Quote of the Week
“McLain doesn’t post, but that’s because he’s perfect. We hate him.”
—The one and only Leslie Burr-Howard touting the benefits of the “posting canter” during her clinic at Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, Virginia last week. Because #McLainDoesn’tPost
Deusser Goes Deux for Deux
Daniel Deusser & Tobago Z (c) Lukasz Kowalski/FEI via World of Show Jumping
Germany’s Daniel Deusser has earned his second win of the 2018/2019 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals season, booking his ticket to Gothenburg in the process.
The former World #1 and the 10-year-old Zangersheide stallion Tobago Z topped a 10-horse jump-off during the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Madrid. In Deusser’s typically elegant style, the pair executed the winding, 1.60m track flawlessly (watch below), narrowly beating out Sweden’s Irma Karlsson & Ida van de Bisschop and chief rival Steve Guerdat & Ulysse des Forets in second. “Tobago is very careful and very scopey, and he’s not a hot horse, so that really helps in the jump-off,” Deusser explained. “He never really rushes, even when he’s under pressure—you get the same jump whether you are going fast or slow."
The jump-off in Madrid may be a harbinger of things to come at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals in Gothenburg next year between Deusser, who will have his pick of horses (he previously won the qualifier in Verona, Italy with Calisto Blue), and Guerdat. The Swiss rider currently leads the Western European League standings on a score of 58 after collecting points on four different horses at all six qualifying legs to date. The top 18 in the League will make the Finals, where they’ll face-off against other competitors from around the globe. These include 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Champion, Beezie Madden, who will also have her pick of at least three qualified horses on her string. All signs indicate a potential Deusser/Guerdat/Madden showdown—a.k.a. a World Cup Finals for the ages.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Deusser & Tobago in Madrid
Watching Daniel Deusser zip around the jump-off course with Tobago Z during the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier in Madrid, you might find yourself pondering a very serious question: Does his leg ever move?
The Week’s Big Drama
The FEI Is Consciously Uncoupling with the AQHA & National Reining Horse Association
And now we’ve got bad blood between the international regulating body and two of the U.S.'s top reining organizations: the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) after the FEI decided to sever its ties this month. The fallout has to do with a perceived failure on the part of the AQHA and NRHA to enforce FEI rules regarding anti-doping, stewarding requirements, and the age of horses in competition—charges both organizations dispute.
This Just In…
Philippe Guerdat (c) Sportfot/EquNews.com
Philippe Guerdat Will No Longer Coach the French Show Jumping Team
After six years and one Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016, Philippe Guerdat will no longer serve as chef d'equipe of the French National Show Jumping Team. The country's federation has decided to review their system and reorganize after #TeamFrance failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Oh la la.
Where is the love? Oh, there it is.
Slobber aside, is there any doubt that horse kisses are the best kisses? American show jumper Chloe Reid certainly thinks so.