The Latest Show Jumping and Hunter News
November 3, 2016
IN THE NEWS 11/3/16
By Kenneth Kraus
Thursday, November 3, 2016 :: Posted 03:29:07 PM UTC

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Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List

© Rebecca Walton: Lauren Hough and Ohlala 

Rider of the Week
Lauren Hough
accumulating 1387 points

1. 12416 Kent Farrington(135).Wellington, FL  (1)
2. 10776 McLain Ward(459).Brewster, NY  (2)
3. 10004 Laura Kraut(1369).Royal Palm Beach, FL  (3)
4. 7520 Lauren Hough(1387).Wellington, FL  (4)
5. 4902 Andrew Kocher(334).Tuscaloosa, AL (5)
6. 4894 Jessica Springsteen(1360).Colts Neck, NJ  (13)
7. 4680 Kristen Vanderveen(1279). St Charles, IL  (14)
8. 4584 Todd Minikus(270).Loxahatchee, FL (6)
9. 4391 Lauren Tisbo(1080).Wellington, FL (15)
10. 4178 Lucy Davis.Los Angeles, CA (7)
11. 4157 Laura Chapot(207).Neshanic Station, NJ  (11)
12. 4133 Margie Engle.Wellington, FL (8)
13. 4076 Beezie Madden(242).Cazenovia, NY (9)
14. 4028 Georgina Bloomberg(37).New York, NY (10)
15. 3806 Jack Hardin Towell, Jr.(225).Camden, SC  (12)
16. 3698 Ali Wolff(1080).New Albany, OH  (19)
17. 3241 Lillie Keenan.New York, NY (16)
18. 3159 Audrey Coulter(501).San Francisco, CA  (17)
19. 2801 Jonathan McCrea(158).Windsor, CT  (18)
20. 2786 Adrienne Sternlicht(855).Greenwich, CT (26)
21. 2670 Leslie Howard(317).Darien, CT  (21)
22. 2603 Aaron Vale(79).WIlliston, FL  (20)
23. 2422 Paris Sellon(1243).Los Angeles, CA  (46)
24. 2276 Tracy Fenney(243).Flower Mound, TX (24)
25. 2136 Andrew C. Welles.Wellington, FL  (23)

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© Rebecca Walton: Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z

1    1    Christian Ahlmann GER    3161
2    2    Simon Delestre FRA    3080
3    4    Mclain Ward USA        2924
4    3    Kent Farrington USA    2855
5    6    Daniel Deusser GER    2832
6    5    Eric Lamaze CAN        2814
7    9    Marcus Ehning GER    2634
8    8    Kevin Staut FRA        2580
9    7    Penelope LeprevostFRA    2508
10    10    Scott Brash GBR        2435
11    11    Steve Guerdat SUI    2396
12    12    Roger Yves Bost FRA    2370
13    13    Harrie Smolders NED    2326
14    14    Rolf-göran Bengtsson SWE2306
15    15    Edwina T-Alexander AUS    2200
16    18    M Michaels-beerbaum GER    2161
17    16    Bertram Allen IRL    2160
18    19    Peder Fredricson SWE    2139
19    20    Lorenzo De Luca ITA    2130
20    17    Ludger Beerbaum GER    2111


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Standings after Leg 3 in Washington, D.C. (USA):

© Cealy Tetley: Kent Farrington and Voyeur
1.    Kent Farrington (USA)  -    42
2.    Audrey Coulter (USA)   -    42
3.    Laura Kraut (USA)      -    30
4.    Lauren Tisbo (USA)     -    29
5.    Jack Towell (USA)      -    28
6.    Keean White (CAN)      -    28
7.    Charlie Jacobs (USA)   -    26
8.    Ljubov Kochetova (RUS) -    24
9.    Jonathan McCrea (USA)  -    20
10.  Georgina Bloomberg (CAN)-    18



© esi: Karl Cook and Tembla    FRONT 
1    Karl COOK    USA    38
2    Eduardo MENEZES    BRA    32
3    Nayel NASSAR    EGY    30
4    Enrique GONZALEZ MEX    25
5    Eric NAVET    FRA    22
6    Nikolaj HEIN RUUS DEN    17
7    Jenni MCALLISTER USA    16
8    Brian MORTON    CAN    15
8    Christopher SURBEY CAN    15
10    Richard FELLERS    USA    12
11    Brenda RIDDELL    CAN    11
12    Will SIMPSON    USA    11
13    Jennifer GATES    USA    10
14    Jenna THOMPSON    CAN    9
15    Francisco PASQUEL MEX    8


