September 10: The PonyWorld Weekly

Quote of the Week

“He is very bold for a small horse; he is like a Jack Russell. He is kind of fearless and that suits him here [at Spruce Meadows] because even if there are really big fences, he attacks the jumps.”

—U.S. Olympian and former World #1 Kent Farrington talking about longtime mount, Creedanceat Spruce Meadows this week as a lead-up to the CP ‘International’ presented by Rolex.

Sameh El Dahan Nets His First Masters at Spruce Meadows 

Sameh El Dahan & Suma's Zorro (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Showjumping 

What Happened?

On Sunday, Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan and longtime mount, Suma’s Zorro, took home their biggest title to date: the CP ‘International’ at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament.

Tell Me More

It’s one of the most difficult grands prix on the show jumping calendar, and the 38 horse and rider combinations who vied for their shot at the title in Alberta, Canada this weekend were among the very best in the world. After two rounds of jumping on Leopoldo Palacios’ daunting, 1.70m track (during which the likes of Kent Farrington and Marcus Ehning chose to retire), only El Dahan and the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten would earn back to back clears, qualifying for the deciding jump-off.

In the final round, Van der Vleuten laid down the gauntlet first, stopping the clock at 42.98 seconds. El Dahan, for his part, kept the crowd on the edge of their seats until the bitter end, cutting a corner and galloping his 14-year-old mare through the timers at 42.21 seconds to take home the weekend’s top prize. “This is one of the biggest achievements of my career. The feeling is indescribable,” El Dahan said. “Going forward, the four Majors which make up the Rolex Grand Slam will be at the top of my list....”

Sameh El Dahan & Suma's Zorro (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Showjumping  

PonyWorld Take

This is the second big win of the year for El Dahan and his little super-mare, Suma’s Zorro, who also took home the LGCT Grand Prix of Paris in July. With this victory, the first Masters win of his career, El Dahan has cemented his place in the top echelon of the sport—and earned the chance to compete for one of show jumping’s biggest prizes: the Rolex Grand Slam, with an up to 1 million-euro bonus for consecutive victories at upcoming Grand Slam events. Next up: CHI Geneva in December… we’ll be rooting for you Sameh! 

The Week’s Big Drama

German Equestrian Federation Issues Zero-Tolerance Policy on Alcohol

In the wake of a recent article published in Der Speigel revealing alcohol abuse among German show jumping youth at championship events, the German Equestrian Federation has issued a zero-tolerance policy ahead of next year’s championship season. The decision is based on events relating to the 2017 European Youth Team Championship in Samorin, Slovakia, involving the alleged sexual assault of a young girl and the destruction of a hotel room during the same incident.

If You Can Only Watch One Round…

Watch Ben Maher put the cherry on top of his perfect GCT season in Rome.

In team competition and as an individual, Great Britain’s Ben Maher has been in a league of his own this year on the Global Champions Tour (GCT). After multiple victories, his GCL team, the London Knights, are nearly untouchable as series leader ahead of the Prague Playoffs, and on Sunday, Maher and Explosion W claimed their second LGCT Grand Prix win (and Maher’s third), winning the series before the final event of the regular season in Doha this November. You can watch Ben’s masterful jump-off round below.


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Pony Social 

Hope Glynn living by example is definitely our idea of #PonyGoals.

Hunter rider extraordinaire Hope Glynn issued her own P.S.A. on Instagram this week while taking care of her daughter’s horse at the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association Medal Finals—and noting the alarming number of kids who were present but not-so-present when it came to hands-on horsemanship. Whether you have grooms at your barn or not, quality time your horse is not something to outsource, and we couldn’t agree more.

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