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Third time lucky for Jessica Manson – Adelaide CCI4*

FEI Classics™ Adelaide AUS 14-16 November 2014

Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Manson withstood the pressure applied by Olympian and former Adelaide champion Megan Jones, posting a super clear round aboard her 13-year-old Australian Stock Horse, Legal Star, to win the second leg of the FEI Classics™ at the Australian International 3 Day Event. Manson set up her victory yesterday by producing the best cross country run, adding just 2.8 time penalties. That, coupled with a seemingly easily executed clear today, clinched the victory with just over six penalties ahead of Jones. It is not just a matter of putting your best foot forward, but putting all your feet forward…

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Jessica Manson gallops into lead – Adelaide CCI4*

Jessica Manson and Legal Star - winners of Adelaide 2014. (Julie Wilson/FEI)

The Australian Stock horse is known as “the breed for every need” and Jessica Manson’s grey gelding, Legal Star, came to the fore when needed today on cross country at the FEI Classics™ in Adelaide. The 13-year-old Stock Horse Thoroughbred by Ringwould Legality kept his feet in deep footing coming out of the Rymill Lake, producing the round of the day and ensured the pair added just 2.8 time penalties over Wayne Coppings’ technical course, rising from sixth place to head the leaderboard after an eventful cross country. Despite being just 22, Manson from Millendon in Western Australia has had…

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Home town girl and Olympian Megan Jones leading after dressage – Adelaide CCI4*

Megan Jones is in the lead after the dressage phase of FEI Classics™ at the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide with Kirby Park Allofasudden - next stop Cross Country on 15 November. (Julie Wilson/FEI)

Adelaide’s Olympian Megan Jones produced the winning test for the dressage phase of the FEI Classics™ series at the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide with Kirby Park Allofasudden, slowly worked back into peak fitness after injury kept him from the London 2012 Olympic team. However, she was “disappointed” with the 51.5 handed out to the Thoroughbred gelding by Rustic Amber. “When I came out I was thinking more of about 44,” she said, but was nonetheless pleased to be in the lead. Fifty percent of the four-star field were Thoroughbreds and first and second place went to horses…

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Top riders buy the young and elite at Top-Eventers auction in Germany

(TOP) Lara de Liedekerke-Meier who represented Belgium at the Olympic Games and her German husband Kai Steffen Meier bought two talented young horses.    (BOTTOM) The top horse at the auction Conner K was presented for the press photo by the auction rider Nico Aldinger.  Iris Schless, Elmar Lesch and the auctioneer Günther Friemel were all pleased that the most expensive Top-Eventer this year was bought by a new Finnish client.

This year’s 10th Top-Eventers auction was a record breaker with the average price per horse moving up to a new high of €28,058. The Kurt-Günter-Jagau arena at Luhmühlen attracted an overflowing crowd with the Top-Dressage-Talent –Auction taking place at the same time. Conner K went for the highest price at €60,000 to a telephone bidder from Finland. It will be ridden in the future by an up and coming young Finnish rider who is trained by Piia Pantsu who has represented her country many times. The new rider is preparing for the next junior championships. Event organizers, Elmar Lesch and…

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There is a new winner in town – Tik Maynard

Christina Aharoni owner of Dutch Times and Tik Maynard, 2014 Horseware Indoor Eventing Champion.

Defending his lead after round one on Friday night of the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge Canadian, Tik Maynard on Dutch Times laid down another fast round and only one rail to break Waylon Roberts’s four-year winning streak. Tik is only the third person to be able to claim the crown in this class that has been running for nine years. Waylon Roberts holds the record for winning it seven times. Penny Rolands won the title in 2009. Colleen Loach and Free Spirit were only trailing the lead by tenths of a second heading into round two. However, their bid for…

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Tik Maynard edges into first place by a smidgen – Indoor eventing

Tik Maynard on Dutch Times riding to a first place finish on night one of the RWF Indoor Eventing

Canada’s Tik Maynard took the first round of Horseware Indoor Eventing, riding Dutch Times, edging out second placed Colleen Loach by just tenths of a second. The combination of hedges, brush jumps and the bank/drop, mixed with maximum height stadium jumps tested accuracy, carefulness and bravery of horse and rider tonight over the course designed by Canadian eventing team coach, Clayton Fredericks. “I felt like I was all over the place tonight,” said Maynard. “When I walked the course when they set it up – it was HUGE! I wondered if I should stay with my plan to cut the…

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Check out the impressive alumni from Le Lion d’Angers

German star, Michael Jung, steered the Hannoverian, Star Connection, to win the 6-Year-Old category at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2014 at Le Lion d’Angers in France. (FEI/

As the 2014 Eventing season winds down during the month of October, we have been researching the length of relationships of top riders and their top horses. A trend of long-term relationships beginning at the one-star level has come to the forefront. As our third and final article on the topic this month, we wanted to see where the horses from one of the most prestigious young horse events, The FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers, are now. Le Lion d’Angers stringent qualifications: This event is where the top young horses in Europe face…

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Marti with one eye – Chelan Kozak’s amazing mare

Despite have one eye, Marti has been navigating cross-country like a seasoned pro. Chelan Kozak and Lamartine Z,

Watching Chelan Kozak’s mare Lamartine Z on cross-country, you cannot help but notice her exceptional jumping ability. But take a closer look and you can’t help but be impressed just a little bit more when you realize she only has one eye. Making the 24 hour journey from Surrey, British Columbia, the pair are tackling their first CCI1* at Galway Downs International this weekend. Chelan is excited about this mare’s potential and she has declared her for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Despite being born with only one eye, this horse may just have what it takes. Life minus an…

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Pau CCI4* – What do the top five horses have in common?

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. (Trevor Holt/FEI)

Placing in the top five at one of the world’s six four-star events is no easy feat. For the majority of us, we look on in awe and a little bit of envy. We are all left wondering how do these riders get to that level? What do these pairs have that the others do not. Interestingly, the top five horses at Pau all had two things in common: 1 . Homemade: Our recent article, ‘Medal winners – produced not bought’, demonstrates that in the last three major games eight of the nine medal winners produced their horses from the…

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Klimke and Fox-Pitt share Dressage lead at Pau: FEI Classics™

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Horseware Hale Bob, joint leaders with William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Parklane Hawk after today's Dressage phase, are ready to take on tomorrow's Cross Country at Les Etoiles de Pau, the opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. (Trevor Holt/FEI)

Two of the world’s most illustrious riders are sharing the lead after the Dressage phase at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke, riding the 10-year-old Horseware Hale Bob, and William Fox-Pitt (GBR), with the 14-year-old Parklane Hawk, were the only two riders to score below 40 penalties and they are now tying for the lead at this stage on 39.3 penalties apiece. Klimke, who has won numerous team gold medals for Germany, has yet to win a CCI4*. It is her first visit to Pau since the FEI European Championships were…

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