PARIS, France — New Jersey native Jessica Springsteen earned the lone victory for the United States as the Longines Masters Series officially got underway at the Longines Masters of Paris on Dec. 1.
The Riders Masters Cup is an innovative show jumping competition launched in 2017 by EEM and organized in partnership with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF). The concept pits two equestrian powerhouses — the United States and Europe — against each other in a transatlantic battle.
With pairs of riders facing off over two rounds, the first round is conducted as a table A grand prix course with the starting order being drawn at random. Each duel won in this round earns one point for the team of the winning rider.
The second round is against the clock and riders are allowed to switch from a grand prix mount to a speed horse. The coach of the losing team in the first round designates the first rider to go and the winning team has the advantage of choosing the first opponent. It then switches for the next round. Each duel that is won accumulates two points for the winning team.
Springsteen, 26, of Colt’s Neck, N.J., was pitted against Harry Charles, an up and coming young rider from Great Britain.
Springsteen’s teammates — Taylor Alexander, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, and Lucas Porter, captained by U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland mounted a comeback in the speed portion, in which victory was worth double points. The score stood at 45 to 30 at the half before Kraut and Porter bested Van Der Vleuten and Charles by fractions of a second over the speed track. Riders USA crept into the lead, but Spanish Olympian Aznar, Italian team member Levy, and German Olympic team bronze medalist Deusser were quick to answer the call by winning their matches and securing Riders Europe the title.
The Longines Masters Series moves on to the Longines Masters of Hong Kong from February 15-17, and the Longines Masters of New York on April 25-28. Watch via live-stream on EEM.tv, a free digital equestrian sports channel broadcasting all of the action. Tickets for the Longines Masters of New York will be available soon at www.longinesmasters.com/en/ticketing/new-york .
For more information on the 2018/2019 Longines Masters, visit www.longinesmasters.com.
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