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London Grand Prix in August Will Showcase 27 of Top 30 Showjumping Riders in the World

London Grand Prix in August Will Showcase 27 of Top 30 Showjumping Riders in the World | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

(Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT)

Nine out of the Top 10 riders in the world, including Team GB’s Olympic show jumping Gold medallists, will compete on a unique stage in the heart of London in a few weeks time. Horse Guards Parade Ground will be the extraordinary and iconic backdrop to what is set to be an awesome and crucial round of the 2...

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Switzerland Heavy snow spices up White Turf action | Horse Racing News

Switzerland Heavy snow spices up White Turf action | Horse Racing News | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
THE Winter Olympics may be underway in Russia but there are important British alpine interests a little closer to home at St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday afternoon when their annual White Turf racing season gets underway.

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Diva dialogue transcript: Anky and Isabell on ambition, children and development of sport -- Dressuur

Diva dialogue transcript: Anky and Isabell on ambition, children and development of sport --  Dressuur | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Anky van Grunsven and Isabell Werth were rivals for years. Isabell was riding at EC Herning. “Where does she get that ambition from”, Anky wondered. So she asked Isabell Werth for an interview.


@FranJurga writes: I really did a double-take when I saw this article online. Not only is it innovative for Dressuur Magazine to arrange for these two champions to sit down for candid conversation, but it is a surprise to see that it is available in English. I really feel that American dressage enthusiasts miss so much because of the language problem....but it is our problem, not theirs.


If you follow international dressage today, know that the world-stage rivalry between these two women helped make the sport what it is today. Go ahead and eavesdrop. 


Thank you, Dressuur


(Photo by Arnd Bronkhorst)


Click on the bold headline or image to open the original English transcript on the Horses International website.

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News Capsule: Boston's Jumper Classic Postponed; Scheduling Conflicts Cited

News Capsule: Boston's Jumper Classic Postponed; Scheduling Conflicts Cited | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

An email was received this afternoon notifying the public of the cancellation of a significant jumping event held annually on Boston's North Shore:


August 29, 2013, Gloucester, Massachusetts  --  Executive Management of The Jumper Classic has decided to postpone the event due to several unforeseen scheduling conflicts.


The show was scheduled for September 4-8, 2013 at Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts. We are excited for the event and will provide updated scheduling information as soon as it is available. Please be sure to follow The Jumper Classic on Facebook for all the latest updates.

The Jumper Classic is one of the premier show jumping competitions in the U.S. Since 1989, The Jumper Classic has been known for its European flair and rider focus. The event has been a favorite amongst high caliber athletes and devoted fans and has been dubbed the "Social Sporting Event of the Year" by The Boston Globe.



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News Capsule: Sweden's Patrik Kittel Switches Injured Horse for Sound One Hours Before European Championship Inspection

News Capsule: Sweden's Patrik Kittel Switches Injured Horse for Sound One Hours Before European Championship Inspection | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
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@FranJurga writes: Sometimes, I think I'd rather watch the horse inspections at a major equestrian event than the event itself. 


Take this morning, for instance. Spectators at the horse inspection for the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championship must have done a double take when they saw Sweden's Patrik Kittel leading out the wrong horse.


On his website, Kittel explained last night, "After a great training ride (yesterday) morning, where Scandic felt totally normal,he came out of his box for a walk this afternoon and was not  sound. Closer examination showed Scandic had swelling on the right front.  The Swedish team vet has pinpointed a small bleeding, and will return home to check the injury out further without risking his future performances."


The FEI's Louise Parkes explained last night that Kittel's horse Toy Story hit the road last night from a German stable to join the veteran rider.     

  

Swedish Chef d’Equipe, Bo Jena commented on the situation to the FEI last evening: “I immediately thought about Toy Story as our reserve and the decision was taken to transport him from Germany as soon as possible. Patrick took the situation professionally. These things happen with horses, there is never any guarantee but now he needs to rethink his strategy on how to work with Toy Story."

All the horses from all nations passed the dressage inspection, including the late entry, Toy Story.


By the way, the European Championships in dressage, jumping and paradressage will go on this week at the Herning facility in Denmark. You can watch them live on FEITV.org.


Read more news from across the horse world on The Jurga Report for Equisearch.com.

