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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Competitions

Katie Shoemaker wins an individual silver medal in Para Dressage

HERNING, Denmark--Katie Shoemaker on Quiana won an Individual silver medal in Para Dressage Freestyle at the World Championships on Sunday, Aug.14.

Kate Shoemaker by Allen MacMillan DSC 9551Kate Shoemaker (Photo by Allen MacMillan)The U.S. Para Dressage Team finished a strong week at the World Championships,winning two individual medals and a team bronze.

Shoemaker on Quiana had a personal best in the FEI Para Dressage Grade IV Freestyle, receiving an 80.275 percent from the judging panel, marking a career goal for Shoemaker and showing a taste of what’s to come for the new combination.

Shoemaker acquired the mare late in 2021 and is already thrilled with the momentum they’ve built as a combination and the relationship she has with the 2014 Rhinelander mare.

“This is a personal best score for us," said Shoemaker. "We had so many goals coming into this, and a lot of the goals are out of your control because it involves what other people do, but we really wanted this 80 and I’m just so ecstatic we got it. I have to give all of the credit to my horse and my team. Without them I wouldn’t have the opportunity to sit up there and get to experience that. They all work so hard on my behalf, and we did it together.”

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Sweden's von Eckermann wins Individual gold at World Championships

HERNING, Denmark--Sweden swept the board when Heinrik von Eckermann on King Edward won the individual gold medal to add to the team gold at the Show Jumping World Championships on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Podium by Sarah Miller DSC 7826Guery, von Eckerman, center, and van der Vleuten (Photo by Sarah Miller for MacMillan Photography)King Edward, going clean for the fifth time in four days for von Eckermann, finished on .58 penalties.

Belgium’s Jerome Guery of Belgium on Quel Homme de Hus won the silver medal with 3.35, and Maikel van der Vleuten of Netherlands moved up the leaderboard to take the bronze medal with 5.96 penalties riding Beauville Z N.O.P.

Both King Edward and Quel Homme jumped 82 fences in the five rounds without dropping a rail.

The Speed round Wednesday was followed by Team round one Thursday and Team round two Friday with a rest day Saturday followed by the two round Individual Final Sunday.

Jens Fredricson on Markan Cosmopolit of Sweden had been in second on 2.71 going into the final round but had three down to drop to 10th on 15.71, moving Guery up to second.

It was Sweden's first gold at the World Championships but it followed a team silver at the Tryon Worlds after a jump-off won by the U.S., and a team gold at the Tokyo Olympics after winning a jump-off with the U.S.

Sweden has been a dynamic powerhouse for the past four years, and the Swedish team looks extremely strong going into the Paris Olympics in two years.

King Edward is only 12, so he'll be 14 for Paris, and Cosmopolit is only 11,

Malin-Bayard-Johnsson's H&M Indian is 14, but Peder Fredricson's AllIn, who was the super star of the Tokyo Olympic will be 18 in two years, possible a little too old for yet another top effort.

Still, three of the four horses, barring injury, will be in their prime for Tokyo.

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U.S Para Dressage team wins the bronze medal

HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. Para Dressage Team won the bronze medal in team competition in Para Dressage at the World Championships, following up on the team bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Us Para Team Podium by Sarah Miller DSC 5555U.S. Para Team bronze medal team (Photo by Sarah Miller for MacMillan photography)The team finished on a final score of 225.335 behind the Denmark team that won silver on a score of 229.751.

The Dutch team won their second consecutive World Championship gold, finishing on a team total of 230.225.

A total of 18 teams competed in Para Dressage, with Great Britain fifth, followed by Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Brazil, Norway, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Poland, Japan and Spain

Chef d’Equipe Michel Assouline commented on the team’s ability to overcome challenges and bring new, young horses into the spotlight while continuing to deliver top performances on the highest level.

This was another building block to the program’s success after last year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games team bronze.

“What we have done really affirms our position on the world stage," said Assouline. "We got the bronze in Tokyo and to get this bronze again here means that it wasn’t a fluke, and the level of performance is great. I’m absolutely ecstatic with what they’ve done as a team here, and very proud of this team, and these girls.”

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Sweden wins the gold but Ward and Moggre miss qualifying for the Individual Final

HERNING,Denmark--Sweden, following up on its Olympic gold medal, completely dominated the World Championship show jumping ,winning the gold medal,12 faults or three rails better than silver medalist Netherlands and bronze medalist Great Britain.

Team Podium by Sarah Miller DSC 9034Team Podium (Photo by Sarah Miller for MacMillan Photography)Along with the 10 top teams,the top individuals also competed in the second Team Jumping, but McLain Ward and Brian Moggre both had trouble on the course and failed to qualify for the Individual Finals.

Moggre on Balou du Reventon, finished with four jumping faults and about 30 time faults after the 16-year-old stallion stopped and reared after going around the corner towards the fourth fence, which was the beginning of a long line of bending, related distances ending at fences 9 A and B.

Balou du Reventon  reared four or five times before finally agreeing to turn and go on.

