Available horse from German Horse Center- Apache, West. Geld.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2012 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle

Apache, Westphalian, 2001

17 hh,  Gelding, Bay, Show Jumping  * Confidence Builder

Price category, up to 150,000 EUR

Located in North Rhine-Westphalia


Early life

Apache has been in training with the vendor since spring 2011.


He is ready for 1.50 m show jumping tests.


Apache has placed up to 1.45 m, S** tests.


A well-behaved, motivated athlete, who always wants to do everything right for his rider and makes up for rider errors.

Pre-Purchase Inspection

X-ray pictures from summer 2011 can be made available

What sort of rider does the horse need?

Apache is a perfect amateur horse with potential for a high level of sporting achievement.

Inquires to:

GHC GmbH German Horse Center
Holzhausener Str. 12
49328 Melle

or call us at: + 49 5427 – 922 93 82
Fax: + 49 5427 – 922 93 85


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Equestrian Sporting Life

Danielle M. Titland




Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2011 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle


American Dressage riders swept all before them when returning a record-breaking fourth consecutive team victory and filling all the steps of the individual medal podium at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.  On Sunday they cruised confidently into pole position in the team event ahead of the silver medallists from Canada while Colombia claimed the bronze.  And yesterday Steffen Peters steered Weltino’s Magic to individual gold ahead of Heather Blitz with Paragon in silver and Marisa Festerling and Big Tyme in bronze.

It was a convincing performance at all levels, and anchorman Peters was the linchpin of the American side.  But, as he pointed out in the aftermath of the team success, he was under considerably less pressure than usual due to the highly-competitive performances of his team-mates.  “Over the past few years I have always had to carry a lot of weight on my shoulders as the very last rider, but the team did an awesome job – every single horse, every single rider” he pointed out.  The silver medallists from Canada and bronze medallists from Colombia had plenty of reason to celebrate too, as their second and third-place finishes have provided them with qualifying spots for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

A total of 12 nations battled it out for the team medals, and the combined US score of 75.754 gave them a clear five-point victory.  Peters and Weltino’s Magic produced the only score over 80% – his 80.132 setting a new Pan-American Games record – and he was awarded the leading mark by all five members of the Ground Jury – Great Britain’s Stephen Clarke, Raphael Saleh from France, Canada’s Cara Witham, Argentina’s Gabriel Armando and President, Lilo Fore, from the USA.

Blitz’s mark of 75.105 with Paragon was a personal best and, supported by 72.026 from Marisa Festerling riding Big Tyme who racked up 72.026, it was mission accomplished.  US pathfinder, Cesar Parra, produced a score of 69.526 that was good enough for 10th place individually, and all the US riders qualified amongst the top-25 who went into the first of the two individual medal-deciders on Monday.

Canada’s Thomas Dvorak steered Viva’s Salieri W to a mark of 71.711 for fourth place individually in the team event and would continue to impress, as would Colombia’s Canstanza Jaramillo, individually third in the team competition riding the expressive 11-year-old mare Wakana which she purchased from her trainer, Germany’s Ulla Salzgeber, earlier this year.

Peters, Blitz and Festerling threw down the gauntlet when topping the results board in Monday’s first leg of the battle for the individual medals.   This time Weltino’s Magic scored 78.079 despite a mistake early in the Intermediaire 1 test.  “I didn’t think it was quite as good as the Prix St Georges (the team test)”, Peters admitted.  “We had one little fumble in the first extension, I just pushed him a little too hard, but the rest was really clean. He had really, really good pirouettes again, and the walk was as good as yesterday.  So one little fumble, but overall I’m very happy!” he pointed out.

This left him at the head of affairs going into yesterday’s (Wednesday) Freestyle.  The combined average of both tests would decide the result.  “The race is getting really, really tight which is great for the sport”, he said.  “Magic has a really good Freestyle and so far every time it has worked out.  The pressure is on for Wednesday, and cruising through it won’t do it.  I am going to have to take some risk and get on the gas pedal”, he added.

