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Michael Jung Leads Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Michael Jung riding La Biosthetique Sam.

(Badminton, UK, 4 May 2013) Michael Jung (GER) riding La Biosthetique Sam is in 1st place after the Dressage phase at the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA) riding Apollo VD Wendi Kurt Hoeve is in 2nd place, with Dirk Schrade (GER) riding King Artus in 3rd place. Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize contenders William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Parkland Hawk is lying in 5th place, with Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Nereo in 6th place.

Rider Quotes

Michael Jung riding Sam

Q.  Michael – that looked great – how was it?

My horse was very concentrated and I feel it in the warm up – he’s very relaxed and concentrate to me and not to the spectators – I can ride him and touch him to the legs OK and he feels really good.

Q. Any difficult moments?

Yes, just in the walk and the stop and rein back. Yes, ok he is a little bit nervous but I think it was very good for the horse for this stadium.

Q. What about tomorrow – what are your thoughts on this particular horse?

I think it’s a very, very nice cross country – you have long ways – you can go really fast forward and you can have time enough to prepare the next jump. It’s a really good building from the course designer. You have a few jumps to go into the course and many tricky fences but I think we can see a very nice course.

Q. What will you do tonight?

Eat, drink, relax and then have fun tomorrow!

Andrew Nicholson riding Nereo

Q. Andrew – quite a good mark – how was the test – did you feel it went as well as it could have done?

The walk isn’t the easiest – naturally he hasn’t got a brilliant walk, just with the photographers and the clicking of the cameras it got him a little jig joggy and it make the rein back a bit quicker than it should be, but otherwise I thought he was very good.

Q. Quite a few riders have mentioned the clicking on the cameras – is that more unusual?

That’s part of these big events – now I suppose there are more taking photos – it’s all noticeable, but just part of the sport. If the wind was perhaps blowing in a different direction then you never know, but it’s part of it all and you’ve just got to take it as it is.

Q. At the moment we believe you are lying into 6th place – what are you feeling now on the whole competition, trying to win your first Badminton and the Rolex Grand Slam prize?

“What score is Michael on?” He’s on 36.0. “And what am I on?”  40.3. “It’s near enough!”

I don’t like being in the lead after the dressage – I was in the lead after the dressage here once before and I finished second. And I was in second place in Kentucky last week and then won – so I’ll stick to that!

Q. What are you going to do now?

I’ve pretty thoroughly walked the cross-country course and know where I’m going on there. The horses will just be worked a bit tomorrow and then we’ll come out and scorch around there!

William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk

Q. William – are you disappointed with the mark, did you feel you did better?

I’m very pleased with Parklane Hawk – he did a lovely test. It’s a shame that he made a bit of a fluff of the rein back – we don’t normally do that. I think it was just nerves and the excitement and you’ve got all the cameras this year right behind them. I could feel him not really focusing on me and he lost his focus of attention for a second – but he came back really well and I was very, very pleased with how he went.

Q. You mentioned the cameras – does it still effect such experienced horses?

I think not normally it would. He is a thoroughbred horse, a sensitive horse – for my other horse Oslo it probably wouldn’t affect him at all – he is a real show-off and would have benefitted from a good blasting wind and a few more people cheering because he is that sort of horse. Whereas Parklane Hawk would definitely have felt it a little bit. But he has done three majors and coped very well with them – he’s got a very good brain.

Q. You held it together in there nevertheless, so what about tomorrow?

I’m looking forward to tomorrow – it will be an exciting day. I am looking forward to riding both my horses around Badminton – neither of them have done Badminton before, but both are really up for the challenge and are fit and well.

We are hoping that it is a tough course – I certainly am, especially not being in the lead after the Dressage myself, so I shall be hoping it causes plenty of trouble!

Q. I have to mention the Rolex Grand Slam – is it on your mind at all?

Once the dressage is over – you’ve got to do your best – the order has been set and you just have to get on with it. I think now what will happen will happen – they’ve definitely put up a challenge out there and let’s hope it proves one!

Results after Day 1 Dressage

1 Michael Jung/Sam (GER) 36.0
2 Stefano Brecciaroli/Apollo VD Wendi Kurt Hoeve (ITA) 36.8
3 Dirk Schrade/King Artus (GER) 39.2
4 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 39.7
5 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 40.0

For more information on the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and full Results/Leaderboard, please visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

Two Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contenders

With two of three successive wins of the Rolex Grand Slam – the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the 2011 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – William Fox-Pitt is the current live contender of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Due to adverse weather conditions, the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials was unfortunately cancelled. Therefore, Fox-Pitt has had to wait until the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials before he can contend for the coveted US$ 350,000 Rolex Grand Slam Prize.

However, now that Andrew Nicholson, who won the 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has also accomplished the feat of successively winning the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, there are now uniquely be two live contenders for the sport’s most coveted prize at the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

In 2001, Rolex created the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. This trophy is awarded to the rider who manages to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials event in any consecutive order. Until now, only British rider Pippa Funnell has managed this staggering achievement, winning the title in 2003.

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Jung Sets Up a Thriller at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam take the lead after Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 4 May, 2013 – Olympic, World and European Champion Michael Jung (GER) punched the air in a rare show of emotion as he left the Dressage arena at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Jung, who is competing for the first time at Badminton, was visibly thrilled by the crowd’s response to his superb test on La Biosthetique Sam which earned a mark of 36.0 penalties and gives him a fractional lead going into tomorrow’s Cross Country phase.

