Koos de Ronde Flies to Victory in Leipzig

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Koos de Ronde (NED) flew to victory in the super exciting winning round of the last FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier of the 2014/15 season held in Leipzig (GER) over the weekend. His compatriot IJsbrand Chardon was the last in the arena and was well on his way to victory when his carriage tipped over in the last part of the course which resulted in immediate elimination. Wildcard driver Boyd Exell (AUS) had one knockdown and finished in second place.FEI level 4 Course Designer Dr Wolfgang Asendorf (GER) had laid out a challenging course for the seven drivers taking part in today’s event combining technical parts with fast lines. “I am well aware that Sweden’s Dan Henriksson, who has been appointed as Course Designer for the Final in Bordeaux, is known for his fast courses and prepared a really technical course here at Leipzig,” Asendorf explained.Change of horseKoos de Ronde’s experienced leader horse Kasper was not fit to compete this morning and the Dutch driver decided to replace him by the equally skilful Palero. De Ronde kept the reins short and drove with power which resulted in a very fast and clear first round. The winner of the qualifiers in Budapest (HUN) and Mechelen (BEL) went for it in the Winning Round, which took place over a shortened course. He set a fast time again and crossed the finish line recording a single knockdown.The outcome of the competition was in the hands of his fellow countryman, last starter IJsbrand Chardon.AladinIJsbrand Chardon knew before the start of the competition that he had nothing to loose and decided to use his new trump Aladin in the lead of his team. Chardon had already used the piebald gelding in the first competitions at previous FEI World Cup™ Driving events but never when competing for the precious World Cup points. The nine-year-old gelding set Chardon’s team on fire and took three seconds off De Ronde’s time in the first round, securing their leading position with a clear round. The four-time World Champion entered the arena for the Winning Round, knowing he had a comfortable eight-second advantage. Chardon flew through the course again and was on his way to victory when his carriage tipped over in the last phase of the course. The team was eliminated and no one was injured in the incident.Driver’s mistakesBoyd Exell had two unusual knockdowns in the first round and was first to start in the Winning Round. The five-time World Champion set a very fast time, but another knockdown gave De Ronde additional space and made the Australian finish in second place.Switzerland’s Werner Ulrich drove a clear round, taking his team of three Swiss-bred horses and one Lipizzaner to fourth place.New left sideJózsef Dobrovitz (HUN) used two new horses in his four-in-hand, the left leader and the left wheeler horses having never competed in an FEI World Cup™ Driving event before. The Hungarian felt that the left leader horse he had used on home ground in Budapest and in Geneva (SUI) was not of the necessary standard. The driver replaced this horse by the young and fast Lipizzaner Pandur. The left wheeler horse was also a new Lipizzaner named Platon. It was the first time for the 11-year old Pandur as a leader horse in a big competition, Dobrovitz only having started using him in his four-in-hand two weeks ago. Dobrovitz was very concentrated in the first half of the course but lost speed in the second half. One knockdown prevented him from qualifying for the Winning Round.FaxOne of Georg von Stein’s fast Lipizzaner horses, with which he finished third in Mechelen, was injured and the German driver replaced him by the experienced Fax, which he had lent to his compatriot Christoph Sandmann for the World Cup season. Second wildcard driver Von Stein finished in sixth place, ahead of the reigning European Champion Theo Timmerman (NED).Family affairCarriage driving is a family sport, this was proven once again by IJsbrand Chardon and József Dobrovitz.Chardon’s eldest daughter Jeannette, an international Eventing rider herself, was navigating for her father, while his son Bram, double world pony four-in-hand champion, was his back stepper.Dobrovitz’s son József, a very successful international pony and horse four-in-hand driver, acted as his navigator. His nephew Krisztóf Osztertag, who is also very successful on the international circuit with his horse pair, was his back stepper.FEI World Cup™ Driving, Leipzig (GER)1. Koos de Ronde (NED) 242,322. Boyd Exell (AUS) 251,993. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) – elim.4. Werner Ulrich (SUI) 138,265. József Dobrovitz (HUN) 138,576. Georg von Stein (GER) 154,117. Theo Timmerman (NED) 163,20Results in detail can be viewed here Tags: FEI World Cup Driving, last_img read more

