Boyd Martin steals win from Oliver Townend

Boyd Martin and On Cue © Shannon Brinkman

Boyd Martin steals win and makes history at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Three-time Olympian Boyd Martin became the first American to win a CCI5*-L since 2008 when he piloted On Cue to victory at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. Boyd Martin and On Cue are the first winners of the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. © Shannon Brinkman Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class seemed unbeatable throughout the four days of competition with their dressage score of 21.1 and a clear…

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Irish rider, Max O’ Reilly has his first International Grand Prix win

Irish rider, Max O’ Reilly has his first International Grand Prix win! There was a great atmosphere in the stands on the last day of this week’s CSI2*, October Tour here at Dehesa Montenmedio.  Max O’Reilly (IRL) took the top of the podium in the GP, 1.45m, Longines Ranking class, with his 10yr old gelding, Babar de Bussy who has been his partner since January 2019. This is their first international GP victory and was very well earned as they beat 11 top class horses and riders in a very exciting jump off from a class that started with 52 entries. Marcos Nuñez was…

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Spencer Smith Scores In Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix

Podium finish for Spencer smith with Chrisitan Ahlmann 2nd and Jur Vrieling Photo: Longines Global Champions Tour

Spencer Smith Scores In Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Šamorín While Championship Battle Will Go Down To The Wire At Next Week’s Finals In one of the most competitive jump-off’s of the 2021 season, it was Spencer Smith and Theodore Manciais who defied gravity and soared into first place claiming his first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix win under the lights in the spectacular arena of Šamorín. Smith denied Chrisitan Ahlmann of the win by 0.02s and of the penultimate prestigious golden ticket for the Longines Global…

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Irish bred horses shine at the Sunshine Tour

Sean Monaghan and 8yr old mare, EMS Adelaide ©Moises Basallote / Ahmed Photography

Irish bred horses shine at the Sunshine Tour It’s an Irish victory in the Pavo Trophy Small Grand Prix class at the Sunshine Tour with a first and second placed horses bred from the Emerald Isle. Sean Monaghan (21) may be young but this very experienced Irish rider has a great track record, which includes such events as back in 2016, he was a winning team member of the under 21 Pony Nations cup in Denmark, in May this year he won the Gain National GP in Cavan and he…

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Oliver Townend rides fault free cross-country at Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class currently sit in first place in the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. © Shannon Brinkman

Oliver Townend rides fault free cross-country at Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Oliver Townend Poised for Victory at the Inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Only 11 horse-rider combinations finished the cross country course clear Kurt Martin Maintains Lead in the CCI3*-L World #1 ranked rider Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class remain at the top of the leaderboard at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill following a fault-free round during Saturday’s Cross Country Driven by Land Rover. Over 10,000 spectators came out to watch the…

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Benoit Cernin scores at double at Hubside Jumping

Benoit Cernin & Uitlanders du Ter ©Sportfot

Benoit Cernin scores at double at Hubside Jumping Friday was a day that the Frenchman Benoit Cernin will certainly remember! Together with Vitalhorse Cekanane de Ushara and Uitlanders du Ter he won, successively, the CSI 2* 1.45m Grand Prix and the CSI 5* 1.55m Grand Prix. However in the 5* speed class, it was the Brazilian national anthem that was heard in Grimaud, thanks to great performance of Eduardo Pereira De Menezes, already 2nd in the previous class. In preparation for Sunday’s big class, the World’s best riders were in…

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Oliver Townend maintains lead at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

Oliver Townend and Colley Master Class at Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill 2021 - Dressage. Image Credit to Shannon Brinkman

Oliver Townend maintains lead at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Oliver Townend Maintains Lead Going into Cross-Country at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Tim Price and Boyd Martin Round Out Friday’s CCI5*-L Top 3 World No. 1 ranked rider Oliver Townend’s (GBR) score of 21.1 remained untouchable during Friday’s final dressage phase at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. He and Cooley Master Class, Angela Hislop’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, maintain a three-point lead over the other competitors and set a new international personal…