New Tryon Facility Rescues WEG 2018

© file: Tryon Equestrian Center

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) from 10 to 23 September 2018. The FEI Bureau today unanimously agreed that the Games should be awarded to Tryon, meaning that the FEI’s flagship event remains in North America, following the withdrawal of Bromont (CAN) earlier this year.
The original dates for the Games (12-26 August) have been changed following two scientific studies commissioned by the FEI which stated that climatic conditions would be significantly more favourable in North Carolina during September, particularly from a horse welfare perspective. The FEI also looked at date clashes with other fixtures on the FEI Calendar to ensure the optimum timeslot for the 2018 Games.


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Original Capital Challenge Partnership has Dissolved

© Kenneth Kraus: Billy Glass and Oliver Kennedy
Billy Glass and Oliver Kennedy

According to Billy Glass, this year was his final year at the Capital Challenge. Glass, along with Oliver Kennedy created one of the nation's finest and most important horse show nearly two decades ago, a show that continued to grow in popularity in every year of its existence. It is now a massive 10 day production that draws competitors from almost every state in the Union.

Kennedy told me, "I'll be working with a silent partner that has come aboard."

Glass said he's looking for some "down time" after a great run at Capital Challenge.

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Palm Beach County Warning Flags are Up for Massive Shark Migration

© wire: sharks_off_singer_islandThousands of sharks of the coast of Singer Island

The Palm Beacher reports .......While it's 30 times more likely to get struck by lightning than be bitten by a shark, swimmers should still take caution, since hundreds of blacktip and spinner sharks have been spotted near northern Singer Island.

Because the sharks have been caught migrating closer to shore than they typically do, experts are warning beachgoers to be on the lookout.

George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville told the Palm Beach Post that “there are an average of 20 to 25 shark bites a year off the coast of Florida with a large majority involving blacktips.”

While Palm Beach County has had no fatal shark attacks between the years of 1882 and 2012, people are still encouraged to be on the lookout for sharks when they see a purple flag flying at the beach.


Cayce Harrison and Quentin Judge Welcome First Child

© file: Harrison Rhodes Judge with Quentin  and mom Cayce
Harrison Rhodes Judge with Quentin and mom Cayce

Editorial reports ... USA’s show jumping rider, Quenting Judge and his wife Cayce have welcomed their first born child. The boy is named Harrison Rhodes Judge and was born on October 14th.

“Probably the first time in my life I’m happy not to be in the stables,” wrote Judge on his social media.

Both mother and child are well. Quentin Judge is one of USA’s top show jumping riders. Last summer Judge placed in the top ten at the CSI5* Dinars, CSIO5* Spruce Meadows and CSI3* North Salem NY.

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International Chef d' Equipes Comings and Goings

© Lauren Fisher: Otto BeckerOtto Becker’s (left) and the rest of his team have signed on for four more years as coach of the German Equestrian team. They will stay until 2020. Becker has© file: Dirk Demeersman been responsible for the training since 2009.

Meanwhile, Dirk Demeersman (right), who joined the Belgian show jumping team in 2014,will not have his contract renewed. Under Demeersman's guidance, the Belgian show jumping team scored the victory in the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in 2015!

The Belgian federation together with the national show jumping commission, already have begun the search for the new coach.

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Diniz out with broken foot

© Stefano Grasso/LGCT: Luciana Diniz at Vienna by Stafano Grasso LGCT
Luciana Diniz (Stefano Grasso)

On her Facebook page Portugal’s female show jumping rider, Luciana Diniz has confirmed she has a broken foot. Het doctor confirmed what her veterinarian determined before.

Diniz injured herself at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Vienna. How long it will take before Diniz is able again to mount a horse is uncertain.

On her Facebook she writes: “So, here I am, with a broken foot. The doctor just confirmed today, what my horse’s vet told me yesterday when he did a X-rays of my foot.

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Double H Farm Secures Zipper

© Stefano Grasso/LGCT: Sergio Alvarez Moya and Zipper    STEFANO
Sergio Alvarez Moya and Zipper  (Stefano Grasso)

Equnews reports.......The 12-year old gelding Zipper has been sold to Double H Farm. The Appe Juice x Concorde son will be ridden by Quentin Judge in the future.