And his fellow-Americans ensured that Peters certainly wasn’t going to be in a position to cruise, Blitz and Paragon producing a fabulous Freestyle for a combined mark of 81.917 to really pile on the pressure.  Only an eight-year-old, and clearly full of potential, Paragon wowed the crowd with effortless movement and spectacular paces.

“I hit all the parts of the music, that’s always a great feeling,” said Blitz. “That’s just so satisfying. Paragon went in, and when I first picked him up, because I walk first, when I picked him up for the canter, there was just a glimpse of him saying, ‘I don’t know about this.’ But then he erased that and then the rest of the test he was completely on autopilot, yet he was still listening to me. He felt so smooth and expressive, but he was so listening.”

The determined Marisa Festerling had the ride of her life on Big Tyme. “It was awesome, the atmosphere was very, very electric,” said Festerling. “But ‘Frankie’ kept it together in there. I was thrilled. He has come out here every single day and given me more and more. And in this kind of competition you couldn’t ask for more”, she said after putting a final score of 77.545 on the board.

Peters had to dig deep into his reserves of experience to finish ahead of target-setter Blitz, but the consummate professional squeezed every possible mark out of the nine-year-old Westphalian gelding Weltino’s Magic to clinch it with a final total of 82.890.

“What an amazing day and an amazing competition,” said the 1996 Olympic team bronze medallist. “I still have to think about the moment that I came out of the arena and when the scores were announced it probably took 30 seconds, but it seemed like three hours. It is a very exciting day, congratulations to my team-mates. The big score that Heather pulled in – I don’t think I’ve ever had that much pressure going into the arena!” he added.

Thomas Dvorak (Viva’s Salieri W) finished just out of the medals in fourth place on a score of 75.190 ahead of Canadian team-mate Tina Irwin (Winston) in fifth while Mexico’s Bernadette Pujals (Rolex Iusa) slotted into sixth.

All the riders at the press conference were full of praise for the impressive facilities at the Club Hípica, venue for the Pan-American Games equestrian events, congratulating the organisers on both the venue itself and the organisation behind it.

 GOLD – USA 75.754 – Weltino’s Magic (Steffen Peters) 80.132, Paragon (Heather Blitz) 75.105, Grandioso (Cesar Alberto Parra) 69.526, Big Tyme (Marisa Festerling) 72.026; SILVER – Canada 70.413 – Viva’s Salieri W (Thomas Dvorak) 71.711,  Lymrix (Crystal Kroetch) 68.790, Winston (Tina Irwin) 70.737, Reiki Thyne (Roberta Byng-Morris) 65.184; BRONZE – Colombia 69.614 – Farewell (Marco Bernal) 70.237, Wakana (Constanza Jaramillo) 72.158,  First Fisherman (Juan Mauricio Sanchez) 65.00, Beckam (Maria Ines Garcia) 66.447.

Individual: GOLD – Weltino’s Magic (Steffen Peters) USA 82.690; SILVER – Paragon (Heather Blitz) USA 81.917; BRONZE – Big Tyme (Marisa Festerling) USA 77.545.

Facts and Figures:
12 nations competed in the team competition.
This was a record-breaking fourth consecutive gold medal-winning performance from an American team.
2 countries qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London – Canada and Colombia.  The USA was already qualified.
The Ground Jury panel of judges was – At E, Stephen Clarke (GBR), At H, Cara Witham (CAN), At C, Lilo Fore (USA) President, At M, Raphael Saleh (FRA) and at B Gabriel Armando (ARG).
A total of 47 horse-and-rider combinations competed for the individual medals.
The USA already headed the medal-table for most wins in both the Team and Individual categories.  The 2011 results brings their tally to 7 team and 8 individual titles.


Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle

Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer swept to victory in the opening leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2011/2012 series at Oslo in Norway today with a thrilling last-to-go run from Carlina.  With 14 into the jump-off it was never going to be an easy one to take, but the 49 year old rider raced home to pin Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt and Souvenir into second, while Portugal’s Luciana Diniz and Winningmood slotted into third.

“This is my very first success in a World Cup qualifier, so I’m super-pleased with the result!” Schwizer said after collecting the winner’s prize of a Rolex watch.  “I’ve been second and third a few times, but it feels really great to be first – and Carlina was brilliant today!” he added.

The compact Telenor Arena in Oslo measures just 35 metres by 75 metres, but course-designers Terje Olsen-Nalum and Anders Hafskjold didn’t compromise on height and width, giving the 40 starters plenty to think about.  The triple combination at fence six – oxer, vertical, oxer – proved influential, but it was the 1.70m-wide oxer at fence nine that hit the floor most often in the first round as nine horse-and-rider combinations faulted there.

Belgium’s Gregory Wathalet and Copin van de Broy opened the class with three mistakes, including one at this fence.  But for the home-side spectators the biggest surprise was the elimination of their own Tony Andre Hansen who, second into the ring, suffered a major miscommunication with his 10 year old gelding Frodo at the vertical at fence seven which resulted in a fall.  Third to go however was Italy’s Natale Chiaudani who has found a fine new horse in the shape of the 12 year old chestnut gelding Almero which eased around the 13-fence track for the first clear of the afternoon. And 13 more would join him in the second-round decider which started out over the wide triple-bar.

There were eight jumping efforts second time out, and the oxer at fence nine fell as Chiaudani led the way against the clock.  But, second to go, Angelica Augustsson and Mic Mac du Tillard left everything intact to take the early lead.  The Swedish 24 year old, who became an overnight star following her thrilling victory on home turf in Gothenburg last season, stopped the clock on 37.67 seconds, but she clearly wasn’t taking too many chances with her talented but fiery Cruising mare at this stage of the season, and the door still looked wide open as the exciting partnership galloped through the finish.

Great Britain’s William Funnell shaved 0.43 seconds off the target time with a great round from his promising home-bred eight year old, Billy Angelo, and stayed out in front when Norway’s Nina Braaten and Loyd 12 hit the second element of the double, three from home.  Three-time Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum from Germany, followed with a foot-perfect run from her eight year old mare Bella Donna, but with 39.51 seconds on the board they failed to threaten for top spot and it was likewise for The Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Verdi even though they were almost a second quicker.

Philipp Weishaupt wasn’t hanging about however.  This German rider set off at full tilt with Madeleine Winter-Schulze’s 11 year old mare Souvenir and, having taken a risky turn to the penultimate Rolex oxer, cleared the line in 35.87 seconds to reset the parameters.  And he stayed out in front despite the best efforts of the next six contenders including Ireland’s Denis Lynch (Lantinus), and Frenchman Kevin Staut (Zeta de Hus) who were both both clear but not quick enough, Staut’s fellow-countryman Patrice Delaveau (Ornella Mail) who collected eight faults, Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander (Cevo Itot du Chateau) who left the bogey oxer at nine on the floor and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz (Winningmood) whose copybook tour of the track in 36.64 seconds was good enough to slot, temporarily, into runner-up spot.

Second-last to go, all eyes were on the man who claimed the individual FEI European Jumping Championship title in Madrid, Spain last month, but when Casall La Silla hit the penultimate fence, then Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson would finish well down the line.  Now only Schwizer stood between Weishaupt and victory, and the Swiss man was filled with determination.  “Carlina is fast, so I always know I can try to win with her no matter what anyone else might do” Schwizer said afterwards.  And fast she was, the 10 year old mare finding every fence in exactly the right spot as she wound her way home in 34.63 seconds to put the result beyond any doubt.

This leaves Schwizer at the head of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League table at this very early stage of the season and with the comfort of knowing that one more really good performance will be almost enough to guarantee him a place at the series final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next April.  He was delighted with the way Carlina went today – “I have been riding her for three years, and she is super-careful and has plenty of scope – I’m so happy with her right now” he said.

