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Fredericks Equestrian New Year’s Eve Gallery

Newly weds Katie and Will Coleman.

  Favourite pop or rock star was the theme of the night and the crowd did not disappoint. Olympian and WEG riders from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were in attendance and treating everyone to a their singing and dancing talents. Check out the costumes and fun below!     You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Son of Eventing Olympians making it on his own – Waylon Roberts – 30 Under 30 Is naughty Nicholson on a time out? Sparkles and babies the secret to success – Sam Watson – 30 Under 30 The…

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Is naughty Nicholson on a time out?

Andew Nicholson and Nereo at the 2012 London Olympics. Photo: Getty Images - ADRIAN DENNIS

Last week we learned that the outspoken Kiwi, Andrew Nicholson, one of the world’s Eventing legends was left off of the Equestrian Sports New Zealand’s high performance squad for 2015. Earlier this month, Andrew seemed pleased with with how his meeting went with Equestrian Sport New Zealand. He had apparently met with them to discuss the incident at the World Equestrian Games when he was unsatisfied with the veterinarian care provided to Nereo. In a statement to The Press he said, “I’ve done the debriefing of the year with the HP people and now it’s just a case of letting…

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Monday’s VIDEO Break – Seven dwarfs do dressage

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, off to Olympia they go...

    Quadrilles are always incredibly cool to watch, but when riders and horses compete in costume things get taken to the next level. Take a look at the seven dwarfs, wizards, fighter pilots riding planes, and more performing at the final of the British Riding Clubs SEIB Quadrille at Olympia.

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What do British team riders want for Christmas? – Special VIDEO Break

William Fox-Pitt-Christmas list

    Thank you to Horse & Country TV for some in depth reporting and asking the tough questions! Snoopy eventers from all over the world have always wanted to know what William Fox-Pitt wants for Christmas and his worst present ever…now we do. You might want to grab a drink and get something to eat to listen to Harry Meade’s lengthy Christmas list, it is kind of long. Pure fun…enjoy.         You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Time travel to 1984 for Mark Todd’s debut on reality TV – Saturday’s VIDEO Break…

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Breaking their own record, Charlotte and Valegro dazzle

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro produced a performance close to perfection when winning tonight’s fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League at Olympia in London (GBR) with yet another world-record-breaking score. (FEI/Kit Houghton)

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro produced a performance close to perfection when winning tonight’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League qualifier at Olympia in London (GBR) with yet another world-record-breaking score. They set the previous record at the same venue 12 months ago when posting a mark of 93.975, but this evening earned 94.300 for an even more spell-binding display of harmony between horse and rider. And this latest triumph came just 24 hours after the dynamic duo beat their own world record in the Grand Prix in which The Netherlands‘ Edward Gal and Glock’s…

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Eddy Sans wins debut Rolex Indoor Eventing at the CHI Geneva

Tim Lips (NED) 2nd, Eddy Sans (FRA) 1st, Thomas Carlile (FRA) 3rd

The debut of the Rolex Indoor Eventing was a crowd pleasing and innovative success at the Concours Hippique International de Genève Saturday night in Switzerland. France dominated the podium with two of the top three placings but certainly not by much as the top three riders were all separated by less than one second. To win the class, the objective was to be closest to the optimum time of 118 seconds without jumping faults. No time faults were added if riders came in under the optimum time. Time faults were added if riders exceeded the optimum time. Rails added four…

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Indoor Eventing gaining popularity with debut in Geneva

Bruce Haskell (NZL) on Kiwi Smog at the Indoor Eventing class at Stuttgart German Masters Indoor Eventing Derby. Photo by: Kerstin Hoffmann

Canada, Germany, Sweden now Switzerland …indoor eventing is picking up steam. Organizers have been working to bring an indoor cross-country class to Geneva for a few years. With all the necessary infrastructure now available, they can include this innovative class. This is a fabulous opportunity for the world’s largest interior arena to exploit its lake, its bank as well as its training paddock. Switzerland’s first and only indoor cross country-course is gearing up to welcome some of the world’s top eventing riders including Olympic champions and a selected few Swiss riders. The star studded roster of eventers from nine different…

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Maxime Livio finally speaks: Claims sabotage and no performance impact from drug detected

French flag

At the 2014 World Equestrian Games, Maxim Livio’s horse Qalao des Mers returned positive for the controlled Medication substance Acepromazine from a sample taken on 29 August. Maxime Livio and Qalao des Mers finished fifth individually and were members of the fourth-placed French team. Acepromazine is a sedative. Controlled Medications are substances that are regularly used to treat horses but which are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level playing field. There has been no word from the FEI on this case since the announcement of the postiive sample on September 5, 2014. There is a lot…

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Nations to battle for Indoor Eventing supremacy in Sweden

Mark Todd was 56-years-old at the 2012 Olympics and is on the road to Rio this year. This Eventing God's autobiography is a must read. Photo by Kerstin Hoffmann.

Competition will be fierce on Thursday night in Solna, Sweden when sixteen eventers from four different nations will be battling it out for Indoor Eventing supremacy. This class is part of the Sweden International Horse Show at Friends arena. The teams of four will represent Sweden, Great Britain, New Zealand and Germany. Germany’s Michael Jung, winner of the the Indoor Derby at the Stuttgart German Masters will not be competing in this class. However, the Kiwi trio that placed second, third and fouth – Mark Todd, Jonelle Price and Tim Price respectively will be competing and riding to win. Great…

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Risky indoors and out – Eventing is just that kind of sport

Jessica Phoenix and Abbey GS.

The Royal Winter Fair is officially over for another year. Three disturbing falls over two nights of competition at last weekend’s Horseware Indoor Eventing left fans shaken. In your social media feeds this week, you have likely come across many opinions. The comments include:  “This does not represent our sport in a positive light.” “The format needs to change.” “Take away the speed.” I have attended the Indoor Eventing class as a horse owner and a fan. This year certainly had the most dramatic falls in recent memory but past years have not been without incident. Just about every year…

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