• 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: Steve Guerdat (SUI) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Steve Guerdat (SUI) 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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Olympia gets £1bn ‘transformation’

The organisers of Olympia, the London International Horse Show, have reported that they look forward to working with the venue’s owners on a £1bn transformation of the site. Planning permission was given by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in London to YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International for a transformation of  the 132-year-old landmark ‘into an arts, entertainment, events and creative business quarter’. The project will span five year and ‘turn the 14-acre site into a destination with leading hotels and restaurants, plus performance venues and state-of-the-art office space’. The development will start next year, and the aim is to have the horse show run as normal throughout the project. YOO Capital chairman John Hitchcox commented; “Not only is this great news for London, it’s also an example of a British project with European investment creating jobs and opportunities in spite of the current economic and political climate.” The project plans include a 1,400-seat theatre, a 1,000-seat performing arts venue and two hotels and a 200,000 square foot ‘logistics centre’. A spokesman for the horse show stated; “Olympia, the London International Horse Show, welcomes the planned investment in the Olympia Exhibition Centre. We are very pleased that the venue is being upgraded and that visitors to the London International Horse Show at Olympia will have an enhanced experience in the future. As organisers we look forward to working with the venue and contributing to the detailed planning process.”

Glock’s Johnson TN retired

One of the highlights of this year’s KWPN Stallion Show was the farewell of Glock’s Johnson TN, who had won the stallion show so convincingly himself in 2005. In both sport and breeding, one international success was followed by the next under rider Hans Peter Minderhoud. The stallion was declared preferent last year, and his offspring are already stepping into his footsteps. After one final brilliant performance in front of a sell out crowd in an ecstatic Brabanthallen stadium, a clearly emotional Minderhoud said; “How special it is to become champion here 14 years ago, and remain a champion your whole life. He only truly showed all his quality in the Grand Prix. The feeling he gave me riding down that centre line in Rotterdam or Aachen was unbelievable. Of course I also want to thank Anna, Johnson’s groom, who has not missed a single competition. We would never be where we are without her.”

Blue Hors Stud and Lövsta Stuteri join forces

Blue Hors Stud and Lövsta Stuteri are joining forces, enabling breeders to access stallions from their neighbouring countries much easier. Blue Hors is one of the largest stallion stations in Denmark, and Lövsta Stuteri is much the same in Sweden. The two studs are making their collaboration official in March, when they are hosting their first joint stallion show. Just like Blue Hors, Antionia Ax:son Johnson’s Lövsta Stuteri focuses on a combination of sport and breeding. Both studs offer stallions that perform at the highest level of the sport. Where Blue Hors revolves around dressage stallions, Lövsta Stuteri also stands a few jumpers. Ax:son Johnson is a big supporter of dressage in Sweden, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén being responsible for the schooling of the Lövsta Stuteri stallions.

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