Off and Running in Doha

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* The big tour CSI 3* was won by Bassem Hassan Mohammed aboard Anyway II, owned by the QEF. Photo by Graham GannonFour classes launched the first day of FEI jumping competition at the CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar, on March 12th. Bob Ellis (GBR), who set the tracks for the 2012 London Olympics, is the course designer for this major show – the biggest of its kind to date in Asia.The hot, breezy afternoon began with the small tour CSI3* over a course in the enormous arena that allowed for lots of galloping lines. The big atmosphere rattled some horses and riders (all but one of the 29 entries were Qatari) during this two-phase power-and-speed competition. Twenty-year-old Saeed Nasser Al Qadi was the ultimate winner aboard St. Lucia, a 12-year-old grey Holsteiner mare he has been partnered with for a year. Al Qadi, who trains with Ian Kerr of Ireland at the nearby Qatar Equestrian Federation (QEF) riding club, described the course as a bit of an endurance test. “The course was a little bit long and it was hot, so the horses got tired at the end.”Al Qadi is no stranger to endurance, as he competed in that discipline until two years ago. “I started riding for fun, then rode twice a week and started to really like the horses,” he said. He was asked to join a young riders’ team for the QEF, but his goals are much bigger now. “Next year at this time we need to qualify for the Olympics, and that’s my goal,” stated Al Qadi. Qatar already has two riders qualified for the World Cup Final this April.A fantastic view of the outdoor arena at the CHI Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Susan Stafford-PooleyThere are no sport horse breeding progams in place in Qatar, so all show jumpers are sourced elsewhere.  “We don’t breed horses, because the weather is so hot and we don’t have green fields, so we just buy horses from outside,” said Al Qadi. ” If anyone wants to breed horses, they do it in Germany or England.”The big tour CSI 3* which followed was won by Bassem Hassan Mohammed aboard Anyway II, owned by the QEF. Bassem, who qualified for the 2013 FEI World Cup Final with Rosalia La Silla, finishing 31st, and  is trained by Jan Tops.The small tour CSI5* class brought out some more familiar international names including François Mathy Jr., Nicola Philippaerts, Michael Whitaker, Edwina Tops-Alexander and Steve Guerdat, but it was Michel Hecart of France who best navigated the power-and-speed format class to win aboard Nokia de Brekka.“He’s a very brave horse and respectful of the obstacles. His only weakness is he is limited in how high he can jump,” said Hecart of the horse he has been campaigning for six years. “I compete in the Middle East because I like to be outdoors, and right now everything in Europe is indoors.” Although this was his first time in Qatar, he said, “The horses have been in the emirates before, so they are used to the heat.” While the stables are comfortably air conditioned, Hecart explained it is “not too strong – not a big shock when they come outside. It is also a benefit for recovery.”Michael Whitaker and Amai won the the big tour CSI5*. Photo by Graham GannonThe feature class of the night, the big tour CSI5*, was a last-to-go win for Michael Whitaker (GBR) and Amai. The 14-year-old BWP gelding has a good track record, winning at Aachen and a couple of World Cup qualifiers in the past. An injury in 2012 saw him sidelined for a time. When asked if having to wait for the entire field to go before him was stressful, Whitaker, 54, joked in typical form, “Not really, at my age. It’s just nice to sit down for a bit.”Qatar is rapidly coming into its own as a competitive show jumping nation. “We have three different teams: the Federation team, the army team and the police team,” explained Al Qadi. They all compete together, and although Al Qadi says many are mostly new to the sport, especially the army team which only started seven or eight years ago, they recently made a couple of monumental purchases of horseflesh. “They bought one of the best horses in the world,” said  Al Qadi, referring to Palloubet d’Halong, a son of Baloubet who had previously been purchased by Jan Tops for a record 11,000,000 euros for his wife, Edwina Tops-Alexander, to ride. The gelding and his new rider, Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi, competed in the small tour CSI5* at this CHI, working out some bugs and placing eighth. In another coup, the mare Bella Donna was recently purchased from Marcus Beerbaum by the Qatari Armed Forces.Note: Classes are broadcast live online – go to to view. Tags: Al Shaqab, Doha, Qatar, Horse Sport Enews 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. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Perform For ‘Jam In The Van’ [Watch]

