It’s an all new Locker Room Talk episode with Alex Hua Tian! We talk through the highs and lows of the 2017 season and what’s next for 2016 EquiRatings Horse of the Year Don Geniro. Who does Alex think should take the title in 2017? You’ll have to listen to find out!
We saw standout performances from all corners of the world in the 2017 eventing season. With only 12 slots available for EquiRatings Horse of the Year, a fierce debate ensues as Sam, Diarm, Jenni and Nicole select the nominees in this hour-long, action-packed episode.
The team battle it out to get their favourites onto the list. We look at the stats. We relive the memories. In the end Diarm laments the fact that Mr Bass is not on the list — some things never change! It’s an episode not to be missed.
Congrats to Ivar Gooden for winning the Fan Nomination with a massive push on social media. Vera Porter and Lorraine Porter are the winners of the Rambo Duo rugs in our Horseware contest. Without further ado, our 12 nominees …
1. fischerRocana FST (GER)
2. Nereo (NZL)
3. Arctic Soul (GBR)
4. Horseware Hale Bob (GER)
5. Ballaghmor Class (GBR)
6. Bulana (GBR)
7. Hunter Valley II (AUS)
8. Donner (USA)
9. Cekatinka (NZL)
10. Calle 44 (JPN)
11. Ivar Gooden (GBR)
12. Foxwood High (CAN)
In-depth articles will be posted for each horse on the EquiRatings blog, with all the stats, facts and numbers you need to know. Voting starts ahead of Christmas week!
Tom takes us through the 2017 season, including the high of setting an Event Rider Masters record with Upsilon and the low of things not going to plan at Strzegom. He is more motivated than ever for 2018 and shares his exciting plans for the season.
We also surprise Tom with a quick-fire quiz and discover his love for mares. You have to listen to find out which mare he would have in his yard if he could choose any in the world!
It’s the last European CCI4* of the 2017 season! Diarm, Jenni and Nicole agree that Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW’s late entry into Pau makes them a virtual lock for the win. But there is still PLENTY to discuss, including past French winners Astier Nicolas and Maxime Livio, who will look to block Michi from finally taking a win at Pau, which has eluded him thus far in his storied career.
Diarm has been championing Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo as winners for a month now, and Nicole looks to Shane Rose and CP Qualified, who have have already won at the CCI4* level. Jenni can’t betray her love of French wine and casts her vote for the home team.
It’s been a big week in France, as Le Lion d’Angers also hosted the FEI World Breeding Championship for Young Horses, so be sure to listen for a discussion on the most exciting 6- and 7-year-olds coming out of the field this year. Diarm sends his condolences to Tom Carlile, whose incredible FOD run at Le Lion ended due to the #COD.
No 7-year-old has finished on a sub-40 score at the international two-star level during the 2017 season! Will we see a sub-40 finishing score from the 2017 World Champion? Only four 7-year-olds have finished sub-40 at Mondial du Lion in the last decade!
The team sans Diarm discusses which horses to watch in France this weekend, and of course there is a long discussion about Fair Hill, where Canada’s Selena O’Hanlon took the coveted CCI3* win. Plus, Michael Jung set a record finishing score in the CCI1* at Strzegom! Buckle up for a big episode.
It was a Battle of the Tims as Dutch favorite Tim Lips faced off with Tim Price for the win. While the Kiwi took first prize, the other Tim claimed the Dutch National Championship and the hearts of many in a class performance on home soil.
And there were many more performances to celebrate, like Liz Halliday-Sharp and the exciting 9-year-old Deniro Z leading the way for Team USA in his CCI3* debut. Chris Burton proved once again that he is the undisputed speed king as the only rider in the field to make the time aboard Cooley Lands. And, of course, Diarm can’t let the girls forget that he picked Cekatinka to win.
We have a full and very excited team this week as Sam, Diarm, Nicole and Jenni all prepare to head to Boekelo for the biggest CCI3* of the year … if Nicole doesn’t get lost while navigating the Dutch train system.
Jenni surprises everyone with a pop quiz on Boekelo history that goes completely sideways, and everyone has a different opinion on who will win. Sam sticks with the numbers in making his picks, which Diarm thinks is the easy way out. Nicole and Jenni are both cheering for Australia to take their first win in event history, though there are literal dark horses and invaders from the USA prepared to challenge. Who will prevail in the end?
You can watch Boekelo live starting with dressage on Thursday on the Boekelo website with commentary from Nicole and Diarm packed with EquiRatings stats. #MBE17
With the USA also taking a major victory at the weekend with Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border winning the Blenheim Palace CCI3*, plus a major CIC3* running in the States at Plantation Field, it’s safe to say Jenni hijacks the episode. Mighty Nice is back, ya’ll!
Diarm also talks about being on fire … literally. Nicole has a narrow miss with a vodka luge. Sam actually holds things together for once.
That makes Gemma the first rider in ERM series history to win a leg on two different horses. With a win at Chatsworth this season also under her belt, it’s all about #girlpower on this episode.
We also have a special surprise, as Gemma joins in on the episode to talk all things Gatcombe! Visit eventridermasters.tv to relive the action.
It’s the Aachen Review Show on a busy week for the team — meaning we have Diarm at the beginning of the episode and Sam at the end. Jenni and Nicole orchestrate a brilliant trap for Sam, which is all you really need to know.
In addition to the fun there are plenty of delightful stats to consider. Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW have now finished in the top six in all six of their appearances at Aachen. Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo also clinched another top five finish to help the German team to victory in the Nations Cup.
The current World, European and Olympic Champions have all won at Aachen. Will Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob continue the trend this year? The team agrees Diarm would likely combust if Ingrid and “Bobby” do win at Strzegom. Watch this space!