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Sport horses boost Kentucky’s equine economy

Sport horses boost Kentucky’s equine economy | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Another equine sector has developed a strong footing in the commonwealth: The sport horse segment is growing and thriving, especially in Central Kentucky.


@FranJurga writes: Be sure to read this interesting article, which puts a few numbers and summarizes trends that give proof that the landscape of central Kentucky is being populated by horses of a different breed and with a different sport emphasis from the traditional Thoroughbreds.


More numbers, please!


Click on the headline or image to read this article


Photo: Past Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice compete in the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park. Rolex Stadium at the park seats 5,300 and is one of the top equestrian venues in the United States. (Mike McNally photo)

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News Capsule: ECCO FEI European Jumping Championships 2013 by the Numbers

News Capsule: ECCO FEI European Jumping Championships 2013 by the Numbers | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
We have just three weeks left before the exciting ECCO FEI European Jumping Championships 2013 will take place at Herning in Denmark from 20 to 25 August. Will Sweden's Rolf-Goran Bengtsson defend his 2011 European individual title?
Get the picture in this nutshell of facts and figures provided by the FEI:

  • Riders from 24 nations will compete.
  • 21 countries have entered teams: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
  • 3 nations will be represented by a single rider: Greece, Slovakia, and Turkey.
  • A total of 102 riders are listed in the definite entries (29 July 2013).
  • Germany heads the individual gold medal winning table with 14 victories to date. British riders have been successful on six occasions and French riders have taken the individual title four times.
  • Germany also leads the team gold medal winning table with a total of seven titles since 1975. Next in line are Great Britain and Switzerland with four each followed by The Netherlands with three.
  • Only two women have ever won the FEI European Championship individual title since the Championships for Ladies and Men were first combined back in 1975 : Alexandra Ledermann (FRA) took gold in 1999 at Hickstead GBR and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) followed suit in 2007 at Mannheim GER.
  • This will be the 32nd FEI European Jumping Championships - the first was held in Rotterdam (NED) in 1957.
  • The defending individual champion is Rolf-Göran Bengtsson - the first Swedish rider ever to clinch the coveted title. Germany defended team gold when it won the 2011 Championships staged in Madrid, Spain.
Photo Caption: Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, the first Swedish rider to win individual gold at the Europeans when victorious in 2011, will be back to defend his title at the ECCO FEI European Jumping Championships 2013 in Herning (DEN) from 20-25 August. (c) FEI/Kit Houghton.

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News capsule: British eventer Laura Collett in intensive care after rotational fall; horse uninjured

News capsule: British eventer Laura Collett in intensive care after rotational fall; horse uninjured | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Yesterday was a big news day in British eventing. Olympic silver medalist Zara Phillips announced that the rumors were true: she is pregnant. Badminton Horse Trial chose a new course designer for 2014. And the Brits unveiled the team that they will send to the European Eventing  Championships later this summer.


But all that seems like small talk with the news that one of Britain's most popular and visible eventers has been transported to a hospital, where she remains in intensive care. Laura Collett was riding at the Tweseldown Horse Trials One Day Event near London on Monday when she and her horse experienced a rotational fall on the Intermediate cross-country course.


British Eventing has monitored her overnight, and her website and Twitter account have been posting updates. She is now in stable condition, and woke up briefly


Laura (or perhaps her publicist) is very active on Twitter. The morning of her accident, she had congratulated Phillips on her pregnancy and given a generous shout-out to the Euro team, which didn't include her.


According to British Eventing, Laura was riding Tis A Beauty; she has taken over the seven-year-old grey mare, who has formerly with Oliver Townend.


Laura has recently been a star in the racing press as well as eventing, as she was chosen to take over the re-training of one of Britain's greatest jump racing star, Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star. Laura has demonstrated his progress in dressage training at races and events in England this spring, including at Barbury Castle Horse Trials this weekend.


While everyone is surely deeply concerned for her injury status, it is important to note that Laura is extremely popular in Great Britain, especially with young riders and eventing fans. Laura had a string of gold-medal results as a young rider in European championships, as well as winning the Supreme Pony Championship at a British Horse of the Year Show, which has to be one of the most competitive equestrian arenas in the world. She was eighth at Badminton the first year she entered.


