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Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo Find Success in $214k Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4*

Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo. ©Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – Dec. 4, 2021 – The highly-anticipated feature event of the Holiday & Horses CSI4* and the ESP Holiday Series as a whole took place on Saturday evening in front of the biggest crowd the facility has seen since the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival was stopped in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) now open to general spectators, the 39 elite contenders in the $214,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4*, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, gave the crowd a perfect welcome back to the horse show, enhanced thanks to the masterful course designs of Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Galloping to the top of the leaderboard as the night’s big winners, Catherine Tyree (USA) and her own BEC Lorenzo edged out the competition to conclude the evening with the coveted first prize and the lion’s share of the prize money.

Following the conclusion of the class, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award was presented to Tyree and Lorenzo, who claimed the title thanks to their victory in the grand prix, combined with an eighth-place finish in the $50,000 Premier Equestrian Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4* on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Leslie Howard (USA) and Donna Speciale, owned by Peter Howard and Laure Sudreau, topped a field of 36 exhibitors in the $5,000 CabanaCoast 1.35m Jumper Stake. The duo galloped to a double-clear jump-off time of 34.67 seconds, the quickest of a large group of ten double-clear pairs.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: Belgium at the End of the Day

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The major event of the CSI 4* of the HUBSIDE JUMPING Winter Tour at Haras des Grillons de Ratières in the Drôme region returns to the Belgian Jérôme Guery, in the saddle on his eight-year-old gelding, Napoli vh Nederassenthof.

After a jump-off with eleven qualified, the bronze medalist with the Red Devils this summer at the Tokyo Olympics is ahead of the Frenchman François-Xavier Boudant, decidedly very fit, associated with Ciento. Third place goes to the Italian Giulia Martinengo Marquet, also particularly successful, on the aptly named Quick and Easy 3.

Full results here.

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

Ben Maher amongst World’s Best Show Jumpers Heading to London International Horse Show

Great Britain’s Olympic individual champion, Ben Maher MBE, heads an illustrious list of international Show Jumping entries for the London International Horse Show 2021. The confirmed line-up will facilitate five days of world-class competition at ExCeL London from 16-20 December, adding to an already stellar schedule of competitive action and spectacular international displays.

Maher, currently ranked No. 8 in the world, will be seeking to crown an exceptional year with success at the London International, but will face stiff competition from the world’s best riders. His London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning teammate Scott Brash MBE, also part of the GB team in Tokyo, will be hot on his heels, as the World No. 5 seeks to recapture the prestigious London International Horse Show Grand Prix title which he claimed in 2019.

Also representing Team GB in Tokyo were Harry Charles and Holly Smith, who will both head to ExCeL full of confidence following successful autumn campaigns, which included being part of the team to win the Challenge Cup at the FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Their teammates that day, Emily Moffit and John Whitaker, always a crowd favourite, will also line-up in London.

Guy Williams and Laura Renwick, notorious for their speed against the clock, will be sure to have the home crowd on their feet throughout the five days of action, as will William Funnell who will be looking to recreate the form which lead him to victory at the 2019 Show. Young rider Jack Whitaker, son of multiple London International Horse Show winner Michael, is also amongst the strong British contingent taking part.

Their international counterparts will be mounting a strong challenge, led by World No. 4, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs, who will be looking to repeat his 2019 success, which saw him crowned champion of the London leg of the FEI Jumping World Cup. Compatriot Steve Guerdat, the current World No. 8, will be returning to the city where he was crowned individual Olympic champion in 2012, following an excellent year, which included being part of the Swiss 2021 European Championship gold medal-winning team alongside Fuchs.

The Irish riders, Denis Lynch, Shane Breen, and Michael Duffy, will be ones to watch and will be hoping the luck of the Irish is with them in London. From Austria will be Max Kühner, who will look to go one better than his second-place finish in the FEI Jumping World Cup at the 2019 Show, with Christian Ahlmann and Marcus Ehning from Germany bringing further quality to the distinguished line-up.

Belgium will be sending a strong team, including Niels Bruynseels, Gregory Wathelet, and Pieter Devos, as will France, led by World No. 11 Kevin Staut. Compatriot Mathieu Billot, fresh from an outstanding Puissance win at CSI4* Rouen, will be looking to make it a double when he takes on the famous Puissance wall on the opening night of The London International Horse Show.

Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best show jumpers to our new home at ExCeL London. The facilities at the venue are second-to-none, setting the scene for an outstanding five days of competition, and we can’t wait for it to get going.”

More information about The London International Horse Show, including how to buy tickets, can be found here.

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Gayle Jenkins / rEvolution / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com

Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: Two Riders from the Rhône-Alpes in the Two Grands Prix

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Twenty-nine riders at the start, four who manage to qualify for the jump-off, and as often when it comes to going fast, the Rhônalpin Jean-Luc Mourier responded at Haras des Grillons de Ratières, in Drôme (France). At the helm of Kielekoo Van T Et L, he won the first 3 * Grand Prix of the very young HUBSIDE JUMPING Winter Tour.

