What I’m upto this week…

Well I’m off to Equita in Lyon for the FEI Rolex World Cup event. Its going to be a super fun week now that I know that Mr. Pedro Cebulka; International show jumpings MC extraordinaire will be in attendance not to mention a serious number of top riders. Lyon gets underway tomorrow and it is sure to be a fun week with the international 5star starting on Friday.

Who will be riding? Well there is quite a Rider’s List…. it’s going to be a busy show no doubt, with lots of action both in and out of the ring!!!

I’ll be hanging with my friends at CWD and enjoying their lovely hospitality with some French champagne on Friday night.. not too shabby!! I also can’t wait to catch up with the lovely Bernard le Courtois; le Nouveau président de l’Association Nationale du Selle Français. He is a fountain of knowledge and I always enjoy our chats. I’m hoping he will dawn his tres chic bowler hat from Dublin but alas perhaps it won’t be French enough. Afterall, Lyon is one of the biggest French shows of the year so we all must dress to impress.

I will try to make some time for shopping also. There are a few places I love to go to in Lyon and perhaps I can drag my fashion-confident Chris King along with me for a cheeky afternoon outing. Stay tuned, it’s sure to be a fun week!!!



Who’s In Kentucky this week….

So whose going to the Alltech National Horse show in Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Well Olympians Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, Reed Kessler, Margie Engle, Daniel Bluman and Matt Williams will be in attendance.
Everyone will surely be hoping that Hurricane Sandy stays well away from the famous Alltech Arena, made famous by the 2010 World Equestrian Games where Belgium’s Philippe Le Jeune became World Champion.
A few of the riders took a few days to enjoy some sunnier sky’s in Florida. Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts enjoyed one days rest in Florida before making it back to Kentucky to prepare for the World Cup ranking event.

International Rider’s List…

  1. Madden Beezie (USA)
  2. Kraut Laura (USA)
  3. Farrington Kent (USA)
  4. Ward McLain (USA)
  5. Hough Lauren (USA)
  6. Kessler Reed (USA)
  7. Engle Margie (USA)
  8. Dinan Katherine (USA)
  9. Jayne Charlie (USA)
  10. McCrea Christine (USA)
  11. Prudent Katie (USA)
  12. Raether Cara (USA)
  13. King Candice (USA)
  14. Springsteen Jessica (USA)
  15. Coe Kirsten (USA)
  16. Dello Joio Nick (USA)
  17. Pasmore Catherine (USA)
  18. Campbell Kaitlin (USA)
  19. Goldman Lisa (USA)
  20. Welles Andrew (USA)
  21. Ross Lillie (USA)
  22. Crooks Sean (USA)
  23. Sweetnam Shane (IRL)
  24. Bluman Daniel  (COL)
  25. Moloney Richie (IRL)
  26. Philippaerts Nicola (BEL)
  27. Kochetova Liubov (RUS)
  28. Philippaerts Olivier (BEL)
  29. Hecart Marie (FRA)
  30. Williams Matt (AUS)
  31. Martinsen Emilee (DEN)
  32. Gredley Tim (GBR)
  33. Santana Paulo (BRA)

Rider of the Week…

No doubt when you meet someone like Marlon, one can imagine the amazing story that lies behind a young Brazilian jockey who now resides and competes in Europe. At the tender age of 24 years old, Marlon has already ventured through out the European continent, been in contention for the Brazilian Olympic team and worked for one of the biggest names in Belgian show jumping. All within a few years.

Mr. Zanotelli has certainly been a busy and ambitious boy and so he should be. This quiet, unassuming young man has proven himself more than once and most importantly when it counts. This young Brazilian and certainly shown his definite ability to step up to the occasion and perform particularly well on the day that counts. This, I might add, is and will be an incredibly advantageous skill to have if he is to do as well as I think he will.

Marlon grew up in Fortaleza Ceara which is in the North part of Brazil. Part of a close family, Marlon grew to love horses through his father’s affiliation with the sport. His father built a riding school and large business from scratch and clearly stood as a stout example of determination and hard work for Marlon from very early on. The affection and respect that Marlon has for his father is very evident and I gather that Marlon would not be sitting here, speaking to me about his latest results in Caen and the incredible invitation to Alvaro de Miranda’s show in Rio, without his father.

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A fews snaps from Genk…

Well it was a rather crisp weekend in Genk. I think everyone in attendance were unfortunately reminded that winter is upon us here in Western Europe and the warmth of summer is far in the future. Despite being in the heart of the Flemish region of Limbourg, all nationalities were on show for the two star Grand Prix. You saw the flags of Jordan, Haiti, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Australia, Egypt, United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico in addition to the expected Belgian and Dutch flags of course.

