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Darcy Dances in Doha

Roberta (Bert) Sheffield (CAN) had a terrific forward and fluid Gr. III Freestyle test, placing second aboard Double Agent (Darcy) with 72.417% in the final segment of the CPEDI3* at the CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, QAT. Sanne Voets of The Netherlands made it three-for-three victories, scoring 76.417% aboard Zoya Sollenburg, while Ann Cathrin Lübbe […]
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Bert and Darcy do Doha

Roberta (Bert) Sheffield has been on a roll. The para-dressage rider, who lives in the UK, has been riding for Canada since 2013 ‒ which has been very fortuitous for the sport in this country. The 34-year-old did a very commendable job at the 2014 World Equestrian Games aboard Bindro T, putting in two solid […]
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Jumping Day 2 at CHI Al Shaqab

Laura Renwick of Great Britain must be feeling vindicated today. Yesterday, she led the field for most of the opening class aboard her very quick Rembrandt Blue, only to have victory snatched away from her late in the order. Today she hung on to her speedy time to win the CSI5* 25,000€ class over Emanuele […]
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CHI Al Shaqab CSI5* Jumping Day 1 Wrap-up

The focus at the CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, QAT, switched from vaulting to jumping on March 4th, with four back-to-back CSI3* and 5* classes. An international field of 40 tackled Frank Rothenberger’s big but uncomplicated track in the opening two-phase 5* class. Great Britain’s Laura Renwick went early in the order and logged a […]
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Super Saturday in Qatar

The culmination of the CSI3* competition at CHI Al Shaqab, in Doha, Qatar, featured a completely Qatari field in the 40,000€ grand prix, save for two Jordanian riders. From the 19 starters, just five went clear to force a jump-off. The first four all had rails, and in a thrilling finish it was the final […]
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Dancing in the Desert

Saturday afternoon’s finale, the 100,000€ Grand Prix Freestyle, wrapped up an exciting two days of dressage at CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar. While Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein of Denmark was the odds-on favourite to take the class as she did last year aboard Digby, fellow countrywoman Lone Bang Larsen did not go down without […]
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Digby Rules Dressage in Doha

The CDI5* dressage competition got underway at the CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, March 14th. This is the second year a CDI has been held here; in 2013 it was a 3*, but was upgraded and bolstered with huge prize money, offering a 40,000-euro Grand Prix, a 60,000-euro Special and a 100,000-euro […]
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Action Continues at CHI Al Shaqab

Day 2 of showjumping got underway in Doha, Qatar, with the small tour CSI3*, which was won by Rashid Towaim Al Marri riding Kannada. (This was the only chance to hear anything that sounds remotely like ‘Canada’ spoken over the PA here, as there are unfortunately no Canadians at this rich event.) This win marked […]
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Off and Running in Doha

Four classes launched the first day of FEI jumping competition at the CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar, on March 12th. Bob Ellis (GBR), who set the tracks for the 2012 London Olympics, is the course designer for this major show – the biggest of its kind to date in Asia. The hot, breezy afternoon […]