April 29: The PonyWorld Weekly

Quote of the Week

“Simply at a loss for words to describe the incredible animal that is Lucifer V. I owe all to him and the magnificent squad that is [Evergate Stables].”

 —Devil’s advocate Nayel Nassar of Egypt after winning his first CSI5* on Lucifer V in the $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York. He followed it up with a happy dance. We were there to capture it. 

Nayel NassarNayel Nassar tops the podium in the Longines Grand Prix of New York (c) Longines Masters of New York

#TeamEurope Takes It to the House in the Big Apple 

The Story

Another Longines Masters event, another big win for #TeamEurope, who defeated America for the fourth, consecutive time in the Longines Masters of New York Riders Masters Cup (click here for a crash course on how it works).

Ouch. What Happened? 

Some unexpected snafus: U25 rider Lillie Keenan led off for #TeamUSA but dropped two rails on Chaccolette while adversary Pius Schwizer (SWI) jumped clear on Cortney Cox, giving Europe a 10-point starting bonus. Two riders later, the USA’s Laura Chapot & Chandon Blue were eliminated at the “We Ride the World” wall, but after some swift makeup work from a clear McLain Ward on Rapidash, the final Round 1 score was set at Europe: 40 points; USA: 30.

Midway through Round 2’s speed class, #TeamUSA was still in the hunt thanks to clear rounds from McLain and Keenan, who brought their total to 40 points to Europe’s 60. Alas, two rails from Devin Ryan & Cooper and Chapot & Chandon Blue lost the Cup for the home team ahead of the final matchup, in which Harrie Smolders (NED) also defeated Kristen Vanderveen, resulting in a final score of Team Europe: 130 points; Team USA: 90.

PonyApp Take

“It’s not fun losing,” said U.S. team coach Robert Ridland. “None of us were particularly happy about that, but the format, I think, is tremendous.” #TeamUSA will have to wait quite a while for their next shot at Goliath, taking place during the Longines Masters of Paris, December 5-8, 2019. It’s likely to be a tall order: the French are known for their sold-out crowds and are likely to bring an all-star cheering section to bat for #TeamEurope—especially if there are French riders on the roster. Still, we’re holding out hope for the underdog team. After all, ducks never say die.

Riders Masters LineupTeam USA vs. Team Europe at the 2019 Longines Masters Cup at the Longines Masters of New York (c) Longines Masters of New York

PonyApp Partner: Pro Tips 

Jordan Molga M (c) The Ten 

Unicorn Shopping? Don’t Miss Daniel Bluman & Tal Milstein’s Top 5 Tips

Finding and purchasing your next horse can be a (super) stressful time. Fortunately, PonyApp has called in a couple of experts from The Ten auction—top Israeli show jumper Daniel Bluman and renowned international dealer Tal Milstein—to help. Click here to drool over this year’s unicorns or for bidding information, right here.

This Just In... 

Farewell, Chiara 222

This week, German master Ludger Beerbaum bid farewell to his longtime partner, Chiara 222. The 16-year-old mare was euthanized after she failed to improve following a bout of colic two weeks ago. Together, Beerbaum and Chiara earned more than 10 international victories, including a second place finish at FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in 2014. Our thoughts are with Ludger and his team at this difficult time.

 Ludger Beerbaum & Chiara 222 (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping


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Pony Social

“I, Oliver Townend, herby knight thee cutest fan in Kentucky.”

Over the weekend, eventing World #1 Oliver Townend of Great Britain didn’t just clinch his second, consecutive CCI5* victory at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event with Cooley Master Class—and with a rail in hand going into Sunday’s show jumping round—he also found the time to have an adorable, ring-side conversation with a local Pony Clubber. Congrats, Ollie, on a well-deserved win (check out his cross-country round here).

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