“There is a lot of atmosphere here but Sam was relaxed and he did a fantastic job,” Jung said afterwards. “I didn’t know the result when I came out of the arena, but I had a very good feeling about it.”

When asked whether he felt under pressure to prove himself at Badminton, one of the few major prizes missing from his CV, 30-year-old Jung laughed: “Of course I was a little nervous, but I think the riders most under pressure here are Andrew Nicholson and William Fox-Pitt!”

Another Badminton first-timer, Italian army rider Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA), was also smiling broadly when he left the arena. He and his magnificent Belgian-bred horse, Apollo VD Wendi Kurt Hoeve, presented an elegant picture and surprised no-one when they were the first pair to score under 40 penalties. The Italian duo is lying second on 36.8 penalties.

Brecciaroli, who has won a CIC3* with Apollo on British soil this spring, was second after Dressage at the London Olympic Games last year, eventually finishing 19th. For the last month, the Italian has been based with his close friend Andrew Nicholson (NZL), riding the Kiwi’s horses during his absence on his winning trip to Kentucky, and Nicholson has tipped Brecciaroli to win this weekend: “I’ve been teaching him to go much faster across country!”

Jung’s three Olympic team mates are all in the top 13. Dirk Schrade (GER) and the smart King Artus posted one of their best performances to slot into third on 39.2; individual Olympic bronze medallist Sandra Auffarth (GER) is in equal seventh place with a mark of 41.3 on Opgun Louvo, and Ingrid Klimke (GER) is 13th on Butts Abraxxas.

The ever-sporting Klimke put a good face on what was, for her, a disappointing Dressage mark of 44.2. “It was like sitting on a five-year-old, not a 16-year-old,” she said of her double Olympic gold medal ride. “He was so relaxed outside, but the wind and the clapping made him want to change legs all the time. That was not our best test!”

The rising New Zealand star Jonathan Paget and his Pau runner-up, Clifton Promise, are fourth on 39.7. Paget has been training in Germany with Jung during the winter and his time with the German supremo is obviously paying off handsomely.

The Rolex Grand Slam is proving a thrilling sub-plot at Badminton and the two contenders could not be more closely matched. William Fox-Pitt is in fifth place on Parklane Hawk on 40.0 and Andrew Nicholson, the current HSBC FEI Classics leader, is sixth, a mere 0.2 of a penalty in arrears, on Nereo.

Nicholson is also 14th on Avebury and Fox-Pitt is equal 16th with Oslo in a closely-packed field in which 10 penalties covers the top 16 places.

Pippa Funnell (GBR), the only rider to have achieved the Grand Slam, 10 years ago, pulled off a superb piece of riding to be equal seventh on Redesigned, a horse that has been out of top level competition for three years.

Nicholson, whose best Badminton result is second behind Fox-Pitt in 2004, has been single-mindedly targeting the event for six months. “I’ve got two good horses that I have faith in,” he says.

“Avebury is the friendlier of the two, but he can be naughty if he thinks he can get away with it. If you don’t watch him when you turn him out, he’ll snatch the halter rope out of your hand and go galloping around, having a laugh. Nereo, who is a bit shy, is much more polite and is always 100% on your side.”

Fox-Pitt predicts that the anti-clockwise direction of the Cross Country course – it is reversed each year – offers the more rhythmic track. “I don’t think there’s a bogey fence,” he commented, “but the cumulative effect of so many technical questions will be influential. The last two to three minutes are particularly intense.”

Schrade comments that course designer Hugh Thomas (GBR) has produced every sort of question possible. “I think he will get what every designer wants, with faults around the whole course. It’s very well designed.”

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Dressage Riders Love So8ths/Nikon Long Format

Kaitlyn Mosing & Powerhound. Photos by Diana De Rosa.

On Friday, May 3, competitors in three different divisions rode Dressage tests in the beautifully manicured Southern 8ths arena for the So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas.”  The riders, who traveled from several different states, seemed thrilled with the first day of the Long Format Event.

In essence the best Dressage scores set the tone for the remainder of the competition. If a horse and rider have a low score, and accrue no penalty points over the next two days, they come out on top.

First to go were the Training level riders.  Interestingly, these are the highest level riders at this event, which is geared for amateurs.  Coming in first place was Kaitlyn Mosing on her horse Powderhound with a score of 31.4. Second were Kathy Viele and Matariki.

Kaitlyn has been competing about 12 years, but she’s had this horse only a few months. Since Kaitlyn had never done a three-day competition, she thinks this will be a good bonding experience for her and her horse. This is their third Dressage competition, and she was pleased with her win.

She especially appreciated the perspective from the officials. “Everyone here is so welcoming and so eager to help you. It’s a great facility, and I’d recommend it to anybody.”  She’d like to return next year.

Sarah Zimmer & Mardi Gras
Sarah Zimmer & Mardi Gras

Sarah Zimmer and Mardi Gras won the Novice division. In Eventing, the scores represent penalty points, so the lowest score wins.  On the second and third day, penalties are assessed for mistakes on the cross country and show jumping rounds.  Again, low penalties — or none — are the goal of every rider.

Despite her horse being a little wound up, he delivered a stellar performance, Sarah said.  They actually had the best score of the day, 30.7. “I love the Long Format. I wish there were more of them. It’s like a whole different sport; it adds a lot and it’s more fun.” This is the only place where professionals come together and help the amateurs, she added. This is her second year at Southern 8ths and she thought the competition was great.  Finishing just behind her were Samantha Hay and Tre Jolie.

