After a disappointing 2-rail performance in Round 1 of the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzlerland, Steve Guerdat came back to the Palexpo Arena tonight to give his countryman a performance to cheer for. Guerdat won Round 2 of the Final today, April 16, after a speedy jump-off aboard Tresor V.
“I don’t think [this win] is revenge from yesterday—it’s just the sport,” said Guerdat. “Yesterday I wasn’t good enough, and I was better today. I was good enough to win the class.”
Two years ago a U.S. rider that few Europeans had ever heard of showed up in Götenburg, Sweden, with a tiny chestnut horse, then amazed the continent by jumping to second in the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final.
And he’s on his way to doing even better this time around.
Rich Fellers and the bounding Flexible tore up the ring at the Palexpo Arena in Gevena, Switzerland, to claim the first round of the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Fellers edged out U.S. compatriot McLain Ward and Sapphire in the speed round today, April 15, with Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa taking third.
A member of the USHJA High Performance Committee, occasional derby judge and regular competitor, Louise Serio knows plenty about hunter derbies. Since their inception she’d made a point to campaign in the classes, and she's regularly taken respectable ribbons back to Kennett Square, Pa. But before today, April 4, she’d never won one.
Michelle Parker could be forgiven for not going all out in the jump-off for the $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix during the HITS Arizona Desert Finals. After all, her mount, Reina, had just stepped up to the grand prix level last week.
“I tried to go fast at the beginning and then ride a little conservatively in the middle,” said Parker. “I knew with those fast riders coming behind me I might be beaten, but I got a little lucky.”
Since taking over Glenview Stables in 1968, Ralph Caristo has made a big name for himself as a top trainer and sought-after judge. While he’s trained six American Horse Shows Association and U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse Of The Year honorees and presided at every major show in the country, his biggest contribution to the sport came through his work with young riders.
While Laura Kraut and Cedric have amassed a spectacular international record together, including a team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing, China, there’s one type of class they haven’t won all that much: grand prix.
But Cedric jumped to the top of the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Grand Prix CSIO**** today, March 7, in Wellington, Fla., edging out Danny Boy and Beezie Madden, who took second.
“I think this is only the second grand prix win of his career, because normally we’re jumping in trials or Nations Cups,” said Kraut.
With plenty of cheering from their many supporters, Team Canada jumped to the top of the podium in the $75,000 Nations Cup CSIO**** tonight, March 5. With only two rails and a time fault between them, Canada beat out an impressive Mexican squad, with Ireland taking third. The United States finished fourth, with Kent Farrington and United scoring the single faultless round.
This marks the fifth time in nine years that Canada has won the Nations Cup in Wellington, Fla., held in conjunction with the Winter Equestrian Festival.