Apr 20, 2009
Las Vegas, NV-April 19, 2009-Defending champion Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum secured her third Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping title with consummate ease at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Sunday where America's McLain Ward finished second ahead of The Netherlands' Albert Zoer in third.
class of the German winner's 16 year old gelding determined the result on a day
when Anthony D'Ambrosio's course building tested many to the very limit. For
Shutterfly however limits don't seem to exist. No fence is too high or too
wide, and the clinching second-round run from this partnership was an exhibition
Stamina and concentration played a major role in
the closing stages, but most of the leading contenders proved equal to the
challenge and none of the top three finishers lowered a pole throughout three
days of world-class jumping. Lying fourth however, America's Rich Fellers and
Flexible slipped two places with a double-error and then disappeared from the
reckoning when adding another 22 faults second time out.
Christina Liebherr produced a career-defining performance when anchoring the
runaway No Mercy to great effect in both rounds and this moved her up from fifth
to fourth in the final analysis, but the real battle was played out among three
great proponents of the sport. Perhaps Ward and Zoer are a little unlucky that
their two heroic mounts are at the top of their game at the same time as
Michaels-Beerbaum's extraordinary horse. The American rider's mare Sapphire and
the Dutchman's great gelding Oki Doki are exceptional by any measure, but
Shutterfly has once again shown that he is in a class of his own.
said afterwards that if he had the chance to do it all again he wouldn't do it
any differently - "my horse and I gave everything we had" he pointed out.
Having established the advantage in Thursday's opening speed leg,
Michaels-Beerbaum then reinforced her position with another definitive victory
in Friday's two-rounder and sealed the result with clinical efficiency in
Sunday's decider. The first-round track was plenty demanding but D'Ambrosio
stretched them even further in round two, the double of massive oxers on entry
to the triple combination and the final 1.85m-wide spread asking for everything,
Liebherr had ensured fourth position with a second
action-packed clear before Zoer returned to follow suit with Oki Doki and when
Ward and Sapphire were foot-perfect once again the only thing that could change
the orders was a mistake from the leading partnership. A tiny tap at the
opening vertical however was the only thing to be heard in an otherwise
flawless tour of the track by the winners who mesmerised the crowd with their
"Horses like Shutterfly only come along once in a
lifetime" the 39 year old German rider said, "and I'm very lucky to have such a
great team. Shutterfly has the same groom for 10 years now and he and I are
like an old married couple, we know each other so well. He won't take too much
work in the warm-up, he's a bit fragile in there, but we are a great example of
how the partnership between the horse and rider plays its role in success" she
Ward agreed, pointing out that Sapphire is cared for by staff who
have been working for his family for 23 years while Zoer never hides the
enormous affection he feels for the horse that has secured his position at the
top end of the sport. "Oki Doki fights for me every time he goes into the ring -
I really love him" he simply said.
Michaels-Beerbaum talked about her
preparation before going into the ring which is also a team effort. "Because
Shutterfly doesn't like to do too much its a nerve-control thing for me - its
not easy to do very little before going in to jump at a big championship" she
said. "I try to keep him happy, my husband Markus tries to keep me calm and my
groom also keeps a rein on me" she explained.
With Geneva, Switzerland
selected for the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Finals next year and Leipzig,
Germany, 's Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands and Goteborg in Sweden scheduled
for the following three seasons while the Dressage will go to 's Hertogenbosch
in 2010 there has been much speculation about the equestrian highlight returning
to Las Vegas. FEI First Vice-President, Sven Holmberg, said "it's really not
good for world events to be held too often in Europe" and then Las Vegas World
Cup Show Jumping Manager Robert Ridland announced a strong bid to bring the 2014
Finals back to the US city which has injected such energy, showmanship and
excitement into the series which has become so popular over the last 31 years.
"This show is too good to give it up" he pointed out. No-one disagrees
about that, and Holmberg added that the US 2014 bid would be "very well
Las Vegas, NV-April 18, 2009-America's Steffen Peters and Ravel claimed the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage title with a show-stopping Freestyle test that raised the roof of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Saturday.
The 44 year old rider from San Diego, California edged
Germany's double World Cup champion Isabel Werth into runner-up position with an
inspirational performance, while nine-time winner Anky Van Grunsven from The
Netherlands had to settle for third.
The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals
conclude Sunday with the Jumping final. The Finals feature World Cup Finals in
the two Olympic disciplines of show jumping and dressage.
This was just
the second-ever US victory in the 23-year history of the Dressage World Cup -
the previous American to take title was Debbie McDonald who, on Friday,
officially retired the great mare Brentina who carried her to World Cup success
Peters was chasing Werth's leading score of 84.500% when
third-last into the arena. The German rider's 15 year old gelding Satchmo can
be nervous and fearful on occasions, but he kept his cool to produce spectacular
movements this time out and snatch the lead from Dutchman Hans Peter Minderhoud
and Exquis Nadine who were real crowd-pleasers. There had been something
magical about Peters and Ravel all week.
During Wednesday's warm-up the
crowd went crazy with excitement as they watched them in practice and they went
wilder still when the US duo topped Thursday's Grand Prix. If the noise level
was difficult to cope with then, it faded into insignificance compared to
Freestyle night however, when the spectators simply could not contain their
excitement. Peters admitted he was "concerned" when they started clapping and
screaming with delight as he worked his way through near-perfect piaffe and
passage but Ravel didn't let him down. "I could see his ears were still
pointing towards me and not to the crowd so I knew he was still listening to
me. There was amazing electricity in there and it was hard for the dressage
fans to hold back - honestly I appreciate it!" he said.
