• 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

  • FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Oliver Townend (GBR) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Oliver Townend (GBR) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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New talent for Laura Tomlinson-Bechtolsheimer

British dressage rider Laura Tomlinson-Bechtolsheimer has a new talent for the future in her stables. The eight-year-old Rose of Bavaria is a daughter of KWPN approved stallion Bordeaux will be geared towards the Grand Prix level with Tomlinson. Bred by Germany’s Rainer and Heidi Heuschmann, Rose of Bavaria finished 16th at the German Bundeschampionate as a three-year-old, after which Rudolf Widmann competed the mare up to Light Tour level. In addition to Rose of Bavaria, Tomlinson has two other KWPN bred horses in her string, the approved stallion Capri Sonne Jr (by Rhodium), competing at Grand Prix level; and the Inter II ranked KWPN registered Fallatijn. The 35-year-old dressage rider will not be competing with her new talent Rose of Bavaria for a while, as she is expecting her third child.

FEI partners with MOVE’N SEE

The new partnership making Pixio FEI Dressage Official Supplier and Official FEI Campus Sponsor, marks another step forward in the FEI’s commercial and marketing strategy and is geared towards improving training in dressage. The strategy has been in place since November 2017, following the FEI General Assembly in Montevideo (URU) and emphasises the FEI’s governance of seven unique sports, including Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines, which all have their bespoke characteristics, positioning and target audiences. FEI Commercial Director Ralph Straus said; “Pixio’s international reach and taste for innovation falls perfectly in line with the platform the FEI is able to offer as well as our continued embrace of the latest technologies. Since its launch, the product has proven to help athletes, breeders and coaches in various scopes through lessons, competitions, sales and even live streaming for distant coaching.” The collaboration with the FEI Campus is a result of a shared educational mission and training orientation, as MOVE ‘N SEE founder Eric Willemenot said; “We really identified with the FEI’s discipline approach, which corresponds perfectly with how our customers are using Pixio most of the time: enriching their technical debrief, sharing, and taking lessons through internet with a distant coach.”

ATPI Sports Events and FEI sign international travel partnership

Leading travel and events management business ATPI Sports Events, part of the ATPI Group, has signed a partnership with the FEI, running the FEI’s corporate travel needs as the official FEI travel agent. Its dedicated official FEI travel desk will provide essential and wide-ranging services for the FEI’s stakeholders, including athletes, national federations, officials and event organisers. The specialist ATPI Sports Events team has extensive experience in major sporting events, including Olympic and Winter Olympic Games; and will now create hospitality packages for major FEI events and holiday experiences for equestrian fans. “Equestrian is one of the world’s largest travelling sports, with numerous events taking place around the world every year,” said Adam Knights, regional managing director UK,  France & Benelux, The ATPI Group. “Our passionate team has great experience in managing the complex needs of leading sports events and organisations and looks forward to becoming an integral part of the global horse sports community. We are committed to providing event organisers, athletes and fans with unified, seamless and cost-effective travel expertise. We are excited to support FEI’s global equestrian community through every phase of an event.”

Mikala Münter now a US citizen

Dressage rider Mikala Münter, who competed for Denmark at the 2014 WEG in Normandy and the European championships in Aachen, has now become a US citizen. She also plans to compete under the US flag, after coming to Florida with her family 15 years ago. 50-year-old Mikala Münter, mother of two, celebrated her greatest successes with the Danish mare My Lady (by Michellino), who was retired from the sport earlier this year to owner Janne Rumbough’s fields. Competing for Denmark, Münter and My Lady helped their team to a qualifying spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but did not compete there. They did compete at two world cup finals in Lyon (2014) and Las Vegas (2015). Now Münter has followed in the footsteps of former compatriot Lars Petersen, who became a US citizen in 2016 and now competes for the US.

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