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Julien Epaillard and George Whitaker win


  • Making the headlines on the worldwide showjumping circuit this week have been an exceptional Frenchman within the type of his life and the all-conquering Peder Fredricson, whereas Nice Britain’s George Whitaker credit “going again to fundamentals” with Martin Wooden’s good nine-year-old Peanut for his or her grand prix victory within the Netherlands. Listed below are simply a few of this week’s highlights, plus showjumping outcomes.

    A 1.92m six-bar thriller

    On the CSI5* IFEMA Madrid Horse Week in Spain, Dutch showjumper Maikel van der Vleuten triumphed within the six-bar using the 11-year-old Toulon mare Dywis HH (predominant picture above). The ten starters have been whittled down to simply two for the fourth spherical the place the ultimate vertical stood at a towering 1.92m (over 6ft 3in) and Maikel claimed victory with one other clear whereas his sole rival, the world quantity two Martin Fuchs, picked up 4 faults on Commissar Pezi.

    George Whitaker and Peanut winning the CSI2* grand prix in Deurne, the Netherlands

    George Whitaker and Peanut return to the highest

    Nice Britain’s George Whitaker rode Martin Wooden’s good nine-year-old Peanut to victory in a hard-fought CSI2* Deurne 1.45m grand prix at new leaping venue Inexperienced Valley Property within the Netherlands. The pair swooped house simply 0.08sec faster than their nearest rivals after a 13-strong jump-off.

    In an amazing few days of competitors, George and Peanut (Barichello x Quasimodo Z) additionally completed runners-up in Friday’s rating class and the 30-year-old rider additionally completed within the ribbons on Caroline Blatchford’s I’m Particular Too DHH, a earlier trip for his cousin Robert Whitaker, and jumped some beautiful rounds with Louise McEvoy’s stallion Porsche, who’s now off to spend a while at stud.

    “It was superb, Peanut jumped 5 rounds and didn’t have a fence down,” George informed H&H, having used his final draw within the grand prix to his benefit. “I knew what I needed to beat and there have been solely three double clears however there have been some very quick instances with just a few fences down.

    “It was a tricky course, there have been both killer turns or for those who went spherical it was a bit far. However I do know Peanut is unbelievably fast throughout the bottom so I assumed I’m not even going to aim the killer turns, I’m going to get in an excellent rhythm, give it full velocity and simply make it as straightforward as potential for him, with out overcooking it.

    “The bogey fence was the double within the jump-off and half the riders had that down however then I knew I may go full tilt after that and it paid off.

    “I all the time say with Peanut that if I’m within the jump-off I’ve an excellent probability.”

    George defined that, after choosing up just a few sudden faults with Peanut the earlier week, he’d gone again to fundamentals and the outcomes have been clear to see.

    “It was a bit upsetting final week and I used to be questioning what had occurred, so I sat down with my spouse Michaela and mentioned ‘I feel I’m making an attempt too laborious right here, let’s return to fundamentals, to what we all know Peanut is snug at, don’t overdo it and simply get him assured once more’. So I did some coaching on the present, bought him working with me and he got here out preventing as soon as once more. I used to be on lots higher type myself I feel – I used to be using higher and the 2 of us simply got here collectively once more,” defined George.

    “Generally you may simply attempt too laborious. I do know we are able to each do it, I simply wanted to seek out the precise buttons once more. Then it was simply pure once more. Fortunately it was my week this week!”

    The podium for the CSI4* H&M grand prix at the Sweden International Horse Show

    Photograph: Roland Thunholm

    Fortunate new jackets assist Peder Fredricson spearhead an H&M hat-trick

    On the H&M-sponsored grand prix on the CSI4* Sweden Worldwide Horse Present, the rostrum was crammed by three of the corporate’s sponsored riders. Peder Fredricson was topped the winner using H&M Christian Ok, whereas the Philippaerts twins additionally secured second and third within the H&M colors. Olivier took second on H&M Miro with Nicola in third using H&M Luna Van’t Ruytershof Z, all separated by barely a second.

    “We simply bought these new jackets they usually appear to be working effectively!” mentioned Peder on the trio’s placing competitors put on. “Everybody ought to have one!”

    Peder, who shall be heading to the London Worldwide Horse Present subsequent month, added of the 15-year-old gelding H&M Christian Ok (pictured beneath): “He’s an actual fighter.”

    Peder Fredricson riding H&M Christian K to win the H&M grand prix at Sweden International Horse Show

    Photograph: Roland Thunholm

    The only British challenger in Sunday’s function class was John Whitaker, who simply picked up 4 faults within the opening spherical on Equine America Unick Du Francport after some good placings over the weekend. Eire’s Bertram Allen gained Saturday’s velocity class on the sensible eight-year-old Empoli De Champloue.

    Different Swedish riders in type on the present have been the world primary Henrik von Eckermann, who secured a successful double with the 10-year-old gelding Hollywood V, and Stephanie Holmen, who triumphed in Friday’s 1.50m jump-off class with the 16-year-old mare Flip’s Little Sparrow. The present’s main rider prize was gained by Olivier Philippaerts, who took house a John Deere Gator HPX.

    Julien Epaillard y Caracole de la Roque winning the World Cup qualifier in Madrid

    Julien Epaillard is solely unstoppable

    French showjumper Julien Epaillard’s astounding successful streak continued to the CSI5* IFEMA Madrid Horse Week the place he galloped to a big-class double, successful Friday’s 1.50m jump-off class then additionally lifting the silverware for Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup qualifier, which he additionally gained the earlier 12 months, with two good performances with the extraordinary 10-year-old mare Caracole De La Roque.

    “Successful is all the time very troublesome and a streak like this solely occurs as soon as in a sporting profession,” mentioned the world quantity three, who gained the third leg of the World Cup collection in Lyon final month. “I’ve an unbelievable mare and I’m fortunate to have the ability to trip her. I’ve to benefit from the second.

    “I’m very happy with Caracole. She has jumped two World Cups and he or she has gained two World Cups – she’s superb!’

    Taking the runner up spot was Daniel Deusser of Germany using Bingo Ste Hermelle, with Simon Delestre third on Cayman Jolly Jumper. Ben Maher completed better of the Brits in fifth, the quickest of the four-faulters using the Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright-owned 13-year-old Exit Remo after an exhilarating 15-strong jump-off.

    Italian rider Piergiorgio Bucci made a outstanding restoration from a severe stumble within the jump-off to complete fourth. His good gelding Cochello simply pecked on touchdown after the penultimate oxer, pinging his rider proper up on to his neck and the pair seemed as if they have been about to half firm. Nevertheless a stride later, Piergiorgio was pitched again within the saddle and he kicked on, clearing the hefty remaining vertical with out stirrups to complete with a double clear and earn a considerable slice of the prize cash.

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