At the Olympic
Games in Hong Kong last summer they finished just out of the medals in fourth
place but everything this partnership has already achieved is extraordinary.
The trip to China came just seven months after Peters started riding this horse
who just continues to grow in confidence and ability. "Ravel has improved so
much and I didn't have to push him tonight, he was just so with me all the
time. He's naturally a very level-headed horse" he explained. "Even before the
Grand Prix when I schooled him I knew this could be good here in Las Vegas. I
can't take too much credit for his mind, that's just the way he was born" he
The crowd exploded as he came up the center line to finish
but there was an agonising wait for the score which saw him take the lead by
less than half a percentage point and then it was time to sit back and watch Van
Grunsven take her turn with IPS Painted Black who earned a mark of 82.500% which
proved no danger. "The degree of difficulty in my test could have been bigger"
the Dutch rider admitted, "and we did make a mistake in the changes but I'm
really pleased - he tried to do well and its great for the sport that Steffen
has won. It shouldn't always be Anky and Isabell" she added, referring to the
long-time dominance of these two giants of the sport. "Of course we will go
home now and practice a lot to be sure we beat him the next time!" she
Las Vegas, NV-April 17, 2009-In a truly international line-up, America's Rich Fellers won the $75,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix Saturday ahead of HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in second and The Netherlands' Gerco Schroder in third.
The competition took place at the Thomas & Mack Center on a
rest-day for the jumping horses taking part in the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals
which run through Sunday. The Finals feature World Cup Finals in the two
Olympic disciplines of show jumping and dressage, and the Jumping title will be
decided in Sunday's third-leg showdown.
Just five of the 24 starters went
clear to go into the second-round Las Vegas Grand Prix jump-off and 19 year old
sensation, Laura Teodori from Scottsdale, Oregon led the way against the clock
with Kasoar D'Uxelles.
Two fences down this time out left her vulnerable
however and when Prince Abdullah produced a foot-perfect run in 38.61 seconds
with Mobily Ashkur Allah Obelix he went into the lead.
Gulliksen and Sundal Colliers Cattani hit the vertical third fence and then also
clipped the first part of the following double to pose no threat, but when
Fellers came cantering into the ring with Kilkenny Rindo he clearly meant
Setting off in a great rhythm with the 11 year old gelding, the
49 year old from Wilsonville, Oregon cruised around the seven-fence track riding
smooth corner-cutting turns but never looking under any pressure as he shaved
almost two seconds off the target time, and when Schroder and Eurcommerce
Seattle hit the second fence it was a done deal.
Fellers agreed that
this victory was a great omen ahead of Sunday's third and last leg of the Rolex
FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final. "Confidence plays a big part in a major like this
so today's win is a great boost" he said. He only discovered how owners, Doug
and Sharon Boyd, sourced Kilkenny Rindo when meeting top horse dealer Paul
Hendrycks during the course-walk. "He told me he sold the horse to the Boyd's
as a five year old" he explained.
Spectators were also treated to a fun
exhibition in the International Reining Celebrity Challenge in which world-class
show jumpers and dressage competitors pulled on their cowboy boots and went
The chance to see riders of the calibre of 2004 Olympic champion
show jumper Rodrigo Pessoa from Brazil, Will Simpson of the US and Holland's
nine-time World Cup champion Anky van Grunsven in Western gear proved a big
crowd-puller. Riding circles, speed transitions, sliding stops, roll-backs and
head-turning spins the stars did not disappoint and the US side of Simpson,
dressage specialist Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, and US Reining Champion Rick Weaver
The American Quarter Horses performed to perfection, but
NRHA professional and Open World Champion Ann Fonck found herself in trouble
with one of the spins. "I don't know what happened there, I think I was enjoying
myself too much because the crowd were so great!" she admitted later.
Weaver said "the whole experience of sharing time with expert horseman
in other disciplines was wonderful. The quality of the horses and the horsemen
and women was unbelievable. We were almost having too much fun out there!" And
Simpson agreed with that. "I'm ready to go back to the barn and find another
one of those great horses right now" he said.
American riders are in with
a real chance of snatching the coveted Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping title for
the first time in 22 years. The last US champion was Katherine Bursdall who
claimed the trophy riding The Natural in Paris, France back in 1987. Rich
Fellers goes into Sunday's final challenge lying fourth with his Irish-bred
Flexible and McLain Ward, from Brewster, NY, lies second with Sapphire ahead of
Dutchman Albert Zoer and Oki Doki who separates the two main home-side
After the first two rounds however, it seems that only an
unlikely error by defending champions Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly
can prevent the German rider from capitalising on her double-victory this week
and taking the title for the third time.
Las Vegas, NV-April 17, 2009-Defending champion Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum continues to dominate at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas after adding victory in the second leg Friday to her top-place finish in the opening speed leg on Thursday.
The Rolex FEI
World Cup™ Finals continue at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas through
Sunday. The Finals feature World Cup Finals in the two Olympic disciplines of
show jumping and dressage.
