Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

 Fleur de l’Aube to Jessica Springsteen© file: Fleur de l'Aube and Tim Stockdale
Tim Stockdale has been separated from his mare Fleur de l’Aube (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve). The BWP mare was just one year with the British veteran and in that time she made the move to the GB-team. Stockdale and Fleur (right) placed fifth in the CSIO’s of Hickstead and Falsterbö, Sweden last summer. In the Portugese city Gijon there were two second placed finishes and recently the pair was selected for the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. At that final they didn’t come up, because of the approaching deal with Jessica Springsteen. It was Jan Tops, who brought the new horse-rider-combination together. (Source: St. Georg.)

Falco van Spieveld to Geir Gulliksen
Cameron Hanley has done his last shows with the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood horse Falco van ‘t Spieveld (Toulon). Falco has been sold to Norwegian rider Geir Gulliksen. Falco is by the same motherline of Amber, Echo and Gentille van ‘t Spieveld, three GP horses in the USA. Irish show jumper Cameron Hanley only rode this horse since the beginning of the year. The pair started at the Baltica Tour in Poland. Later they won the international CSI2* Grand Prix at the Peelbergen in Kronenberg, the Netherlands. Their last performance was the international CSI5* show Stephex Masters and Lausanne, Switzerland. In Münster Falco placed fourth in the four star GP. Next week at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham, Falco will debute with his new rider, Norway’s Geir Gulliksen. He recently put his top horse L’Espoir on retirement, so was in need of a new top horse. And Falco was not the only one they bought last month… © Kenneth Kraus: Harrie Smolders - press conference 2-13-15

Smolders made debute with Zinius during LA Masters

Harrie Smolders (right), third placed in the Grand Prix of LA with his confident mount Don VHP Z of the Coulter family, also brought a new horse to Los Angeles. Smolders has been riding Zinius, a 12-year old gelding recently bought by Victoria Gulliksen, in the small tour. ‘I had such a good feeling when I tried the horse, that I asked if I could keep the ride of it’, Smolders stated. Zinius, the former top horse of Doron Kuipers, was initially sold to the Gulliksen family, but now Euro Horse Belgium is listed as the owner. Eurohorse and Gulliksen already collaborated in the past. Gullisken bought her top horse Bokai (Up To Date) at the stables of Verlooy. Smolders also rode the horse before it was sold to the Swedish rider. Euro Horse also bought the horse Crespo PKZ, former German champion Young Horses with Henrik von Eckermann). Their pupil Audrey Coulter acquired Corrada (Oklund) from the Mathy stables.

Delaveau and Van Den Brink will ride SFN Horses

The online SFN sale of the Dutch fund was no success, with Jeroen Dubbeldam’s golden horse Zenith not being sold in the end. Nevertheless SFN Aquila of Wout-Jan Van Der Schans was sold for 750.000 euro to the French HDC Stud. Patrice Delaveau will take over the reins. Jos Lansink acquired the promising Djumpsina and will give it to Stefanie Van Den Brink to ride. Van Den Brink is the life partner of Enda Carroll of Ashford Farm.

Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan – Sixth Place
Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan

Delestre takes over half brother of Itot du Chateau
Simon Delestre (left) will be riding Sultan du Château from now on. The 10-year old Kannan son was previously ridden by Laurent Guillet. Sultan is from the same mother as Itot du Chateau. Guillet was riding the gelding since he was 5 year old. In October Delestre will be showing the horse in de World Cup competition of Oslo. The horse is eventually for sale, the owner said. Also Kevin Staut has a new horse from the same damline in his barn.

Jérôme Guery and Grand Cru van de Rozenberg
Jérôme Guery and Grand Cru van de Rozenberg

Guery third on a new horse
Jerome Guery (right) made his debut on a new horse during the Sires of the World competition in Lanaken. He won on his GP-mount Alicante and placed immediately third on the new grey one Garfield Tiji des Templiers, a son of Quasimodo Z. ‘I wasn’t so convinced when he entered my stable, but now I really think this is a horse for the big stuff.’ Garfield previously was ridden by the other Belgian rider Cedric Volo.

William Whitaker to Criel, Mark Bluman to Tal Milstein

As Joe Clee left the place, Ludwig Criel was on the search for a new rider. It resulted in a cooperation with William Whitaker, who left the team of Tal Milstein in Brussels. There Whitaker is replaced by Mark Bluman, who’s brother Daniel Bluman already was riding some of the horses of Milstein and his partner Ilan Ferder. In the meantime Joe Clee is working on his own career as an independent rider. One of his new horses is the BWP approved stallion Kafka vd Heffinck (Calvaro), who won the final of the Belgian Stallion Competition in 2016.

Daytona du Toultia to Ehning
Just like Quentin Judge’ stallion Copin vd Broy before he came to America, the Belgian breeder and dealer Fabien Schreiber now sends Copin’s son Daytona du Toultia to Marcus Ehning. Daytona is a seven-year-old stallion, one of the best Belgian horses of his generation.  Ehning will start the horse next weekend in Riesenbeck at the equestrian sport center of Ludger Beerbaum. Ehning will also ride his GP horse Gin Chin vh Lindenhof for the same owner. Another Belgian stallion moved to Germany as Chopard VDB Z (Canadian River) the son of Kevin Staut’s Silvana, will jump at Riesenbeck under the saddle of Tobias Meyer.

Michel Hendrix in Olympic squad of the Netherlands

Michel (right), the son of Paul Hendrix and nephew of Emile Hendrix, has entered the Dutch Olympic squad. With Baileys he won the CSI4* GP of Bolesworth and the CSI3* GP of Arnhem last summer. In Zandhoven they placed second. Hendrix comes into the team with Gerco Schröder, Harrie Smolders, Jur Vrieling, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Maikel Van der Vleuten, Henk Van De Pol, Willem Greve and Leopold van Asten.

Canturano enters team Zangersheide

The stallion Canturano (Canturo x Coriano Z), formerly owned by the Eurocommerce Groupe, has been sent to Zangersheide for breeding. The studbook from Lanaken showed interest in the stallion because of his several offspring in the sport. His oldest products are 9-year-olds by now and make that their sire is shooting up in the rankings for young sires. More than 60 of his products are already active in the international sport, such as Daimler, jumping at 5* level under Werner Muff, Cliff Z, jumping the Global Tour circuit, and Dalli Dalli 6 (Indoctro) who moved from Clarissa Crotta to Holger Hetzel.

Steve Guerdat has his own biography
Good news for the fans of the Swiss former Olympic Champion and current World Cup Champion Steve Guerdat (left), because he has his own biography ready. The seventeen chapters edition was written by Raffi Koujoumdjian and got the title: “From the Jura to the Olympics”.

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