New Oldenburg customer advisor, La Baule Results, Rolex One to Watch and Featured Horses

Featured Horses 

F.I Pleasure

F.I Pleasure 16.1hh 7 yrs stallion, registered KWPN graded with the Sports Horse Breeding (GB), registered BSJA winnings aproximately £300, registered BD and has over 100 points and qualified for Winter Elementary Championships and will be at the semi finals in February. Pleasure is now working at medium level and has had two 3rds and a 2nd in his first two medium tests, he has a fantastic temperament, he is a super show jumper and is now showing the potential to make a top Grand Prix dressage horse. He has a very good confirmation, a small head, and has TB in his breeding, ideal to produce eventers,showjumpers,dressage horses and put quality in half bred mares.

Tina D

Spirit Z

Spirit Z 16.3hh chestnut gelding 6yrs reg Zangersheide (Z) by Tornado/Darco Ramiro Z. Registered BSJA double clears in 1.10/1.20. Spirit Z is now based in Geneva competing on the European circuit with Mark Kelly jumping age classes etc. Exciting international prospect can be seen and tried 30 minutes from Geneva airport. Already placed at first show mid august.

Lugano Van La Rouche
Ramiro Z
Coralle Z
Delphes Du Moulin
SI Grande

For inquires on both horses contact; Frankley International Horse

phone 01562 777108

mobile  07836  311831

Woodcote Croft

Kidderminister Road


Bomsgrove  B61 9DZ



by Louise Parkes

Ireland won the opening leg of the 2011 FEI Nations Cup™ series in a nail-biting thriller at La Baule in France today. On an afternoon when the form-book was turned on its head, Robert Splaine’s side of Shane Sweetnam (Amaretto Darco), Billy Twomey (Romanov), Cian O’Connor (Larkhill Cruiser) and Cameron Hanley (VDL Southwind) produced superb jumping to finish with a two-fault advantage over the runners-up from Belgium, while the mighty German side had to settle for third spot in the eight-nation clash.

Nations Cup jumping is never predictable, which is one of the reasons for its continuing popularity more than a century after it all began.  But few could have expected that the host country – defending series champion and winners on their home turf in 2010 – would finish second-last, followed only by the newcomers from Denmark.  On a difficult day for the Danes, already disadvantaged by the withdrawal of second-line rider Emilie Martinsen after her horse, Caballero, suffered a colic attack, they retired early in the second round.  So they go into the next leg in Rome (ITA) in two weeks’ time already trailing on the leaderboard, and with a mountain to climb if they are to survive their debut-season at the elite level of this super-tough sport.

Course designer, Frederic Cottier, appeared to have been quite lenient as the competition began, but by the end of the first round there had already been a few surprises including elimination for World No. 1 Kevin Staut whose mare, Silvana de Hus, stopped twice at the penultimate combination to the dismay of the home crowd.

The Irish were lying joint-second with the British at the half-way stage, carrying five faults after Sweetnam opened with just a single time penalty, Twomey and O’Connor had a fence down apiece, and one of the four-fault results was negated by last-to-go Hanley who put in a great performance with his big chestnut – the best three scores counting in each round.   Belgium held the lead with just four faults on the board going into round two despite the retirement of anchorman Jos Lansink when his mare, Cavalor Valentina, got into a muddle at the double at fence four.  And it seemed the country which fought its way back to the top level of team show jumping after winning last season’s Promotional League might just be about to make the perfect return to the limelight.

But as round two unfolded the drama continued, and there were gasps of amazement when Belgian pathfinders, the 2010 Individual World Championship winning partnership of Philippe Le Jeune and Vigo D’Arsouilles, blundered at the oxer two fences from home.  The fabulous stallion had been spectacular first time out, but seemed confused about his take-off point here this time around, and their seven-fault total would prove expensive at the end of the day.