Last to go in the thrilling 13-horse jump-off
the American-born German rider produced an ice-cool run with the sensational 16
year old Shutterfly, but it didn't go quite to plan for all the other leading
Switzerland's Christina Liebherr lost her second-place
ranking allowing America's McLain Ward to move up from third into runner-up
position, and after US rider Rich Fellars and Denmark's Thomas Velin also
faulted it is The Netherland's Albert Zoer who lies third going into Sunday's
With the results of the first two days' competition now
recalculated into points Michaels-Beerbaum carries a zero score going into the
last of the three final classes but has only a two-point advantage over ward
while Zoer is a further two points behind followed closely by Fellers. There is
no room for error at the top end, and the leader knows it. "I never quite
understand the scoring system for the World Cup but it definitely makes for
excitement right to the end!" Michaels-Beerbaum said.
A total of 13 horse
and rider combinations found the key to another masterful track from
course-designer Anthony D'Ambrosio who admitted however that he got more clears
in the first round than he had expected. "I may have been a bit conservative
tonight, because I was thinking ahead to Sunday" he explained, but
Michaels-Beerbaum was not complaining.
Sweden's Helena Lundback and
Madick produced the first jump-off clear before America's Richard Spooner and
Cristallo shaved almost three seconds off their target time but, fourth into the
timed round, Beezie Madden was even faster again for the host country with a
great ride on the novice nine year old Danny Boy. Another three horses came in
the ring before Zoer set off with Oki Doki who reset the parameters when
breaking the beam with a thrilling run in 34.72 seconds but Ward and Sapphire
raised the roof when stopping the clock on 33.77 seconds to take the lead with
only two more to follow them into the ring.
electric No Mercy had been unusually calm in Thursday's class but as she turned
the gelding into the second fence, an oxer, this time out the communication
system broke down and they had to make a turn before taking it on a second
time. When they also lowered a fence and collected time penalties their
10-fault score saw them drop down the order.
Shutterfly however was the
epitomy of cool and with the greatest of ease the defending champion got a great
shot to the double at the half-way stage and another great corner-cutting angle
to the following vertical to keep them well in touch. A fearless gallop to the
last sealed the result with clinical efficiency, the Rolex clock showing 32.77
seconds as the winning time.
Asked afterwards how many Rolex watches
she has collected during qualifying rounds and her two previous final successes,
she answered that, if she wasn't riding any more, she would have enough to open
a watch store. Discussing her ride she said "I didn't see McLain go but
Shutterfly is super-fast by nature and he was really 'on' tonight".
McLain knows that he is carrying US hopes on his capable shoulders going
into the last day but he was well-pleased with his performance. "I was a bit
anxious in the first round which was hard for my horse because it all about
adding strides which doesn't suit her but she was brilliant in the jump-off" he
said. He didn't seem quite convinced however that he could oust the leader from
top position. "Today i went as fast as I could go - we just couldn't have gone
any faster" while Zoer was simply happy that, after a long and difficult
recovery from the badly-broken leg which kept him out of the Dutch Olympic team
last summer, he was well-satisfied with his result. "All I need on Sunday is
two double-clears, that's my target!" he said. But Meredith pointed out that
she intends to "try to hold the form we've had so far this week right through to
the end". In that case a hat-trick of Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping titles seems
very much on the cards for this extraordinary partnership.
schedule at the Thomas & Mack Center is packed with action beginning with
the Las Vegas Grand Prix. This is not a leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ final,
but riders will be keen to earn some of the $75,000 prizemoney on offer.
Many of the world's top dressage and jumping riders have been taking a
crash-course in the art of reining over the last few days, and stars including
The Netherlands' Anky Van Grunsven, Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa and America's Will
Simpson have signed up for the first-ever International Reining Celebrity
Challenge during which they will be paired with National Reining Horse
Association professionals Rick Weaver and Ann Fonck.
Nine-time World Cup
champion Van Grunsven will be hoping that the sliding stops and mind-blurring
spins won't throw her off course ahead of Saturday night's feature event - the
Rolex FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freeystyle in which the horses and riders perform
Apr 16, 2009
Las Vegas, NV-April 16, 2009- Steffen Peters and Ravel brought the crowd to their feet when winning the Dressage Grand Prix at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ finals at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Thursday.
The 44 year old German-born US rider who is based in San Diego, California
clinched victory with a score of 77.915%, pinning nine-time World Cup champion
Anky Van Grunsven into second spot while German star and two-time World Cup
winner Isabell Werth had to settle for third place.
The Rolex FEI World
Cup™ Finals continue at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas through Sunday.
The Finals feature World Cup Finals in the two Olympic disciplines of show
jumping and dressage.
The competition began with a difficult ride for Jan
Ebeling whose 12 year old mare, Rafalca, proved arena-shy on this big occasion
and fellow-American, Leslie Morse, also experienced deep disappointment when her
17 year old stallion, Kingston, was eliminated after becoming unsound at the
beginning of his test. Morse was devastated after leaving the ring on foot
after the Ground Jury rang the bell to call a halt to her effort. "I had the
most powerful amazing ride yesterday. It felt like eight or nine years of
togetherness had come together to such a fun time" she said afterwards. "I
could tell in the first corner, he felt unbalanced and I knew he wasn't right.
We respect the Ground Jury's decision....it was absolutely in the best interest
of the horse..."she agreed.
Ashley Holzer of Canada went into the lead
with Pop Art just before the half-way break, but The Netherlands' Hans Peter
Minderhoud pushed them down the order with a better mark for Exquis Nadine
before Werth and Satchmo changed the leaderboard once again when fourth-last of
the 14 starters to take their turn. Werth's score of 73.745% was immediately
surpassed by a mark of 74.170% from the defending champion whose horse, IPS
Painted Black, produced some spectacular extended trot.