Initially, Zipper had some great successes with Sergio Alvarez Moya who won the World Cup in Verona (2012) with this horse. This combination continued to have good results until the gelding was sold to Ukraine where he continued his career with several riders of Alexander Onischenko. He jumped the Europeans with Katarina Offel and this year het competed at the Olympics with Rene Tebbel.

“Zipper arrived in the States yesterday”, Judge said. “We have not made a plan for him yet, first he will come home to us and than we will see how he feels and take it from there. I look very much forward to get going with him”.

Great name for a speed  horse, huh?


Skelton Credits Kraut for Finding Big Star

© Kenneth Kraus/ Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut 3-7-09
Nick and Laura

In an interview in Horse and Hounds, Nick Skelton revealed that it was US rider Laura Kraut who discovered Olympic Gold Medalist, Big Star. Skelton was quoted as saying, “I wouldn’t have found him if it hadn’t been for Laura [Kraut]. She was heading to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the US team went for training at a little country show in Holland. She arrived at 8am and saw this five-year-old jumping in the ring with an American rider called Alan Waldman," Skelton explained. "She thought ‘Christ, this is the most amazing horse I’ve ever seen’ and went running up to Alan to ask if his horse was for sale. He said yes, but that he wanted him to go to someone really good because he thought Big Star was the best horse he’d ever had. Laura rang me and said you’d better get over here quick to see this horse, and that was it.”

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Find Your Oasis - America’s Premier Horse Show Producer, HITS SHOWS offers the only “AA” rated events in Central and Southern California. Where trainers and riders express, explore and embody the lifestyle they love.

The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit runs January 17 to March 19.

HITS, Inc. Wins Award of Excellence from Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership

© HITS: HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri, accepts Medium Business of the Year Award of Excellence from CEP Executive Committee Chairman, Ken Ausley
HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri, accepts Medium Business of the Year Award of Excellence from CEP Executive Committee Chairman, Ken Ausley

Saugerties, NY (October 24, 2016): HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2016 Medium Business of the Year Award of Excellence by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP). The winners were announced at the exCEPtional mornings breakfast on October 19, 2016.

The annual Awards of Excellence program honors businesses for their significant role in supporting the business community and driving economic growth. The award is divided into three categories: small business, medium business and large business, which correlates with the number of full time employees at the respective company. Award categories also include: Manufacturer of the Year,© file: Marion County Start-Up of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year.

“How appropriate that in the Horse Capital of the World, one of our business Awards of Excellence winners is a leading equine company. HITS has demonstrated excellence throughout their business practices and community involvement, which is why we are so fortunate for them to be a part of our community,” said Kevin T. Sheilley, President & CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership.

To be considered for an Award of Excellence, the organization must be setting the standards for excellence through innovation, sustainability, employment growth and development, customer service, financial success, and community involvement.

“HITS is thrilled with this recognition from the Ocala/Marion CEP,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “Our clients build their lives around the sport, and there is no better home-away-from-home for these riders and trainers than Ocala, Florida—horsemen prefer Ocala. We are grateful to the CEP and to the community for their unwavering support and acknowledgment of our business in the Horse Capital of the World.”

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VIP Suites - VIP Ringside Tables - VIP Tickets
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Four-story apartments removed from Devon Yard project

© file: Devon Yard

Daily Local News reports....In a brief presentation updating the evolving plans for the proposed Devon Yard project on the site of the former Waterloo Gardens in Devon, the multi-family housing units that were to sit just west of the Devon Horse Show grounds have been eliminated, it was announced during a brief Easttown Township Planning Commission meeting last week. A more detailed meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 25 at Beaumont Elementary School.

Along with the four-story apartment building that was to be constructed, there will no longer be a parking structure with the building. Surface parking would now be on the site that is located between the Waterloo Gardens site and the horse show grounds.

With the fight over the apartment building now settled, developer Eli Kahn can continue to develop the remaining parts of the project that includes “… a large-format Anthropologie store, Terrain garden center, and Terrain Cafe, alongside award-winning chef, Marc Vetri’s Amis and Pizzeria Vetri.



Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your World Capitals?

Test your knowledge of the world’s leading cities, courtesy of AFAR


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What’s Your International Flag IQ?

You can tell the stars and stripes from the Union Jack, but can you distinguish between these flag lookalikes? Again, courtesy of AFAR



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