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Tynan and KEC City Limits Top Out Turf Tour Grand Prix

Willie Tynan and KEC City Limits (Photo courtesy of Romeo Ghete)

Wellington, FL (March 17, 2019) – Turf Tour Week 10 goes to Ireland’s Willie Tynan: after winning Wednesday’s $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic with KEC Kris Kringle, he went on to win Friday’s $15,000 1.40 Turf Tour Grand with KEC City Limits. Tynan certainly seemed to be channeling the luck of the Irish leading into St. Patrick’s Day. With only two weeks to go, the Turf Tour is closing out strong in 2019 with back to back weeks at Black Watch Farm, which will include double points towards season prizes (which include a custom golf cart from Iron Horse Transit) and bumped up money in the Grand Prix during Finale week.

Tynan and KEC City Limits, who are known for their quick jump-offs, certainly proved their reputation against the class of 36 Friday afternoon at Carben Farms. Whisking into the lead on 34. 732, they overtook previous leader Alison Robitalle and Ginger Pop, who finished in second. Third went to Molly Ashe-Cawley and Adamo against a roster of jumpers such as Samuel Perot, Darragh Kenny, Ilan Bluman, and Hardin Towell. “Another great day for me and my horses on the Turf Tour,” said Tynan. “Happy to have such a placement in such a big class; my horses have been jumping exceptionally this year on the Turf Tour.”

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Introducing the Hubside Spring Tour, a New Equestrian Oasis on the French Riviera

Photo: Sportfot / Jumping International de Valence.

Grimaud, France, March 18th, 2019 — This spring, the sparkling coastal town of Grimaud will play host to a major new event on the European horse show calendar: the HUBSIDE SPRING TOUR, presented by title sponsor Hubside and presenting sponsor SFAM. Two weeks of show jumping competition, the first running from the 17-21 of April, and the second the 25-28 of April, will include diverse offerings and multiple ranking classes for international riders from across Europe and beyond.

The event will take place at a newly renovated facility designed by event President Mr. Sadri Fegaier, a successful businessman and international show jumper. Week one will feature a range of CSI4*, CSI2* and CSIYH1* classes for professionals and amateurs, including four Longines ranking classes and a €100.000 Grand Prix. Week two will also include four Longines ranking classes, along with CSI2* and CSI4* classes, and a €150.000 Grand Prix.

Esteemed course designer Uliano Vezzani will create tracks for the HUBSIDE SPRING TOUR, with event direction provided by General Manager Denis Monticolo and Sports Director Eleonora Ottaviani. Located in the former Ecurie du Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the competition will be held in a brand new, sprawling 120 x 70 competition arena, accompanied by a 100 x 50 warm-up ring.

Helmed by its towering, 11th century castle and surrounded by lavender fields and rocky outcrops, the sun-drenched commune of Grimaud, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, is a hidden gem of the French Riviera. Among the region’s highlights: the seaside town of Port Grimaud, less than three miles from the equestrian facilities. Known as the “Little Venice of Provence,” Port Grimaud is renowned for its glittering canals and brightly colored, fisherman-style houses.

In addition to the HUBSIDE SPRING TOUR, the city of Grimaud will host four, top-tier show jumping events throughout the 2019 year, including three international HUBSIDE JUMPING EVENTS in June, and the HUBSIDE FALL TOUR in late September.

The HUBSIDE SPRING TOUR will take place April 17-21, 2019 and April 25-28, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/HubsideJumping/.

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Henrik von Eckermann Becomes New Rolex Grand Slam Live Contender at Dutch Masters

Henrik von Eckermann (Photo: Ashley Neuhof / Rolex Grand Slam)

It was an afternoon of electrifying sporting drama at The Dutch Masters, with the world’s best horse and rider combinations taking to the arena in the Brabanthallen for the first Major of the year. Course Designer Louis Koninckx laid a tough course, which saw only five reach the jump-off to battle it out for the Rolex Grand Prix title.

Rolex Testimonee, Steve Guerdat (SUI), secured the first double clear, after producing a series of thrilling turns to shave seconds off the clock. Many thought he could not be caught but it was clear from the outset that Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann only had winning on his mind. Together with his 13-year-old bay mare, Toveks Mary Lou, the pair crossed the finish just 0.63 seconds faster than Guerdat to clinch the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix title and become the new Rolex Grand Slam live contender.

It was so close between you and Steve Guerdat; how did the jump-off feel for you?

It was great! I knew that Steve was very fast; he knocked three-seconds off Daniel (Deusser)’s time, so I thought to myself, I need to hurry up! There were only five in the jump-off, and it is nice when there are so few because then you don’t have so much competition to worry about. I just tried really hard. I wanted to win it; I gave my best effort to win it and here we are!

Toveks Mary Lou performed so well. What is she like to ride?

