- News http://chio.nl News - Capica.nl RSS Generator <![CDATA[French stand firm to win last qualifier Division 2 in Gijon]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/french-stand-firm-to-win-last-qualifier-division-2-in-gijon?news_id=3370 2017-09-02 Team France won today’s last qualifying leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Europe Division 2 series in Gijon, Spain where, in a roller-coaster of a competition, The Netherlands finished second ahead of Ireland in third.

The French were already out in front on a zero score at the halfway stage, but were being closely chased by Canada carrying just a single time fault. However the course designed by Spain’s Avelino Rodriguez-Miravalles saw some serious shuffling of the pack as the second round progressed. And the Dutch, lying joint-third with Spain and Mexico, and Irish who were in joint-sixth with Great Britain, were rewarded for holding their ground while those around them lost theirs.

When Kevin Staut and For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC hit the middle element of the triple combination three fences from home and Gregory Cottard and Regate d’Aure lowered the bogey final fence to also collect four faults second time out, then it fell to French anchorman Nicolas Delmotte and Ilex VP to save the day as the best three scores per team would be counted and his side was now carrying four faults. Edward Levy and the fabulous stallion Sirius Black had followed up their single first-round error with a great clear, but only the same from Delmotte would prevent a jump-off against the Dutch who, like the Irish, were fault-free at their second attempt.

One mistake and France would be on level pegging with The Netherlands on eight faults and forced into a jump-off. Any more than that and victory would be lost. But Delmotte held his nerve to bring Ilex home with a classic clear when posting one of four double-clear rounds on the day.

Ireland lined up third on their first-round total of 12 faults and the Canadians, hampered by second-round elimination for Jaclyn Duff and Eh All or None who had collected just a single time fault in the first round, had to settle for fourth place with 13 faults on the scoreboard. Great Britain (20 faults) finished fifth, Mexico (24 faults) lined up sixth, Germany (28 faults) finished seventh and the host nation (29 faults) finished eighth. Team Egypt collected 18 faults in the first round so didn’t make the cut into round two.

French Chef d’Equipe, Philippe Guerdat, was delighted with his country’s eleventh FEI Nations Cup™ success at the famous Las Mestas Arena in Gijon. “This is a lucky venue for us!” he said.

Result - Gijon (ESP):
1. France - 4 faults
2. Netherlands - 8 faults
3. Ireland - 12 faults
FULL RESULTS


FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping - Division 2 standings:
1 Belgium - 380
2 Great Britain - 260
3 Luxembourg - 180

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<![CDATA[Irish overcome the odds to win Jumping team gold]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/irish-overcome-the-odds-to-win-jumping-team-gold?news_id=3362 2017-08-25 It was Jumping team gold for Ireland at the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden tonight where Shane Sweetnam, Denis Lynch and Cian O’Connor clinched victory with three superb clear rounds. 

A man down, they produced three brilliant clear rounds to seal it; host nation Sweden take silver and Switzerland scoop the bronze

 

Fourth team member Bertram Allen (22) helped out on the sidelines after withdrawing from the competition following a fall from his grey stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve yesterday, but he joined Chef d’Equipe Rodrigo Pessoa on the medal podium as Ireland took the title for only the second time in the 60-year history of these Championships, their previous success recorded at Arnhem (NED) in 2001. Sweden claimed silver and Switzerland took bronze.


Tension was at boiling point as the action began under the bright lights of Ullevi Stadium, with the host nation in pole position ahead of Switzerland while Ireland and Belgium were tied for bronze. But on a night when the going got tough, over a long and testing 14-fence track, the tough really got going and the boys in green were the only side to keep a completely clean sheet. It was never a given. The loss of Allen and his brilliant stallion put them under extreme pressure, but as anchor rider Cian O’Connor (Good Luck) explained, they were never going to give up without a fight.


The Swedes lost their grip on the lead when, despite just a single time fault from Henrik von Eckermann, Malin Baryard-Johnson retired and Douglas Lindelow’s nine faults were added, but Olympic individual silver medallist Peder Fredricson reined it back with another fabulous clear from H&M All In. And when only Martin Fuchs kept a clean sheet on the Swiss side they stayed behind the Swedes but ahead of the Belgians who finished just off the podium when adding nine faults to their scoreline.


“The lads were brilliant, every one of them. We didn’t have any room for mistakes. I had one bad round and it was over, so I think it was absolutely amazing to do that today, to pull out three clears and each one better than the other!” Allen said.
And it’s not over yet because Sweetnam and O’Connor are lying third and fourth going into Sunday’s individual final, just fractionally behind Martin Fuchs and his exciting grey, Clooney, in second, and just over two points adrift of Swedish star Fredricson at the head of the leaderboard.
 

