Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg lived up to all the promise she has shown over the last few seasons to clinch the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title in style today with Damon Hill. Langehanenberg is the eighth German rider to take the coveted trophy in the history of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series, and the first since Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht FRH in 2007.

Helen Langehanenberg fei2Successful Scandinavians as ‘runners up’

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven could have been intimidated to find herself and Don Auriello sandwiched in between Langehanenberg and 2010 Reem Acra champion Edward Gal from The Netherlands, but instead Tinne simply rose to the occasion. Her elegant 13-year-old bay gelding showed wonderful extended trot en route to a mark of 82.661 to show that his place amongst the stars was well-deserved.

Denmark’s Sidsel Johansen, with Schianto, who thoroughly pleased the crowd with one of his best tests of the season for a mark of 75.393.

Sweden’s Minna Telde and Santana didn’t threaten with their mark of 74.107 when next into the ring as the action resumed. And although 23-year-old Dane, Anna Kasprzak, showed lovely, balanced passage throughout a thoroughly steady test with the 14-year-old Donnperignon, her good mark of 77.857.  Sweden’s Patrick Kittel and Watermill Scandic HDC met a wall of sound from the spectators when entering the arena, but despite great piaffe and passage their score of 78.393 wouldn’t upset the leader or the top end of the scoreboard either. It took German veteran, Isabell Werth and her “work in progress” Don Johnson FRH with a score of 80.429 with just four more left to go.

Result: 1, Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 88.286; 2, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED 86.214; 3, Glock’s Undercover (Edward Gal) NED 84.446; 4, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) SWE 82.661; 5, Don Johnson FRH (Isabell Werth) GER 80.429; 6, Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno (Valentina Truppa) ITA 79.696; 7, Watermill Scandic (Patrik Kittel) SWE 78.393; 8, Donnperignon (Anna Kasprzak) DEN 77.857; 9, Schianto (Sidsel Johansen) DEN 75.393; 10, Santana (Minna Telde) SWE 74.107. Full result here

Photo: Claes Jakobsson och Jorma Valkonen (http://www.gothenburghorseshow.com)

Source: Edit from review 27th of April 2013 by Louise Parkes on FEItv.org


FEI Solidarity Ambassadors to Develop Global Sport

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has today unveiled the eight ambassadors of its global sport development programme, FEI Solidarity, in a specially commissioned composite portrait.

The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors, who include Olympic, Paralympic, world champions and national heroes, have formed a unique partnership to promote and develop the global equestrian disciplines governed by the FEI.

The athletes are:
Charlotte Dujardin OBE, British double Olympic Dressage gold medallist
Laurentia Tan, Singapore’s top medal winning Paralympian
Ingrid Klimke, German Olympic Eventing gold medallist
Jessica Springsteen, the 22-year-old American Jumping star
Maria Alvarez Ponton, the Spanish rider who in 2010 became the first rider to hold concurrent World and European Endurance titles
Tomas Eriksson, Sweden’s three-time winner of the FEI Top Driver Award
Lior Raz, the Israeli who has been competing in Reining since the age of 14
Bongani Mvumvu, the South African Vaulter who also won the FEI World Dressage Challenge Final for Children in Hagen (GER) in 2003
The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors will help to raise awareness of the FEI Solidarity programme by attending media events and visiting equestrian development initiatives around the world.

FEI Solidarity, launched in 2011 and inspired by the Olympic Solidarity model, is focused on providing opportunities for the next generation of athletes, as well as all those working in equestrian communities so that they can establish their own national structures for developing their sport.

The FEI Solidarity programme has so far supported 18 projects with funds as well as technical and consultancy services. These include horse-assisted therapy for seriously disadvantaged teenagers in South Africa, sports classes for multiple sclerosis sufferers in Sardinia, training of coaches to improve national sport development, and farrier and harness-making training in Cambodia with international charity World Horse Welfare. A further 15 initiatives will receive support from FEI Solidarity in 2013.

“FEI Solidarity is an exciting journey towards creating a more equal equestrian community, and is about us pulling together to develop exciting new projects that will develop the sport we all cherish, so that it is truly universal,” explained FEI President HRH Princess Haya.

“This is the first time that equestrians from across our disciplines have come together for one cause, and the calibre of our FEI Solidarity Ambassadors is exceptional, highlighting the true global reach of our development programme.

“FEI Solidarity is changing lives, and this united front of extraordinary equestrian ambassadors will help us to build and nurture the future of equestrian sport, making it possible for many more development initiatives around the world to become a reality.

“Our FEI Solidarity Ambassadors, and everyone working alongside us on this initiative, has a shared commitment and goal to amplify the voice of equestrian sport, guarantee its future worldwide, and to create future champions.”

Source: Eurodressage

Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Takes Two at the 2013 CDI Doha

Danish Olympic team rider Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein took her second victory of the weekend at the inaugural Al Shaqab CDI Doha in Qatar on 29 – 30 March 2013. Aboard her 16-year old home bred Danish warmblood gelding Digby (by Donnerhall x Sandro) she secured the Grand Prix kur to music win on Saturday evening with a score of 78.825%.

“I am very pleased today with my win. The horse today was very nice to ride. He was great and the show was great, everything was just fantastic,” explained Nathalie. “My music was based on French songs and had been tailor-made for the Olympics. I can still feel that the routine is not perfect and I will have to run through it a series of times before I really know it. I have only ridden it four times and I still feel like there is room for improvement, but my horse and I did really well.”

Country mate and fellow Olympian Lisbet Seierskilde finished second aboard her home bred Danish warmblood gelding Jongstrupgaardens Raneur (by Ragazzo x Schwadroneur). This duo posted a score of 74.525%.

Swedish Patrik Kittel and the Oatley family’s Swedish warmblood gelding Toy Story (by Come Back II) completed the top three with a 74.275% and a third place finish.

(Source: Eurodressage.com)

Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte Dujardin won Britain’s second dressage gold medal of the Olympics as the host nation’s equestrian team finished London 2012 with three titles.

“I wanted to enjoy it, go out and not regret anything,” said Dujardin, who also helped Britain to team victory in Greenwich Park on Tuesday.

Dujardin beat a huge score from Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen while Laura Bechtolsheimer took bronze for GB.

Theirs are the first individual Olympic dressage medals ever won by Britain.

Dujardin, 27, partnered Valegro to victory as the two performed to movie themes including The Great Escape and Live And Let Die.

“It is always something I’ve known the horse could achieve, but I didn’t really know how I was going to find the atmosphere and the expectation,” she said.

“I love doing freestyle and I had great fun. Valegro felt tired but he went out there and gave it his all, he didn’t let me down.

Olivia Bee for Hermès

Olivia rêve de soie – Le temps de la féérie et de la légèreté façonne le dernier numéro d’Hermès.
Olivia Bee est photographe. Elle s’est fait connaître grâce à son blog pour ses images simples et romantiques, intimes mais universelles, où elle se met en scène, au jour le jour, avec ses amis de Portland (Oregon). Pour Hermès, elle s’est inventée un monde en soie… Une rencontre entre une photographe de 18 ans et une maison de 175 ans. Toutes deux ont “Le temps devant soi” !

New Designer at the Horse Outlet

Louis Vuitton has called on artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to bring something smartly – and unsettlingly – playful to the first floor exhibition space of their New Bond Street Maison, London.

The exhibition of new works by Elmgreen & Dragset includes a rocking horse for grown up riders and a small-scale version of Powerless Structures Fig.101, the sculpture the artists produced for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth – sponsored by Louis Vuitton and in place until next summer – has also been installed in the lobby of the store.