The GCT Grand Prix winner Karin Eckermann (GER) was awarded €99,000 ($134,596) compared to St. Gallen’s GP winner receiving €50,000 ($67,978). The winning Na- tions’ Cup team earned €64,000 ($87,011), just €16,000 ($21,753) per rider for two tough rounds.

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Ladies weekend for top sport mares in St. Gall

Switzerland (by Helga Eppler) The fourth 2014 qualifier of the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup Jumping Europe Division 1 League was held at the beginning of June in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Team victory went to Great Britain, while three talented mares dominated the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, The Global Champions Tour (GCT) impacted rider attendance by hosting their own competition over the same weekend in Hamburg, Germany, where the top international riders competed for higher prize money..

Overall, in terms of importance, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup was the loser, as the Global Champions Tour was seen as more important! In fact, only two riders from the world’s top-15 ranking competed for their nations’ honour in St. Gallen, earning valuable points towards the NC Final in Barcelona, Spain. In Hamburg, nine riders from the top 15 were at the start line.

Great Britain led after the first round with only one penalty for exceeding the time allowed, and held onto their virtually clean slate with the first three riders in the second round. Finally, Robert Whitaker, son of great international rider John Whitaker, rode the Holstein-bred gelding Catwalk IV (Colman - Carna x Cor- leone) faultlessly, with the exception of a time penalty, for a team total of three faults, ahead of Spain with four. A close finish but a second win in a row for the British quar- tet, riding two Holsteiners and two KWPNs.

According to Robert Whitaker, Catwalk IV was gelded in order to focus his career on sport, but semen had already been collected for breeding purposes. Daniel Neilson rode the KWPN gelding Varo M (Pier- rot - Odile x Weinfürst: 12+0). Spencer Roe held the reins of KWPN gelding Won- der Why (Padinus - Monica B x Laurin), while anchorman Guy Williams rode the KWPN gelding Zaire (Indoc- tro - Twilly x Marlon). “We competed this year here with youngsters, riders as well as horses, and they did a good job,” said a delighted chef d’equipe Rob Hoekstra...

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SF young stallion competition series

France (by Mathilde Juncke) In looking at the top horses from each qualifier, so far, it’s noted that the Selle Français stallion Diamant de Semilly SF is preeminent among the bloodlines of the winners from the 2014 Selle Français Qualifier Tour: he is present in the bloodlines of 10 colts and fillies. Quidam de Revel SF is found in the bloodlines of two horses: Norway de la Lande SF, who is the sire of two colts. Also noteworthy are Qlassic Bois Margot SF and Dollar de la Pierre SF.

Brin d’Avril SF won the three-year-old class at Saint-Etienne-de-Tulmont, after winning the same qualifier as a two-year-old in 2013! He is a serious horse, very present, with well put together. He moves very well under saddle, and his nice gallop and balance gave him a distinct advantage during the free jumping session. He received the best scores for three tests to finish with a final mark of 7.25 out of 10.Heisasonof Quidam de Revel, out of Onde d’Avril AA (Fusain du Defey AA) and was bred by Christian Rey and Claude Joignau’s stud farm in Bruch.

The two-year-old winner at this event was Cibisk’Huit SF (Kannan - Emeraude d’Afrique SF x Quappa SF) belonging to Dr Caroline Tetot de Saint A ver y sporty black colt, with a well-joined top line that he knows how to use for jumping, combined with his reactivity and intelligent eye gives him modernity and he finished with the excellent score of 7.35.

