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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

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