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  • German wins with last-to-go daredevil ride

    German wins with last-to-go daredevil ride By Louise Parkes Daniel Deusser (37), winner of today's third leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2018/2019 Western European League, admitted this evening that it was a last-minute change of plan that gave him victory. "The first question we all had when we saw the jump-off course was, is it possible to do six strides from fence one to fence two? I was thinking for me it was definitely seven because my horse would be hard to turn...and actually I only did the six because I saw Niels going in six, and I know that he has not the biggest horse and he was in the lead so I had to do the same!" the German rider said after bringing the crowd to their feet with a breathtaking last-to-go run with Calisto Blue. There's something about Jumping Verona that always guarantees a thriller, and this was vintage stuff. "I've been here a couple of times with my best horses in good shape, and every year we have big sport with close results and a lot of people in a very exciting jump-off. So to be one time the winner here makes me very proud!" Daniel Deusser (GER) The Italian fixture attracted a spectacular line-up including all three medallists from the individual podium at last month's FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, USA, and their horses too. However new world champion, Germany's Simone Blum, had a tumble with DSP Alice on Friday and although both are fine she decided to ride her young horse Cool Hill who had eight first-round faults. So when bronze medallists Steve Guerdat and Bianca also faulted in the opening round then silver medallist Martin Fuchs and his brilliant gelding Clooney were the only ones to make it through to the 14-horse jump-off. Fifth to go against the clock, Italy's Luca Marziani set the crowd alight when storming home with Tokyo du Soleil in 39.69 seconds, but then Bertram Allen (23) raised the bar with a brilliant round from his 2014 Verona winner Molly Malone in 38.60 seconds to take the lead. However the young Irishman was immediately demoted by his Swiss friend Martin Fuchs who shaved 0.2 off that, and then Niels Brynseels and his incredibly quick mare Gancia de Muze re-set the target once more when blazing through the timers in 37.03 seconds. With just three to go it seemed that just couldn't be bettered, and that the Belgian had it in the bag. Even Deusser doubted he could do it - "but I was last to go, and with the public and the atmosphere like that, I just stopped thinking about it and went in and I really wanted to try!" Daniel Deusser (GER) The roar of the crowd was enough to tell him he had succeeded, by an incredibly narrow margin of just 0.2 seconds. His expression of sheer delight said it all. He has only been riding the 11-year-old gelding Calisto Blue since July and it hasn't all been plain sailing. "In the beginning it was very difficult, he's scopey, very careful and fast but he's very nervous. Especially with me with my long body, it was difficult to find the co-ordination because he was very sensitive. I've had good results in Grand Prix at Berlin and Brussels, but I was always fourth or fifth and he was never really able to win a class for me" explained the tall German. That was until today of course. Fuchs was very happy with his third-place finish and some valuable early points in the battle for one of the top-18 places in the Western European League that will take riders to the Longines Final in Gothenburg (SWE) next April. "This is my first big show since Tryon so many riders I haven't seen since my (silver) medal have been coming to me to say congratulations and so it has been a very nice show!" Martin Fuchs (SUI) Deusser was reminded this evening that he has finished first, second and third on the World Cup podium. "Yes my history in the World Cup sounds quite good if you look at it like that, but every year we start on zero again! It's nice to start the season with 20 points, but it's still a long way to the Final and I'm definitely hoping to qualify!" said the man who line out again next week in Lyon (FRA), the place where he posted his memorable series victory in 2014. Watch highlights of Daniel Deusser's win here Results 1. Calisto Blue (Daniel Deusser) GER 0/0 36.83 2. Gancia de Muze (Niels Bruynseels) BEL 0/0 37.03 3. Clooney (Martin Fuchs) SUI 0/0 38.40 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Western European League after Round 3 at Verona (ITA): 1 Hans Dieter Dreher GER 28 2 Kevin Staut FRA 22[caption id="attachment_10975" align="alignright" width="300"] Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Verona Daniel Deusser and Calisto Blue (GER)
    Photo FEI/ Massimo Argenziano[/caption] 3 Gudrun Patteet BEL 21 4 Luca Moneta ITA 21 5 Daniel Deusser GER 20 5 Douglas Lindelow SWE 20 7 Niels Bruynseels BEL 17 8 Steve Guerdat SUI 17
  • Madden & Breitling Reassert Themselves With Longines Win in Washington

