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Les 5 Étoiles de Pau 2020: Let’s Go!

Kelly Houtappels-Bruder ©S. Bailly/Centaure Production.

The 2020 edition of the “5 Étoiles de Pau” began with part one of the dressage test, the first test in the FEI Driving World Championships for singles. At the end of the opening day of this international event, the Canadian driver Kelly Houtappels-Bruder is at the top of the provisional leaderboard. Fabrice Martin gave the best French performance, finishing sixth. For this 30th edition, the “5 Étoiles de Pau” is also hosting the only CCI5*-L in the world this year (full equestrian eventing competition). After the vet inspections, the leading international riders will enter the arena for the dressage test, the first in this equestrian triathlon.

From now until Sunday the Domaine de Sers will be welcoming the best international riders and drivers for five days of competition at the highest level. 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.

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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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By Louise Parkes

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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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Japanese Rider Wins the 4* Class in Strzegom

Yoshiaki Oiwa with the 12-year-old Tullyoran Cruise JRA was the best rider in the CCI4*-L class, the most difficult one at LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Oiwa was victorious after a clear round in the showjumping, beating the leader after two trials – Jonelle Price from New Zealand, who had one knockdown. Tim Price, the current number two in the FEI rankings, did not keep his lead after dressage and even a clear jumping round didn’t compensate for the time penalties he got in the cross-country trial. The Kiwi rider finished fourth, and his wife Jonelle was second with Grappa Nera and third with McClaren.

The only Polish combination in the class – Paulina Maciejewska with Jangcy L – finished sixth.

The win in the CCI3*-L class belonged to German rider Julia Mestern with Monarts Masterpiece. Second place went to her teammate Malin Hansen-Hotopp with Quidditch K, and Merel Blom from the Netherlands was third on Crossborder Radar Love.

The best athlete of the CCI2*-L was Merel Blom with Corminta vom Gwick. The next two places on the podium were taken by German riders: Andreas Dibowski with Calahari before Katarina Tietz with Chapeau Claque 49.

The 2* and 3* short format classes ended with cross country trials. Dirk Schrade won the three-star class riding Casino 80, second place went to Arthur Duffort from France with Gredington Mailthyme, and Sonja Buck with Carla Bruni finished third. Greta Busacker from Germany was the best in the Young Riders category with Coco Maurice 2 and Julia Gillmaier from Poland took home the third place, riding Red Sunrise 2.

Dirk Schrade was first and third in the CCI2*-S class with Cold Red Rum and La Duma. Second place went to Ingrid Klimke riding Cascamara. The best Junior rider was Greta Busacker aboard Scrabble 15.

The podium of the CCIP2*-L class for ponies was dominated by German athletes. Jule Krueger was the best with Steendiek’s Max Edition, Pita Schmid with Sietlands Catrina was second, and third place went to Linn Zepke with Betty Boo 14.

More than 217 horses from 17 countries competed in 11 classes at this year’s LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

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

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Germany Wins the Nations Cup in Strzegom, Poland on the Podium

Photo credit: Leszek Wójcik.

German riders were victorious in the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup in eventing, winning both the team and individual classification. Poland finished on the third place.

The win for the German team was guaranteed after the cross-country trial, leaving the previous leaders – Netherlands – in the second position. Ingrid Klimke with SAP Asha P had the best result in the team, and Andreas Dibowski with FRH Corrida, Beeke Jankowski with Tiberius 20, and Heike Jahncke with Mighty Spring were competing alongside her. The current European champion also won the class individually. She took the lead with the 16-year-old gelding SAP Hale Bob OLD after dressage, and even a knockdown in the jumping and points for time in the cross-country did not take away her best position.

Dutch riders Merel Blom with Ceda N.O.P, Jordy Wilken with Burry Spirit, Raf Kooremans with Dimitri N.O.P, and Laura Hoogeven with Wicro Quibus were in the lead after two trials, but eventually ended up on the second position. The best result in the team and third place individually belonged to Merel Blom.

The cross-country trial made the Polish team go up into the third position: Mateusz Kiempa with Lassban Radovix, Joanna Pawlak with Fantastuc Frieda, Jan Kamiński with Senior, and Michał Hycki with Moonshine. The best result among them belonged to Mateusz Kiempa, as he finished fourth in the individual classification. He was in the second place after dressage and jumping, but points for time on the cross-country course made him miss the podium.

„I’m happy with my performance, but I think that we should firstly look at the team score – everyone did very well, and I think we should all be pleased about it,” said Kiempa after the prizegiving ceremony.

Saturday was also cross-country day for the long format classes. The new best result in the CCI4*-L is that of Jonelle Price with Grappa Nera. The rider from New Zealand went clear in the XC and took the lead away from her husband Tim Price. The current number one in the CCI3*-L class is Julia Mestern from Germany with Monarts Masterpiece, and the leader in the CCI2*-L is Dutch rider Merel Blom with Corminta vom Gwick.

Saturday’s cross-country was the last trial of the CCI1* Intro, where the winner was Sophie Leube (GER) with Skyjacker 3.

More than 270 horses from 11 countries compete in 11 classes during LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Nations Cup classification:

  • Germany – 105,90
  • Netherlands – 108,30
  • Poland – 136,80

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

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