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Don Johnson Proves Werth

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Germany’s Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH produced one of the finest performances of their career together to win today’s fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League in Sallzburg, Austria. From a distinguished field of starters that included many of the sport’s top stars, they emerged for a […]

Italy Shines in WC Vaulting

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Italy’s Anna Cavallaro recorded her second win of the FEI World Cup Vaulting 2015/2016 season in Salzburg (AUT) yesterday where German star, Jannis Drewell, topped the Male Individual competition and Italy’s Erika di Lupacchini and Lorenzo Forti stole the show in the Pas-de-Deux. The electric atmosphere of the arena at the Amadeus Indoor fixture ensured […]

Ahlmann on a Roll to World Cup

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Germany’s Christian Ahlmann won two in a row, taking top honors at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping contest in Madrid, Spain. Riding the 15-year-old stallion Taloubet Z he came out on top in a jump-off of five. The victory came just seven days after his win on home turf in Stuttgart, on Codex One. The 40-year-old rider couldn’t help but feel […]

Minderhoud Flirts to the Top in World Dressage

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The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud reigned supreme in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League qualifier at Stockholm in Sweden today. The 42-year-old rider who, with Glock’s Johnson, claimed team gold and individual bronze at this summer’s FEI European Championships in Aachen (GER), steered another of his powerful string, the 14-year-old […]

Kaiser, Jäiser, Vault to Top

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Switzerland’s Simone Jäiser and Germany’s Daniel Kaiser got their FEI World Cup Vaulting 2015/2016 campaigns off to the perfect start when coming out on top at the opening round of the five-leg series in Madrid, Spain tonight. All but one of the athletes starting at this first event competed on borrowed horses, with French vaulter, […]

Vaulting Dazzles on World Stage

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Vaulting has grown massively in terms of public and media support and appeal in recent years, and the sport — which combines the thrill of gymnastics with horseback riding — will be showcased internationally over five qualifying rounds this winter, beginning with competitions in Madrid and Paris. Vaulting demands outstanding physical fitness from the athletes and […]

Battle Builds in Barcelona

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The buzz is building for tomorrow’s $2.6 million Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final 2015 at FC Barcelona’s Real de Polo. Spaniard Alvarez Moya had determination written all over his face as he promised, “when it comes to the Furusiyya Final in my home country I will be giving it 100 per cent!” He’ll have to: he’ll be going […]

UAE Rules World Endurance

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The UAE solidified its rank as an endurance superpower on Aug. 26, sweeping the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship, which took place in Euston Park, England. The race had a rocky conclusion when heavy rain and thunder forced the event to a halt before its natural conclusion. Although the top 52 individuals and top four […]

Dujardin Doubles in Olympic Dressage

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It was a great week in Olympic dressage for Great Britain, which days after winning team Gold took in two more individual medals at the Aug. 9 Grand Prix Freestyle. Twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro brought the crowd to its feet with her record-breaking ride to Gold, while Laura Bechtolsheimer, also 27, claimed Bronze on […]

Eccles, Looser vault to top of the World

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The first official FEI World Cup Vaulting season came to a close Feb. 5 with emotions running high, as Switzerland’s Patric Looser captured the male title, and Great Britain’s Joanne Eccles took top female honors in Bordeaux, France. Qualifiers were held at five venues over the winter months, and today’s closing stages saw the top […]

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