The Beginner Novice division is for horses and riders who are just starting their careers in Eventing.  Taylor Pence and her lovely mare Goldie put in a solid ride with a score of 32.8.

Taylor Pence & Goldie
Taylor Pence & Goldie

Taylor loved the judges’ advice and heeded it.  Goldie knows the difference between a schooling session and the show ring, and Taylor actually has to work a little harder in the ring because Goldie gets lazy there. The pair has been in five or six events. “It felt great to win, especially at an event of this stature.”

Two judges score each ride and combine their points for the final score.  Only .2 point separated the top riders in this division, with Carol Mahoney and Mercury Rising coming in second.

On Saturday the event continues with Roads & Tracks, Steeplechase, and Cross Country.

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Formidable French Win Furusiyya Leg in Lummen

Marc Dilasser and Obiwan de Piliere Jo produced one of the two double-clear rounds that helped secure victory for France at the fourth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series in Lummen, Belgium. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

Lummen (BEL), 3 May 2013 – The French swept to a clear and concise victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 leg at CSIO 4* Lummen in Belgium today.  However they were pushed all the way by a highly-competitive and considerably less-experienced Swiss side that had to settle for runner-up spot in the final analysis, while The Netherlands finished a distance behind in third.

There were four countries seeking points towards qualification for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final which will take place in Barcelona, Spain next September and fourth-placed Finland earned 75 points, while fifth-placed Sweden took 70 and Belgium claimed 66 when slotting into sixth spot.  Great Britain was not in the points race when finishing seventh, so the Norwegian side that finished last of the eight competing nations claimed 64 points for their effort.

Never Flinched

The French took the lead from the outset and never flinched.  Double-clears from Marc Dilasser (Obiwan de Piliere Jo) and Aymeric de Ponnat (Armitages Boy) placed them in a strong position and pathfinder, Jerome Hurel (Ohm de Pontual) was the only member of the side to drop a fence throughout the entire competition. French anchorman, Olivier Guillon, was clear first time out with Lord de Theize to ensure a zero team score and didn’t need to return to the ring in the second round as the result was already decided.

The Swiss had to count a single error from Martin Fuchs and Conte della Caccia in the opening round when their pathfinding partnership of Romain Duguet and Quorida de Treho left two on the floor.  And in the end that was the deciding factor, as that single fence separated the two sides at the end of the day when neither added any more to their scorelines.

Interesting Challenge

Course designer, Lucien Somers, set out an interesting 12-fence challenge in the grassy Lummen arena.  The triple combination at fence five, and the following oxer at six with its 1.70 m spread were both influential.  It was at the latter that Sweden’s Lisen Fredricson second round came to an end when Thriller P threw in a refusal, and it was a tough day for the 37-year-old rider as she had already been eliminated for a fall in round one.

The Longines double at fence eight also made its mark, and Somers really put it up to them on the final run home with the open water providing the penultimate obstacle on the course.  The sign of a good track however is the ability of riders to show improvement over it as the competition progresses, and this was how it played out for the team from Finland who were lying second-last at the end of round one.

It was Anna-Julia Kontio’s 13-fault score with Fardon that was the Finnish discount at the end of the first round by which time they had already accumulated a team total of 14 after Kaarlo Kovacs (Agropoint Cassius) added five to the four collected by his pathfinding brother Henri (Carolus Z) and Maiju Mallat (Urleven van de Helle) also picked up five with a fence down and a time fault recorded by the Longines timing system.  Clears from Henri Kovacs and for Kontio seriously bolstered their position second time out however, and despite 17 from Kaarlo Kovacs and two mistakes for Mallat, their overall total of 22 was good enough to move them up three places in the final standings.

On the Sidelines

Unfortunately for the Norwegian team, their 15-fault first-round total left them sitting on the sidelines when only seven nations returned to battle in round two. The British filled that seventh spot when they added 25 more to their tally, their best result registered by Belgian-based Joe Clee and Diablesse de Muze whose only mistake was at the second element of the triple combination on their second tour of the track.

The host nation of Belgium, carrying 13 faults, struggled to leave the fences up once again, adding 13 more to maintain their sixth place at the end of the day. Reigning world champion, Philippe Le Jeune from Belgium, admitted that “at this level you can’t win if you keep making four faults.  One fence down is too much, clear rounds are the only things that win a Nations Cup. Our horses didn’t jump too bad but there were too many four faults” he said after his side registered a final score of 26.

Despite Lisen Fredricsson’s drama, Sweden managed to fill fifth place on a total of 24 faults while the Dutch held on to third spot even though they added 12 more to their scoreline.  The Swiss really kept the pressure on the leading French when Duguet produced a zero score second time out and Fuchs and Pfyffer followed suit.  In fact Pfyffer produced one of just three double-clears recorded in the class, and came in for high praise from Swiss Chef d’Equipe Renate Fuchs.  “Carlo is new to the team and did a great job” she said, adding that her son, 20-year-old Martin Fuchs, also gave a good account of himself.

Well-Pleased

French Chef d’Equipe, Philippe Guerdat, was well-pleased with his winning side’s performance.  “I wanted to come to Lummen with a strong team to ensure a good result ahead of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in La Baule. We’re fairly lucky in France right now with a large pool of good riders and good horses. It’s not always easy to choose between the available riders, but we’re trying to make sure everyone feels involved and to give everyone the opportunity to compete in the various Nations Cups this season. The next Nations Cup for us will be in Drammen (Norway) where I will take five other riders” he said.

