• 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: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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KWPN to test approved stallions for WFFS

The KWPN studbook has decided to test KWPN approved stallions on active stud duty for WFFS. The breeding season is in full swing and breeders are currently making partner choices for their mares. By publishing the WFFS status of approved KWPN stallions, the KWPN studbook wants to optimally inform its breeders.

Recently, there has been a stir in Europe over a condition in horses that is new to many horse owners and veterinarians; the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome. Recently is was discovered that three KWPN approved stallions carry the WFFS gene. At this moment it is not transparent which other approved stallions might also carry the WFFS gene, therefore the KWPN has decided to test all KWPN stallions on active stud duty. Stallion owners have been informed about these tests, which should take two to three weeks to complete. The results per stallion (either positive or negative for carrying the WFFS gene) will be published on www.kwpn.nl.

Recently, at the request of KWPN, a test has become available in the Netherlands through the Van Haeringen Laboratory in Wageningen. A foal with WFFS always has both a sire and a dam that carry the gene. The KWPN is starting by testing all KWPN approved stallions, and will then continue to investigate how to incorporate the screening of mares into its breeding programme. In addition, the KWPN wants to investigate possibilities for integrating the WFFS test into the spectrum of tests already employed by the KWPN studbook.

Cristallo retired

At age 20, Richard Spooner’s Cristallo is retired from the top sport. The son of Caretino had a stellar career under the saddle of US jumper Richard Spooner, competing in no less than six world cup finals and winning the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco three times. Fourteen years ago, Spooner rode his Holstein gelding into the ring for the first time. “I always decided he would tell me when he did not want to play anymore,” Spooner said to The Chronicle of the Horse. “I just felt like he wasn’t pulling me as hard as he always had. Obviously he never did owe me anything, and so we just felt like he was not as into it as he used to be.” Along with Spooner’s other former top horse Robinson, aged 30, Cristallo will enjoy his retirement out in the field.

Source: Chronicle of the Horse

2018 LGCT and GCT calendar revealed

No less than 17 events across the globe will adorn the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL calendar for 2018. New destinations include the Riviera resort of Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez and the spectacular new Global Champions Prague Playoffs. Mexico City will open de new season from 22-25 March, and the grand finale of the regular season again takes the riders to Doha in Qatar from 8 -10 November to secure their positions on the Championship ranking, as well as earn a place in the all-important GC Playoffs. The top 16 teams in the GCL qualifying for the final weekend in Prague, Czech Republic, for the high stakes Global Champions Super Cup; as well as the winning riders of each of the 16 LGCT Grand Prix events of the 2018 season who will battle it out in the Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix.

Source: LGCT Pressrelease

Launch of the brand new Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series

With a double kick off in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Ocala (USA), the 2018 season of the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ is about to start. New title partner Longines pledged its support to the world’s biggest and most historic team Jumping series, celebrating 109 years in 2018, in a long-term agreement at the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg last August. Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli stated;  “It is a real pleasure for us to be part of this amazing series as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch. We are really proud of the strong partnership we have established with the FEI since 2013.” With several innovations that will make this year’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ extra special, the series will culminate at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (ESP) this October for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2018 Final. “Last year’s Final was a thriller and, even after all these years, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ continues to be the very best of our sport. You do not find sport like this anywhere else.” said 2017 winning Dutch team chef Rob Ehrens.

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