ExxonMobil proposes to undertake fracking pilot project in Colombia

first_img ExxonMobil files application for a fracking pilot project in Colombia. (Credit: jwigley from Pixabay) ExxonMobil has filed an application in Colombia to seek approval to undertake a fracking pilot project in the South American country’s Valle Medio del Magdalena basin.The US oil and gas firm has submitted its proposal to the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) for the Platero investigative project, reported Reuters.Should it get the approval, then ExxonMobil will be the second company after Ecopetrol to begin a pilot project for hydraulic fracturing in Colombia.ANH president Armando Zamora was quoted by the publication, as saying: “Colombia continues progressing in making the possibilities of extracting gas and oil from non-conventional fields viable with this proposal from ExxonMobil, which has extensive experience in this type of project.”The Colombian hydrocarbons regulator is said to have time until 29 March to review ExxonMobil’s plan.Last November, Ecopetrol won a fracking pilot contract in what was Colombia’s maiden auction of non-conventional drilling rights.As per a resolution published by ANH, the Colombian state-owned oil company pledged to spend at least $76m for carrying out exploration in the Kalé area in the Valle Medio del Magdalena basin.In October 2020, it was reported that Ecopetrol is looking to start its fracking pilot projects in the Andean country by the end of 2021.Currently, Ecopetrol’s pilot project in the Kalé area is moving forward with the company holding territorial dialogues and processing of the environmental licence in progress, reported EL HERALDO.Although the Colombian government has been promoting fracking in the country to help recover the economy, there have been significant protests against the same. If approved, ExxonMobil will be the second company after Ecopetrol to take up such a project in the Andean countrylast_img read more

Crowded house! UK has over 600 proptech firms, new information service claims

first_imgProptech gurus James Dearsley and Eddie Holmes have launched their much-anticipated global hub, Unissu.com backed by £150,000 from several investors including a leading property finance firm.The pair, who are both consultants and leading lights of the UK Proptech Association, have compiled a directory of the world’s 6,000 proptech firms and say they want it to help property professionals make better tech investment decisions.Unissu lists 600 UK-based firms including hybrid and online agents such as HouseSimple, Ewemove, easyProperty, Purplebricks and OpenRent but also more purely tech outfits such as Yomdel, Homeflow, Eyespy360, Jupix and Dezrez.The fast-moving nature of proptech is also highlighted by the directory; it still includes now defunct players Tepilo and Hatched.One-stop shopUnissu is a free one-stop shop for anyone supplying or buying proptech services and includes a searchable database, a forum, articles and videos by proptech influencers plus a jobs board. Paying members can use the platform to analyse which proptech is best for their property business.“We have spent six months cataloguing and analysing PropTech products from around the world,” says Eddie Holmes (left).“Throughout this journey, we have focused on making it easy for property professionals to search, understand and select the products that are most appropriate for them and their businesses.”Darryll Colthurst, who has backed Unissu and is a director of bricks-and-mortar investment firm Palmer Capital, says: “As a technologist at a property investment firm which is really embracing technology, I am delighted that Unissu’s features give me greater transparency and insight when it comes to understanding the market and making purchasing decisions on PropTech services.”James Dearsley Eddie Holmes unissu January 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Crowded house! UK has over 600 proptech firms, new information service claims previous nextProptechCrowded house! UK has over 600 proptech firms, new information service claimsListings on Unissu reveal how the tech sector has expanded in recent years despite the demise of some companies such as eMoov and Hatched.Nigel Lewis7th January 201901,566 Viewslast_img read more