And he wasn’t the only happy team manager at Lummen today.  Finland’s Lors Parmler sees a real future for his side after today’s good finish in strong company. “I’m very happy with the performance of my team.  It’s a new team and we now have the Kovacs brothers, Henri and Kaarlo, competing for us.  They used to ride for Hungary until last year but they have a Finnish mother so they have chosen to ride for us.  They are two really nice boys and we really like having them on our team” he said.

And he continued “we were happy with the course, it was difficult enough for young riders like that but rideable, it was a course for forward riding.  Next week in Drammen we will have another team but we will use these riders again later in the year.  With the Kovac brothers I think we now have a bigger chance to pick up points in the Furusiyya series.”

So all sights are now on next week’s Norwegian fixture in Drammen as the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series begins to gather pace.

Result:

  1. France 0 faults; Ohm de Ponthual (Jerome Hurel) 4/0, Obiwan de Piliere Jo (Marc Dilasser) 0/0, Armitages Boy (Aymeric de Ponnat) 0/0, Lord de Theize (Olivier Guillon) 0/DNS.
  2. Switzerland 4 faults: Quorida de Treho (Romain Duguet) 8/0, Conte della Caccia (Martin Fuchs) 4/0, Notre Moinerie (Carlo Pfyffer) 0/0, Loxy de la Reselle (Andreas Ott) 0/DNS.
  3. The Netherlands 17 faults: Haertthago (Leon Thijssen) 0/4, Warwick (Roelof Bril) 14/4, Atlanta (Peter Bulthuis) 5/4, Warrant (Henk van de Pol) 0/8.
  4. Finland 22 faults: Carolus Z (Henri Kovacs) 4/0, Fardon (Anna-Julia Kontio) 13/0, Agropoint Cassius (Kaarlo Kovacs) 5/17, Urleven van de Helle (Maiju Mallat) 5/8.
  5. Sweden 24 faults: Click and Cash (Niklas Arvidsson) 4/8, Newton Nickel (Angelie von Essen) 0/4, Thriller P (Lisen Fredricson) Elim/Elim, H&M Damgaardens Extens (Peder Fredricson) 4/4.
  6. Belgium 26 faults: d’Atlantique Royale (Francois Mathy Jr.) 13/8, Chamonix H (Olivier Philippaerts) 4/5, Vingino (Annelies Vorsselmans) 4/4, Loro Piana Once de Kreisker (Philippe Le Jeune) 5/4.
  7. Great Britain 34 faults: Varo M (Daniel Neilson), Caritiar Z (Phillip Miller) 1/13, Ondine du Logis (Simon Crippen) 13/8, Diablesse de Muze (Joe Clee) 0/4.
  8. Norway 15 faults in the FIRST ROUND: Diablo (Line Raaholt) 9, Urval (Victoria Gulliksen) 5, CC Top (Ole Kristoffer Meland) 1, Quartel du Mazes (Tony Andre Hansen) 27.

Facts and Figures:

8 teams participated in today’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping leg at CSIO 4* Lummen in Belgium.

This Furusiyya fixture was part of Division 2 – Europe.

Course designer was Lucien Somers who has also experience as Chef d’Equipe of the Belgian team in previous seasons.

Kurt Graemeier from Germany is currently Chef d’Equipe for the Belgian side.

The youngest horse in today’s competition was the eight-year-old Dutch-bred chestnut mare Atlanta, ridden by Peter Bulthuis from The Netherlands.

The oldest horse was the 16-year-old Belgian-bred bay stallion Urleven van de helle ridden by Finland’s Maiju Mallat.

There were three double-clear performances – from Marc Dilasser (Obiwan de Piliere Jo) and Aymeric de Ponnat (Armitages Boy) for France, and from Switzerland’s Carlo Pfyffer (Notre Moinerie).

Both France and Switzerland fielded just three riders in the second round as the results was already decided before the fourth-line rider was due to enter the arena for a second time.

Four countries were battling for points at this leg of the Furusiyya series – Belgium, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Quotes:

Olivier Guillon, France – “My horse doesn’t do too many indoor competitions during the winter. So it was a good way for us to start the season.”

Swedish Chef Sylve Soderstrand – “We didn’t have high expectations because we brought a very green team and new horses.  I was very happy with Angelie Von Essen and Peder Fredricson.”

Belgian Chef Kurt Gravemeier – “I’m particularly pleased with the performance of Annelies Vorsselmans.  She was twice in the water but never touched a fence; it was a nice performance.”

Jerome Hurel, FRA, talking about the course – “It was fairly normal for a competition like this. I had a pole down at the first obstacle because I put too much pressure from the start but other than that, it went really well.”

For further information on the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series, check out this link.

“Furusiyya” (Arabic: فروسيه) this single Arabic word conveys so much, embracing the idea of horsemanship, chivalry, and equestrian knowledge in general. The term is a derivation of faris, or horseman and faras, a horse.

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Adrienne Lyle Receives USEF Grant to Help Make Dreams Come True

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard. Photos by Susan J. Stickle.

Wellington, FL – May 3, 2013 – U.S. Olympic athletes Adrienne Lyle and Wizard, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas, are among 10 dressage athlete/horse combinations awarded training and competition grants for 2013 from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

The grants were awarded so that the horse and rider combinations could compete in CDI shows throughout Europe in preparation for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Criteria for the grants included international competition experience and the athletes’ prospects of contributing to a Team or Individual medal at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

“We are planning a winter tour in Europe with Wizard, basing out of (and training with) Klaus Balkenhol and competing in three CDI competitions while there,” Lyle said. She added that plans are not finalized and invitations are not yet issued, so she could not be specific at this time.

