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McLain Ward and Sapphire Win Richest Grand Prix in Show Jumping History as Fans from around the World Watch the Pfizer Million

© ESI Photography. McLain Ward and Sapphire jump an oxer created by course designer Steve Stephens and decorated by Flora Baptiston.

Canadian Silver Medalist Jill Henselwood calls Pfizer Course “Most beautiful course in North America”

SAUGERTIES, NY (September 14, 2010) — Two-time US Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, New York and his majestic, “million-dollar” mare, Sapphire, owned by McLain Ward and Blue Chip Bloodstock, won the inaugural Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, September 12 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

The legendary duo of Ward and Sapphire proudly added their names to the show jumping history books once more when they bested a field of 43 High-Performance riders before an energetic and enthusiastic crowd of thousands that lined all four berms surrounding the Strongid Stadium. Sunday’s line-up featured some of the best and most promising athletes and horses in the sport, including some of America’s brightest up-and-coming stars and several American and International Olympians.

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Jumping Radio Show Episode 28 by Back on Track – Laura Kraut’s Journey to WEG

U.S. team member, Laura Kraut, reviews her preparation for the World Equestrian Games and we have our regular training and veterinary tips. Take a listen.

Jumping Radio Episode 28 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Photo Credit: USEF – www.usef.org
  • Guest: Laura Kraut
  • Guest: Jessica Jahiel
  • World Equestrian Games Recording Schedule at the Alltech Pavilion:
    Oct 5: Recording at 5-6 PM
    Oct 7: Recording at 8-9 AM
    Oct 9: Recording at 8-9 AM
    Oct 10: Recording at 8-9 AM

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Eventing Radio Episode 96 – U.S. and British Team Profiles

Another bumper episode with British Chef d’Mission Will Connell, Kim Severson, Amy Tryon, and Karen O’Connor, plus Pippa Funnell makes her return to the British squad and her debut on the show. Tune in right here.

Eventing Radio Episode 96 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Co-Host: Max Corcoran
  • Photo Credit: www.horseseekers.co.uk
  • Guest: Will Connell, Chef d’Mission, British Eventing Squad:
    • Tina Cook riding Mr & Mrs Nicholas and Valda Embiricos and Mrs Sarah Pelham’s Miner’s Frolic
    • William Fox-Pitt riding Mrs Teresa Stopford Sackville’s Cool Mountain
    • Piggy French riding Mr Wally French and Mr Michael Underwood’s Jakata
    • Pippa Funnell riding Mr & Mrs Roger Lincoln’s Redesigned
    • Mary King riding Mrs Janette Chinn and Mr & Mrs Edwin Davies’s Imperial Cavalier
    • Nicola Wilson riding Miss Rosemary Search’s Opposition Buzz
  • Guest: Pippa Funnell
  • Guest: Amy Tryon
  • Guest: Kim Severson
  • Guest: Karen O’Connor
  • News: World Equestrian Games Schedule – recording at the Alltech Pavilion Stage:
    • Sept 30: Recording 5-6 PM
    • Oct 1: Recording 4-5 PM
    • Oct 2: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
    • Oct 3: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM

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Edwina Alexander – Rolex Diaries for World Equestrian Games

Edwina Alexander is writing a diary for horsesinthesouth.com as she prepares for the 2010 Global Champions Tour (GCT) and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Here is Edwina’s fifth entry…

Events since Aachen…

Since the CHIO Aachen, I have been focusing on getting my horses more organised. I took my new mare (Ciske van Overis) to Valkenswaard to compete in the CSI2*. She was very good, placing third in the first Grand Prix and in the second Grand Prix, she had one fence down. I also took my new six-year-old horse (Quimono de la Roque) to Valkenswaard and I’m now preparing him for Lanaken. He did exceptionally well there, placing in every class over the two shows. Itot has also been on a programme – in Chantilly, straight after Aachen, he jumped very well with three clear rounds but I slipped a bit in the jump-off and we ended up third. In Valkenswaard, I went for a good time and unfortunately, he knocked a couple down in the second round.

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FEI Balkan Jumping Championships 2010

Bulgaria's Ivelin Valev (Equita) won the Senior title at the FEI Balkan Jumping Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo: Milena Dragisic

BIG HAUL OF GOLD FOR TURKEY AND GREECE, BUT VALEV WINS SENIOR TITLE FOR BULGARIA
Historic result for Croatia

8 September – Turkey and Greece divided the majority of the gold medals between them at the 2010 FEI Balkan Jumping Championships staged at the Voivodinovo Equestrian Centre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where the host nation’s Ivelin Valev claimed the Senior Individual title.

Underlining the increasing development of the sport in this region, the 36th Balkan Championship attracted a bigger entry than ever before with 139 riders from six nations, including Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Croatia.  And it was an historic moment for the Croation athletes, as they marked their debut in these Championships by securing their nation’s first-ever medals in equestrian sport, including individual gold in the Ladies division and team bronze and individual silver in the Children’s section.

