Impressive Marlon Modolo Zanotelli!
After a jump-off with no less than 18 riders, the Brazilian anthem sounded at the end of the first main competition of the 61st CHI Geneva. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli won on his trusty VDL Edgar M. The 13-year-old chestnut left all the competition behind: The pair was more than a second faster than Victor Bettendorf and Mr. Tac!
As the first qualifier for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday, the Trophée de Genève gathered the big names of the international equestrian scene this evening. And true champions also competed in the jump-off, including the reigning World Champion Henrik von Eckermann, the winner of the Rolex Grand Prix 2021 Martin Fuchs and the Olympic Champion Ben Maher... The Swede and the Briton were penalised four points, while the Swiss rider decided to rather ride a clear jump-off course with his young but promising Commissar Pezi.

The first to put in a perfect ride was Ireland's Shane Sweetnam on James Kann Cruz with a time of 35:26 minutes. After that, it was difficult for the following participants to keep up. They all got stuck in the technical finesse designed by Gérard Lachat. Victor Bettendorf on Mr. Tac, however, remained unimpressed. The Luxembourgian, who has been in very good form all year – he has already achieved 54 international victories – was also inspired in the jump-off this evening. Fluid, fast and confident, he managed to push the best time just under 35 seconds (34'98).

Victor Bettendorf on Mr. Tac - Photo International Horse Press

Local hero Steve Guerdat wanted to win his 13th competition in Geneva with Venard de Cerisy and was faster than Bettendorf (34:46), but had bad luck on the oxer La Tuilière, with the exit of the arena in his back... After the brilliant performance of the young Luxembourgian, the victory was only decided with the second last starter. With his VDL Edgar M, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli took his first big win in Geneva, and did so with flying colours. The Brazilian flew over the obstacles, rode a perfect line and was over a second faster than Victor Bettendorf (33'87) in the end. Shane Sweetnam completed the podium of the Trophée de Genève with his equally excellent ride.

Marlon Modolo Zanotelli: "It is always very special to be here in Geneva, so this victory is all the more beautiful. I am very proud of Edgar, who has once again shown all his talent. I can only be grateful to him, my owners, my family and my whole environment who make these successes possible. I was certainly lucky to start at the end of the jump-off, as this allowed me to observe the turn options and distances that were in question. So the first seven canter jumps after the first obstacle of the jump-off helped me to get going well, and Edgar also felt more and more comfortable with the left turns. It was maybe a bit of a coincidence that the ridden line was advantageous for me, but my risk also paid off. I am very happy!”

CHI de Genève Press Release

The Concours Hippique International de Genève (CHI Geneva) will return to the Palexpo Arena from 7–11 December to host two of the season’s most anticipated competitions; The Rolex International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Top 10 Final and the fourth and final Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Major of 2022.

When standout athlete Patriot, ridden by Nathan Piper, claimed the 2022 The Run For A Million Championship, he became the highest money-earning horse in the history of the National Reining Horse Association.
But that’s not all. His win catapulted both his owners, Shannon and Hershel Reid, and his dam, Dunit A Lil Ruf, past the million-dollar mark.
Dunit A Lil Ruf was bred by Sandi Holt and was sold to NRHA Professional Ann Salmon-Anderman during her two-year-old year. With Anderman at the reins, Dunit A Lil Ruf won more than $32,000, including a Level 2 Open Championship at the 2013 Derby.

“The timing of this accomplishment is really crazy. You know, we just lost Sam Rose last week, and he’s a big part of how we got us into all this,” said Hershel Reid, who, along with his wife, Shannon, recently became a National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Owner.

The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Grand Prix qualifier put an end to the CSI A Coruña 2022  with a German triumph starred by the rider Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann aboard "Messi van't Ruytershof”.

The first “Saturday Night Lights” event of the season took place on Saturday evening with 41 elite contenders competing for the lion’s share of the prize money in the $216,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4* presented by Arthramid®Vet. The highly anticipated class served as the feature event of the Holiday & Horses CSI4* show and of the ESP Holiday Series presented by Arthramid®Vet as a whole. Galloping to the top of the leaderboard, American rider Adrienne Sternlicht and Bennys Legacy edged out the competition and were ultimately crowned the winners under the lights of the International Arena.

The Longines Grand Prix was the only class of the CSI5*W A Coruña today at Casas Novas.  With a total prize money of €210,000, €69,300 of which were given to the winner, it was a stellar moment, the previous test of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Casas Novas Trophy, a qualifying leg which will be held tomorrow.

Shawn Flarida and Andiamoe Win 2022 NRHA Futurity Open Championship

December 3 - When Andiamoe hit the entrance to the Jim Norick Coliseum, the crowd was already cheering. They’d watched the absolutely masterful go-rounds, where Shawn Flarida and the royally bred mare had marked 228.5 and 224.5. They knew what they were in store for.

Team ropers Tomlinson/Smith win Round 3 in record fashion

LAS VEGAS – The stage wasn’t too big for team ropers – newcomer Tanner Tomlinson and world champion Patrick Smith Saturday night.

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