January 25, 2018 – Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX – Thirty-nine horse and rider combinations were put to the test by world-renowned course designer Guilherme Jorge in today’s qualifier for Saturday’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Guadalajara. Five riders were fault-free over the stout track with a variety of related lines, a triple combination early on, and ending with a triple bar to a double combination. The first three fences as well as the triple bar proved to be the most difficult aspects of the track, coming down multiple times. The time allowed also proved to be a challenge, with a third of the class adding time faults to their final score.
Moving up from last year’s second place finish in this class, the first to jump off and first to finish double-clear, Brazilian Rodrigo Lambre and Mario Onate’s Coleman, posted what turned out to be an unbeatable time of 44.72s.
”I love coming to this show and jumping courses designed by Guilherme, and I am very happy with the new footing here,” Lambre noted. “I also look forward to competing with Coleman in Ocala, Florida for the Nations Cup class this season.”
The only other double-clear ride came from American Jamie Barge and her long time partner Luebbo, who took a conservative track in 51.31s.
Day two kicked off at 8 a.m. with 68 competitors in the Mexico Ecuestre Cup 1.35m. Of the 17 clean rides, it was Arturo Navarro Reynoso, aboard Cecilia Swartz’s chestnut gelding, Armani G who lead the victory gallop. The pair stopped the timers over three seconds quicker than the second-place finisher, Nicolas Pizarro and Cuautla LS.
Of the thirty-five riders in the Loteria Nacional 1.40m, Hector Caro rode his own mount, Craig, to the win, stopping the clock in 55.51s. Second and third-place finishers, Antonio Maurer aboard Valegro and Juan Manuel Luzardo aboard Quidandro, were close behind, finishing in 55.98s and 56s respectively.
Stay tuned for more FEI CSI4*-W action through the week.
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The North American League is one among sixteen taking part in the highly successful and global FEI World Cup™ Jumping series, which has been in existence since 1978.
A total of 14 athletes from the North American League will qualify for the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico.
The North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Final.