“This USEF grant, in addition to the amazing Carol Lavell grant we received earlier this year, has made my goal of getting back to Europe possible,” Lyle continued. “Without this kind of support it would be nearly impossible for many of us riders to pursue our dreams of international competition, and I am so thankful to all the donors and amazing people who make these things possible!”

Lyle and Wizard at 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach
Lyle and Wizard at 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach

Lyle and Wizard, a 14-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding, recently received a $25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize from The Dressage Foundation to continue their training. The team trains with Olympic athlete Debbie McDonald and Lyle is based out of Ketchum, Idaho.

The pair represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympics and competed in the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach in Wellington, FL. where they placed sixth in the Grand Prix and seventh in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In January, they placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle in the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W in South Florida.

To learn more about Adrienne Lyle, go to www.adriennelyle.com. To learn more about the USEF grants for Lyle and Wizard as well as the other nine recipients, go to www.usefnetwork.com/news/9885/2013/4/22/usef_awards_grants_to_ten_dressage.aspx. To learn more about the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize, check out www.dressagefoundation.org/The_Carol_Lavell_Advanced_Dressage_Prize.htm.

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Show by Appointment Reined Cow Horse Series Announces Winter Circuit Champions

Trevor Steed and Gunna Miss You – Photo by Kristin Constantini.

Indiantown, FL – May 3, 2013 – Show by Appointment, a new reined cow horse series with the mission of making showing “Fun, Fair, and Affordable,” concluded its debut season in Florida with a well-attended show on April 20-21 at Bynum Farms in Indiantown, FL. Now that the four shows of the winter season are complete, SBA has tallied the points and would like to congratulate its circuit champions in each division.

Show by Appointment offers a variety of divisions to allow all riders to compete in classes appropriate to their level and experience. Trevor Steed, who took home championships and reserves in the 2K Open Bridle and 2K Open Hackamore divisions, said he appreciated the options.

“The way we have the classes split up is helpful,” he said. “I’m new to the Open this year, so I compete in a class with new trainers like me that are not as experienced. It gives me success while I’m learning.”

Show by Appointment allows competitors to schedule their own ride times, which makes it easier for those who are traveling or have busy schedules to find time to compete. Steed assisted with the shows, working cow pens and making sure riders were ready to go on time, and found he was still able to fit his rides in over the course of the day. “I could go and work pens and get everything done, and then I could go and show my horse when it’s convenient,” he explained.

Steed rode several young horses on the SBA circuit and said he felt it was a perfect format for training and showing horses without putting undue stress on them. Since there are only four shows in each circuit and riders start with a clean slate at the championship finals, there’s no pressure to compete constantly to gain points.

“We’re going out and showing the horses for the horses and their training, not for a paycheck or a ribbon,” Steed said, noting that he was happy to be able to go into finals with fresh horses. “It’s really been good for my babies – I showed two 4-year-olds and I was able to go out and coast on them, getting them ready. I could get all the parts in place without getting them worried. That’s one thing I’ve really enjoyed about it.”

Ray Mullis rode Just Plain Cat to the championship in the Non Pro Boxing division. He said he thought SBA’s format would make it successful. “They’re doing a great thing,” Mullis said. “I think it’s going to work and I want to be a part of it. You can show when you want to, and it costs you a lot less – there are a lot of benefits.”

Mullis, who has a muscle disease, finds the flexible scheduling to be especially helpful. “I can set the time later on in the day,” he explained. “It’s accommodating to my body.”

Lucas McCullough and Tinsel Lena - Photo by Kristin Constantini
Lucas McCullough and Tinsel Lena – Photo by Kristin Constantini

Lucas McCullough, the Non Pro Hackamore Champion on Tinsel Lena, agreed with Mullis that the SBA format makes showing more convenient. “You can get there and take your time, do it when you want to do it,” he commented. “You don’t have to rush your horse. Everybody’s relaxed and everybody helps you out.”

Haily Findeisen, who earned the Level Two Boxing and Youth Boxing championships with Sparkinastar and also rode Photons Classic CD to the Youth Boxing reserve championship, described the show atmosphere as “inviting.” She said that she enjoys reined cow horse competition because of the combination of the reining pattern with the chance to work a cow.

Other championship winners include Victoria Cross in the Little Britches, Kristin Constantini in the Level One Boxing, Morgan Holmes in the Youth Bridle, Tom Benbow in the 2K Non Pro Boxing, Jamie Johnson in the Non Pro Two Rein, Ron Whittaker in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle, John Jacob in the Intermediate Open Bridle and Hackamore, and Rick Steed, who swept the Open Bridle, Hackamore and Two Rein championships. The complete list of champions and reserve champions is below.

Show by Appointment competition continues throughout the year. The SBA Summer Circuit Show Series I will be in Unadilla, GA, on May 18-19 and June 29-30. SBA will then head to Jackson, OH, for the Summer Circuit Show Series II on August 15-18. SBA also plans to expand into other states, so keep an eye out for further announcements.

The year concludes with the SBA Championship Finals, held October 10-13 in Sarasota, FL. Championship winners from the Florida circuit are already eagerly anticipating the tough competition and fun times at the Finals.

“I’m looking forward to the competition,” McCullough said. “I think everybody there will be bringing it!”

