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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

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