It was Peters
however who completely stole the show with a magical performance from his 11
year old bay gelding. Just as they had done in the practice session the
previous day, the pair remained totally in tune with one another, Ravel earning
nine out of 10 marks from one judge for his excellent piaffe and two nine-point
marks for a fabulous extended canter while Peters himself was awarded nine
points for his riding position. Fans at the ringside waved a huge flag reading
"Bring it home Steffen" and he did just that, the final partnership of Monica
Theodorescu and Whisper finishing seventh when scoring 70.170%.
Grunsven could not bring her triple World Cup winning ride Keltec Salinero this
time around and was further hampered during the qualification period by a
recurring back injury which kept her periodically out of the saddle but she was
pleased with her horse's effort. "Riding him here has been a new challenge for
me, I was not sure how it would be but his confidence is growing and I'm
satisfied and feel very happy with my second place today" she said.
said she had to be cautious when going into her first pirouette because Satchmo
was nervous of the sound of camera-shutters - "please don't click on Saturday
night!" she said with a laugh to the photographers.
Ravel however was
totally at ease in the electric atmosphere and Peters found it hard to describe
his delight at the final result. "He gave it all to me today, I didn't have to
push him hard he just gave me all the movements - I'm beside myself with
excitement!" he said.
"He was just like this yesterday in the warm-up,
even when the spectators were clapping and screaming when he was executing some
of his movements. He is showing so much more maturity since he competed at the
Olympics in Hong Kong which was his first big international event. Today we
didn't have to hold back and I could take some calculated risks and they really
paid off. I can't tell you how happy I am!" he declared.
The Grand Prix
result however does not influence the battle for the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup™
dressage title which will be decided on Saturday night during the Freestyle
competition, and a huge influx of Californian supporters are expected to turn up
to watch the battle played out under the Las Vegas spotlights.
schedule at the Thomas & Mack Center promises plenty more entertainment with
world-class competition in the Olympic/Grand Prix Pas de Deux Challenge which
will feature big stars performing in pairs. This will be followed by the
International Superstar Young Horse Exhibition but the highlight will be the
emotional retirement of Debbie McDonald's mare Brentina, the only US dressage
hose to win the World Cup final. The partnership represented the USA at both
the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and led the team to bronze medal position in
Athens in 1999.
"It was six years ago that Brentina and Debbie McDonald
earned the United States' first and only FEI World Cup Final Championship, so it
is only appropriate that they return here to Las Vegas to celebrate a career
that is one of the all-time best in the sport of dressage" said Pat Christenson,
President of Las Vegas Events.
Ebeling USA: 53.915
Morse USA: Eliminated
Bernal COL: 62.553
Regardez Moi/Heath Ryan AUS: 64.638
Don Charly/Minna Telde SWE: 68.979
Bjorsells Briar 899/Jan Brink SWE: 70.043
Pop Art/Ashley Holzer CAN: 72.511
Jeanette Haazen/Nartan NED: 70.383
Randon/MichalRapcewicz POL: 68.128
Exquis Nadine/Hans Peter Minderhud NED: 73.064
Satchmo/Isabell Werth GER: 73.702
IPS Painted Black/Anky Van Grunsven NED: 74.170
Ravel/Steffen Peters USA: 77.915
Whisper/Monica Theodorescu GER:70.128
Jan 28, 2009
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - January 27, 2009-Individual tickets will go on sale Monday, February 16 to see the world's best horses and riders compete at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 15-19. The city of Las Vegas sets the perfect backdrop for high jumping, side stepping, non-stop equestrian competition.
Once again hosted by Las
Vegas Events (LVE), the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals bring spectators
edge-of-their-seat entertainment as they watch riders compete for the title of
FEI World Cup champion in the Olympic disciplines of show jumping and
"This is a great year
for the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals," said Pat Christenson, president of Las
Vegas Events. "We are thrilled to bring the Finals back to the city of Las Vegas
and are very excited about presenting this prestigious event to equestrian fans
from around the world. Series seats have sold extremely well, and we urge
everyone to take advantage of the start of the individual ticket sales. With so
many wonderful things planned, there has never been a better time to experience
Las Vegas and the World Cup."
In addition to the
excitement of the competitions, the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Finals will also
feature the official retirement ceremony of one of the world's most beloved
dressage horses, Brentina. Rider Debbie McDonald and owners Peggy and Parry
Thomas will be on hand to honor this amazing mare that, along with Debbie, has
enjoyed one of the most successful careers in U.S. dressage history.
The pair earned the
United States its first FEI World Cup Dressage Championship in 2003 and
represented the United States at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. At the
