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W for Wunderbar… and Wolle

September 2nd, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Sandra Auffarth and the Normandy-bred Opgun Louvo aka Wolle were foot-perfect throughout to take individual Eventing gold and lead the Germans to team gold at the 2014 WEG. Many had tipped Sandra as a hot candidate for an individual medal, but this is Eventing we are talking about and a lot can go wrong –…[More]

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Next stop Rio – Part II

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It wasn’t quite the result the Australian Eventing team was hoping after they secured a promising Bronze medal position following the cross country carnage. So many teams were out of contention after losing two or more riders and many of the top chances not finishing. Australia moved up to third, France was fourth and Netherlands…[More]

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Next stop: Rio de Janeiro

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Australia’s Para-equestrians concluded their World Equestrian Games campaign declaring their intention to come back bigger and better in Rio. It was the first World Equestrian Games for all four members of the Australian team and their efforts over the five days of competition helped to book the Aussies a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic…[More]

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Paul Tapner’s WEG

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The WEG was a bit of rollercoaster ride for Aussie Paul Tapner, who carried the hopes of a nation after his and Kilronan’s great results at Badminton earlier this year. First his dressage test was not as good as in Badminton and put him in 20th place, on 47 penalties (Badminton 36.0!). Come cross country…[More]

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Friday’s Freestyle Review

August 31st, 2014 at 11:13 am

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and her wonder horse were the stars of the show once again today when collecting their second gold medal of the week in the Dressage Freestyle on Friday. The pair now hold a full book of Dressage titles, having already collected wins at Olympic, European and World Cup level during their…[More]

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W(orst) E(ver) G(ames)

August 29th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  W(orst) E(ver) G(ames) I guess it is not such a nice thing to say, especially when the first week of the WEG is not completed, but the way things are going, this is going to be the worst organized, most competitor and spectator unfriendly WEG of them all, and that is saying something because…[More]

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It is muddy out there…

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Haras du Pin is normally one of the most beautiful places in the world, except right now, it is a sea of mud, even getting to the dressage arena is an adventure. Trade stands and food vendors are equally hard to access, it is definitely gumboot or Dubarry weather out there. The tallest man in…[More]

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You be the Judge

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The Special was amazing. At THM Happy Hour that evening, everyone was abuzz. When Charlotte and Valegro were in the arena, the crowd was moving with them: people gasping, oohing, giggling when he picked the worst possible moment to relieve himself, the combination mesmerized the audience. Damon Hill and Helen were clearly next best. Dami…[More]

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Joann and Worldwide through to the Freestyle

August 28th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Australia’s Joann Formosa has qualified for the Grade Ib Freestyle after finishing 8th in yesterday’s individual championship on a score of 68.310%. The Freestyle will be on Friday, 29 August. There is a day off for them to recuperate and Jo’s music is a surprise.   We’ll all be there to support her. The Aussie…[More]

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Two Special Partnerships

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America’s Laura Graves continued her spectacular run to place a score of 77.157 on the Grand Prix Special leaderboard . The 27-year-old rider and her lovely 12-year-old gelding Verdades seemed to be in a world of their own as they executed each movement with quiet precision. Laura’s stillness in the saddle and Verdades’ attention to…[More]

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Dressage Grand Prix Special – The Highs and Lows

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30 horse-and-rider partnerships competed in the Grand Prix Special at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy on Wednesday. Medal winners on the podium after the thrilling  event were Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg (silver), Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (gold) and Germany’s Kristina Sprehe (bronze).   Looking for a superior sire for your breeding program? IHB…[More]

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“I won’t give up”

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(trying to beat Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro), Helen Langehanenberg said after her Silver medal winning ride on Damon Hill. “I believe in Dami and I’m very pleased with him today.” The pair had the unfortunate luck to compete directly after the British superstars, judges and spectators were still on a high from Charlotte’s test. Despite…[More]

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