Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Leaps Into New Year

Just four qualifiers remain for athletes to earn points toward qualifying for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, March 29–April 2, 2017.
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Just four qualifiers remain for athletes to earn points toward qualifying for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, March 29–April 2, 2017.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Guadalajara
January 29, 2017

Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan | Photo © FEI

Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan | Photo © FEI

Uruguay’s Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan blazed through the timers to win last year’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifying event, the first ever that Mexico had hosted. American Audrey Coulter and Alex were the only pair to come close to Juan’s time, finishing second. Juan was pleased with the progress of his 10-year-gelding. “He has come a long way in a short time. He was injured and had a year off. Just two months after he came back we won a grand prix..”

Guadalajara will host what will be the largest FEI event in Latin America this year, taking place January 25-29.

Fans can watch the free livestream of the lead-up events on January 26 at 1 p.m. (CT) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkjc3QFpU8M and January 27 at 1 p.m. (CT) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tsWmVdmJcY.

Watch the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Guadalajara on feitv.org on January 29 at 2 p.m. CT.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington
February 5, 2017

Kent Farrington and Uceko | Photo © Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

Kent Farrington and Uceko | Photo © Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

Kent Farrington and Ucekco led the way with an unbeatable time of 40.30 seconds at last year’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington which was held at the 300-acre Deeridge Farm in Wellington, Florida, for the first time. “I think this facility is amazing,” Kent said at the time. “It’s really exciting for our sport and for show jumping in Florida.”

This year’s qualifier will again be held at Deeridge Farm, owned by the family of Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competitor Charlie Jacobs, during the Wellington Masters, February 1-5.

Watch the free livestream of the events leading up to the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington on February 2 at 2 p.m. (ET) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moN43CM2iRQand February 3 at 2 p.m. (ET) at ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDNgUxkjSfU.

Watch the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington on feitv.org on February 5 at 1 p.m. ET.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal
February 11, 2017

Nayel Nassar and Lordan | Photo © Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

Nayel Nassar and Lordan | Photo © Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

At last year’s competition, riders showed up hungry for the win to earn points at one of the two final qualifying opportunities in the League. Ultimately it was Egypt’s Nayel Nassar who took the prize, coming out on top in a three-horse jump-off, beating second-place finisher Jamie Barge by more than a second. “I took the inside to turn to the oxer by the gate,” said Nayel. “I didn’t get the chance to see Jamie go but people at the gate told me she was very efficient, so I knew I had to catch up to her there.”

The HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, will host the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal as well as several other notable FEI classes this February. Spanning four days of competition from February 7-12, highlights include the $36,500 Desert Welcome Stake February 9, the $36,500 Desert Classic February 10, and of course the the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier at 3 p.m. February 11.

Watch the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal on feitv.org on February 11 at 3 p.m. PT.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala
March 12, 2017

Marilyn Little and Corona 93 | Photo © FEI

Marilyn Little and Corona 93 | Photo © FEI

Last year, show jumper and eventer Marilyn Little set the bar by being the first rider to go clear in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala jump-off, and she remained in her position to take the win with Corona 93. Of the 10 horse-and-rider combinations in the jump-off, only three riders went clear. Chloe Reid finished second and Katie Dinan was third for an all-female podium sweep. “It was a very long course, and the horses jumped to the best of their ability,” said Marilyn. “It was a real thrill for both horse and rider.”

Like last year, the final qualifying event of the season, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala,will take place at the Live Oak International, March 8-12, in Ocala, Florida.

Watch the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala on feitv.org on March 12 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, including dates, show highlights, behind-the-scenes interviews, photo galleries and videos, check out Practical Horseman's special League section.