first_imgRobert Randolph & The Family Band recently performed for traveling live music video series Jam In The Van during the 2019 Americanafest in Nashville.Robert Randolph and his soulful band performed three songs for their Jam In The Van session: “Don’t Fight It,” “Cut Em Loose,” and “Never Stop Never Change.” Watch all three performances below:Robert Randolph & The Family Band – “Never Stop Never Change”Robert Randolph & The Family Band – “Cut Em Loose”Robert Randolf & The Family Band – “Don’t Fight It”[Videos:  Jam In The Van]Jam In The Van is a solar-powered mobile recording studio and Youtube Channel, providing a unique way for the world to discover new music. Originally started as a means of transportation to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, it has turned into a full-blown business venture for Jake Cotler, Dave Bell, and Louis Peek. Since then, Jam in the Van has filmed over 1,000 bands in many different locations across the United States.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Eric Krasno, Robert Randolph, More On Night Four Of Beacon Residency [Photos/Videos/Audio]Robert Randolph and company are coming to the end of their 20-date fall tour in support of their latest album, Brighter Days. The run of shows through the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. wraps up on October 27th. Head to the band’s website for more info.last_img read more

Remembering Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell On The Anniversary Of His Horrifying Death

first_imgBack on December 8th 2004, the music world was rocked with the news of a mass shooting at the Alrosa Villa music venue in Columbus, OH, during a Damageplan concert. Darrell Lance Abbott (aka Dimebag Darrell), founding guitarist of groove metal band Pantera, was shot to death within minutes of taking the stage by former Marine Nathan Gale. Before Gale was taken out by police responding to the situation, he was able to fire off round after round, killing head of security Jeff “Mayhem” Thomspon as he tried to stop the shooter as well as two other people in attendance. Seven more people were injured in the shooting.Dimebag Darrell founded Pantera back in 1981 with brother and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (better known as Vinnie Paul). The band didn’t start out as “Pantera,” however, initially going by Gemini, and later by Eternity, before the members settled on Pantera (he also went by Diamond Darrell at the time). The group started out as a glam rock act, as Dimebag was a huge fan of Ace Frehley from KISS, even going so far as to tattoo the guitarist’s likeness on his chest. It wasn’t until the addition of singer Phil Anselmo in 1986 that Pantera began to form what would be their signature groove metal sound, led by Abbott’s now recognizable tone, which came to fruition with the recording and release of Cowboys From Hell (1990). That album took Pantera to an entirely different level.“Psycho Holiday” (from 1990’s Cowboys from Hell):With the success of Cowboys, followed by the release of 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power and major hit that was 1994’s Far Beyond Driven, Dimebag became a rising star amongst guitarists in the rock and heavy metal worlds. He went on to record and perform with countless bands such as King Diamond and Anthrax, the latter of which considered him their “sixth member.” He garnered respect and friendships from other stars such as Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and Eddie Van Halen—whose original Charvel “Bumblebee” guitar is buried with Abbott.A serious Anselmo heroin overdose in 1996—requiring a shot of adrenaline to get his heart beating again—and the overall toll of his lengthy battle with drugs set the wheels in motion for Pantera’s eventual demise. The group would release 2000’s Reinventing the Steel, its final album, and tour on and off through 2001. Their last performance would be at Japan’s Beast Festival on August 28th, 2001. For the next two years, Anselmo played in several side projects (Down and Superjoint Ritual), but with both Abbott brothers feeling that the singer abandoned the group, they made the decision to break up Pantera for good in 2003.“This Love” (from 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power)It was a bad break-up, to say the least, with plenty of choice words thrown around, both in public and in private. With Dimebag and Vinnie Paul’s decision to move forward and tour as Damageplan, the future of a potential Pantera reunion was put in question. That question was never given the answer it deserved, as the nightmare that was Alrosa Villa occurred in 2004. Dimebag was buried in the KISS Kasket that he requested in his will, staying true to his roots until the very end.RIP Dimebag Darrell (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004)“Fractured Mirror” (Ace Frehley cover)[Originally published 12/8/17]last_img read more

