Riley kicks off Longines World Cup Jumping North American League with win
The USA’s Schuyler Riley and Dobra de Porceyo were the winners of the inaugural class of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League at the Bromont International, Quebec, Canada.
The opening event to the new format of the 2015-2016 season coincided with International Bromont – the venue for the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, presenting its 40th anniversary show edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.
Sixteen riders earned their places in the Bromont qualifying event with all horse-and-rider pairs required to compete in an FEI class earlier in the week at a show hosting the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League in order to enter into the World Cup qualifier.
Seven of those riders in the field had Olympic experience, with Peter Leone and Leslie Howard having competed for America, Jill Henselwood, Mac Cone and Mario Deslauriers (now an American citizen) for Canada, Ljubov Kochetova for Russia, and Daniel Bluman for Colombia.
Sunny, blue skies greeted a large crowd of almost 5,500 that flocked to the newly revamped show grounds.
A welcoming, first-round course, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio – who designed the course for World Cup Jumping final in Las Vegas last April, had 13 obstacles and 16 jumping attempts.
There were eight double clear rounds in the first round, with six four-fault rounds and two eight-fault rounds, but no eliminations. It meant half the starting field progressed to the jump-off where speed and accuracy around the eight-obstacle course were the deciding factor.
America’s Peter Leone was the first to go and had an unexpected stop with his home-bred mount, Wayfarer.
Kochetova and Urus 2 produced a good performance for a clear in a time of 46.08 seconds, and that foot-perfect round was immediately replicated by America’s Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star, with an improved time of 44.43 for a temporary hold on the lead.
But it was the final pair that meant it was the American flag that rose at the event’s end as Schuyler Riley and Dobra de Porceyo produced the winning round in 41.31 seconds.
Faster is not always better in the jump-off, as proven by the two rounds with faster times than Riley’s, but at the expense of rails down. Bluman rode Conconcreto Believe to a fast time of 40.87 seconds, but the fast pace cost the pair and resulted in eight faults.
America’s Quentin Judge and HH Copin van de Broy met a similar fate on their way to a fast time of 41.01 seconds, but with a rail and four faults.
The 2015-2016 season will consist of 14 competitions in North America, including Canada and Mexico.
A total of 14 athletes will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 23 to 28 March 2016.
The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from the West Coast and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico will qualify for the final, alongside winners of the 13 other leagues from around the world.
1. Schuyler Riley / Dobra de Porceyo USA 0 faults/41.31 seconds
2. Charlie Jacobs / Flaming Star USA 0 faults/44.43
3. Ljubov Kochetova / Urus 2 Russia 0 faults/46.08
4. Quentin Judge / HH Copin van de Broy. USA 4 faults/41.01
5. Melissandre Lincourt / Just Stella L Canada 4 faults/45.63
6. Mac Cone / Gasper van den Doorn Canada 4 faults/48.77
7. Daniel Bluman / Conconcreto Believe Columbia 8 faults/40.87
8. Peter Leone / Wayfarer USA 15 faults/56.07
Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League calendar
9 August 2015 International Bromont, Bromont, Quebec, Canada
13 September 2015 North Salem, New York, USA
24 October 2015 Washington International Horse Show, Washington DC, USA
1 November 2015 National Horse Show, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
11 November 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, Canada
7 February 2016 Wellington, USA
27 February 2016 Live Oak International, Ocala, USA
16 August 2015 Langley, Canada
26 September 2015 Sacramento International Horse Show, Rancho Murieta, USA
17 October 2015 Del Mar International, Del Mar, USA
31 October 2015 Calgary, Canada
14 November 2015 Las Vegas National, Las Vegas, USA
23 January 2016 Valle de Bravo, Mexico
13 February 2016 HITS Thermal, Thermal, USA