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Maxime Livio suspended and fined – Cloak and dagger defense fails to sway tribunal

Maxime Livio and Qalao des Mers

The FEI Tribunal has issued its final decision in the case involving the athlete Maxime Livio (FRA) and horse Qalao des Mers at the Eventing competition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, following a positive finding for a Controlled Medication Substance. The FEI Tribunal has imposed a six-month suspension on Livio, effective immediately from yesterday (7 May), in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10.2 of the Equine Controlled Medication Rules. Livio has also been fined CHF 2,500, and will have to cover the B Sample analysis costs and contribute towards the costs of…

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Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlet overnight leaders – Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Lauren and Meadowbrook's Scarlet are currently leading after day one of dressage.

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett an 8-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner mare owned and bred in the U.S. by Marie Le Menestrel put in another stylish test with a personal best at the three-star level. They are the overnight dressage leaders in the Jersey Fresh International CCI3* with eight more rides to come tomorrow. This pair won the she won the 2014 Bromont CCI2*, and if they deliver like they did in Bromont, they are likely shoe ins for the USA’s Pan Am Games team. Lauren has yet to make an American team and she is due for the call up. She is one…

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Jessica Phoenix top Canadian at the Jersey Fresh CCI2*

Jessica Phoenix & Patras VR are in 2nd place. Go Canada!

At the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, scoring 36.9, Michael Pollard (USA) and Cyrano are in a comfortable lead in 1st place having bested their dressage score from last month’s Ocala Horse Properties CCI2* by four points. Here’s hoping they don’t have a repeat performance on cross-country in Ocala where they picked up a 20 and dropped like a stone down the leaderboard. The 14-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Carl Bouckaert was Carl’s mount when together they represented the Belgian Eventing team at the 2012 London Olympics but they were unfortunately eliminated after a rider fall. The horse’s FEI record only…

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FEI Classics™: Nicholson and Nereo strike out in front

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Nereo take a commanding lead after the first day of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. (Jon Stroud/FEI)

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Libby Sellar’s Nereo produced the best test of their long and illustrious career together to take the lead after the first day of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The Ground Jury, Christian Landolt (SUI), Sue Baxter (GBR) and David Lee (IRL) gave Nicholson the only sub-40 score, 37.8, to put him 3.4 penalties ahead of his compatriot Jock Paget (NZL), who scored 41.2 on the 2013 winner Clifton Promise. The youngest rider in the field, 20-year-old Niklas Bschorer (GER), who wasn’t even born when Nicholson’s Badminton…

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Stylish Six at Badminton

Georgie Spence and WII Limbo. Beautiful cape and blue suede boots rocked the jog for sure. Photo by the Eventing Consultant.

Fashion tastes from around the world were on display at the first horse inspection at Badminton. Rider personalities shone through with their fashion choices and they did not disappoint despite dressing for cool temperatures. Keeping warm with style, here are the six that did it very well. Thank you to the Eventing Consultant and Libby Law for the photos.     Badminton CCI4*: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Course preview] [First horse inspection] [Results] [FEI TV]   You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Maxime Livio suspended and fined – Cloak and dagger defense fails to sway tribunal Jessica…

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Top 10 triumphant moments at Rolex 2015

Michael Jung explains his unwavering affection for his champion mount Sam.

As all eventers know too well, it is an excruciatingly rare to a non-existent occurrence to compete at an event without some type of a hitch, things are simply never 100-percent perfect. Rolex 2015 was a weekend filled with highs and lows for riders across the leaderboard.   For a little serotonin rush, take a moment to look back at the “Top 10 triumphant moments” at Rolex this year. We all were smiling for everyone on the list. We are Eventers, we can’t help but be happy for these riders, even if they are our competition.   10. Laine Ashker laying…

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Can Thoroughbreds still win at the CCI4* level?

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The Thoroughbreds at Rolex Kentucky this past weekend did not demonstrate a level of competitiveness that could get them on the podium. When the final penalty points were tallied, Donner the OTTB piloted by Lynn Symansky was the top placing Thoroughbred in 12th place. After putting in a respectable dressage score of 52.7 and starting in 32nd place, the pair steadily moved up the leaderboard. To their dressage score they added time penalties on cross-country and one rail in stadium to end the weekend on a final score of 67.5. One might think that 12th is a competitive placing, however,…

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Did the Thoroughbreds deliver at Rolex Kentucky?

Lynn Symansky and Donner at the 2015 Rolex.

The handsome, vigilant and spirited horse was ideal when the sport of Eventing, featured the long-format, where the horse’s endurance, fitness and conditioning were paramount. Thoroughbreds offer a certain presence, and their boldness, confidence and courage have enabled them to remain competitive. The change in format hasn’t dissuaded upper level riders from competing Thoroughbreds or ex-racehorses and that was very obvious at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI4* where out of the 75 riders that started the competition, 26 of them were sitting on Thoroughbreds. Rolex 2015 top OTTB When the final penalty points were tallied, Donner the OTTB…

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Jung wins, Price 2nd, Jung 3rd – Rolex 2015

Michael Jung & Fischerrocana FST.

The Rolex ring crew was very busy picking up poles round after round as the stadium course proved as influential as the cross-country. However, one amazing mare from Germany, the 10-year-old, SATHU, Fischerrocana FST and her Eventing master rider Michael Jung (GER) was the only pair in the entire field of starters to finish on their dressage score. The overnight leader Tim Price (NZL) and his 12-year-old, KWPN, gelding Wesko, dropped one rail adding 4 penality points to their dressage score of 36.3 ending with a 40.3 which put him behind the mare’s score of 39.3 in a very tight…

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Rolex cross-country knocks out 35 percent of the field

Will Coleman and Obos O'Reilly at the 2015 Rolex CCI4*, where they finished 6th.

After 71 rides only 46 riders will move onto the second horse inspection on Sunday morning at 8:30 am. Derek di Grazia’s course proved influential in the wet slippery conditions, but all horses and riders returned to the stables safely. Top five The first place tie between Tim Price (NZL) on Wesko and Michael Jung (GER) on La Biosthetique Sam FBW was broken when Tim managed to finish clear within the time and Michael was one second too slow, adding .4 to their score. Tim said, “He went good and came home double clean. We went the long way but he’s an…

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