Individual result (after team competition):
1. H&M All In (Peder Fredricson) SWE              - 0.00
2. Clooney (Martin Fuchs) SUI                           - 2.03
3. Chaqui Z (Shane Sweetnam) IRL                   - 2.10


Final Team result:
1. Ireland                  -   12.11
2. Sweden                -   18.21
3. Switzerland          -   20.15
 

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<![CDATA[Dressage team gold for Germany once again]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/dressage-team-gold-for-germany-once-again?news_id=3359 2017-08-23 They may have been thrown slightly off course a few times in recent years, but Team Germany showed that they most definitely have the bit between their teeth once again when following up their Rio 2016 Olympic team victory to claim their 23rd Dressage team title at the Longines FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden tonight.

 

Already in the lead after the first two team-members completed their Grand Prix tests yesterday, they inched ever-closer to that top step of the podium when third-line rider Sonke Rothenberger took his turn with Cosmo this evening. This is a partnership that has matured splendidly, and such was the quality of their work that they were trending with a score over 80% early in their test, eventually posting 78.343 to become the new leaders despite a spooky moment and a mistake in the tempi changes.

Rothenberger’s score brought the German total to 227.915, so victory was already well within their grasp long before anchor rider Isabell Werth came into the ring. Meantime a fierce battle was raging between neighbours Denmark and Sweden for silver and bronze, with that result finally sealed by a very special performance from Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour. Riding the 14-year-old Atterupgaards Cassidy which she has partnered since her Junior years, the 25-year-old sparkled for a score of 78.300 which put the result beyond doubt. Denmark had not been on a European medal podium since 2001 so there was plenty to celebrate along with team-mates Anna Kasprzak, Anna Zibrandtsen and Agnete Kirk Thinggaard. And for Sweden it was their fourth team bronze, and Rose Mathisen, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven, Therese Nilshagen and Patrik Kittel were all riding horses that still have something to learn so Chef d’Equipe, Bo Jena, rightly admitted to feeling “really proud” of them.

Carl Hester (Nip Tuk) made a valiant effort to claw back a podium place for the beleaguered British who were always compromised once reduced to a three-member side, and his score of 74.900 placed him individually fifth but Team GB finished two percentage places behind the Swedish bronze medallists while the defending champions from The Netherlands lined up fifth.

Last to ride into the ring, it was only a matter of putting the icing on the German cake as Olympic silver medallists Isabell Werth and her fabulous mare Weihegold swaggered their way through a lovely test that demoted team-mate Rothenberger to runner-up spot in the individual rankings while Denmark’s Dufour finished third and Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Dorothee Schneider slotted into fourth and six spots respectively. The top 30 riders now go through to Friday’s Grand Prix Special.

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<![CDATA[Belgians bound for Barcelona Final & Division 1 slot after brilliant win in Roeser]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/belgians-bound-for-barcelona-final-division-1-slot-after-brilliant-win-in-roeser?news_id=3332 2017-07-01 Team Belgium confirmed their return to Europe Division 1 when sealing promotion with a definitive victory at the sixth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Europe Division 2 League in Roeser (LUX) today.

Taking command with the only zero score of the first round they added just six more in round two without calling up their anchor partnership, while the hosts sprang a major surprise when finishing a superb second ahead of the United Arab Emirates in third.

Belgium cannot now be overtaken at the top of the Division 2 leaderboard after an extremely effective campaign, but the battle for the second available spot in next year’s 10-nation Division 1 series and the FEI Nations Cup™ 2017 Final in Barcelona (ESP) in September will continue at the last leg in Gijon (ESP) next month. The British look set to take it, but another less than sparkling performance today failed to improve their position.

Pathfinder Nicola Philippaerts was the only Belgian to fault in the first round, but his clear with H&M Harley vd Bisschop second time out was followed by Catherine Van Roosbroeck’s effortless double-clear with the stallion Gautcho da Quinta. So although Dominique Hendrickx and Bacardi les Hauts collected six faults for a stop after an unfortunate slip on the turn to the influential penultimate triple combination, that was good enough to ensure that Vilm Vermeir and Iq van het Steentje didn’t have to go again because victory was already assured.

The crowd held their breath as a battle for runner-up spot ensued between first-round four-faulters Luxembourg and Switzerland. Christian Weier’s single error was followed by two from Victor Bettendorf second time out, but when Victor's sister Charlotte Bettendorf went clear and anchorman Marcel Ewen picked up just a single time fault it fell to London 2012 Olympic champion, Switzerland's Steve Guerdat, to pin the hosts, now on a final total of nine, back to third. A mistake in the triple combination put paid to that however, dropping the Swiss to fourth behind the impressive UAE foursome.