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Enjoy The Best Seats in Liverpool with the VIP Paddock Club

Liverpool International Horse Show 2021 preview

Enjoy The Best Seats in Liverpool with the VIP Paddock Club The Voltaire Design Liverpool International Horse Show 2021 Lighting up the heart of Liverpool with an unrivalled line up of top level show jumping, family fun and entertainment, The Voltaire Design Liverpool International Horse Show returns to the M&S Bank Arena from 31st December 2021 to 3rd January 2022. Tickets for the ultimate equestrian New Year celebration are now available to purchase at www.liverpoolhorseshow.com. Continuing to raise the bar in all areas, this year’s show sees the launch of…

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This Esme joins industry peers at The London International Horse Show

This Esme joins industry peers at The London International Horse Show

This Esme joins industry peers at The London International Horse Show This Esme, Erin Williams and Teddy the Shetland are among those scheduled to hit the ‘Live Zone’ at this year’s The London International Horse Show. Set in the London Excel arena for this year (16-20 December) the Live Zone presents an exciting opportunity for fans and spectators to meet and interact with their favourite equestrian influencers, riders and celebrities and this year will host talks, Q&A sessions, and interviews. Social media sensation ‘This Esme’ returns to the London International…

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Conor Swail secures second straight Longines victory in Sacramento

Conor Swail (IRL) and Vital Chance de la Roque winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento (USA) on Saturday, 9 October 2021. (FEI/Julia B Photography)

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2021/2022 North American League Conor Swail (IRL) and Vital Chance de la Roque establish commanding North American lead Written by Catie Staszak Conor Swail (IRL) and his mount Vital Chance de la Roque are beginning to develop a winning reputation. After opening the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League season with a victory in Vancouver (CAN), the duo recorded a second straight World Cup victory in Sacramento (USA). Swail and the enthusiastic 12-year-old gelding topped a thrilling four-horse jump-off in front of a packed…

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Five time Olympian Peder Fredricson (SWE) sensational rise to World number one

Five time Olympian Peder Fredricson (SWE) has risen to the top of the Longines World Rankings. (FEI/Christophe Taniere)

Five time Olympian Peder Fredricson (SWE) sensational rise to World number one Five time Olympian Peder Fredricson (SWE) has secured the number one spot of the Longines World Ranking for the first time in his career, taking the reins from Olympic bronze medallist, Daniel Deusser (GER) who took over the position for the third time back in June 2021 and now sits in second position. Fredricson (49), who shot up the rankings last month from number 17 into second position, one that he has held frequently, is now at the…

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LGCT and GCL Championship Battle Set To Reach Fever Pitch

LGCT and GCL Championship Battle Set To Reach Fever Pitch At Penultimate Stage Of The Season

LGCT and GCL Championship Battle Set To Reach Fever Pitch At Penultimate Stage Of The Season The thrilling final stages of the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL 2021 season will be staged in the beautiful setting of Šamorín on the shores of the River Danube. The X-Bionic Sphere resort will host the 14th stage next week 15 – 17 October ahead of the big showdown at the season Finals of the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL championships the week after. The stakes will be high with a power-packed…

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Maryland 5 Star and Les 5 Étoiles de Pau live and exclusive on H&C+

Double Olympic champion Michael Jung (GER) with his ride fischerChipmunk FST put in an outstanding performance today taking the lead at the end of the Dressage phase at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship Luhmühlen (GER). (FEI/ /Oliver Hardt for Getty images)

Every phase of The Maryland 5 Star and Les 5 Étoiles de Pau live and exclusive on H&C+ There’s a real treat in store for eventing fans coming up on Horse & Country (H&C) with two five-star events in quick succession. From the 13th to the 17th October every phase of the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, including the trot-up, will be live on H&C’s streaming service, H&C+. And, from 27th to the 31st October, H&C will return to the South of France for Les 5 Étoiles de…

