Quote of the Week
Tim Stockdale & Fresh Direct Paricval at the 2002 World Equestrian Games. (c) Trevor Meeks/Horse & Hound
“I first met Tim when I was working at a show jumping yard as a 19-year-old. He was a warm and friendly person, and it has always been an absolute pleasure to see him over the years as our paths have crossed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Nayel Nassar Is Spending His November Collecting World Cup Qualifier Wins
Nayel Nassar & Lordan are taking the West Coast by storm, winning not one but two World Cup Qualifiers in the space of just one week.
Nayal Nassar & Lordan (c) Andrew Ryback/Las Vegas National Horse Show
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Less than seven days after the Egyptian rider won the World Cup qualifier at the HITS National Sunshine II Tour in California, he and longtime partner Lordan were at it again this weekend, taking home the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifier at the Las Vegas National Horse Show.
Returning in pole position in the six-horse jump-off, Nassar had the advantage of watching earlier rounds by second- and third-place finishers, Wilhelm Genn (GER) & Bugatti and Harley Brown (AUS) & Mylord Cornet. “It always helps when you know what you need to do, and I relish the pressure as well. Lordan can feel that, too," said Nassar of the 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion. "I was getting tingly walking in [the ring] and he really tried his heart out.”
Nassar after his victory. (c) Andrew Ryback/Las Vegas National Horse Show
With these wins, Nassar has moved up to third place in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American Western Sub-League standings behind leader, Richard Spooner (USA), and Eve Jobs (USA) in second. Spooner & Quirado Rc were fourth and Nassar's girlfriend, Jennifer Gates, & Monaco were sixth in the Las Vegas qualifier on Sunday. (“I’m always okay losing to this guy,” Gates joked on Instagram.)
Saturday’s victory marked Nassar’s second big win of the day—the first came in the $50,000 1.45m Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic aboard Lucifer V—and all signs indicate that his string is in top form coming into the home stretch of World Cup Finals qualification season. With just two remaining legs in Mexico in early 2019, the chase is officially on.
This Just In...
Anna Kellnerová Snags Catch Me If You Can
She’s the horse of a lifetime and the Czech Republic’s Anna Kellnerová is the lucky young show jumper to get the ride on Paul Schockemöhle’s Catch Me If You Can ahead of the 2019 season. The WEG bronze medal-winning partner of Germany’s Anna Klaphake has been purchased for the Czech Equestrian Team and Kellnerová, who is currently on the hunt for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification. No doubt that this is one new pair that’s worth watching.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Pieter Devos Lope to the Win in Stuggart
Rarely does a rider so clearly win the jump-off before it even concludes, but that’s just what happened to Pieter Devos & Apart, the last to go in the challenging second round of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Grand Prix at the Stuggart German Masters. After an early inside turn shaved full seconds off Devos’s time, it was left to the Belgian rider to slowly and steadily finish his round—and keep the fences up—in order to move ahead of current leader Max Kühner (AUT) & PSG Final. Easier said than done, right?
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Wildfires have devasted California. Here’s how you can help.
California’s horsemen and women in communities affected by the deadliest wildfire outbreak in the state’s history are in desperate need of refuge and supplies for their evacuated horses, pets, and other livestock. Here are four ways you can contribute to the effort.
The Horses in the Snow Video to End All Horses in the Snow Videos
Without fail, the Internet can be depended upon to greet the first flakes of November with lots of adorable footage of horses tearing it up in the snow. They buck and rear…they roll and play blanket tag… or, if you’re this cheeky duo belonging to grand prix rider Kama Godek, they use their (taller) friends as a snow shelter. You do you, Mini Cooper!