Now lying third with 180 points, Luxembourg could challenge the British for that much-sought-after second-place finish on the Division 2 leaderboard with another good performance in Gijon (ESP) next month. “That possibility was presented to us today, but we’ll have to see as a team if it makes sense” said Christian Weier however. “It’s a nice spot to be in, but we mustn't get carried away. We’ve just a small string of horses!”


Team Result - Roeser:
1. Belgium - 6 faults
2. Luxembourg - 9 faults
3. United Arab Emirates - 10 faults


FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping - Division 2 standings:
1 Belgium - 380
2 Great Britain - 255
3 Luxembourg - 180

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<![CDATA[Peder Fredricsson wins Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/peder-fredricsson-wins-longines-grand-prix-port-of-rotterdam?news_id=3331 2017-06-25 The 69th edition of CHIO Rotterdam was an excellent one for the Swedish showjumping team. After their victory in the FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines last Friday, Peder Fredricson today won the Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam with H&M All In.

In a jump-off thriller featuring eight riders, Fredricson was fifth to start and clocked a very fast time of 40.15 seconds. The three riders who followed took all the risks they could manage to steal first place. Irishman Kenny Darragh managed to clock an even faster time, but got 4 penalty points on the last obstacle. His countryman rode to a faultless second place with 11-year-old gelding Good Luck. Dutch rider Marc Houtzager finished third with Sterrehof’s Calimero.

Course designer Louis Konickx had provided the competitors with a challenging course, of which obstacle 6 tripped up many of them. The crowd was on the edge of their seats during the jump-off, passionately rooting for home riders Marc Houtzagers and Harrie Smolders.

Peder Fredericsson was happy with his victory and was impressed by the new All Weather-footing in both the Rotterdam Piste and the new Dura Vermeer training arena.   

Not the first compliment President Belle de Bruin has been given about the various improvements CHIO Rotterdam has made this year: “Of course we’re very happy to hear that people appreciate it. We have also received numerous suggestions to help us improve even more. We want to remain among the best events in the world, so we’ll get on that straight away.”  
The past four days have offered a wide variety of dressage and jumping action. Aside from the sports, CHIO Rotterdam has hosted numerous hospitality events on each day, a number of conferences, entertainment for our youngest visitors during the Kids’ Morning and in the Kids Village, shopping fun on the grounds, the promenade and the Stroodorp and of course many other priceless encounters.

The 70th edition of CHIO Rotterdam will take place 21 – 24 June 2018.

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<![CDATA[Team USA wins FEI Nations Cup Dressage, bad luck forces Dutch team out of the competition]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/team-usa-wins-fei-nations-cup-dressage,-bad-luck-forces-dutch-team-out-of-the-competition?news_id=3325 2017-06-24 The team of the United States are the winners of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage. Laura Graves won the individual InterChem Grand Prix Freestyle. Edward Gal and Glock's Voice took first place in the Grand Prix Special. Due to bad luck, the Dutch team was eliminated from the competition in the Nations Cup. Madeleine Witte-Vrees's horse Cennin lost a shoe only minutes before their test and could not compete. Under the current regulations, the entire Dutch team was  eliminated as a result. 

The FEI Nations Cup began on Thursday with the Grand Prix, in which all team riders participated and the best three results counted towards the total team score. After the Grand Prix, the Americans took the lead despite seeing their first riding get disqualified. Dutch coach Rien van der Schaft's team followed in second place.    

The final act of the Nations Cup took place tonight at CHIO Rotterdam. Two riders were going to compete in the Grand Prix Special, and both their results counted towards the team result. Madeleine Witte-Vrees, who was the best Dutch rider on Thursday in the Grand Prix, was one of the riders who was supposed to appear in the Grand Prix Special. The other two Dutch team members (Hans Peter Minderhoud and Diederik van Silfhout) competed in the Freestyle, but of their scores, only the highest counted towards the team result. With only Edward Gal's result in the Grand Prix Special to add to that, the Dutch team were eliminated from the competition.  

There was, however, individual succes for the Dutch. Edward Gal rode Glock´s Voice to victory in the Grand Prix Special and Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock´s Johnson TN N.O.P. placed second in the Freestyle. Diederik van Silfhout made his team debut with Four Seasons and achieved 6th place.