She always performs so well. She is so special. It’s like she knows what is going on; she thinks, ‘OK, it’s Sunday today; it’s the big day; I need to be the best I can be.’ She always tries that little bit extra for me and it makes her a fantastic horse.

You’re the new Rolex Grand Slam live contender. Is CHIO Aachen in your calendar?

Yes, it is absolutely. I really would like to go there. I am just so happy with what has happened today, and we will take it from here.

How are you going to celebrate?

I have to drive the lorry home with Mary Lou in the back and I am happy for that. My girlfriend Janika, the groom. and I will head home together smiling! But the feeling I have now is amazing and that is enough. I don’t think we have to do anything special.

Lastly, is The Dutch Masters a special show for you now?

Absolutely! I have ridden here quite a few times now and it is a fantastic event. Every year it gets better and better; they always try to make it more and more special. The atmosphere is always electric, and the crowd is always behind you.

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The Audi Prize Brings Another Win for the Untouchable Dutch

Maikel van der Vleuten (Photo: Rolex Grand Slam / Ashley Neuhof)

It was another night of crowd-pleasing entertainment in the Brabanthallen, as Maikel van der Vleuten took the victory in the Audi Prize, the second Rolex Grand Prix qualifier. The Dutch maestro produced an uncatchable clear, in the time of 37.25 seconds, knocking over three seconds off the time set by last year’s Rolex Grand Prix winner, Niels Bruynseels (BEL).

That was a very fast round; how did the ride feel to you?

It was a tough competition, with strong riders, so I knew I had to go for it. Dana Blue is a very strong horse; she won yesterday and is naturally very, very quick and that’s the type of horse you need these days.

The Dutch team are taking all the top spots this week; what’s it like to win in front of the home crowd?

Performing in front of my home crowd certainly gives me even more motivation. So far, it’s going very well here. Tomorrow is the Rolex Grand Prix and I hope we can continue our winning streak, but it will be a very tough competition.

How will you be preparing for the Rolex Grand Prix?

We will stick to our normal routine. I will make sure my horse (Verdi TN) is in good shape; yesterday he jumped very well in the big class; he was double clear. Today I gave him a bit of an easy day so I am hoping he will be very fresh tomorrow!

Who do you think your biggest competition is?

There are so many riders, it’s hard to say. That’s the thing – it’s always exciting in our sport because out of the 40 riders you have at least 25 combinations who can give it a serious go!

Now that The Dutch Masters is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, has the event been enhanced?

Yes, I think it is a really good thing that this show is now one of the Majors. It is so important, being such a horse country, that we have a world-class event like this in Holland. It’s great for the Dutch people.

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It’s a Home Win for Leopold van Asten in First Rolex Grand Prix Qualifier

Leopold van Asten (Photo credit: Rolex Grand Slam / Ashley Neuhof)

The first qualifier for the Rolex Grand Prix kicked off in style with Dutch rider Leopold van Asten clinching a home win aboard VDL Groep Beauty, much to the delight of his onlooking sponsor, in the VDL Groep Prize. Last year’s Rolex Grand Prix winner, Niels Bruynseels (BEL), set the bar high with a time of 28.18 secs but it was not fast enough as Leopold van Asten and his super speedy mare secured the win by a fraction, stopping the clock at 27.82 secs.

What were your thoughts heading into the jump-off?

I saw Niels ride before me; he was very fast and had a very good round, so I knew that I really had to go for it. I knew that Beauty is naturally a fast horse, so I tried to get a smooth round and it went well. I didn’t have to pull anywhere; I didn’t have to wait anywhere and luckily in the end it was enough.

Are you riding VDL Groep Beauty on Sunday?

No, I am not riding her on Sunday for the Rolex Grand Prix. I made a plan to jump her today and tomorrow, and will jump Miss Untouchable on Sunday.

The audience is very close to the action at The Dutch Masters. Do you notice that when in the ring?

I think the audience is always close to the action; it doesn’t change anything for me. It didn’t ride any different this year. The atmosphere was very good for a Friday evening; the audience was cheering lots, seemed very happy, and was really loud, which is nice to hear. I think it’s going to be an exciting two days ahead.

How does it feel to win, not only in front of your home crowd, but also your sponsor?

It is always nice; he can only come to five or so shows a year, so you want to be good when he is here, but that is easier said than done! It is nice that on an evening like this everything came together and we have a win.

How will you celebrate?

I will walk to the box to meet my owner and I think we are going to have a drink, and then tomorrow is a new day!

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Live Oak International and Dutch Masters Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* on Horse & Country TV

Brian Moggre and MTM Vivre Le Reve.

