21 avril 2015

Scott RIDER, a British coach for the Bressuire Bockers

The Bressuire throwers are called the Bockers.Of course, they want to be as fit as possible before the next French Championships on June 13 and 14. And last week-end, thanks to Jean-Louis COPPET, they had a special priviledge: they were coached by Scott RIDER, one of the favourites for the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire. Scott flew to Bressuire to teach them the tricks of the trade and he giae them useful indications to improve their technique. And he did it in French... Bravo! The programme started with weight over bar and weight... [Lire la suite]

18 avril 2015

Scott RIDER in Bressuire: "If I had a hammer"

There is no need for Scott RIDER to sing "If I had a hammer" Everybody knows that when he gets one " he hammers in the morning, he hammers in the evening". Just like in the song by Peter, Paul and Mary, he hammers all over the land... Wherever he is! Whenever it is! That's what he did at the local BricoPro DIY (photos by the blogger) after signing a few autographs. That's what he did in the morning and in the evening with the Bressuire Bockers (photo Fréderic DALLET) he coached last week-end. Give him a hammer and he just... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2015

1991-2015: From a twinning to an IHGF World Championship

UPDATE. Once upon a time, well, in 1991 to be precise, the towns of Bressuire and Fraserburgh decided to get hitched. So they tied the knot and vowed to stick together for better for worse, for richer for poorer, et cetera, et cetera. The partnership flourished and proved to be particularly fertile: indeed, in 2003 it gave birth to a bonny wee bairn: the Association of the Highland Games of France. Proud godparents Jean-Louis COPPET, the first chairman of the Bressuire Fraserburgh Twinning Committee, and Francis BREBNER from... [Lire la suite]
15 avril 2015

The 12 champions 9- Jono Macfarlane, the compulsive thrower

Jono MACFARLANE from New-Zealand is a true compulsive thrower. He throws weights, stones, cabers and hammers but not only.... Twice in the Guiness book after throwing a person and a washing machine He is also the current Guinness World Record Holder for the Longest Throw of a Person (2009, 4.87m). And until recently he was the holder for Longest Throw of a Washing Machine (2009, Broken by Hafthor 'The Mountain' Bjornsson)    And yet, this man is particularly quiet and peaceful in his everyday life. Just read his... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2015

Bressuire IHGF Worlds: Highland Games with a French touch

Ici, ici, c'est les Highlands" "Here we are in the Highlands!" That could be the spectators' slogan for the IHGF World Championship on June 13,14 in Bressuire, France. And everybody must admit that, in the old castle, Bressuire just looks like Scotland Bressuire Highlights And if you don't know the Highland Games in Bressuire, just click on this video by Gavin ANDERSON.It just shows the highlights of the Games in 2009 and 2010 "Ici, Ici, c'est les Highlands!". Here we are in the Highlands Bressuire just looks like... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

The 12 champions: 8-Pieter-Karst BOUMA

"I  am a dairy farmer in the North of the Netherlands, Friesland. I live near the Dutch legend Wout ZILJSTRA who introduced me into the games! Before I started with highlandgames, I played some soccer, did ice-skating and started strongman a few years before I started Highlandgames. This mail, of course, comes from Pieter-Karst BOUMA who will be one of the twelve throwers competing in the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire Boom Boom BOUMA's biography:   BOUMA Pieter Karst Dutsch Age: 32 Height: 1.96 Weight: 116 kg ... [Lire la suite]

27 mars 2015

Flashback: the 2013 IHGF Worlds in Dana Point

Before the Bressuire venue next June, the IHGF Worlds took place in Dana Point in California. It was in 2013. Just remember these games with the trailer introduced by Francis Brebner. Flashback:all the Dana Point results in 2013   1. Dan McKIM (photo) , the 2013 IHGF World Champion 2. Matt VINCENT, USA 3. Sebastian WENTA, Poland 4. Scott RIDER, England 5. Matt DOHERTY, Canada 6. Craig SINCLAIR, Scotland 7. Sean BETZ 8. Jon O’NEIL 9. Mike ZOLKIEWITZ 10. Ryan STEWART 11. Greg HADLEY 12. Hans LOLKEMA It can be... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2015

The 12 champions 7-Lukasz WENTA on the box?

No wonder Lukasz WENTA from Poland, just like his brother Seb WENTA, is a big fish in the world of professionnal Highland Games. And 27 years after the film "a fish called Wanda" was released, the IHGF is ready to announce an exceptionnal show in Bressuire featuring two brothers: "Two fish called Wenta" The readers of the blog already know Sebastian. It's time now  for them to discover Lucasz. Caber and fishing-rodIn the short message he sent to the blogger, he announces that fishing is one of his hobbies. But we can see on... [Lire la suite]
21 mars 2015

Francis BREBNER Part 2: "And the winners will be..."

An interview with the IHGF president Francis BREBNER (Part 2) Usually, Francis BREBNER enjoys being the interviewer and that was the case in Bressuire in 2012 when the blogger shot him asking questions to David FREY from Germany and Janne HARTIKAINEN from Finland.But, Francis doesn't mind being interviewed, either. Especially when he speaks about the next Worlds in Bressuire! Question: You know Bressuire. What is so specific about these Highland Games ? Francis: These games have a unique setting, with its surroundings... [Lire la suite]
18 mars 2015

Francis BREBNER Part 1: "Records will tumble in Bressuire"

All the people interested in the Highland Games have heard of Francis BREBNER, the multiple caber-toss world champion and the international Highland Games Federation president. He perfectly knows Bressuire and the twelve champions who will compete for the 2015 IHGF World champion title. He is the man who selected the Top 12 of these professionnal throwers. So his answers are particularly expected by most fans. THE INTERVIEW (Part 1) Question: Francis, did you select the 12 competitors according to the size of their muscles and... [Lire la suite]