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Harry Meade Victorious in the Four-Star Class in Strzegom

Harry Meade with Superstition. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

The winner of the CCI4*-L class, the most difficult of all during Strzegom October Festival, was Harry Meade with the 10-year-old Superstition.

The British rider took the lead after a clear round in the cross-country. Even one knockdown and a slight tardiness in the showjumping could not threaten his leading position. Second place went to the four-time Olympic champion, Andrew Hoy (AUS) with Vassily de Lassos. The pair went clear in the cross-country and jumped up from the 10th to second position before the jumping. Maxime Livio (FRA) with Vegas des Boursons finished third. The leader after dressage – Kylie Roddy (GBR) with Carden Earl Grey – was not as fast in the XC and the time penalties decided that she would finish as eighth.

The best Polish rider in the class was Małgorzata Korycka riding Canvalencia, as they finished at the 14th position.

Strzegom October Festival was record-breaking when it came to the number of entries. Over 440 horses have galloped through the hippodrome in Morawa. For four days, the audiences had the chance to see riders from 28 countries, including, for the first time, Mexico and Turkey. Athletes competed in seven international and three national classes at various difficulty levels.

The best rider of the CCI4*-S was Andreas Dibowski with the 16-year-old FRH Butts Avedon. A clear round in the showjumping gave him the lead in the class, and even after a slight overtime in the cross-country he was still victorious. Second place went to Nicolas Wettstein (ECU) with Meyer’s Happy, and third to Lea Siegl (AUT) with Fighting Line.

The CCI3*-L podium was dominated by Germany. First place, after a clear cross-country, went to Ann-Catrin Bierlein riding Auf Geht’s Fraeulein Hummel. Calvin Böckmann with Altair de la Cense was second, and Nadine Marzahl with Victoria 108 was third.

For the first time in Strzegom, we had a rider from India as the winner of the CCI3*-S class. Fouaad Mirza with Dajara 4 took home the first place, beating Swedish athletes Sandra Gustafsson with Kaminskij and Aminda Ingulfson with Hot Cup VH.

The CCI2*-L was divided into two sections. The best rider of section A was Jrina Giesswein (SUI) with Chester SP, and the winner of section B was Brandon Schäfer-Gehrau with Florentine. The CCI1*-Intro belonged to Hanna Jensen (GER) with EH Clara.

The CCIP2*-L class for ponies was dominated by German riders. The best of them was Jule Krueger riding Mas Que Dos.

The national “one star” class win went to Miroslav Trunda (CZE) with Teqila Ruf. Jule Krueger (GER) with Hulingshofs Winchester was the best in CNC L. The best result of the CNC L18 class was of Julia Kałużyńska (POL) with Kalma. The easiest class of the show – CNC LL – went to Eliška Orctova (CZE) with Kirea.

Online results: http://eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/results/2019/sof/.


Oliver Townend Takes Over Eventing World Number One Slot

Oliver Townend. (FEI/Libby Law)

Oliver Townend (GBR) has returned to the head of the FEI Eventing World Rankings, with former girlfriend Piggy French making it a British one-two and relegating New Zealand’s Tim Price (NZL), who has held the top spot for the last four months, to third place.

This is the third time that Townend has been world number one, having featured in both 2018 and in 2009. The 37-year-old has won team gold at three editions of the FEI Eventing European Championships, at Pratoni del Vivaro 2007 (ITA), Fontainebleau 2009 (FRA), and Strzegom 2017 (POL).

2019 has been a stellar year for the hard-working Yorkshireman, who won team silver at last month’s FEI Eventing European Championship in Luhmühlen (GER) and also claimed victories at Lexington CCI5* (USA), Burnham Market CCI4* (GBR), and the Irish CCI3* in Ballindenisk.

Piggy French (GBR), this year’s Badminton winner and runner-up at Burghley, is now within 50 points of the top spot, having moved up from third to second place, with former world number one Tim Price (NZL) dropping to number three in the rankings.