Wellington, Fla. – March 15, 2019 – Horse & Country TV (H&C TV) is pleased to offer an exciting lineup of show jumping programs this weekend on its award-winning network as well as on demand. Starting on Saturday, March 16, at 9 p.m. EST, H&C TV will showcase highlights from the final leg in the East Coast division of the 2018/2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League at Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida.

In addition, on Sunday, March 17, at 10:25 a.m. EST, H&C TV will be live streaming the highly anticipated Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* from the Dutch Masters (Indoor Brabant Horse Show).

Fresh off his win earlier in the week in the $35,700 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifier CSI3*-W, 17-year-old Brian Moggre of the United States proved that age is just a number by taking home an impressive win in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala CSI3*-W on Sunday aboard Major Wager LLC’s MTM Vivre Le Reve.

“I had such low expectations because I did so well [on Friday in the qualifier],” said Moggre. “I thought it couldn’t really get better than that. It really did get better though.”

Moggre, who is in his first year of eligibility for World Cup qualifying points, and the 10-year-old Westphalian gelding bested 38 top-ranked show jumping combinations, and six in the jump-off, to claim the win with a double-clear effort in 41.29 seconds. At such a young age, Moggre has a very promising future in the sport, as he demonstrated with his consistent results at the 2019 Live Oak International.

Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – the toughest series in show jumping offering one of the biggest prizes in the sport with a €1 million bonus going to any athlete who can consecutively win three grand prix events at the Dutch Masters, Aachen, Spruce Meadows, and CHI Geneva. If that same athlete then wins a fourth major in succession, they win an additional €1 million bonus prize.

Great Britain’s Scott Brash is the only athlete in history to have achieved such a feat in 2015 riding Hello Sanctos.

Watch the Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* at the Dutch Masters LIVE on H&C TV on Sunday at 10:25 a.m. EST! If you miss the live broadcast, H&C TV will also be replaying the entire competition as-live on Wednesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. EST as well as a highlights show of the event on Friday, March 22, at 9 p.m. EST.

H&C TV broadcasts in Europe, Australia, and in the United States on cable, satellite, and broadband television, including Roku, and online at www.horseandcountrytv.us.

Tynan Triumphs in Third Rising Star Classic

Willie Tynan and KEC Kris Kringle (photo courtesy of Romeo Ghete)

Wellington, FL (March 14, 2019) – For the third time this year, Ireland’s Willie Tynan topped the Turf Tour’s $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic. Kicking off the third to last week of the thirteen-week series, Wednesday’s competition at the beautiful Carben Farms saw an amazing 47 horses try their hand over the Rising Star course designed by Leopoldo Palacios.

Tynan’s third to last trip with KEC Kris Kringle proved to be unbeatable, finishing on 36.843 seconds in the jump-off. Second went to March 22’s Turf Tour Grand Prix winner Taylor St. Jaques and Qantar Des Etisses with a 38.294 and third to Illan Ferder and Fascination with 41.987 seconds. “Kris Kringle and City Limits both have been jumping fantastic this year,” said Willie Tynan of the two horses he has been campaigning on the 2019 Turf Tour. “Jumping on the grass in always a nice change and gives the horses a break from one sand arena after another. Both are very fast, and Kris Kringle proved his skill over this course.”

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Events at Ocala and Warsaw Bring Qualifying Season to a Close

Jarosław Skrzyczyński (centre), Wojciech Wojcianiec (left), and Krzysztof Ludwiczak (right).  (Photo: FEI/MRPhotos)

Defending series champion, America’s Beezie Madden, finished top of the North American Eastern Sub-League when that series drew to a close in Ocala (USA) last weekend with victory for teenage sensation Brian Moggre. And across the globe in Warsaw (Poland), Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski clinched pole position at the hotly-contested Central European League Final on home ground on Sunday.

The two events drew a line under the exciting FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2018/2019 season qualifiers which saw 894 athletes compete in 16 different leagues across six continents.

As usual, the Western European League was the largest, with 151 riders chasing down points. However, the combination of the 91 starters in the North American Eastern Sub-League and the 74 that lined out in the North American Western Sub-League ensured this region attracted the biggest entry of all with a total of 165.

Central Europe is also sub-divided into Northern and Southern Sub-Leagues and also enjoyed a strong turnout with 150 athletes taking part. Skrzyczynski was already leading the Northern Sub-League standings going into last weekend’s Final, bringing forward his best five scores of the season. And although his Polish compatriot, Wojciech Wojcianiec, had a dream weekend with victory aboard Nacord Melloni in Sunday’s Grand Prix, it was Skrzyczynski who topped the overall leaderboard. A win with Chacclana on Friday had strengthened his position, and he completed on a total of 138 points to claim his spot at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2019 which will kick off in Gothenburg (SWE) on 3 April.

