This past weekend Abdel brought Hope van Scherpen Donder and California to La Coruna where both horses continued their super form. Hope won Friday’s biggest class, the 1.50 Trofeo NH Collection, and together with California, Abdel claimed the runner-up position in Sunday’s 1.60 Gran Premio Caixa Banka.
Next stop for Abdel will be the Longines Global Champions Tour in Valkenswaard.
Abdel has been competing at the CSI3* show in Knokke the past two weeks with great results. Last Sunday Abdel and California won the small Grand Prix and this weekend they won the Porsche Grand Prix of Knokke.
Abdel was interviewed after his win;
“You just have to do it with what you have got. I am running my own business here in Belgium, so I must do all I can to make a living. Horses get sold all the time, so because of that you just cannot always perform at the highest level yourself. The brothers Lenssens gave me to ride on California and I rode him back in Florida in March for the first time. We immediately clicked”.
You can read more about the class on www.knokkehippique.com
Last weekend it was time for St Gallen with California and Hope van Scherpen Donder. Hope followed up on her good jumping from last weekend and was third in the big class the first day while California finished seventh in the 1.50. The weekend did not end as we planned for though, with three fences down in the Grand Prix. AS we all know that is how this sport is. The winner one weekend and outside the money the next. On the bright side, things can (hopefully) only get better.
Abdel and Hope van Scherpen Donder won the CSI2* Grand Prix in Reims last weekend producing one of only two double clear rounds in the class. The show was planned as a warm-up for the big CSIO5* event in St Gallen next weekend and we could not be more happy with the performance. Also Luron S Z jumped amazing and won the 1.45 ranking class on Friday.
The show in Reims was fantastic and hopefully the team will be able to bring the positiv energy to St Gallen where bigger tasks await.
It has been a good month for AS Sport Horses as we have sold both Luron S Z and Its the Senator. It will of course be a bit sad to see them leave. They are both super competitive horses that we have enjoyed working with, but we are excited to see how they now will develop under their new riders. We wish their new owners all the best.
Happy New Year everyone. What a great start 2016 has seen for our team. Abdel is in Wellington for the Winter Equestrian Festival, competing with Luron and Hope van Scherpen Donder. This first week Hope finished second in the Grand Prix after a super fast round. Hope is now nine years old and she continues to show what a top horse she is. Abdel gave her the best description during yesterday’s press conference; "She's very fast, and she really thinks with me. She makes my life easy, and she's very easy in the ring. If I think left, she goes left, and if I think right, she goes right. I think she really enjoys jumping because she's easiest to ride in the ring.”
The Festival is something very different from Europe and it is interesting to see how things function over here and not only follow the live streaming and results over Internet. While being here Abdel is also visiting clients and follows up on some of the horses we have sold to America over the past years. We have already had a lot of fun and Hope’s performance in the Grand Prix made it the perfect start to our stay here.
Abdel is competing in Wellington over the next five weeks. He will return to Belgium regularly to follow up on the business back home and to compete at Opglabbeek the first week of February.
Team AS Sport Horses saw another successful show in Opglabbeek last weekend. Abdel and Luron won Friday's Grand Qualifier and Samuel was third with Halibo van Texelhof. Hope was also clear in the qualifier to finish 12th.
Samuel and Halibo were clear throughout the entire weekend and finished second both Thursday and Sunday in addition to their great third place on Friday.
In Sunday’s Grand Prix both Samuel and Abdel did a super job. Samuel and Carita Gratia finished eight with four faults in the jump-off, while Abdel and Hope were double clear and took home another Grand Prix win.
Big congratulations to our entire team!
The next show for Abdel will be the 5* Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha 12-14 November and the same weekend Samuel will again compete in Opglabeek at their CSI3* event.
Our team had a super show in Opglabbeek the first weekend of October where Hope van Scherpen Donder crowned the show by winning the Grand Prix sponsored by Abdel Said. We could not have been happier.
Also the rest of the team were on a good flow. Samuel and Carita Gratia were clear in their first two classes before they finished with four faults in Carita’s first Grand Prix on Sunday. Both our seven-year-olds performed very well with Imke 111 being clear the first day and placed in the final, while It’s the Senator 111 was clear all three days ending on top of the result list.
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona was a nice weekend for Team AS Sport Horses. Abdel was happy with the Egyptian team result after their first Super League final. The courses were challenging, but fair on the horses, and although we wished for better scores than the result lists show the horses jumped well. Especially Luron really made a step up this weekend and ended fifth the last day.
We were of course very happy to see Good Luck jumping amazing with Cian O’Connor and that their partnership is developing as good as we all hoped for. You never know when dealing with horses, but this one is something special. We look forward to following this combination.
Abdel’s top mare Dakota has been sold to the US. Dakota has given us so many positive experiences since she came to our stable and it is with mixed feelings that we now send her across the Atlantic. She is such a fighter and we will miss her as an important part of our team. Luckily we have some very talented younger horses at the moment that hopefully will be at her level very soon.