Estate agency branches are ‘pointless’ says rising industry star

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agency branches are ‘pointless’ says rising industry star previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency branches are ‘pointless’ says rising industry starCarmel Gray makes comments during the launch of her business as a ‘power broker’ for buy-to-let lettings platform Houzen.Nigel Lewis10th July 201902,307 Views A rising star letting agent in Essex has reinforced a growing trend in the industry after telling local media that a “physical office is just pointless”.Carmel Gray (pictured, above) has said that: “I can log into my system anywhere in the world and manage the business just as effectively as I can from home.“Not having an office also cuts costs, meaning that my clients can benefit from lower fees while still receiving an exceptional service.“I personally prefer working from home, although you must be disciplined in order to do so successfully.”Gray has 16 years’ experience working in the estate agency industry and has been employed by several corporates including stints at Barnard Marcus, Sequence and Mann Countrywide.Estate agencyIn 2013 she left and founded her own estate agency, CC Gray Estates, with a friend with £5,000, a laptop and a camera but has been working solo as a freelance agent from her own ‘hub’ since 2017, working from home.Gray’s comments about the need for branches were made as she was revealed yesterday as a ‘power broker’ for London-based buy-to-let platform Houzen.The company specialises in finding tenants for buy-to-let developments and uses a network of self-employed specialists such as Gray.“Carmel is delivering just the kind of tenants that the Build to Rent sector needs – those who are seeking amenities and convenience and are prepared to pay to get what they want,” says former banker and Houzen founder Saurabh Saxena.Read more about branches and estate agents.houzen carmel gray Essex July 10, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Estate agents more likely to ‘turn the lights off’ than leave Rightmove

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Estate agents more likely to ‘turn the lights off’ than leave Rightmove previous nextMarketingEstate agents more likely to ‘turn the lights off’ than leave RightmoveLeading City fund manager claims portal’s dominance means it has a bright future even if the sales market takes a turn for the worse after Brexit.Nigel Lewis2nd September 20191 Comment1,479 Views A leading City fund manager has claimed that Rightmove remains a solid investment opportunity because estate agents are ‘more likely to turn the lights off before giving up their Rightmove subscription’.James Thomson (pictured,above) who has run the Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund for 14 years, made his comments to a national newspaper over the weekend.He also claimed that Rightmove’s dominance means that if the property market becomes tougher after Brexit, agents will need more not less help finding buyers and will ‘upgrade their packages’.“Estate agents will need to pedal harder to sell homes. Rightmove is a mission critical tool for them,” he told The Mail on Sunday, describing the portal as one of the stocks he believes ‘makes the grade’ as a stockmarket winner whatever the economic conditions.CheerleaderThomson has been one of the City’s leading cheerleaders for Rightmove, which Rathbone invested heavily in during 2009.Rightmove went public in 2006 at 34p a share and its stock is currently trading at approximately £5.35p a share or an increase of 1,458%.The comments by Thomson will grate for the growing number of agents who have been complaining more vocally this year following the most recent fees hike.As we reported in May, it was claimed at the time that a ‘minor rebellion’ was underway after Rightmove introduced fees increases of up to 20% for some agents.But only five agents broke over as Rightmove leavers including Albion Sales & Lettings in Northampton; Camerons in Bournemouth; Clintons Management Ltd in Ilford, Essex; Glastonbury lettings firm Jungle Property and Skipton estate agency James Pye & Sons.Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund Rightmove September 2, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentDarren Lowery, Lowery’s Property Sales & Lettings Lowery’s Property Sales & Lettings 2nd September 2019 at 10:22 amRightmove continue to show no respect for the Independents and, having just had a lengthy conversation with one of Rightmove’s Sales Managers (who phoned me asking me to come back to Rightmove), it would appear that they promise no more for their money and yet continue to increase fees to satisfy their ‘fat-cat’ investors. I bet over 90% of those investors have never actually been an Estate or Letting agent and have no clue what we do every day!! I for one will not be rejoining Rightmove and continue to support the ‘revolution’ and encourage others to pull the plug too.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