The British began to lose their grip when David McPherson’s 10 year old grey, Chamberlain Z, was eliminated in the triple combination after frightening himself by taking off too far away from the second element.  So when the Irish stood firm, with just single errors from both Sweetnam and Twomey and a classy clear from O’Connor whose gelding is a complete novice at this level of competition, then they were in with an ever-growing chance.

A second foot-perfect run from Judy-Ann Melchior and the lovely grey mare As Cold as Ice Z – the only double-clear of the entire competition – firmed up the Belgian position with just the last-line riders left to go, but they were still under pressure when the Irish completed on a score of 13 despite a disappointing second effort from Hanley’s tiring chestnut.  The fate of the competition now rested in the hands of the 2006 world champion Jos Lansink.  If he could come home with no more than one fence on the floor then the Belgians would have it in the bag, and things were looking good when he made it past his bogey double.  But when Valentina clipped the middle of the penultimate combination and then kicked out the final element as well to bring his team’s tally to 15, it was Irish eyes that were smiling as they celebrated another great moment in their own inimitable style.  Germany, whose side included Carsten Otto Nagel (Corradina), Phillip Weishaupt (Catoki) and Marcus Ehning (Nolted Kuchengirl) finished just one fault behind Belgium to slot into third ahead of the British in fourth with 18 faults, the USA and The Netherlands in joint-fifth with 20 faults, and France on a final tally of 22 when the first three riders all added a further 13 faults in round two and then Staut retired.

“The course was tough but fair” said Ireland’s Billy Twomey afterwards.  The man who has risen to seventh place in the Rolex World Rankings in recent months was well-pleased with the performance of his 13 year old horse who finished runner-up in the Grand Prix at Leipzig two weeks ago.  “Cameron’s clear in the first round kept us in the shake-up and Cian’s second-round clear helped us clinch it, but my horse had just four faults in both rounds and that’s not bad for his very first Nations Cup!” he pointed out.

O’Connor was equally delighted with his gelding who won 14 national Grand Prix competitions in Ireland before being sold to the County Meath rider.  “Larkhill Cruiser has a heart of gold!” he said.  “He’s an old-fashioned type of Irish horse and most of his experience has been at no bigger than 1.50m level, but he tries his heart out for you and he showed just what he can do today”.  He agreed with Twomey that Hanley’s first round clear was key to today’s big win – “that put us in with a chance and then it was up to the rest of us to try to follow through on it” he pointed out.

Irish Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine was ecstatic.  “It’s a very proud day for Ireland” he said.  “We won today – but we are horse people and we know we can lose tomorrow, so you have to enjoy it when it happens!” he added.  His target for the year is to guide his team to Olympic qualification through a good result at the forthcoming FEI European Championships in Madrid in September – “that’s our ultimate priority – but today, well today has put us just where we need to be and I’m delighted with the whole team effort.  These are great guys, and its a pleasure to work with them.  They went out today to do a job, and they could hardly have done it better!” he concluded.

For further information on the first leg of the 2011 FEI Nations Cup™ series at La Baule, The next leg takes place at the Piazza di Siene in Rome (ITA) on Friday 27 May.  For details on the Italian fixture go to website or contact Press Officer Caterina Vagnozzi, Email, Tel +39 335 610 7070.

