Next month’s Mondial du Lion – the FEI-WBFSH eventing World Breeding Championship for Young Horses – will also host a competition for ‘The Promising Eventing Horses’ for three-year-olds. This new initiative, following on from the huge success of the French riders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has been created through a cooperation between the Selle Français the Anglo-Arabian studbooks, the Mondial du Lion and France Complete, with a common project goal of identifying the best horses in this age-group who display great aptitudes for eventing, and inspiring breeders and buyers alike that the French circuit is the place to be. During the Lion d’Angers event, these young eventing prospects will be assessed using four criteris: model, free jumping, gaits under saddle, and jumping under saddle. The Mondial du Lion runs from October 19-22 at one of the most glorious eventing sites in Europe.
The results of the Grande Semaine de Pompadour ‘classic cycle’ for young eventing horses and ponies in Saumur this past weekend are now available on-line, with the bonus of being able to see videos of the various age-group champions on-line. (The links below are exclusively for sport horse categories.)
5yo: Cyrius de Carneville*Mili (2012/SF/b/g Ulixe - Jade de Carneville x Florissant), bred by Francis Besselievre, Carneville), ridden by Donatien Schauly
6yo: Birmane (2011/SF/b/m Vargas de Ste. Hermelle [sBs] - Royce de Kreisker x Diamant de Semilly), bred by SCEA de Beliard, ridden by Thomas Carlile
1st year: Dakota d’Hulm AA (2013/AA/g/g Querdolan Vitarel - Nougatine d’Hulm x Fusain du Defey), bred by Elevage d’Hulm, ridden by CarmenTschoeppe
2nd year: Ciao Bella du Vanda (2012/SF/b/m Top Gun Semilly - Romance du Vanda x Le Tot de Semilly), bred by SARL La Croix St-Antoine, ridden by Lucie Campagne
Less than week until the FEI/WBFSH showjumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses kicks off at it’s regular home at Zangersheide, in Lanaken, Belgium. A launching pad for sport horse careers, in both the competition arena and as young breeding prospects, the event also hosts the Belgian national showjumping championship and, according to many of the riders, “Do you know anyone who does not want to be Belgian champion?” Former champion Pieter Devos has been proving the championship value of Espoir throughout this year, confirmed with fourth place at the European championships in Gothenburg last month. This year Devos will start in the Belgian championship with the Claire Z (Clearway - Colessa Z x Coronado), bred in the east of Belgium by Ralph Wansart. Now nine years old, as a filly Claire Z finished 13th at the Z-Festival and was then sold in the Z Quality Auction. Claire Z started at five-star level this year. Ironically, Pieter’s most feared competitor could well be his own brother, Wouter, two years younger, who has consistently earned podium places this year with the 14-year-old mare Tonik Hero (Ogano Sitte - Citadine du Cortil x Elegant de l’Ile), bred by Henry Luc. Meanwhile, Gudrun Patteet will ride Sea Coast Atlantic du Seigneur (Schilling - Atlanta Sitte Z x Aramis de la Cense) – an 11-year-old sBs gelding. Interestingly, Tonik Hero and Atlantic are related in their third and fourth generations, respectively, via Insel Sitte – a daughter of BWP ambassador Major de la Cour, out of Gute Sitte (Grande). Sea Coast Atlantic du Seigneur is no stranger to Lanaken, having won the seven-year-old world championship title seven years ago. Several other champions will also now be competing for the Belgian title Cor van de Wateringhoeve (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve - Karien van de Wateringhoeve x Lys de Darmen) with Karel Cox, and Fou de Toi van de Keihoeve (Toulon - Edition du Sapin x Melkior du Montois) under the saddle of (Gilles Dunon), as well as the new talents of Constant van Paesschen and Wilm Vermeir, respectively, Carlow van de Helle (Caretino - Nora VIII x Corofino I) and DM Jacqmotte (Toulon - Ummy x Indoctro). The WBCYH, including various Zangersheide events and activities, begins on September 20 and runs till Sunday, September 24.