Big movers in this month’s FEI World Eventing Rankings are Ludwig Svennerstal (SWE) from 35th to 13th place, Pippa Funnell (GBR) from 47th to 14th, Tomoto Kazuma (JPN) from 29th to 15th, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) from 33rd to 16th, Peter Flarup (DEN) from 91st to 22nd, and Sarah Bullimore (GBR) from 43rd to 25th.

With the final team quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on offer at the FEI Nations Cup™ fixture in Boekelo (NED) next weekend, and plenty of other Eventing action over the next month, more changes in the ranking list can be expected.

View full FEI World Eventing Rankings here.

About Oliver Townend

Townend started riding aged seven and came to prominence after making his international debut for Team GB in 2005 at the FEI European Championships Eventing in Blenheim (UK).

2009 was a sensational year for him, with CCI4* (now CCI5*) wins at Badminton (GBR) and Burghley (GBR). He reclaimed his Burghley title in 2017, and the following year he won the CCI4* in Lexington (USA).

He has also flown the flag for Great Britain at two FEI World Equestrian Games™, at Aachen 2006 (GER) and Normandy 2014 (FRA).

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Fourth Edition of the Sport Horses Auction at Baborówko Horse Sale Show 2019

Baborówko, 30th of September 2019 — The sport horses auction took place on Sunday, the 28th of September. The catalogue included 19 horses selected from stables all over Poland, 12 of which found new owners.

The auction in Baborówko was created to promote Polish sport horses among home and international athletes. Horses sold at previous events are successfully competing at international arenas – a good example is Chiquita, 13th in the CCI2*-S last weekend in Baborówko with the Olympian Andreas Dibowski.

“Although we did not break the record this Saturday, we are very pleased with the auction results. Many horses found new homes in foreign stables. We also received a lot of positive feedback from the buyers, and we see more and more interest in horses bred and trained in Poland,” said Henryk Święcicki jr., the director of Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

The most expensive horse of the auction was Little Cartier, sold for 95.000 PLN.

Baborówko Horse Sale Show has a unique formula, helping both the sellers and buyers. The owners have the opportunity to have their horses professionally trained by Paweł Warszawski and his team of riders. A few owners of the horses that were sold at the auction chose that option earlier this year. All horses underwent veterinary inspections in dr Maciej Przewoźny’s Equi Vet Serwis clinic.

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

Victorious Germans in Baborówko

Nadine MARZAHL with VALENTINE 18. M&R Photo.

Baborówko, the 30th of September 2019 — Three international and two national classes finished their trials on Sunday at Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

Nadine Marzahl (GER) had taken the lead after cross country in the CCI4*-S with Valentine 18. The pair went clear in the showjumping to win the whole class. The German rider had three horses in the class, finishing on the 5th position with Vally K and 18th with Victoria 108. Another German athlete, Sophie Leube, took home the second place with Jadore Moi, and Beeke Jankowski (GER) was third with Tiberius 20.

In the CCI3*-S, for the prize of Lotto, the best pair after dressage, Leonie Kuhlmann (GER) with Hidalgo 179, kept their lead after showjumping. Second place went to Paulina Maciejewska (POL) riding Jangcy L, and third to Malin Hansen-Hotopp (GER) with Quidditch K.

The best rider of the CCI2*-S, for the prize of Duon, was Stephanie Böhe (GER) with Ashanti de la Ribiere. Jaagup Kallas (EST) was second with Olli Royal, and third place went to Elmar Lesch (GER) riding Atlanta.

Victory in the national ZK 1* class belonged to Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) with Dynamite Jack. Marta Orłowska (POL) with Naomi II C was second, and Weronika Mikołajczak (POL) with Czanos was third.

The national ZK L class also went to Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) riding Christmas Carol de Merignat. Aleksandra Wicenciak (POL) took home the second place, and Zofia Łękowska (POL) with Rabata finished as third.

