• 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.

Alexandra Andresen engaged

Norwegian rider Alexandra Andresen got engaged with her boyfriend Joachim Tollefsen. Tollefsen is a well known MMA athlete with a background in Muay Thai. Dressage rider Alexandra Andresen participated on the Norwegian team at this year’s European Championships for Young Riders. As a junior rider, she won several individual silver European medals. She is also one of the youngest billionaires in the world, she and her sister receiving an equal share of 42% in the family business Ferd, which has been well established in Norway for over 100 years.

Henk Nooren new Spanish Chef d'Equipe

After Eric van der Vleuten relinquished his position as Chef d’Equipe for the Spanish jumping riders, the Spanish Federation has now reached an accord with his compatriot Henk Nooren, who was already training the Spanish junior and young riders. Eric van der Vleuten and Henk Nooren joined the Spanish team together in 2014, but Van der Vleuten laid down his job as trainer of the senior team when he planned to focus completely on his own sporting career once more. The main targets for the Spanish Equestrian Federation are the World Cup finals, the Nations Cup final, the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon and the qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Another top talent for Alexandra Thornton

British jumper Alexandra Thornton has another top horse to add to her growing string which recently also included Cornetto K and Living the Dream. She now also has the ride on the 10-year-old Argentinus-daughter Henna de Goedereede. The mare came to Olivier Philippaerts’ stable about two years ago, after starting her career under Marcel Modolo Zanotelli and finding her way to the Dorperheide stud through Tom Martens and Espen Johansen. Under the Belgian rider she ranked highly at the 5* shows of St. Tropez, Cascais, Villach and Hong Kong.

Palloubet d’Halong making his comeback

After a lengthy pause away from competition, Palloubet d’Halong (by Baloubet du Rouet) is making his comeback under Bassem Hassan Mohammed. After a few 1,35m, 1,40m and 1,45m classes, the pair returned to the highest level of the sport at the World Cup leg of Verona. Under Swiss rider Janika Sprunger, the 14-year-old gelding achieved his greatest successes, including seventh at the 2013 European Championships in Herning. In the autumn of 2013, Jan Tops bought Palloubet d’Halong for the record breaking price of €11 million. Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi competed the gelding in late 2013, before handing the reins to Bassem Hassan Mohammed.

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