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OS and Holsteiner Mares Claim 2021 Titles

Kevin McNab and Cute Girl. (FEI/Libby Law)

Mares topped both divisions at this year’s FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses 2021 at Lion d’Angers in France, where Germany’s Anna Lena Schaaf steered the OS studbook’s Lagona 4 to victory in the 6-Year-Olds, while Australia’s Kevin McNab and the Holsteiner, Cute Girl, topped the 7-Year-Old category.

The hugely popular event, which is designed to help develop future stars, attracted a massive 40,000 spectators along with many of the world’s best Eventing athletes and super-talented young horses once again.

6-Year-Olds

Anna Lena Schaaf only turned 20 in August, but she already has a reputation for producing quality horses, and with Lagona 4 (Lavagon/Ile de Cartina/Cartani 4) she led the 6-Year-Olds from start to finish. Posting 25.8 in the Dressage phase, the pair had a narrow advantage of just 0.7 penalties over Thomas Carlile and the mare Fair Lady des Bourcks in second.

Fellow Frenchman Nicolas Touzaint was lying third with another Selle Francais, the gelding Fibonacci de Lessac HDC, who was awarded a score of 26.8 by judges Nice Attolico Guglielmi (ITA), Xavier Le Sauce (FRA) and Nikki Herbert (GBR), while newly-crowned Olympic individual Eventing champion Julia Krajewski from Germany was lying fourth with the Hanoverian gelding Chintonic 3 on a score of 27.9 going into Saturday’s cross-country phase.

A total of 46 starters set off over the 22-fence cross-country track and three were eliminated while one retired, but the top six places remained unchanged.

Schaaf said, “It’s still a really crazy feeling being in the lead in such a good competition! It was great riding the cross-country today; my horse was really focused and I had the feeling she really enjoyed the crowd so I’m super excited for tomorrow! Usually she is a great showjumper but we have to see… maybe she will be a little bit tired after the cross-country but I’m looking forward to it.”

As it happened, Lagona was foot-perfect once again to leave the final result beyond doubt. But three fences down saw Thomas Carlile and Fair Lady des Broucks plummet to 17th place, so when Touzaint was clear, he rose to runner-up spot. Meanwhile, a single error saw Krajewski and Chintonic drop from fourth to fifth and two new names appeared at the top of the final leaderboard.

Bounced up

Rebecca Chiappero was lying 14th with the Irish Sport Horse Bonmahon Chelsea after dressage, but bounced up to tenth on Saturday after a brilliant cross-country clear. When the pair collected just 0.8 for time in an otherwise flawless showjumping round, their final tally of 31.7 saw the Italian rider stand on the third step of the podium. Fourth went to Australia’s Isabel English and the ACE-bred Cil Dara Dallas who were ninth after dressage, eighth after a clear cross-country run, and who moved up four places when collecting just two time faults.

This win adds yet another gold medal to the collection Schaaf has already accumulated. It’s only five years since she won double-gold at the FEI Eventing European Pony Championships in 2016; she was a double-gold medallist again in Juniors in 2019 and she claimed team gold and individual silver at this summer’s Young Riders European Eventing Championships in Sweden.

She was delighted for her winning mare: “Like yesterday, she was focused and concentrated, and in the end she really enjoyed the galloping around after the prizegiving and listening to everybody screaming. I think she felt ‘Yes! I’m the best!’”

Also happy was Schaaf’s former trainer at Junior level, Julia Krajewski, who sees big things ahead for her former student. “Anna Lena is an excellent rider as she has proven this weekend, and last weekend when she won her first 4* event. The German team always needs new talent, particularly those who are capable of training young horses,” said the Olympic champion.

7-Year-Olds

In the 7-Year-Old division Australia’s Kevin McNab and Cute Girl (Coventry/Caligula/Clearway) also took the early lead and didn’t let go. Judges Emmanuelle Olier (FRA), Katarzyna Konarska (POL), and James Rooney (IRL) scored their test at 26.9, and they added nothing over the following two phases.