Results day success for Robins Foundation students

first_imgRobins Foundation staff and students alike will today be celebrating after receiving an excellent set of end of year results.Results across the board were high, with 71% of those graduating in year 13 exceeding their target grades. In addition to this, 60% of students gained Distinctions (A* to A grade equivalent).Students in the year below also received promising results which will stand them in good stead as they are welcomed back over the coming weeks.Head of Education at the Robins Foundation, Chris Stenner, said: “I am very proud of each and every one of our students for the work they have put in. During these testing times, they have persevered and shown a huge level of determination and resilience. It is great to see the year 13 students leave with a very high set of results which will now set them up for their next Journey.“I truly believe that the nature of the courses, the support of the staff and the inspirational learning environment provides students with the opportunity and belief that they can achieve. “Students who are graduating from our courses will now take their next steps in various settings. Some are off to universities around the country such as Birmingham, Bath, Liverpool and Plymouth. While others are staying local and entering apprenticeships in a variety industries ranging from: Sport, to Business Administration to carpentry.“We would like to wish all of our graduating students the very best of luck in the future, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our new year 13 and 12 cohorts in September.”“I am very proud of each and every one of our students for the work they have put in. During these testing times, they have persevered and shown a huge level of determination and resilience.”Bristol City Robins Foundation Head of Education, Chris StennerIf you would like to find out more about the education courses on offer at the Robins Foundation, please click here.last_img read more

Volk fires second 66 to claim Salt Lake City Open

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Dustin Volk won the biggest tournament of his life when he captured the Salt Lake City Open Sunday at Wingpointe Golf Course.Volk fired a 6-under par 66 to go with 66 a day earlier at Bonneville to finish at 132, one shot ahead of first-day leader Chris Moody.The 36-year-old Volk has been an assistant pro at Davis Park Golf Course for 10 years and has won various tournaments, including the professional match play tournament twice. But Sunday’s win topped them all.”This is my best,” said Volk. “This would be the biggest because of the quality of the field.”Moody had started the day with a one-stroke lead over Volk after shooting a 65 at Bonneville on Saturday.But Volk got off to a quick start, making birdies on four of the first five holes. By the time they made the turn, Volk was two strokes up on Moody.At 12, Volk got in trouble off the tee, but his second shot bounced off the flagstick and ended up 18 inches away. Then he birdied the par-5 15th to go two up on Moody, only to lose a shot when Moody birdied 16.Then at 17, the tournament nearly turned when Volk sent his long birdie putt five feet past, while Moody had a 12-foot birdie try. However Moody missed his putt and Volk sank his testy par putt to stay one ahead.At 18 Volk hit his wedge shot within 10 feet and only had to two-putt when Moody’s 30-footer slid past. Afterward Volk accepted the $3,000 first-place check and trophy from tournament sponsor Burton Lumber.For Moody, an assistant at Riverside Country Club, it was a “frustrating” day as he finished second in the tournament for the second time, five years after losing in a playoff.”I hit some good shots, but it wasn’t my day,” he said. “Some putts just didn’t fall.”Defending champion Boyd Summerhays tied for third at 137 with Zach Johnson, Luke Swilor and amateur Dan Horner.Horner, the 2008 State Amateur champion, won the low amateur trophy after shooting a 65 and finished one shot better than Kirk Siddens, who added a 71 to his opening-round 67.Casey Fowles tied Siddens at 138 and four golfers, Jimmy Blair, Pete Stone, Adrian Wadey and amateur Cameron Crawford tied at 139. Blair won senior honors by two over Nevada golfer Tom Storey.Larry Shenk won the first flight gross at 147, while Ben Peterson won the net at 122.Salt Lake City Open resultsWingpointe Golf Course132 — Dustin Volk (66-66)133 — Chris Moody (65-68)137 — Zach Johnson (69-68), Boyd Summerhays (68-69), Luke Swilor (67-70), a-Dan Horner (72-65)138 — Casey Fowles (70-68), a-Kirk Siddens (67-71)139 — Jimmy Blair (69-70), Pete Stone (70-69), Adrian Wadey (70-69), a-Cameron Crawford (72-67)140 — Dave DeSantis (71-69), Ryan Rhees (73-67), Chris Gresh (69-71), Troy Watkins (68-72), a-Jeff Jolley (72-68), a-Josh White (70-70)141 — Tom Storey (70-71), Matt Baird (68-73), a-Tommy Sharp (72-69), a-Keaton Woodland (68-73)142 — a- Mike Branca (72-70), a-Scott Clark (72-70), a-Joe Parkinson (75-67)e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfield

