Category Archives: 2014 events

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

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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Down under is where it is at this weekend – Adelaide CCI4*

The charming South Australian city of Adelaide has put on its best “bib and tucker”, with Jacaranda trees covering the city in a beautiful pre-Christmas mauve haze, ready for the FEI Classics™ at the most prestigious equestrian event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian International 3 Day Event. This second leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/15, which starts with Dressage on Friday (14 November), makes the most of its unique urban location, as the course winds its way around the city’s Park Lands. The event becomes more sophisticated and popular every year, helping to raise the profile of equestrian sport…

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There is a new winner in town – Tik Maynard

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

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

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

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?

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 conquers Pau – Canada’s Robinson finishes seventh

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

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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