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Jennifer Gates & Cadence (c) EquNews.com
“Cadence- you were the best teacher, friend, companion and teammate I could ever ask for. Five years together was the biggest blessing. I owe you everything. Rest easy, biscuit.”
—American rider Jennifer Gates reflecting on the passing of her longtime partner, Cadence, who was euthanized last week at age 17 following trouble with his lungs.
Team Belgium Goes the Distance
Multiple rounds of competition couldn't deter #TeamBelgium, who rode away with the win in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final at CSIO Barcelona last weekend.
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After a highly competitive season in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ European Division 1 standings, the Belgian team—comprised of Niels Bruynseels (Gancia De Muze), Pieter Devos (Claire Z), Jos Verlooy (Caracas), Nicola Philippaerts (H&M Harley V. Bisschop), and Chef d'Equipe Peter Weinberg—defeated France in second place and Ireland in third in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final. The competition culminated with a dramatic showdown between Belgium and Italy, with the latter’s anchor rider, Lorenzo de Luca (Ensor De Litrange LXII), having rails at the final two jumps on course, leaving Belgium to finish on 12 faults and the title (Italy ultimately finished fourth).
Nicola Philippaerts & H&M Harley V. Bisschop (c) Nacho Olana/CSIO Barcelona
Belgium led the European Division 1 standings coming into the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final, managing to hold off Ireland and Switzerland, their ongoing rivals throughout the 2018 year. Among the Belgian team’s strongest performers: Bruynseels and Philippaerts, who jumped double-clear over two days of Nations Cup competition at CSIO Barcelona. As one of the youngest members of the team, Philippaerts, 25, will add a cherry to the top of his already breakout 2018, winning two stops on the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) at Cascais/Estoril and Chantilly, leading the standings in Global Champions League team competition with the London Knights, and finishing in the top 10 at five stops on the LGCT tour. What have you done this year?
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Niels Bruynseels’ Lady Cracotte Will Go to Cian O’Connor
Niels Bruynseels & Lady Cracotte (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/ World of Show Jumping
Speaking of Niels Bruynseels, the Belgian rider's top mount, Lady Cracotte, will move to the stable of Ireland’s Cian O’Connor. Bruynseels & Lady Crocotte have also had a standout year, winning the Grand Prix of Waregem last weekend, as well as classes in Aachen, Rome, Valkenswaard, Lier, and Bonheiden. “This mare has a fantastic record, and Niels has produced her beautifully. I feel lucky to have been able to acquire her through Abdel Said, and I am really looking forward to getting to know her,” O’Connor said.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Daisy Farish’s winning ride in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals
Consistency was key for 17-year-old Daisy Farish, who logged four solid rounds on four different horses to put her at the top of the leaderboard in one of Big Eq's most challenging formats: the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals. You can watch highlights from her ride on Braavos, below.
Pro Tips: Feeding the Senior Horse
What you need to know about preventing tooth loss and other issues.
Horses 20 years and older have special dietary needs, and tooth loss can be a serious management concern, not only making chewing and swallowing more difficult, but sometimes resulting in colic, mouth ulcers, and other significant health issues. Andrea D. Ellis shares a handful of tips for managing senior horses so you can help them thrive even when tooth loss is imminent.
A Special Toast For the New World #1!
The dressage world has crowned a new queen, and it’s the U.S.A.’s Laura Graves! This week, US Equestrian, Graves, and her top mount, Verdades (a.k.a. “Diddy”), raised a glass to their hard-earned victory, and it turns out Verdades is quite the connoisseur. Congratulations Laura and Diddy!