He didn’t make it into the Grand Prix jump-off, however, having to settle for fourth place with the quickest first-round four faults. Third spot was already assured for Estonia’s Kullo Kender and Artas who had collected just a single time fault, and it was left to Wojcianiec to battle it out with compatriot Radoslaw Zalewski (Ilatina) against the clock. Both men faulted at their second attempt, but Wojcianiec’s much quicker time clinched it and he didn’t hide his excitement when he realised the result ensured he has also qualified for Gothenburg along with Skrzyczynski and Kender.

Meanwhile, the result of the Caucasus-Caspian League is also confirmed, with Iranian athletes completely dominating this series. There were three qualifiers in total, the first and last taking place in Tehran (IRI) and the second staged in Tbilisi (GEO). Clear winner was Masoud Mokarinezhad, with Mohammad Zarrin in second place and fellow-Iranians Davood Pourrezaei and Danial Mahzoun sharing third in the final standings.

The invitations have now been issued to all eligible riders, and the North American contingent is filled with big names. Madden is automatically invited as defending champion and is joined on the Eastern Sub-League qualified list by fellow-Americans Molly Ashe Cawley, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Devin Ryan, Lucy Davis, Georgina Bloomberg, and Mattias Tromp. Extra eligible athletes from this series also include Germany’s Wilhelm Genn, New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley, and Switzerland’s Beat Mandli, along with Irishmen Conor Swail and Shane Sweetnam and the Canadian duo of Nicole Walker and Mario Deslauriers. The three qualified from the Western Sub-League are America’s Richard Spooner, Eve Jobs, and Kelli Cruciotti, while Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Mexico’s Salvador Onate and Eugenio Garza Perez have also made the cut through this series.

Check out the Final Standings for all Leagues here.

By Louise Parkes

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Daniel Coyle Wins $36,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m

Daniel Coyle and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2019 – Daniel Coyle of Ireland christened Week 10 of the Winter Equestrian Festival with a victory in the $36,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 3* 1.45m on Wednesday, March 13.

On the opening day of the three-star week, Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) designed a two-round course for 53 starters. Coyle, 24, contested the track with only six to compete behind him. He stopped the timers at 27.98 seconds riding Tienna, an 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare owned and bred by Ariel Grange’s Lothlorien Farm based in Cheltenham, Ontario. The time was good enough to bump Eduardo Menezes (BRA) to second aboard H5 Uchingo, owned by H5 Sport Horses, after they held the lead for the majority of the class on a time of 28.37 seconds.

“For me, Tienna has always been special; she’s probably the most talented horse I have ever ridden,” said Coyle. “It usually takes me the whole WEF circuit to get her built up, which may be frustrating to some people but in the end she could win the biggest class in the world, so taking the first eight weeks of the year to get her on my side is worth it.”

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Moggre Shines in Longines Debut at Live Oak

Brian Moggre with Vivre le Reve. (FEI/Shannon Brinkman)

Brian Moggre (USA) made his World Cup debut a winning one, racing to victory with MTM Vivre le Reve in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Live Oak, the final leg of the 2018-2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League at the Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida (USA).

Moggre and his 10-year-old Westphalian gelding topped a six-horse jump-off, crossing the timers of the Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER)-designed shortened course in an unbeatable 41.29 seconds. Andre Thieme (GER) and Aretino finished second by a narrow margin with their 41.56-second time, while Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Casper were third (43.96 seconds).

Moggre, who turns 18 this year, is in his first year of eligibility to jump in World Cup competition. He also won Friday’s ranking class, which qualified him for Sunday’s World Cup event.

“I had a little bit of low expectations for myself — never for my horse, because he’s amazing. I wanted to go and jump a clear round; that was my main goal. Once that happened, it was pedal to the metal in the jump-off.” — Brian Moggre (USA)

Moggre attributed stride and efficiency to his jump-off win, along with a superior effort from his horse over the course’s penultimate fence.

“There was one small place where my horse had to save me, and he did,” Moggre explained. “I’m so appreciative of him. That’s what makes him so special.”

The Stage Is Set

The points have been finalized, and the stage is set for North American League riders headed for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April.

Beezie Madden (USA) finishes the season at the top of the east coast sub league standings with 58 points, but as the reigning World Cup Final Champion, she automatically qualifies. Molly Ashe Cawley (USA), with 55 points, finishes the season in second place, with Wilhelm Genn (GER) finishing third. With 47 points, Genn qualifies as an Extra Athlete.

Richard Spooner (USA) is the leading rider on the west coast with 49 points. Eve Jobs (USA) finishes second on 48 points to qualify for her first World Cup Final, while Nayel Nassar (EGY) finishes third in the standings with 46 points.

The top seven U.S. riders from the east coast sub league qualify for Gothenburg, along with the top three U.S. riders from the west coast, and the top two riders from Canada and Mexico. The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final takes place 3-7 April 2019.

By Catie Staszak

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