Quote of the Week
“You aren’t going to win every time. You will fall off some days and have double clear rounds the next. Being able to control your emotions in every situation is crucial.”
—U.S. equestrian DiAnn Langer shared her theory on building a long career in the sport at the USHJA Gold Star Clinic last week in Thermal, California. Hear that, pony kids? Temper tantrums are for toddlers.
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The Shanghai Swans Glide to Back-to-Back Wins in Mexico City
Shanghai Swans Peder Fredricson & Daniel Deusser in Mexico City. (c) Stefano Grasso/GCL
Two Global Champions League (GCL) events, and two big wins for the Shanghai swans, who added another notch to their belt on Saturday in the GCL Final of Mexico City.
Wait a Minute, White Swans Can’t Jump
No, but Daniel Deusser (GER) and Peder Fredricson (SWE) sure can. The latter pinch hitter was a major acquisition for the Swans, who swiped the 3rd place World Cup™ Jumping Finals finisher from the Prague Lions this year. One of a handful of teams to finish on a zero score in Thursday’s Round 1, the Swans made two horse changes for the final round on Saturday. Deusser added four faults with Calisto Blue (who otherwise jumped his heart out, see below), but Fredricson delivered, taking a daring inside turn to the GCL double to earn a fast clear and leave his team on just four faults overall.
#KneeGoals: Daniel Deusser & Calisto Blue. (c) Stefano Grasso/GCL
Steve Guerdat may be on top of the world, but Fredricson and his Swans teammate Daniel Deusser are nipping at the Swiss man’s heels. The riders finished third and fourth, respectively, in Gothenburg, and both currently sit in the top-five in the Longines rankings, with just 50 points between World #3 Fredricson and World #5 Deusser (Guerdat, at #1, still has a comfortable 300+ point lead). Whether they can overtake Guerdat this year is debatable, but the GCL season is looking more and more like it could be a Shanghai Swans sweep.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Jérôme Guery Put On a Turning Clinic in Mexico City
You can’t win a jump-off without knowing how to jump and turn, but rarely does it look as smooth and seamless as Belgium’s Jérôme Guery made it look aboard the lovely, Quel Homme de Hus in Saturday’s LGCT Grand Prix of Mexico City. Want to win big classes? Just do what Jérôme does.
This Just In...
Horse-Swappin' With Jennifer Gates and Ali Ramsay
Jennifer Gates (c) EquNews.com
Earlier the week, news broke that Canadian equestrian Ali Ramsay’s Hermelien vd Hooghoeve had moved to Jennifer Gates’ Evergate Stables. A few days later, it was announced that Gates’ Lutz (yes, Lutz of the adorable white face) will head to Ali’s string. His former rider, Nayel Nassar, wished him a fond farewell on Instagram.
PonyApp Partners: At the In-GateU.S. Riders Revealed for the Riders Masters Cup at the Longines Masters of New York
U.S. Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland. (c) Longines Masters of New York
U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland had the first and last laugh last week after FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals when he (surprise!) revealed the names of the five riders taking on #TeamEurope during the Riders Masters Cup at the Longines Masters of New York on Saturday, April 27. With McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Laura Chapot, Devin Ryan, and Lillie Keenan on the startlist for #TeamUSA, it’s clear Ridland has brought his big guns to maybe earn that long-coveted U.S. win on home soil. Let’s go team!
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Israeli show jumper Ashlee Bond is a lifelong horse girl, and it looks like it might be in the blood. This week, Bond shared a video of her daughter, Scottie, making the rounds at the horse show, and it looks like she might be a natural. Look out world, here she comes.