2004 Athens Olympic Games, they led the U.S. to the bronze medal.
In 1999, Debbie and
Brentina put in an amazing performance at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg,
winning both the individual and team gold medals. Brentina's retirement
ceremony will take place on Friday afternoon, April 17, during the Las Vegas
Interested fans can sign
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April 15: VIP - $250; Plaza - $55; Balcony -
April 16: VIP - $250; Plaza - $90; Balcony - $50
April 17: VIP - $250;
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April 18: VIP - $250; Plaza - $100; Balcony -
April 15: VIP - $250; Plaza - $60; Balcony -
April 16: VIP - $250; Plaza - $70; Balcony - $50
April 17: VIP - $250;
Plaza - $75; Balcony - $50
April 18: VIP - $250; Plaza - $75; Balcony -
April 19: VIP - $250; Plaza - $85; Balcony - $60
Started in 1979, the FEI
World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world's
best show jumping horses and riders. Approximately 45 riders qualify from 13
leagues around the world. In the 30 finals held through 2008, United States
riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship seven
The 2009 event will mark
the eighth FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in the United States,
following Finals in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa, Fla. in 1989, Del Mar, Calif. in
1992 and four in Las Vegas in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
First held in 1986, the
FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been held in the U.S. three times, in 1995 in
Los Angeles and 2005 and 2007 in Las Vegas. The Netherlands has dominated the
competition, winning nine titles, followed by Germany with seven. The United
States won its first title in 2003 when Debbie McDonald rode Brentina to the
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Dec 18, 2008
It's that time again! The31st annual FEI World Cup Jumping Final and
24th annual FEI World Cup Dressage Final will be held in 2009 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas!
Thomas & Mack Center, Las
Vegas, Nevada, USA
The world's premier annual show
jumping and dressage
Started in 1979, the FEI World
Cup Jumping Final is an annual showdown among the world's best jumping horses
and riders. Approximately 45 riders, including many past and future Olympians,
qualify from 13 leagues around the world. The United States has won the FEI
World Cup Finals seven times, more than any other nation.
The 2009 FEI
World Cup Jumping Final will be the eighth FEI World Cup Jumping Final held in
the United States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989),
Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007).
First held in 1986, the FEI World
Cup Dressage Final has been held in the U.S. three times, in 1995 in Los Angeles
and in 2005 and 2007 in Las Vegas. The Netherlands has dominated
the competition, winning nine titles, followed by Germany with seven. The
United States won its first title in 2003 when Debbie McDonald rode Brentina,
owned by Parry and Peggy Thomas of Las Vegas, to the championship. The Thomas
& Mack Center, the venue for the FEI World Cup Finals, was named for Parry
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Aug 21, 2008
Canada's Hickstead with Eric Lamaze in the irons takes the first-ever equestrian Gold Medal home for Canada. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Ninja win the Silver for Sweden with USA's Beezie Madden and Authentic earning the Bronze Medal.
August 21st, 2008, Kong Kong, China--- Canada’s Eric Lamaze rode
Hickstead to another clear round in the jump-off for Gold and
Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Ninja had one down in the Gold medal jump-off
to take home Silver for Sweden. They were the only two combinations
to jump clear. Lamaze and Hickstead jumped four out of five clear
rounds and won the first individual show jumping gold medal
Madden and Authentic's time of 35.25 was the fastest of the three clears in
the Bronze medal jump-off. Madden took a big risk jumping over some
brush that was part of the course to save time and it paid off. MacLain Ward was the first US rider to try this and it worked well for him.
Aug 20, 2008
August 13th, 2008, Hong Kong, China---
1. GER Germany 72.917
Heike Kemmer/Bonaparte 72.250
Nadine Capellmann/Elvis VA 70.083
Isabell Werth/Satchmo 76.417
2. NED Netherlands 71.750
Hans Peter Minderhoud/Nadine 69.625
Imke Shellenkens-Bartles/Sunrise 70.875
Anky Van Grunsven/Salinero 74.750
3. DEN Denmark 68.875
Anne Van Olst/Clearwater 67.375
Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein/Digby 70.417
Andreas Helgstrand/ Don Shufro 68.833
4. USA United States 67.819
Courtney King-Dye/Mythilus 70.478
Debbie McDonald/Brentina 63.000
Steffen Peters/Ravel 70.000
5. SWE Sweden 67.347
Patrik Kittel/Floresco 67.125
Tinne Silfven/Solos Carex 66.042
Jan Brink/Briar 68.875
6. GBR Great Britain 66.806
Jane Gregory/Lucky Star 63.375
Emma Hindle/Lancet 71.125
Laura Bechtelsheimer/Mistral Hojris 65.917
7. FRA France 65.403
Marc Boblet/Whitini Star 66.125
Julia Chevanne/Calimucho 63.250
Hubert Perring/Diabolo St Maurice 66.833
8. AUS Australia 64.625
Heath Ryan/Greenoaks Dundee 62.542
Hayley Beresford/Relampago 65.583
Kristy Oatley/Quando Quando 65.750
9. CAN Canada 63.514
Leslie Reid/Orion 59.750
Jaqueline Brooks/Gran Gesto 63.750
Ashley Holzer/Pop Art 67.042
10. JPN Japan 60.653
Yuko Kitai/Rambo 59.250
Meiko Yagi/Dow Jones 60.167
Hiroshi Hoketsu/Whisper 62.542
POR Portugal EL
Daniel Pinto/Galopin De La Font 63.083
Carlos Pinto/Notavel 61.708
Miguel Ralao Duarte/Oxalis RT
August 19th, 2008, Hong Kong, China--- Netherland's Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero reign supreme, with Germany's Isabell Werth and Satchmo close in trail for the Silver medal and Heike Kemmer on Bonaparte bringing home the Bronze for Germany.