He jumped the course without a rail down but of course incurred four faults for the stop plus the time faults.

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U.S. Para Dressage Team possible for team medal with one more to ride Saturday

HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. ParaDressage Team had a strong start to the first day of team competition and are firmly in the running for a podium position at the conclusion of team competition tomorrow.

4 Kate shoemaker by Allen MacMillan DSC 5050Kate Shoemaker (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Kate Shoemaker and Quiana led the team off this morning, earning a 75.415 percent in Grade IV competition, followed by Beatrice de Lavalette and Sixth Sense, who earned a 73.235 percent in Grade II.

Roxanne Trunnell and Fortunato H20, the youngest horse in the entire competition, received a personal best score of 75.214 percent in Grade I.

Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel will conclude team competition with their Grade III ride tomorrow with their ride at 6:12 a.m. ET.

Shoemaker of Wellington, Fla,) set a strong tone at the beginning of the day for the team, piloting Quiana to a personal best score of 75.415 percent in their team test.

The pair produced an energetic and forward, yet relaxed test that was well-rewarded by the judges.

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Rebecca Hart wins a bronze in Para Dressage

HERNING, Denmark--Rebecca Hart of Wellington, Fla., on El Corona Texel won the first medal of the World Equestrian Games for the U.S., winning an individual bronze medal in the Para Dressage Individual Grade III Championship.

Rebecca Hart by Allen MacMillan DSC 2262Rebecca Hart (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Hart received a 73.147 percent for third, while Tobias Thorning Joergensen of Denmark on Jolene Hill won the  gold with 78.676 percent and Natasha Baker of Great Britain on Keystone Dawn Chorus took the silver on a 73.970 percent.

Hart put on a harmonious display in their Grade III Individual Test, receiving strong marks in their trot work and bringing a relaxed and light presence to the arena.

She is the most veteran combination on the Para Dressage Team for this championship, and she was pleased with her overall performance on their first day of competition.

"I'm feeling really good about that test," said Hart. "Text can be a little bit spicy sometimes and we've been working a lot on his relaxation and getting what we have in the warm-up and bringing that loveliness into the competition arena. I really enjoyed the mediums and the comeback today. He stayed there and I took a breath in, and he was right there and all of it I could really just enjoy and not micromanage things and it was a really nice feeling. He was so much happier out there and it's nice to have a happy athlete and happy horse."

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U.S.finished 11th at World Championships, missed team final

 HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. Jumping Team finished 11th in the first Team Competition on Thursday, Aug. 11 to miss qualifying for round two of team competition, which will be held Friday under the lights.

McLain Ward by Sarah Miller DSC 1035McLain Ward (Photo by Sarah Miller for MacMillan Photography)Only the top10 teams from Round I qualified to move forward to Friday's final, but there is one slightly bright side as McLain Ward on Contagious and Brian Moggre on Balou du Reventon did qualify to compete in the Team Final by finishing in the top 60 after the first two rounds of competition.

After the Team Final, the top 25 individuals will qualify for the individual Final Sunday.

Ward of Brewster, N.Y., on Contagious,went first the team and went clean well inside the time allowed of 85 seconds set by course designer Louis Konickx.

The course was set to the highest specifications, with several fences maxing out at 1.65m to1.70m in height.

The placings from the first Speed class Wednesday were converted into faults, which were added to any faults received in the first team competition Thursday.

In her second team appearance at a world championship, Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, Conn. on Cristalline had a rail early in the course and added another four faults at the last oxer on course, barely tapping the front rail, for a final total of eight faults added to her score of 7.00 from the Speed class to finish on a final score of 15.

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U.S. show jumping team is 14th following the Speed class, but only 14 faults behind leading Belgium

HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. Jumping Team is 14 faults behind the leading team from Belgium following the first day of World Championship competition with all four riders contesting the Speed Round.

Brian Moggre by Allen MacMillan DSC 8271Brian Moggre (Photo by Allen MacMillan)While that seems a lot, each of the three or four riders per team has two more rounds to jump, so being behind by three rails is difficult but not insurmountable.

The first class of the week, the Speed, in which 4 seconds were added to the time for each rail down, saw 22 teams and 103 total riders, including individuals, compete. 

Following the Speed class, the leading rider was given 0 faults, with each following rider assigned faults on their standing, and the total of the top three riders from each team was the team score gong into the first team competition.

The first round of team competition will begin Thursday at 7:00 a.m. ET with the U.S. set to go 15th in the order of 22 teams.

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Adrienne Lyle finished sixth in the Freestyle at the World Championships

HERNING, Denmark --Adrienne Lyle on Salvino placed sixth in the Grand Prix Freestyle under the lights at the World Championships Wednesday evening, Aug. 10 evening

USA Adrienne Lyle Salvino by Allen MacMillan DSC 0105USA Adrienne Lyle on Salvino (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Lyle had qualified ninth, so she moved up three places, scoring an 83.704 percent in the competitive final competition for dressage.