Defending champion, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann, was one of 12 four-faulters in today’s opening round with Lorenzo, but he, like many of his counterparts, is heading for the second leg which will take place in Helsinki, Finland next Sunday and he will be hoping for better luck as the race to earn one of the coveted places at the seasonal finale moves up another gear.

For further information on the first leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2011/2012 Western European League at Oslo, Norway, check out website www.oslohorseshow.com or contact Press Officer Ingjerd Skreien Eriksen at Email press@oslohorseshow.com, Tel +47 951 68 797.  The next leg of the series takes place in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday 23 October 2011.  Details of the Finnish fixture are available at www.helsinkihorseshow.fi or from Press Officer Kati Hume-Leikkonen, Emailkati.l.hurme@kolumbus.fi, Tel +358 40 514 47 53.

1, Carlina (Pius Schwizer) SUI 0/0 34.63; 2, Souvenir (Philipp Weishaupt) GER 0/0 35.87; 3, Winningmood (Luciana Diniz) POR 0/0 36.64; 4, Billy Angelo (William Funnell) GBR 0/0 37.34; 5, Lantinus (D Lynch) IRL 0/0 37.45; 6, Mic Mac du Tillard (Angelica Augustsson) SWE 0/0 37.67; 7, Zeta de Hus (Kevin Staut) FRA 0/0 38.16; 8, VDL Groep Verdi (Maikel van der Vleuten) NED 0/0 38.75; 9, Bella Donna (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum0 GER 0/0 39.51; 10, Casall La Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) SWE 0/4 36.54; 11, Cevo Itot du Chateau (Edwina Tops-Alexander) AUS 0/4 36.54; 12, Loyd 12 (Nina Braaten) NOR 0/4 40.17; 13, Almero (Natale Chiaudani) ITA 0/4 41.32; 14, Ornella Mail (Patrice Delaveau) FRA 0/8 38.85.  Full results at http://results.scgvisual.com/2011/oslo/s

Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2011/2012 Western European League – Standings After Round 1 at Oslo (NOR):
1.    Pius Schwizer SUI                       –    20
2.    Philipp Weishaupt GER                    –    17
3.    Luciana Diniz POR                         –    15
4.    William Funnell GBR                       –    13
5.    Denis Lynch IRL                                –    12
6.    Angelica Augustsson SWE                 –    11
7.    Kevin Staut FRA                                   –    10
8.    Maikel van der Vleuten NED               –      9
9.    Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum GER      –      8
10.  Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE                –      7
11.  Edwina Tops-Alexander AUS               –      6
12.  Nina Braaten NOR                              –      5
13.  Natale Chiaudani ITA                          –      4
14.  Patrice Delaveau FRA                       –      3
15.  Eugenie Angot FRA                            –      2
16.  Marco Kutscher GER                           –      1

Facts and Figures:
This is the 34th season of FEI World Cup™ Jumping.
Riders from 13 leagues on all continents will take part in qualifying competitions before the 2011/2012 Final which takes place at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next April.
The defending FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion is Germany’s Christian Ahlmann who steered Taloubet to victory at the 2010/2011 Final in Leipzig, Germany in April 2011.
40 starters in today’s competition.
14 first-round clears.
9 double-clears.
2 retired – Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (Jalisca Solier) and Ireland’s Billy Twomey (Romanov).
1 elimination – Norway’s Tony Andre Hansen who fell when making a mistake with Frodo at the vertical at fence 7.
In the first round, the biggest number of faults were recorded at the 1.70m-wide oxer at fence 9, which fell on nine occasions, and the triple combination at fence six which fell seven times.
This was Pius Schwizer’s first time to win a qualifying leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series.

Philipp Weishaupt (GER) who finished second – “Last year here at Oslo I was third, this year I am second, so I hope to come back next year and win!”