    Madden & Breitling Reassert Themselves With Longines Win in Washington

    [caption id="attachment_10972" align="alignright" width="300"] Breitling LSElizabeth Madden (USA)[/caption]Madden & Breitling Reassert Themselves With Longines Win in Washington By Catie Staszak As the defending champion of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, US Olympian Beezie Madden is prequalified for next year's Final in Gothenburg. Saturday night in Washington, D.C. (USA), she reminded everyone why she's earned such a distinction. Madden, aboard her World Cup Champion Breitling LS, put on an absolute clinic to win the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington. On a night that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Washington International Horse Show, the duo topped a four-horse jump-off, crossing the timers of Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER)'s shortened course in 30.74 seconds. It was an all-American female podium, as Katie Dinan (USA) and Dougie Douglas finished second (32.93 seconds), and Lucy Davis (USA) and Caracho were third (33.44). "This was Breitling's first indoor this year...nice to see he's in form. It just shows why he was so good at World Cup Finals!" Beezie Madden (USA) "This was [Breitling's] first indoor event of the year," Madden said. "It's nice to see that he's in form. It just shows why he was so good at World Cup Finals. He walked right in here, and he's clever, rideable, adjustable, careful, and he can handle tight spaces like this." Coming back third in the jump-off, Madden and Breitling were able to shave more than two seconds off Dinan's time thanks to their swift turns—particularly one taken to the penultimate vertical. "My horse has natural foot speed and is quite good at turning," Madden said. "I think I made [the time] up on the turns at both ends [on the ring], particularly on the last turn." A Closer Race in the East Washington's results made the World Cup standings tighter than ever. Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) remains at the top of the east coast sub league standings of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League with 29 points, but with her third-place finish, Davis is now tied with Georgina Bloomberg (USA) in second. They each have 28 points. A point behind them is Mattias Tromp (USA), and just four points separate the top five, with Madden (26 points) now sitting in fifth. The North American League continues in Lexington, KY (USA), on 3 November 2018. Results 1. Breitling LS, Beezie Madden (USA) 0/0 30.74 2. Dougie Douglas, Katie Dinan (USA) 0/0 32.93 3. Caracho, Lucy Davis (USA) 0/0 33.44 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League -East sub league standings: 1 Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) 29 2 Georgina Bloomberg (USA) 28 3 Lucy Davis (USA) 28 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League -West sub league standings: 1 Zazou Hoffman (USA) 32 2 Eve Jobs (USA) 31 3 Uma O'Neill (USA) 24
  • Germany’s Wilhelm Genn Puts On a Show in Sacramento to Notch First Longines Victory

    Germany’s Wilhelm Genn Puts On a Show in Sacramento to Notch First Longines Victory

    Germany's Wilhelm Genn Puts On a Show in Sacramento to Notch First Longines Victory By Catie Staszak Less than three hours from the city of Columbus, which hosted its first ever Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier this weekend, is German rider Wilhelm Genn's Rheinland Farm. Genn wasn't there, but found himself on top in the World Cup competition, more than 2,400 miles away. Genn (GER) and his mount Bugatti topped a nine-horse jump-off to win the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento, their first victory in a World Cup event. With a clear jump-off in 36.88 seconds, the duo topped Karrie Rufer (USA) and Georgie d'Auvray EC (37.31 seconds) by just under a half-second. Karl Cook (USA) and Caillou finished third, crossing the timers with a clean round in 38.47 seconds. "I was hoping I got a chance to run for it today, and it worked out. Bugatti likes the footing, and he likes the crowd—it gets him a little excited, and that makes him better, because normally he's a very lazy horse. It all kind of played a little bit in my favor." Wilhelm Genn (Germany) The stands were packed to capacity Saturday night at the Murieta Equestrian Center as 25 combinations lined up to take on Olaf Petersen, Jr.'s (GER) 1.60m course. The first clear round did not come until the 14th horse in the order, but eight others quickly followed suit. "My horse felt great," Genn said. "I like to plan things, so before we came here, we showed in Kentucky, because they have a grand prix Friday night under the nights [indoors]. That was our warm-up, and we jumped very well there, so I felt pretty confident." Genn had not originally planned to compete on the west coast, but when his son Theo, who also jumped Saturday night with Taylor Reid's Boucanier, elected to make the journey, he decided to join him. The decision proved to pay off in spades. "I really came here for my son," Genn said. "And then I thought, 'I'll bring my two horses.'" Two New Leaders New names sit atop the standings in both the east and west coast sub leagues of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League. Genn, who is declared on the east coast, now leads those standings. He is tied at the top with Molly Ashe Cawley (USA), who earned her first Longines victory in New York. Both have 20 points. Rufer may have finished second in Sacramento, but she also ended the night a winner, going to the top of the west coast standings with 21 points. She earned 17 points for her runner-up finish, combined with the four points she received in at Vancouver (CAN) in August, the first qualifier of the 2018-2019 season. The North American League continues with a double-header weekend. On the east coast, Columbus, OH (USA) hosts its first World Cup qualifier on 07 October 2018 at 1:00pm ET. Results 1. Bugatti, Wilhelm Genn (GER) 0/0 36.88 2. Georgie d'Auvray EC, Karrie Rufer (USA) 0/0 37.31 3. Caillou, Karl Cook (USA) 0/0 38.47 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League -West sub league standings: 1 Karrie Rufer (USA) 21 2 Uma O'Neill (USA) 20 3 Carlos Hank Guerreiro (MEX) 17 FULL STANDINGS Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League -East sub league standings: 1 Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) 20 2 Wilhelm Genn (GER) 20 3 Conor Swail (IRL) 17
  • USA finishes second ahead of Brazil in third