Earlier in the day, another rider from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Mégane Moissonnier, won the CSI 2 * Grand Prix, at the helm of Galileo.

Full results here.

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

Meet the Next Gen with Edouard Schmitz

Edouard Schmitz and Balenciana K (photo: Om.Photographe / Jump Mag)

What are you goals for the rest of this year, and what are your plans, dreams, and ambitions for 2022?

This year, I was selected to jump in a few World Cups for the first time, which has been an amazing experience. I am competing in the World Cups in Madrid, London, and Mechelen, and having a good result in one would be a great way to end 2021. I am going to CHI Geneva, and as it is my home show, I want to perform really well there. I have been on an upward curve the second part of this year and my goal is to continue this and keep it going. I want to get higher in the rankings – hopefully in the top 50 – that would be a big achievement for me and enable me to jump in some bigger classes. I dream of competing in a Nations Cup. As a proud Swiss and patriot, to wear the red jacket is always something special for me and to have that chance next year would be great.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

My proudest moment happened a few years ago when I was 16 years old; from the outside you may not think that this is the best moment in my career but for me it is. I was at an international U25 show in Chevenez, and as I was 16 my trainer wanted me to jump in the junior Grand Prix; however, I really wanted to jump in the U25 Grand Prix, as I had a wild card to jump in it, and it meant I could also win a wild card to jump at CHI Geneva. All week I was fighting to jump in the bigger class, and my trainer kept on saying it was a bad idea and I should not jump in it, but I fought so hard to jump in the class that eventually he let me enter into it – and I won it and got the wildcard to CHI Geneva! I was riding Cortino 46, and I think it was one of the proudest moments of my career because I felt like I had proved everyone wrong.

You were (are!) an accomplished junior skier; why did you decide to focus on show jumping?

I don’t really know why I chose one over the other, as I was really passionate about both sports. But I guess in the end I did have a preference for show jumping, and I have never once regretted choosing it over skiing.

Read more here.

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Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: A European Champion at the Rendezvous

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The young Swiss Bryan Balsiger, European team champion, has just won in the major jump-off event, counting for the Longines world ranking, of the CSI 3* of the HUBSIDE JUMPING WINTER TOUR.

Associated with Don Juan 111 Z, the prodigy is ahead of the Dutchman Jur Vrieling, in the saddle on Chabada de l’Esques, who has been very fit since the start of the competition, and the Portuguese Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida, third at the helm of Echos Son Z.

The best French rider, Benoît Cernin, saddled with haddock stallion Deuxcatsix, is fourth. Associated with Uitlanders du Ter, the 2019 French champion finished first in the second round of the CSI 3*, over 1.45-1.50m.

Full results here.

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

Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: Nicolas Delmotte Takes Control of CSI 3*

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Second day of competition under the large arena of Haras des Grillons de Ratières, in Drôme (France), on the occasion of this first edition of the HUBSIDE JUMPING WINTER TOUR. It is a flagship rider of the French team who takes the major event of the day, counting in the Longines FEI world ranking: Nicolas Delmotte and Ilex VP win over 1.50m, at the outcome of a barrage of seventeen qualified.

The Northerner and his thirteen-year-old gelding are ahead of the Belgian Wilm Vermeir with Joyride S. The third place goes to the Argentinian José María Larocca on Finn Lente.

Full results here.

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

Nayel Nassar and Igor Van De Wittemoere Win $137k Noltrex®Vet Grand Prix CSI3*

Nayel Nassar and Igor Van De Wittemoere ©Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – Nov. 21, 2021 – The ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* reached its pinnacle on Sunday as 30 riders competed for the top spot in the $137,000 Noltex®Vet Grand Prix CSI3*. Course designer Héctor Loyola (PUR) tested the entries with a technical pattern of jumps, of which only two mastered to advance to the jump-off. No strangers to the winner’s circle and recent competitors at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Evergate Stables, LLC’s Igor Van De Wittemoere finished in spectacular form as the only double-clear duo to top the class.

Competition immediately followed in the International Arena with the $25,000 Elite Horse Transport Grand Prix. The National Grand Prix attracted a field of 20 competitors, with just four pairs placing double-clear rounds. The final pair in the jump-off, Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Valentine Car, owned by Fernando Cardenas, stopped the clock at 43.99 seconds to secure their names at the top of the leaderboard.

Competing over 1.40m fences in the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Noltrex®Vet, only three partnerships advanced to the jump-off, and just a single entry was able to finish the class without any faults at all. Leading the way was Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT and Hillside Farm LLC’s Exokit Sitte thanks to a double-clear winning time of 45.05 seconds. Due to their victory on Sunday and a third-place finish in an earlier divisional class, Fath and Exotik Sitte were also awarded the overall championship honors.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Holloway Unveils a Star in Vegas

Hunter Holloway (USA) riding Pepita Con Spita (FEI/Andrew Ryback Photography)

Hunter Holloway (USA) knew she had a talented mount in the 10-year-old Westphalian mare Pepita Con Spita well before stepping her up to the World Cup level last month in October. But the 23-year-old professional was insistent upon waiting before she allowed her mare to make the next step in her career. In fact, it took six international grand prix victories in 2021 to convince her. The patience paid off, as it took just three World Cup starts for the pair to top the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas (USA) at the South Point Arena, just minutes from the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

Holloway led an all-American, all-female podium in Vegas, finishing ahead of 21-year-old Natalie Dean (USA), who earned a third World Cup placing in as many starts aboard her own Chance Ste Hermelle. Laura Hite (USA) finished third after jumping the first clear round of her World Cup career aboard her longtime partner, Calypso van de Zuuthoeve.