@FranJurga writes: Laura's family and publicity team, along with British Eventing, have done a terrific job of keeping people informed since Laura's fall yesterday.  We read assuring posts like: "Laura has been woken up briefly and responded well to family. She is now asleep again."


There is nothing optional about having a social media pro and publicist on a professional rider's team. Not so long ago, a rider had no control over the news about a fall or injury. Laura's team is driving the news, not being driven by it.


Please keep Laura in your thoughts today, and every day until she is back in the saddle. She's the type of rider that equestrian sports need. And she'd do the same for you.


Photo: Laura Collett and Rayef flew around the cross-country course at their inaugural Badminton Horse Trials in 2011 to finish eighth; in 2013, she rode Noble Bestman. Tim Simpson photo.

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BallyNoe Castle RM Withdrawn from US Team for Aachen CIC03*; Marilyn Little and RF Smoke on the Water Named to Team

BallyNoe Castle RM Withdrawn from US Team for Aachen CIC03*; Marilyn Little and RF Smoke on the Water Named to Team | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Edited from news supplied by the USEF Communications Department


Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has updated the entry for the Aachen CICO3*.  


Veterinary reasons were cited as the reason that Buck Davidson has withdrawn Cassandra Segal's BallyNoe Castle RM from the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Aachen CICO3*.


The pair has been replaced by Marilyn Little and RF Smoke on the Water, owned by Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders. They originally were slated to compete as individuals.


The following four combinations have been named to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Aachen CICO3*(listed in alphabetical Order): 

  • Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) on Jatial LLC's Ringwood Magistera 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
     
  • Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) on Jennifer Mosing's Pawlow, a 1999 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.
     
  • Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) on Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders' RF Smoke on the Water, a 2005 Wurttemburger gelding.
     
  • Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) on Jessica Montgomery's Universe, a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding
     

Combinations named to the CICO3* Team at Aachen will receive Land Rover Competition Grants.

 

The Aachen CICO3* will be held during CHIO Aachen in Aachen, Germany, on June 27-29, 2013

 

This year is the first time the United States has fielded an eventing team at the prestigious German competition.
  

To learn more about the CHIO Aachen visit; http://www.chioaachen.de/en/programm-sport


Photo: Buck Davidson and BallyNoe Castle RM at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by StockImageServices.com/FEI.

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Equestrian Tours, LLC Is the Official U.S. Ticketing Agent for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Equestrian Tours, LLC Is the Official U.S. Ticketing Agent for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

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Hinesburg, VT, May 25, 2013 -- Equestrian Tours has organized travel programs to major equestrian events since 1984 including every World Equestrian Games since Stockholm in 1990.

As the Official U.S. Ticketing Agent for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, Equestrian Tours is offering an Accommodations Package and fully Hosted Programs for the World Equestrian Games as well as Pre-Tours of Paris & the Seine.

Owner and equestrian enthusiast, Bob Wyatt shares details about this program and others he has planned for 2014 & 2015 on their web site, equestours.com.

"For the 2014 World Equestrian Games we have reserved three charming hotels in the lovely and historic town of Bayeux for our hosted program and three more in or near Lisieux for our accommodations package. In line with our contract with 2014 Normandie Organization, we will be providing transfers to Caen, Haras du Pin, and Mont St. Michel for the various competitions.”

Equestrian Tours offers a unique format for their travel programs as explained by Wyatt.

"We don't call our offerings tours because, although we put together groups of interested (and interesting) people to attend an equestrian event, we don't insist on structuring their day.

“Our gatherings bring wonderful people together with similar interests and we stand back and let you enjoy yourselves. You will never be herded, there won't be head counts."

Learn more about the World Equestrian Games and Wyatt's other equestrian programs by visiting his website at equestriantours (dot) com.

Equestrian Tours wants potential Normandy 2014 visitors to understand that although their programs are available for reservation now, ticket sales will not begin until mid-June.

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Sponsorship Coup: Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Races Under the Maserati Sports Car Banner For Grayson-Jockey Club Research/Safety Charities

Sponsorship Coup: Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Races Under the Maserati Sports Car Banner For Grayson-Jockey Club Research/Safety Charities | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The following is a portion of a longer press release; photo of Orb in his Maserati cooler provided by the Jockey Club. The colt is shown with  Exercise Rider Jen Patterson and Groom Arnold Velasquez.