Pius Schwizer (SUI) today’s winning rider – “The course was difficult but fair.  Before the class I thought it would not be so difficult but in the jump-off the fences were big and wide.  There was a time when it was considered easy to pick up World Cup points by coming to Oslo – but not anymore because so many of the top riders come here now!”


Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) showed the amazing strength of his horsepower when his exciting young horses Oslo and Lionheart finished first and third at Les Etoiles des Pau (FRA), the final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2011.
However, it was the unstoppable Mary King (GBR) who claimed the 150,000 USD prize, the biggest single award in Eventing, as HSBC FEI Classics™ champion for 2011. She clinched the title with a magnificent clear Jumping round on Imperial Cavalier, which elevated her six places to fourth.

King has been placed no lower than eighth at all five of the HSBC FEI Classics™ events this year, which is a remarkable achievement. She is the first woman to win the title since the series started in 2008 and has kept it in British hands for the fourth consecutive year.

Fox-Pitt, who now looks likely to win a 50,000 USD bonus as leader of the HSBC Rider Rankings, held onto second place and 75,000 USD. In addition, as Pau is also the first event of the 2012 HSBC FEI Classics™, he is now in pole position for next season.

Andrew Nicholson (NZL), second at Pau on Mr Cruise Control, and Clayton Fredericks (AUS), sixth on Bendigo, both rocketed into the top five of the HSBC FEI Classics™ and will take home 50,000 USD and 25,000 USD respectively.

Piggy French (GBR), who was not competing at Pau, slipped a place to fourth (33,000 USD), and both Mark Todd (NZL) and Andreas Dibowski (NZL), winners of Badminton and Luhmühlen, were pushed out of the top five cash prizes in the final moments of the season.

“It’s great to win a major prize like this,” said King, who intends to spend the money on a new lorry. “We riders all work hard and do not always win a lot of prize money, so something like this makes you feel recognised as a sportsman when a multi-national company such as HSBC backs our sport.

“Fate has played a part in all this. If I hadn’t fallen off Imperial Cavalier at Luhmühlen [in the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships], I wouldn’t be winning this money here.”

Andrew Nicholson said he had come to Pau with no expectations, so was delighted to have the bonus of HSBC FEI Classics™ money. “Mr Cruise Control is probably my third choice for the Olympics,” he said. “He is a big horse, but he gets better every year.”

The Jumping phase at Pau proved highly influential, and an extraordinary number of horses hit the first fence. Fox-Pitt, on Oslo, and King were the only riders to finish the competition on their dressage scores. There were only five penalty-free rounds from the 50 to complete the competition.

Fox-Pitt left the overnight leader Christopher Burton (AUS) on Holstein Park Leilani no room for error, and three fences down dropped the pair to eighth place.

Burton’s compatriot, Wendy Schaeffer, suffered a far worse fate, however, and was eliminated when unseated from Koyuna Sun Dancer.

“When I had such a bad round on Macchiato [20 faults] and hit the first fence on Lionheart, I became very nervous,” admitted Fox-Pitt. “My round on Oslo is my first clear Jumping round at Pau. It’s been a terrific week and I’m lucky to have a horse like him.”

HSBC Training Bursary
Philippe Brun (FRA) won the HSBC Training Bursary worth 1,000 USD as the highest-placed CCI4* debutant, in 31st place on Nectar de la Charboniére, a 10-year-old Selle Francais by Gambit du Rozel. The pair finished 30th at Saumur CCI3* in May.

Brun, 47, said: “As I’m an amateur rider, competing at CCI4* level has been my goal and, thanks to HSBC, I’ve achieved it. I’d now like to train and compete in England with my horse. The HSBC FEI Classics™ are very important here in France, because Eventing benefits greatly from this sort of publicity.”

About the HSBC FEI Classics™ champion
Mary King’s path to victory began with third place at Badminton on Imperial Cavalier. She followed this by winning Kentucky on Kings Temptress, a mare she bred herself (she was also second on Fernhill Urco). She was eighth in Luhmühlen on Apache Sauce, third at Burghley on Kings Temptress, and fourth at Pau on Imperial Cavalier.