first_imgSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDC United striker Wayne Rooney took in Manchester United’s win over Huddersfield Town.The forward, who played for United between 2004 and 2017, was pictured at Old Trafford before fans were allowed in, and captioned his post with a love heart.Rooney, who attended the game with the family of his wife Colleen, was a pundit for BT Sport for new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge at Cardiff.Wayne Rooney for Manchester United: Games – 559 Goals – 253United steward be like…“Better safe than sorry.” #mufc [433]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 26, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

RCMP raising money with Fill the Boot

first_imgOwen added that 80 percent of the money raised would go towards fighting childhood cancer while the other 20 percent going to Camp Goodtimes.“Well I think everyone has their own reasons for doing it, but for me its something I can do,” said Owen. “Any little bit helps and its all going to a good cause.”Owen went on to say that the support of the community has been fantastic into helping them with their cause.“It’s fantastic, the support is unreal in Fort St. John. We appreciate everybody, every little bit helps and we’re getting fantastic donations.”In addition to Fill the Boot, the RCMP will also be holding a Jail and Bail on September 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Members of the community who have been nominated by their friends, family, and co-workers will be “arrested” and brought to a mock jail where a short mock trial will take place. Bail will be set and the arrested person will then be given time to raise the requested amount from the mock bail hearing. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the RCMP were at Safeway Friday hosting their “Fill the Boot” which was raising money for pediatric cancer research.As of 4:30 p.m. the boot was halfway full. Watch Commander Spencer Owen and Constable Rebecca Bojczuk estimated that over $400 had been raised so far.Owen explained that Fill the Boot is a fundraiser part of the Cops for Cancer – Tour de North which is an 800-kilometre bike ride from Prince George to Prince Rupert that also raises money for cancer research. The Tour de North takes place from September 14th-20th.last_img read more

World C’ship gold not far away: Praneeth

first_imgEngelberg (Switzerland): Indian badminton star Sai Praneeth, who enjoyed his best career ranking (15th) in 2017, has praised the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for supporting players and doing a lot of positive things to promote the game at the grassroots level. “Indian badminton association is on the right path, it is doing good things to promote the game at the grassroots and is continuously supporting the players and taking care of all their needs. “As a badminton loving nation, we are heading towards becoming a real powerhouse and the efforts should be continued because there are a lot of young players coming forth with immense talent and they should be rightly protected. The day is not far when we would win Gold in World championships,” the 2010 BWF World Junior Championships bronze medallist said. Praneeth believes that nowadays youngsters are posing a real challenge to the senior players and due to their strong presence it’s really difficult for the seniors to win even the nationals. Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap, along with several other Indian players, are here to participate in the Swiss open 2019. They also visited Mount Titlis to promote the upcoming BWF World Championships to be held in Switzerland in June for the second time after a gap of 20 years. They played an exhibition match at 10,000 feet. The match was organised by the Swiss badminton association and the Mount Titlis Cable Car Company based in Engelberg. After the match, they took part in the press briefing of the Swiss badminton association to talk about the preparations for the World Championships. Praneeth said nowadays young Indian players are posing challenges to the seniors and it’s really difficult to beat them because they are well prepared and focused and their fitness level is at par with some of the international players. “I think the national championships are really difficult to win these days because there are so many players including some juniors who are really doing well. Overall badminton in India has grown up and it’s good that the youngsters are coming and posing challenges to the seniors. It’s a good thing for Indian badminton,” the Andhra Pradesh player said. Asked about the match at Mount Titlis, Praneeth remarked: “It’s entirely an amazing experience. I never thought of playing a match at such a height. And Mount Titlis is amazing, completely out of world thing for me. I really enjoyed being here and I really want to thank the Swiss badminton association for bringing us at such a wonderful place. “I really wish the upcoming World Championship a grand success and wish to win a medal there in Basel.” Talking about his personal game Praneeth said that he is working hard to overcome his shortcomings and increase his fitness level. “This season has just begun and I played in All England Open. I lost there and I am not happy with my performance over there. I am working on my shortcomings which reflected during the tournament. “I am especially taking care of my fitness because last year, I really struggled with my body. This year is very important for us and that’s why I have certain plans to improve my game and I am working hard towards them,” he said.last_img read more