Also competing on their dressage score were second-placed Laura Collett and the Trakehner, Outback, whose dressage mark of 27.2 left them only fractionally ahead of British compatriot Hayden Hankey and Heads Up on 27.4, while yet another of the British contingent, Selina Milnes, was lying fourth with the Irish-bred Cooley Snapchat on 27.5 going into cross-country day – just 0.6 penalty points separating the leading four.

It was a star-studded line-up after dressage, 43-year-old McNab a member of the Australian silver medal winning team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where 32-year-old Collett claimed team gold, while 42-year-old Hankey is one of the best-known and successful show-horse competitors on the British circuit.

His versatile Irish Sport Horse, Heads Up, was Working Hunter champion at the Horse of the Year Show in 2019 and finished second in the British 7-Year-Old Eventing Championship at Osberton this year. But the pair paid a big price when just over the cross-country optimum time of 9’ 04”, which left them with two time penalties and dropped them to overnight ninth place.

A total of 58 combinations headed out on the cross-country track in the 7-Year-Old championship and five were eliminated, while three retired and just 13 made it home within the optimum time.

McNab had every reason to get it absolutely right. A year ago, he and Cute Girl were eliminated in the 6-Year-Old Championship when missing a fence, but this time the pair cruised home and maintained their lead.

Surprised

“I was actually surprised I didn’t lose more time towards the end, so I came in a little bit quicker than I’d planned. But the round felt really good; she was really solid and she’s matured a lot from last year,” he said.

Collett was equally pleased after her cross-country run. “I’m very, very happy; he was a bit scared of the crowds, but he stayed very honest and kept answering the questions. It’s an awful lot for them to come here if they don’t have much experience and to see so many people and the fences. They are very beautiful and well-built but they are quite spooky for the horses, so it was a very educational day and I’m delighted with him,” she said after galloping home comfortably within the time with Outback.

“It’s such a big atmosphere here and tomorrow is another day and hopefully he comes out feeling well. He’s already exceeded all our expectations this week; he has performed brilliantly and fingers crossed he can do the same tomorrow.” And he did, leaving all the poles in place in the final phase while McNab’s Cute Girl did likewise.

Milnes added 0.8 time penalties to her tally, but still held on for third ahead of compatriots Gemma Tattersall with Johan-Some in fourth and Hankey who climbed back up to fifth when adding only 0.4 for time. British riders filled all the places from second to seventh, and the most prolific studbook in the top-seven was the ISH, taking third, fifth, sixth, and seventh spots.

But the Holsteiner, Cute Girl, was the golden girl, and after numerous attempts to make the podium at this prestigious fixture, McNab was plenty pleased with his result.

Great event

“Le Lion is one of those events we always love coming to, and it’s great when you are at this step of the podium, but at the same time it’s always a great event regardless. It’s great for the horses looking towards their future and even if we weren’t winning, we still enjoy it,” he said.

Collett said that in the final showjumping phase, “The time was very tight and the atmosphere in there was like a Championship, like a Badminton; these young horses haven’t experienced that, so I’m so proud of my horse!”

She echoed the sentiments of many when showering praise on the event organisers. “A massive thank you to the team at Le Lion. Every year they put on a phenomenal event and it’s so important for these young horses to bring them to a place like this – it’s a real honour to be here,” she said.

Results here

by Louise Parkes

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Daniel Coyle and Legacy Leap to $137,000 ESI Footing Grand Prix CSI 3* Win

Daniel Coyle and Legacy ©TIEC/Natalie Suto.

Mill Spring, NC – October 23, 2021 – Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Legacy danced across the Tryon Stadium to a victory in the $137,000 ESI Footing Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC). Following close behind in second place with a jump-off time of 35.676 seconds was Ali Wolff (USA) and Casall, the 2005 Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Capitol l) owned by Blacklick Bend Farm. Santiago Lambre (BRA) and Comtess 202, his own 2011 Westphalian mare (Comme II Faut 5 x Pilot), finished with third place honors with a clear round and a time of 35.956 seconds in the second round.

Thirty-nine riders tackled the Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) course design, with 11 riders qualifying for the shortened second round. Coyle and the 2010 Zangersheide mare (Chippendale Z x Bon Ami) co-owned by Coyle and Ariel Grange stopped the second-round clock at 34.684 seconds to earn their win. As one of the last riders to compete in the jump-off, Coyle knew he had to be speedy to top Wolff’s leading time.