Charlotte Fry of Great Britain won the gold on Glamourdale with a score of 90.654 percent, while Catherine Laudrup-Dufour of Denamrk on Vamos Amigos was silver on a 89.411 percent, and Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands on Hermes took the bronze on an 86.900 percent.

Surprisingly, as one of the U.S. Dressage Team’s most veteran athletes, Lyle has never contested a freestyle at a championship event for the United States and was excited to show off her choreography and increased degree of difficulty with Salvino, who notoriously loves showing off for a crowd, and Lyle felt the excitement and energy from the warm-up as they were preparing for their test.

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Adrienne Lyle qualifies for Freestyle at the World Championships

HERNING, Denmark--Adrienne Lyle on Salvino qualified for the final class of the World Dressage Championships by scoring 75.669 on Monday, Aug. 8 to place ninth after the Grand Prix Special Test, placing her in the top 15 that will compete in the Freestyle on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Adrienne Lyle by Allen MacMillan DSC 8411Adrienne Lyle (Photo by Allen MacMillan)But being ninth going in, Lyle has little change of a medal.

 The Freestyle will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Steffen Peterson Suppenkasper is the second reserve for the freestyle after finishing on a 73.708 percent.

Lyle of Wellington, Fla., and Salvino had strong piaffe and passage work and a mistake free test.

“That’s the first Special we’ve ridden since the CDI5* in February in Florida, so I was really happy with him, and he was a bit more relaxed and looser than in the Grand Prix, so he was able to show off a bit more in the piaffe and passage today and he didn’t put a foot wrong, so I can’t complain about much,” said Lyle. “Overall, he felt really honest, and he was going on his own so I didn’t have to use much leg because when he has that energy and drive, I can just pilot him around.”

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Kimmy Palmer fifth in Female Valulting, U.S. team sixth going into Finals

HERNING, Denmark--Kimmy Palmer finished fifth in Female  Vaulting and the U.S. Vaulting Squad stands sixth going into the Final at the World Championships on Monday, Aug. 8

American Team By Sarah Miller DSC 0909American Team (photo By Sarah Miller for MacMillan Photography)Palmer was the highest placed athlete for the team with an overall score of 8.415, and Tessa Divita placed ninth on a combined score of 8.122. while Emily Rose finished 25th overall with a combined score of 7.423.

The U.S. Vaulting Squad finished their final day of squad-only competition before the Team Championship on Wednesday.

The team comprised of Calle Davis, Todd Griffiths, Miriam Griffiths, Paula Hampshire, Jaynee Meyer and Alyssa Stoddard, all of Utah, earned a team score of 7.903 in their freestyle for an overall score of 7.369 to place them sixth.

Palmer of Half Moon Bay, Calif., with a freestyle score of 8.723, was pleased with her performances throughout the week and attested her success to her partnership with Rosenstolz 99 and her lunger Laura Carramuci.

Divita of Portola Valley, Calif., was thrilled with her score, which was a personal best in both international CVI and championship competition.

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U.S. sixth in World Championships but qualify for the Olympics

HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. finished a disappointing sixth in the Team Dressage at the World Championships on Sunday, Aug. 7, while the home team Denmark squad won the gold, but the good news is that this finish at least qualifies the U.S. for the Paris Olympics.

Denmark Dressage Team gold by Allen MacMillan DSC 6174The Denmark Dressage Team (Photo by Allen MacMillan)The team finished on a final team score of 220 while Denmark won the gold medal on a 235.451, with Great Britain winning the silver with a 234.233, and Germany taking bronze with a 230.791.

"I am so thrilled to make it to the World Championship with Marshall-Bell, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that he did not even clip his ears over the atmosphere and the wild applause in the stadium," said Daniel Bachmann Andersen of the Denmark team, who scored 76.584. "I am so happy that my safe round actually turned out to be a personal best, I only aimed to play it safe for the team. The stadium is just crazy amazing, I am immensely proud to be part of our team."

"Thank you to the audience – you rocked the arena to perfection," said Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour of Denmark, who scored 81.864. "I was a bit nervous, I am always nervous. But today I calmed Nathalie and Kyra and told them; we can do this. My horse was nothing short of amazing. I feel so immensely proud for what my team members have done, we are all so proud of our achievement."

"This is so special," said Carina Cassee Kruth of Denmark, who scored 76.863. "We're used to support, but not like this."

"I had an amazing ride yesterday,"said Nanna Merraid Rasmussen, who scored 76.723. "Blue Hors Zack did everything I askked. It was a personal best. I'm out of the world."

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Kimmy Palmer stands sixth in Female Vaulting at the World Championships

HERNING, Denmark--Kimberly “Kimmy” Palmer of Half Moon Bay, Calif., topped the standings again for the U.S. Vaulting Team on Sunday, Aug.7 in the FEI Individual Female Technical Test, earning a personal best score of 8.329, to hold sixth place overall with a combined score of 8.129 heading into the final day of competition.

