The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ final is taking place in Omaha at the moment. We are happy to notice that more than half of the finalists competed in Helsinki last October. We wish Romain Duguet, the Helsinki leg winner, and all his fellow competitors the best of luck!
More information on the final here.
Romain Duguet © Satu Pirinen
The new program for 2017 has now been released and ticket sales starts on 14th February. Read more of our exciting 5 day program here.
Picture © Satu Pirinen
Sponsor Insight Oy has made a large visitors survey on Helsinki Horse Show. Once again over 1 000 visitors replied to the survey and gave valuable information on how to develop the event.
82 % of the event's spectators are women and they left over 10 million euros in the Helsinki area. 24 % of the spectators have visited Horse Show for over 10 times, but 18 % were first-timers.
87 % take an interest in horses and 40 % own a horse. Most visitors come to the event with family and friends.
Thrilling moments with Niels Bruynseels & Gancia de Muze in Grand Prix of Helsinki
We are happy to read, that the spectators find Helsinki Horse Show entertaining and enjoy the top sport. Media, sponsors and more than 90 % of our spectators praise the atmosphere of Horse Show and will come again next year.
The Finnish national TV sent over 7 hours of program from the Horse Show and reached 3,8 million viewers. The event's Facebook page reached over 2,1 million people during the event week.
The Olympic Course Designer, Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, is contracted to do 5*Helsinki CSI-W in 2017!
The popular Brazilian, praised by the international riders, confirmed his availabality at the 2017 Helsinki event, which is one of the main events during the 100 Anniversiry year of Finland.
The riders - and horses - love Gui Jorge´s courses. They are fluent, fair, challenging and give super sport results. The best horse and rider combination of the day wins!
Jorge reflects over his Helsinki job: "I like to work in Helsinki. The atmosphere, the crowd is very good and the Arena is a very nice venue"
"Your investement in new fence material makes a huge difference, and was well noticed and appreciated by the international riders", say Jorge.
For the Helsinki event Jorge´s commitment is a great and logical result of several development steps taken over the last years.
Guilherme Jorge and Johanna Mikkola. © Satu Pirinen
"We like to work with the best experts in the world" states Event Director Tom Gordin. "Gui Jorge is a great CD, not only used in Rio Olympics but actually started his career in Finland back in the 90´s. We are extremely excited to go on co-operating with him next year. He is pushing us constantly to develop, in big things but also in smaller details", says Gordin.
The count-down for Helsinki 2017 has begun!
The 32nd edition of the Helsinki Horse Show is over. The annual top event, biggest of all sports in Finland, produced once again super top sport and great entertainment.
The second leg of the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping was as thrilling as ever. Olympic Course Designer from Rio, Guilherme Jorge, made a welcomed comeback in Helsinki and let nobody disappointed. As Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum stated, "Gui Jorge is one of the best Course Designers in the world, I just love his courses".
Jorge´s challenging course on Sunday produced however well over 10 clear rounds. "This just proves how amazing the standard of top riders and horses is nowadays", says Jorge.
The big crowd of more than 7.000 spectators were delighted to have a popular winner. Swiss rider Romain Douguet repeated his victory from last year, reaching now his second win in the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping series.
Close to 46.000 spectators enjoyed the 4-day show where ultimate top sport meets light entertainment in a wonderful and exciting mix. The 5* Helsinki event gallops straight towards October 2017, being one of the main events of the Finland 100 years celebrations.
Romain Duguet & Quorida de Treho. © Satu Pirinen
Romain Duguet and Quorida de Treho. Photos Satu Pirinen.
Horse Show weekend ended on Sunday with perhaps the most expected competition when it was time for season’s second World Cup qualifier. French Romain Duguet with Quorida de Treho was again the strongest in Helsinki and took the win in the Longines World Cup 160 cm Presented by Porsche. His first round was great and he also managed to do a fantastic jump-off round in time 30,96.
- It is always a nice feeling to win a five star Grand Prix and a world cup competition so I’m really happy with my performance today. Quorida is a fast horse and today it was unbelievable, says Duguet.
- I think I was really fast in the obstables two and three, and I think that was what make the difference, adds Duguet.
Mathieu Billot on Shiva d'Amaury from France also did great two rounds and placed second in the results with time 32,70.
-I’m happy with my performance this evening and my horse was great. I tried to beat Romain but I couldn’t, says Billot.
Mathieu Billot and Shiva d´Amaury.
Not too far behind followed Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Comanche who was third in the competition.
- Comanche has done very few fast jump-offs because he is extremely careful horse but today I thought I wanted to plead the crowd here in Helsinki and go fast. Romain did a fantastic round and I knew that his time was not beatable but I thought I would really try my best, says Michaels-Beerbaum.
- I was really happy that I
was so closed to the second place and I was also very pleased with my horse
today, says Michaels-Beerbaum.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Comanche.
The feeling during the Helsinki International Porsche Horse Show weekend was again really great and there were close to 46 000 visitors altogether during the four days and 7000 today watching the competitions.
- We had a big crowd this year, I think everybody could feel it, says the event director Tom Gordin and thanked all the visitors for coming. Over 7000 attended the World Cup class, and over 45 500 the whole event.
Results Sunday 23.10.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping presented by Porsche, 140 - 160 cm,
International jumping competition with jump-off. Starts 36, Placings 12.