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Canadian Owned Cita Scores in Palm Beach

first_imgIn another brilliant effort, Conor Swail (IRL) concluded his season with back-to-back wins at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) as he rode Cita to victory in the $34,000 1.45m Consolation Classic on the final day of the Holiday & Horses CSI 4* competition. Competition at PBIEC will resume Saturday, December 5, with the Equestrian Sport Productions Year-End Awards show.Repeating a nearly flawless performance, Swail and Cita crossed the timers in 36.726 seconds to edge Ali Wolff (USA) and Brianda, who set a fast pace late in the jump-off order with a time of 36.868 seconds. Emanuel Andrade (VEN) and Nokia de Brekka finished the class in third place with a time of 37.707 seconds.Making good on his word, Swail added yet another ranking class win to his record, celebrating his 24th FEI victory this season. With each of his three FEI horses performing consistently throughout the week, Swail tackled the day’s course, set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), with the same ease and efficiency he displayed last night aboard Viva Colombia in the $212,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI 4*. An original 40 entries contested the first round of the $34,000 1.45m Consolation Classic, with 13 combinations moving forward to the second round and seven pairs finishing the day with a double clear effort.“It feels truly great to win two big FEI classes in a row. I have three great horses here this week. This one is still a bit new for us. She’s just nine and is by Casall. I think this is only her sixth or seventh show with me so far this year,” explained Swail. “She has a lot of quality, and I think she has really a lot to offer. I’m hoping that by the end of circuit this year, near April, she’ll be doing some of the bigger grand prix classes.”There are high hopes for the 2006 Holsteiner mare (Casall x Vorr.) owned by Susan & Ariel Grange, who made her FEI debut with Swail in early September. Her raw athleticism and speed set her apart, adding another competitive edge to Swail’s string, which is based at Lothlorien Farm.“I think she’s going to be really special. She’s unbelievably careful, and is just a feather off the ground. She really has a lot of blood, but just needs a bit more experience. It was really nice for her to run around and do a great job today,” he continued.With a competitive line-up set for the jump-off, Swail knew that a win would not come easy, and a carefully planned but quick effort around the course would be needed to top the class. He commented, “It was a course where there was a lot more running than turning, and she actually felt a bit green to fence one and two. We did one more step than I had wanted, but she’s still very quick across the fences so I thought it would be okay if I kept a good rhythm and a nice high pace. Thankfully again, it was my day and I felt I did just enough for the win because Ali had a great round,” he remarked.Piloting his second mount, Martha Louise, also owned by Susan & Ariel Grange, to a top ten finish, Swail concluded his final competition of the year on an incredibly positive note, as he believes the pieces are finally falling into place with the beginning of a new year approaching quickly.“Martha had a lovely round today also. I felt like she was just a tad unlucky this week but jumped beautifully in all of the classes. It’s a great way to end as this is our last show of the year, and I’m so pleased that it went as well as it could have gone for us,” noted Swail. “I’m quite lucky that I have such a good group of horses around me now, and you know, Lothlorien is incredible. We have a few nice new ones coming up and are always looking for carefulness, blood, and quality. We try to find the good athletes, as that’s what you need in the sport today. I have great owners behind me and have a lot to look forward to as we move into another year. I think over the next few years, we’re going to create something really positive.”Final Results $34,000 1.45m Consolation Classic:1. CITA, 2006 Holsteiner mare by Casall x Vorr.CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/0/36.7262. BRIANDA, 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare by Lupicor x RiandaALI WOLFF (USA), Ali & John Wolff: 0/0/36.8683. NOKIA DE BREKKA, 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Quick Star x Hermine de BrekkaEMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Emanuel Andrade: 0/0/37.7074. HELIOS, 2007 Belgian Warmblodo gelding by Couleur-Rubin x GrandeurADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms, LLC: 0/0/37.8395. INDIGO, 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Indoctro x Aea Dutch LorelMARGIE GOLDSTEIN-ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Farm, Inc.: 0/0/38.5336. ARTEMIS, Anglo European Sporthorse mare by Chamberlain Z x OdetteALI WOLFF (USA), John Wolff: 0/0/38.5447. CARRERA VAN HET WESTLEVEN Z, 2004 Zangersheide mare by Canadian River x Queen van het WestlevenKEEAN WHITE (CAN), Harthill Farm: 0/0/39.5828. COUSCOUS VAN ORTI, 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nabab de Reve x Croni van OrtiSAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/4/35.9019. MARTHA LOUISE, 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville x Virginia WolfCONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/4/36.59410. CASSINJA, 2005 Holsteiner mare by Cassini I x Celina IALISON ROBITAILLE (USA), Bertram & Diane Firestone: 0/4/41.39211. CALIFA LS, 2003 La Silla stallion by Carthago x Norappa La SillaMARK BLUMAN (COL), Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.: 0/12/39.13812. CLOUWNI, 2003 Holsteiner gelding by Colman x Odessa XVIIEMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Emanuel Andrade: 0/12/44.665For a full list of results please visit www.pbiec.com.Photo Credit: ©ManciniPhotos. 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