Category Archives: 2016 Events

New Zealand announces powerhouse team for Rio

The wait is over and Equestrian Sports New Zealand has revealed the powerhouse Kiwi team that will be competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: Clark Johnstone with Balmoral Sensation Jock Paget with Clifton Lush or Clifton Signature Jonelle Price with Classic Moet or Faerie Dianimo Mark Todd with NZB Campino or Leonidas II The traveling reserve is Tim Price with Bango or Ringwood Skyboy. With five Olympic medals already to his name, this is Sir Mark Todd’s eighth Olympics. There are no rookies in this group as they have all competed at either the Olympics or World…

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New Zealand Rio predictions – Can this team be beaten?

Tuesday, the FEI released the list of nominated entries for Rio, giving us a sneak preview of what the teams might look like for the nations who still have not revealed their final four. New Zealand is set to announce their team tomorrow, as ESNZ has been busy convincing the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) that their nominees are capable of achieving a top 16 finish with the potential to gain a top eight placing. This overriding criteria is placed on all sports hoping to compete at Games for New Zealand. No wonder this nation is so competitive! Looking at…

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Andreas Dibowski wins Luhmühlen for the second time

  Connect with the Luhmuhlen action all weekend:  [Website] [Schedule] [Thursday dressage times] [Friday dressage times] [Results] [FEI TV] [After dressage report]   German rider Andreas Dibowski jumped a faultless clear round in the final Jumping phase to hold on to his overnight lead with It’s Me XX and win Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER), presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016. There was no margin for error for the 50-year-old as second-placed Maxime Livio and Qalao Des Mers (FRA) jumped clear with less than two penalties between the top two. But Dibowski, veteran of many medal-winning German Eventing teams,…

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The joy of a CCI3* debut…as the ‘test ride’

  Last weekend, at the Bromont International, I had two personal firsts: I rode my first three-star dressage test in the show ring. I completed my first “test ride” At every FEI event, the judges will score a ‘test ride’ to ensure that their marking is in sync with one-another the actual competitors ride in front of them. It does not go over well when judges are marking tests with a significant discrepancy. The point of a test ride is to ensure the judges are on the same page and that they are agreeing what a ‘6’ versus an ‘8’…

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Andreas Dibowski takes the lead at Luhmühlen

  Connect with the Luhmuhlen action all weekend:  [Website] [Schedule] [Thursday dressage times] [Friday dressage times] [Results] [FEI TV] [After dressage report]   The experienced German rider Andreas Dibowski has leapt to the top of the leaderboard with a typically fast and determined Cross Country round at Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER), presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016. Dibowski, winner of Germany’s premier event in 2011, has risen from fourth place after Dressage on the 12-year-old It’s Me XX, formerly an English racehorse by Kahyasi. In a brilliantly accurate performance, he finished just one second over the optimum time…

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CCI1* and CCI3* Bromont cross-country gallery

  Connect with the Bromont Three-Day Event (QC): [Website] [Omnibus] [Entries] [Times] [Results] Overall, the Bromont cross-country courses had more finishers than the last couple of years. All four courses ran really well and maybe were a little soft considering so few run outs. However, like past years, making time was certainly a challenge and the riders that could lay down fast clear rounds were rewarded with significant leaps up the leaderboard Canada’s Rachel McDonough and her 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Irish Rhythm are currently the highest placed Canadian pair in the CCI3*, after making an incredible move from 15th to…

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Social media files – What’s happening at 2016 Tattersalls International?

  Tattersalls International Horse Trials and County Fair is the place to be in Ireland this weekend. So many great stories filling up my news feed that I wanted to share them and make sure you didn’t miss any. I must say congrats to the host nation with Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr Chunky leading the CCI3* and in the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3*, Austin O’Connor (IRL) riding Kilpatrick Knight, are the overnight leaders. Show jumping is on Sunday and I am sure the Irish will be out in full force supporting these guys to a win on home turf….

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Gemma Tattersall keeps solid lead, Liz Halliday-Sharp takes second place at Houghton Nations Cup

  Connect with the Houghton Hall action: [Website] [Times] [Scores] [Course walks] Gemma Tattersall (GBR), riding Chico Bella P. kept a significant lead with 32.7 after day two of dressage at the Houghton International CIC3* FEI Nations Cup today in Norfolk, England. Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) put in a stellar test on Fernhill by Night to grab second place with 38.9. Nicola Wilson (GBR) and Annie Clover now sit in third on 40.1. Unfortunately, Gemma and Chico Bella P. are not on the Great Britain Nations Cup team for this competition. After dressage, they have more than a rail in hand…

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Eventing is getting safer and here are the stats to back it up

  Jersey Fresh was surely one of the darker weekends for eventing in recent history with the losses of Philippa Humphreys and Inoui Van Bost. With the additional deaths of Caitlyn Fischer, Olivia Inglis, and Olivia’s mount Coriolanus in Australia, it’s hard to remember a worse start to an eventing season. There was a very strong reaction from the eventing community in the wake of these tragedies. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming and it was inspiring to see the community come together so strongly to honor those we lost. As you’d expect, there were also a lot…

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Exaggerator wins 2016 Preakness Stakes; Nyquist defeated and no Triple Crown – VIDEO Break

  Exaggerator, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, won the Preakness Stakes today, putting an end to 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s bid for the Triple Crown. Around a very muddy track, Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist for the first time in in five head-to-head matchups. Exaggerator finished second in the Derby and was thought to be Nyquist’s toughest competition among the 10 horses set to challenge him. He had previously won two graded stakes on wet tracks, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Cherry Wine finished second and Nyquist— the 3-5 favorite — took third. Nyquist was a…

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