10% of agents have already left Rightmove, says poll of campaigning firms

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » 10% of agents have already left Rightmove, says poll of campaigning firms previous nextCOVID-19 news10% of agents have already left Rightmove, says poll of campaigning firmsThe Say No To Rightmove campaign, which is leading a group including three other organisations, says a further 7% are waiting for their contracts to end.Nigel Lewis29th April 20201 Comment2,371 Views A survey of members within the four ‘agents unite’ groups lead by Rob Sargent’s Say No To Rightmove Campaign has revealed that 10% have already left the portal.Also, a further two thirds will leave if there is no extension of the 75% fees reduction Coronavirus deal, 7% are waiting for their contract with the portal to expire and just 2% are happy with its service.If this trend is being replicated across the industry outside of the four groups, which are almost exclusively representative of single and multi-branch independent agents, then Rightmove will have seen some 1,000 to 1,200 estate agents quit its platform in recent months and that a further 850 will join them soon as contracts expire.The number of agents listing on the portal has already been dropping. Its latest annual report revealed that customer numbers were down 3% to 19,809 and that a steeper drop in agents had been offset by an increase in developers listing on its platform.The results of the survey have been published within a briefing document for investors prepared by City consultancy Jefferies, written by Giles Thorne and Sebastian Patulea.The pair claim that the campaign is picking up between 60 and 70 estate agents a day which means, by the end of the 75% deal offered by Rightmove due to end in July, it will have 5,000 branches signed up.Jefferies reports that the campaign is picking up support because there is a ‘groundswell of resentment, built up over a decade, towards paying ever-higher amounts’ among agents.Read yesterday’s interview with Rob Sargent.Say No To Rightmove Rob Sargent Rightmove April 29, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th April 2020 at 8:42 amIf thats not getting the message across I dont know what is!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

BREAKING: Mortgage holiday scheme to be extended for another four months

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury have announced that home owners are to be offered an further four months of mortgage holiday to help them through the Coronavirus crisis, if they are still struggling financially.The original scheme was due to run out at the end of June but is now to finish at the end of October, although the FCA says home owners should return to paying their mortgages where possible. The FCA is to consult with lenders until 26th May on the proposals and then introduce the extended scheme.As Coronavirus has ravaged the economy, the mortgage holiday scheme has proved popular and some 1.8 million homeowners – up from 1.6 million last month – have taken it up, but the FCA is worried that these borrowers will then face a ‘cliff edge’ once the relief ends.But it is not clear yet whether an extended scheme would include landlords or those on the Help to Buy scheme.Both groups currently have the opportunity to take up a similar three-month mortgage holiday, although in landlords’ case only if their tenants are suffering financial hardship and can’t pay their rent.RecessionAll the mortgage holiday schemes were due to finish at the end of June, but comments by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in recent days that the UK faces an unprecedented recession once the economy tools up again, and the ongoing social distancing rules that will keep many leisure and food businesses closed, mean mortgage holders will need longer to get back on their financial feet.Christopher Woolard, Interim Chief Executive at the FCA, says: ‘Our expectations are clear – anyone who continues to need help should get help from their lender.“Where consumers can afford to re-start mortgage payments, it is in their best interests to do so.”  Rishi Sunak Christopher Woolard FCA mortgage rules Financial Conduct Authority May 22, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » BREAKING: Mortgage holiday scheme to be extended for another four months previous nextHousing MarketBREAKING: Mortgage holiday scheme to be extended for another four monthsFinancial Conduct Authority says the extended relief period is necessary to prevent a cliff edge of mortgage defaults.Nigel Lewis22nd May 202002,718 Viewslast_img read more