Luxury performance automaker Maserati today announced a sponsorship agreement with Stuart S. Janney III and the Phipps Stable, and the Kentucky Derby winning Team Orb, which will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation.


“The opportunity to raise money and awareness for two meaningful charities within our industry and be associated with a classic, international brand like Maserati made this a very easy decision for Stuart and me,” said Ogden Mills Phipps. “We are grateful for Maserati’s interest in Team Orb we look forward to working closely with the Maserati team in a partnership that will benefit equine health and many individuals throughout the Thoroughbred industry.”


Under terms of the agreement, Maserati will have the right to use the image and likeness of all parties associated with and including Orb in Maserati advertising and promotional materials.


Orb will wear a Maserati logo on his blanket for the upcoming Preakness Stakes.


The Janney-Phipps Stable will donate one half of their sponsorship fee to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the other half of their portion to The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation.


The 138th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes will be televised by NBC Sports, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 18, 2013.



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New Zealand Delivers, as First-Timer Jock Paget Wins 2013 4* Badminton Horse Trials --The Jurga Report

New Zealand Delivers, as First-Timer Jock Paget Wins 2013 4* Badminton Horse Trials --The Jurga Report | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
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It was just like being at a big horse race when all eyes are on the favorites…and a longshot whose day has come slips through on the rail to win. The announcer stutters. The crowd gasps, then cheers.


That’s how a new star is born in horse sports, whether it’s the Kentucky Derby or the Badminton Horse Trials.


New Zealand’s Jonathan Paget just stunned eventing aristocracy by winning the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in dramatic form this morning aboard Clifton Promise–on his first try at the iconic British event.


Read the rest of this story on The Jurga Report by clicking on the headline or image.


Keep up with horse world news by following @franjurga on Twitter and/or by liking the Fran Jurga Equestrian News page on Facebook.


Photo kindly provided by Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

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German Olympian Dorothee Schneider Sustains Head Injury at 2013 CDI Mannheim | eurodressage

German Olympian Dorothee Schneider Sustains Head Injury at 2013 CDI Mannheim | eurodressage | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

German Olympic team silver medalist Dorothee Schneider sustained a head injury at the 2013 CDI Mannheim on Thursday 2 May 2013.


Click on the image or headline to read what happened to a top rider at a dressage competition in Germany yesterday.

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Big News: Nike Sponsors a US Dressage Rider

Big News: Nike Sponsors a US Dressage Rider | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

California dressage rider  Ayden Uhlir  has signed a contract to become Nike's first-ever equestrian athlete. Check out this young rider's blog and cheer her on!


Click on the headline or image to read Ayden's announcement.

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Viva! 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage and Show Jumping Finals Will Be in Las Vegas

Viva! 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage and Show Jumping Finals Will Be in Las Vegas | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Look out, America! The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced today that Las Vegas, Nevada will be the host city for the 2015 World Cup Finals in both dressage and show jumping. This will be the fifth time the desert city has hosted FEI World Cup events. Longines and Reem Acra are lined up as sponsors of these events, which will attract leading horses and riders from both sports from all over the world.


No specific dates have been announced, but the finals are usually held in the spring.


Click on the headline or image to open the full article on The Jurga Report.
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Bright Side Farm: Matt Lauer and Family Jump into Equestrian Market

Bright Side Farm: Matt Lauer and Family Jump into Equestrian Market | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
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Set on 40 rolling acres where Edge of Woods Road meets Deerfield Road on the eastern end of New York's Long Island, Bright Side Farm is an equestrian facility owned by Matt and Annette Lauer on the former site of Frankenbach’s Deerfield Nursery.


@FranJurga writes: This article describes the commercial horse farm developed by the Today Show's Matt Lauer and his wife Annette. According to the article, Annette and daughter Romy will be riding at the farm, which will also have boarding and training clients. Matt, on the other hand, will play the role of "farmer" when he weekends in the Hamptons.


Click on the headline or image of trainer Mitchell Robinson to learn more about Bright Side Farm.

