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Klimke conquers Pau – Canada’s Robinson finishes seventh

Ingrid Klimke (GER), multiple gold medallist at Olympic, World and European level, with her 10-year-old Horseware Hale Bob (“Bobby”), celebrated in front of excited fans after winning the first leg of FEI Classics™ 2014/15 at Les Etoiles de Pau. (Trevor Holt/FEI)

The beaming smile said it all. Ingrid Klimke (GER), one of the most popular and talented riders in Eventing, finally secured her first CCI4* victory, at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/15. Klimke has won six team gold medals at Olympic, World and European level, and now she looks to have found the complete event horse in Horseware Hale Bob, a 10-year-old Oldenburger by Helikon. The Jumping course at Pau is always challenging, and this year was no exception, but the influence of yesterday’s Cross Country time meant that scores were spread out…

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Klimke keeps 1st, Canada’s Robinson moves up to 8th at Pau

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

Ingrid Klimke (GER) is poised to win her first CCI4* after a superbly committed Cross Country round on Horseware Hale Bob at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The double Olympic gold medallist was cheered to the finish by the large crowd enjoying an exciting and sunny afternoon as she flew home just two seconds over time. Klimke now has a fence in hand for tomorrow’s final Jumping phase over Joseph Murphy (IRL) and Electric Cruise, the only pair to achieve the optimum time of 12 minutes 2 seconds. “It was a very challenging…

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From a “non-horsey” family to four star rider – the rise of Lauren Kieffer

Lauren Kieffer (USA)

We had a chance a few weeks ago to sit down and speak with Lauren Kieffer, her parents and David O’Connor about Lauren’s partnership with Veronica and her start in the O’Connor program. Lauren and Veronica just completed their cross-country round at Pau today. Opting to take some long routes, they finished safely with time and are sitting in the top 10. Eventing fans stood up and took notice when Lauren Kieffer and Veronica placed 2nd at their inaugural CCI4* at Rolex in April 2014. This pair has a bit of a history and if you are a believer of…

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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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FEI Classics™: New season starts at Pau with all-star cast

World number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR), winner of last year’s FEI Classics™ - the popular Eventing series linking the world’s six four-star events - will take on an elite group at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of this year’s series, with two former CCI4* winners Parklane Hawk (pictured) and Seacookie, the horse he rode to victory in Pau twelve months ago.

An elite group of riders have gathered in south-west France for Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the start of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The premier French event is the first of the popular series that links the world’s six CCI4*s. World number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR), who won the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 with victories at Pau and Kentucky (USA) last year, is bidding to stamp his authority on the new season. He has entered two former CCI4* winners: Parklane Hawk (Burghley 2011 and Kentucky 2012) and Seacookie, the horse he rode to victory in Pau 12 months ago. Andreas Dibowski…

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Bill Owen really wanted to show off his beautifully groomed tail to the crowd while he was being lead at the jog by Waylon Roberts. Bill’s over exuberance was met with a little frustration from Waylon as the horse was a bit to handle in the slippery, wet weather. However, the weekend did progress rather successfully as the two placed 26th in a field of 114 combinations and were the second highest placed Canadian pair. But we all know what a great sport Waylon is as he did win the Sportsmanship Award and he gave us his blessing to show…

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Waylon Roberts – 4th place and top Canadian at Fair Hill

Top place Canadian and  finishing in 4th place, Waylon Roberts and his new ride Kelecyn Cognac  owned by Heidi White.

As the last pair on the wait list, Waylon Roberts and his mount Kelecyn Cognac almost didn’t get to compete at the CCI2* competition at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International this past weekend. As a last minute addition to the field, they did not disappoint. With a stellar performance they remained on their dressage score of 48.7 and placed fourth in a field of 114. Not an easy feat as only eight horse/rider combinations managed to stay on their dressage score. Waylon had the two top Canadian placings as on his other mount Bill Owen, he placed 26th. He…

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Velcro Boyd stays on and leaves us wondering how

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Boyd Martin’s legendary riding abilities continues to dazzle the crowds every time he gets in the irons and this weekend was no exception. Boyd competed four horses in the CCI3*  and managed to get three around without jumping penalties. His tenacity is apparent in this video clip. Velcro Boyd, Eventing Super Hero on Crackerjack in the CCI3* at the last water leaves us all in awe at his abilities on horse back. Boyd competed a total of six horses over the weekend with four in the CCI3* and two in the CCI2*. Thank you to Alec Thayer at Ab3 Photography…

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Kendal Lehari retiring Totally Frank after injury at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

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After rupturing a tendon on cross-country this weekend at Fairhill, Kendal Lehari’s Totally Frank, a nine-year old OTTB, will be retired from Eventing. Kendal explained, “He was going around amazingly but that one slip was all it took.” Kendal is optimistic that Frank may may be able to do jumpers after a long rehabilitation process. However, her plans to compete at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been derailed. Just arriving back to her farm moments ago, Kendal said, ” I just unloaded him and he’s looking very chipper after the journey, so he definitely hasn’t lost any…

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Karl and Katlyn clean up at Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*

Hagyard Midsout CCI1* champions, Katlyn Hewson with Fernhill Cascum Marco and Karl Slezak with Fernhill Dutch Design.

Congratulations to Canada’s Karl Slezak and Katelyn Hewson who clinched first place in each of their CCI1* divisions. at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day & Team Challenge HT, in Lexington, Kentucky. Quite an accomplishment for the real life couple who we have nicknamed Eventing Ken and Barbie and it seems to have caught on. At least there will be no professional jealousy on the ride back to Canada as they are both sporting blue ribbons. Here are your top 10 from each division: Hagyard MidSouth 3Day & Team Challenge HT [Website]  [Results]

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