RESULT: 1, Ireland 13 faults – Amaretto Darco (Shane Sweetnam) 1/4, Romanov ll (Billy Twomey) 4/4, Larkhill Cruiser (Cian O’Connor) 4/0, Southwind VDL (Cameron Hanley) 0/17; 2, Belgium 15 faults – Vigo D’Arsouilles (Philippe Le Jeune) 0/7, Bufero Vh Panishof (Dirk Demeersman) 4/4, As Cold as Ice Z (Judy-Ann Melchior) 0/0, Cavalor Valentina (Jos Lansink) Ret/8; 3, Germany 16 faults – Corradina (Carsten Otto Nagel) 4/4, Catoki (Philipp Weishaupt) 0/4, Asti Spumante (Thomas Muhlbauer) 9/8, Noltes Kuchengirl (Marcus Ehning) 4/0; 4, Great Britain 18 faults – Carlo (Nick Skelton) 0/4, Chamberlain Z (David McPherson) 4/Elim, Talan (Robert Smith) 1/4, Murka’s Nevada VI (Peter Charles) 5/5; Equal 5, USA 20 faults – Athena (Charlie Jayne) 8/4, Cadett 7 (Ashlee Bond) 12/4, Indigo (Margie Engle) 4/0, Flexible (Rich Fellers) 0/4; Equal 5, The Netherlands 20 faults – Audi’s Alpapillon-Armanie (Vincent Voorn) 0/16, VDL Groep Utascha SFN (Eric van der Vleuten) 8/0, VDL Bubalu (Jur Vrieling) 0/4, Sterrehof’s Opium (Marc Houtzager) 9/8; 7, France 22 faults – Topinambour (Penelope Leprevost) 1/4, Napoli du Ry (Simon Delestre) 0/4, Kellemoi de Pepita (Michel Robert) 8/5, Silvana de Hus (Kevin Staut) Elim/Ret; 8, Denmark Retired – Alcamo Vogt (Torben Frandsen) 12/Ret, Calallero (Emilie Martinsen) Withdrawn, Rubber Ball (Thomas Sandgaard) 9/NS, Bogegaardens Apollo (HenrikGundersen) 12/NS.

FEI Nations Cup 2011 – Standings after Round 1 at La Baule (FRA);

1.    Ireland                 –        10
2.    Belgium               –          7
3.    Germany             –          6
4.    Great Britain        –          5
5.    USA                     –          3.5
6.    The Netherlands  –          3.5
7.    France                 –          2
8.    Denmark             –          1

8 nations competed – Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, USA, The Netherlands, France and Denmark.
The Danish team retired in round two.  Their second-line rider, Emilie Martinsen, withdrew before the competition began.
Only one double-clear in today’s competition – that came from Belgium’s Judy-Ann Melchior and the 9 year old grey mare As Cold as Ice Z.
In round one, there was one Retirement – Belgium’s Jos Lansink and Cavalor Valentina – and one Elimination – World No. 1 Kevin Staut from France with Silvana de Hus.
In round two there was one Elimination – Great Britain’s David McPherson with Chamberlain Z – and one Retirement – World No. 1 Kevin Staut from France with Silvana de Hus.
France are the defending champions as the 2011 FEI Nations Cup gets underway.
Course designer was Frederic Cottier (FRA).
12-fences on the course.
Two teams will be demoted at the end of the 2011 FEI Nations Cup™ series.  They will be replaced by two new teams from the Promotional League.

Irish Chef d’Equipe, Robert Splaine – “we were feeling pretty secure coming towards the end of the competition – we knew the pressure was on Jos Lansink, especially since he had retired in the first round.  Sometimes its not helpful when you don’t complete the course in the first round because if you’ve jumped it already then you have already identified the problem points, and he didn’t get the chance to do that”.
Robert Splaine – “We may field the same team in Rome, joined by Shane Breen, but this was a testing day and we have to see how the horses come out of it first”.
Cian O’Connor who helped clinch the wind with his second-round clear “Larkhill Cruiser has been amazing since I got him at the end of last year.  He just wants to do it for you every time he goes in the ring and even I’m amazed at how well he coped with this course today.  He’ll do everything he can to help you, and that makes him a special kind of horse”.

The FEI Nations Cup™ is a five-star competition in which official teams representing nations compare their merit. At each event the teams gain points according to their placing. At the end of the 2011 season the team with the highest points wins the FEI Nations Cup™ and the two teams with the lowest points will be relegated to the FEI Nations Cup Promotional League. The highest placed team from the 2011 FEI Nations Cup Promotional League Final and the highest placed Team on the FEI European Nations Cup Promotional League standings immediately prior to the 2011 FEI Nations Cup Promotional League Final will join the FEI Nations Cup™ Top League for 2012.

