As Day 2 of dressage starts, Michael Jung of Germany is in first. Here's his test on Fischerrocana Fst, which scored 39.3, thanks to the live feed from USEF Network. You can watch all the rides this weekend at USEF Network.
It was perhaps the most dramatic last fence of a World Cup Final. Steve Guerdat came around the corner to the Longines oxer, saw a ridiculously long distance, and started kicking and flapping his elbows.
Albfuehren’s Paille left the ground, stretched out, and then crashed through the back rail. Guerdat seemed to be doing the math in his head as he galloped through the finish timers. He’d had two rails. Had he won? He shrugged up into the stands at his friends.
Steffen Peters rode Legolas to a score of 80.35 percent in the freestyle of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final, which should have put him into fourth in the final standings, but he does not appear in the final results.
Peters was eliminated from the competition by the ground jury for blood on Legolas' side.
“It is clearly my fault," Peters said. "At the end of the day, I rode the horse, and I am responsible for the welfare of this horse. I am very embarrassed about it. I’m the one who feels guilty."
As we're here in Las Vegas getting ready for the thrilling finale of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, let's look at just why Valegro, or "Blueberry" to his friend is the dressage world's most famous and loved horse right now.
Don't miss the Chronicle's coverage of the World Cup freestyle—we'll have a horse-by-horse commentary with Chronicle blogger Lauren Sprieser, great photos from in the ring and behind the scenes, and the stories behind the results.
Reason #1 That FACE! How can you not love that face?
Nineteen years ago, Flexible hit the ground and Bertram Allen was born, both in Ireland. Who would have thought they’d meet in Las Vegas and finish one-two in the speed leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Final?
People ooh and aah over Allen’s precociousness at the tender age of 19—a rider just a few years off ponies and already taking the world by storm.
The stage is set for the first leg of the Longines FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, the speed round. Want to know more about how the show jumping competition is scored? Check out our article, The World Cup Finals: What You Need To Know.
The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final and Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final officially get underway today! And we have three reporters on the ground in Las Vegas to bring you all the news. See something you want to know more about? Email us!
Jack Hardin Towell chuckles a bit as he tells me, “I came to Miami for the Longines Global Champions Tour with the best riders in the world, and I’m sure they were like, ‘Who is this guy?’ but I like it that way because I think it gives you a little bit more fight. If you get too comfortable, I think you get lazy.”