Official: There will be no Stamp Duty holiday extension

first_imgThe Government has dashed estate agents’ hopes of an extension or tapering of the Stamp Duty holiday.This body blow for both the industry and thousands of home movers likely to miss Rishi Sunak’s 31st March deadline has been delivered in the Government’s response to a parliament online petition.It passed the 10,000 signatures that forces the Government to respond to these petitions several days ago and has now been signed by 22,635 people.The statement says: “As the relief was to provide an immediate stimulus to the property market, the Government does not plan to extend this relief.Government revenue“SDLT is an important source of government revenue, raising several billion pounds each year to help pay for the essential services the Government provides.“The Government is committed to supporting home ownership and helping people get on and move up the housing ladder.“When the SDLT Holiday ends, the Government will maintain a SDLT relief for first time buyers which increases the starting threshold of residential SDLT to £300,000 for first-time buyers that purchase a property below £500,000.“In addition, a new Help to Buy scheme will be introduced from 1 April 2021. This scheme will run until March 2023.“All tax policy is kept under review and the Government considers the views it receives carefully as part of that process.”Read more about the stamp duty deadline.stamp duty petition Stamp Duty holiday Rishi Sunak sdlt December 16, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 19th December 2020 at 12:23 pmSadly, the government is run by “Rich Kids” who have never had to struggle to pay their bills or worry about job security.George Osborne & David Cameron (where are they now?) promised the “Triple Lock” of no increase in VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance Contributions.Boris (another Rich Kid) has promised not to break the Triple Lock.Where else is he going to raise the revenue to pay for Covid-19 measures?Stamp Duty & Capital Gains Tax is his glib answer.Most citizens expect there to be a taxation cost some where at some time.As Boris inhabits in “The Westminster Bubble” and are still wrestling with the EU over fishing, they are totally distracted.Housing is what they call “Low Hanging Fruit” with the repost that those paying the tax are like Rolls Royce drivers complaining about the price of petrol.Select an easy target and squeeze, as Dennis Healey (The last old Labour Chancellor) said in the 1970’s “Squeeze Until the Pips Squeak”.Not fun but a fact of political life.Log in to ReplyJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 16th December 2020 at 4:00 pmResponse as expected. Ever since this “tax on housing” was massively increased by previous Chancellor George Osbourne, we have known it was a mistake. Probably the biggest error of his as Chancellor. The Gov’t now know this and the SDLT holiday is a step in the right direction. What the Gov’t says now and does in three months time remains to be seen. HEALTHY HOUSING MARKET = VIBRANT ECONOMY.POOR HOUSING MARKET = RECESSION.Log in to ReplyPeter Everett, Peter Everett Peter Everett 16th December 2020 at 8:57 amWhilst hugely disappointing and frustrating, online auction could be a ‘Plan B’ option for those motivated sellers who want to attract buyers before the 31st March deadline. Please get in touch if you would like to know how Offr could help you run an online auction from your own website.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Official: There will be no Stamp Duty holiday extension previous nextRegulation & LawOfficial: There will be no Stamp Duty holiday extensionMinisters have delivered the body blow to agents and buyers via its response to an online parliamentary petition.Nigel Lewis16th December 20203 Comments7,121 Viewslast_img read more

Thanks Rishi! Mortgage broker confidence soars thanks to Stamp Duty

first_imgHome » News » Thanks Rishi! Mortgage broker confidence soars thanks to Stamp Duty previous nextProducts & ServicesThanks Rishi! Mortgage broker confidence soars thanks to Stamp DutyLeading lender Paragon says mortgage brokers including those in agency branches enjoyed a bumper end to 2020.Nigel Lewis21st January 202101,136 Views Growing numbers of independent mortgage brokers including many of those working in estate agency branches have told a poll that their businesses remain unaffected by the Covid pandemic, helped by the mini-boom created by the Stamp Duty holiday.Buy-to-let lender Paragon canvassed brokers across the spectrum and found that 68% said they had shrugged off the economic problems caused by Covid, up from 59% last year.And 20% said their businesses were stronger than before the virus arrived in the UK, while only 9% reported plans to scale back their businesses.“During the early days of the pandemic, brokers were heading into the unknown, plus they were dealing with a complete lockdown of the housing market,” says Richard Rowntree, its Director of Mortgages (pictured).“The easing of that lockdown, combined with the demand for house purchase created by the stamp duty holiday, has meant brokers are far more confident about the longer-term prospects for their business.“Many intermediaries will be busy focusing on getting clients’ deals over the line ahead of the 31 March deadline.”But leading developer London Square is the latest blue-chip property company to warn that brokers’ confidence may be short-lived unless the stamp duty holiday deadline is extended.Deadline warningAdam Lawrence (pictured), its chief executive, is calling for the Chancellor to act now to extend the Stamp Duty holiday and not “abandon buyers” trying to meet an impossible deadline.“An extension to the Stamp Duty holiday needs to be followed by action to scrap stamp duty altogether.“The housing market is an essential engine room in the UK economy, with a ripple effect which extends across the furniture and furnishing industries, the removals sector, gardens and landscaping, and all the associated trades connected with homes such as decorators, plumbers and electricians, keeping people in jobs and businesses flourishing.”richard rowntree adam lawrence london square mortgage brokers paragon January 21, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Bond Nips Ballard for the Win In $6,000 CSI3* to Open WEF 6