Haily Findeisen and Sparkinastar - Photo by Toni Steed
Haily Findeisen and Sparkinastar – Photo by Toni Steed

Findeisen plans to keep improving and train up to the event. “I’m looking forward to getting better until the show in October and working on it with both horses,” she said.

Trevor Steed echoed McCullough’s sentiments. “I think there are going to be plenty of people there who will be tough to beat,” he said. “I think my horses are going to be ready too. It’ll be a fun show.”

Visit Show by Appointment online at www.showbyappointment.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShowByAppointment for more information and updates.

Show by Appointment Winter Circuit Champions and Reserve Champions

Open Bridle Champion – Rick Steed on Smart Master Plan
Reserve Champion – Rick Steed on Dancing Rooster

Open Hackamore Champion – Rick Steed on Carribean Bay Boon
Reserve Champion – Rick Steed on Miss Chic Dun It

Non Pro Bridle Champion – Barry Spinweber on Suz Mountain Dew
Reserve Champion – Morgan Holmes on Smart Shooter

Non Pro Hackamore Champion – Lucas McCullough on Tinsel Lena
Reserve Champion – Sandy Kaskey on Dunitontopoftheworld

Intermediate Open Bridle Champion – John Jacob on Talk About Candy
Reserve Champion – John Jacob on Dealin Great Jewels

Intermediate Open Hackamore Champion – John Jacob on Bit A Widows
Reserve Champion – John Jacob on Sheza Wright On 86

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion – Ron Whittaker on Darby Otoe Dunit
Reserve Champion – Barry Spinweber on Suz Mountain Dew

Open Two Rein Champion – Rick Steed on Justa Merada Nut
Reserve Champion – Rick Steed on RLH Meradas Bet

Non Pro Two Rein Champion – Jamie Johnson on DC Quejana Pep

Non Pro Boxing Champion – Ray Mullis on Just Plain Cat
Reserve Champion – Sue Henderson on Whats My Tab

2K Non Pro Boxing Champion – Tom Benbow on Dealin Great Jewels
Reserve Champion – Sue Henderson on Whats My Tab

2K Open Bridle Champion – Trevor Steed on Gunna Miss You
Reserve Champion – Trevor Steed on Freeze Plan

2K Non Pro Bridle Champion – Barry Spinweber on Suz Mountain Dew
Reserve Champion – Diana Albert-Miller on Diamond Tex

2K Open Hackamore Champion – Trevor Steed on Julie
Reserve Champion – Trevor Steed on Peppy Dun It Big

Youth Bridle Champion – Morgan Holmes on Smart Shooter

Youth Boxing Champion – Haily Findeisen on Sparkinastar
Reserve Champion – Haily Findeisen on Photons Classic CD

Level One Boxing Champion – Kristin Constantini on Hannibal Lecter
Reserve Champion – Gary Biggerstaff on Smart Master Plan

Level Two Boxing Champion – Haily Findeisen on Sparkinastar
Reserve Champion – Tom Dirocco on Mister Giggles

Little Britches Champion – Victoria Cross on High Dollar
Reserve Champion – Christina Cross on Pooh

Show by Appointment Fast Facts

Website: http://www.showbyappointment.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShowByAppointment
Sponsorship Opportunities: http://www.showbyappointment.com/SBA-Sponsors.html

Upcoming SBA Show Series:

SBA Summer Circuit Show Series I: Unadilla, GA
May 18-19, 2013 – Shows I & II
Show I – Reined Cow Horse Pattern 8
Show II – Reined Cow Horse Pattern 9
June 29-30, 2013 – Shows III & IV

SBA Summer Circuit Show Series II: Jackson, OH
August 15-18, 2013 – Shows I, II, III, & IV

Entry forms are available at http://www.showbyappointment.com/Entry-Forms—Appointments.html.

Email Debbie Hall at debbie@firststringfarms.com to schedule your appointment, and call or text her at 321-863-0456 with any questions about entries or appointments.

About Show by Appointment

Show by Appointment’s fresh approach to reined cow horse competition has been an unprecedented success in its first season. SBA aims to make showing “Fun, Fair, and Affordable” for competitors.  To accommodate those traveling long distances to show and help busy riders fit showing in at their convenience, SBA allows riders to reserve their own ride times in advance. This cuts down on usual travel expenses such as stall rentals and hotels and encourages competitors to make the trip and join in the fun.

Each SBA series includes four shows. Riders who compete at three out of the four shows earn a place in the Championship Finals, slated for October 10-13, 2013, at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, FL. The Finals offer over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Competitors may also qualify for the Finals in absentia by simply sending in entries and payment to each of the four shows. This system is designed to allow riders a chance to compete in the Championship Finals without spending the season chasing points and incurring excessive competition expenses.

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Australians Take Control at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Christopher Burton (AUS) and Holstein Park Leilani take the lead after the first day of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 3 May, 2013 – Two members of Australia’s 2012 Olympic team head the leaderboard after the first day of Dressage as anticipation builds at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Christopher Burton (AUS), who proved such a brilliant pathfinder when first out on the course at the London 2012 Olympic Games, scored 43.0 in Badminton’s atmospheric arena to lie a fraction of a penalty ahead of his compatriot, Sam Griffiths on Happy Times.

The pair are also old friends and 31-year-old Burton, who won the Adelaide CCI4* in 2008, was based with Griffiths and his wife Lucy when he first came to England two years ago.