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365 Days To Go: Countdown Begins to Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

365 Days To Go: Countdown Begins to Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Today (23 August 2013) marks the one-year countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. In just 12 months, some 900 riders, drivers and vaulters and their horses from over 60 countries, 500,000 visitors, at least 1,500 media representatives, and thousands of volunteers will gather in Normandy for the world’s greatest equestrian event and the largest sporting event in France in 2014.

World championships in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Vaulting, Endurance and Reining will be held from 23 August to 7 September 2014 at venues in Caen, the prefecture of the Calvados department in north-western France, the country’s oldest national stud farm at Haras du Pin, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

To celebrate the one-year countdown, the FEI has today launched an online history hub dedicated to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ which contains detailed information about each of the previous Games, starting with the inaugural edition in Stockholm in 1990, through to Kentucky 2010 and looking forward to 2014. Along with a summary of the Games’ most memorable moments, the website features key facts and figures, complete results, and extensive photo galleries.

“The FEI is working very closely with the Organising Committee of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to ensure the best possible conditions for the athletes - both human and equine - the officials, numerous spectators, volunteers, and the media,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said.

“Two successful test events in Endurance and Eventing were organized just last week, and there is another one in Driving currently being held, followed by a chef de mission meeting next week. Preparations are on track as we enter the last organizational phase. We are confident that France, one of the world’s leading equestrian nations, will stage truly memorable Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.”


--News capsule by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

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News Capsule: New Zealand Eventer Killed in Fall on Course in Great Britain

News Capsule: New Zealand Eventer Killed in Fall on Course in Great Britain | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
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Equestrian Sports New Zealand has confirmed with great sadness  that New Zealand eventing rider Tom Gadsby was fatally injured in a fall on the cross-country course at Somerford Park Horse Trials in Cheshire, UK this weekend.
The 26-year-old rising star was based with international eventer Tiny Clapham near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, and had been competing in the UK since 2012.

Tom was competing in a one-star class on board The Drover when the accident happened at fence 4B at approximately 1420 hours (UK time) on Sunday, August 18. The seven-year-old skewbald gelding was not injured in the incident.

Tom's death has brought an out-pouring of sadness from the international eventing world.

Equestrian Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis says the whole equestrian community is deeply saddened by the news.

"On behalf of ESNZ members, I express our sincerest condolences to Tom's family and close friends," he said. "Tom was a talented showjumper and eventer who was in Europe to fulfill his dream of competing as a professional event rider -- a dream he achieved, but which has been tragically cut short."

He thanked colleagues at British Eventing, their officials and medical staff who did everything possible for Tom after his fall.

British Eventing chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith says everyone is truly saddened and shocked. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family at this really sad time," he says.

Tom, whose home town is Kerikeri in Northland, New Zealnd competed up to intermediate level in eventing in New Zealand before deciding to concentrate on showjumping. However, after many years competing at grand prix level jumping, including two successful years in Germany, he decided to make the change back to eventing in 2012.

Just this year he gained the ride on Tiny Clapham's young eventing horses, and achieved considerable success at the lower level. He had high hopes of representing New Zealand at the top level of the sport.

British Eventing, ESNZ and the International Equestrian Federation will investigate the incident as will relevant UK authorities.

ESNZ and Tom’s family wish to thank NZ media outlets who respected the request to delay releasing Tom’s name publicly until his close family were all informed of the tragedy.
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Thanks to Diana Dobson in New Zealand for her assistance with this brief report.
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When you read about these accidents happening you realize your life can be changed within a blink of your eye. 

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News Capsule: Jerich Parzival Declared Fit; Cornelissen Prepares to Defend Her European Dressage Championship -- KNHS

News Capsule: Jerich Parzival Declared Fit; Cornelissen Prepares to Defend Her European Dressage Championship -- KNHS | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
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The European Dressage Championship begins in two weeks in Denmark. And surprise, surprise! the 2011 champion will be there to defend his title after all!


Jerich Parzival had been crossed off the Dutch team after undergoing treatment for cardiac arrhythmia at the University of Ghent veterinary hospital in Belgium in early June. The horse has gradually resumed training, but has not competed and missed both observation trials for team selection at Hoofddorp and Rotterdam.


Today the Dutch equestrian federation office issued a jubilant report that the Olympic silver medalist team of Parzival and Adelinde Cornelissen would be traveling to Denmark for the competition.