1) Romain Duguet/Quorida de Treho, SUI 0-0/30,96,2) Mathieu Billot/Shiva d'Amaury, FRA 0-0/32,70, 3) Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum/Comanche, GER 0-0/32,78, 4) Pieter Devos/Dream of India Greenfield, BEL 0-0/33,92 5) Steve Guerdat/Bianca, SUI 0-0/33,67, 6) Marco Kutscher/SIEC Carsten, GER 0-0/34,00 7) Niels Bruynseels/Cas de Liberte, BEL 0-4/31,87, 8) Shane Breen/Market Irminka, IRL 0-4/32,26, 9) Maikel van der Vleuten/VDL Groep Arera C, NED 0-4/32,26, 10) Kevin Staut/Aran, FRA 0-4/32,76, 11) Yuri Mansur/Babylotte, BRA 0-4/33,13, 12) Olivier Robert/Quenelle du Py, FRA 0-4/33,71,…24) Maiju Mallat/Vatson Sitte, FIN 5/80,34,…32) Hanna Tardiveau/Prinz Clintus, FIN 21/80,92, 33) Marina Ehrnrooth/Evli Luikka, FIN 24/77,24, 34) Niclas Aromaa/Chairman 20, FIN Ret
Sunday afternoon was
time for the Dressage Knock-Out Presented by Westerback which ended the
Dressage program in this year’s Helsinki International Porsche Horse Show. Henri Ruoste continued his great
performances and won the competition by beating Anna Von Wendt on Denzel. Both riders were really happy with
- It was fun to come here to compete, and I was happy that I could ride in three classes instead of two. Knock-Out was really fun to ride and it is a nice class for both riders and horses and judges. My horse is becoming better and stronger, and I think our best performances are yet to come, Ruoste said smiling.
Henri Ruoste and Roble. Photo Satu Pirinen.
- My feelings are really great after our performance today, Denzel wasn’t that good on Thursday but already a bit better yesterday and today it did great, says Von Wendt.
Anna Von Wendt and Denzel. Photo Satu Pirinen.
The third place went to Per Duvefelt on Edvin and fourth was Stella Hagelstam with New Hill Julitrea.
Results Sunday 23.10
Dressage Knock-Out Presented by Westerback. Lähtöjä 8, sijoittui 8
1) Henri Ruoste/Roble, FIN 10 %, 2) Anna Von Wendt/Denzel, FIN 8 %, 3) Per Duvefelt/Edvin, SWE 6 %, 4) Stella Hagelstam/New Hill Julitrea, FIN 4 %, 5) Sophie Fleming Tärnström/Schumi, SWE 1 %, 5) Dina Ellerman/Landy's Akvarel, EST 1 %, 5) Emilie Brolin/Briman, SWE 1 %, 5) Maria Pyykönen/Zelle, FIN 1 %
jumping program ended with International
Six-Bar presented by Radio Nova. The competition was really tight and
the height of the fences rose no less than 185 cm in the last jump-off. The win
was shared between Swedish Peder Fredricson on Uncle Blue and Austrian Max Kühner on Ascalan. Alvarez Aznar with Bjorn H also did a
great performance and placed third.
Six-Bar winners. Photo Satu Pirinen.
Six-Bar winners. Photo Satu Pirinen.
Results Saturday 22.10
International six bar competition, presented by Radio Nova, Starts 7, placings 7.
1) Peder Fredricson/Uncle Blue, SWE 0/round 3, 1) Max Kühner/Ascalan, AUT 0/round 3, 3) Eduardo Alvarez Aznar/Bjorn H, ESP 4/round 3, 4) Julien Anquetin/Gigant 'B', FRA 4/round 1, 4) Marco Kutscher/Caramsin, GER 4/round 1, 4) Linnea Ericsson-Carey/Pacome Des Plains, DEN 4/round 1, 4) Mathieu Billot/Saphir Des Chayottes, FRA 4/round 1
Swiss Martin Fuchs with his horse Chaplin
took their second win in Helsinki this weekend in the International Final 145
cm Presented by Yliopistollinen Eläinsairaala. They managed to make the fastest
clear round and won the competition with time 51.96.
- I watched what Maikel (van der Vleuten) did and saw the routes he took. The course was really fast and I knew I had to take a lot of risks in order to win. Today it worked out well, and I’m really happy with the result, says Fuchs.
Martin Fuchs and Chaplin. Photo Satu Pirinen
Yesterday evening’s Gran Prix winner Niels Bruynseels with Angel van T Hof also continued great performances and followed not too far behind Fuchs placing second with time 52.53. The third place went to Italian Gianni Govoni on Winn Winn.
Results Sunday 23.10
International Final 145 cm Presented by Yliopistollinen Eläinsairaala, against the clock. Starts 25, placings 12.
1) Martin Fuchs/Chaplin, sui 0/51.96, 2) Niels Bruynseels/Angel van T Hof, bel 0/52.53, 3) Gianni Govoni/Winn Winn, ita 0/53.11, 4) Maikel van der Vleuten/VDL Groep Quatro, ned 0/53.56, 5) Holger Wulschner/BSC Cavity, ger 0/56.57, 6) Max Kühner/Cielito Lindo 2, aut 0/60.42, 7) Scott Brash/Hello M'Lord, gbr 1/70.73, 8) Marcel Marschall/Fenia van Klapscheut, ger 4/51.01, 9) Shane Breen/Ispwich van de Wolfsakker, irl 4/51.63, 10) Julien Epaillard/Sheriff de la Nutria LM, fra 4/54.55, 11) Romain Duguet/Twentytwo des Biches, sui 4/55.04, 12) Bertram Allen/Izzy By Picobello, irl 4/65.08