Robert Dover, coach for the American team, was very happy with his riders' performances. ''They do whatever it takes. Last year, we finished just behind the Dutch. This year, each combination has improved even further and look at the beautiful scores that results in. It was a shame the Dutch were eliminated. I would have liked the opportunity to take them on.''

Dutch coach Rien van der Schaft was pleased with what he saw. ''Hans Peter and Edward were very good. They did what was expected of them, but there are no guarantuees they will deliver at that level every time. It's very hard, so they did a really good job. And Diederik went for it as well. He made two little mistakes, but he always manages to compensate for those with one last amazing line. This shows he's not only a great rider in the physical aspect, but is also mentally very strong. My congratulations to him for his achievements here. Emmelie Scholtens, too, has also performed very well here. She wasn't in the Dutch team, but has scored incredibly here. The fact that we were eliminated from the competition is disappointing, but that's life. Once again, I've enjoyed doing my job. It doesn't get any easier, but it does get more fun every time.''  

 

Results CHIO Rotterdam FEI Nations Cup Dressage

1. USA, 446.442

2. Sweden, 427.035

3. Duitsland, 414.031

Grand Prix Special

1. Edward Gal (NED) – Glock´s Voice, 75.078%

2. Kase Perry-Glass (USA) – Goerklintgaards Dublet, 71.784%

3. Therese Nilshagen (Zwe) – Dante Weltino OLD, 71.784%

Grand Prix Freestyle

1.Laura Graves (USA) – Verdades, 80.980%

2. Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) – Glock´s Johnson TN N.O.P., 78.890%

3. Jorinde Verwimp (BEL) – Tiamo, 77.560%

6. Diederik van Silfhout (NED) – Four Seasons, 72.170%

1. Edward Gal (NED) – Glock´s Voice, 75.078%

2. Kase Perry-Glass (USA) – Goerklintgaards Dublet, 71.784%

2. Therese Nilshagen (SWE) – Dante Weltino OLD, 71.784%

Edward Gal (NED) – Glock´s Voice, 75.078%

2. Kase Perry-Glass (USA) – Goerklintgaards Dublet, 71.784%

2. Therese Nilshagen (SWE) – Dante Weltino OLD, 71.784%

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<![CDATA[Super Swedes win Division 1 cliffhanger in Rotterdam]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/super-swedes-win-division-1-cliffhanger-in-rotterdam?news_id=3314 2017-06-23 In a competition that was most definitely a game of two halves, Team Sweden stood strong to win the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Europe Division 1 series in Rotterdam today. With four teams sharing a zero score at the end of the first round, and the remaining four only a single fence behind, it seemed the course designed by Dutchman Louis Konickx was a bit of a breeze.

But when the poles were raised and the fences widened in round two it was a very different story, and it came down to a duel between the winners and the Swiss who eventually had to settle for runner-up spot. The withdrawal of Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Clarimo Ask piled the pressure on Sweden in the closing stages, but despite not jumping in round one it was anchorman Peder Fredricson and the gelding H&M All In who clinched it.

With 16 faults each to add, the German and Irish teams lost their grip on the lead and it was the first-round four-faulters from Italy and Spain who, posting eight more second time out, jointly moved into third spot at the end of the day.

Brilliant double-clears from Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (Cantinero) and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (Bianca) kept these two sides neck-and-neck as round two got underway, and with Bengtsson out of commission the four faults posted by 26-year-old Douglas Lindelow (Zacramento) left them still on level pegging when Switzerland’s Werner Muff (Daimler) also lowered the widened middle element of the triple combination four fences from home after Romain Duguet (Twentytwo Des Biches) put eight on the board.

When Fredricson went clear it was left to Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs to discard Duguet’s score and force a jump-off by doing likewise, but his feisty gelding Clooney clipped the first element of the triple combination to leave his team on a final tally of eight, while the Swedes reigned supreme with just four. The result moves Sweden up to second spot, five points ahead of the French, on the Europe Division 1 league table which continues to be dominated by Italy going into the sixth leg at Falsterbo (SWE) in three weeks’ time.

Team Result - Rotterdam:
1. Sweden - 4 faults
2. Switzerland - 8 faults
3. Italy and Spain - 12 faults

FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping - Division 1 standings:
1 Italy 345
2 Sweden 307.5
3 France 302.5
4 Germany 285
5 Switzerland 250
6 Spain 250
7 Ireland 210
8 Netherlands 190

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<![CDATA[Germany kicks off FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/germany-kicks-off-fei-nations-cup-presented-by-longines?news_id=3298 2017-06-22 The Netherlands is the fifth team to start during the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Presented by Longines. The German team, lead by Chef d'Equipe Otto Becker, will be first to compete.