FEI Nations Cup™ 2011 Calendar:
La Baule (FRA), Friday 13 May; Rome (ITA), Friday 27 May; St Gallen (SUI), Friday 3 June; Falsterbo (SWE), Friday 8 July; Aachen (GER), Thursday 14 July; Hickstead (GBR), Friday 29 July; Dublin (IRL); Friday 5 August.; Rotterdam (NED), Friday 26 August.

The Rolex “One to Watch”

Simone Coata

13 May 2011

The Rolex One to Watch for April 2011 is the Italian rider, Simone Coata. Based in Campagnano, near Rome, Italy, the 24-year-old jumped from number 281 to 179 during April – a move up the Rolex Rankings of 102 places.

The Rolex One to Watch is an initiative which identifies the rider who has made the biggest jump within or into the Top 250 of the Rolex Rankings the previous month.

Simone began riding aged nine, following in his father, Piero’s, footsteps. He regularly rides with his father and his brother, Luca, and has two trainers: Giorgio Nuti – the 1972 Olympic Champion – and Gianluca Bormioli. His cousin, Stefano Brecciaroli, is a well-known Eventing rider and was a team silver medallist at the 2010 HSBC FEI European Eventing Championship in Fontainebleau, France.

As a pony rider Simone was a member of the Italian team at the FEI European Eventing Championship in Aachen, Germany, and also at the FEI European Jumping Championship in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. In 2008, he was on the senior Italian team that won the FEI Nations Cup™ in Athens, Greece.

Since 2009, along with Italian stars Natale Chiaudani, Gabriele Grassi and Antonio Alfonso, Simone has been riding for the SNAI Team.

Simone has had a phenomenal 2011 with 26 victories, six second places and nine third places in national and international competitions. These results have helped his rapid ascent within the Rolex Rankings.

For details online featuring the Rolex Rankings please click here.

May’s Rolex One to Watch will be announced at the beginning of June 2011.

• Kevin Staut (FRA) is currently ranked number one in the Rolex Rankings and therefore holds the Green & Gold armband which bears the words “Number 1, The Rolex Rankings”.

• Marcus Ehning (GER) was the first rider to be awarded the ‘Green & Gold’ in December 2009 and Kevin Staut continues to wear it in all competitions whilst he is the Number 1 ranked rider on the Rolex Rankings.

• The Rolex Rankings are the only official guide to excellence in Jumping recognised by the FEI, and the Green & Gold has been devised for equestrian fans at events and watching on TV internationally to instantly recognize the world’s best/leading rider.

• The Rolex Rankings are updated monthly and issued at the start of each calendar month. For more information on the Rankings and to download the latest standings pleasevisit the Jumping section of the FEI website at

New Oldenburg Customer Advisor

Fabian Kuhl

Rider and advisor:  Fabian Kuhl is both.  With his competence in all matters that have to do with the sport of show jumping and the freshness of the youth of his generation, Fabian Kuhl, born in Holstein, now supplements the auction team at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta.  The marketing of show jumpers at the two Oldenburg Verbands has received new impetus just in time for the tenth anniversary of Springpferdezuchtverband Oldenburg-international.

Fabian Kuhl concluded an apprenticeship to become an accredited master of equitation with Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen at the State Riding School Hoya in Lower Saxony.  He was then employed for four years as a trainer in the show, training and sales stables of the famous Danish show jumping rider, Soeren Pedersen.  During this time, the 28-year old gained valuable experience in Oldenburg breeding and marketing.  Fabian Kuhl then took over the training and sales stables at the Kastanienhof riding facility in Ehlersdorf/Schlewig-Holstein.  His show record included first and other placings in tests for young show jumpers and show jumping classes up to the advanced (S) level.

When riders are looking for the right horse to ensure their success in the future Fabian Kuhl will take individual wishes into account and attend/advise Oldenburg customers:  Tel. +49 (0) 151 14536599

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