1 Kimberly Palmer By Sarah Miller DSC 9044 Kimberly Palmer (Photo by Sarah Miller for MacMillan Photography)Teammate Tessa Divita scored 7.724., with an overall two-test score of 7.782, to hold 10th place, while Emily Rose of Santa Cruz, Calif., received 6.495, for an overall score of 7.003.

Palmer vaulted on Rosenstolz 99, lunged by Laura Carnabuci and will compete in freestyle tomorrow as she hopes to earn a spot on the podium at the conclusion of competition.

“My horse was perfect," said Palmer. "I couldn’t have asked for him to be better. He was really great for me. I’ve been focusing on making the test more of a freestyle than a technical and just doing run through after run through to make sure that everything is really smooth and in time. I’m excited for the freestyle because it’s just so me, and who I am, and I want to be able to show that off.”

The two male competitors for team also competed in Technical Tests , with Daniel Janes of Moss Valley, Calif. on Christmas PS Z, lunged by Nienke de Wolff, earning a 6.890, for a two-round average of 7.135 for 16th place.

Jace Brooks of Eagle Mountain, Utah had an unfortunately rough dismount aboard Dwight, lunged by Maurits de Vries, to earn a 3.949 and giving him a score of 5.488 for 17th place overall.

The U.S. Vaulting Pas-de-Deux Team of Todd Griffiths of Eagle Mountain, Utah and Calle Davis of Spanish Fork, Utah made their first appearance, earning a 6.587 from the judging panel.

The pair vaulted on Lighting Jack 12, lunged by Thordis Thoroe, to place seventh overall after the first day of competition.

The first day of medals in vaulting will be awarded tomorrow for the Individual Female, Individual Male, and Individual Squad divisions.

 

U.S. dressage team had a rough beginning at the World Championships

HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. Dressage Team had a rough first day of championship competition in Herning, with two of the four team riders competing today and the final two set to compete tomorrow.

2 Katie Duerrhammer by Allen MacMillan DSC 0508Katie Duerrhammer (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Katie Duerrhammer of Greenwood Village, Colo., on Quartett received a 70.838 percent in their debut for the team, but Ashley Holzer of Wellington, Fla., on Valentine had a very bad test after Valentine became tense in the trot tour and struggled to regain composure, so Holzer received a 61.285 percent, to finish 43, or last of the first two groups of riders, leaving the team far behind.

In her championship debut with Quartett, Duerhammer produced a harmonious test, earning a score solid enough to place them in fourth at the conclusion of the first rotation of combinations.

She eventually finished11th after the completion of the first two rounds of competitors.

Of her first championship appearance, Duerrhammer said that Quartett rose to meet the atmosphere of the large stadium in Herning, and even with two small mistakes, the pair still showcased a quality test to the judges.

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Vaulting team is sixth after first day of World Championship competition

HERNING, Denmark--The U.S. Vaulting Team began competition at the FEI World Championships , starting the day as the second team to present a squad for the Compulsory Tests.

USA Vaulting Team by Allen MacMillan DSC 0194USA Vaulting Team (Photo by Allen MacMillan)The team also saw all five individuals compete as well, with Kimmy Palmer, finishing as the highest placed U.S. athlete at the conclusion of day one.

In the Squad Compulsory, the Oak Hills Squad representing the U.S., finished in sixth place overall out of 14 teams, earning a 6.568 from the panel of judges.

The team vaulted on Drillian and was led by Todd Griffiths of Elk Ridge, Utah, as the senior athlete on the squad, alongside his youngest daughter Miriam Griffiths, also of Elk Ridge, Utah, Calle Davis of Spanish Fork, Utah, Paula Hampshire of Kaysville, Utah, Jaynee Meyer of Salem, Utah, and Alyssa Stoddard of Eagle Mountain, Utah.

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World Championships dressage begins Saturday, Aug. 6

HERNING, Denmark--The  U.S. Dressage Team for the World Championship begins competition tomorrow, Saturday, Aug.6.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Shannon BrnkmanAdrienne Lyle and Salvino at the first inspection (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)The team of Katie Duerrhammer of Greenwood Village, Colo.on Quartett, Ashley Holzer of Wellington, Fla. and Valentine, Adrienne Lyle of Wellington, Fla., with  Salvino and Steffen Peters of San Diego, Calif., on Suppenkasper, along with Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, N.J., and Serenade MF,  first alternate, is led by Chef d’Equipe George Williams and Team Leader Hallye Griffin.

Team competition is Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug.. 7,, with times listed below.

The final competition is the Freestyle Championship Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Learn more at herning2022.com.

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Dana Escales wins her first Princeton Grand Prix

SKILLMAN, N.J.--Dana Escales rode Bono Ter Linden to win the $30,000 Grand Prix of Princeton over a field of 27 at Princeton Show Jumping's summer series of shows on July 24.

Andrew Philbrick 2Andrew Philbrick Andrew Philbrick, whose home farm is in Princeton, N.J., runs a series of shows both summer and winter at his facility in Skillman.