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

Unexpected Changes in the Leaderboard at Baborówko Horse Sale Show

Nadine MARZAHL with VALENTINE 18. M&R Photo.

Cross-country day has ended at Baborówko Horse Sale Show. Lars Christensson, the course designer, asked a lot of difficult questions.

The most difficult class of the show, the CCI4*-S, for the prize of Kuhn, took an unexpected turn when leader dressage Yoshiaki OIWA (JPN) riding BART L JRA had a refusal on the cross-country track. That meant that he dropped down to 24th position after the cross-country trial. The new best score belongs to Nadine MARZAHL (GER) with VALENTINE 18. Second for now is Sophie LEUBE (GER) with JADORE MOI, and Dirk SCHRADE (GER) with DAJARA 4 sits in third.

The best Polish rider after dressage, Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Lassban Radovix, also had one refusal on the course and went over the optimum time, and he is now 25th in the class.

In the CCI3*-S for the prize of Lotto, Leonie KUHLMANN (GER) has kept her lead with HIDALGO 179. Second position belongs to Malin HANSEN-HOTOPP (GER) with QUIDDITCH K, and third to Paulina MACIEJEWSKA (POL) with JANGCY L, the only pair to finish clear inside the time.

Marta ORŁOWSKA (POL) with GENESIS KG is the new best rider of the CCI2*-S for the prize of Duon. Anna SIEMER (GER) with DEIKE 22 dropped down from her leading position to the second place. Stephanie BÖHE (GER) is currently third with ASHANTI DE LA RIBIERE.

The final trials of the national ZK1* ended. First place went to Sara ALGOTSSON OSTHOLT (SWE) riding DYNAMITE JACK. Marta ORŁOWSKA (POL) with NAOMI II C was second, and Weronika MIKOŁAJCZAK (POL) riding CZANOS took home the third place.

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

Dressage Day at Baborówko Horse Sale Show 2019

Yoshiaki Oiwa with Bart L JRA.

Baborówko, 27 September 2019 — An international eventing show and sport horses auction – Baborówko Horse Sale Show – has started.

The current leader in the most difficult class of the show – CCI4*-S – is Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with BART L JRA. Second and third position belong to Nadine Marzahl (GER) with VALLY K and VALENTINE 18, respectively.

The best dressage test in the CCI3-S, for the prize of Lotto, belonged to Leonie Kuhlmann (GER) with HIDALGO 179. Second for now is Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with DIARAL PKZ, and Beeke Jankowski (GER) with EDDIE WELD sits in third.

In the CCI2*-S, the current number one is Anna Siemer (GER) with CHIDERA. She is also second with DEIKE 22. Marta Orlowska (POL) is currently third with GENESIS KG.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) has taken the lead in the national ZK 1* class after dressage and showjumping with DYNAMITE JACK. Second place after two trials belongs to Marta Orlowska (POL) with NAOMI II C, and third to Weronika Mikolajczak (POL) with CZANOS.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt is also the leader in the national ZK L class with CHRISTMAS CAROL DE MERIGNAT, after dressage and showjumping trials. Aleksandra Wicenciak (POL) with IN PERSONA are currently second, and third place belongs to Sylwia Rychlik (POL) with UDINE.

Results are available on: https://zawodykonne.com/zawody/85/tour/643.

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

Polish Young Champions on Sport Horses Auction at Baborówko Horse Sale Show 2019

Baborówko, 27 September 2019 — Green Light M and Skylight xx, who will be presented on the Sport Horses Auction at Baborówko Horse Sale Show 2019 this weekend (27-29.09.2019), are golden and silver medalists of Polish Young Horses Eventing Championships. Both horses with Paweł Warszawski (POL) proved their good condition:  Green Light M won gold medal; Skylight xx won silver.

