Reed Kessler and Cylana made a big mark in Paris over the weekend, taking second in the feature class of the Saut Hermes au Grand Palais CSI (France). They finished fractions of a second behind Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman to take second in the Grand Prix Hermes on April 14.
Álvaro “Doda” de Miranda couldn’t have had a much better evening than that of the $500,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix. Not only did he ride AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno to the top check in the class, his wife Athina Onassis de Miranda took third.
It’s the first time they’ve both had such strong results in the same class. “I think once at the Global Champions Tour in Valkenswaard [the Netherlands] she was sixth, but I was really bad, I wasn’t even placed,” recalled Doda.
At today’s U.S. Equestrian Federation Town Hall Meeting, U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney didn’t mince words when discussing the importance of changing the hunter/jumper culture when it comes to overuse and misuse of drugs and medications.
Wellington, Fla.—March 24 He’s been to the London Olympic Games as the first alternate for the Irish squad. Ditto the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (Ky.). He’s been double clean in major competitions around the world and generally made himself a household name in the show jumping scene. But until today’s $101,000 Pennfield Feed Grand Prix, Shane Sweetnam had never won an Fédération Equestre Internationale grand prix.
If you want to win a jump-off at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival these days, just being efficient isn’t enough: You have to be positively blazing.
McLain Ward kicked Zander into high gear to win tonight’s $100,000 Suncast 1.50-meter Classic Finale, combining a giant stride and plenty of footspeed to take the title. He clocked in 1½ seconds faster than Janne Friederike Meyer and Cellagon Lambrasco—who’s not exactly a plodding type. Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra took third with a double-clear jump-off.
What do you get when you take the best 29 riders at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, whisk away their trainers, and make them prepare for and ride over a championship course on their own? Plenty of top rounds, and astronomical scores to boot.
Winner Lillie Keenan earned a raw score of 96 in the George Morris Excellence In Equitation Championship, as did third-placed Gabrielle Bausano. Michael Hughes (second) and Megan MacPherson (fourth) both earned marks of 94.
When Andre Thieme pulled up Contanga 3 after galloping around the jump-off for the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, he didn’t think he’d just laid down the winning round. That mare was relatively inexperienced, and the slowest of his three mounts qualified for the short course. He assumed that one of the others would outrun her.
The rest of the field hoped the same, but they simply couldn’t beat him.