first_img Email* On the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Imagine, owned by Aurora Farms and Little Valley Farms, captured the Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3* to open FEI competition during Week 6 of WEF. A total of 40 entries contested the two-phase track set by Catsy Cruz (MEX), which featured nine jumping efforts in the first phase, moving over to an additional six efforts in the second phase. With 15 passing the initial test, it was the best for last on the day as Bond and the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Emerald x Heartbreaker jumped double clear and posted the fastest time of 26.24 seconds.“ We got her when she was five,” said Bond. “It was a partnership horse for a while, but we bought them out at the beginning of last year because we really felt like she was something special and really suited me. I know her really well, and she’s just one of those horses that is so naturally careful. She doesn’t really know what she can or can’t do.“I love jumping on this field,” Bond continued. “The footing feels wonderful, the horses were really bouncing off of it, and the course was really smooth and flowed very nicely. I thought Catsy’s course was beautifully done.”Bond credits the extra time at home due to the pandemic for helping her further the development of her talented mare, noting her flatwork and rideability have significantly improved. The extra down time also allowed the horse to mature, continuing to learn the ropes, and Bond thinks she now has a better mind in the ring.“I didn’t know if I was going to do the 1.50m this week because she’s only eight but she’s so unfazed by the height,” Bond continued. “I felt like the jumps could be three holes bigger, and she still would jump it like it’s no big deal. I jump big in the warmup ring because when I jump small, she feels ‘blah.’ If I put the jumps up and get her head up, she’s a little better because she thinks, ‘Oh, I have to pay attention and try.’ She had a few shows under her belt but to develop her and then win a 1.45m CSI3* her first time out is just so rewarding. I have such a young string of horses that every one of these is just so fulfilling. It feels so good. I’m just so excited.”Canada’s Erynn Ballard was second last to go, posting a double clear effort aboard Classic Penny, a nine-year-old Norwegian Warmblood mare by Clapton x Brokers Plastic City, owned by Ilan Ferder, finishing in 27.38 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Alex Matz (USA) with Davidson, a 13-year-old gelding by Harley VDL x Chin Chin owned by 5 Star Partners, crossing the finish line fault-free in 28.45 seconds.Bond will continue to jump on the Derby Field throughout the week with plans for Imagine and Contefina LVF to jump in Saturday’s $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic while Lazy, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, owned by Stephex Stables and Aurora Farms, LLC, will be stepping up to jump the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 CSI3* on Friday.“Lazy has never been the number one horse before,” she said. “She was so good during the CSI4* here and jumped effortlessly, so I’m really excited for this week. Hopefully we’ll qualify to jump on Sunday.”Later in the day, Ireland’s Michael Duffy and RMF Chacco Top, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, LLC, captured the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers CSI3*. Duffy and the Hanoverian stallion by Chacco Blue x Graf Top put forth a double clear effort in 27.11 seconds for the victory.Final Results: $6,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*1. IMAGINE: 2013 KWPN mare by Emerald x HeartbreakerASHLEE BOND (ISR), Aurora Farms and Little Valley Farms: 0/0/26.242. CLASSIC PENNY: 2012 NWB mare by Clapton x Brokers Plastic CityERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/27.383. DAVIDSON: 2008 KWPN gelding by Harley Vdl x Chin ChinALEX MATZ (USA), 5 Star Partners: 0/0/28.454. MILLIONINMIND: 2007 ISH gelding by ARD VDL DouglasEMILY WARD (GBR), Steven Barnes: 0/0/29.945. LINCOURT GINO: 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Gino III x Graf MagnaALEJANDRO KAROLYI (VEN), Monica Carrera: 0/0/29.946. OPIUM DU SOUFFLET: 2009 gelding by Ogano Sitte x Landjuweel St.hubertNICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Rocking D Ranch: 0/0/31.917. VARGAS ROUGE: 2009 Selle Français gelding by Manillon Rouge x Double EspoirKIMBERLY PRINCE (USA), Kimberly Prince: 0/0/33.348. CHIC HIN D HYRENCOURT: 2008 SBS gelding by Taran de la Pomme x ElanvilleBEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/1/36.249. ARPEGE DU RU: 2010 Selle Français mare by Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sousABDEL SAID (EGY), Abdel Said: 0/4/27.0310. CASANOVA 499: 2011 Holsteiner male by Clarimo x ContenderJESSICA MENDOZA (GBR), Carly Day: 0/4/28.57 Tags: Erynn Ballard, WEF, show jumping, Classic Penny, Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*, 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. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is Underway

