Euro Update: Rothenberger, Van Lanen and Van Silfhout win at CDI-PJY Weert

German pony rider Sanneke Rothenberger, Dutch junior rider Chantal van Lanen and Dutch young rider Diederik van Silfhout were the big winners at the international show in Weert, The Netherlands. Aboard the Weser Ems bred pony gelding Konrad, Rothenberger was undefeatable in the pony division. Chantal van Lanen reigned in the junior riders class aboard the Bright Speed offspring Beaujolais. Diederik van Silfhout won the Young Riders kur to music with the KWPN licensed stallion Paddox (by Ferro). The show in Weerth was the last international pony show were over-sized ponies can compete. As of 2007 all ponies will be remeasured for international events.

Second FEI Freestyle Forum Hosted in Great Britain

Following the first highly successful FEI Freestyle Forum in Germany in 2005, Britain is now hosting the world’s second FEI Forum to discuss the kur. Riders will have the opportunity to understand what a top panel of judges look for in a freestyle test, where marks are lost and gained. Top composers will provide an insight to their ideal kur, including tips for riders producing their music themselves. The panel will discuss the way forward for the future for freestyles and how the consistency of judging can be improved. A forum for both rider and judge.

The panel includes O-judges: Mariette Withages and Stephen Clarke; international rider and trainer Kyra Kyrklund; creator of the Freestyle to music and World Cup Joep Bartels; and composers Cees Slings, international composer who amongst others also produced all of Anky Van Grunsven’s music and Joost Peeters, composer of many Dutch kurs for international riders such as Imke Bartels and Laurens van Lieren.

Peter Storr's Gambrinus Died Unexpectedly

Peter Storr's Grand Prix horse Gambrinus died unexpectedly in his sleep on December 1, 2006. The 15-year old Hanoverian gelding by Grosso Z most likely suffered from a haemorrhage, but Peter Storr and Gambrinus owner, Mrs Pinky Heintz, decided not to carry out a necropsy. Gambrinus was retired from competition in July 2006 after a successful career at Grand Prix level. Storr took the British national title in 2000 and 2001 and represented Britain at the 2001 European Championships and 2002 World Equestrian Games.

Advent a Jour, Price Highlight of 2006 Vechta Mixed Sales

Advent a Jour, a 6-year old chestnut gelding by Aktuell x Aleksander, became the price highlight of the 2006 Mixed Sales Auction in Vechta, Germany. Canadian Evi Strasser acquired the Danish bred FEI level trained Oldenburger for 82,500 euro. Strasser, who is a regular customer at Vechta, bought three more horses in this auction.

New clients from Austria purchased the licensed stallion Smashing Hit (by Sandro Hit x Justinian xx) for 40,000 euro. The same client also acquired Furstenstein (Furst Heinrich x Rubinstin) and St.Pr.A Giselle, who was previously owned by American Nancy Gooding. Marta Kaufmann, producer of the American tv-series "Friends," came to Vechta on another shopping spree. She paid 45,000 euro for Dance Fire (Donnerschwee x Freedom) and 42,000 euro for the pony Calero WE (Courage x Diamant II).

World Class Youngsters Up for Auction at the 2006 PSI Auction

The annual PSI auction, organized by Performance Sales International and representing Paul Shockemohle and Ullrich Kasselmann, have gathered once more a fantastic group of young dressage horses and show jumping stars of the highest quality. These young stars will be auctioned on Sunday December 17, 2006. Don't miss out on the biggest and best auction of sport horses in the world. The PSI auction is traditionally preceded by a unique Gala Ball on Saturday evening, where the Who's Who of the equestrian world meets. Champagne, food and music are there to entertain an audience of international dressage and show jumping enthusiasts. The ball is amazing, but the auction is even better. (Read More)

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