"I've been showing at Andrew's shows since he held them in Princeton, "said Escales. "This is the first time I've won one of the grand prix."

Michael Feitoso on Pendeaux was second and Devin Ryan on Asolita SDK Z was third.

Ryan, who was a member of the gold medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, often uses the Princeton Show Jumping series to school his young horses.

Other top riders, such as Laura Chapot, compete at these shows because they are well run and have good footing and good courses over attractive fences.

Escales, a professional from Danbury, Conn., said she has a customer based business with just a few customers who each have several horses,

"I've had this horses almost a year," said Escales. "He belongs to Kristina Fried's Buttonwood Show Jumpers. He's a super guy. He's jumped a lot of clear rounds. I'm lucky to have him."

Escales said she would show next week at Philbricks' show and then go to Saugerties for HITS,

She said she keeps her horses at Double H Farm in the summer and has her own barn in Wellington for the winter.

Jimmy Torano placed first and second in Lake Placid Hunter Derby

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Jimmy Torano of Mohrsville, Pa., has made winning hunter derbies his specialty, and at Lake Placid he not only won but also placed second in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Regional Championship North on July 10.

Jimmy Torano on Laskano LP KindMediaJimmy Torano on Laskano (Photo by KindMedia)Torano rode Laskano to the win and Moonlight to second to conclude the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Seventeen finalists competed over the two Derby courses set by course designer Joe Carnicom on the all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field.

The judging panels of Gary Duffy and Jamie Stryker and Tim Kees and Geof Case scored Torano and Laskano on top in both rounds, giving them a score of 179 in the Classic Round and a score of 202 in the Handy for a two-round total of 381.

It marked Laskano’s sixth International Hunter Derby win of the year and Torano’s fifth straight year winning in Lake Placid (excluding last year when he wasn’t present).

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Jessica Springsteen placed eighth in the Knokke Grand Prix

KNOKKE, Belgium--Jessica Springsteen just missed the jump-off in the Grand Prix at Knokke when she jumped clean over a very big and difficult course but exceeded the time allowed by four-tenths of a second for 1 time fault.

Jessica Springsteen on RMF Zecile Kathy RussellFile photo of Jessica Springsteen on RMF Zecilie (Photo by Kathy Russell)With that 1 fault, Springsteen on RMF Zecilie placed eighth from a starting field of 45.

A little more than halfway through the class, there was a very long hold on course of almost a half hour, during which time the commentator kept repeating that he didn't know the cause.

When the class was about to restart, the commentator said the hold-up had been caused by an accident in the schooling area.

When two horses later Laura Kraut, scheduled to ride Confu, didn't compete, it became evident that it was Kraut who had had the accident.

"Laura had a nasty fall in the schooling area, and was taken to the hospital for x-rays," said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland in a text following the class. "The good news is that there is nothing broken and she has been released from the hospital...A little beat up, but she's back on her feet!"

The grandprix at Knokke was the final observation event for the 10 riders competing for one of the four spots on the team for the World Championships to be held in Herning, Denmark Aug. 6 - 14.

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Laura Chapot won the $100,000 Grand Prix at Lake Placid, only the seventh to win both

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, .J., has had a fantastic, almost unbelievable two weeks in Lake Placid, winning every major jumper class but one, including winning both $100,000 Grand Prix.

Laura Chapot on Diarados Flyiing Dutchman LP GP KindMediaLaura Chapot on Diarado's Flying Dutchman (Photo by KindMedia)Chapot rode Diarado’s Flying Dutchman to win the $100,000 Grand Prix at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Chapot’s win made her just the seventh rider ever to sweep both Lake Placid Grand Prix in the same year.

Chapot was one of nine entries to reach the jump-off with a clean trip over the 15-effort, first-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral, course designer for next year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.

First to return for the eight fence jump-off was Alex Matz of Coatesville, Pa., on Erdento Van De Leeuwerk.

Matz, who won the class last year on Davidson, set the mark to beat with a clean trip in 36.557 seconds.

Matz’s lead held through the next five rides before Chapot returned on her 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

She blazed to a clean ride in 35.205 seconds in what proved to be the winning ride.

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U.S. Jumping team finished eighth in Knokke Nations Cup

KNOKKE-HEIST, Belgium--Brian Moggre was the star of the U.S. Jumping Team that finished eighth overall in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Knokke Hippique CSIO5* on July 8.

Brian Moggre Knokke SportfotBrian Moggre on Balou du Reventon (Photo by Sportfot)The team of Bliss Heers, Michael Hughes, Brian Moggre and Jessica Springsteen, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, was competitive after the first round, but two riders had 12 faults each in the second round to drop the team to eighth on a final total of 28..

“Despite our overall results not being what we had hoped for, there were some bright spots, nevertheless, including Brian’s two solid rounds in the anchor position,” said Ridland. “Most importantly, the primary purpose of these 5* competitions over the past two weeks is to put the finishing touches on the selection and preparation process for the upcoming World Championships in Denmark.”