- Anky Van Grunsven/Salinero NED Total GPS+GPF 78.680
- Isabell Werth/Satchmo GER Total GPS+GPF 76.650
- Heike Kemmer/Bonaparte GER Total GPS+GPF 74.455
- Steffen Peters/Ravel USA Total GPS+GPF 74.150
- Hans P. Minderhoud/Nadine NED Total GPS+GPF 73.035
- Alexandra Korelova/Balagur RUS Total GPS+GPF 72.625
- Emma Hindle/Lancet GBR Total GPS+GPF 72.345
- Kyra Kyrkland/Max FIN Total GPS+GPF 71.985
- Bernadette Pujals/Vincent MEX Total GPS+GPF 71.675
- Jan Brink/Briar SWE Total GPS+GPF 71.205
- Andreas Helgstrand/Don Schufro DEN Total GPS+GPF 70.675
- Tinne Silfven/Solos Carex SWE Total GPS+GPF 70.345
- Courtney King-Dye/Mythilus USA Total GPS+GPF 70.175
- Ashley Holzer/Pop Art CAN Total GPS+GPF 70.105
- Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein/Digby DEN Total GPS+GPF 69.110
August 18th, 2008, Hong Kong, China--- USA takes the Gold with Canada earning Silver and Norway coming in third.
1. USA Time: 115.41
Maclain Ward/Sapphire, Laura Kraut/Cedric, Will Simpson/Carlsson Vom Dach, Beezie Madden/Authentic
2. Canada Time: 76.67
Jill Henselwood/Special Ed, Eric Lamaze/Hickstead, Ian Millar/In Style (NS), Mac Cone/Ole (NS)
Stein Endresen/Le Beau, Morten Djupvik/Casino, Geir Gulliksen/Cattani, Tony Andre Hansen/Camiro
Christina Leibherr/No Mercy, Pius Schwitzer/Nobless M, Niklaus Schurtenberger/Cantus, Steve Guerdat/Jalisca Solier
Angelique Hoorn/O'Brien, Marc Houtzager/Opium, Vincent Voorn/Alpapillon-Armanie, Gerco Schroder/Monaco
Christian Ahlmann/Coster, Marco Kutcher/Cornet Obolensky, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum/Shutterfly, Ludger Beerbaum/All Inclusive
7. Great Britain
Nick Skelton/Russel, Tim Stockdale/Corlato, Ben Maher/Rolette, John Whitaker/Peppermill (NS)
Peter Eriksson/Jaguar Mail, Lotta Schultz/Calibra II, Helena Lundback/Erbblume, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson/Ninja
Peter McMahon/Genoa, Laurie Lever/Drossel Dan, Edwina Alexander/Itot Du Chateau, Matt Williams/LeConte
Aug 18, 2008
August 18th, 2008, Hong Kong, China--- These three networks are broadcasting select events so check their schedules for times and disciplines. For up to the second Web coverage including videos, articles and interviews go to NBCOlympics.com at: http://www.nbcolympics.com/equestrian/index.html
Apr 27, 2008
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly made magic claiming the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping title for the second time in their career.
27 April, 2008, Goteborg, Sweden---
The 30th anniversary fixture at the Goteborg Horse Show in the Scandinavium
delivered some of the most breath-taking show jumping ever seen. Riding for
Ireland, Jessica Kuerten held the lead going into today's closing rounds but,
just as the she had predicted on Friday night, it was her great rival who ruled,
when Kuerten herself gave it to her by driving through instead of jumping over
fence six, a narrow vertical, in the second to last round on Sunday in the
rode last and had the opportunity to watch as the other riders faced the
course’s challenges. Shutterfly, a 15 year old gelding, had his work cut out
for him at the triple combination in today's opening round but he just opened
up his jump a little more, got the job done and brought her home clear.
Shutterfly was relaxed and it all looked so very easy. Post-competition
Meredith said, "He's been in a great mood here all week and he wasn't
nervous at all. He enjoyed working in the warm-up ring which was very quiet and
he reflected that in the ring."
the Oregon-based trainer, aboard his lovely stallion Flexible, seemingly
appeared out of nowhere since he has spent little time competing in Europe, created a huge sensation when finishing second.
Fellers credits his readiness for the competition to having ridden continuously throughout the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA earlier in the year saying, "The indoor arena at HITS really gave us a sense of what a tight arena with crowds in the stands would be like." Flexible worked wonders for Rich against some tough odds having come back from
two injuries, a broken scapula suffered in a turn out and what would be an
angioplasty surgery for a human to correct a blocked artery in one of his forelegs.
During our interview with Rich he said coming in he wasn’t sure what his
chances were but that after Friday night he began to think there was potential
for Flexible to come through. The Irish-bred 12 year old stallion is by
Cruising out of a mare called Flex that was ridden by Edward Doyle. "You
don't know what they can do until you ask them, and when I asked him this week
to jump higher and go wider he just kept saying Okay," the rider pointed out.
Flexible will be going home to Oregon
for a much deserved rest according to Fellers.
Engemann and Aboyeur took the third place slot.
Rolf Ludi designed some of the toughest, most technical courses that many of
the competitors have ever seen ion Days one and two and presented two more
fascinating tracks on the third and final afternoon. The courses demanded that
the riders be accurate and that the horses perform to their maximum ability,
stretching themselves over enormously high and wide oxers, tight turns and
rollbacks and unusual distances between jumps.
Two of the
24 starters retired in the opening round; Judy-Ann Melchior and the adorable
stallion Levisto Z after hitting two elements of the triple combination at
fence eight and America's Todd
Minikus and Olinda
after dumping the narrow vertical at fence six. The triple came up quickly off
a left-hand turn after a big oxer and fence six that also put an end to
Kuerten's dominance. Kuerten, in the lead after the first two legs and having
won the Grand Prix with Quibell on Saturday night, looked like shoe-in that
just couldn't be stopped. But as all top riders are only too willing to admit,
show jumping is the luck of the draw on any given day.
