Another win for the untouchable Dutch at The Dutch Masters

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More 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* It was another night of crowd-pleasing entertainment in the Brabanthallen, as Maikel van der Vleuten took the victory in the Audi Prize, the second Rolex Grand Prix qualifier. The Dutch maestro produced an uncatchable clear, in the time of 37.25 seconds, knocking over three-seconds off the time set by last year’s Rolex Grand Prix winner, Niels Bruynseels (BEL).That was a very fast round, how did the ride feel to you?It was a tough competition, with strong riders, so I knew I had to go for it. Dana Blue is a very strong horse, she won yesterday and is naturally very, very quick and that’s the type of horse you need these days.The Dutch team are taking all the top spots this week, what’s it like to win in front of the home crowd?Performing in front of my home crowd certainly gives me even more motivation. So far, it’s going very well here. Tomorrow is the Rolex Grand Prix and I hope we can continue our winning streak, but it will be a very tough competition.How will you be preparing for the Rolex Grand Prix tomorrow?We will stick to our normal routine. I will make sure my horse (Verdi TN) is in good shape, yesterday he jumped very well in the big class, he was double clear. Today I gave him a bit of an easy day so I am hoping he will be very fresh tomorrow!Who do you think your biggest competition is tomorrow?There are so many riders, it’s hard to say. That’s the thing, it’s always exciting in our sport because out of the 40 riders you have at least 25 combinations who can give it a serious go!Now that The Dutch Masters is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, has the event been enhanced?Yes, I think it is a really good thing that this show is now one of the Majors. It is so important, being such a horse country, that we have a world-class event like this in Holland. It’s great for the Dutch people. Tags: Maikel van der Vleuten, Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Dutch Masters, Dana Blue, Audi Prize, 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 Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Could amphibious hoverbarge aid Louisiana’s wetlands oil spill clean up?

first_imgThe company’s range of amphibious hoverbarges is capable of carrying hundreds of tonnes in payload over swamps, wetlands and shallow water, enabling heavy equipment, large quantities of oil spill dispersant and a large personnel base to be located in the heart of the wetlands. A significant advantage of the hoverbarge is that it only exerts 1psi ground pressure whilst on hover, thus minimising any environmental footprint and further damage to the wetlands. “Hovertrans Solutions’ new modular range of hoverbarges, ranging from 50 tonnes to 400 tonnes, are constructed from specially designed pontoons with a modular skirt and lift fan system. These allow the hoverbarges to be trucked to the location and assembled on-site, enabling access to inland areas such as lakes, rivers and wetlands. We believe our smaller hoverbarges could prove useful for the oil spill recovery in Louisiana,” said James Soon, president, Hovertrans Solutions Hovertrans Solutions is a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) and led by a management team responsible for pioneering the heavy lift hoverbarge since the 1970s. ST Marine is the marine arm of ST Engineering and provides turnkey building, repair and conversion services for a wide spectrum of naval and commercial vessels.Small hoverbarges can be used for boom deployment and oil spill recovery as illustrated in the pictures below.last_img read more