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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, England

Photos: Caroline Powell, by Lynn Lawson

Kiwi Caroline Powell became the first New Zealand woman to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in England at the weekend. Caroline, who hails from Christchurch but is now based on the Scottish Borders at Kelso, joins fellow countrymen Blyth Tait, Andrew Nicholson and Mark Todd on the roll of honour.

Riding the popular 17-year-old grey gelding, Lenamore, they put in a foot perfect performance and remained unphased by pressure after finishing dressage and cross country in pole position with a score of 38.7. Lenamore was one of the oldest horses in the competition and stands at just 15.3 hh.

Seventy six riders from twelve different nations competed for this coveted title, with first ever entries from China and Lithuania. Renown as being a tough challenge with its undulating cross country course and thirty demanding fences, Burghley requires both skill and stamina in abundance.

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Powell Scores Vintage Win for New Zealand at Burghley

Caroline Powell (NZL) and Lenamore on their lap of honour after winning the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

5 September 2010 – Caroline Powell rode a perfect Jumping round under pressure to become the first New Zealand female rider to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), the fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

The win has propelled her into third place in the HSBC FEI Classics, behind William Fox-Pitt (GBR), the new leader, and Andreas Dibowski (GER) with one event left, Les Etoiles de Pau in France in November, where Fox-Pitt has already declared a possible runner in Navigator.

Powell, 37, did not put a foot wrong all weekend on the 17-year-old Lenamore, who stands only 15.2hh. “He was such a wee star,” she said.

“The owner, Lexi Mackinnon, is getting married next week. I’d told her that I hadn’t got her a wedding present and that I’d try and win Burghley for her! I can’t believe that’s come off.”

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Jumping Radio Show Episode 27 – WEG

Bernie Traurig joins me to explain the unique format of the World Equestrian Games and what it involves to be selected to represent the US. Listen in.

Jumping Radio Episode 27 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Photo Credit: Aachen2006.de
  • Guest: Bernie Traurig – Equestrian Coach
  • World Equestrian Games Recording Schedule at the Alltech Pavilion:
    Oct 5: Recording at 5-6 PM
    Oct 7: Recording at 8-9 AM
    Oct 9: Recording at 8-9 AM
    Oct 10: Recording at 8-9 AM

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Eventing Radio Episode 95 – Wayne Roycroft, Buck Davidson, and Becky Holder

Australian Coach, Wayne Roycroft, previews his WEG squad following the Sydney International last weekend. Buck Davidson and Becky Holder update us on their WEG preparation. Listen in.

Eventing Radio Episode 95 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Co-Host: Boyd Martin
  • Photo Credit:USEA – www.useventing.com
  • Guest: Wayne Roycroft
  • Guest: Buck Davidson
  • Guest: Becky Holder
  • News: Sydney International Horse Trials. For full results visit www.sydneyeventing.org
  • News: Blair Castle Horse Trials, Scotland. For full results visit www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk
  • News: HSBC FEI world Cup Series
    1 Julia Mestern/FRH Schorsch (GER) 39.0 + 0 + 0 = 39
    2 Michael Jung/Weidezaunprofi’s River of Joy (GER) 36.0 + 3.2 + 0 = 39.2
    3 Michael Jung/La Biosthetique Sam (GER) 39.8 + 0 + 0 = 39.8
    4 Michael Jung/Leopin (GER) 45.8 + 1.2 + 0 = 47.0
    Full results on www.schenefeld-eventing.de
  • News: HSBC FEI World Cup Final Standings
    1 Michael Jung (GER) 142 points – US$50,000
    2 Megan Jones (AUS) 138 – US$34,000
    3 Phillip Dutton (USA) 131 – US$23,000
    For the full rankings, see www.feiworldcup.org
  • News: Richland Park Horse Trials – for full results visit http://www.evententries.com/livescoring/14468.html
  • World Equestrian Games Schedule – recording at the Alltech Pavilion Stage:
    Sept 30: Recording 5-6 PM
    Oct 1: Recording 4-5 PM
    Oct 2: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
    Oct 3: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM

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Tapner and Fox-Pitt Poised to Pounce on HSBC FEI Classics at Burghley

31 August 2010 – Paul Tapner (AUS) and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) are the riders with most to gain from a big result at this weekend’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR, September 2-5). It is the fourth leg of the 2010 HSBC FEI Classics, which carries a prize-pot of US$333,000 to be shared by the five most successful riders across five CCI4* events.

The current standings leader, Andreas Dibowski (GER), who has a healthy 7-point lead over this year’s Badminton and Lexington winners, is an absentee from Burghley, and Tapner and Fox-Pitt are poised to pounce.

Tapner, who looks set to make his debut on the Australian squad at the forthcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, has two horses with useful CCI4* form: Kilfinnie, 15th last year, and Stormhill Michael, 10th at Badminton.

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