Boyd Exell in a Class of His Own in Stockholm

first_img Email* Boyd Exell (AUS) has proved once again to be in a class of his own in the FEI World Cup™ Driving competition in Stockholm. The six times FEI World Cup™ Champion went into the second round with over 19 seconds advantage to József Dobrovitz (HUN) and passed the finish line with an even larger advantage to his Hungarian fellow competitor. József Dobrovitz jr. (HUN) finished on a humble third place, only 1,5 seconds behind his father.After his disappointing performance during the first competition on Friday evening, World Cup debutant Edouard Simonet (BEL) drove a very secure and safe round, only picking up a ball in the corner at the tricky 9th gate. Simonet finished in the fourth place, ahead of wild card driver Fredrik Persson (SWE). The home driver had to use his spare horse, which on Friday was not focussed at the right time. The horse insurance salesman hit one ball too many to qualify for the second round, which took place over a shortened course. Germany’s Rainer Duen picked up three balls and was placed sixth in his second World Cup competition of this season.The enthusiastic spectators in the Friends arena cheered the six drivers in the technical course, laid out by Sweden’s level 3 Course Designer Dan Henriksson. Both rounds times were added together, but this didn’t affect Exell’s tactics. The Netherlands-based driver was the only one who drove a clear round and the one knock down in the second round did not endanger his leading position at all: “My horses were very excited when they came from the warm up arena into the main arena. I tried to slow them down, but they wouldn’t let me, so I just went very fast. In the second round again, their rhythm was excellent and I decided to go with the team. If I try to slow them down, I make mistakes. Compared to Stuttgart, I had my concentration back again because my father is back home after an operation.”József Dobrovitz started his World Cup season in Stockholm, a show that he likes very much: “I was very pleased with my horses, but I made a mistake myself. I missed a gate in the first marathon obstacle, which cost me much time.” Dobrovitz then didn’t want to concentrate too much on gate 9 and knocked this one over, as well as a ball in the linear obstacle.Dobrovitz’ son József Dobrovitz jr. also started his season in the Friends Arena, where he had to drive with an alternative set of leader horses after his experienced horse Cselentano was declared unfit to compete in the first horse inspection. The spare horse that he used had never experienced an indoor show before, but junior found the right pace and qualified for the second round. Unfortunately his reins went around his fingers in the second marathon obstacle and later on his whip got caught in the harness, which caused one ball to drop: “My horses were very good today, the leaders really started to get together. We compete in Budapest next week and I am not sure that I want to change again!”Results FEI World Cup™ Driving1. Boyd Exell (AUS) 246,032. József Dobrovitz (HUN) 283,173. József Dobrovitz jr. (HUN) 284,674. Edouard Simonet (BEL) 154,805. Fredrik Persson (SWE) 156,176. Rainer Duen (GER) 177,84Results here Tags: FEI World Cup™ Driving, 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. 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! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Town Takes Control Of Safety Hazard

first_imgA heater and propane tank among garbage inside a vacant home on Sachem Lane in East Quogue.The Southampton Town Board last week authorized the town attorney and fire marshal to secure dangerous and improperly maintained conditions at a property in East Quogue.Assistant Town Attorney Richard Harris approached the board April 9, asking to secure the property to bring it up to code.The two-story, single-family house with an attached two-car garage on Sachem Lane in East Quogue has sat vacant and languished because the property owner has died. Code enforcement was sent to the home to issue citations for various code violations because it is easily accessible because the front door has been knocked in; the roof over the garage leaning off to the right, there being stagnant water in an uncovered and unsecure pool, and a second-floor deck facing the pool is missing most of its railing, with what’s left being in “very bad shape,” according to Harris.There also looks to be signs of parties, with a propane tank amid garbage inside the home, Harris said.He added the code violations are currently pending in justice court.“Since that time, which was back in February, we’ve tried to contact the attorney in an attempt to have the property secured and fixed, and he has not responded to us,” Harris said. “We did, in fact, take all legal precautions as far as notification, postings, and mailings.”Harris is most concerned about the pool becoming a mosquito breeding ground and asked the board for permission to put in Mosquito Dunks, a larvicide in cake form, to prevent that from happening. Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, looking at photos of the property, including the propane tank and heater found inside, said he was worried someone might be squatting in the house.The town also has a second dilapidated house in its sights: this one on Elliston Way in Bridgehampton. Harris said it has garbage on the lawn; branches and vegetation in the driveway; overgrown grass and weeds; and a fence that is falling apart, leading to another backyard with an uncovered pool filled with stagnant water.Harris asked the board to secure this property, but after getting in touch with the Emigrant Savings Bank earlier in the week, he said he had been “promised” the house and property would be cleaned up promptly.He said the bank had put a notice on the front door listing a number of jobs to be completed after one of the property’s two owners died, but said no work had been done in over a year. Harris said the other owner lives in California and “refuses to come out here and do anything about the property.”Harris said on Thursday, April 11, that the bank had promised it would send a crew to the home on Friday to take care of any code violations and that he would be sent photos and details of the cleanup efforts.Any cost incurred for cleaning up the Sachem Lane parcel goes directly onto the tax bill, becoming a lien on the property. Harris said he filed a notice with the county clerk’s office so if and when the property sells or is foreclosed upon, the town’s lien would be paid.Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera asked the work be done “as soon as possible.” Harris said upon the approval of the resolutions the town could have a contractor there within a week. “These properties pose a risk to the health and safety of the neighborhood in its current condition — people coming in, as well as our first responders,” Harris said. “It poses a risk to the health and safety of the neighborhood.”[email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Blue Jackets coach reveals whether Merzlik will score in test game…

