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William Fox-Pitt had three shots to clinch Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), first event of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 season but, in a nail-biting finale, it took the Briton until his third and last ride, Seacookie TSF, to secure the top prize.After an outstanding day’s Cross Country yesterday, Fox-Pitt was in the rarefied position of holding the top three places. However, his triple winning chance began to shrink alarmingly when Neuf des Coeurs, third at that stage and jumping out of order, hit five rails and plummeted to eventual 15th place.
Original Post Date: 10/27/2013 - 14:39   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:27 14:51:55

William Fox-Pitt was simply outstanding on the Cross Country at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), first competition of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 season, and in an incredible result, is now holding first, second and third places.All three of Fox-Pitt’s horses, the leader Seacookie, Cool Mountain (second) and Neuf des Coeurs (third), went brilliantly and finished inside the optimum time of 11 minutes 48 seconds. A large crowd, enjoying the bright sunshine, showed their appreciation as they loudly cheered him home on Cool Mountain, the last of the 76 Cross Country starters.
Original Post Date: 10/27/2013 - 11:11   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:27 11:11:52

The first competition of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 season has been billed as a “battle of the giants” between Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and William Fox-Pitt (GBR), ranked first and second in the HSBC Rider Rankings, but Australia’s Lucinda Fredericks has swept ahead of the pair of them after the Dressage phase at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA).
Original Post Date: 10/25/2013 - 14:22   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:25 14:22:37

Pau, France - The first day of dressage began at Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4* with the first two combinations of the U.S. contingency performing their tests. With 40 competitors performing their dressage tests on Thursday in front of the judging panel of Angela Tucker (GBR), Christina Klingspor (SWE), and Alain James (FRA), Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot are currently tied in fifth place while Clark Montgomery and Universe are in 13th place.
Original Post Date: 10/24/2013 - 20:56   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:25 08:49:45

Pau, France- Seven talented U.S. horse-and-rider combinations are ready to compete in Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*. Taking place October 23-27 in Pau, France, an elite field of 75 is ready to take on the challenging CCI4*. With all horses passing the first horse inspection, 11 nations will be represented on the first leg of the 2013/2014 FEI Classics™.Competition grants have made it possible for the sizable U.S. contingency to attend the prestigious CCI4*.
Original Post Date: 10/23/2013 - 16:53   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:23 16:53:27

An exceptionally strong field is heading for Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4* in the French Pyrenees this weekend (24-27 October) for the first leg of the 2013/2014 FEI Classics™. Twelve nations are fielding riders, many of them world leaders, and over 80 horses have been entered. The FEI Classics™ series has captured riders’ imagination ever since it began in 2008 with generous funding from HSBC, whose contract ends in December this year.
Original Post Date: 10/23/2013 - 13:59   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:23 14:03:23

Le Lion d’Angers (FRA) - French rider, Thomas Carlile, made history yesterday when clinching both the 6 and 7-Year-Old titles at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses on home turf at Mondial du Lion. This important annual fixture, which brings together many of the most talented and promising young horses in the sport, was abandoned 12 months ago due to severe flooding. But that only served to ensure even greater enthusiasm this time around as horses, riders, breeders, owners and many spectators gathered once again at l’Isle Briand, Le Lion d’Angers for a spectacular four days of competition from 17 to 20 October.
Original Post Date: 10/21/2013 - 17:12   |   Last Updated: 2013:10:22 15:00:17

The final phase of the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trial CCI3* caused a shake-up of the leaderboard but saw top American combinations hold their top 12 placings. On a day where clear rounds were at a premium, Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen proved their place among the sport's elite, producing one of the few faultless efforts to finish third in the world-class field. Additionally, Meghan O'Donoghue completed her first overseas competition earning 11th place and gaining wealth of experience.
Original Post Date: 09/16/2013 - 09:39   |   Last Updated: 2013:09:16 12:01:02

Jock Paget kept an admirably cool head in the pressurised last few minutes of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™, and became the fifth New Zealander to lift the top prize here at this much-respected British CCI4*.
Original Post Date: 09/09/2013 - 08:00   |   Last Updated: 2013:09:09 11:34:45

The spectators at Malmö (SWE) burst into noisy celebrations as Michael Jung (GER) produced yet another brilliant piece of riding to retain his individual title at the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships and lead his German team mates to a second consecutive gold medal. “I feel wonderful,” said Jung simply. “And the best thing is that I have a truly great horse for the future.”
Original Post Date: 09/01/2013 - 23:09   |   Last Updated: 2013:09:03 10:17:21


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