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Alex Matz and Laura Chapot win at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Alex Matz and Laura Chapot each won a $5,000 jumper class at Lake Placid on Friday, July 8.

Alex MatzpresentationAlex Matz at the presentationMatz also placed second in a $1,500 class, and Chapot also placed third in a $5,000 class.

Matz rode VDL Nikita Van De Leeuwerk to win the $5,000 1.40m Jumper Class, Friday’s featured event at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 2022 Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Matz was one of seven entries to go clean over the one-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral, course designer for next year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.

He won with a clean round in the fastest time of 55.939 seconds.

Placing second was Christian Coyle, who finished with a clean ride in 57.896 seconds on Heviola, while third went to Chapot who was clean in 58.180 seconds on Gideon.

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Laura Chapot wins yet again at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., has dominated Lake Placid's jumper division, winning yet again in the  featured event on Thursday, July 7, the $30,000 Open Jumper Classic at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 2022 Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Laur Chapot on Diarados Flying Dutchman LP KindMediaLaura Chapot on Diarado's Flying Dutchman (Photo by KindMedia)Chapot was one of only three entries to reach the jump-off with a clean ride over the first-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral, course designer for next year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.

Paige Jardine was first to return for the tiebreaking jump-off, and she had one rail down for four faults in 33.214 seconds on Chaccara Blue.

Jimmy Torano followed with a clean ride in 35.838 seconds on Chewbacca HCC before Chapot clinched the win, going clean in 35.448 seconds on Diarado’s Flying Dutchman.

Chapot also finished fourth with the fastest four-fault ride in the first round on Chandon Blue, winner of last Sunday’s $100,000 Grand Prix.

“Both my horses that went today have a certain way of going, so I always try to stick to my plan no matter what is happening in the class,” Chapot said. “I was actually kind of happy someone finally went clear because otherwise it was going to be a very big jump-off with so many having four faults. I never watch what the others do in the jump-off. I prefer to stick to my plan and not be influenced by what the others are doing. Today it worked out.”

Laura Chapot finishes first and second at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot continued her winning ways on Wednesday, July 6, sweeping the top two places in the $5,000 1.40m Jump-off Class at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 2022 Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Laura Chapot presentation Calafornia KindMediaLaura Chapot on Calafornia (Photo by KindMedia)Chapot rode two of the eight entries who reached the jump-off by going clean over the first-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral, course designer for next year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.

She then turned in the two fastest clean rounds in the jump-off, winning on Calafornia with a time of 34.628 seconds and placing second with a time of 34.667 seconds on Gideon.

Third went to Gracie Allen who had a clean jump-off ride in 35.021 seconds on Jelster Van Stal Romano.

Sarah Scheiring rode Jessica’s Dream to win the $1,500 1.35m Jump-off Class.

She was one of four entries to go clean in the first round and then had the fastest clean jump-off round, finishing with a time of 41.251 seconds to win.

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Isabelle Bosley won Open Preliminary at Essex Horse Trials

FAR HILLS, N.J.--Isabelle Bosley of Monkton, Md., on Paper Doll won the $10,000 Open Preliminary division after finishing on their dressage score of 22.1 at the Essex Horse Trials.

Isabelle Bosley on PaperDoll Amy DragooIsabelle Bosley on Paper Doll (Photo by Amy Dragoo)The two-day event was held July 1-2 with dressage and show jumping at Hamilton Farm, home of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone, and the cross-country at Moorland Farm in Far Hills.

Bosley, 25, has been developing Paper Doll slowly over the last three seasons under the watchful eye of Lillian Heard.

“She’s a very careful jumper, so we didn’t want to scare her by moving up too fast,” Bosley said. “She’s really come around, and she’s an awesome Prelim horse. I’m hoping to move her up again soon.

“She’s a pretty bold cross-country horse,” Bosley said. “I’ve run a lot of Prelim events with her at this point, and we had seen a lot of things on today’s course before. I knew that as long as I stuck to my plan for our ride, everything should be alright. I did think she might refuse the jump into the water because that’s the biggest drop into water she’s done so far, but she jumped it really nice and carefully. I’m really thrilled with how she took it all on, especially in the heat. She just motored around the course like it was nothing.”

Along with Paper Doll, Bosley has a 4 Star horse, Night Quality, with which she has been slowly building up her career.

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McLain Ward finishes fifth in Aachen Grand Prix after a five horse jump-off of the best in the world

AACHEN, Germany--Qualifying for the !,500,000 Euro Grand Prix of Aachen on Sunday, July 3, was significant, making the jump-off was a feat in itself, and finishing fifth was equal to winning a major grand prix anywhere in the world.

McLain Ward on HH AzurMcLain Ward on HH Azur (file photo)McLain Ward on HH Azur was one of five riders who jumped two clean rounds to make it to the jump-off, but then he had to go first in the tie breaker.

The five who made it to the jump-off reads like the who's who of jumping - along with Ward on Azur, last year’s winner and the contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, were Daniel Deusser of Germany with Killer Queen, the only rider in history who has won the Rolex Grand Slam to-date, Scott Brash of Great Britain with Hello Jefferson, Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium on Katanga van het Dingeshof and Gerrit Nieberg of Germany with Ben.