King, 50, has represented Britain at 14 championships, including four Olympic Games, winning Olympic team silver and bronze (2004 and 2008), world team gold (1994 and 2010), team silver (2006), four European team golds, team bronze, plus individual bronze (1995) and silver (2007). King has won Badminton twice, in 1992 and 2000, and Burghley (1996).

She is married to David, a farmer, and lives near Sidmouth, Devon. Her daughter, Emily, represented Great Britain at this year’s FEI Junior European Championships.

About the Pau winner
William Fox-Pitt, King’s team mate on many occasions, has won 46 CCIs, including 10 CCI4*s: Badminton (2004), Burghley a record six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Luhmühlen (2008), Kentucky (2010) and Pau (2011). He is the only rider to have won five out of the world’s six CCI4*s.

He has also represented Britain 15 times in championships, winning Olympic silver (2004) and bronze (2008), world team gold and individual silver on Cool Mountain (2010) plus team silver in 2006 and team bronze in 2002. He has six European team gold medals, team bronze and two individual silvers (1997 and 2005). Fox-Pitt, 42, is married to Alice, a television racing commentator. They live in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, and have two young sons, Oliver and Thomas.

Oslo, a nine-year-old French-bred by Landou, was bought as a stallion and was only gelded in 2009. He is owned by a large syndicate, Fox-Pitt Eventing, nearly all of whom were out in Pau to witness their horse’s victory.

Final results
1 William Fox-Pitt/Oslo (GBR) 44.2 + 0 + 0 = 44.2
2 Andrew Nicholson/Mr Cruise Control (NZL) 46.2 + 0 + 4 = 50.2
3 William Fox-Pitt/Lionheart (GBR) 46.7 + 0 + 4 = 50.7
4 Mary King/Imperial Cavalier (GBR) 51.0 + 0 + 0 = 51.0
5 Nicolas Touzaint/Hildago de L’Ile (FRA) 46.3 + 1.2 + 4 = 51.5
6 Clayton Fredericks/Bendigo (AUS) 43.7 + 1.2 + 8 = 52.9
7 Lucy Wiegersma/Simon Porloe (GBR) 45.5 + 0.8 + 8 = 54.3
8 Christopher Burton/Holstein Park Leilani (AUS) 43.7 + 0 + 12 = 55.7
9 Clayton Fredericks/Dunges Laurent Rose (AUS) 54.0 + 0 + 4 = 58.0
10 Frank Ostholt/Mr Medicott (GER) 47.3 + 0 + 11 = 58.3


Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2011 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle


Christopher Burton (AUS) produced a great Cross Country performance on Holstein Park Leilani to keep his Dressage lead at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2011, but he has no margin for error in tomorrow’s Jumping phase as one fence covers the top eight riders and a nail-biting finale is guaranteed for tomorrow.

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) was masterful in steering all three of his horses around inside the optimum time to finish in the top 10, with the two nine-year-olds, Oslo and Lionheart, second and sixth, and Macchiato ninth.

Clayton Fredericks (AUS), the joint Dressage leader, accrued 1.2 time penalties on Bendigo, the horse competing in his first CCI4*, to drop to third. The Ground Jury took 0.8 penalties off his original score after he protested that a steward raking the ground had forced him to take avoiding action.

Burton, who finished 15 seconds inside the optimum time of 10 minutes 39 seconds, commented: “I had a super ride. After our fall at Burghley, it’s good to come here and go so well and prove she is a quality horse. I congratulate Pierre Michelet on his course – I’ve never ridden one of his tracks before but it was great to ride.”

Both Fredericks and Andrew Nicholson (NZL), who has risen two places to fourth with a flowing round on the beautiful grey Mr Cruise Control, stand to leapfrog into the money prizes in the HSBC FEI Classics™.