Burton is well known as a talented showman in the Dressage arena. He said of his mount, Jean and Jade Findlay’s 17-year-old warmblood mare, Holstein Park Leilani: “Back at home in Australia, I said ‘this is a Badminton horse’, but I certainly didn’t expect to be in the lead here.

“She’s a lovely mare but not the most extravagant mover, so you have to really ride her. I’m thrilled because I was aiming to score under 45, and so to be in the lead on 43 feels incredible.”

In contrast, Griffiths and the 14-year-old Happy Times are old hands at Badminton, having finished third in 2009 and fourth in 2011. “He’s an experienced campaigner and he’s in good form,” Griffiths said.

“I hope his Dressage mark will hold up, because we’ve got some really good combinations coming up tomorrow, but it means I’m in a good place psychologically.”

This halfway stage of the HSBC FEI Classics season is an opportunity for other riders to get a foothold on the leaderboard, but the current leader Andrew Nicholson (NZL) shows no signs of relinquishing his commanding position without a fight.

He is currently in third place at Badminton on 45.0 on his Burghley winner, the crowd-pleasing grey Avebury, with his Pau winner Nereo to come tomorrow.

Both Nicholson and William Fox-Pitt (GBR), who are head to head in a thrilling battle for the Rolex Grand Slam this weekend, seem to be handling the intense media attention with equanimity.

“I’m not really thinking about the Grand Slam,” admitted Nicholson. “My main objective has always been to win Badminton and it’s been fixed in my mind since last year because I’ve got such a good string of horses at the moment. The Grand Slam is a bit of a dream, but I did go to Kentucky to put myself in contention for it. And, of course,” he laughed, “if I win Badminton, the Grand Slam will fall into place!”

Fox-Pitt is currently only 0.8 of a penalty adrift of Nicholson, in equal fourth place with Ireland’s Aoife Clark on Master Crusoe. His first ride, Oslo, winner of Pau as a precocious nine-year-old in 2011, is owned by a syndicate of 12 owners, the oldest of whom, Delia Cunningham, is 92.

“He’s good at dressage and he’s always on your side, but he can be a bit cheeky,” said Fox-Pitt of the French-bred gelding who spent last year side-lined with an injury.

Olympic champion Michael Jung (GER) made his Badminton debut on Leopin FST and is in sixth place on 46.5 after a customarily well-ridden performance. “It’s very nice to be here,” he said. “The Cross Country has good distances between fences where you can gallop – it’s very different from the Olympics!”

The defending Badminton champion, Sir Mark Todd (NZL), is only in 37th place with a mark of 67.8 on his first ride, Major Milestone, but he is not downhearted.  “He’s not built for dressage and he doesn’t enjoy it. We both just have to get through it because he’s a very good jumper. My ambition with him is to win the Glentrool Trophy! [for the rider who makes the greatest improvement on their Dressage score]”

The footing at Badminton is in perfect condition, and predictions are that quite a few riders will achieve the optimum time, but riders are regarding the fences with great respect.

Nicholson commented: “I thought it was a bit softer at the start until I had a second walk and I’ve realised there are some very tricky fences out there. At the Lake (fence 9), there is a big fence in and really quite difficult 120-degree turn. It’s a proper fence, as it should be at this level.

“The course is pretty decent all the way round. There’s open corners, the Mirage Pond (fence 14) is hard to judge because you’re not sure where you’re going to land, and at the Shogun Hollow (fence 18) there’s a long distance to the third box which will cause difficulty for horses that find it difficult to adjust their strides.”

Badminton has received unprecedented spectator interest this year, and ticket sales are about 10% up on last year, when the event had to be cancelled due to wet weather. There are 84 horses in the field representing 15 nations.

Director Hugh Thomas, who says his Cross Country course is “the strongest it’s been for a while”, said of the line-up: ”For those of us who have been involved in the sport for a long time, to have Fox-Pitt versus Nicholson versus Jung is a tasty dish. However, the reality is that there are actually about 15 combinations here who could win.”

Follow live results: www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

View full standings here.

FEI TV, the FEI’s official video website, will be LIVE for Cross Country (5 May) and Jumping (6 May) at Badminton – see start times on www.feitv.org/live.

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By Kate Green

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival Back on Top of World Rankings

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, pictured here at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Gothenburg (SWE) last weekend. (Photo: Roland Thunholm/FEI).

Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) and Jerich Parzival, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallists, have reclaimed the world number one spot in the FEI World Dressage Rankings.

The pair has a 97-point lead over Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, who have moved up one slot to second place after clinching the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage title – their first FEI World Cup Final victory – last weekend in Gothenburg (SWE).

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who became the first British combination to head the FEI World Dressage Rankings in September last year after their double gold medal performances at the London 2012 Olympic Games, are now in third with 2,563 points.

There are no other changes in the Top Ten, with Germany’s Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH holding on to fourth (2,517 points) and Edward Gal (NED) with Glock’s Undercover in fifth (2,474 points).

FEI World Dressage Rankings Top 10:

  1. Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) Jerich Parzival, 2899
  2. Helen Langehanenberg (GER) Damon Hill NRW, 2802
  3. Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) Valegro, 2563
  4. Kristina Sprehe (GER) Desperados FRH, 2517
  5. Edward Gal (NED) Glock’s Undercover, 2474
  6. Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfvén (SWE) Don Auriello, 2435
  7. Valentina Truppa (ITA) Fixdesign Eremo Del Castegno, 2358
  8. Patrick Kittell (SWE) Watermill Scandic H.B.C, 2320
  9. Isabell Werth (GER) Don Johnson FRH, 2307
  10. Victoria Max-Theurer (AUT) Augustin Old, 2284

The complete FEI World Dressage Rankings are here.

