing a tough target set by Tabitha Kyle (Living the Dream) in the six-pony jump-off, but the 12-year-old utilised her mount’s natural enthusiasm and strength to pinch 0.05 seconds from the time.

“He was very hyper,” joked Millie. “I managed to get tight to the [penultimate] upright and just gallop at the last. It’s a dream come true to win here; it’s amazing!”

Emma Burrow had the perfect wedding and Christmas present combined when her Welsh Section D Dyffryngwy Sir Picasso was judged champion of the BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship Final sponsored by LeMieux.

The 26 ponies qualified for the Final, representing all the native breeds – Shetland, Exmoor, Dartmoor, New Forests, Dales, Fell, Connemara, Highland, and Welsh (Section A, B, C, and D) – made a spectacular sight assembled in the Grand Hall of Olympia.

Emma (née Boardman), a native pony producer from Carlisle who only got married a fortnight ago, bought Dyffryngwy Sir Picasso as a six-month-old foal from his breeder, Gwyneth Griffiths, who had travelled from Wales to watch.

Dyffryngwy Sir Picasso has swept the board this year, winning at HOYS, the RIHS, Royal Welsh and Royal Lancashire, qualifying at Westmoreland County Show where judge Tom Best told Emma: “Now go and win the big one.”

Taking the reserve position was striking Highland stallion Melanie Stanford’s Benbreac of Croila, shown by Matthew Cooper in a fitting end to his showing career. The 16-year-old grey, who will retire after Olympia, obviously has a charming temperament, standing rock-still amid all the post-class hubbub back in the stables.

The final result was extremely close, with the combined scores from conformation judges Helen Horsfall and John Harvey and performance judges Nigel Hollings and Nicola Turner adding up to 177 for the winner and 176 to the reserve.

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Emanuele Gaudiano Wins Longines Speed Challenge of Paris and Speed Challenge Series Bonus

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This amazing pair boasts a fabulous total of sixty plus international wins over the past five years, twelve of which in 2019! Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta 232 confirmed their status when they won the much acclaimed 2019 Speed Challenge of Paris in a super time of 60’’48 without a single pole down: a repeat for the winners of the same flagship competition during the Longines Masters of Lausanne, Switzerland this summer. “I’m extremely lucky to ride such an amazing mare. Each round with her is a pleasure – even more so at a show like this one where the stands are packed,” he commented.

The Paris crowd was held spellbound throughout the aptly named Longines Speed Challenge, the fastest class in the world. The spectators who supported each rider unreservedly were treated to the most spectacular show. The special table where one pole down is worth 2 seconds extra time goes toward an increased speed and more suspense.

However, a clear round was definitely a bonus to score the best time to win the class. A goal reached among others by world n°1 Steve Guerdat (Switzerland). Number 13 out of 27 to go, the 2012 Olympic champion set a very fast pace in 61’’98 aboard Ulysse des Forêts. “I rode according to my plan and mostly took advantage of my mare’s natural speed without pushing much,” the rider commented. Enough to win? “I think it’s possible to be faster. If I finish in the top five, or even on the podium, it’ll be a good thing.” He ends up a very creditable third, behind Emanuele Gaudiano and his long- standing friend, Canada’s Eric Lamaze. Riding top mare Fine Lady 5, the 2008 Olympic champion also put down a top performance thanks to a time of 61’’37 at the very end of the class. A lesson in riding and courage greeted by all.

Best of the French is none other than Roger-Yves Bost, a.k.a. “Bosty the Rocket”, who gave it his all with Castleforbes Talitha to finish fourth 62’’22.

Find all the results HERE.

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Longines Masters of Los Angeles Rides into Long Beach with Star-Studded Opening Gala

Photo Credit: Bernstein Associates for EEM.

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 29, 2016) – The Long Beach Convention Center opened its doors for the start of the 2016 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world that brings together the top riders for four days of competition. As the elite-level riders and horses kicked off season two of the Longines Masters Series, guests were treated to adrenaline-charged competition, live entertainment, and a marvelous Opening Gala.

“Today was the kick-off of the 2016 Longines Masters Series and we have hit the ground running,” said Christophe Ameeuw, CEO and Founder of EEM. “We’ve already seen elite-level riding and jumping, and it’s only been one day. Guests can expect the next three days to continue delivering action-packed excitement through equestrian sport. It’s only just the beginning.”

Athletes from around the world competed in the first day of heart-pounding show jumping competition across three levels. In the Olympic-level, CSI 5* Masters class, Emanuele Gaudiano and Guess 6 took home the KTLA Trophy after finishing the course with the winning time of 66.26. Hilary McNerny and Vitesse won the CSI 2* Prestige PRG Trophy, while Hanna Mauritzon and Parkmore won the Engel & Völkers Trophy. Amelie Bitrar and Beirut, and Jessica Sullivan Allen and Little Annie claimed top spots in the first day’s National class events.