"It was an amazing class,"said chef d'equipe Robert Ridland. "The first round was one of the toughest I've seen in 40 years.

"The top 18 in the first round made it to the second round. There were 11 or 12 clean and the rest with 4 faults. Just making it to the jump-off was amazing. Then McLain had to go first, and of course he didn't know how fast he'd have to go.

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Laura Chapot won the $100,000 Grand Prix at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot finished off a winning week by riding Chandon Blue to win the $100,000 Grand Prix and also riding  Diarado's Flying Dutchman to third at the first of two Lake Placid Horse Shows on July 3.

Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue KindMedialLaura Chapot on Chandon Blue (Photo by KindMedia)Chapot rode two of the four entries from the starting field of 21 that went clean over the 16-effort, first-round course designed by Nick Granat.

Also clean were the defending champion Alex Matz, whose father Michael was an Olympic teammate of Chapot’s father Frank, and 16-year-old Zayna Rizvi.

Matz, who won the class last year on Cashew CR, was first to return for the eight-effort tiebreaker course, and he was clean in 36.882 seconds on Ikigai.

Chapot then followed on her 17-year-old Oldenburg gelding and, as is her wont, blazed over the course, finishing clean in 33.903 seconds.

Rizvi also was clean, but in 35.933 seconds on Exquise Du Pachis, putting her in second place and assuring Chapot of her sixth Grand Prix win in Lake Placid.

She went last in the jump-off on Diarado’s Flying Dutchman, clean in 36.510 seconds which was good for third place.

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McLain Ward wins a second major competition at Aachen

AACHEN, Germany--On Wednesday, McLain Ward was delighted that after 27 years he had finally claimed the golden ribbon in the Turkish Airlines – Prize of Europe.

McLain Ward on Contagious in Aachen Shannonn BrinkmanMcLain Ward on Contagious with the Aachen crowd in the background (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)Then on Friday, July 1, he added a further victory to the list in the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia on Contagious.

It was fantastic to watch how Ward and his 13-year-old Zweibrücker gelding, Contagious by Contagio, sped through the course in the jump-off of the RWE Prize of North-Rhine Westphalia as the last pair to go.

Even in the tight turns they managed to find the perfect take-off at the obstacles and crossed the finish line in an incredible 41.70 seconds to take the victory.

Ward’s recipe for success? “I know the exact numbers of my strides and I know my horse inside out.”

 “I knew the numbers a little bit and my horse can cover the ground pretty well, and I knew the number of strides I could do in this jump-off,” said Ward. "It was very clear ,and the fourth oxer showed up very good for me and the green oxer on the double I did on a slice and I could have made up some time there."

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U.S. finished fifth in Eventing at Aachen

AACHEN, Germany --The U.S. Eventing Team finished fifth overall after two days of competition at CHIO Aachen in the SAP CCIO4*-S, finishing on a final team score of 158.4 penalties. 

Will Colemanof Off The Record Taylor PenceWill Coleman on Off The Record (Photo by Taylor Pence)The team was led by Chef d’Equipe Bobby Costello.

The team had been third following the dressae and show jumping phases but dropped to fifth after cross country.

“There were some really good moments for us to take away from this competition as a team and as individuals,” said Costello. “I was pleased with how some of the pieces came together, but I also don’t believe any of us feel satisfied with the overall result and are going to look to continue improving and delivering better results for our program and our country, especially as we get closer to September and the World Championships. I would like to thank the athletes, owners and support crew for their genuine dedication and hard work over the past few days.”

Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va., on Off The Record was first for the U.S. in cross country.

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Gracie Allen beats Laura Chapot in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID--Gracie Allen of Moorestown, N.J., rode Jelster Van Stal Romano to win the $20,000 1.40m Open Stake Saturday, July 2  at the 2022 Lake Placid Horse Shows.

GracieAllen on Jeister VanStal Romano KindMediaGracie Allen on Jeister Van Stal Romano (Photo by KindMedia)Allen was one of four entries who qualified for the jump-off by riding clean over the 14-effort, first-round course designed by Nick Granat.

She then set the mark to beat by turning in another clean round over the seven-effort tiebreaker course finishing in a time of 32.268 seconds.

The next two entries couldn’t beat her score and that left it to the final entry, Laura Chapot on Gideon, winner of two feature classes earlier in the week.

Chapot rode Gideon to another clean ride, but her time of 33.254 seconds was just a bit slower, leaving her in second place.

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Ireland's Christian Coyle wins Jumper Classic at Lake Placid, Linda Sheridan wins 1.35m Jumper Class

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Christian Coyle of Ireland on Coco Mercedes won the $30,000 Jumper Classic Friday, July 1 at the firstoftwo Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Christian Coyle on Coco Mercedes KindMediaChristian Coyle on Coco Mercedes (Photo by KindMedia)One of the premier stops on the nation’s hunter-jumper horse show circuit, the Lake Placid Horse Shows run June 28-July 10, offering a full schedule of world-class competition with more than $600,000 in prize money.