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+41 78 750 61 33

Educational Day at Southern 8ths Long Format Breathes New Life into an Old Classic

James Baker & Wings. All photos by Diana De Rosa.

So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event Off to a Great Start

What a brilliant first day! The annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event held at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC keeps setting new standards. This year the educational day on May 2 garnered rave reviews from competitors and officials.

“I loved it!” exclaimed Sue Smithson, president of the ground jury. “You now have so much education here with the Long Format that everyone should do it.”

Thursday’s topics included vet inspections, figuring times for Roads and Tracks, and a clinic to let riders know what the judge is looking for in the Dressage segment.

“We’re judging the forest, not the trees.” Smithson explained her expectations for Dressage. “Ride the horse, then ride the test and get the most out of your horse.” She explained that many people concentrate on the test rather than the horse.

Brad Turley, Holly Hudspeth, Tremaine Cooper, & Lauren O'Brien
Brad Turley, Holly Hudspeth, Tremaine Cooper, & Lauren O’Brien

Brad Turley, the owner of Southern 8ths Farm and organizer of the event, has a passion for classic eventing. “Few people compete in the Long Format anymore, because it requires a lot more preparation for horse and rider, it’s time consuming, and it’s tougher,” he said.

In addition to Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping, the Long Format includes a Roads and Tracks portion that stresses endurance and fitness.  It adds miles and another competition to the already challenging cross country day.

Sara Baker, a young competitor from Southern Pines, grew up watching her mother compete in the Long Format. “It’s great to do the classic eventing,” she said. “I wish I had had this instruction before my first Three Day.” Her lovely gelding is named Poetic Justice.

Sara and her dad, James Baker, are both riding Training level. Interestingly, James came to the Heart of the Carolinas first Three Day competition three years ago and competed in Beginner Novice. The next year he rode his horse, Wings, in the Novice division. Now the same horse and rider combination are up to Training Level.

Jim’s wife will be joining them on Friday as groom and ground man.

Tremaine, Cooper, Holly Hudspeth, & Lauren O'Brien
Tremaine Cooper, Holly Hudspeth, & Lauren O’Brien

Officials and Pan American Games veterans Holly Hudspeth and Lauren O’Brien supervised the horse inspection on Thursday afternoon. They also did an informative clinic on how to present horses properly for the jog. Later, course designer Tremaine Cooper explained how to figure times for roads and tracks.

Sponsors came from as far away as Ireland. Wendy McCaughan of County Down is a representative for Kan Teq, a manufacturer of safety vests and body support. “I’ve been struck by the care and interest of the trainers, who were generous with their advice.”

Coming from the Four-Star Rolex Three-Day in Kentucky last weekend, she paid the farm a huge compliment. “The facilities are outstanding and this promises to be a super event.  It’s a grand follow-up to the Rolex.”

For photos and videos of this event, go to www.so8ths.com.

Written by Marsha Hewitt.

Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts USPA Spring Challenge Friday and Sunday

WELLINGTON, FL – May 2, 2013 — Grand Champions Polo Club will host its third tournament of the spring season when the USPA Spring Challenge gets underway Friday.

Five teams will compete Friday in opening day action.

Palm House, led by big-hitting 6-goaler Tommy Biddle, will play Piaget, led by 5-goalers Juan Bollini and Brandon Phillips at 4 p.m.

ELG, led by 6-goaler Kris Kampsen; Pony Express, led by Pancho Eddy; and Audi, led by 8-goaler Nic Roldan, will compete in a round-robin beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The teams are rated from 10 to 14 goals.

Kampsen will put his two-tournament spring win streak on the line. He has been a member of the winning ELG/Psycho Bunny team that won the season-opening Palm City Open and played for the winning Power Horse team in last weekend’s Polo Gear Invitational.

The two-day tournament also features some of the sport’s rising young stars including ELG’s Juancito Bollini, 17, a senior at Wellington High School, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Polo Gear Invitational after scoring five goals including the game-winner.

Palm House is coming off its consolation game victory, 4-3 over ELG where Alejandro Poma of Palm House was named MVP. It was also team captain Glenn Straub’s first consolation title.

It will also be a family affair with father and son Marc and Grant Ganzi competing for Audi and Melissa Ganzi, wife and mom, team captain of Piaget. Bob Daniels will play with one of his sons, Justin, on Pony Express.

USPASpring009491The consolation and championship final will be held Sunday at times to be announced.

The teams are:

Audi Polo Team, 14 goals, Grant Ganzi, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Lucas Lalor.

Pony Express, 10, Justin Daniels, Bob Daniels, Tomas Goti, Pancho Eddy.

ELG, 13, Avery Chapman, Juancito Bollini, Kris Kampsen, Carlucho Arellano.

Palm House, 13, Carlitos Gracida, Glenn Straub, JJ Celis, Tommy Biddle.

Piaget, 14, Martin Astrada, Melissa Ganzi, Brandon Phillips, Juan Bollini.

The remaining Grand Champions spring tournaments are the May 10-12 USPA Sun Cup; May 17-19 USPA Eastern Challenge; and May 24-27 Memorial by Piaget.

GRAND CHAMPIONS SPRING SCHEDULE

May 3-5: USPA Spring Challenge

May 10-12: The USPA Sun Cup

May 17-19: USPA Eastern Challenge

May 24-27: The Memorial by Piaget

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

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