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Birgit Popp

January 5, 2007

Lady Power Prevails At Stuttgart

In the 20-year history of the Mercedes German Masters competition at the Stuttgart CSI (Germany), only three women have earned the title. And this year, on Nov. 16-19, it went to Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden.

Heavy odds had been favoring another woman, German Meredith Michaels-Beerbam. But Michaels-Beerbaum fell half a second short and ended up in third.

"I had reckoned on Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum to best my time since she went after me. But, it just makes me even more happy about my victory," Baryard-Johnsson said.

December 18, 2006

Mändli Makes A Move To Win In Vienna

Beat Mändli can now add his name to those of Thomas Frühmann and Hugo Sinom in the history books at the Vienna Municipal Hall in Austria. On Nov. 9-13, at the Vienna CSI, Mändli scored his third win (and second consecutive win) in the Mercedes Wiesenthal Grand Prix.

November 29, 2006

Tomas Eriksson Starts World Cup Season With A Win At Hannover

For the third time, the World Cup four-in-hand driving season opened at the German Classics, Oct. 26-29 on the Hannover fairgrounds (Germany).

Victory in the World Cup-qualifying class went to Sweden's Tomas Eriksson, ahead of the 2006 World Equestrian Games (Germany) individual bronze medalist Christoph Sandmann of Germany and the current World Cup champion, Ysbrand Chardon of the Netherlands.

November 29, 2006

Frühmann's Back With A Big Win At Hannover

It looks like Thomas Frühmann and The Sixth Sense are poised to repeat their astonishing indoor season from last year, when they won repeatedly. In the German Classics at Hannover, Germany, Oct. 26-29--the fourth of five legs in the 2006 Riders Tour--the Austrian rider again topped all international stars and snatched victory in the TUI Grand Prix from Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

August 21, 2006

Aachen Is Truly The Mecca Of Horse Sports

Aachen's place in the history of horse sports is legendary. So it's logical that sooner or later the famous Aachen Soers, on the outskirts of the German city of Aachen, would host the World Equestrian Games, which take place Aug. 20-Sept. 3.

Aachen's show grounds have staged more international championships in equestrian sports than any other site in the world. And the Federation Equestre Internationale regularly names Aachen the best outdoor venue for show jumping, dressage and four-in-hand driving.

August 15, 2006

Kemmer Rides Onto The Team At A Dramatic German National Championship

The only thing hotter than the weather at the German Dressage and Show Jumping Championships, held at Münster, Germany on July 20-23, was the fight for the medals and for a ticket for the German dressage team for the World Equestrian Games. And the weekend provided plenty of drama.

June 30, 2006

Werth Warms Up For The WEG

Germany's Isabell Werth and her World Equestrian Games hope Warum Nicht FRH proved they're ready to contend for a gold medal by topping the Grand Prix Special at the Wiesbaden CDI (Germany), June 2-5, with a score of 76.56 percent.

The 2006 FEI World Cup Final runners-up bested the Danish Grand Prix winners Andreas Helgstrand and Matine, who placed second with 73.56 percent. The Danish rider had won the Grand Prix Special the two previous years: in 2004 aboard Blue Hors Cavan and in 2005 aboard Don Schufro.

June 30, 2006

Tebbel Takes Advantage Of An Opportunity At Wiesbaden

Going back in first in a ten-horse jump-off for the $62,938 Grand Prix of Wiesbaden, Rene Tebbel knew what he had to do. And he did it, setting a blistering pace that no-one else could catch to take the top check at the feature class of the Wiesbaden CSI, June 2-5 in Wiesbaden, Germany.

June 30, 2006

Ostholt Handles The Pressure At Luhm�hlen

Germany's Frank Ostholt rode to his first four-star victory, June 1-4, aboard the 11-year-old, chestnut gelding, Air Jordan. Ostholt, based at the German FN headquarters at Warendorf, entered show jumping at the Luhm�hlen CCI (Germany) in the lead by the slim margin of 1.1 penalties (43.5) ahead of his compatriot Bettina Hoy on Ringwood Cockatoo (44.6), and both riders posted clear rounds to retain their placings.

June 20, 2006

Ehning Continues Winning Streak At Aachen

Unbelievably bad weather and an unbelievably good atmosphere could only be possible at Aachen. In spite of thunderstorms, icy winds and heavy rainshowers, a good mood prevailed at Aachen, May 17-21 in Aachen, Germany.

On the final day of competition alone, 51,000 spectators watched the show jumping, dressage and driving, and the winners in all three disciplines had one thing in common--they are riding a wave of success.

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