He noted, “Ali was fast, and when I saw Santiago didn’t beat her, I thought, ‘She’s very fast!’ My plan was to try and do all the numbers correctly without going wild. From the first line, everything showed up really well for me. If there was a big risk tonight [to win], I wasn’t going to take it, so thankfully everything came up smoothly for me.”

Two years ago, Coyle and Legacy won the $73,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix 2* at TIEC while the mare was still quite green to international competition, and they have only improved since then. “Legacy has done a lot since we were last here,” Coyle recapped. “I always thought she was a championship horse, [even when we were here] the last time and she was a little green.”

After competing in Europe over the summer, the duo was prepared to take on the stiff competition during the 2021 Tryon Fall Series. “Sure, this is a step down from the Europeans, but tonight wasn’t easy, and the jump-off was pretty fast,” he acknowledged.

Coyle will stay at TIEC for the Washington International Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian next week to close out his competition season. Ending his show year on a high note, Coyle expressed his gratitude to his team and to TIEC. “It’s a great facility and a great place,” he said with a smile. “It’s also a good place to finish the year.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Cathrine and Cassidy Are the Show-Stealers at Herning

Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaards Cassidy. (FEI/Leanjo de Koster)

They were billed as the superstars that everyone wanted to see, and the brilliant Danish partnership of Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaards Cassidy didn’t disappoint. In a field sprinkled with both blossoming and established talent they reigned supreme to win the exciting first leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2021/2022 Western European League on home ground at Herning.

They had to work hard, however, because compatriots Carina Cassøe Krüth and Heiline’s Danciera put on a spectacular performance to finish second, while the Dutch duo of Dinja van Liere and Hermes were sensational when slotting into third.

Young horses were really impressive, showing so much promise for things to come. But the crowd went wild when the old boy of the pack, the 18-year-old Cassidy, showed that he still has all the moves when stealing the limelight.

Opened

The action opened with Jennie Larson and Zircoon Spring Flower, the sole Swedish representatives when Patrik Kittel was withdrawn as his ride, Fiontini, was sold.

It was German Eventing idol, Ingrid Klimke, who led the way at the halfway stage when posting 78.750 with Franziskus 15. And when the action resumed after the break, Denmark’s Lone Bang Larsen went out in front with a lovely test from the 11-year-old mare Thranegaardens Rostov that earned 79.525. But then Van Liere and her fabulous nine-year-old stallion Hermes, who took the sport by storm when winning the Grand Prix in Aachen (GER) last month, forged a massive lead when putting 84.360 on the board.

With three left to go. Cassøe Krüth bettered that with a beautiful Freestyle from her 10-year-old mare that, despite a mistake in the one-tempi changes, earned a massive 86.395. So, second-last to go, Dufour and Cassidy had to do something special. But they’ve done it many times during their many years together and this was no exception. Posting 87.115 they bagged victory and brought the Danish crowd to their feet.

Crying

“I was crying my heart out; it was really fantastic!” said Dufour afterwards. With her younger horse, the 11-year-old Bohemian, she earned silver and bronze at the FEI Dressage European Championships last month, not long after returning from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. But achieving what she did with Atterupgaards Cassidy, who carried her to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and who has collected 12 European Championship medals, including Young Rider gold and double-bronze at Senior level, during their hugely successful career together was just so very special. It’s about 18 months since he last appeared at an international event, but he showed he still loves every moment of it.

“He is turning 19 in one month and he’s just one of a kind. He’s been with me for 11 years and I have really had enough, but he hasn’t yet! I brought him here so that he could feel important again and he could show the crowd that he still wants to do it, so I’m over the moon!” Dufour said.

He had already made it clear he’s still very much in the game when winning the Grand Prix. He posted his Freestyle victory with apparently effortless ease.

Fit

Dufour says the horse she calls “Cassie” keeps himself fit. “You don’t have to do too much at home. I ride him once, maybe twice a week in dressage and the other days he’s just stretching and jogging or doing pole-work or hacking, so I think that’s why he’s so super healthy. “He’s just clever; he’s never using himself too much; he gives that much extra in the competitions, but back home I never ask for that. I just keep my fingers crossed when I bring him out and hope that he will do it, and he shows me again and again that he will!”