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Bennington Carriages Osberton International Proves a Big Hit with Carriage Drivers

Bennington Carriages Driving at Osberton International Horse Trials

Bennington Carriages Osberton International Proves a Big Hit with Carriage Drivers First national Bennington Carriages Driving Trials a huge success at Osberton International Horse Trials Venue pulls out all the stops to host drivers and their horses This year’s Osberton International Horse Trials played host to a national driving event for the very first time. Following the huge success of a test driving trials in 2019, the team at organiser’s BEDE Events pulled out all the stops to bring top-level sport to the Osberton Estate in Nottinghamshire. Sponsored by Bennington Carriages…

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Dutch deliver another magnificent victory in Barcelona 

The Dutch team in celebration mood after their superb victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2021 at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain today. (FEI/Lukasz Kowalski)

Dutch deliver another magnificent victory in Barcelona Written by Louise Parkes For the third time since the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final was staged back in 2013, The Netherlands reigned supreme at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday. With the stoicism and quiet determination that has long been their trademark, the side of Maikel van Vleuten, Willem Greve, Sanne Thijssen and Harrie Smolders held firm to take the coveted title that never loses its sparkle. It was Smolders who clinched it with his anchorman ride,…

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Kevin McNab Takes Centre-Stage at Osberton International

KEVIN McNab

Kevin McNab Takes Centre-Stage at Osberton International Kevin McNab galloped to success in the main BEDE CCI3*-L at Osberton International Horse Trials with Scuderia 1918 Humphreys. The Guildford-based rider has been in great form this year and his championship run continued at the Nottinghamshire-venue. Kevin and the grey stallion, battled to the end with a superb clear in the showjumping to overhaul overnight leader Izzy Taylor and Carolines Air KM. Said Kevin: “He made my life easy, he is one of those horses you hop on and ride for 10…

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Brilliant British young guns clinch Challenge Cup Trophy

Team Great Britain won the Challenge Cup Trophy tonight at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2021 at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain. (L to R) Jack Whitaker, Harry Charles, Emily Moffitt, Chef d’Equipe Di Lampard, John Whitaker and Holly Smith. (FEI/Lukasz Kowalski)

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final 2021 Brilliant British young guns clinch Challenge Cup, written by Louise Parkes It was a night for the next generation as the British claimed the Challenge Cup Trophy at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final 2021 at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain. Clear rounds from 22-year-old Harry Charles riding Romeo 88 and 23-year-old Emily Moffitt partnering Winning Good anchored the British scoreline. So the four faults picked up by team pathfinders, 32-year-old Holly Smith and Denver, was all they had…

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A Fantastic Day of Top Class Competition at Osberton International

Jodie Amos receives her prize from BE Helen West

A Fantastic Day of Top Class Competition at Osberton International The crowds came out in their droves to enjoy an action packed third day at Osberton International. John-Paul Sheffield and the talented chestnut, Cathmore Fusion owned by Vanessa Garfoot started the day well when heading a fantastic line up in the British Eventing 5YO Championship. “I was delighted with him today, he was a star and I am very excited about his future, he is definitely looking like a Le Lion horse,” said John-Paul. “He was produced by Ginnie Turnbull…

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Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final 2021

World number one, Daniel Deusser, helped Team Germany top the first round of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2021 at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain today with a superb clear round from Killer Queen VDM. (FEI/Łukasz Kowalski)

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final 2021 Germans show their strength in thrilling opening round written by Louise Parkes   But for the newly-crowned European champions from Switzerland it was an entirely different experience when they finished 12th of the 15 competing nations, missing the cut into the top eight who will battle it out for the title on Sunday afternoon. Instead they go into tomorrow night’s Challenge Cup in which they won’t just be hoping to restore their supremacy. They will also need to ensure they finish ahead of Norway,…

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Osberton International Four-Year-Old Showcase Proves a Hit

