LANGLEY, Canada — New Yorker, Lucy Deslauriers helped the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team earn a spot in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final.
Team USA earned their spot with a bronze-medal finish in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Canada during the Langley Odlum Brown BC Open at Thunderbird Show Park on June 2.
Robert Ridland served as chef d’equipe of the U.S. team which also included, Eve Jobs, Jenni Martin McAllister, and Richard Spooner. The team finished on a total of 12 faults.
Deslauriers and Hester, Lisa T. Deslauriers’ 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, served as the anchor pair and produced a crucial eight-fault counting score in the first round. She had some difficulties in the second round, incurring 10 faults but that score was dropped.
Spooner (Agua Dulce, Calif.) led off for the U.S. effort with two clear rounds aboard Show Jumping Syndications International’s Quirado RC, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Jobs (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) followed up with two clear rounds of her own on her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Venue d’Fees des Hazalles.
McAllister (Lemitar, N.M.) rode Escada VS, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare owned by Viksbergs Säteri AB, to 16 faults in the first round so her score was dropped. The pair improved to just four faults in the second round.
“It’s what we came to do,” said Ridland. “We always aim for a podium finish, and in this case it was more necessary than ever because we knew that if we had a podium finish, we’d end up in Barcelona. We really needed every ride we got; all four riders had a score that counted and really fought for that spot on the podium.”
“Richard was very good in [the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Mexico on May 5] where he also jumped two clean rounds,” Ridland said. “He’s had four consecutive Nations Cup rounds without a rail down, and that’s tremendous.
“Over the last few years, we’ve seen several younger riders really step up,” Ridland continued. “Lucy [Deslauriers] had a big moment at Barcelona last year when she stepped up, and today we saw Eve do the same thing with her two clear rounds. It’s gratifying to see that because it’s so important for the future of our sport.”
The Canadian team clinched the gold medal with four faults, while Ireland took the silver with eight faults. The Mexican team, who had won the USA and Mexico legs of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup North and Central American and Caribbean Division, placed fourth in Canada but maintained their hold on the top spot of the division standings to qualify for the Final in Barcelona along with the U.S. team whihc was second once and thrid twice. The U.S. is second in the overall rankings with Canada third.
In 2018 Deslauriers made her nations cup debut as team USA just missed the podim but still qualified for the finals. The team was second in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final Challenge Cup after a rough day in the first round of the Nations Cup.
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