We are positive that Dakota will get a very good life with her new owner, and we want to thank Ilan Ferder and Tal Milstein who took part in this deal for a very professional process.
Our youtube account is updated with videos from Vingino's two super rounds in Mannheim last weekend. The direct access to the videos can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of the website or enter this link; https://www.youtube.com/user/abdelsaid1989
The summer season is coming along really well and Team AS Sport Horses can so far look back on good results by all our horses which is something we appreciate a lot.
The latest superstar is Vingino who was placed fifth in the 5* Grand Prix in Mannheim with Abdel this weekend after two steady clear rounds. It is always nice to ad a top result at this level to the records.
We are also pleased to see that our younger prospects are developing. Hope won the O’Seven Prijs, a 1.45 class, in Rotterdam (5*) and was again clear and with four faults at the 5* show in Knokke towards the end of June. She is such a nice mare and always tries her best. This weekend in Mannheim she was placed as top three in a 1.45 class and she made her 1.55 debut which she did very easily. She is just getting better and better and we could not be more happy with her.
Imke III was clear the entire weekend in Knokke, and Lureon S Z - an eight year old by Lord Z - have been jumping some super clears with both Abdel and Samuel. Samuel has also been very successful with one of our other eight year olds, Carita Gratia. The two were clear throughout the entire weekend in Kapellen in the 135 and 140 classes.
With so many interesting horses to keep developing and the super addition with Samuel in our team we look forward to keep up the hard work.
We are very happy to announce that Samuel Hutton has joined Team AS Sport Horses. Samuel has been at Stal Tops working with Jan Tops and Edwina Tops-Alexander before he recently joined us in Zandhoven. Samuel is a super rider who will help us develop the younger talents. We really look forward to this new cooperation.
The weeks fly by and Abdel and his horses have been busy travelling around Europe competing. Vingino and Dakota have shown good form in the big classes. Vingino was super both in Hagen and Ebreichsdorf and they were both placed in the 1.50 classes during the Nations Cup event at the CSI5* show in St. Gallen.
Hope has climbed her way up to the bigger classes and was second in the Middle Tour final in Lier this weekend. Imke has competed the young horse classes and been clear or with a maximum of four faults in nearly every class we have entered her in the past months. In Lier she finished third in the final.
Together with the good results Abdel has kept climbing on the World Ranking and is currently number 133, making a a climb of nearly 100 spots since the beginning of 2015 when he was rank 228.
There are also other exciting things happening in our team including horse sales and new team-members that we will reveal within a short time.
Next to go are two 5* shows. First there will be CHIO Rotterdam before the new show in Knokke is our destination for the last weekend in June.
Link to the show in Rotterdam: http://www.chio.nl/
Link to the show in Knokke: http://knokkehippique.com/en/home/
In November last year our team was a part of the deal when Cian O’Connor bought the extremely talented Belgian bred Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II). The combination has been in the US competing over the winter and this weekend they secured their first big win together in the CSI2* Grand Prix and World Cup qualifier in Ocala. Cian stated in a press release from liveoakinternational.com that “He’s never jumped on grass before. We got him in November with the aim of getting to the Olympics and wanted to bring him to Live Oak because we wanted to get him jumping on grass, like in Europe. We’ll stay in Germany for the summer and compete in France, Belgium, Holland, then Dublin and Canada in August before— hopefully— the European Championships.” O’Connor explained after his victory.”
We wish Cian and Good Luck all the best for their future partnership.
With the Longines Ranking no. 170 out Abdel has climbed additionally 29 places and is currently no 159. It has been a very good start to the 2015-season and this weekend Abdel is at the 5* show in Doha competing with Dakota and Hope van Scherpen Donder. Both horses have already jumped one class each and both clear. Hope finished as number 12 in her first big class. She gives us great hopes for the future.
Our team has seen two very good weekends with especially the younger horses performing very well.
In Opglabbeek the 7 year old, Imke 111 (Der Senaat 111 x Heartbreaker) and Its the Senator 111 (Der Senaat 111 x Babs van het Sluishof), were both clear and placed in Thursday’s opening class and then again on Friday with Senator ending as the winner of the class. In the final Imke performed her third clear round for the weekend and ended second with Senator at 9 faults a bit further down the result list. He was probably feeling very happy about Friday’s win so he forgot the weekend was not over..
The other horses had also decided to show their talents. Vingino (Voltaire x Cassini I) was second in the 2* Grand Prix Sunday and Carita Gratia (Verdi x Gratianus) was second in the 1.30-final and was double clear and number ten in the 1.30 on Saturday.
In Roosendaal Imke was again very good with two double clears in the 1.30 classes including the final. Carita was double clear in the 2* small tour final and only had one fence down during the three classes she entered. Hope van Scherpen Donder (Quadrillo x Balou du Rouet) did three good 1.40 classes and only had one fence down the first day.
We will now try to hold on to the good feeling and self-confidence the 2015-season has brought so far.