Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League News
Pasquel Brothers Earn Top Spots
Mexico’s Francisco Pasquel finished first and his brother Patricio Pasquel second in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Guadalajara CSI****-W in late January in Mexico. Four horseand-rider pairs from a field of 28 advanced to the jump-off. Riding the 10-year-old gelding Naranjo, Francisco had the only double-clear round, which put him ahead of Patricio, who clocked a faster time but had one rail.
“Going clear as fast as I could was my strategy,” Francisco said. “My horse was a little nervous and shifted a little to the right, so I didn’t push him. I knew my brother was going to catch me on the time, but lucky for me, he had a rail. I had a nice time and a little bit of luck.”
Nassar Wins Wellington
With a time of 38.15 seconds in the jump-off, California-based Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Lordan won the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington in early February in Florida. Ten riders and horses from a field of 40 competed in the jump-off, but Nassar couldn’t be caught even by his former trainer Laura Kraut (USA), who finished second on Zeremonie. With the win Nassar moved to the top of the Western Sub-League standings, bumping Mexico’s Enrique Gonzalez.
With his sights set on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, March 29–April 2 in Omaha, Nebraska, Nassar said that he expected his horse to excel. “I actually think Lordan’s better indoors. He’s a little horse with a lot of impulsion. Big jumps out of a corner aren’t an issue for him,” Nassar explained. “And I heard that the Omaha ring isn’t too small either. He really grows under the lights and will rise to the occasion.”
A Comeback for Bond
From a field of 23 Ashlee Bond (USA) and her mount Chela LS won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal, February 11, in California. Three other horse-and-rider combinations joined Bond in the jump-off, but she was the only rider to go double clear. Audrey Coulter (USA) and her horse Alex finished second with four faults and Lane Clark (USA) and Balu U came in third with eight penalties.
“I’m very overwhelmed,” said an elated Bond, who had a baby only four months ago. “I’m trying not to cry. It’s been a really long road with Chela. She’s been out for a year and a half. She’s almost died twice— she had a staph infection— so to have her back is unbelievable. That’s probably why that’s so emotional.”
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Current Rankings
Eastern Sub-League 1. Kent Farrington (USA)—72 points 2. Laura Kraut (USA)—60 3. Audrey Coulter (USA)—59 4. McLain Ward (USA)—44 5. Christian Heineking (GER)—43 6. Lauren Tisbo (USA)—36 6. Keean White (CAN)—36 8. Ljubov Kochetova (RUS)—34 8. Georgina Bloomberg (USA)—34 10. Jonathan McCrea (USA)—33
Western Sub-League 1. Nayel Nassar (EGY)—55 points 2. Karl Cook (USA)—51 3. Enrique Gonzalez (MEX)—42 4. Christopher Surbey (CAN)—41 5. Jenni McAllister (USA)—36 6. Eduardo Menezes (BRA)—32 7. Francisco Pasquel (MEX)—28 7. Eric Navet (FRA)—28 9. Patricio Pasquel (MEX)—24 10. Jamie Barge (USA)—21
Nayel Nassar and Lordan
Francisco Pasquel and Naranjo
Ashlee Bond and Chela LS