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Van Tuyl Takes 3* at Kihikihi

Katharine Van Tuyl and Double J Sunshine sealed their win in the Waipa Home of Champions CIC3* in New Zealand with a stunning clear round at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial. The pairing, who have also show jumped to grand prix level, were nearly 10 penalty points clear of the second-placed Dannie Lodder aboard Tomahawk II, with Donna Edwards-Smith and Mr Hokey Pokey moving back up the leader board to take third place. Edwards-Smith and Mr Hokey Pokey held the slightest of leads following the dressage. She was pleased with the nine-year-old horse’s efforts, saying: “He is very green at this level ... Read More

Germany aims for success in Rio

In 120 days, athletes will start competing in the equestrian competitions at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And the German Olympic Equestrian Committee is aiming for its riders to bring home three to five medals across the displaces. After the unbelievable success story of recent years, the German team start the eventing competition as favourites. In London four years ago, the team took the team gold medal whilst Michael Jung won the individual Olympic title. They repeated this at last year’s FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle. But they are taking this in their stride. "The pressure is good," said ... Read More

Crabo wins at Galway Downs International

A combination headed for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event later this month completed their preparation with a win in the CIC*** at Galway Downs. Barb Crabo and her own Eveready proved they are ready for a trip back to the Blue Grass State after making easy work of Ian Stark’s Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*. Third after the dressage, and clear in the show jumping, albeit with three time penalties, Crabo’s 17-year-old Swedish Warmblood easily jumped around the cross-country course to end on their final weekend score of a 57. “We had an absolute blast, and Eveready was really, really ... Read More

Finnish eventer Elmo Jankara named on Olympic Squad

The Finnish Olympic Committee has named event rider Elmo Jankara as part of its Rio Olympic team. Jankara will be aiming to ride the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare Duchess Désirée. Jankara says: “This is a wonderful thing, the biggest dream has always been to ride the Olympics. It is also great that the choice is already confirmed at this stage. Now I can focus on the preparation for the Rio to the fullest. It is great to be going to Rio with DD. We have acquired a place there together, and I believe that we will be able to perform well there.” In preparation ... Read More

USEF Announces Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grant Recipients for Spring Competitions

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced the recipients of Land Rover/USEF eventing competition grants for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI4* and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI4*. Tiana Coudray, who is based in the UK, will be the recipient of a grant for Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI**** which takes place April 28 to May 1 where she will ride Ringwood Magister, a 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding. Boyd Martin and Lynn Symansky have both been awarded grants for Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** which takes place May 4-8. ... Read More

Renowned Cross Country designer Roger Haller passes away

Renowned cross country course designer Roger Haller has died following his battle with cancer, aged 70. Haller, the son of Elliot Haller and Jean Haller Reid, was born with a natural equestrian instinct and developed a love for eventing at a young age. At nine-years-old, he began competing in equitation classes. By 17-years-old, he found himself riding at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) headquarters. In 1972, he was selected as the alternate rider for the Olympic squad in Munich. His passion for the sport led him to become one of the ... Read More

Ingrid Klimke wins CIC2 * Luhmuhlen.

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and Andreas Dibowski are on track towards Badminton following their success at Luhmuhlen. With a start-finish victory, Ingrid Klimke was back after a short break. With Horseware Hale Bob OLD, with whom she has entered the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials where they were second in 2015, she took victory on a score of 37.7 penalties in the CIC**. She also took third place with SAP Escada FRH (44.4 penalties). In February, Ingrid underwent surgery for an intestinal problem resulting in ... Read More

Springer Carries The Lead Wire-To-Wire to Win the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at Carolina International

Cross-country proved ever-influential and lead to a shake-up of the top finishers of the CIC3* at the North Carolina International Horse Trials over the weekend. The event was the second leg of the 2016 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, of which the finale will be held at this year’s Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships. In his first year designing at the Carolina Horse Park, Ian Stark laid out a challenging and thoughtful track for the riders, many of whom are used this event as preparation for the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* next month. Combinations were plentiful, beautifully built and set on forward strides, ... Read More

Van Tuyl regains ESNZ Eventing Super League lead

Katharine Van Tuyl and Double J Sunshine regained the lead in the ESNZ Eventing Super League after winning the Honda CIC3* class at the Puhinui Horse Trials over Easter weekend. The consistent combination, in their first season at this level, improved from fourth position after Saturday’s dressage, where they scored 52.4 penalties, to hold the overnight lead after producing one of only two clear show jumping rounds from the field of fourteen starters. The dressage leaders, Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding, scored 49.6 penalties, but dropped to third position with two rails down and five time penalties, while second placed Diane Gilder and ... Read More

Germans dominate first leg of the FEI Nations Cup in Fontainbleau

Olympic and European champion Michael Jung and his 16-year-old horse La Biosthetique Sam FBW led the German team to victory in the competitive opening leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2016 at the weekend at Fontainebleau.It was a German 1-2-3 as Jung and Sam also took the individual CIC3* honours for the second year running and was second on FischerRocana FST. Compatriot Sandra Auffarth came third on Opgun Louvo, being the only rider in the field without cross country time penalties, finishing exactly on the optimum time of 6 minutes 15 seconds. German Coach Hans Melzer commented: “That was a ... Read More