• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Kristina Bröring-Sprehe (GER)

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Kristina Bröring-Sprehe (GER)

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Christian Ahlmann (GER)

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Christian Ahlmann (GER)

  • FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER)

    FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER)

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Houston passed away

Approved keur stallion Houston (by Belisar) passed away, owner Ilonka Veninga-Hamminga reports. The stallion, who was awarded keur in 2006, was 27 years old and leaves behind one approved son, Valdez. Houston was born in 1989 in the stables of J. Gordijn in Sint-Oedenrode, the Netherlands. He has 862 KWPN registered offspring, among which are several Grand Prix dressage horses. The stallion himself was competed up to Light Tour level under Willem-Jan Schotte, Seth Boschman and Annemiek Vincourt-Krom. 

Janika Sprunger says goodbye to JL’s Komparse

Shortly before starting her competition at the Rio Olympics, Swiss show jumper Janika Sprunger had to say goodbye to her top horse JL’s Komparse. On her Facebook page she reported the 15-year-old son of Kolibri passed away suddenly. The cause of death is not yet known. Only weeks ago, the pair was successful at the CSIO Falsterbo, ranking fourth and sixth. They also participated in the Nations Cup at St Gallen in June. Janika Sprunger and Komparse were a pair for almost six years.

Curby du Seigneur sold to the United States

The sBs approved Curby du Seigneur (by Doree vd Moskifar) was sold to the United States through Vincent Lambrecht. The grandson of Heartbreaker has three approved sons in the sBs studbook this year. Under Belgian show jumper Jérôme Guery, Curby was very successful in stallion competitions as well as at international 1.40m level, but never quite made it to the highest level. Breeder Marc Vanlangendock said: “Curby is a 1.45m-level horse. I don’t know who will be riding him in the United States, but he will not be for the highest level. Curby is a horse that will be remembered for his quality and speed.”

Michael Whitaker injured

British show jumper Michael Whitaker fractured a rib after a training fall at home. His horse spooked as Whitaker was riding along the rail. The pair both fell and Whitaker ended up caught between the horse and the fence. Luckily the fencing gave way, or the injury could have been a lot worse.