December 3: The PonyWorld Weekly

December 3: The PonyWorld Weekly

Margie & Royce take it to the house, Europe beats #TeamUSA in grand ol' Paris, Isabell Werth celebrates her World #1 finish with a great practical joke, and more—all this week in the #PonyWorld!

Nina Fedrizzi



Quote of the Week

"I know it sounds funny, but we've both matured a little late together."

- Margie Goldstein-Engle on her mount of six years, Royce, with whom she won the $250,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4* this weekend in Wellington, Florida.

- Margie Goldstein-Engle & Royce (c) Anne Gittins/World of Show Jumping

Europe Wins (Again) at the Riders Masters Paris

Photo (c) Longines Masters Paris 

The Story

#TeamEurope has set the bar once again this year in the Riders Masters series, taking the first leg of the competition at the Longines Masters of Paris and leaving #TeamUSA to chase them.

What Happened?

It appears Robert Ridland’s comeback tour will have to wait a few more months. After winning 2 out of 2 legs in EEM’s inaugural Riders Masters Cup in 2017/2018, Europe has once again defeated America in the first leg of the 2018/2019 season.

Tell Me More

At the Longines Masters of Paris, the unique, duel-style format saw a handful of the U.S.A.’s top riders (think: McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen) take on the best of Europe (Daniel Deusser, Maikel van der Vleuten, Eduardo Alvarez Aznar). Alas, in the first round, Europe edged out #TeamUSA, with only Jessica Springsteen & RMF Chacco Top defeating their rival, Harry Charles & Victor. In the second Speed phase, U25 rider Lucas Porter & Diamonte Darco and Laura Kraut & Curious George both won their heats, but it was not enough to set American out in front. In the end, Europe took home the trophy on a score of 125 to 100 U.S.A. 

PonyApp Take

They may be down, but don’t count them out! America will have another chance to vie for the Cup in the Longines Masters of New York in April. Let’s hope the Big Apple and some loudish New York fans will prove fertile ground for #TeamUSA and a preliminary victory on home turf in 2019. 


If You Can Only Watch One Round…

Watch Edwina Tops-Alexander & California Turn and Burn in Paris

How do you win a jump off? First, have a horse with the speed and scope of super-mare California. Second, ride like Edwina. Australia's #1 show jumper showed why she’s the queen of the jump-off this weekend in front of a packed house in the Longines Grand Prix of Paris. (Pssst… how 'bout a second round of cheers for PonyApp founder Lucy Davis, who placed 7th with Caracho 14!) 

Watch This Space

Steve Geurdat riding Alamo. Photo (c) Rolex / Ashley Neuhof / World of Showjumping

The CHI Geneva rider’s list is in, and it’s really going to be something. 

What do you get when you take the top five riders in the world, the reigning World Champion, and a number of current and former World #1’s? You get the Rider’s List of CHI Geneva (December 6-9), which has the potential to be not only the last Rolex Major, but the best competition of the 2018 season. Set your clock for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday (2:15 p.m. local time/8:15 a.m. EST) where the Grand Slam of Show Jumping’s current contender, Egypt's Sameh El Dahan, will be looking to take home his second title—while the rest of the field (think: Harrie Smolders, Simon Blum, Steve Guerdat, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward—the list goes on...) tries to win one of their own. 

This Just In...

Isabell Werth Will Cap Off Another Stellar Year as #1 in the World

Isabell Werth & Weihegold OLD (c) FEI Dressage/Facebook

It was a nice run while it lasted, but Germany’s indomitable Isabell Werth has unseated the U.S.A.’s Laura Graves to once again take over the World #1 position with Weihegold OLD. To be more specific, Werth will finish the year in 1st, 3rd, and 4th positions with her 2018 World Championship mount, Bella Rose 2, and Emilio 107, respectively. Oh, and when she’s not landing every prize dressage has to offer, Werth still finds time to win at practical jokes (read on).

Pony Social 

Isabell Werth & Team Spoof the Saab Top 10 and It's Epic

Dramatic posing and over-the-top Euro fashions have become the hallmark of the annual Saab Top 10 dressage competition at the Swedish National Horse Show. But this week, rider and founder Patrik Kittel and Isabell Werth & team showed just why dressage riders have all the fun (really!), spoofing their 2018 photo with a barnyard remix. Predictably, the Internet has fallen in love, sparking a #saabtop10challenge competition that promises additional awesomeness. (We want to see yours, so don’t forget to tag @theponyapp in your pictures! Ready. Set. Go!)


Nina Fedrizzi
Nina is an international equestrian and freelance writer for the PonyApp

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