    USA finishes second ahead of Brazil in third

    [caption id="attachment_10964" align="alignright" width="300"] Marcus Ehning of Germany rides Come IL Faut 5 as the Germany team wins the Challenge Cup in the Real Club de Polo where during the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, 06 October 2018. The Finals run on 07 October 2018.
    Photo FEI/Jim Hollander[/caption]USA finishes second ahead of Brazil in third by Louise Parkes by Louise Parkes Marcus Ehning was the hero of the hour when clinching the Challenge Cup for Germany at the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final 2018 in Barcelona (ESP) tonight riding Comme Il Faut. Team-mate Philipp Weishaupt produced a foot-perfect pathfinding run from the lovely mare Asathir, but when Hans-Dieter Dreher left two fences on the floor with Berlinda and youngest team member Maurice Tebbel had a fence down and a time fault with Chacco's Son, then all the pressure was piled on Ehning's shoulders. He knew exactly what he had to do because he's done it so many times before. "I had to go clear to win the class. This last 20 years I've been doing the sport I'm used to the pressure. Especially this year I had a few rounds where I had to be clear and I was lucky I was clear, but I hope that will change and that in future years the pressure is on someone else!" Marcus Ehning (Team Germany) he said with a smile tonight after his team won through on a total of five faults. Of the seven competing nations there were two with just three team-members, Canada who started out that way in yesterday's first round of the Final and USA whose numbers were reduced when Jessica Springsteen and RMF Zecilie were a late withdrawal this evening. But Alex Granato, who was on the reserve bench yesterday, really rose to the occasion by steering Carlchen W through a foot-perfect round. So when all the US had to count was a double-error from Andy Kocher and Kahlua and a single time fault from Lucy Deslauriers with Hester then their nine-fault total was good enough for runner-up spot. That time fault was costly however, because Deslauriers was the last of the five riders chasing down a €50,000 bonus on offer to anyone producing clear rounds both yesterday and today. If she had been just that little bit faster she would have had it all to herself. Brazil lined up third on 10 faults ahead of Spain with 15, Canada with 16, Great Britain with 20 and the United Arab Emirates on a big score of 40 faults. The Germans had mixed feelings about tonight's success. The competition was open to the teams that did not qualify in yesterday's first round for tomorrow's top-eight Final. Philipp Weishaupt said it was tough to miss the cut by such a narrow margin when time was taken into account after four teams completed with an eight-fault scoreline. "We missed out by less than a second, and it wasn't so easy to keep the motivation up today. We put our breeches on in the hotel and came out to jump tonight but all the other teams had their jeans on. But we knew we had to do it and we knew we had to try our best", he added. Ehning, who along with Tebbel was a member of the German team that claimed bronze at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon, USA two weeks ago when their team-mate, Simone Blum, also took the individual title with the lovely mare DSP Alice, is one of the world's most admired horsemen. Tonight he had the crowd spell-bound as he cruised at high speed around the track to bring glory to his country once again. Asked how he prepared to go into such a pressure round he explained that Comme Il Faut had been jumping too high in the practice arena, so he schooled him over small fences to get him to jump lower which would allow them to take on the course at greater speed. "Especially at the first fence I wanted him to be fast. The time was a bit tight...but if you can flow with him then you just have to follow him and he makes it very easy for the rider, he's a very clever horse!" Marcus Ehning (Team Germany) Meanwhile his Chef d'Equipe described the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series as "the biggest thing we have in our sport! All of our different stakeholders are fighting for it, the breeders, supporters, owners, the riders, the Chefs' d'Equipe, the Federations, everybody. It's something special to be in a team, to fight with a team, to lose or win together for your country. I love this!" Otto Becker said.