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December 13, 2007

Ijsbrand Chardon Inherits The German Master Title At Stuttgart

The Dutch driver steps in to fill Michael Freund’s winning shoes.

For 13 consecutive years, Michael Freund won the Schenker German Masters at the Stuttgart World Cup-qualifying driving competition. But Freund retired from competition last year, so on Nov. 16-17 it was certain that a new winner would be crowned in Stuttgart, Germany.

And, no surprise, it was the 2006 World Cup Final winner Ijsbrand Chardon, who has been three times individual World Champion (1988, 1992, 2002) and in 2006 the individual silver medalist.

December 13, 2007

Isabell Werth Wins It All At Stuttgart

The German can’t be beat, but U.S. rider Courtney King makes her presence known.

German dressage icon Isabell Werth quite simply dominated the Stuttgart German Masters CDI, Nov. 16-18, in Stuttgart, Germany. Werth won the Grand Prix for the freestyle and the Grand Prix freestyle aboard Warum Nicht FRH and then conquered the Grand Prix for the Special and the Grand Prix Special on Satchmo.

December 6, 2007

Simon Proves He's Still Got It At Vienna

Don’t count out the veteran. He’s got a nice young horse and plenty of determination.

Hugo Simon might be 65, but he certainly hasn’t slowed down at all.
Speed was going to be the key when 17 riders qualified for the jump-off in the Euro Mercedes Wiesenthal Grand Prix at the Vienna CSI, Nov. 10-13 in Vienna, Austria.

September 27, 2007

Germany Just Can't Be Beaten In Samsung Super League Final

The U.S. team’s fourth place keeps them in the hunt for next year’s series.

U.S. Chef d’Equipe George Morris wanted one thing—U.S. show jumpers to stay in the Samsung Super League series.

September 21, 2007

The Netherlands Scores First Team Title At European Championships

The Dutch make history in a nail-biting finish.

“Some day it had to happen,” said German team rider Isabell Werth. “Two years ago at the European Championships at Hagen in Germany it almost happened.”

And at the European Dressage Championships near Torino, Italy, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, it finally did, as the Dutch defeated the Germans.

Werth put a positive spin on it for the Germans: “We have won silver and did not lose gold,” she said.

September 7, 2007

Michaels-Beerbaum Flies The German Flag At European Show Jumping Championships.

She and Shutterfly didn't put a foot wrong on their way to the individual gold in a drama-filled few days.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum recalled watching Ludger Beerbaum and Jos Lansink ride in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Then 18 and living in California, where she grew up, Michaels-Beerbaum couldn’t have imagined the conclusion of the European Show Jumping Champion-ships 19 years later.

August 24, 2007

Deveraux Impresses At World Championships For Young Dressage Horses

The World Championships for Young Dressage Horses were held in conjunction with the Dressage and Show Jumping Festival, which attracted about 40,000 spectators to Verden in Germany, Aug. 1-5.

July 27, 2007

Werth Takes Over At Aachen

The Aachen Grand Prix dressage competitions couldn’t have gone any better for Isabell Werth. “For me, Aachen has been an incredible show and an incredible week. I was competing with a lot of horses and was trying to keep concentrating from one horse and ride to another,” Werth said.

July 27, 2007

Chardon Scores Double Dutch Win At Aachen

Yjsbrand Chardon came to the Aachen CAIO with a definite goal—to win his 10th title there. And he did just that on July 1-8 in Aachen, Germany.
“I am very happy to have reached this goal,” said Chardon, top Dutch driver and three-time World Champion in four-in-hand driving.

July 27, 2007

Madden Returns To Aachen And Settles The Score

Last year, the vast stadium in Aachen, Germany, was the site of heartbreak for Beezie Madden, as the gold medal at the World Equestrian Games turned to silver with the drop of a rail at the last fence—the Rolex oxer—in the jump-off for the individual medals.

But, this year, the smile on Madden’s face was wide as she landed off that last Rolex oxer in the jump-off. Redemption was sweet, as Madden returned to the Aachen CHIO to claim victory in one of the world’s most prestigious grand prix events, the $343,825 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, aboard Authentic.

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