• 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.

Gigolo sold to Mexico

Dutch jumping rider Albert Zoer sold his international top horse Gigolo (Cicero Z van Paemel x Quickfeuer van Koekshof). The BWP gelding will continue his career under a Mexican rider. “She is not well known but a professional rider, and she plans to start Gigolo internationally in the future.”

New talent for Rodrigo Pessoa

The nine-year-old Chaganus (by Chacco-Blue) may only have been under Brazilian jumper Rodrigo Pessoa’s saddle since last July, but at the Tryon Classics the new pair stole the victory, beating Quentin Judge and Giorgio Van’t Hagenhof and Nicola Philippaerts on Aikido Z into second and third. “I have only been riding this horse for two months, and this was our first jump-off together, so I did not know what he would be like,” Pessoa commented. He took over the reins from compatriot Yuri Mansur; “I had planned a safe, quiet round with him, and he jumped very well!” Producing a clear round in a time of 39,865, no one was able to meet that target and Pessoa took the victory with his new talent.

Dragon Welt to Andreas Helgstrand

Swedish Grand Prix rider Jan Brink has sold his double Swedish national young dressage horse champion Dragon Welt to Andreas Helgstrand. The son of Dancier competed in last year’s World Breeding Championships for young dressage horses, reaching the finals with Ida-Linn Lundholm, who also rode him to back-to-back national championship titles in 2015 and 2016 as a three- and four-year-old. Helgstrand commented that Dragon Welt is in a league of his own, combining exceptionally good basic gaits with a lot of expression and a fabulous temperament. 

Spectacular Global Champions League Play Offs

The Global Champions League announced a spectacular new team play offs event in 2018 featuring an unprecedented €10 million in prize money. The Czech capital of Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site, will be the magical venue for these new Play Offs, premiering just before Christmas, from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th December 2018. This will also make it the first indoor event on the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League calendar, in the dynamic O2 arena. In a rollercoaster of eliminations, upsets and glory, the teams will battle through the quarter final, semi-final and final stages, with the winning team alone taking home €3 million, a historic prize purse for a single event in jumping. Only the top-16 teams from the 2018 season will qualify for a place, the top four teams automatically fast-tracked to the semi finals. Longines Global Champions Tour President Jan Tops said: “Our mission is to continue innovating and growing show jumping towards an ever more healthy and sustainable future like other sports in the modern era. That is what we have been about from the beginning to make sure the sport keeps moving ahead in the interests of riders, fans, owners, sponsors and media. The new League Play Offs will be unique in show jumping and the exciting format will attract more fans and new audiences.”

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