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! CCI4*-SThere is a rare three-way tie for the lead after the first day of dressage in the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by MARS Equestrian™ at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Tamie Smith (USA) and Danito, Doug Payne (USA) and Starr Witness, and Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Cooley Moonshine all received a score of 28.1 from judges Helen Brettell (GBR) and Mark Weissbecker (USA).The Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Arena was eerily quiet due to the absence of spectators and combined with bitterly cold temps in the mid-30s F and a stiff breeze, a number of the tests were “expressive” to say the least.“He was really fresh and kind of naughty [in warm-up],” said Smith of her horse. “You just have to compromise with him. You’ve got to be firm but you can’t get after him or be mad at him or he freaks out. I went into that test today not being able to really ride him, so I was disappointed after my ride. He can produce a much better test than he did today.”Payne piloted Starr Witness to an equal score. The mare started out as a hunter/jumper but showed early promise in eventing, earning a team gold medal with Payne at the 2019 Pan American Games.Jessica Phoenix and Wabbit were first in the ring in the CCI4*-S. (MacMillan Photography)“She’s a unique case. She had jumped through 1.25m prior to coming to us. In many aspects it’s not so much to teach her how to jump but more to teach her the nuances that are presented in eventing,” Payne said. “She’s wicked smart, quick on her feet, and very athletic. The Pan Ams were a big ask and she just stepped up to it and she’s continued to do that as we’ve gone forward.”Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine rounded out the three-way tie for the lead. “He’s still pretty green and this is his second four-star. It’s such a great opportunity to get a horse like him into this atmosphere. He can be a bit hot and is keen to get on with the job all the time. I think he’s very world class and hopefully an exciting one for the future.”In the CCI4*-S the scores are close at the top, with the best nine of the first session all scoring under 32.0 penalties, including Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye with 31.9 in 9th place.“‘Goldie’ is fairly inexperienced at this level,” said Loach. “He did go to the Pan Ams [in Lima], so this is kind of his second time in this bigger-type atmosphere. And he handled it really well. The first halt he got distracted and then he only got better from there. Overall I was pleased with the ride; I feel like where we are at with his in his training and experience level, I could not have asked for too much more today.”Kyle Carter and Reddy Or Not. (MacMillan Photography)Loach, of Dunham, Quebec, has had the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding since he was a four-year-old. “He’s mine and my parents and Amanda Bernhard’s. He is really sweet horse―a pet. He is a favourite in the barn.”Of the lead-up to this event she explained, “I was lucky to be able to spend the winter in Ocala. I have not been back home [to Canada], which I wouldn’t have anyway. Usually I would stay in the States until after Kentucky, but this year I am going to stay in the States until Jersey Fresh and then go home. When I go home I think I’m allowed to quarantine at home if I do a land crossing at the border rather than flying.”Jessica Phoenix, who has four horses in this division, earned 35.7 with Bogue Sound and the pair sit in 13th place.“‘Bogie’ was amazing,” she said. “I thought he was very obedient. The only thing I would have changed was his last [canter lead] change. But wow, for his first turn of the season, his movement has just gotten so much better and he is so much stronger. We are definitely getting to know each other better now. We’ve been around a lot of big courses together and I have a ton of confidence in him.”Kyle Carter and the 12-year-old Trakehner mare Reddy Or Not scored 36.7, good for 15th place. Carter is based in Ocala, Florida, and this is the mare’s seventh 4*-S. “She’s been going great this week and I thought the environment was really going to help her, but I actually lost her attention a little bit in the ring, which is unusual. In the walk she got a little worked up about that camera down there, which yesterday she wasn’t bothered by. So it’s never everything you want, is it? But, I was happy with her.”“I call her my Breyer horse. She is a poser; she just stands there and looks gorgeous. And she’s just got a really solid, kind personality. I rode her in there yesterday and within 30 seconds I had a grin from ear to ear and when I was coming out someone said, ‘What’s that all about?’ And I said, ‘It’s just nice to be on one who doesn’t try to kill you.’ She’s just a sweetheart. My kids could ride her.”Jessica Phoenix also rode the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Wabbit, who were the trailblazers for the CCI4*-S division, scoring 41.7pp and currently sitting 19th.“It is the first time he has been the atmosphere of the Kentucky Horse Park and he just handled himself so well. It’s his first run of the season and for a 7 a.m. ride on a cold morning with a hot Thoroughbred, I couldn’t have been happier with him. His trot work was the best it’s ever been. His canter work was fantastic. It was just a little bit too early in the day for his walk, but wow, what an exciting horse for the future!”Phoenix continued, “Jim Phillips owns him and he came to me just after he had done some Prelims and we’ve just slowly produced him up to the four-star level. He is a galloping machine. He loves jumping and he’s getting so strong in his flat work now, which is a wonderful feeling.“After this we are going to go home [to Ontario] and our events are starting in the middle of May. Our next event would be Bromont in June in Quebec.”CCI4*-S leaderboard here.CCI5*-LIn the stacked CCI5*-L division, RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little (USA) delivered the best dressage score seen at LRK3DE since 2009. The pair, who were 2018 Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champions, had a stunning performance which earned a 21.7 to lead the field on day 1.Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. (RedBayStock.com)“It’s great to be back here in Kentucky. She’s so much more mature and we’ve both learned so much,” Little said of the 16-year-old Oldenburg mare. “She’s my horse of a lifetime. I’m acutely aware of that and trying to make sure I’m enjoying every moment with her.”Like many horses, “Kitty” was “exhilarated by the cold,” requiring Little to adjust her warm-up plan. “I got a little bit defensive and conservative in the first few movements. All of a sudden I felt her maturity and professionalism come through,” Little said. “I got braver as the test was going and she got some sparkling marks at the end.”Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class are attempting to defend their 2018 and 2019 Kentucky titles this week and are off to a good start, scoring a 24.1 to currently sit second.Three-time Kentucky champion William Fox-Pitt (GBR), currently third with Oratorio on a 27.9, is hoping the 12-year-old gelding’s experience at the level will stand him in good stead given their less-than-ideal preparation due to COVID-19 related event cancellations. This is the first time since his traumatic brain injury incurred in 2015 that he has competed in Kentucky. “It’s very nostalgic to be back here. Driving into the Park I felt quite emotional and excited. It’s great to feel like that. It’s been two very boring years [at home].”For Canada, Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes had a solid test, scoring 35.3 to land them in 19th place at the end of the day.“I was really happy with the test,” said Slezak. “He had a lot of energy, which is really where I struggle with him. But, these were the perfect conditions for him; everybody can blame me for the cold weather, because I was praying for it for the last two months!”He describes the 12-year-old gelding as “so laid back. We’ve given people up-down lessons on him. He is super quiet.”Slezak’s only other trip to Kentucky was in 2009 and was memorable for all the wrong reasons. “What a miserable time it was! I came in confident ―I was young and stupid. I fell early on and I had to do the walk of shame. I’ve been dying to get back here to redeem myself. And I could not be on a better horse.”“Home” for Slezak has changed, thanks to the pandemic. “We were based in Canada, but this past year COVID kind of forced our hand and we stayed Florida year round. And now, I believe what we are going to stay with. We’ll go home for competitions now and then, but I don’t think we’ll base there. I’m hoping he’ll go to Tokyo this summer, so fingers crossed.”Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. (MacMillan Photography)CCI5*-L leaderboard here.Competition will resume with the CCI4*-S level at 7:45 Friday morning followed by the CCI5*-L in the afternoon. Note that because of heavy rain in the forecast for Saturday’s cross-country, the 5* will be run first, then the 4*.~ with files from Classic CommunicationsWilliam Fox-Pitt in the 5* warmup. (MacMillan Photography) Tags: Jessica Phoenix, Colleen Loach, Karl Slezak, Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fernhill Wishes, FE Golden Eye, Bogue Sound, CCI4*-S, Wabbit, last_img read more