Ingrid Klimke is Golden in European Eventing Championships

first_imgThe popular and ever-gracious Ingrid Klimke (GER) thrilled her mass of cheering, flag-waving supporters by conjuring a faultless Jumping round from her wonderful horse SAP Hale Bob OLD to clinch both the team title for Germany as well as her second successive individual gold medal at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships, held in her home country at Luhmühlen.Klimke, who lost her grip on the world title last year when hitting the very last fence at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon (USA), never looked like making a mistake this afternoon on the spring-heeled Bobby, and she left her team mate Michael Jung, who was bidding for a record fourth European title, no margin for error.When Jung’s fischerChipmunk FST, a horse that is surely a thrilling prospect for Tokyo, hit the second part of the double at 10b, Klimke smiled in rueful sympathy before dancing a jig of excitement.She is the fifth rider in the 66-year history of the Europeans to win back-to-back titles, following Britain’s Lucinda Green (1975, 1977), Ginny Eliot (1985, 1987, 1989), Pippa Funnell (1999, 2001) and Michael Jung (2011, 2013, 2015) and the second to do it on the same horse, following Funnell’s triumphs on Supreme Rock.“I definitely came here to win for sure. It was so close, but this year the luck was with me,” said Klimke. “It’s really special knowing that there are so many very quality riders and horses.”Klimke paid tribute to her long-time Jumping trainer Kurt Gravemeier, who came to walk the course with her, and said that this victory for Germany would be “a positive wind” for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.Jung was sportsmanlike in defeat, describing the weekend as “super sport”. He explained: “I was a little bit too fast in the last combination, but this little mistake has not made the whole week bad, so I am very happy. We are a great team and we still have one more year to work on little details and I think we are well prepared for next season.”Germany’s team gold, their fourth European title since the country’s dazzling run of success began at Luhmühlen in 2011, was never really in doubt with their comfortable three-fence margin after Cross Country, but the fight for silver and bronze medals became an intriguing game of snakes and ladders as team fortunes ebbed and flowed over what was a relatively straightforward Jumping track.Great Britain just managed to hold onto team silver – by 0.3 of a penalty – as Oliver Townend (Cooley Master Class SRS, ninth), Piggy French (Quarrycrest Echo, 15th) and Pippa Funnell (Majas Hope, 22nd) each clocked up four faults. Townend, for whom it was a personal best team performance, did well to recover his composure after Cooley Master Class got too close to the planks at eight and crashed through the fence.Sweden, silver medallists in 2017, were the beneficiaries of a titanic struggle for the team bronze medal, securing qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year in the best possible style with superb clear rounds from Ludwig Svennerstal (El Kazir SP, eighth), Louise Romeike (Wakiki 207, 12th) and Ebba Adnervik (Chippieh, 23rd).Svennerstal said: “The Olympics is really the highlight for us. It’s very important for our federation and for ourselves. The team has worked really hard to achieve this and we’re extremely happy. I think we had a slightly disappointing start to the week and then we regrouped and everyone in the whole team, including behind the scenes, has been working very hard and we’re very happy with the outcome.”France’s grasp on the bronze medal was already precarious when Alexis Goury withdrew Trompe l’Oeul d’Emery at this morning’s horse inspection. The 2003 and 2007 European champion Nicolas Touzaint put France back in the hunt with a magnificent clear round on Absolut Gold HCD, but medal success hinged on Lt Col Thibaut Vallette delivering a clear round. Unfortunately Qing de Briot hit the fifth fence, putting paid to both France’s team and his own individual medal chances by frustratingly small margins.Italy, with a clear round from Arianna Schivo (Quefira de l’Ormeau, 17th), looked threatening until Pietro Roman (Baraduff) incurred eight faults and Giovanni Ugulotti suffered a nightmare 22.4-penalty round on Note Worthy. This relegated Italy to fifth, but at least with the compensation of the second available Olympic qualifying slot.Ireland finished sixth, a weekend of mixed fortunes being compounded with the overnight withdrawal of Ciaran Glynn’s November Night. However, there was a clutch of clear rounds from riders in the top 10 and the supremely talented Cathal Daniels (IRL), riding the diminutive mare Rioghan Rua, was the one left at the head of the queue for the individual bronze medal. The 22-year-old from Co Galway is Ireland’s first European individual medallist since Lucy Thompson in 1995.“It’s an amazing feeling!” he said. “I’ve gone through Juniors, Young Riders and now seniors with this mare. Unfortunately, the team didn’t get as strong a result as they wanted, but I was glad I was able to get a medal and keep spirits high and build again for next year on the road to Tokyo.” Tags: Ingrid Klimke, Longines FEI European Eventing Championships, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Eventing:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Oliver Townend Does it Again at the Kentucky CCI5*-LVictory comes aboard Ballaghmor Class as his two-time winner Cooley Master Class is sidelined; Lisa Marie Fergusson only Canadian to finish.Colleen Loach and Vermont 4th in CCI4*-S in KentuckyAlyssa Phillips (USA) wins with Oskar, while the Canadians all place top-12 after the jumping phase of this very challenging three-day event.last_img read more