In the group of three-year-old jumping females, Baidachram SF (L’Arc de Triomphe - Geminy du Ter- ralSFxILoveYouSF) was the winner without any doubt, receiving 8.25 in free jumping and 7.5 in paces for an average grade of 7.49. She was bred and presented by Anne Loretz d’Onet Le Chateau, demonstrating a pleasant conformation under her nice cherry-bay coat. Her forehand is well-developed and her strong back flowed with technique during the free jumping test. Chanel des Loumans SF was the best two-year-old jumping filly of this edition. Bred by Anne Fermine in Gar- revaques, she is by Damiro B out of Orphie de l’Aunot SF (Qredo de Paulstra SF), and received scores of 7.0 or higher throughout all the tests, demonstrating the complete package with great sportiness and scope. The best two-year-old dressage filly was Ckeys des Latin SF (Olivi - Fany des Civaux SF x Kami AA), presented by her breeder Isabelle Martin de Vigueron...

 

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Wiesbaden youngsters

Germany (by Helga Eppler) The traditional CSI Wiesbaden horseshow in the beautiful parkland of Wiesbaden Castle included jumping, dressage, eventing and vaulting. Not only a jumping youngsters’ cup – a class that seems to be disappearing from some shows – but also a class for eight- to nine-year-old eventers has become something of a tradition. The show organizer also attacts young riders, organizing national pony classes for those under the age of 25.

Two Olympic champion were competing in this CIC*** class, reigning cham- pion Michael Jung from Ger- many with his upcoming horse Ricona FST while An- drew Hoy from Australia pre- pared his champion Rutherglen for the forth- coming important CIC**** of Luhmühlen, Germany.

Eventing

Michael Jung won for the fourth time riding the seven- year-old mare Ricona FST (Ituango xx x Carismo), fourth in dressage, runner-up in jumping and the only clear round inside the time cross-country. “I didn’t expect to win with a horse that’s only seven years old competing for the first time in a three-star CIC, I didn’t take a watch with me, so didn’t force the time,” Jung said. Federal trainer Hans Melzer explained why he allowed Jung to compete with a relatively young horse in a CSI3*: “The mare has such an excellent training level that we could let her go”. What does it mean excellent training level? “Ricona does the eventing easily, she is very rideable, collaborates and has an excellent interior”. Jung said that Ricona FST will now have a break as his season objective is the event- ing WBCYH at Le Lion d’Angers, France in October. Ricona’s full sister Rocana FST previously became the young-eventers world cham- pion. According to Jung’s father, Joachim, there is a third full sister in-between who has been in breeding, but will now into sport, too.

The Thoroughbred sire of these sisters, Ituango, moved from Brandenburg to the State Stud Marbach in 2012. He was bred for racing, and his sire, Acatenango, was three times German race-horse of the year. Ituango’s dam’s sire Lagunas is a Derby winner who produced four licensed stallions that are used for breeding with Warmbloods. Ituango himself raced for two years with two Derby qualifications. The Germans have been looking for a successor to Heralik xx (Caramel - Heraldika x Calé), and perhaps they’ve- found him in Ituango. Jung’s previous CIC3* wins in Wiesbaden came in 2009 with Sam FBW (Stan the Man xx), and in 2010 and 2011 with River of Joy (Rubicell)...

 

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Westf Summer Extra auction

Germany ((by Rhegan White) A large gathering of members and buyers assembled at the Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V. Equestrian Center on June 1, 2014. The summer selection of 29 horses offered something for everyone with a good collection of young dressage horses and showjumpers.

The athletic movement of the beautiful brown mare Ronjador (Rock Forever I x Fidermark) wowed the crowd as lot #25 garnered the highest bid at this Sum- mer Extra auction with €44,000 ($59,820). She was purchased by a Bavarian buyer who has plans for her in the competition ring. The second highest sale price was for the electric gelding El Dorado (Honour Pride x Davignon) at €41,000 ($55,742). The four-year-old year old will re- main in Westphalia but we are sure to see him on the international scene one day.

A strong contingent of British buyers were in atten- dance in Munster-Handorf, as well as with telephone bids. They purchased six horses for dressage yards, while two will hit the UK’s eventing circuit. The US hunter market was also ac- tive at this auction, bidding on several and buying a showjumping stallion, the four-year-old Quinidad (Quidamos x Ruter) who will reside in Florida and make his competitive debut this comig winter...

 

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