She insisted that she came out with no huge expectations. “I said at the beginning of this competition that there was no pressure; I wasn’t going to ride to win. I didn’t want to push Cassie to win; everything he offered me I took, but I wouldn’t have pushed him to do any more than he wanted,” she said. Will this be his last public appearance before going into well-earned retirement? Possibly not, it seems.

“We’ll see what this season brings, and I might do one more show with him, but he will be the one who decides, not me!” said the 29-year-old Dane who will take another horse, Vamos Amigos, to the second leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Western European League at Lyon, France next week.

Cheer

The Danish crowd had plenty to cheer about, and for runner-up Cassøe Krüth, it was an extra test for her 10-year-old mare when they clapped loudly as the pair progressed up the final centreline. But Danciera seemed to enjoy it, “and she has never felt so good!” said the 37-year-old Dane.

“When they started clapping, I thought Ohh, we still have a long way to go! But she stayed focused, and it was okay and actually I think she liked it, so now they can do it any time!” she added.

Dutch 31-year-old Van Liere was delighted with her result with Hermes. “Yesterday we had a couple of mistakes, but it was our first Short Grand Prix and of course he still lacks experience. I’m riding him since he was three years old, and I hope I will be able to ride him for many more years. I plan to do more World Cups, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him because he is still young,” said the athlete who hopes to bring him to the qualifiers on her home turf in Amsterdam in January and ’s-Hertogenbosch next March.

Show Director at Herning, Jens Trabjerg, was also very pleased. “It’s always nice as an organiser to have such fantastic sport as we had today. We have tried for the past five years to get the audience to stay for the prize-giving and I have to say we have been quite successful,” he pointed out. Not too surprising perhaps when the home-side contenders steal all the glory in front of their home crowd.

Results here

by Louise Parkes

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Tanner Korotkin Claims Double Podium with $37k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* Win

Tanner Korotkin and Volo’s Diamond ©TIEC/Natalie Suto.

Mill Spring, NC – October 21, 2021 – Tanner Korotkin (USA) went two-for-two in FEI competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC), topping the $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* with Volo’s Diamond on a time of 37.957 seconds in the jump off. Karl Cook (USA) and Coachella 4, the 2012 Oldenburg mare (Christian 25 x Last Liberty 2) owned by Signe Ostby, cleared the short course in a time of 38.772 for second. Rowan Willis (AUS) guided Wellington Grey Goose, his own 2011 mare of unknown breeding, to a time of 38.786 seconds for third place.

Fifteen horse-and-rider pairs qualified for the jump-off track from 59 pairs who challenged the first round set by course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER). Korotkin and the 2011 Oldenburg gelding (Stakkatol x Baloubet De Rouet) owned by Sandalwood Farms were first to go, and Korotkin knew he had an all-star lineup of fast competitors to follow behind him.

“I knew there were a lot of good riders behind me, like Karl [Cook], Rowan [Willis], and McClain [Ward], and many others. I knew I had to be quick, and I was planning on doing nine strides from the first fence to the second, but I got swung out a bit and ended up doing the ten. I was still quick enough everywhere else!”

Korotkin earned his first career FEI win in Wednesday’s $37,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 3*, making Thursday’s $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* doubly sweet. “Today’s course was a bit bigger for a 3*,” Korotkin assessed. “There were a ton of very good riders in this class, and my horse jumped absolutely incredibly today. It was a big enough track – maybe a little easier of a course, but a tougher competition than last week – it was very tough!”

Newly paired with Volo’s Diamond, Korotkin is eager to compete in more international competitions and build on the experiences gained in recent weeks. He continued:

“I don’t have too much jump-off experience with that guy, so I’m absolutely thrilled that we were able to keep up the pace.” Korotkin figures that pace had the most to do with his win, he reflected. “I think overall, it was very, very close. Karl was right behind me. I might’ve had it at the third to last jump, the oxer, and back to that vertical is where I would say I got it.

