LANGLEY, Canada — Nations Cup competition newcomer, Lucy Deslauriers, of New York, N.Y.and her horse Hester, helped the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team secure a spot in October’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final.
The team competed in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Canada at the Langley Odlum Brown BC Open on June 3. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the U.S. team of Deslauriers, Kent Farrington, Jamie Barge and Richard Spooner placed fourth with 34 faults.
“We always come seeking a podium finish, but we just missed by one here,” said Ridland. “Our clear objective coming [to Langley] was to qualify for the final in Barcelona — and we did it. It was a dog fight out there no question, for all the teams. We certainly came here and did what we came to accomplish.”
Deslauriers and Hester, Lisa Deslauriers’s 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, put in a strong first round with just a single time fault.
Veteran Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and Uceko, R.C.G. Farm’s 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, filled in for Keri Potter (Del Mar, Calif.) when her horse Bitalica colicked the evening before. The combination put in an impressive second round with just four faults and a time penalty after a few rails in round one. Anchors for the U.S. team, Spooner (Agua Dulce, Calif.) and Chatinus, and Tracy Katayama’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, had some difficulty in round one, but greatly improved in round two, finishing on two time penalties.
“We ended up today with two veterans and two newcomers,” continued Ridland. “With Keri’s horse getting a mild case of colic and being out of the mix — that was a last minute substitute for Kent to come in and do that, and it worked out very well. It is always a tough one under that kind of pressure for the riders. They gained incredible experience today.”
Now that the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team has qualified for the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final, and sit in second in the North and Central America and Caribbean division, Ridland and the U.S. team turn the attention to the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 short-listed athletes.
“We shift gears now,” said Ridland. “Having qualified for the [Longines FEI Jumping] Nations Cup Final, our main focus for the rest of the summer is the short-listed riders for the WEG. We start in two weeks in Sopot, followed by Rotterdam, and then Aachen the next month, followed by Dublin. That will be our focus. We came into the year with three big priorities: [Longines FEI] World Cup Finals, [Longines FEI Jumping] Nations Cup Final, and our primary objective, the WEG at home. We got the first box checked in Paris, now we are in the [Longines FEI] Nations Cup Final, so we can check that off, and now, our clear focus is our preparation for WEG.”
North and Central America and Caribbean Division Final Standings
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