Osberton International Four-Year-Old Showcase Proves a Hit THE new British Eventing 4YO Showcase at this year’s Osberton International Horse Trials proved a resounding success with 41 entered in this innovative addition to the schedule. The Four-year-old Showcase includes a new dressage test, with the showjumping and cross-country all in one arena incorporating a water jump, bank and ditch. After a fantastic afternoon, the class went to Flora Harris with MGH Hildare Harlequin owned by Anna Sims Hilditch. Said Flora: Anna bought him as a three-year-old from Padraig McCarthy and I…

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Zara Tindall heads to United States for inaugural 5 star event

Zara Tindall heads to United States for inaugural 5 star event Granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Tindall, will head to the states alongside Olympic medalist, France’s Astier Nicolas to compete in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, this October (2021). Held between the 14-17 October, Tindal and Nicolas will meet with a field of top class event riders including Oliver Townend, Tim and Jonelle Price, Harry Meade, Maxime Livio and Boyd Martin. The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill now forms one of only two 5 Star…

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FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 Young Horses

The KWPN mare Just a Dream (VDL Zirocco Blue/Carano), bred by the Nooren family, lived up to her name to take the 7-Year-Old title for German athlete Harm Lahde and owners Gestut Eichenhain at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021 at Zangersheide Stud in Belgium yesterday. (FEI/Hippo Foto - Sharon Vandeput).

FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 Young Horses Written by Louise Parkes The BWP, WESTF and KWPN Studbooks shared the glory at the 2021 edition of the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium which drew to a close with German riders claiming victory in all three categories. Christian Ahlmann steered the Belgian-bred Querido VG Z to win the 5-Year-Old category, Philip Weishaupt topped the 6-Year-Olds with the Westphalian, Coros, and Harm Lahde and the Dutch-bred mare Just a Dream galloped home to…

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Becky Moody’s Jagerbomb wins NEXGEN 7yr-old final

Becky Moody and Jagerbomb, winners of the NEXGEN seven-year-old championship at Hickstead, 2021

Becky Moody’s homebred Jagerbomb wins NEXGEN 7yr-old championship final Becky Moody rides away with a first and third in NEXGEN seven-year-old championship final Riders praise NEXGEN tests and scoring system Becky Moody’s homered gelding, Jagerbomb scooped the NEXGEN seven-year-old dressage championship final at Hickstead on Friday 24th September, riding away with a final mark of nine and an impressive £2,000. Sara-Jane Lanning and Hawtins lyric came in second with 8.26, with Moody also taking third place with Jo Cooper’s Electron x Diamond Hit gelding Jack Diamond, finishing on 7.94. Jagerbomb (Dante…

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Brits sweep the board at FEI Eventing European Championship Avenches 2021

EUROPEAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP - AVENCHES 2021. Team GB Celebrates victory during prize giving ceremony Photo Copyright © FEI/Richard Juilliart

Brits sweep the board at FEI Eventing European Championship Avenches 2021 It’s all glory for Great Britain’s golden girls at Avenches written by Louise Parkes British riders have long had a phenomenal record in the sport of Eventing, and today they proved untouchable once again in the FEI Eventing European Championships 2021 in Avenches, when not only clinching the team title but taking all the individual medals too. In the lead from day one they held on tight, and when today’s result is added to double-gold at the FEI World Equestrian…

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Britain battle it out like heroes in Avenches

Nicola Wilson image copyright British Equestrian / Jon Stroud Media

Britain battle it out like heroes in Avenches Britain’s eventers hold team and individual gold position in Avenches With a true championship cross-country test set by designer Mike Etherington-Smith, today’s action was always going to be compelling viewing – and it didn’t disappoint – at the FEI Eventing European Championships in Avenches, Switzerland. By the end of 67 riders, the leaderboard had a true shake-up in both the team and individual competitions, but skillful riding from the British mean they hold the ascendency in both. Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent…

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