“This is a relatively new horse for me,” Korotkin concluded when asked about his future plans. “I’ll do the Saturday $137,000 ESI Footing Grand Prix CSI 3* this week, and then we’ll go back down to Florida with the Sweetnams for the winter. Hopefully I’ll keep climbing and doing some bigger classes with him.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Sharn Wordley Claims Overall Victory in Hagyard Rider Challenge Series

Lexington, KY – October 21, 2021 – After holding onto a strong lead throughout the Hagyard Rider Challenge series, New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley ultimately took home the Leading Rider Award after earning a total of 540 points. The Hagyard Rider Challenge was a four-part series of premier show-jumping events held at the Kentucky Horse Park, concluding on September 26th with the $50,000 Betsy Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Medical Institute at the Kentucky National Horse Show.

After winning the $137,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* presented by Hagyard at the Kentucky Spring Classic and placing ninth in the $135,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3*, Wordley led the pack with 290 points going into the final competition at the Kentucky National Horse Show. Wordley once again proved to be a force to reckon with at the Kentucky National Horse Show, speeding to victory in the $50,000 Betsy Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Medical Institute, helping him secure the overall win for the Hagyard Rider Challenge series.

Cormac Hanley took home second in the series, earning 330 points after claiming victory in the $50,000 Hagyard Grand Prix Saturday, August 7th, at the Kentucky Summer Classic. After starting the series out strong, Daniel Coyle was not far behind Hanley, claiming the blue ribbon in the $137,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3* Saturday, May 15th at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

“Once again, we are proud sponsors of this series. It was great to see people back at the Kentucky National Horse Show and to feel the energy surrounding the event,” said Dr. Kevin Pfiester. “The entire series was exciting, and Sharn certainly didn’t disappoint in the finals. We congratulate him and all of the amazing participants.”

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit www.KentuckyHorseShows.com.

Cathleen Driscoll Does It Again with $25k Tryon Resort Sunday Classic Win

Cathleen Driscoll and Flotylla ©TIEC/Reagan Ibach.

Mill Spring, NC – October 17, 2021 – Cathleen Driscoll (Elk Mills, MD) captured her second national Grand Prix win in a row by taking the win in Sunday’s $25,000 Tryon Resort Sunday Classic, this time riding Flotylla to a time of 31.607 seconds at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC). Karl Cook (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) and Caillou 24, the 2007 Holsteiner gelding (Cassall x San Patrignano Corrado) owned by Signe Otsby, secured second place with a time of 32.028, while Rodrigo Pessoa (Wellington, FL) and Carlito’s Way 6, the 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Lordanos) owned in partnership with Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC, cleared the short course in a time of 32.276 to earn third.

Forty-three horse-and-rider pairs challenged the first round of the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) designed course, with 17 pairs earning a chance at the jump-off track. Fresh off a Sunday Classic win from Tryon Fall 3 competition aboard Blue Diamant, Driscoll and Donald Stewart’s 2011 Polish Warmblood mare (Alvaro x Flourin Du Rouet) took on their first 1.45m class together and won after she decided to test her ride’s jump-off skills:

“This was her first 1.45m, so I rode it a little aggressively, but she responded beautifully. Everything rode nicely. I thought the triple was good. The time was right on,” she reported of the first round. “This is only my second week showing [Flotylla], and every time I go in the ring, I feel like I’m learning something new about her, so I decided to take a shot and I didn’t know how she would respond. I really sliced the verticals, and had the big gallop to the last, and I thought I would take a shot and see how it ended up!”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Jochems and Turbo Z Power to Victory in Oslo

Kevin Jochems and Turbo Z. (FEI/Helene Gjerde Aamdal)

The opening leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2021/2022 Western European League more than lived up to expectations, with young Dutchman, Kevin Jochems, winning through in an edge-of-the-seat jump-off.

Riding the fabulous 12-year-old stallion Turbo Z, the 26-year-old athlete snatched pole position and maximum points towards the series Final in Leipzig, Germany next April with the coolest of cool rounds when last to go in the seven-horse second-round decider.

