Euro Update: Exciting Line Up for 2008 CDI-W London

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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The line-up for the FEI World Cup contest at Olympia, the London International Horse Show, 16-22 December 2008, looks set to make for a thrilling, top-class competition.

The competition kicks off with the grand prix on Tuesday, 16 December, with 18 riders from 12 nations taking part, three of whom are in the top 10 of the FEI World Rankings. The top-placed combinations then go through to the FEI World Cup qualifier, which is a grand prix freestyle test, on the Wednesday night.

Last year’s winner Anky van Grunsven will return, this time with Painted Black, with whom she is fifth in the world rankings. Her compatriot Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival, fourth in the world rankings, relegated Anky to the runner-up slot in both the grand prix and World Cup qualifier recently at Stockholm CDI-W, 28-30 November. Then there is the ever-popular British-based Fin, Kyra Kyrklund, who is eighth in the rankings with Max.

The highest-ranked British rider, in 12th, is Laura Bechtolsheimer, who set a British record at this show last year when she scored 75.33% in the grand prix with Mistral Hojris. She has entered both Mistral Hojris and Andretti H. It will be interesting to see Britain’s team captain at the Olympics, Richard Davison, in action with Artemis. He is hoping to unveil his new freestyle with Elton John classics played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Carl Hester with Liebling II and Nicola McGivern on Active Walero make up the rest of the British contingent.

Skodborg Merrald, Tange, Dufour and Kasprzak Win 2008 ECCO Cup Finals

FEI Pony Riders Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Anna Tange, Junior Rider Cathrine Dufour and Young Rider Anna Kasprzak became the grand champions of the 2008 ECCO Cup Finals held at Vallensbaek Equestrian Centre in Vallensbaek, Denmark.

The ECCO Cup is a special show circuit in Denmark for FEI Youth Riders in which they can practice their kur to music in competition at several selection trials leading up to one annual cup finals. The ECCO Cup is sponsored by Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak, ceo of the Danish Ecco shoe company.

The FEI pony riders' category was split up into two divisions according to the ponies' height: the D-category ponies (142 cm - 148 cm) and a category for ponies below 141 centimeter. The Grand Champion of the big FEI Pony division was Nanna Skodborg Merrald aboard her 10-year old Danish bred pony Centrum. She won the two Cup rounds, though finished second in the warm up round behind Rikke Lindberg on Brooklands Moonwalker.

In the Junior riders division, Cathrine Dufour proved that she has made a fluent transition from ponies to horses. Aboard the Swedish bred chestnut gelding Cadillac (by Oldtimer xx), Dufour took first place in all three rounds pulling a score advantage between 2 and 4% with the second placed combination. Anna Kasprzak, heir to the ECCO shoe imperium, won the 2008 ECCO Cup Finals in the Young Riders' division. Aboard the Westfalian breeding stallion Blue Hors Future Cup (by Florestan), Kasprzak was only challenged by Anna Kathrine Elkjær-Holm and Sofie Jeppesen but took the overall title with solid scores of 68.9% and 73.8% in the Kur Finals. Elkjær-Holm and her new horse Bernstein Las Marismas (by Banditentraum) finished second overall with a first place in the first round (69,7%) and a fifth spot in the Kur Finals (68,0%). Read More

Stanford, Price Highlight of the 2008 Winter Mixed Sales

The 2008 Vechta auction year came to a close with the 2008 Winter Mixed Sales. The 3-year old dark bay Sir Donnerhall x Roadster offspring Stanford was the price highlight of the collection, selling for 75,000 euro to horse dealer Johan Ifverson in Sweden.

Second most expensive horse was RSB Dryander, a liver chestnut Donnerschwee x Alabaster x Freiherr son. The Luxembourg Sascha Schulz acquired him for 50,000 euro. Schulz's business partner Michel Waehnert and Verena Heinz of LUX-dressage purchased Shantaram (by Sir Donnerhall x Rohdiamant) for 30,000 euro.

American Nancy Gooding of Plum Creek Hollow farm bought the most expensive brood mare. For 12,000 euro she got the State Premium Mare Ronda Gold (by Carry Gold x Landor S).

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