‘Watch out for role of regional parties’

first_imgKandi/Jangipur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched an all-out attack against the BJP at Kandi and Jangipur rallies on Wednesday. Stating that the regional parties would play a vital role to form the government at the Centre, the Chief Minister added: “The BJP will be voted out of power and the Congress will not be able to form the government singly. The BJP will not get more than 100 seats.”Addressing two rallies at Kandi and Jangipur, she maintained: “The BJP will get zero seats in Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Moreover, if they get fewer seats in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as well, how will they become the hero in the 2019 election,” she said. Jangipur will vote on April 23 while Berhampur will go to polls on April 29. In 2014, Congress candidates had won both the Berhampur and Jangipur seats. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee alleged that RSS and BJP are backing the Congress candidates in these seats and maintained: “The RSS is trying to buy votes. If you see them distributing money, take their photographs and send us. The RSS has no work and they are here to create division among people.” The Chief Minister further said people had lost respect for political leaders and had developed fear in the mind about them. “People are scared of the BJP leaders. The moment you go against them, agencies such as CBI, ED and DRI will harass you. People have never seen a political party with so much vengeance ever. See their body language, it is scary,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTalking about DMK leader K Kanimozhi, whose residence was recently searched by the Income Tax officials, she said: “They sent the Income Tax department officials to the house of (DMK chief) M K Stalin’s sister Kanimozhi to conduct raids. He is harassing (Telugu Desam Party chief) Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and (Janata Dal-Secular leader) H D Kumaraswamy in Karnataka. “Even Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawatiji or Akhilesh (Yadav) have not been spared. Lalu Prasad has been put to jail. He is harassing everyone. People of Bengal are still living in peace because we are here,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

KKR-Kings XI Punjab face each other in must-win match

first_imgMohali: Staring at elimination, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns in a battle of survival in Friday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here. The two teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and need to win on Friday to keep alive their remote Play-off chances. Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBoth KKR and Kings XI had a decent outing in the first half of the tournament before losing the plot in the all-important second phase. After registering four wins and one loss in the first five games, KKR suffered six defeats in a row that derailed their campaign. Although KKR return to winning ways against Mumbai Indians in their last game, the Dinesh Karthik-led side need to register victories in their final two games to have an outside chance of qualifying for the Play-offs. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe KKR top-order — Shubman Gill (75), Chris Lynn (54) and Andre Russell (80 not out) fired in unison in their last match against Mumbai Indians to lift the side to a mammoth 232 for two, a total which the bowling unit defended to register a much-needed 34-run win. Russell has been in ominous form for KKR this season and is the third highest scorer so far with 486 runs from 12 games at a staggering strike rate of 207.69. And on Friday, KKR would look for yet another superb show from the top-order to negate the team’s frailties. But if batting is their strength, KKR’s weak link is the bowling department. Veteran campaigners like Sunil Narine (2/4) and Piyush Chawla (1/57) leaked runs against MI in their last match and if not for the cushion of 230 plus score, KKR could have lost the match. Russell though was brilliant with the ball too, registering figures of impressive figures of 2 for 25. Just like KKR, Kings XI too had an erratic campaign so far and are on a three-match losing streak, going into Friday’s game. Their situation is worse than KKR as they have a negative net run rate, which eventually can come into the picture.last_img read more