Coyle was one of four entries that went clean over the 15-effort, first-round course designed by Nick Granat.

Mattias Tromp was first to return for the seven-effort tiebreaker course, and he set the mark to beat with a clean ride in 30.184 seconds on Infuria P&P.

Carly Anthony followed with a clean ride in 30.309 seconds on Heavenly W before Coyle moved into the lead with a clean ride in 28.584.

Anthony returned on her second mount, Jet Blue, but settled for fourth behind Coyle, Tromp and her first mount.

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  1. U.S. team finished sixth in Aachen Nations Cup
  2. Mimi Gochman ancholrs North American Youth Team to the gold medal in Aachen
  3. Laura Chapot places 1, 2, 3 at Lake Placid
  4. Laura Chapot won both major jumper classes at Lake Placid on June 29
  5. McLain Ward wins the Turkish Airlines – Prize of Europe at Aachen, Adrienne Lyle second in the Grand Prix de Dressage
  6. Alex Matz, Laura Chapot and McLain Ward head a list of top riders to compete at the Lake Placid shows
  7. Charlotte Jacobs, Daisy Farish, Rebecca Conway and Alex Matz finished the Madrid Nations Cup sixth of 10 teams
  8. Alex Matz double clear in Lisbon Nations Cup, team finishes sixth
  9. Young team places fifth in Canadian Nations Cup
  10. Pangea win Best Young Horse
  11. Laura Chapot wins the Idle Dice Stake, McLain Ward is Leading Open Jumper Rider
  12. Martha Ingram wins Devon 3'6" Hunter Grand Championship and Stephanie Danhakl wins in 3'3"
  13. Jessica Mendoza won the Speed Derby at Devon while Alexandra Pielet leads in Amateur Owner Jumpers
  14. Martha Ingram and Irene Neuwirth lead in Amateur Owner Hunters
  15. McLain Ward on Contagious wins his 12 Devon Grand Prix
  16. Hunt Tosh on Autograph wins the $25,000 Hunter Derby at Devon
  17. Rodrigo Pessoa won the Speed Stake at Devon
  18. Scott Stewart wins Devon Leading Hunter Rider for 17th time, Ashleigh Glorioso wins Sade Saddle Championship
  19. Scott Stewart wins two championships at Devon
  20. Britain's Jessica Mendoza wins Devon's Welcome Stake, McLain Ward's slip and fall on turn eliminates him
  21. Scott Stewart wins two 3'9" Green Hunter classes at Devon
  22. Wendy Chapot Nunn wins the Adult Amateur Championship
  23. Wendy Chapot Nunn and Olivia Sweetnam win at Devon while John While was Pleasure Drive Champion
  24. Sara Kozumplik wins Devon Eventing, Boyd Martin is second and third
  25. Mimi Gochman wins Devon's Junior Jumper Championship while Kat Fuqua is Junior Hunter Grand Champion
  26. Alexa Elle Lignelli won in Junior Jumpers while Luke Jensen and Avery Glenn shared the Horsemanship Championship
  27. Zayna Rizve and Avery Glynn win on day one of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  28. Young team misses third in Rome Nations Cup by 2 seconds
  29. Zayna Rizvi swept the field in Devon's first day of competition
  30. McLain Ward on HH Azur wins Old Salem Grand Prix
  31. Ward wins again on Faro at Old Salem
  32. McLain Ward on Faro won the Welcome Stake at Old Salem
  33. Tamra Smith ninth at Badminton
  34. Julianna Empie of Penn State wins the Cacchione Cup Championship over Arielle LoGuidice from Centenary
  35. Penn State riders win at IHSA National Championship H.S.
  36. Jung wins Kentucky five star, but six Americans finish in top 10
  37. Conor Swail won the $225,000 Grand Prix in Kentucky
  38. Germany's Michael Jung has a big lead going into stadium jumping at Kentucky
  39. Michael Jung leads Kentucky after dressage, with Buck Davidson the highest American in third
  40. Tamra Smith, Colleen Rutledge and Doug Payne are first, second and third after first day of dressage in Kentucky
  41. Centenary University equestrian team places first at ANRC National Equitation Championships
  42. Kentucky Three-Day Event to be live streamed on USEF.org
  43. Chapots dominate jumper riders and trainers again at WEF while Jimmy Torano and Scott Stewart also are circuit champions
  44. Coaching will again be featured at Devon
  45. McLain Ward finished seventh in the World Cup after Contagious stumbled and had a rail
  46. McLain Ward leads in the World Cup going into Sunday's final round
  47. McLain Ward fifth after the first day of the World Cup
  48. Kelli Vanderveen won the final international jumper class at WEF
  49. The Global Dressage Festival concluded with three days of national competition
  50. Ashlee Bond wins the $500,000 Grand Prx 5* in an upset victory

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