Jochems was the sole Dutch representative on the 35-strong start-list of horse/athlete combinations that took on the 13-fence first-round challenge presented by Italian course designer Elio Travagliati, who certainly tested riding skills, and the attention of the horses, in the close confines of Oslo’s Telenor Arena. The beginning of the indoor season always takes some adjustment after competing all summer in the great outdoors, and some clever placement of fences ensured that both horse and rider had to be on top of their game to make the cut into the second round.

Bogey

The double at fence six, approached off a bending line from the previous oxer and placed along the very edge of the ringside hospitality area, proved the bogey of the day. However, the triple combination three from home was also influential, while young American, 25-year-old Lillie Keenan, looked en route to a perfect tour of the track until her superstar gelding, Skyhorse, put in an uncharacteristic stop and decanted his jockey at the very final oxer when he couldn’t find his stride.

Also out of luck was host-nation veteran, 61-year-old Geir Gulliksen, whose Olympic ride VDL Groep Quatro hit the very first fence in an otherwise foot-perfect round. “He’s never done that in the whole time I’ve had him!” he said of his 15-year-old gelding who is always a real trier. But Gulliksen was delighted to be competing alongside his daughter and son, Victoria and Johan-Sebastian, and the many other young riders who lined out at this year’s opening leg of the Western European series.

“When you feel you can compete with the younger generation it’s an incredible feeling!” he said.

Set the pace

First to produce a clean run was 24-year-old Austrian, Alessandra Reich, with her big 10-year-old gelding Loyd, and they set the pace in the jump-off with another faultless effort in 50.20 seconds. This was clearly beatable, but the rest had to leave all the poles in place, and when only four managed to do that then Reich slotted into fourth spot in the final analysis.

Second to take on the clock was Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, at 53 years of age by far the elder statesman of the clear-round pack, and he reset the target when bringing the 10-year-old mark Cosmopolit home without fault in 46.72 seconds. Then 28-year-old Belgian, Olivier Philippaerts, set off with Le Blue Diamond v’t Ruytershof, but the tricky double at six was still in place, and when the 10-year-old gelding hit the first element there, four faults in 47.20 seconds would leave them down the order.

Next out was 22-year-old Harry Charles, who made a huge impression as part of the British side that won the Challenge Cup at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona, Spain two weeks ago. But the penultimate oxer hit the floor before he crossed the line with Romeo in 46.70 seconds.

Sweden’s Fredricson was still out in front when Belgium’s Pieter Clemens set sail with just three left to go. Fredricson had demonstrated the benefit of a super-tight turn inside the oxer at fence four that shaved time off the run to the single remaining element of the triple combination at fence 11, and Clemens was well up on time when attempting that same line.

But his nine-year-old mare, Huide G, seemed to lock on to the final vertical that was facing her on the turn, and precious time was lost while the pair resolved the situation. “She didn’t really understand where she had to go,” Clemens explained afterwards, but they were still super-fast when breaking the beam without further ado in 46.09 seconds to take the lead.

Far from over

Second-last into the ring, Germany’s Christian Kukuk had seen another short route that meant cutting inside the last fence like several of those ahead of him, but then also turning inside the opening vertical, which left a super-tight turn to the penultimate oxer. He made it work brilliantly until a wild gallop to the last saw his extravagant grey gelding, Checker, kick out all the poles for four faults, so his quick time of 45.31 seconds was still not good enough for top spot.

As Jochems came into the ring, he had a clear plan. “I went in thinking I will risk it all; whether I win or have one down, I don’t want to be too slow.”

But it was the execution of his plan that was so incredibly impressive. His 12-year-old stallion never looked under pressure, or particularly fast, as the 26-year-old rider steered exactly the same course as Kukuk and with complete composure and conviction every step of the way.

The pair was in total harmony from start to finish, and when they crossed the line in 44.77 seconds for the win the spectators, who had been spellbound to the very end, exploded with appreciation. The young Dutchman had given his lovely horse a fabulous ride.

First

“This was my first World Cup today and I’ve had a fantastic show here in Oslo!” said Jochems. “Turbo had a great outdoor season and was placed in several 5* Grand Prix classes, and I was reserve rider in Barcelona at the Nations Cup Final. I had a bit of a mixed feeling being there because I didn’t ride (on the team), so it is great to win today!