Tomorrow’s starting line-up:

1. Germany

2. Sweden

3. Ireland

4. Belgium

5. The Netherlands

6. Italy

7. Spain

8. Switzerland

For The Netherlands, the following riders will compete: Marc Houtzager with Sterrehof´s Calimero, Gerco Schröder with Glock´s Cognac Champblanc N.O.P., Harrie Smolders with Don VHP Z or Emerald N.O.P. and Jur Vrieling with VDL Glasgow van het Merelsnest. Maikel van der Vleuten  and VDL Groep Arera C are the alternate combination.

Last year, Dutch coach Rob Ehrens and his team managed to win the FEI Nations Cup, leading to big home expectations. Ehrens: “This year, as ever, we’ll of course be aiming for another victory. At this year’s first Nations Cup in La Baule, we did not perform our best yet, followed by a second place in Rome. A line of improvement I hope to maintain going into this event. But, as has often been said before: in our sport, just one mistake can make all the difference. The competition is always growing stronger, but we will give it our all.”

As usual, the FEI Nations Cup will be held over the course of two rounds. Per round, the three best results count towards the team result. Should there be a tie between countries, a jump-off will decide the end result.

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<![CDATA[Victory for Laura Graves, The Netherlands in second place after CDI 5* Grand Prix]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/victory-for-laura-graves,-the-netherlands-in-second-place-after-cdi-5*-grand-prix?news_id=3297 2017-06-22 Laura Graves (USA) has won the CDIO 5* Dressage Grand Prix with a striking score of 79.46%. Her result and a third place by team mate Olivia Lagoy Weltz (74.580%) place the United States in first place for the FEI Nations Cup with a total score of 225.6 points. The Dutch dressage team is ranked second with 222 points, with Dutch rider Madeleine Witte-Vrees and KWPN-stallion Cennin providing their best score in the first part of the competition (75.66%). Witte-Vrees puts her at an individual second place.

Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) rode Glock's Johnson TN N.O.P. to a score of 73.40%, just edging partner Edward Gal (NED) with Glock’s Voice (73.02%). Dutch rider Diederik van Silfhout made his team debut with new hore Four Seasons. Hij was given a score of 72.32%.

On Saturday evening, action continues in the FEI Nations Cup Dressage with the CDIO 5* Grand Prix Special and the CDIO 5* Grand Prix Freestyle.

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<![CDATA[USA pips Netherlands in jump-off thriller at Sopot]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/usa-pips-netherlands-in-jump-off-thriller-at-sopot?news_id=3277 2017-06-09

Laura Kraut clinched victory for Team USA at the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 2 series in Sopot, Poland today. But the 51-year-old double-Olympian had to ride for her life in the edge-of-the-seat third-round jump-off to beat Dutch teenager Sanne Thijssen (18) whose breathtaking performances with Con Quidam RB had the spectators riveted to their seats.

 

This was vintage Nations Cup competition, Olaf Petersen Jr’s testing track producing plenty of surprises including an unexpected early exit for experienced sides from Great Britain, Ireland, Norway and Russia along with the Polish hosts at the end of the first round. The Americans were well out in front with just a single time fault at the halfway stage, but the Dutch fought back from fifth place to chase them right down to the wire.

Kraut knew what she had to do when following Thijssen against the clock.

Just two faults separated Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Belgium as round two began, and the addition of just two more to their 11-fault total would leave the Dutch on level pegging with the Americans in the closing stages when Aniek Poels (Athene) and Doron Kuipers (Charley) collected single time faults and Thijssen’s spring-heeled stallion jumped spectacularly clear.

Team USA added 12 second time out, Lauren Hough (40) and Waterford fell victim to the penultimate triple combination and Paris Sellon (25) also faulted there and at the water with Cassandra. But 20-year-old Chloe Reid’s rounds with her sensational 10-year-old stallion Codarco were another highlight of a day when young riders simply sparkled, and when this pair followed their first-round clear with just a single mistake then Kraut’s second clear halted the American decline and confirmed a showdown with the Dutch.

Thijssen’s little wonder-horse posted the jump-off target at four faults in 38.03 seconds - “he’s special, there are not many horses like him, he’s so careful he wants to jump the course himself and forgets that I’m sitting on him!”, she said. But Kraut cranked up the speed after hitting the second fence to post the winning time of 36.29.

Team Result - Sopot:
1. USA - 13 faults and 4 faults/36.29 secs in jump-off
2. Netherlands - 13 faults and 4 faults/38.03 secs in jump-off
3. Portugal - 18 faults

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