In addition, Jan Tops was there to assist such riders as Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Olympian Kamal Bahamdan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Also, Britain’s Olympic gold medalist, Scott Brash, was also in attendance minus the white breeches. The young Scotsman was just watching the Grand Prix, enjoying some much deserved quiet time while his horses rest on the continent before the next World Cup event in Lyon, France this week.

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Who won this weekend…

Ludger Beerbaum and his great stallion Chaman added another win to the list, and took home the 6th leg of the DKB Riders Tour in Hannover on Sunday. Twelve riders made it into the jump-off, and Ludger was just slightly faster than the Brazilian born Cassio Rivetti on Lord if de Chalusse 3 who rides for the Ukraine. Clarissa Crotta, feeling good after her excellent result in Rio, ended up in third with her long-time partner West Side v. Meerputh.

Portugal’s Luciana Diniz and Bluebuster landed in 5th place while one of my favorites, Michael Whitaker ended up 6th riding his Zangerseide stallion Antello Z.

Speaking of DKB Riders Tour, Luciana Diniz has taken over the lead after the sixth leg at the German Classics in Hannover this weekend. Ludger Beerbaum climbed up to 2nd place and Katrin Eckermann, who was leading before Hannover, fell down to 3rd place. Only one show remains in the DKB Riders Tour, and that takes place in Munich the coming weekend.

The two star Grand Prix in Strazeele went to Gregory Wathelet aboard his lovely Baloudana. The Belgian rider was one of six double clears in the class. In second place followed British rider Louise Saywelle on Winner with the time of 32.30, while Belgian rider Francois Brichart was third on Azimut Chavannais Z.

The two star Grand Prix in Genk, Belgium went to Joy Lammers (NED) and T Sellie. In second was Belgian rider Guido Hornesch riding Concorde followed swiftly by Mike Busschops aboard Covia Z. It was a full class with the likes of Stephex stables’ Eiken Sato (JAP), Farid Ladjouan (HAI), Ashford Farms’ Marlon Zanotelli (BRA), GBK Horses’ Pilar Cordon (ESP), Neil Jones Equestrian’s Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Olympians Kamal Bahamdan (KSA), Jos Lansink (BEL), Dirk Demeersman (BEL) and James Paterson-Robinson (AUS) also in attendance.