first_imgJonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins Photo: Jason Mowry / Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesBoth team goalkeepers Elvis Merzlikins and Jonas Korpisalo will score in the only game of the Columbia Blue Jackets before the resumption of the National Hockey League (NHL) season, the club’s head coach John Tortorella revealed in the podcast “CBJin30”.At night on Friday at At 2:00 Latvian time, “Blue Jackets”, represented by Latvian goalkeeper Merzlikkin, will play a test match against Boston’s “Bruins”. It will be the only team test game before the official resumption of the NHL season, as already on August 3 at At 3:00 Latvian time, the team will play the first play-in game, meeting up to three winners in a series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.“The game time will be divided between them,” Tortorella described the goalkeeper’s situation in tonight’s upcoming test game. It is not yet clear at the club which goalkeeper – Merzlikkin or Jonas Korpisalo – will be the first number in the playoffs, but according to the American hockey specialist, the game against the Bruins will be the last chance to make a good impression and earn the role of the first goalkeeper in the upcoming playoffs. game series.“Which goalkeeper we will go to in the playoffs is probably the biggest question. If we didn’t have such a goalkeeper duo, we wouldn’t be where we are now, “the coach said. “We have had a lot of conversations with them. They both deserve a chance and both can play later in the season. ”“I think it will be a sprint,” Tortorella said, recalling that the winner of the play-in round will be determined in a series of up to three wins. “I won’t wait until one of them gets into the playoffs, I’ll choose the one that’s better for them.”This season Merzlikkin made his debut in the NHL. In 33 matches, he helped the Blue Jackets achieve 13 successes, repelling 92.3% of throws and scoring an average of 2.35 goals. The goalkeeper also has five dry games. During the break caused by the coronavirus Covid-19, he signed a new two-year contract with the team for eight million dollars.Korpisalo also signed a two-season, $ 5.6 million deal. The Finnish puck catcher has repelled 91.1% of the throws in 37 fights this season, but has averaged 2.6 puck in the match. Both Korpisalo and Merzlikkin are peers – both born in 1994.The third number of the team is Matīss Kivlenieks, but it is unlikely that he will be at the game if both goalkeepers are healthy.Blue Jackets for the season finale in Toronto and Edmonton:Attackers – Markus Foligno, Alexander Venberg, Kevin Stanlund, Chem Atkinson, Gustav Nykist, Pierre Lew Dibou, Luc Foudy, Riley Nash, Stephen Matthew, Neitan Djerbe, Oliver Borkstrand, Boon Jenner, Alexander Robin, Alexander Texner, Alexander , Josh Anderson;protectors – Andrew Peak, Seth Jones, Scott Harrington, Eden Clendingen, Zeck Verensky, Ryan Moore, Vladislav Gavrikov, Dean Cookan, Gabriel Carlson, David Savard, Markus Nutivara;goalkeepers – Elvis Merzļikins, Jonas Korpisalo, Matīss Kivlenieks.last_img read more