Mary King’s (GBR) hopes of winning the 2011 HSBC FEI Classics™ are still alive – just. She retired her first horse Apache Sauce after an early run-out at the double of brushes at fences 3 and 4, but has risen to 10th place after a committed ride on Imperial Cavalier.

However, King needs to improve her position to eighth or better in the event of Fox-Pitt winning Pau tomorrow. Fox-Pitt is the only rider to have won four of the world’s six CCI4*s (Badminton, Burghley, Kentucky and Luhmuhlen), and it seems that he has a fifth in his sights – plus the HSBC FEI Classics™ for a third time.

“All my horses had lucky moments,” admitted Fox-Pitt. “The course at Pau is notorious for riding differently to expectations, so you are constantly holding your breath. The shades of light and dark play a part, especially in lovely sunshine like today, and there are lots of twists and difficult distances.”

Michelet, who explained that he had made the last water complex easier this year, commented: “It’s not just that riders are learning to ride my courses. I’ve also learned to understand their requirements in order to make them ride more fluently.”

Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Jhakti du Janlie dropped out of the top 10 with a stop at 28b, the brush corner on a downhill curve which caused five faults. Ruth Edge (GBR) and Nick of Thyme also faulted here and incurred several time penalties. The most influential fence was the first water complex, where 10 horses faulted, including Andrew Nicholson’s first ride, Henry Tankerville.

Fox-Pitt, who also stands to gain a bonus as leader of the HSBC Rider Rankings, had a sticky ride through the water complexes on his first two horses, and when Oslo hit the house in the second water, fence 21a, the fence repair team had to be called. After some 40 minutes’ hold, it was decided to remove the fence, and riders that had already jumped it had their time penalties adjusted accordingly.

However, that was the only major drama in an exciting day’s sport in which Pierre Michelet’s course, with its mix of big, bold galloping fences and turning accuracy tests, jumped fluently. There were 42 clear rounds from the 67 Cross Country starters,18 of which were inside the optimum time, and 56 completions. Yet again, Monsieur Michelet has ensured a thrilling finale at France’s premier event.

Results after Cross-Country
1 Christopher Burton/Holstein Park Leilani (AUS) 43.7 + 0 = 43.7
2 William Fox-Pitt/Oslo (GBR) 44.2 + 0 = 44.2
3 Clayton Fredericks/Bendigo (AUS) 43.7 + 1.2 = 44.9
4 Andrew Nicholson/Mr Cruise Control (NZL) 46.2 + 0 = 46.2
5 Lucy Wiegersma/Simon Porloe (GBR) 45.5 + 0.8 = 46.3
6 William Fox-Pitt/Lionheart (GBR) 46.7 + 0 = 46.7
7 Frank Ostholt/Mr Medicott (GER) 47.3 + 0 – 47.3
8 Nicolas Touzaint/Hildago de L’Ile (FRA) 46.3 + 1.2 = 47.5
9 William Fox-Pitt/Macchiato (GBR) 50.0 + 0 = 50.0
10 Mary King/Imperial Cavalier (GBR) 51 + 0 = 51.0

Di Magic, the Highest Priced Horse, Sold to Monaco

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 9, 2011 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle

