Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League
The USA’s Marilyn Little and Corona 93 executed a skillful double clear to win the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at the Live Oak International CSI3*-W in Ocala, Florida, at the weekend.
In the final event of the inaugural North American League, the 34-year-old rider, and double-gold medalist in Eventing at the 2015 Pan American Games, answered all the tests in Leopoldo Palacios’ (VEN) course design aboard the 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Cordalme Z x Lenz XX), claiming victory over a starting field of 32.
Three of America’s leading ladies went double clear to secure an all-female sweep of the top results. Little set the bar high as the first to leave the rails standing in the jump-off order, followed in hot pursuit by the youngest rider in the class, 19-year-old Chloe Reid, riding 9-year-old, Irish Sporthorse stallion Codarco (Darco x Orame). Last to go, 22-year-old Katie Dinan and 11-year-old Irish Sporthorse gelding Dougie Douglas (Ard VDL Douglas x High Roller) chose a slightly more conservative track to finish in third.
The well-regarded, annual competition, Live Oak International, is held on second-place finisher Reid’s grandmother’s farm and is organised in partnership by her uncle, Chester Weber and her mother, Juliet Reid.
Marilyn Little has based her winter operations out of Ocala for the last two winter seasons to best prepare her eventing and show jumping strings at the same time. During the warmer months, Little and her family’s Raylyn Farms return to Frederick, Maryland, where her parents settled 36 years ago.
The grand prix show jumper turned to eventing in 2010, quickly working her way to the 4* level, the highest level of competition. And despite the recent success in show jumping, Little’s 2016 plans of focusing on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for eventing have not changed.
“I have a very special horse in RF Demeter for high-level, performance eventing,” Little said. “She is in top form, and I can’t help but look toward Rio with her.”
Following the final event of the North American League, the qualified U.S. riders are already planning the upcoming weeks that lead up to traveling to Europe.
Hardin (Jack) Towell will take Lucifer and New York, and Quentin Judge will take HH Copin van de Broy to Sweden. Beezie Madden has bother Quister and Breitling in the running, and as Kent Farrington and McLain Ward are not heading to Europe, the slot may go to Katie Dinan. In the West Coast league, all three top US riders, Karl Cook, Rich Fellers and Richard Spooner plan to compete in the Final. _Esther Hahn
USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship
Chester Weber won a record 13th USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship at the weekend, taking the title at the 25th Live Oak International driving event at his family’s farm in Ocala, Florida.
“Thirteen is a lucky number in my family. We try our hardest. It’s not just me driving— there is a wonderful support team behind me. Everybody works as hard as they can to get it done,” Weber said.
Weber piloted the four stalwart bay KWPN geldings co-owned with Jane Forbes Clark — Boris W, Danzer, Para, and Ultra — in dressage, then swapped Para out for Team Weber’s new rising star Amadeus in marathon and cones. Team Weber drove to a decisive 173.20 points overall to finish 38 points ahead of closest contenders, Pennsylvania whip Allison Stroud (211.62) and fellow Florida horseman Craig Grange (260.89).
The FEI Four-in-Hand and Single Horse divisions at Live Oak International served as selection trials for drivers aiming for the 2016 FEI World Driving Championships, to be held on August 31- September 4 in Breda, The Netherlands.
Greek rider takes out Germany’s Damme Grand Prix
Georgia Founta and It’s a Fact have taken out the Damme Grand Prix in Germany, with German challengers Katrin Eckermann second on Elmo and Jana Wargers third on Carl 60.
It was the first time Founta, 23, had ridden in Damme and the rider was proud of her win on her 12-year-old gelding It’s a Fact. For most of the year Founta lives at home in Greece but she headsto Germany for several weeks in the spring and summer to train with Dutch showjumper Wiljan Laarakers.
Vilamoura Atlantic Tour International Show Jumping Grand Prix (CSI2*)
Italian rider Matteo Zamana and riding Ramita Mail took out Sunday’s 2* International Grand Prix on the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour in Portugal.
In the jump-off, the Italian rider cleared the course of nine fences in 57.38 seconds, with second place going to Norway’s Marit H. Skollerud, riding Barcelona, in 58.12 seconds, and French rider Romain Potin riding Tzigano Messuère to third in 58.95.
The Grand Prix wound up several days of good performances by Portuguese riders, especially in Saturday’s 1.40 m (CSI 2*) Grand Prix, won by Rodrigo Sampaio Peixoto, riding Broadway do Cabo. He also won the 1.30m 2* on Friday, riding Anigma.
On Sunday, the Portugal’s Ricardo Gil Santos, riding C’Est Moi, wonf the 1.30 m (CSI 2*).
With 1000 horses and 300 riders of 27 countries, the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour 2016 is the longest show jumping taking place in Europe and one of the largest in the world.