Green Light M’s sire is Cassilio, son of an outstanding Holsteiner Cassini I and grandson of the legendary Capitol, from the line of Cottage Son xx. Cassilio’s dam, M-Heraldik, was sired by the thoroughbred Heraldik, the most popular thoroughbred in German horse breeding. Cassilio is currently competing up to Grand Prix classes with Maksymilian Wechta. Green Light M’s dam is Generacja by Le Voltaire. Her pedigree connects the phenomenal genes of the Holsteiner Voltaire (Furioso II, Gotthard and More Magic), coming from the thoroughbred Furioso on the sire’s side, and the Holsteiner Landgraf I, by Ladykiller xx.

More info about Green Light M: http://bhss.baborowko.pl/eng/index.php/aukcja/2019/273-green-light-m.

Skylight’s sire is the well-known by horse racing fans Masini. He won 14 of his 47 races, and has been placed 23 times. He finished his career as the horse that won the highest collective prize money total in the history of Czech Republic’s horse racing – over 13,5 mln korunas (around 2,2 million PLN/500.000 EUR). On his dam’s side, Skylight is the grandson of the legendary racehorse Demon Club, famous for his amazing character and endurance in the racing training. Throughout his career, Demon Club has sired winners of 234 races, collectively winning over 600.000 PLN.

More info about Skylight xx: http://bhss.baborowko.pl/eng/index.php/aukcja/2019/279-skylight-xx.

This year the auction in Baborówko includes 19 promising sport horses, predisposed for showjumping and eventing, carefully selected from all over the country. The catalogue includes both young 4-year-old horses, just starting their career, as well as older, experienced ones already with successful results at international hippodromes. Among this year’s collection of horses, you can find such stars as Quintus Junior, a direct descendant of the legendary Quidam de Revel, or Jodcassal A-Z by Cascadello, which is the best son of the world-famous Casall. The bidding will take place on 28th of September 2019.

The full profiles of all the horses can be found at the auction’s website: www.bhss.baborowko.pl/eng.

More Than 230 Pairs at Baborówko Horse Sale Show

Baborówko, 20 September 2019 — Athletes from 9 countries will compete in Baborówko during the last weekend of September. The audience at Baborówko Horse Sale Show will have the chance to see some of the best Polish athletes as well as international eventing stars.

Foreign athletes include the Olympic champion Andreas Dibowski (GER), three-time Olympian Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE), and Yoshiaki Oiwa, three-time Olympian from Japan.

Baborówko will also welcome many Polish eventers, for example home rider Paweł Warszawski, as well as Mariusz Kleniuk, Mateusz Kiempa, and Jan Kamiński.

For the fourth time in a row, the show will also host a sport horse auction. This year, the catalogue includes 19 horses. Those interested will have the chance to schedule test rides and veterinary consultations with doctors from Equi Vet Serwis Dr Maciej Przewoźny clinic from Wednesday until Friday. The bidding will take place on Saturday evening, on the 28th of September.

Baborówko Horse Sale Show will take place during the last weekend of September, from the 27th until the 29th. The show’s programme includes three international classes: CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S, as well as two national competitions: ZK-L and CNC1*. The classes will be played out following the classic format: dressage on Friday (one exception is the dressage for ZK-L, which will take place on Thursday), cross-country on Saturday, and showjumping and prizegiving ceremonies on Sunday.

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

Inaugural Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials Provides World-Class Competitor Experience

Doug Payne and Quantum Leap ©Christine Quinn Photography.

Mill Spring, NC – September 17, 2019 – The inaugural Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials (BRMHT) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) concluded Sunday, following two days of national-level Eventing competition at the venue. The event marked the first time competitors of all lower levels were welcomed to test the White Oak Cross-Country Course, the same to host Cross-Country competition during the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). World-renowned course designer Captain Mark Phillips (GBR) designed seven layouts to host nearly 150 entries from Beginner Novice through Advanced, including Modified.

