September 3: The PonyWorld Weekly
Quote of the Week
Marcus Ehning & Comme il faut (c) Pierre Costabadie/Scoopdya/World of Showjumping
“I was pretty much 150 percent sure he would not knock down the last fence because he loves his speed, so I felt quite safe.”
—German Olympian Marcus Ehning expressing the kind of confidence that only Marcus Ehning can after his victory this weekend with Comme il faut in the Rolex Grand Prix at the Brussels Stephex Masters. Because he's Ehning, that's why.
The Price Family Continues Their Four-Star Sweep
Four months after his wife, Jonelle, earned the biggest victory of her career at the Badminton Horse Trials CCI4*, and then at the Luhmühlen CCI4* in Germany, New Zealand's Tim Price took home another U.K. win for the family this weekend at Burghley.
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Riding the 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Ringwood Sky Boy, Tim Price just held off World #1 Oliver Townend of Great Britain, jumping clear in show jumping and finishing on a final score of 27.3 penalties to Townend’s 31.9. "Sky Boy deserves a good day—so often we nail two out of the three phases, so to finally pull them all together in a major competition is fantastic," Price said. "This win means everything and I'm super proud of my horse."
Tim Price & Ringwood Sky Boy (c) Peter Nixon/Horse & Hound
The U.K.-based Prices are currently ranked at #4 (Tim) and #5 (Jonelle) in the world. Both will compete at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon this month, where they will square-off against British rivals Rosalind Canter and Gemma Tattersall at #2 and #3 in the world, respectively. One notable absentee: Townend, himself, who was not selected for the squad this year. Will it be Great Britain or the Kiwis—or someone else entirely—who takes home the WEG Eventing title this year? Only time will tell (but it won't be Germany's Michael Jung...read on!).
**Watch This Space**
New Safe Sport Requirements to Roll Out in 2019
This week, US Equestrian announced that as of January 1, 2019, all adult members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities. A 30-day grace period to complete the awareness training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018; members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019 to complete the training. For more information, click here.
This Just In…
Luciana Diniz & Fit For Fun (c) EquNews.com
Michael Jung & Luciana Diniz will not contest WEG.
Two of the biggest names in show jumping and eventing sport will not compete at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon this month. The first is eventer Michael Jung of Germany and FischerRocana FST, who suffered an injury in training and will not be fully recovered in time. Jung has earned an individual medal in every major championship he's competed since 2009. Also missing in action: 9th place Rio 2016 Olympic partners Luciana Diniz & Fit For Fun of Portugal, whose busy schedule this year was designed to concentrate on the Grand Slam circuit; Diniz has said she'll opt out of WEG in order to preserve her horse.
Psssst… have you heard?
It's the biggest equine giveaway of the summer season and there’s still time left to enter! Visit PonyApp on Facebook or Instagram, tag a few friends, and then visit the link to our Giveaway site. You could walk away with a brand new pair of Parlanti field boots, FreeJump stirrups, a KASK helmet, EquiFit custom front and hind boots and much more!
#TeamPonyApp Storms the Hampton Classic Grand Prix!
Check out our fearless PonyApp leaders Lucy Davis (riding Caracho) and Lindsay Douglas (riding Butterfly Tibri Z) taking a victory lap after their third- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix on Sunday, presented by Douglas Elliman. How about that for #PonyPower?!