Rider’s list for Lyon…


Entries Jumping International…

ARG Argentina
LAROCCA, José María Cornet du Lys, Hardrock Z, Royal Power
AUS Australia
TOPS-ALEXANDER, Edwina Cevo Itot du Château, Ego Van Orti, Mel d’Argences
AZE Azerbaijan
MC ENTEE, Patrick Calgary Mury Murais Z, Dollar du Mury Marais Z, Sherry Mury Marais Z Z
BEL Belgium
PHILIPPAERTS, Ludo Challenge vd Begijnakker, Kassini Jac, Zilverstar T
BRA Brazil
MIRANDA, Alvaro de AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan, AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, QH Show Show LF
PESSOA, Rodrigo HH Ashley, HH Let’s Fly, HH Palouchin
COL Colombia
LOPEZ, Rene Cannagan du Mont, Polissonne Des Neyes
ESP Spain
ALVAREZ MOYA, Sergio Abab van het Molenhof, Action-Breaker, Wisconsin
AÑON, Manuel Baldo DS, Fantasia, Rackel Chavannaise
CORDON, Pilar Lucrecia Dinky Toy, Nuage Bleu, Surefire
FIN Finland
MALLAT, Maiju Armani The Gun CH, Gran Carthago, Urleven van de Helle
FRA France
ANGOT, Eugenie Davendy S, Old Chap Tame, Orlando de Roy
BOST, Roger Yves Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois, Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het, Nippon d’Elle
CHERONNET, Aldrick Barbarossa van Paemel, Cantis
COUPERIE, Edouard Nectar Des Roches, Quality II
DE PONNAT, Aymeric Armitages Boy, Onestar du Mesnil
DELAVEAU, Patrice Carinjo 9 H D C, Lacrimoso 3 Hdc, Ornella Mail
DELESTRE, Simon Napoli du Ry, Qlassic Bois Margot, Valentino Velvet
EPAILLARD, Julien Coq Rouge, Cristallo A, Monalisa Ls
GUILLON, Olivier Lord de Theize, Poete de Preuilly H D C
HÉCART, Michel Nokia de Brekka, Piman de la Deviniere, Quatrin de la Roque
HUREL, Jerome Ohm de Ponthual, Premier de Falaise, Zafir
LEPREVOST, Pénélope Mylord Carthago*HN, Nayana, Quelmec du Gery
ROBERT, Michel Catapulte, Nenuphar’Jac, Oh d’Eole
ROZIER, Philippe Balou’s Erbe, Dakar C, Jadis de Toscane
STAUT, Kevin Cheyenne 111 Z H D C, Reveur de Hurtebise H D C, Silvana Hdc
GBR Great Britain
BRASH, Scott Bon Ami, Hello Sanctos, Ursula Xii
MAHER, Ben Aristo Z, Tripple X III, Vadeline
WHITAKER, Michael GIG Amai, Ingliston Twister, Mcb Maya
GER Germany
AHLMANN, Christian Aragon, Codex One, Lorena
BEERBAUM, Ludger Chaman, Chiara, Gotha FRH
DEUSSER, Daniel Cornet d’Amour, Lilly Fee, Mouse
DREHER, Hans-Dieter Constantin B, Embassy II, Sanne R
KUTSCHER, Marco Cash, Cornet Obolensky, Cornet’s Cristallo
MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, Meredith Bella Donna 66, Cantano, Malou
GRE Greece
ONASSIS DE MIRANDA, Athina AD Crosshill, AD Quantina, AD Uceline
IRL Ireland
LYNCH, Denis Abbervail van het Dingeshof, Contifex, Night Train
O’CONNOR, Cian Blue Loyd 12, D’Avincis Pride, Vanhoeve
ITA Italy
GAUDIANO, Emanuele Admara 2, Chicago, Cocoshynsky
KSA Saudi Arabia
BAHAMDAN, Kamal Abdullah Cezanne, Delphi, Noblesse des Tess
MAR Morocco
OUADDAR, Abdelkebir Cordano Sitte Z, Kid de Baugy, Porche du Fruitier
NED Netherlands
HOUTZAGER, Marc Sterrehof’s Opium, Sterrehof’s Tamino, Sterrehof’s Uppity
SCHRÖDER, Gerco Eurocommerce Callahan, Eurocommerce London, Eurocommerce New Orleans
NOR Norway
MELAND, Ole Kristoffer Broker?s Brooklyn, Cc Top, Mira VIII
POR Portugal
DINIZ, Luciana Bluebuster, Lennox, Winningmood
SUI Switzerland
ESTERMANN, Paul Castlefield Eclipse, Maloubet du Temple, Quinara 13
GUERDAT, Steve Clair II, Jalisca Solier, Nino des Buissonnets
MÄNDLI, Beat Callisto, Colore, Louis 162
SCHWIZER, Pius Concilia, Ulysse, Verdi III
SWE Sweden
BARYARD-JOHNSSON, Malin Baltimore, H&M Actrice W, H&M Tornesch 1042
BENGTSSON, Rolf-Göran Camilo LS La Silla, Carusso LS La Silla, Casall La Silla
UKR Ukraine
OFFEL, Katharina Cathleen 28, Fidji Island, Olivia de Nantuel
USA United States of America
GOUTAL, Brianne Nice de Prissey, Uata, Wirma

Father of Mclain Ward has passed away….


The famous Barney Ward, father of US Olympian Mclain Ward and accomplished rider in his own right, lost his battle to cancer today at the age of 71 years old. Barney was the co-owner of Castle Hill Farm with his son Mclain Ward in Brewster, New York. A US Olympian himself, was a very well respected and popular rider in his time. The famous American jockey has been battling cancer for sometime now and sources revealed it has been a long and arduous battle with prostate cancer.

Barney, a successful international rider and Puissance specialist in his own right, was a big part of Mclain’s career and his son has spoken on many occasions about the incredible support and guidance he has received from Barney, who was very clearly a loving father. Mclain posted this photo and this quote on Friday on Facebook.

“A long time ago… who knew what the future would hold. This picture really shows who we are and tells a lot about our relationship. I think you can see the same dreams in our eyes. Thank you dad for making it all possible.” Mclain Ward

Our hearts go out to the Ward family. This is a terrible loss for one of the United States most prominent and successful riders. Mclain has spoken incredibly highly of his father and remarked at the great impact he had on his career. Our sincerest thoughts are with Mclain and his wife at this terrible time as well as the whole team at Castle Hill.