Laminitis Vaccine Offers Horse Owners a Preventive Tool

Very interesting article, especially for this time of year. It briefly mentions “a product containing the antibiotic virginiamycin as a preventive agent for grass founder” which is Founderguard, Who knew? But it doesn’t mention a possible alternative such as a hind gut acid buffer like Equisure to prevent or minimise the gut bacteria unbalance and resulting release of toxins into the horses system.After nearly four decades of watching the devastating impact of laminitis on horses, equine surgeon Dr. David Wilson has developed a vaccine that has the potential to save the performance careers — and lives — of horses around the world.. Laminitis (or founder) is one of the leading causes of loss in horses, right alongside colic and musculoskeletal problems.

Source: Laminitis Vaccine Offers Horse Owners a Preventive Tool

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3-Day Event announces Sam Griffiths as Event Ambassador

The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3-Day Event has a long history of partnering with international eventing figures to bring more of the equestrian sport to the Adelaide crowds. For 2017, the event is pleased to announce that UK-based Australian eventer and Olympic Bronze medallist, Sam Griffiths, will be heading to the Adelaide event as Event Ambassador.

Sam was one of the Australian team members of the Bronze medal winning Olympic Eventing Team and finished fourth individually at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has competed at 3-day events throughout the world with much success, and in 2014 on his Irish Sport Horse mare, Paulank Brockagh, won the UK’s CCI4* Badminton Horse Trials, and placed third at the Burghley Horse Trials on his horse, Happy Times. Sam has represented Australia on many occasions, including the World Equestrian Games and the 2012 London Olympics. Sam is now based in the UK and is currently ranked 33rd in the world.

Event Director, Gillian Rolton, said that Sam Griffiths will be a wonderful Event Ambassador for the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event, having visited the Adelaide event previously. “Sam has a wealth of knowledge on the sport of eventing and this is apparent in the successes that he has had on the international stage. The Masterclasses that he will present will no doubt be extremely interesting and informative, and I’m sure he will be able to provide great insight from a rider’s perspective in to the Mitsubishi CCI4* Cross Country Course on his course walks,” said Mrs Rolton.

Sam Griffiths said that he was excited to be attending the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event as the Event Ambassador this year.

“While I have never ridden at Adelaide, it is always one of my favorite 3-day events to attend. There is no other 3-day event like this in the world and it’s great to see Australia and New Zealand’s best riders competing at this event. One day I hope that I can also compete and win the Adelaide event!” said Sam Griffiths.

Also included in the 2017 program highlights, world renowned ‘Free Rider’ Alycia Burton will be returning to Adelaide with her horse, Gold Rush, to wow the crowds with another amazing performance. Last year, Alycia had the crowds on the edge of their seats jumping 1.6m jumps with no bridle or saddle. Alycia and Gold Rush will be performing on Friday night (17 Nov), after the FEI World Cup Jumping Warm up class. This is a performance not to be missed.

The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event is one of only six CCI four star events to be held across the world, with more than 25,000 spectators attending the event. The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Aus3DE will attract Australia’s best horse and rider combinations across three phases – Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, with the event to be a qualifying competition for the Australian team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in North Carolina, USA.



The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event will be held in
Adelaide’s inner-city East


Parklands from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November, 2017. THREE PHASES – TWO HEARTS – ONE PASSION

William Micklem: Does Size Matter? In Praise of Smaller Horses – Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Dumbledore said in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: “Cornelius! You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone

Source: William Micklem: Does Size Matter? In Praise of Smaller Horses – Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Last day at Aachen, a walk in the Park

I managed to score a ticket for the Kur that was left at reception by another guest. It was a bit like finding Gold. Not even a spare seat at the stadium as you would often see at supposedly sold out shows.

And what performances they were. I enjoyed the Spanish rider’s freestyles the most. They seemed lighter, happier. Maybe they did not have the technical aspects perfect though as the best Spaniard lagged by about 14 % to the winner Isabel Wert with 89.6% Weihegold.

Then a quick 15 minute lunch and to my seat for the Rolex Grand Prix Showjumping. The best of the best come here to try to claim a share of the 1 Million Euro price money. 40 Riders and their trusty super athlete steeds in the first round, the 18 best for a second round, followed by a jump off. The jumps were huge with some at 1.65 meters. The patchy rain did not help, but 4 riders progressed to the jump off and it came down to 0.4 seconds. Excitement plus in front of 40,000 fans there were groans and applause as riders and horses got themselves in and out of trouble with Gregory Wathelet on Coree being the eventual winner.

A range of officials presented the prices, from the German Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen to the 91 year old legend of showjumping Hans Gunter Winkler. Google him.

Then the closing ceremony with a Dutch feel as the Netherlands were this year’s partner country. More Friesian horses than you could poke a stick at. Shame about the rai, but not even that could dampen the spirits and everyone stayed and enjoyed themselves.

Back to the hotel for the last time via the Mercedes Shuttle I’ve been privileged to share. Then a walk in the adjoining parklands. Aachen has a number of mineral springs that are claimed to have curative properties, so the place has a bit of a health resort feel. This park had plenty of water features and in the corner an interesting bit of a forgotten garden complete an overgrown iron hothouse frame.

Enjoyable walk before my final dinner and drink at the hotel.



Aachen 2017 CHIO, World Festival of Horse Sports

There were some long days spent at the Aachen CHIO grounds to spectate at everything from dressage to showjumping, 4 in hand carriage driving, and of course my favorite, eventing. Apart from the sport aspect, the statistics are staggering. This is a huge event. For 2016 they are summed up as follows. 350,000 spectators, 334 competitors, 567 horses, 2.7 million Euro price money over 9 days of the event.

The first day for me included the Eventing dressage, The Grand Prix special and culminated with the Eventing showjumping, along with walking the cross-country course for the following day.

The following day I tried to follow some riders at some of the more thrilling (difficult) jumps before settling in at the Rolex Water complex where I managed to get a prime spot after a while for photographing the last 10 or so riders coming through. As the cross country was run as the last phase in a reverse order, it meant the last 10 riders were currently in the top 10 spots. The winner ended up being Ingrid Klimke, second Michael Jung and third place Australian Shane Rose, With Chris Burton also being in the top 10. This meant that the Nations Cup winners in eventing was the German team, second being the Australian team. Good effort.

Some of the other events I watched that day was the Hickstead jumping in the Main arena, the 4 in hand Marathon driving on the Cross-country track and the very fun Jump and drive, where the rain did not dampen the spectators or competitors enthusiasm



Walter Berger

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Nations Cup Eventing cross country

A day off thrills and luckily only a few spills. Things were tight at the top and the time for the course was influential, with only a few of the top combinations making time. This allowed Shane Rose on CP Qualified to move up to third place. Ingrid Klimke on Hale Bob managed to hold on to first place and Michel Jung on Biosteque Sam finished in second.
The Nation's Cup was won by Germany and Australia came second
Full results here

Regards Walter
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Nations Cup Eventing in Aachen

What dressage performances. So many under 40 penalties including Aussies Shane, Emma and Chris almost there. But the Germans dominated with Sandra heading towards the 30 and Ingrid and Michel not far off being the top 3 riders. Obviously the German team is in the lead followed by the Australians. The jumping phase later on that day did not change things much. But things are close which will make for an exciting day on Saturday and the cross-country.

Regards Walter
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