During the evening, guests were invited to celebrate at the Opening Gala, hosted by chart-topping rapper and horse enthusiast Iggy Azalea.

Equestrian superstars rubbed elbows and sipped Barons de Rothschild champagne with Hollywood glitterati including actress and rider Kaley Cuoco and Guillaume Canet, and French singer JAIN brought the house down with a live musical performance. Santi Serra also treated guests by demonstrating the beauty and grace of the horse’s movement with one of his famous Sercam Shows, a performance of natural dressage that exhibits the relationship and trust between human and animal.

The 2016 Longines Masters of Los Angeles will continue over the next three days at the Long Beach Convention Center. The jam-packed weekend includes the La Martina Polo Exhibition, more live music, dressage demonstrations, and much more.

Open throughout the event, the Prestige Village offers the ultimate shopping experience, showcasing the equestrian tastes and styles from the world’s leading luxury brands. Longines, the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the event, will present the Official Watch of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, the Longines DolceVita Steel and Gold. Guests can discover this timepiece and many others in the Longines Boutique located in the Prestige Village. Between classes, spectators have the opportunity to browse Jonathan Adler’s equestrian-chic home style and exquisite handbags from Mark Cross, the oldest American luxury brand and original saddle maker. Sam Edelman launched a limited-edition Masters Collection of ballerina flats, drawing the crowds to their pop-up in the Village.

Additional exciting sports that are still to take place include the Longines Speed Challenge, the Emirates Gold Cup, the Pro-Am for Charity, and the main event: Sunday afternoon’s Longines Grand Prix.

To purchase tickets for the remaining events of the 2016 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, visit www.longinesmasters.com/en/tcketing. Catch the American Leg of the Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping when the Longines Grand Prix and Longines Speed Challenge air on the CBS Sports Network on Monday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Prepare to be enthralled by world-class show jumping with the best horses in the world and champion riders.

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Gaudiano Gallops to Victory in Longines Thriller in London

Emanuele Gaudiano and Admara produced a devastating turn of speed in the jump-off to win the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League at Olympia. (FEI/Jon Stroud)

Olympia, London (GBR), 20 December 2015 – The Christmas show at the Grand Hall in Olympia is always something special, and the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League more than lived up to expectations today when Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano produced a sensational victory at the London (GBR) venue.

In a 17-way jump-off, the 29-year-old rider and his plucky 10-year-old gelding simply blew the rest away with a fearless gallop when eleventh to go against the clock. A top-class list of home contenders were obliged to line up behind him, with Ben Maher coming closest to take runner-up spot with Diva ll ahead of Michael Whitaker and Viking in third, world no. 1 Scott Brash and Hello M’Lady in fourth and Guy Williams and Titus in fifth place.

A total of 36 horse-and-rider combinations from 14 nations took part, and Bernardo Costa Cabral set them a 13-fence track that Brash described as “twisty and turny”. The narrow confines of the Olympia ring always presents quite a course-building challenge, and the Portuguese course designer described his creation as “not one of the tallest tracks, but technical enough – it walked tougher than it rode.” That was borne out when five of the first seven starters jumped clear, but the double of oxer to vertical at fence eight, and the last two fences which consisted of a massive 1.75m-wide oxer followed by a water-tray vertical took their toll.

Bold and brave

The real excitement kicked off when Williams set the jump-off target with a fabulous round from the bold and brave 15-year-old Titus who stopped the clock in 37.74 seconds. This pair’s relentless gallop from the penultimate oxer to the final fence had the crowd gasping with incredulity, but little did they know what was still to come.

Five horses later they were on the edges of their seats once again as Maher produced a fabulous flowing round from the 10-year-old mare Diva who tapped a few poles but left them all in place, and with a great turn to the penultimate red oxer galloped into the lead in 37.15 seconds.

Next to go, Brash took a pull before the last that may have cost valuable fractions of seconds to temporarily slot into runner-up spot when crossing the line with his nine-year-old mare Hello M’Lady in 37.49 seconds. And when Dutch contender Jur Vrieling’s brilliant grey, VDL Zirocco Blue, threw in a stop at the double, now four fences from home, and German ace Marcus Ehning’s stallion Comme Il Faut stood too far off the penultimate oxer for four faults, then Gaudiano was still chasing Maher’s leading time when next into the ring.

