• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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The equestrian world should look at the racing world and its broad use of syndication to get more owners involved to provide a much needed boost to the sport.

L'Année Hippique Awards 2017

Once again, BCM Media, publisher of the L’Année Hippique yearbook, is proud to announce the winners of the annual L’Année Hippique Awards.

You voted in great numbers, now here are your winners:

Best Riders/Driver of 2017

Jumping: Christian Alhmann (GER)

Dressage: Marina Aframeeva (RUS)

Eventing: James Alliston (USA)

Driving: Benjamin Aillaud (FRA)

Best Events of 2017

Jumping: CHI Geneva (SUI)

Dressage: CHIO Aachen (GER)

Eventing: CCI Adelaide (AUS)

Driving: CHIO Aachen (GER)

 

The L’Année Hippique team congratulates all the winners and thanks all the fans for voting!

FEI 5* judge Leif Törnblad temporarily suspended

Messrs. Schelstraete and Wawrzyniak of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, a member of the Alliance of European US Asian Equine Lawyers, successfully filed a complaint on behalf Sjef Janssen before the FEI against FEI 5* judge Leif Törnblad, following his interview in the Horse Magazine published in September 2017. In this interview Mr Törnblad adopted negative statements about Mr Janssen and the Dutch equestrian sport. Following the argumentation of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, the FEI found Mr Törnblad guilty of a breach of Article 2 of the Codex for FEI Dressage Judges that states: ‘A Judge must avoid any actual or perceived conflict of interest. A judge must have a neutral, independent and fair position towards riders, owners, trainers, organizers and other officials and integrate well into a team’.

Anna Kasprzak expecting

27-year-old Danish rider Anna Kasprzak is expecting her first child, together with her partner Mathias Skov Rasch. The baby is due 30 April 2018, but for now Kasprzak will continue to ride. Just one week earlier, she posted a video of her new talent, the four-year-old stallion For Emotion. “As soon as I get uncomfortable or nervous riding, I will stop. I do not want to take any unnecessary risks, so I will probably stop riding in 3 to 5 months.” Most horses will be ridden by staff in her absence, with Kasprzak overseeing the training, but a few will go to Andreas Helgstrand, who has offered to help despite his busy calendar.

Sea Coast Ferly sold to USA

Belgian rider Gudrun Patteet sold her Grand Prix horse Sea Coast Ferly to the USA. The 12-year-old Calato- daughter had been in Patteet’s stables since 2013. In 2015, she was seen under the saddle of several other riders, including Pieter Clemens and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli. Sea Coast Ferly is a daughter of the famous Narcotique de Muze II (by Darco), making her a half sister to among others Querlybet Hero, Loro Piana Boyante de Muze and Farfelu de la Pomme. Through Stal Hendrix, Ferly is now making the crossing to the USA, but her new rider is not yet known.

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