At the most recent European championship,The Netherlands' team finished third behind the winner, Great Britain, and runner-up Germany. Cornelissen and Parzival, however, were the individual champions.

"Jerich Parzival is fit. The team is complete, the horses are in shape. We have both team and individual medal chances," was the official statement of Dutch coach Wim Ernestine.


"Jerich Parzival to Europeans!! Thanks to my whole team!!" tweeted a jubilant Adelinde this afternoon from The Netherlands.


The Dutch dressage team will be:

Adelinde Cornelissen - Jerich Parzival (Jazz x Ulft) 
Edward Gal - Glock's Undercover (Ferro x Donnerhall) 
Danielle Heijkoop - Kingsley Siro (Gribaldi x Hemmingway) 
Hans Peter Minderhoud - Glock's Romanov (Rohdiamant x Grundstein II)

Reserve: Patrick van der Meer - Uzzo (Lancet x Indoctro)


Photo of Adelinde and Parzival by: www.melissen.net

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Bellissimo Family of Florida Acquires Classic US Weekly Equestrian Magazine "The Chronicle of the Horse "

Bellissimo Family of Florida Acquires Classic US Weekly Equestrian Magazine "The Chronicle of the Horse " | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: According to an email received Friday afternoon from the Chronicle office, Mark Bellissimo and his family, of Wellington, Florida, have purchased The Chronicle of the Horse and its related media properties in a transaction that closed today, July 12.

“I’m so proud to be part of the long tradition of the Chronicle which is a leader in its industry,” said Bellissimo in the email. “I am committed to the organization’s core mission of being the most trusted resource for equestrian sport by offering independent journalism and the highest editorial integrity.”

That's all the news available at the moment; surely lots more information will be available at chronofhorse.com. 


Image: a classic old-design cover of the beloved US weekly horse sports magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse.

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Opposition Buzz ‘is fine’ after rotational fall in Germany -- Horse and Hound

Opposition Buzz ‘is fine’ after rotational fall in Germany -- Horse and Hound | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Nicola Wilson expresses 'a huge relief' after her Olympic partner fell jumping out of the water at Luhmühlen last weekend...


@FranJurga writes: The international horse sport community held its breath last weekend when news came from Luhmuhlen in Germany that top British event horse Opposition Buzz and rider Nicola Wilson had been involved in what sounded like a dreaded and dangerous rotational fall on cross-country at the famed CCI4* event.


Horse and Hound fills us in on his recovery--and Nicola's. Click on the big bold headline or the image to read the story.

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France's Cheval Magazine Is the 2014 World Equestrian Games' First Media Ambassador

France's Cheval Magazine Is the 2014 World Equestrian Games' First Media Ambassador | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

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Represented by its Director of publication, Jerome Chehu, 'Cheval Magazine' is proud to become the first Media Ambassador of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.


Created in 1971, Cheval Magazine is a rider’s must read. Distributed throughout most French-speaking countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Luxembourg, North Africa ...) and with an average monthly circulation of over 80,000 copies, Cheval Magazine is the title leader of the French equestrian press.

Entirely devoted to the knowledge of horses and horse riding, Cheval Magazine brings together a wide community of enthusiasts, through its monthly printed issues, its website www.chevalmag.com(with 80 000 to 100 000 monthly visitors) and social networks (+30,000 fans on its official Facebook page).

Since Stockholm in 1990, Cheval Magazine has covered the first six editions of the World Equestrian Games. So it is with a natural legitimacy, great enthusiasm and pride that Cheval Magazine is becoming today the first Media Ambassador of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy.

From now on, Cheval Magazine will leverage its expertise to relay all the information concerning the Games in order to allow readers to fully experience the event. In its June issue, Cheval Magazine will launch its new monthly column "On the way to the Games" and the chevalmag.com website will open a dedicated space to cover any specific news concerning the largest equestrian event in the world.

Cheval Magazine partners with many other equestrian, sporting or cultural events: Gala Golden Manes Avignon, Gucci Paris Masters, theatrical release of the film Jappeloup and more.