“She’s been a fantastic horse to bring along,” Holloway said. “Hopefully she’ll be a team horse for the future, so that’s something we’ll look forward toward.

“Building a relationship with her has been awesome. She’s a sensitive type of mare that gets better and better with each class in each year.”

Guilherme Jorge (BRA) designed the course for Saturday night’s feature event in the South Point Arena, a most unique venue on the North American League in that the competition arena is located within the South Point Hotel. Rails fell throughout his winding track, which featured technical tests at every turn, particularly through the final line. The final 1.60m vertical fell for Conor Swail (IRL) and Vital Chance de la Roque, who kicked off the 2021/2022 NAL season with wins at Vancouver (CAN) and Sacramento (USA).

Six other combinations advanced to the shortened track, but clear rounds were still hard to come by. Holloway was the first to produce a double-clear effort, and she set a stiff standard at 37.77 seconds. Only Natalie Dean could replicate a second clear round, but she settled for second, more than three seconds (40.83 seconds) behind the winner.

“That mare is super consistent going quick, and the faster she goes, the better she is,” Holloway said. “So, I was always going to go for it. That was my plan from the start with her, to give it my best go.”

From here, Holloway’s focus is forward, and she continues on with the NAL with the confidence that her mare is fully prepared for bigger tests ahead.

“[The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final] is something that we’re aiming for with that horse. She’s a perfect age for it, and she’s going to be really ready for it by then,” Holloway said. “We’re excited to keep going with her and see how things shake out.”

While Swail did not make the jump-off, his 11th place finish helped him regain his lead in the NAL standings with 43 points. Tiffany Foster (CAN) sits second with 42 points, while Dean moved into third with 41 points. The North American League continues in Fort Worth (USA) on 18 December 2021.

FULL RESULTS

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Uma O’Neill and Quintago VA Claim First FEI Win of the Week at Las Vegas National CSI4*-W

Uma O’Neill and Quintago VA. Andrew Ryback Photography.

Las Vegas, NV – The first Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) victory of the 2021 Las Vegas National CSI4*-W went to Uma O’Neill on Tuesday, November 16, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The Olympic veteran earned the win in the $5,000 1.35m Blenheim EquiSports Welcome Two-Phase Stake, presented by Horseware Ireland, aboard Quintago VA.

As host to the $150,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Las Vegas, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, this year’s Las Vegas National CSI4*-W welcomes international competitors from 11 different countries, including O’Neill’s own home country of New Zealand.

“I’ve come to the Las Vegas National Horse Show for many years now, and it’s always a staple on our show calendar every year,” said O’Neill, who currently operates O’Neill Show Jumping out of Santa Cruz, CA. “We love to come. It’s just something so different from what we usually get to do, and it’s a great experience for the horses.”

O’Neill and Quintago VA were one of 40 entries to contest Tuesday’s featured two-phase track set by internationally renowned Olympic and World Cup course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. A time of 28.20 seconds over the second portion of the course would secure them the victory, while second place with a time of 28.67 seconds went to the USA’s Maison Mcintyre riding her own Hold It Against Me. Finishing in both third and fourth place was fellow U.S. rider Hunter Holloway, who stopped the clock in 29.16 seconds aboard Darknight de Maluga and in 29.43 seconds aboard Dana de Kerglenn.

“It was a great first day track,” said O’Neill, who is competing four horses at this week’s show. “There were some technical pieces, but I think it gave a good opportunity for whatever your plan was – whether it was to be competitive or to just let the horses have a nice canter around today. It was a great start to my week.

“I wanted to do the 1.35m division with [Quintago] and come out and be competitive and have fun and use him for that, and I’m so glad that it paid off,” said O’Neill of the 14-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by O’Neill Showjumping LLC. “I’ve owned him for nearly four years. I have not ridden him for that entire time period, but he’s been in our barn. I took over the ride again in September, and I’m just having a great time on him!”

Prior to O’Neill’s victory, it was Michelle Parker who took a turn in the winners’ circle. Parker rode Lutalo, owned by Dana B. Nemeth, to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,000 1.40m Open Jumper Speed, presented by JB Horse Standards, with a time of 59.62 seconds. Second place went to Bruno Diniz das Neves who finished in a time of 61.46 seconds aboard Adele XIII, owned by BDN Horse Investments. Rounding out the top three with four faults in a time of 59.40 seconds were Stephen Foran and Billy Manjaro, owned by Leane Audrey Helfer.

For a full schedule and event details, visit www.TheLasVegasNational.com.