In the Advanced Division, Doug Payne (Aiken, SC) piloted Quantum Leap to top honors after finishing with a final score of 40.60. Allison Springer (Upperville, VA) and Katie Lichten’s Sapphire Blue B, a 2010 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Heritage Fortunus x Lucy Blue), finished in second place after earning a final score of 51.70, while Ema Klugman (Clarksburg, MD) and Jeni Klugman’s Bendigo, a 2002 Trakehner gelding (Unknown x Unknown), took third place after a final score 52.40.

“He [Quantum Leap] is an eight-year-old and still greenish to the [Advanced] level for sure; he has probably five events under his belt at this point,” Payne shared of the 2011 Zweibrucker gelding (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy), co-owned with his wife, Jessica Payne.

Payne continued, “I wasn’t looking to going crazy fast, but he’s a very efficient and good galloping horse, so he just covers the ground so well. I’m very, very lucky to have such a talented and willing horse to go with. He goes in a rubber snaffle, and you barely have to touch him.”

Payne commended Phillips’ course-building to accommodate multiple courses on one footprint. “Initially I was thinking [the course] might get real busy, but there is enough space here that it’s quite good.” Payne concluded, “The course was wonderful. I think the footing couldn’t have been any better. It was a good, flowing course, and I think the whole competition has been excellent.”

After the Show Jumping phase on Saturday night under the lights in Tryon Stadium, Springer and Sapphire Blue B were leading after earning a score of 27.70 in the Dressage phase and putting in a clear round in Tryon Stadium. “He [Sapphire Blue B] is my student Katie Lichten’s horse. We call him Steve in the barn — he’s a unicorn.”

Springer continued: “He’s young, and was definitely spooky in there [Tryon Stadium] but he jumped great. He’s a talented young horse, and I feel really honored to be able to ride him for [Katie Lichten].”

Lucienne Elms and Mistralou Win Open Intermediate Division

Lucienne Elms (Campobello, SC) and her own Mistralou claimed the win in Open Intermediate after a speedy Cross-Country performance bringing her final score to 46.40. Second place was awarded to Annie Goodwin (Aiken, SC) and Mettraise, owned by Jeanne Sylvester, after their final score of 52.50, while John Michael Durr (Shelby, NC) earned third just behind, finishing with a final score of 52.60 with Becky Brown’s entry Tilikum.

“It was a fantastic course design; Mark Phillips is ever the master,” Elms said of the Cross-Country course designer’s work after piloting horses through two different levels. “[The course] rode really well; there were plenty of questions, with all combinations rewarding to just keep a forward rhythm, too.”

Although Elms just started competing again after sustaining injuries in late 2018, she admitted that she was still determined to be competitive: “I wanted a strong result; he [Mistralou] is not green, so I intended to set out for the time. He is a full-blood horse and always a pleasure to finish on, [since] he just keeps galloping, so I was confident I would be competitive providing the time wasn’t easy to attain.”

Kimberly Steinbuch (Shelby, NC) aboard PDQ Leigh, owned by Jil Walton, led the pack Saturday after scoring a 29.30 to lead the Dressage phase and producing a fault-free Show Jumping round. “He’s very new to me: I’ve had him for just over two and a half weeks,” Steinbuch admitted. “I’m very excited about him and looking forward to a very good partnership.”

Steinbuch shared that the course set by course designer Chris Barnard was her first Show Jumping round “under the lights,” and her second Show Jumping round with PDQ Leigh. “It was a little back-and-forth and a little discussionary, but he knows his job is just to leave all of the rails in the cups,” stated Steinbuch.

Steinbuch revealed that she is not used to riding a horse of PDQ Leigh’s size and that it could be a challenging dynamic on Cross-Country: “He’s definitely over 17 hands, so it’s very different for me to have a horse his size to try and ride around, but he’s pretty straight forward and he knows his job.”

Steinbuch and her husband, John Michael Durr, operate out of Shelby, North Carolina, which allows them to compete at TIEC as often as they wish, she said. “We’re here two to three weeks a month, so we basically live here. We do all the Jumpers and Hunters here, and then we do Eventing on the weekends. It’s nice to be centrally located,” concluded Steinbuch.