12 hours agoRoma striker Dzeko blasts: It hit Smalling’s face!

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Dzeko blasts: It hit Smalling’s face!by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma striker Edin Dzeko slammed ref Willie Collum after their 1-1 draw with Europa League opponents Borussia Monchengladbach.Nicolò Zaniolo had Roma in front with a header, but deep into stoppages the referee awarded a penalty in the Europa League match for handball, even though it clearly hit Chris Smalling in the face.“It’s a serious error that cannot happen at this level. It changes the result, the whole game, the group,” Dzeko told Sky Sport Italia.“Now we have another three games where anything could happen. A victory today would’ve made everything easier. I just don’t understand the referee, he was so sure that he was right, but I’d seen it hit Smalling in the face. When I saw the replay on television, it’s just incredible.“The referee kept insisting it was a penalty, I told him it was his face and not the hand. You could see the mark on Smalling’s face where the ball hit him.“You can’t give a penalty like that at the 95th minute. It’s unacceptable. We ran no risks at all in the second half and we’ve lost two points here. We can’t do anything about it now, we have to look forward.” last_img read more

Crew Member Missing from Royal Caribbeans Cruise Ship

first_imgImage Courtesy: Royal CaribbeanA search operation has been launched following reports that a crew member went missing from the cruise ship Liberty of the Seas some 170 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, on April 24.According to the United States Coast Guard, Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Eighth District command center in New Orleans received a report at 4:30 am that a 39-year-old Filipino crew member was missing and was last seen at 1:30 am on the ship’s closed-circuit television.An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Air Station Corpus Christi as well as the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Manowar, an 87-foot patrol boat from Galveston, were deployed to conduct the search operation.Maritime Lawyer Jim Walker informed that the three hour delay between the last images of the crew member on CCTV and the reporting of the missing crew member could mean that the cruise ship “was not equipped with an automatic man overboard system.”last_img read more

Big Brother Canada fans mobilize on Twitter in bid to save reality

first_imgViewers were swift to react to the “Big Brother Canada” news with an online petition and posts on Facebook and Twitter urging Global reconsider its decision. TORONTO — Fans of “Big Brother Canada” are hoping to save the reality TV series from cancellation. Viewers hopped on social media to show their support after host Arisa Cox confirmed the Canadian edition of the reality franchise is on hiatus and won’t return to Global TV for the 2018 season. Facebook Advertisement Twitter While it’s not officially cancelled yet, being put on hiatus often marks the first step toward the end of a series. Login/Register With: Past Big Brother houseguests also dove into the conversation. Singing competition series “Canadian Idol” was put on hiatus after six seasons but was never brought back on CTV. “You changed my life and I will never forget it,” she tweeted. A representative for Global TV confirmed the series is on hiatus and said that further details would be “announced at a later date.”BY Cox tweeted her love to the “BB fam” and thanked them for supporting the show through its five seasons. Ramsey Aburaneh, who exited season 5 when his father suffered a heart attack, urged fans on Twitter to “rally the troops” with the hashtag #SaveBBCAN.Brittnee Blair, who formed the divisive alliance “the Fembots” on season 3, thanked everyone involved with the production of the show. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Conifex buying US sawmills for 258 million to add 50 per cent