Great run of form

And the Italian showed exactly why he took the Leading Rider trophy last weekend in Geneva (SUI) where he enjoyed a great run of form. As always, throwing caution to the wind, he set off with complete determination and Admara answered his every call, showing precisely the same level of commitment as the man on board to race through the timers in 36.20 seconds and really put it up to the rest of them.

Try as they would, none could match their speed and accuracy, although, last to go, Michael Whitaker gave the home crowd one more moment of magic when quick enough to slot into third place. Whitaker said afterwards that he had “a terrible stride at the third and a terrible stride at the fourth which is why I didn’t win!” But for Gaudiano and his courageous gelding it was a day when everything fell into place.

Talking about his jump-off round, the Italian rider said the eight strides from the opening triple bar to the following oxer was very long for the short-striding Admara, and that while many of the others could cover the distance from the penultimate oxer to the last on seven strides, “I did eight but I still won!

“I knew I would have to go very fast if I was to win, but I have a fantastic horse who is very clever and careful, and I love him!” he said of the gelding which he has had since the horse was just two years old. “To win here is very nice for me. Italy has only one place in the World Cup series and I chose to come here because I really love this show,” he added.

Impossible to beat

“When Emanuele is clear it’s impossible to beat him,” said runner-up Ben Maher. “He’s known as a very fast rider, but next year he’s better off in Italy than here because he’s spoiled our party here today!” the British rider added with a grin. “It was difficult course in a tight ring and I couldn’t have done any more with my horse today; she did everything for me,” Maher added.

Today’s result has rocketed Gaudiano from 42nd spot on the Western European League leaderboard all the way up to 13th, and well within a shot of a place at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next March. So the Italian rider said today that he will hope to pick up some more points at the ninth leg of the series in Leipzig, Germany in January. There were some other significant moves on the leaderboard also, with Maher moving up from 51st place to 23rd while Michael Whitaker picked up his first points of the season to go into 33rd position.

There are four remaining legs of the Western European League, and the next will take place in Mechelen, Belgium on 30 December with Germany’s Christian Ahlmann still holding pole position ahead of French riders Simon Delestre and Penelope Leprevost.

For further information on the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League Olympia, London (GBR), visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or contact Press Officer Jo Peck, JoPeck@hpower.co.uk, +44 1753 847 900.

The next leg will take place at Mechelen in Belgium on 30 December 2016. For details of the Belgian fixture, go to www.jumping-mechelen.com or contact Press Officer Edith de Reys, edith.dereys@skynet.be, +32 475 65 92 81.

Full result here.

Facts and Figures:

The Grand Hall at Olympia in London (GBR) was the venue for the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League this afternoon.

36 horse-and-rider combinations from 14 countries competed.

15 of the top 30 riders in the Longines world rankings were in action.

The winning partnership was Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano with the 10-year-old KWPN gelding Admara.

Today’s win has promoted the Italian rider to 13th place on the Western European League leaderboard which continues to be headed by Germany’s Christian Ahlmann.

Course designer was Portugal’s Bernardo Costa Cabral.

The time-allowed in the first round was 69 seconds and Britain’s Robert Whitaker was unlucky to miss out on a place in the jump-off when picking up just a single first-round time fault with Catwalk lV.

17 clears in the first round.

8 horse-and-rider combinations jumped double-clear.

4 British riders finished in the top five in today’s competition.

The next leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League will take place at Mechelen in Belgium on 30 December

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016 Final will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 23 to 28 March 2016.

Quotes:

Emanuele Gaudiano ITA (1st): “London is a very nice show; if you have the opportunity to win or do well it’s great and there are a lot of classes to compete in.”

Ben Maher GBR (2nd): “Diva is a very feisty horse, and it felt like I was at Cheltenham coming to the last! She’s been fantastic for me this year, always comes forward for me when it matters, and that’s the sign of a great horse.”

Michael Whitaker GBR (3rd): “I’m very happy with my horse [Viking]; the jump-off wasn’t my best jump-off ever, but it just shows how good he is to be third.”

Bernardo Costa Cabral, Course Designer: “I’m very happy with the way they jumped. I was very confident because they’ve [the horse and riders] have been jumping well all week and were prepared for this World Cup.”

John Roche, FEI Jumping Director: “Congratulations to Olympia, Simon Brooks-Ward and his team for organising this outstanding event and a very special thank you to Longines and H&M (today’s sponsors) for their support.”

Michael Whitaker GBR (3rd), when asked how the sport has changed in recent years: “It’s getting faster, or I’m getting slower – the whole sport has improved!”

Ben Maher GBR (2nd): “The surface is great, the horses jump well in this environment, riders have the best crowd in the word behind them – everybody wants to win at Olympia!”

Full standings here.

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By Louise Parkes

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