Patrick McEntee produced the first clear round with Ever Mury Marais Z with the
two Swedish riders Helena Lundback with Madick and Rolf-Goran Bengtsson with
Ninja La Silla coming through clear as well. The packed stadium went wild.
However in the standings, they were significantly behind the main players,
carrying double-figure points after Thursday's Speed and Friday's Jump-Off
Switzerland's Steve Guerdat and Tresor and Engemannin
seventh place both went clear. He began to move up as Ludger Beerbaum fell
victim to the middle-element of the triple with All Inclusive NRW and the
defending champion, Beat Mandli from Switzerland, dropped two rails with
Ideo du Thot. Michaels-Beerbaum applied
pressure and when the last three got into trouble she was in pole position. Peter
Wylde’s rookie Esplanade picked up 12 faults, Fellar's stallion hit the
vertical at six as did Kuerten and Castle Forbes Libertina, although the
partnership recovered their cookies quickly to finish without further incident.
second-round course was shorter with nine fences but the challenge was still
very much there and course-builder Ludi admitted afterwards that he might have
been a little kinder with the distance to the very final fence, a high vertical
that came after the wide Rolex oxer. The distance called for either three
pushing, or four short and snappy strides from the previous oxer and, time and
again, the riders just couldn't master this one. Wylde returned to show the huge promise of
his amazing mare Esplanade to come up with the first clear. Mandli mastered the
last distance too but Guerdat, now lying sixth, kicked out the final vertical
as did Ludger Beerbaum when both attempted the distance on three strides while
Kuerten, now fourth, slipped further down the order with a frustrating mistake
at the very first fence. Fellers chipped in an extra stride on the last line
and Flexible came through snapping up and over to hold his position with a clear
took a rail from the first jump of the double combination down which left
Meredith Michaels Beerbaum to close the deal. The crowd went wild for over ten
minutes as she cleared the last vertical that had been the downfall of so many
before her in four strides. In post-competition press conference she said that
she was very glad to have slayed the dragon of last year's final when she dropped
out of contention due to a freaky fall.
proud to win my second World Cup title and the first Rolex-sponsored World Cup
final" said the rider who previously topped the line-up in Las Vegas in 2005.
"Shutterfly showed he was in great form over three days and at 15 he is
not young --- he was super and he never had a rail down. I'm pleased with myself
today too, and glad I got him around safely," she added.
The first score are points carried into today's competition from the first two classes.
1, Shutterfly (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) Ger 4/0/0 - 4; 2, Flexible (Rich
Fellars) USA 2/4/0 - 6; 3, Aboyeur W (Heinrich-Hermann Engemann) Ger 5/0/4 - 9;
Equal 4, Ideo du Thot (Beat Mandli) Sui 4/8/0 - 12, All Inclusive NRW (Ludger
Beerbaum) Ger 4/4/4 - 12, Castle Forbes Libertina (Jessica Kuerten) Ger 0/8/4 -
12; Equal 7, Esplanade (Peter Wylde) USA 3/12/0 - 15, Tresor (Steve Guerdat)
Sui 10/0/5 - 15; 9, Suncal Portofino (Michael Whitaker) GBR 8/5/5 - 18; 10,
Ninja la Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) Swe 15/0/4 - 19; 11, Madick (Helena
Lundback) Swe 16/0/5 - 20; 12, Ever Mury Marais Z (Patrick McEntee) Bel 20/0/1
- 21; 13, Up Chiqui (Kent Farrington) USA 14/4/4 - 22; 14, Quick Study (Lauren
Hough) USA 13/8/5 - 26; 15, Guarana Champeix (Rutherford Latham) Esp 18/6/5 -
29; 16, Isaac (Royne Zetterman) Swe 13/8/9 - 30; 17, Vancouver d'Auvrey
(Danielle Torano) USA 20/8/9 - 36; 18, Cristallo (Richard Spooner) USA 18/8/16
- 42; 19, Summer (Mandy Porter) USA 18/8/22 - 48; 20, Ilostra Dark (Eugenie
Angot) Fra 11/12; 21, Onira (Brianne Goutal) USA 19/20; 22, Oki Doki (Albert
Zoer) Ned 17/Ret; 23, Olinda (Todd Minikus) USA 21/Ret/ 24, Levisto Z (Judy-Ann
Melchior) Bel 22/Ret.
Dutch riders Beljon, Van Grotel and Ter Beek rode lovely tests and came out on top in the first Dressage Invitational held at the Goteborg Horse Show.
27 April, 2008, Goteborg, Sweden--- The first ever Dressage Invitational was well-recieved by the Goteborg crowds as the Dutch brought home a solid first place win with a team score of 417.433. The German team of Paula De Boer, Franziska Sauer and Weiger De Boer took second turning in a score of 391.542, followed very closely by the Danish team of Joan Jensen, Anna Kasprzak and Camilla Blicher and their 391.500. The Swedish teams came in fourth and fifth with scores of 391.117 for Sweden 1 and 329.250 for Sweden 2. Nederland's Junior Rider, Sanne Van Groten won the Individual Award with a collective score of 141.700
The Dressage Invitational comprised two rounds: The first being the highest test at the level that either the Young, Junior or Senior rider competed. The first round was held Friday and the second round consisting of their Freestyle Kurs was completed on Saturday evening after the Goteborg Trophy Grand Prix.