first_imgVANCOUVER – Conifex Timber Inc. says it has reached an agreement with Blue Wolf Capital Partners to buy sawmills in Florida and Arkansas that will increase its lumber production capacity by about 50 per cent to 1.1 billion board feet.The Vancouver-based company says it will pay about $193.1 million in cash for the Suwannee sawmill in Cross City, Fla., and Caddo River sawmill in Glenwood, Ark., plus $64.4 million in shares, the net working capital of the current operator, and warrants.The company says the two mills have a combined dimension lumber capacity of 370 million board feet and will triple its U.S. southeast capacity.Conifex says the mills have seen recent upgrades and modernization, and are complimentary to its sawmill in El Dorado, Ark.The purchase comes as lumber producers benefit from elevated prices buoyed by rising U.S. housing starts, tight supply and softwood lumber duties applied by the United States government.Canfor Corp. announced in February that it was also expanding capacity in the U.S. southeast with the construction of a $155-million sawmill in Washington, Ga.last_img read more

ArtsPost getting residents to Paint A Hard Hat to show support for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The ArtsPost in Fort St. John has launched a new artsy initiative for residents to show their support for pipelines and other resource-based economic drivers in Northern B.C.From now until May 17th, the ArtsPost will be giving away free hard hats for residents to paint in order to show their support for the oil and gas, and other northern industries. After May 6th, the hard hats will also be available to pick up at Peace Gallery North in the NPCC.Some of the hard hats available at the Artsport for the Paint A Hard Hat program. Photo by John Luke Kieper. The Artspost is asking residents to paint their hard hats and then bring them back to the Art Gallery by May 17th. Then on May 19th, the Gallery will be hosting a free toast event to the pipeline, hosted by the Fort St. John Arts Council and AAA Safety.Supplied photoTo help give residents some inspiration with their painting, the ArtsPost will be putting on a Free Paint Day this Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tanya Shymko will be giving attendees some help with their painting, while providing hard hats, paints, and instruction for free.For more information, contact the ArtsPost at (250) 787-2781, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Boats being used to help evacuees from the Old Fort

first_imgA bus will meet the boat at the Taylor Boat launch to take them to the reception center in Fort St. John FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Boats have arrived and will help to move residents who wish to evacuate from the Old Fort.The PRRD has co-ordinated the transportation for people who want to leave the area affected by the evacuation alert.   Boats will leave from the beach behind the house at 8711 Old Fort Loop.The Boats will continue to come to the community until all the people that want to leave have left.last_img read more

Im a peoples man Arvinder Singh Lovely

first_imgWhile BJP and AAP have strategised their campaign in a way to bring out the big guns in the last days of campaigning in Delhi, Congress’ East Delhi candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely has decided to stick with his formula of engaging with locals on the ground in more intimate settings. In an exclusive interview with Abhay Singh and Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, Lovely said he is a man of the people and will forever work towards making himself accountable to his electorate. Excerpts: What is your campaign strategy like? See, my strategy is simple. My campaign focuses on locals on the ground. I am not relying on Twitter and social media platforms for reaching out to voters in my constituency. I have been to every part of East Delhi and nobody can say that a single part of the constituency is untouched by me. I am a people’s man and I want to be with the people and work for them. I am an insider who knows this constituency inside and out, including all of its problems. Coming to problems, what are some issues in East Delhi you are focusing on? Public transport systems in East Delhi have collapsed. The phase-III of Delhi Metro that I sanctioned during my tenure as Transport Minister has been held up. It was supposed to be completed by 2015, but not even 20 per cent of work has been finished there. Moreover, I will also focus on environmental issues. Every time, data on pollution is released, Anand Vihar terminal comes at the top of most polluted areas. There is also the issue of over-dumping at the Ghazipur landfill site. These are the real issues people here have to deal with. One of your opponents has had more time to campaign and the other is a well-known face. What do you think of your competition? Look, I say that my opponents have come here for political tourism. They contest half of their elections on social media as they failed to hit the ground. Despite having a longer time to campaign, they do not seem to be engaging locals on the ground to campaign with them, for them. Wherever I go, I campaign with the locals and I go on three to four rounds every day, meeting voters. My opponents have been campaigning for this one election, I am not here for that. I am here campaigning for the people of East Delhi. What are some of your poll promises for this year? Firstly, I want to focus on strengthening the public transport system in East Delhi along with working on environmental issues. There is a monorail project in East Delhi, that I sanctioned in 2012. That plan was scrapped after the new government in Delhi came in. I want to see that getting started up again. Secondly, there is an iron bridge in the trans-Yamuna area that needs a lot of work, maybe even replacing. The bridge is completely depleted and that requires urgent attention. Thirdly, there’s the Ghazipur landfill site, where garbage dumping has continued despite orders for it to be stopped. The landfill site has been filled way beyond its capacity and that is a problem I have been trying to address for a while now. Now that I have brought it to notice, AAP has added it to their manifesto. What is the first thing you want to work on if elected? See, the number one priority for me would be availability. There are so many politicians who disappear after they win and I believe my opponents will turn out to be part of that group. I am here for the people of East Delhi. I believe in being accountable to the people who elect me. If I am not available for them, my electorate will not have a chance to hold me accountable to whatever poll promises I make. How do you plan to tackle increasing petty crimes in East Delhi? There are already laws in place. These kinds of crimes have gone somewhat unchecked because of MPs not taking their duties seriously. The Member of Parliament chairs the police committee in their respective districts. It is important that MPs take an active interest in the workings of these committees. We need to focus on women’s security and policing. So, I believe controlling such crimes is about having a hands-on approach when it comes to day-to-day monitoring. Policies are already there. Laws are already there. Only thing is to see that policing is done at the right level when it comes to the complaints received. This can be done only by a person with experience in governance. Here again, my experience will come in handy. Why should people be voting for you this time around? See, what I am getting at is why people should not vote for me. I am on the ground meeting locals, listening to what they have to say, and actively interacting with them. There are at least two-three families in every street that I know on a personal level. Further, I bring a 20-year experience in governance with me. In contrast, my opponents do not have any background and show a lack of experience. I ask, why should people vote for someone who does not know East Delhi or its people?last_img read more