From December 6-9 the Oldenburger Pferdezuchtverband will host the Oldenburg Winter Meeting in Vechta. During this four-day course, visitors will travel around the core breeding area and become real Oldenburg ‘insiders’. The course includes trips to meet world-class riders, experienced trainers and famous stallion stations, exclusive lectures and practical training with renowned breeding experts, judges, trainers and international riders. There will also be a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta with detailed information on the Oldenburg studbook and the Oldenburg auctions. The course concludes by experiencing the Winter Mixed Sales Auction. The full-service course is 800 euros per person, including five nights in a luxury hotel, breakfast and lunch, plus tickets and transportation within Germany, including airport transfers. The course will be presented in English, but interpreters can be organized for other languages. www.oldenburger-pferde.net
Haras des Coudrettes has confirmed on social media that Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC – the 13-year-old Malito de Reve daughter bred by Joris de Brabandere has been retired from competition and will now enjoy life at pasture alongside Ornella Mail HDC. Our of Boyante de Muze (Kashmir van Schuttershof), Estoy Aqui enjoyed considerable Grand Prix success under the saddle of Frenchman Kevin Staut, including second in Rotterdam, third in Hong Kong, fifth in Dublin and sixth in the Mechelen World Cup - studforlife.com
In one of the toughest Grand Prix classes on the international circuit, with an extremely testing course set by Leopoldo Palacios, the CP International Grand Prix Presented by Rolex saw only one double clear round that came from 10-year-old grey stallion LB Convall to claim outright victory with no jump-off. The Holsteiner, ridden by Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt, is by Colman out of Cascavelle mare, Irette. He was bred by Ernst Carsten Rolfs and is owned by Swiss Hans Liebherr, whose daughter, Christina, rode LB Convall in 1m45 classes before he was handed to Weishaupt. In second place, the 13-year-old For Pleasure mare, Fit For Fun 13, out of Fetzi (Fabriano), bred by Sigrid Crome-Sperling and ridden by Portugal’s Luciana Diniz. Weishaupt will now travel to the CHI Geneva in December in search of a second win in the Rolex Grand Slam series. Photo: LB Convall ridden by Philipp Weishaupt (GER).
On Saturday, September 30, the Oldenburg state champion Fidermann OLD by Fidertanz x Baroncelli x Alabaster will open the 87th Fall Elite Auction at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta. This strong-moving ‘dancer' is a brother of the 2013 Oldenburg state champion Fiderbach OLD. A total of 47 first-class sport horses for dressage and show jumping will be offered for sale, including licensed stallions, ‘Brillantring' mares and talented youngsters. Showjumping fans will be able to choose from youngsters up to decorated performers with ribbons from advanced level classes, including Blue Eye (Balou du Rouet x Quite Easy I x Wendekreis). In addition, there will be 57 outstanding ‘elite' foals with highly successful, international pedigrees.
Following the EC titles in dressage, vaulting and eventing, the DKB Bundeschampionats – the German Championships for Young Riding Horses – seamlessly concluded the series of successes for Oldenburgs this year. With a total of nine medals, four of which were gold, the Oldenburger Pferdezuchtverband was the most successful riding horse society at this year’s DKB Bundeschampionats in Warendorf. Oldenburg horses took four gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal. Broken down, the gold medals went to Finest Selection OLD by Follow Me OLD in the class for three-year old stallions (breeder: Heinz-Hermann Leismann, Tecklenburg, rider: Lukas Fischer), Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I in the class for four-year old mares and geldings (breeder: Paul Wendeln, Garrel, rider: Hermann Gerdes), Diaron (see photo) by Diarado in the class for five-year old show jumpers (breeder: Manuela Lachnit, Nienburg, rider: Patrick Stühlmeyer) and Fior by Fürstenball OLD in the class for six-year old dressage horses (breeder: Gestüt Lewitz, rider: Frederic Wandres). Silver went to For Final by For Romance I OLD in the class for four-year old stallions (breeder: Sarah Kohl, Bad Zwischenahn, rider: Stefanie Ahlert), Feel Free OLD by Foundation in the class for four-year old mares and geldings (breeder: Indira Wallner, Schwinkendorf, rider: Anja Engelbart), Fürst William HC by Fürst Wilhelm in the class for five-year old dressage horses (breeder: Monika Stärk, Merzen, rider: Beatrice Buchwald) and Quickborn by Quintender in the class for six-year old show jumpers (breeder: Werner Tapken, Ganderkesee, rider: Andreas Kreuzer). Bronze went to the six-year old event horse Quadro Porte by Quadros (breeder: Evgenia Gurfinkel, Lübeck, rider: Sandra Auffarth).