Several trends were apparent watching these freestyles not the least among them the incoming Halt being just inside of A. Several kurs also began with the required walk movements and then went directly to the canter work and back to required trot movements. Weiger De Boer's ending Halt and salute at C on his Holsteiner stallion Cosmopolitan was a very confident movement as he ended his salute staring the judge at C close range in the face.
Check back later this week for video of the complete event.
Apr 26, 2008
A highly technical course marked with enormously high and wide oxers separated the men from the boys and a couple of girls came out on top.
April 26th, GoteBorg, Sweden--- Jessica Kürten aboard Castle Forbes Libertina rode a stellar ride over quite possibly the toughest Day 2 course that anyone can remember. The course left showjumping masters like Ludger Beerbaum, Peter Wylde and Michael Whitaker shaking theirs heads wondering what course designer Rolf Ludi of Sweden had in mind for them on Sunday when the third and final round of the World Cup will be ridden.
Only five horses made it to the Jump-Off with several horses taking down the back bar of the huge Wallenstam oxer that came up quickly around a tight right turn just after a very challenging water and rock double combination.
We'll bring you complete standings and of course the results from tomorrow's final along with video of the Goteborg Trophy Grand Prix and several interviews with riders so check back soon!
Final Five Jump-Off Results
- Jeesica Kurten Castle Forbes Libertina 36.91
- Peter Wylde Esplanade 7 37.21
- Ludger Beerbaum All Inclusive NRW 40.25
- Rich Fellers Flexible 36.28
- Michael Whitaker Suncal Portofino 42.46
After some tough competition, Nederlands holds the lead. One rider in each of three categories; Juniors, Young and Senior riders from four nations created some unexpected excitement.
April 26th, Goteborg, Sweden--- Dressage comes to Sweden's largest and most prestidgious jumping show. For the first time ever, four countries are vying for the title of Dressage Cup Champion at the Goteborg Horse Show. Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Denmark sent riders in all categories and yesterday saw each rider ride the highest test at their level. Young rider, Femke Beljon of the Nederlands on Kasparov, a bay KWPN gelding turned in the day's high score of 69.500, with Sanne Van Grotel, also from the Nederlands and their Jumior rider following closely behind with a score of 68.800 on her KWPN gelding Melvin. Joan Jensen from Denmark was the highest score for the Senior riders at 67.500 on her Oldenburg Gelding Albert.
Round II comprised of their Freestyles will be ridden tonight after the Goteborg Trophy Grand Prix. Updates with complete scores will be provided after the Final Round of Freestyle competition tonight and video of all rides will be available on Sporthorse.TV next week!
Apr 17, 2008
Göteborg Horse Show has a new format this year. Teams from Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden will participate. Each team consists of one senior rider, one young rider and one junior rider. The results are provided in percentages and all three scores are added for the team result. Results for the two competitions are combined to determine the winning team. An individual winner will also be honored.
- Joan K Jensen (senior), Anna Kasprzak (young rider), Camilla Blicher (junior)
- Wieger de Boer (senior), Franziska Sauer (young rider), Paula de Boer (junior)
- Anke Ter Beek (senior), Femke Beljon (young rider), Sanne van Grotel (junior)
- Team I: Louise Nathhorst (senior), Johanna Due Boje (young rider), Sara Henrietta Bergström Källström (junior)
- Team II: Emma Karlsson (senior), Stephanie Brodd (young rider), Elisabeth Hjelm (junior)
The first round is scheduled for Friday
afternoon and the freestyle finals on Saturday evening.
Senior riders: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle
Young riders: Prix St Georges and FEI Freestyle for Young Riders
Junior riders: FEI Individual Championship Test and FEI Freestyle for
Rolex World Cup Jumping Finals in Göteberg, Sweden are quickly approaching. The riders and FEI Wild Cards were announced this week and it promises to be an exciting week!
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Rolex FEI World Cup™, Western European League
Jessica Kürten, IRL
Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, GER
Rutherford Latham, ESP
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, SWE
Gerco Schröder, NED
Marcus Ehning, GER
Ludger Beerbaum, GER
Steve Guerdat, SUI
Patrick McEntee, BEL
Albert Zoer, NED
Eugenie Angot, FRA
Helena Lundbäck, SWE
Harrie Smolders, NED
Heinrich Hermann Engemann, GER
Michael Whitaker, GBR
Judy-Ann Melchior, BEL
Malin Baryard-Johnsson, SWE
Mikael Forsten, FIN
Takamishi Mashiyama, JPN
Central European League
Lukasz Jonczyk, POL
Mikhail Safronov, RUS
Hanno Ellermann, EST
North American League - USA West Coast
Rich Fellers, USA
Guy Thomas, NZL
North American League - USA East Coast
Kent Farrington, USA
Peter Wylde, USA - replacement for McLain Ward, USA
Lauren Hough, USA
Margie Engle, USA
Brianne Goutal, USA
Minikus, USA- replacement for Shuyler Riley, USA
Danielle Torano, USA
North American League - Canada
Jill Henselwood, CAN
Darrin Dlin, CAN
South African League
Shaun Neill, RSA
Abdullah Mhd Al Marri,
Beat Mändli, SUI
Royne Zetterman, SWE
Mandy Porter, USA
FEI Wild card