“This was my first indoor show in a long time, so this is the best possible start to the indoor season,” he added. Now he’s looking forward to the coming months. “The Netherlands only has one spot in the World Cup series, so it will be difficult, but I was told that if I get some points in Oslo I can do more events, so we will see!” Jochems said. This brilliant result is likely to ensure he gets plenty more opportunities.

At the post-competition press conference, runner-up Pieter Clemens complimented Jochems. Looking back on how the jump-off played out, he said he wasn’t sure he would have been quicker than the Dutchman even if he hadn’t gotten into a muddle on that crucial turn. “My horse is fast, but Kevin rode a great jump-off and I’m very happy with second place. I got some points and I hope I will get the chance to do more qualifiers now,” he said.

Pleased

Third-placed Jens Fredricson was also pleased with his result. “I was delighted to be selected to ride here. I had a good outdoor season and was double-clear in the Nations Cup in Aachen, so things are definitely going in the right direction. For me it’s not so easy to get to the bigger shows because we have a lot of good Swedish riders, but this is a great start to have some World Cup points already,” he said.

Oslo Horse Show Event Director, Morten Aasen, was also a happy man. “I’ve had a few sleepless nights coming into the show. The situation has been so unpredictable, but when the (pandemic) restrictions were lifted a few weeks ago (in Norway), it was like a Christmas present!”

He was also delighted with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ result. “I want to see new faces in the sport and the crowd wants to see young people beating the older ones!” he said. He got his wish, and it won’t be long before the action resumes with round two of the Western European League scheduled for Sunday 31 October at Lyon in France.

FULL RESULTS

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Hunter Holloway and Pepita Con Spita Taste Victory in $137k Coca-Cola Grand Prix

Hunter Holloway and Pepita Con Spita ©TIEC/Natalie Suto.

Mill Spring, NC – October 16, 2021 – Hunter Holloway (USA) and Pepita Con Spita claimed another sweet victory in the $137,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) with a time of 38.387 seconds. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Lord Lucio, the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Legolas x Cero) owned by Rodrigo Pessoa and Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC, stopped the timer at 38.832 seconds to earn second place. Third place honors were awarded to Lauren Balcomb (AUS) and Verdini D’Houtveld, the 2011 Zangersheide gelding (Verdi TN x Caretino 2) owned by Lauren Balcomb and Sharn Wordley, with a time of 39.696 seconds.

Holloway and Pepita Con Spita, the 2011 Westphalian mare (Con Spirit x Come On) owned by Hays Investment Corp., challenged five other horse and rider pairs in the jump-off phase of competition over the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) designed course. Their show-stopping performance led them to the top spot on the podium one week after earning their first Grand Prix win together during the Tryon Fall Series. Last weekend, the duo claimed first place in the $73,000 JTWG, Inc. Grand Prix CSI 2*, her second consecutive of three Grand Prix titles in 2021 at TIEC.

“She just keeps on winning! What can I say? She’s an amazing mare. The team behind her is awesome; they come out and give it their all every time, and so does she,” said Holloway.

With only six out of 33 horse and rider pairs qualifying for the jump-off round, Holloway knew the pressure was on. “She’s pretty tried and true at this point, so I know I can give it my all.” Her goal in the jump-off phase of competition was to have a clean round with enough speed to set the tone for the other competitors. “She’s a quick horse naturally, so I wanted to put a little pressure on the other guys,” explained Holloway.

Holloway plans to give Pepita Con Spita a week off prior to the Washington International Horse Show at TIEC. She plans to continue her winning streak after her mare has a well-deserved week off. “Hopefully we will try and qualify for the world cup finals!”

Holloway reflected on her success so far in the Tryon Fall Series at TIEC. “We love it here; we just keep coming back. I couldn’t be happier!” She added, “Every time we come, we enjoy it and have a good time. The kids love it, the clients love it, and it suits everyone.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

British Rider Victorious in the 4* Class in Strzegom

Libby Seed with the 10-year-old Heartbreaker Star Quality was the winner of the CCI4*-L, the highest ranked class of Strzegom October Festival.