Shaw Juve win a huge boost for Manchester derby

first_imgManchester United defender Luke Shaw believes that their 2-1 win over Juventus will serve them well ahead of Sunday’s derby with Manchester CityJose Mourinho’s side came back from Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable volley to snatch a stunning 2-1 victory at Turin on Wednesday.Juan Mata levelled the scoreline with a brilliant free-kick with Juventus’ Alex Sandro putting Ashely Young’s set-piece into his own net.The comeback secured United a famous Champions League win.“I think [it] was a very special win, especially with going 1-0 down,” Shaw told MUTV.“We all knew how hard it can be coming here [to the Allianz Stadium] especially going 1-0 down.“It’s huge credit for the team for keeping on fighting and never giving up. I felt like we were going to get something out of the game, even before the start of the game.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Juan [Mata] with his free-kick – I felt like it was going in before he stepped over it and obviously Ashley [Young] with another great delivery at the end.“It showed how much the team wanted it, we were fighting for the ball and luckily we got that bit of luck that it went in. I felt it was deserved – we fought until the end.”The England international believes the result will provide United with the ideal platform to prepare for Sunday’s trip to City.“At times, we had good possession of the ball, especially in the first half,” added Shaw.“We’ve had poor first halves recently, I felt tonight was a bit better. Onwards and upwards, especially with another big game on Sunday [at Manchester City], it’s very good momentum now for us to go into that.”The Manchester derby will begin at 17:30 (CEST).last_img read more

Mestre insists Barca havent offered Valverde a new contract

first_imgBarcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has been discussing the future of Ernesto Valverde, revealing the club haven’t offered the manager a new contract.The former Athletico Bilbao manager has admitted recently he’s uncertain over his future at the Camp Nou next season, and Mestre has offered an update on the situation.“It’s a recurring situation that happens every year. It was the case with Luis Enrique and with Guardiola,” Mestre said, according to AS.“At this moment Valverde’s renewal in not on the table. Despite the fact that we are very happy with him anything can happen in football.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I believe he has said that he is happy with us, the players are happy with him and personally I am as well.”“We’re relaxed about the situation but we know that anything can happen and due to the text of the contract it is not something that depends entirely on us or that is entirely in our hands. We are coming to the key period of the season but at the moment we are very calm.”Barcelona players have been revealing their feelings about Valverde’s future at the club, with Gerard Pique saying he’s been doing a “magnificent” job, while Ivan Rakitic has said the best for the club thing is for Valverde to stay.last_img read more