More information on their official website www.chevalmag.com


More about Cheval Magazine:

  • Issues: 12 monthly issues per year + 2 extra issues (spring and fall)
  • Readership: 25-49 years: 55.1%, 15-24 years: 23.2%
  • 2012 Circulation: 80,877 copies
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Microbats linked to 'world first' deadly virus death; two horses euthanized in Australia

Microbats linked to 'world first' deadly virus death; two horses euthanized in Australia | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

UPDATE: MICROBATS are being blamed for the death of two horses in the Southern Downs region of the state of Queensland in Australia after they tested positive for Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABN). 


The site remains under quarantine, as 20 other horses on the property may be affected.


@FranJurga writes: Deadly Hendra virus was initally suspected, but the new ABN virus was identified instead. Transmission of ABN to humans is rare, but authorities are taking no chances.


Click on the headline or image to read more about this situation in Australia.

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Watch it: Zara Phillips video launches the Range Rover Scholarship for Women in Engineering

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The sun has barely set behind the Badminton Horse Trials but today Zara Phillips was behind the wheel instead of in the saddle as she launched the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The scholarship is aimed at young women looking to pursue a career in engineering.


Land Rover is one of Zara Phillips' sponsors in her eventing and sailing pursuits. She drove a car for them on the Land Rover Experience test driving course at the Show, which is held on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The show expects almost 100,000 visitors and 3000 horses.


The video features old footage from World War II showing women training to be drivers and mechanics in the Army Transport Service--including her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

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Results: Olympic Champion Jung Leads Badminton Horse Trials After Cross-Country; USA's Tina Coudray in Top Ten

Results: Olympic Champion Jung Leads Badminton Horse Trials After Cross-Country; USA's Tina Coudray in Top Ten | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Fran Jurga's insight:

Two-thirds of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England have been completed and the leaderboard looks like the United Nations with three Germans and three New Zealanders dominating the national rosters, along one Brit, one American, one Australian and one Italian:


1 Michael Jung/La Biosthetique Sam FBW (GER) 36.0 + 0 = 36.0

2 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 39.7 + 0 = 39.7

3 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 40.0 + 0 = 40.0

4 Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 40.2 + 0 = 40.2

5 Sandra Auffarth/Opgun Louvo (GER) 41.3 + 1.2 = 42.5

6 Stefano Brecciaroli/Apollo VD Wendi Kurt Hoeve (ITA) 36.8 + 6 = 42.8

7 Sam Griffiths/Happy Times (AUS) 43.3 + 1.6 = 44.9

8 Andrew Nicholson/Avebury (NZL) 45.0 + 0 = 45.0

9 Ingrid Klimke/Butts Abraxxas (GER) 44.2 + 0.8 = 45.0

10 Tiana Coudray/Ringwood Magister (USA) 43.3 + 2 = 45.3


The big news of the day is that European, World and Olympic champion Jung of Germany wasn't daunted by making his first appearance at Badminton. Although he retained his lead after dressage on La Biosthetique Sam FBW, he will be asking his horse for a faultless performance over the stadium fences tomorrow.


Jung does not have a fence in hand over New Zealander Jock Paget--another Badminton first-timer, who was immaculate on Clifton Promise and lies in second place.


Pundits had placed Jung, Fox-Pitt and Nicholson in a dead heat to win this year, but no one had counted on popular young New Zealand rider Paget. 


There is just a single rail between the top three, with New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson only .2 points behind them.


What does it mean? Tomorrow is the show-jumping, the final leg of the event, but first all the horses have to pass a vet inspection that will determine if they are "fit to continue". This final inspection has been known in the past to dash hopes and leaderboards in the single thumbs down of the veterinary panel who will line up to judge the horses.


The superfit horses understandably have a little less spring to their step on the morning after cross-country.


The lights will be on all night in the hunt stables at Badminton as grooms, vets, massage therapists, chiropractors and farriers work on the horses in hopes that ice, heat, vibration, sole cushioning, massage, spinal adjustment, magnetic blankets, a change of shoes or even just prayers can make the horses sound enough to pass the judges as they recover from the tremendous exertion they displayed today.


Seventy horses (out 85 entered) have the option to go forward tomorrow morning into what will surely be one of the most exciting finishes in eventing history.


Photo caption: Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam FBW, leaders after the Cross Country at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).


Scores provided by the FEI.

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