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Alliston rises to the top at Galway Downs International Three-Day Event

American based British event rider James Alliston is now a three-time champion following a wire-to-wire victory at the 2017 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.    Riding Mary McKee’s Happenstance, the duo stayed leaders throughout, adding only one rail and one time penalty in show jumping to their dressage score to finish on 48.3. This gave Alliston a nine penalty victory over second placed rider Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon, with Lisa Marie Fergusson in third with Honor Me.   For Alliston, who got the ride earlier this spring, the win cements his budding partnership with ... Read More

Phoenix Wins $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at 95th Royal Horse Show

Two time Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix claimed victory in the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.        Following Friday night's opening round of competition, riders carried their penalties forward to Saturday night's all-deciding final round. Phoenix, who was sitting second behind Rachel McDonough coming into the final phase of competition, posted the fastest penalty-free time of the night to seal the win on board Abbey GS, a 16-year-old bay Canadian-bred Trakehner mare owned by Charlotte Schickedanz.   "For this event you ... Read More

Johnstone delivers at Arran Station   

Clarke Johnstone   Clarke Johnstone’s preparation for this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event could not have gone better as he took home victory at Arran Station Horse Trials over the weekend.    Riding Balmoral Sensation, the pair romped to victory in the Red Snap’r CIC3* by a country mile, winning my 20 penalties.    Clarke, who won the class in 2015 before heading to the UK in preparation for the Rio Olympics, said: “It was the perfect final run before we go to Adelaide.”    The pairing placed third at Adelaide in ... Read More

Winter named as new designer for Galway Downs

  Eric Winter has been announced as the new CCI3* cross-country course designer for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.    Winter began his eventing career 1986, and competed successfully through the CCI4* level before turning his attention to course design. He has designed courses for such prestigious events as the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and SsangYoung Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Galway Downs will be his first course designing experience in the United States.Winter takes over the reins over from Ian Stark who has designed the course since  2007.    Read More

Equestrian Australia Eventing Committee welcomes new Chair

Desk Hughes has been appointed as the new Chair of the Equestrian Australian (EA) Eventing Committee.    Outgoing Chair Will Enzinger stood down after six years on the committee having served his maximum term. As per the EA Committee Appointment and Procedures Policy he is now required to take one year break. During his time on the Eventing Committee Will has steered the committee admirably in an effort to increase the safety of all involved in the sport.   Will said: “When I first stepped on to the committee I never anticipated I would ... Read More

US Equestrian Announces Erik Duvander as New Eventing Performance Director

Erik Duvander has been appointed as the new Performance Director for Eventing by the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian).    Duvander joins US Equestrian with over 30 years of strategic planning and program development at the high-performance level. He transitioned from a competitive rider into a coaching role after representing Sweden at the World Championship and Olympic level.    Since then he has coached teams and individuals to World Championship and Olympic medals. He has worked with the Japanese, Swedish, and New Zealand Equestrian Teams, including leading the New Zealand team to a fourth-place finish ... Read More

European round up….

Sarah Carless reports.... Montelibretti Italian eventing champions were crowned over the weekend at Montelibretti in the Senior, Young Rider and Junior categories, alongside the international classes.   France’s Maxime Livio was a clear winner in the CIC*** with Vick Di Gisors. Second after dressage, the experienced French rider took victory after adding just six time faults to his dressage score of 48.3 to finish 10.9 penalties ahead of the rest of the field.  Pietro Sandei was crowned the senior Italian champion with Rubis de Prere following the CIC*** where he finished second overall. Silver medal went to Clelia Casiraghi and Verdi who finished third ... Read More

New Zealand triumphs at Boekelo as Germany clinch Nations Cup series

  New Zealand dominated the Nations Cup at Military Boekelo-Enschede with Tim Price taking the individual crown and the team winning the final leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series.    Price and Cekatinka finished on 43.7 penalty points, spear-heading the team result that saw them finish comfortably ahead of runners-up Germany whilst Australia claimed the final spot on the podium.    Conditions had been tough at the Dutch event with a lot of rain, but a new all-weather surface at Boekelo for both the dressage and show jumping paid dividends. Read More

Nations Cup goes down to the wire – Waregem round-up

Event reports sponsored by Elite Horse Owners The FEI Nations Cup eventing series will be decided at the final leg in Holland next month with both Great Britain and Germany in the running to take the title.  The penultimate event of the series was held at Waregem last weekend with Germany taking victory in the team standings ahead of Great Britain. Completing on a score of 180.5 penalties, the British squad were just 8.5 penalties adrift from Germany with France in third.  In the individual CICO*** competition, victory went to France’s Maxime Livio with Pica ... Read More

Price wins feature class at Ballindenisk

Sarah Carless reports ... New Zealander Tim Price came out on top in the Horse Sport Ireland CCI*** feature class at Ballindenisk Horse Trials.  Riding Pats Jester, a nine year old owned by Kate Maitland competing for the first time at a long format three star, Price led the competition from start to finish. The pair scored 46.3 in the dressage holding a narrow lead over two British riders – Ben Hobday (Kaapachino – 46.4) and Tom McEwen (Joyride – 46.4).  The weather in Ballindenisk meant riders had to tackle tough conditions on the cross country, and only two riders – Hobday and ... Read More