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Louise Parkes is an equestrian journalist based in Ireland. She has covered international equestrian sport for the last 16 years on behalf of the FEI and is a familiar face at all major events. » Read Louise's profile

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro on their way to Grand Prix Special Gold.
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Valegro dances to gold for Charlotte Dujardin

The horse with a heart of gold wins Grand Prix Special for Britain’s Dujardin.

On the winner’s podium at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Veterans 2014 at Hoogboom-Kapellen in Belgium, L-R: Germany (silver), Belgium (gold) and Great Britain (bronze).
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Belgian riders dominate European veteran jumping champs

Host nation Belgium swept the gold medals at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Veterans, winning both Team and Individual gold at Hoogboom-Kapellen.

World vaulting champion Nicolas Andreani (FRA) wowed the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting judges in Salzburg (AUT) with his impressive Einstein performance on Le Grand Chevalier, lunged by Eva Maria Kreiner - now he will be defending his title with a vengeance at the series Final at the Jumping International de Bordeaux (FRA) 7-8 February 2014.
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WEG vaulting: Will French flair be to the fore?

Britain’s Eccles goes for double-gold, but French stars could be the show-stealers.

Dressage kicks off two weeks of thrilling horse sport at Normandy.
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WEG: what’s ahead in week one

Dressage, reining, para-dressage and endurance start off the World Equestrian Games.

WEG: Can Britain bag showjumping's triple crown?
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WEG: Can Britain bag showjumping’s triple crown?

Olympic and European jumping champions will have to fight hard for World Championship gold.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Olympic and European champions, will be aiming for world honours to complete the hat-trick at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy next week.
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WEG dressage: Will it be a Valegro v Totilas showdown?

A fascinating contest promises when the dressage competition starts on Monday.

Haras du Pin, venue for the dressage and cross-country phases of eventing during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
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Two weeks to WEG D-Day in Normandy

Opening ceremony on Saturday, August 23, with competition starting the following Monday.

Joerg Oppermann and Che Guevara jumped double-clear to help Germany to victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2014 Europe Division 2 series in Bratislava.
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Germany redeemed in Slovakia Nations Cup leg

Germany tops penultimate Europe Division 2 qualifier in Bratislava: host nation claims maximum points.

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W for the USA.
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US scores Nations Cup hat-trick at Dublin Horse Show

Team USA continue momentum with fabulous win in Dublin thriller: Ukraine relegated for 2015 season.

Germany's Lea Luise Nehls and Dsp De Long.
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Four golds to France at European Pony Champs

Clean sweep for Germany in dressage; France wins eventing and jumping.

Ashlee Bond and Chela LS helped Team USA secure a sensational back-to-back Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2014 victory in Gijon, Spain, on Saturday.
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USA posts second Nations Cup jumping win

Americans post second win in two days, with Spain following Hickstead.

Denmark won the sixth and final leg of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2014 pilot series at Hickstead on Saturday. L-R: Ulrik Moelgaard, Rikke Svane and Anders Dahl.
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Danes win Nations Cup dressage at Hickstead; Dutch take title

Dutch confirmed as series winners; Danes win exciting last leg.

On the podium for the Young Riders Team Championship at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders 2014 at Arezzo, Italy, from left, the silver medallists from Norway, the gold medallists from Germany and the bronze medallists from Italy.
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Rain fails to dampen European YR jumping champs

Medals were hard-earned at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders 2014 at Arezzo Equestrian Centre in Italy where it wasn’t just the fences that tested competitors.

Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas led the German team to victory at the FEI Nations Cup Dressage leg on home ground in Aachen.
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He’s back! Totilas at his best at Aachen

Totilas bursts back onto international dressage scene with impressive victory.

Germany’s Anna-Christina Abbelen and Fuerst on Tour were triple-gold medallists at the FEI European Dressage Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2014 at Arezzo, Italy.
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Triple gold for young German dressage star

Germans and Dutch divide the gold at European Dressage Championships in Arezzo

Team Germany on the podium following their victory in Falsterbo, Sweden, L-R: Andre Thieme, Katrin Eckermann, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Patrick Stuehlmeyer and Chef d’Equipe Otto Becker. Left of podium - Anders Mellberg, President Swedish NF and Jan Olaf Wannius, President Falsterbo Horse Show. Right of podium - Mr Adil Alfwzan, Deputy Chargé d’Affaires Saudi Arabian Embassy in Sweden.
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Germany jumps to surprise Nations Cup leg win

Just one fence separated the top six teams at the halfway stage.

On the podium for the Junior Individual Championship at the FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2014 at Givrins, Switzerland, L-R: Eric Ranieri Volpe ITA (silver), Enrico Sciulli ITA (gold) and Gina Maria GER (bronze).
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Italian riders sweep gold medals at reining champs

All gold for Italy at Junior and Young Rider Reining Championships in Givrins.

History was made with a first-ever Nations Cup win for the Czech Republic in Budapest on Friday. A double-clear performance from Zuzanna Zelinkova and Caleri ll cemented that victory.
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Czech team posts first Nations Cup victory

The Czech Republic has posted its first ever win in a Nations Cup jumping competition, pipping Norway for pole position in Budapest in Hungary on Friday.

Greek riders scooped all three medals in the Senior Individual category at the FEI Balkan Dressage Championships. Pictured on the podium (L-R) is Katerina Los (silver), Eleni Myrat (gold) and Angela Sklavounos (bronze). In the foreground (L-R) is Serbian Equestrian Federation president Dejan Dragojevic; FEI President Princess Haya; Novi Sad mayor Milos Vucevic, and Vanja Udovic, Minister for Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia.
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Major medal haul for Greek riders at Balkan dressage champs

Greek riders returned to their familiar position of dominance at the FEI Balkan Dressage Championships in Novi Sad in Serbia last weekend.

Charlotte Haid Bondergaard.
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Sweden moves up Nations Cup dressage rankings

A clear-cut victory in Kristiansand, Norway, on Thursday has rocketed Sweden to within two points of The Netherlands at the top of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2014 pilot series leaderboard.

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