Longines FEI World Cup™ North American League News
Kocher Clinches First Win
Andrew Kocher (USA) put himself and the 16-yearold Selle Francias gelding Navalo de Poheton to the test and came out on top at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar, staged in mid-October at California’s Del Mar Horse Park. Last to go in the eight-horse jump-off, Kocher took three inside turns—two of which no other rider had attempted—and crossed the finish line with a time of 37.45, just ahead of Eric Navet (FRA) and Catypso, who finished second in 37.56. “I looked up at the board and thought I was going to be second,” Kocher said. “I would have been very happy to be second. Believe me, I would have been thrilled. But it was me this time! I was first! So it was fun today.”
Mändli Triumphs in D.C.
In a thrilling 11-horse jump-off, Swiss rider Beat MŠndli and his mount Dsarie earned the blue ribbon in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, held in late October during the Washington International Horse Show, an annual event in the heart of the nation’s capital.
Mändli’s time of 32.07 was just enough to take the top spot over McLain Ward (USA)—ranked No. 2 in the world—aboard HH Callas. Less than threetenths of a second separated the two riders.
“I have had her for four years now and I really think she’s a superstar,” said Mändli of the Dutch Warmblood owned by Grand Road Partners. “She can go very far—also doing some championships, I hope. She’s only 9 years old and there’s nothing she can’t do. I’m very happy to have her.”
Lapierre Wins Twice in Canada
Canada’s Isabelle Lapierre rode Cescha M to victory in late October at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Calgary, held at Stampede Park in the Canadian province of Alberta. Lapierre also won the season opener of the North American League in Bromont, making her the first rider to win multiple competitions in the series.
No rider in the threehorse jump-off in Calgary was able to produce a clear round. With four faults and the fastest time of 50.16, Lapierre clinched the win over second-place finisher Laura JaneTidball (CAN) and Concetto Son.
“I think it goes so fast in the jump- off,” Lapierre said. “You make a plan, but you just take what happens. I wasn’t sure when I jumped the last jump if I won it or not because it took a long time to show it on the board.”
Lynch Tops Leaderboard
Ireland’s Denis Lynch and RMF Echo rocketed into first place after a speedy jump- off round in the Longines FEI World Cup ™ Jumping Lexington, held in early November during the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. Lynch and the 13- yearold Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Monica and Frank McCourt finished on a time of 36.16, just ahead of Lauren Tisbo ( USA) and Coriandolo di Ribano at 36.52. Fresh off his win of the Longines FEI World Cup ™ Jumping Washington ( D. C.), Beat MŠndli ( SUI) was unable to hold on to his early lead in Lexington, finishing third on Dsarie on 37.80.
“I went as quickly as I could,” Lynch said. “Echo is a naturally very, very quick horse. He’s been unlucky a few times this year when he’s been beaten at the post. I think there were three or four grands prix where he finished second. I think he really deserved it tonight.
Andrew Kocher and Navalo de Poheton
Isabelle Lapierre and Cescha M
Beat MŠndli and Dsarie
Denis Lynch and RMF Echo