John Michael Durr and Casofino Claim Open Preliminary Division

John Michael Durr (Shelby, NC) maintained his lead from the first day of competition in the Open Preliminary division to win it all, earning a final score of 29.10 aboard Casofino, owned by Madigan Murphy. Ema Klugman (Clarksburg, MD) and Jeni Klugman’s Bronte Beach Z came in a close second after finishing with a final score of 30.00, while Doug Payne (Aiken, SC) and Stephen Blauner’s Baymax finished in third with a final score of 34.40.

“The course rode really well; Mark [Phillips] did an amazing job; even though there were a lot of courses it felt like the horses were never confused about where they were going,” explained Durr of the White Oak Course adjacent to TIEC. “It was really well done. There were several different tracks, and he nailed it.”

Durr explained that he has been working on giving Casofino “consistent miles and education” before turning the reins back over to his adult-amateur owner, who is also Durr’s student. “He’s a really exciting young horse. He just needed a little making up to win with his adult amateur.” Durr continued, “This was the first time he had been in a ring like this under the lights. His heart was going a million miles a minute and he saw every kid rolling down the grass, but he focused on the jumps and did his job.”

Durr concluded, “Every part of what Tryon does makes you feel special – it doesn’t matter whether you’re there for a national horse trials, a B-rated Hunter/Jumper show, or the 5* week. Tryon gives you that championship feeling all the time, so when my students do go to the championships or go to Young Riders or something like that, they don’t fall apart, because they’re used to being in a big atmosphere.”

For full results from the Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC, click here.

To learn more, visit www.Tryon.com.

What Are the Three Areas of Equestrian Eventing?

Equestrian riding is a unique sport that pairs a rider and horse together in performance. Within equestrian, there are three Olympic sports that riders can participate in and these areas involve dressage, showjumping, and cross-country. All three Olympic equestrian disciplines are very different and each demands its own skills from the rider and horse. Unlike horse racing, equestrian sports focus on a rider’s command over his or her horse as well as the completion of various tasks on the riding ground. Equestrian and horse racing fans can follow the sports with Betmgm and wager on the latest horse-based sports events including the British Champions Day.

The Summer Olympics in 2020 will feature three disciplines in equestrian. So, what are those disciplines and how do riders compete in the events?


Dressage is all about the control a rider has over the horse. In the event, judges want to see how well a rider can get his or her horse to respond and obey commands. During dressage, a rider and horse must complete a set of instructions. This dressage test will then be examined by a panel of judges that will score the contestants.

Judges give the rider and horse a score out of 10. The higher the score, the better the team performed in their test. The lower the score, the worse the pair did during the dressage event. The winner of the dressage event is the rider and horse who scored the best out of all the competitors.


Showjumping is an exciting, adrenaline-pumping event in equestrian. The event features horses and riders leaping over fences and barriers. The purpose of show jumping is to test the athletic abilities of both the rider and horse. The event also demonstrates the accuracy of the pair as they must not only clear the fence and barriers, but land fluidly.

The rider and horse must jump a variety of fences and barriers. These obstacles vary in height and range from 70 centimeters to 1.60 meters. In addition to jumping over the obstacles and landing, the pair must complete the showjumping course in a specified sequence. The rider and horse to jump and clear all the obstacles in the fastest time is crowned the winner.


Cross-country is similar to showjumping as the rider and horse must leap over obstacles. The difference between cross-country and showjumping has to do with the size of the course and the obstacles the pair must jump over.

Cross-country tests a horse’s endurance, quickness, and leaping over the length of the event. A cross-country test can be done as part of a full evening show alongside showjumping and dressage. However, it can also be held by itself due to the nature of the event.

One of the biggest differences between cross-country and showjumping is the size of the courses. A cross-country course can be two to three kilometers in size. This gives a horse ample opportunity to showcase their speed and endurance during the event. No two cross-country courses are alike.