GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Beezie Madden was the highest placed American, finishing in sixth place in the on April 7 after the final two rounds in Final III of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.
In a tight race to the finish, the top 10 competitors entered the arena with less than six penalties separating them from the top position. In the end, it would be Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs going one-two, with Sweden’s Peder Fredricson earning third.
Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Breitling LS, Abigail Wexner’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, had a fantastic week in Scandinavium Arena. Two-time World Cup champion Madden guided the talented and bold stallion through three very tough rounds, including a jump-off in Final II and two rounds in Final III, to finish the week on 11 penalties. Santiago Varela’s courses proved to be big and technical, yielding just 32 clears of 118 rides over four rounds and one jump-off.
“I thought everything really basically went well,” said Madden after her last ride. “[Breitling LS] felt good coming into the week. I thought he went well all week. We were really close to winning the first [round] (Final I) and close to winning the second [round] (Final II). Other people can say that too, but I really thought we were so close to being really, really high up. We are still going to get a decent result out of [the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final], even though things didn’t quite go our way. So that is pretty good … I can’t be disappointed really, it was so close to being brilliant. But that is the way it goes, that’s why we do this.”
In her second World Cup Final appearance, Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.) and Chameur 137, Purple Road, LLC’s 11-year-old Westphalian gelding, would advance from 20th in Final II to finish 17th with 41 penalties, just behind their American teammates Eve Jobs and Kelli Cruciotti.
Devin Ryan (Long Valley, N.J.) and Cooper, his 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, remained in their 22nd position to finish with 32 penalties prior to the final round of Final III.
“I feel good … [Chameur 137] really proved himself,” said Bloomberg. “I think we have learned a lot from each other, but for his first World Cup experience, we have done really well.”
“[Cooper] has such a big heart and great character,” said Ryan. “[Cooper] loves his job. He really tried this week, I couldn’t be more pleased with him.”
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