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2013 European Championships - Most, Czech Republic

Adbulla Ghanim al Marri of the UAE has won the 160-km 2013 European Championship at Most, Czech Republic, riding Nikos in 6:41.53, at an average of 21.2 km/h. Finishing in second place 18 seconds later was the UAE's Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum, riding Yamamah (Kurrajong Concorde).

Finishing 3rd, and European Champion, was Spain's Jaume Punti Dachs, riding Quran el Ulm, in 6:42.28.

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain finished 4th, riding Dhab, in 6:42.32.

Spanish Team Confirmed for the European Championship
The Spanish team, which will reach Most on the 10th, will consist of:

Jaume Punti Dachs with QURAN EL ULM.

Laia Muixi Crusellas with FLYNG TORNADE

María Uriarte Cañellas with RUFO

Angel Soy Coll with FOR-XINXETA

Javier Cervera-Arnedo with STRAWBLADE

Primer reserva: Ibon Alberdi Sanchez with ABANDO AB BAKAR

Multiple Endurance Champion Nobby Heads European Championship Nominations
September 5 2013

Multiple World and European Champions Maria Alvarez Ponton and the incomparable Nobby of Spain head the list of the nominations for the 2013 Meydan FEI Open European Championships to be held in Most, Czech Republic on 14 September 2013.

Most popular with endurance fans around the world, Alvarez and Nobby won the World Endurance Championships in Malaysia in 2008 and in Kentucky in 2010; the European Championship in Assisi, Italy in 2009, and the European Championship in Florac, France in 2011. In their last race, the pair finished a close 4th in the 2012 World Championship at Euston Park, Great Britain.

25 countries will be represented.

The French will bring their habitual strong team, this year consisting of Virginie Atger, Jean Philippe Frances (2007 European Champion on Hanaba du Bois), Julien Lafaure, Melody Theolissat and Philippe Tomas.

Malaysia brings a contingent led by His Majesty Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Valerie Kanavy will be the lone rider representing the USA on Priceless Gold. The gelding most recently finished 10th in June in the 160-km CEI*** Dillingen race with Gabriela Forster aboard.

2013 European Championships
Leonard Liesens

There will be finally three teams coached by Belgians at this championship. Of course, Belgium will be managed by his indefectible Pierre Arnould. The chef Belgian d'equipe for Netherlands is since a few years dressed in orange (Emile Docquier). And for the first time the viking amazons will be lead by (how to present myself... your writer...) Leonard Liesens.

Arnould said that "we present a reviewed team with for the first time a rider from Flanders". Belgium has changed several horses from the team staffed at Euston Park. The five at Most will be : Karin Boulanger (Anouk de Rendpeine Ewalraid), Pietro Di Geronimo (SD Mengali), Martine Luyckx (Akrevpa Adisha), Céline Maquet (Quick des Sauvlons) et Maritza Pereira (Bidjanne).

On the other (northern) side of the border, the Dutch have to perform well "if we want to keep getting the support of our federation" said Emile Docquier. "A fifth place at the team ranking is almost necessary" he continues. So big pressure on the shoulders of the four amazons and the unique male of the team: Marly van Ditzhuyzen with her stallion Eenhoorn’s Dahman, Carmen Romer nd the Belgian mare Oceane d'Havenne, Janet Van Wijk on Zaira Star, Marijke Visser with another Belgian horse Wamid and the only man in the team Theo Heldens riding D-Prodigy.

Regarding Norway, that will be the first time that the country enters a full team. The 'new coach effect' ??? "It is for sure anyway that the Norwegian endurance is surfing on the wave and just a bit of luck mixed with a higher rigour and here we are". Our main rider Olaug Carstensen owns five 160km-qualified horses. One (Opal, Shagya) will be ridden by the junior rider Jeanne Holum. Olaug can still (until definite entries) choose between Yassir II (winner in Germany) or Al Thaka (winner at Ermelo). Ellen Suhr brings the experience thanks to her long career at international level and she will be riding the good but sometimes complicated Shah Nahim (winner in Estonia). Another experienced rider is Tonje Danielson with her horse that completed Florac 2011. And the new one, Mariann Seglem who qualified at Ermelo with Mynt. So just ladies, and just strong personalities... hopefully they will listen :-)

Regarding France, once again the riders from the Hexagon will be the biggest contenders for the gold. They are : Virginie Atger / Milah de Jalima - Jean Philippe Frances / Qrafik la Majorie - Julien Lafaure / Phaena Cabirat – Mélody Théolissat / Azelle de Jalima - Philippe Tomas / Quotien Persky.

Beccy Broughton Withdraws from the European Endurance Championships

2nd September 2013

Press release from Holdsworth PR: Very sadly, Beccy Broughton Booker has been forced to withdraw from the British team for the FEI European Endurance Championships 2013.

Beccy stated, “It is with regret and disappointment that I will have to withdraw Tawmarsh Muharram (Mayday) and myself from the team travelling to Most for this year’s European Endurance Championships. After a very successful 80km training ride complete with full vetting and vet gates he unfortunately pulled out of the stable slightly lame yesterday (Thursday 28th August) morning. My vet, Derrick Grantham, visited during the day and has diagnosed a suspected deep flexor tendon injury to be confirmed with a scan in several days’ time. I am bitterly disappointed as Mayday felt fit and strong and his recoveries during training were excellent. I wish the team at the Championships all the very best”.

Chef d’Equipe, Annabelle Scofield said, “We are now taking a team of three to the Championships and we will do our utmost to help the riders get the team round. The withdrawal of Beccy does narrow our chances of team completion but we will all do our very best. With that in mind we will be travelling out to the Czech Republic with a positive outlook and it will be good experience ahead of WEG next year”.

Chair of selectors, Di Latham said, “It is always disappointing and sad when a selected combination is unable to go to a Championship. As horses are living creatures capable of injury, it is never a given until passing the initial vetting. All our riders do their best to bring their horses to the start line in the best possible condition of fitness and health, but sometimes things do not go according to plan. Beccy was delighted to have been selected, a culmination of a lot of hard work to achieve the ultimate goal. It is not to be for this year, but the selectors would like to thank Beccy for her commitment and honesty and doing all that has been asked of her. We wish Tawmarsh Muharram a speedy recovery to full fitness again, ready to challenge for a place on the Team for WEG in 2014”.