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Vechta. The top priced horse at the 75th Elite Auction named Di Magic by Dimaggio-Rohdiamant was sold at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta for 240,000 Euros to Monaco’s best dressage rider, Bernadette Brune. This regular customer of many years standing at the Oldenburg auctions is now in possession of an awesome, licensed, black stallion bred by Christian Niemann from Halen and exhibited by Andreas Wempe from Cappeln that is predestined to become a crown jewel for her career in the dressage ring. The second highest priced horse, a mare named Tausendundeine Nacht by Don Schufro-Rubinstein, bred by Heinrich Themann from Mühlen, who sold for 160,000 Euros, will be off to the other side of the globe. The brilliant black mare will be exported to the stables of another regular auction customer in Australia. 18 auction horses will now give their riders joy beyond the borders of Germany. The largest number of these were purchased by customers from Russia and Switzerland with four each.
The customers from Switzerland especially showed great interest in the show jumpers in the Elite Collection. Their determination to prevail in the competition of bids was described by Uwe Heckmann, the auctioneer, as “a breakthrough for the two Oldenburg breeding societies in the show jumper market with their small number but excellent quality show jumpers”. Three of the elite show jumpers were sold to Switzerland, including N’oubliez jamais by Nintender-Calido, bred by the internationally successful show jumping rider, Jürgen Ernst from Essel. This licensed and performance tested stallion was knocked-down to the Lee AG Training Center in Wittenbach/Switzerland for 150,000 Euros. Wanda Wespe and Ariane Muff will be presenting these Oldenburg’s in sport in the future. These two young ladies also purchased the second highest priced show jumper, a mare named Noblesse Oranje by Nintender-Argentinus, bred by Manfred and Britta Langelüddeke from Valberg for 80,000 Euros.
All in all, the 45 riding horses at the 75th Elite Auction at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta achieved revenues of 1,810,500 Euros and thus an average price of 40,233 Euros.
The Elite Foal collection in this fall’s auction held in the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta contained 42 youngsters that achieved a total of 413,500 Euros. The average price was 9,845 Euros. The highest offer, a bid of 25,000 Euros for a colt named Dans d’Ecole by Danone I-Welt Hit II, bred by Olaf Bahls from Voigtsdorf, came from Rhineland-Pfalz. The dressage rider Ulf König purchased this strong moving chestnut colt.
Ulrike Beelitz, Tel. +49 (0)4285-95161, info@ki-beelitz.de
Tammo Ernst, Tel. +49 (0)4221-452842, tammo.ernst@pferdebild.de

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Danielle Titland

200,000 Euros for a Super Oldenburg Col

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2011 by Equestrian Sport and Lifestyle


A la Dressage by Ampere-Sandro Hit was sold at the Elite Foal Auction for 200,000 Euros to a dressage horse lover in Switzerland. The other bidders from Dubai and Germany were left empty-handed. This fabulously moving colt bred by Klaus Tuchen from Grabow/Sachsen-Anhalt charmed the spectators. During the thunderous applause in the auction ring, Uwe Heckmann, the auctioneer, commented, “They don’t come any better – an extraordinary colt out of an exquisite Oldenburg mare line”.

A total of 88 foals were knocked down at the 10th Elite Foal Auction that was held at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta, selling for an average price of 12,324 Euros. Total sales achieved the 1,084,500 Euros mark – a new benchmark for this Oldenburg Verband auction.


The second highest price of 90,000 Euros was paid for Tout le Monde by Totilas-Rohdiamant by a new customer from Hanover. This black colt bred by Maike Hinrichsen from Quickborn/Schleswig-Holstein will be raised as a stallion prospect.


Along with the many customers from Germany, international buyers were also very active in Vechta. “We were very pleased that there were so many customers from abroad who appreciate the excellent quality of our foals.  Twenty eight of the foals now have new owners who live outside of Germany, including customers from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Great Britain, Australia, Italy and the US reported Thomas Rhinow, the Director of the auction office. Show jumper fans from Russia were also on a shopping spree. Fabian Kühl, the jumper expert in the auction office and advisor for new customers, purchased eight excellent foals for Oldenburg fans in Moscow who placed their bids by phone.


In the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta, after the auction is before the auction. The collection for the 75th Elite Auction on Saturday, October 1st is now complete with 60 riding horses and 40 foals and the catalogue can be ordered.


For information:


Dressage horses and foals bred with emphasis on dressage:

Thomas Rhinow, telephone: +49 (0) 4441- 93 55 15 or Daniel Pophanken, telephone: +49 (0) 4441- 93 55 895


Show jumpers and foals bred with emphasis on jumping:

Fabian Kühl, telephone: +49 (0) 4441- 93 55 71.

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