Libby Seed took the lead after a smooth cross-country, although she crossed the finish line six seconds late. That still made her jump up from fourth after dressage. She went over the showjumping clear on the fences, with only 0,8 for time. Second place went to her compatriot James Sommerville with Talent, and Miroslav Trunda from the Czech Republic was third riding Shutterflyke.

Victory in the 3*-L after clear cross-country and jumping rounds belonged to a veteran of Strzegom’s events – Germany’s Andreas Dibowski riding Calahari. Vanessy Bölting with Ready To Go W was second, and Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt with Dynamite Jack was third.

Female riders dominated the podium in the 2*-L. The winner was Australia’s Katja Weimann with Jeu de Blanc W before German riders Julia Schatzmann with Golden Evo KPSC and Anna Lena Schaaf with Lorsandos.

Saturday’s cross-country rounds ended the rivalry in the short-format 3* and 4* classes. The podium went to German athletes in both. Anna Lena Schaaf riding Fairytale 39, the best one in the 4*, took the lead after dressage and did not lose it until the end. Sandra Auffarth with The Phantom of the Opera was sitting in 8th after the first trial, but a clear jumping round and only some time penalties in the XC secured her second place. Antonia Baumgart riding Lamango had some time faults and had to settle for third.

Libussa Lübbeke with Darcy F was victorious in the 3* after going through the cross-country only 4 seconds late. Pia Münker with Cascada was second, and Sandra Auffarth with Viamant du Matz was third.

The win in the CCI1*-Intro, after flawless showjumping and cross-country runs, belonged to Poland’s Karolina Miś with Go Jack.

The European Youth Eventing Masters was dominated by Germans, who took the win in all age categories, both as a team and individually. Julia Warner with Clara, Christina Schöniger riding Schoensgreen Continus, Brandon Schäfer-Gehrau with Parkmore Emper, and Felicia Von Baath with Quantum E were the best in the young rider category. The last one of them was also the winner individually.

The best junior team was Emily Roberg with Donna Lena MV, Jule Krueger with D’Artagnan 216, Isabel Kristin Dalecki riding Caruso JH, and Hedda Vogler with Niagara de Champenotte. Individually the best result belonged to Sophia Rössel with Nickel 21.

Neele Hinrichsen riding Golden Gadget, Pita Schmid with Sietlands Catrina, Amelie Nottmeier with Katleen 3, and Merle Hoffmann na Penny Lane WE were the winners of the pony class, while Hoffmann also took home the individual best score.

Strzegom October Festival was a jubilee 50th international show at the hippodrome in Morawa. 12 classes were played out, with almost 400 pairs from 23 countries.

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Samuel Parot Strikes Again to Win $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Samuel Parot and Dubai ©TIEC/Natalie Suto.

Mill Spring, NC – October 14, 2021 – Samuel Parot (CHI) claimed his second Welcome Stake win in a row, blazing around the short course in 40.273 seconds with Dubai to dominate the $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC). Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Fantasy BB, Windsor Show Stables’ 2010 Dutch Warmblood mare (Cardento 933 x Labor’s VDL Indorado), stopped the timers in 40.928 seconds for reserve, while Heather Caristo Williams (USA) piloted Celtic Hero BZ to third place on a time of 41.715 seconds with the 2012 Zangersheide stallion (Calikot Hero x Nissan Caretano Z) owned by Holly Caristo.

Parot was one of four pairs to challenge the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) course design after 54 horse-and-rider pairs navigated the first round of competition. Last to go, Parot knew that tight turns combined with his horse’s scope would be the winning combination:

“The horse is not so fast, but he has big scope,” Parot said of the 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cardento 933 x Kastello) he owns in partnership with Soffia Renato. “I think I won the class when I turned to the last combination. I turned very [sharply] – for him, this is no problem. I did the same on the other turn. I did one more stride in the last line, but I turned very tight. That was my strategy.”

Vaillancourt set a formidable combination late in the course, which caught many riders out and narrowed the field significantly ahead of the second round. “The course was very difficult, with only four clear,” Parot recapped. “The time [allowed] was normal, but the last line was very, very difficult for all the riders. My horse who won today has a lot of experience, and I know he has a lot of scope. In the last line, most of the horses were getting tired – my horse has scope for days! I’m so happy with him.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.