Pius Schwizer is not prone to jubilation. He has a poker face worthy of the highest-priced card games. Even when he was center ring, accepting his first place in the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Final, he barely cracked a smile.
But it’s that simple, focused manner that allowed him to ride a horse he’s only had in the barn for four months to the top of the first day of the World Cup Final. Schwizer went into the ring on Quidam du Vivier and simply laid down an unbeatable trip in 63.37 seconds.
Three years ago, Heather Blitz and Paragon rocketed into the public eye. The leggy chestnut gelding and his extravagant movement created quite a buzz. Fame came fast for Paragon and Blitz, but now Blitz is taking a step back. She’s not aiming Paragon for a spot on the U.S. team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this summer.
Could the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final come to the United States in 2015? Organizers of the American Gold Cup hope so. Officials at Stadium Jumping, Inc., the company that runs the American Gold Cup, have submitted a bid to the Fédération Equestre Internationale to host the Nations Cup Final next year.
An auction of the horses owned under the Eurocommerce name concluded on April 7. London, the horse Gerco Schröder rode to team and individual silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games, sold for 8.6 million euros, or $11.8 million.
Dutch owners Gaston and Kathrin Glock bought London and have announced that Schröder will retain the ride. Gaston Glock is the founder of the Glock firearms company and also owns dressage horses for Dutch riders Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud.
Tune in at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT) on Sunday, April 6, for live streaming of the $25,000 Spring Gathering Grand Prix from the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center..
Just after the thud of the rail echoed through the stadium, an excited “Whoop!” of joy followed.
“Oops, was I too loud?” Andre Thieme said sheepishly in the press conference of his in-gate celebration. He can be forgiven—that rail thudding meant he just won $350,000. “It’s a big difference between first and second, so I was maybe a little too loud, but I was very excited,” Thieme admitted.
Ben Maher’s a busy man, jetting back and forth across Florida to jump in two grand prix classes within eight hours.
We had to interview him via speakerphone after his win in the $50,000 Live Oak Grand Prix CSI-W in Ocala, Fla., because he was racing to catch a plane to fly back to Wellington, Fla., to ride in the grand prix at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. (He ended up fifth in that class with Urico after a rail in the jump-off.)