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].”
#TeamEurope Takes It to the House in the Big Apple
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.
“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.
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Jordan Molga M (c) The Ten
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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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Ollie Townend on his conversation with the little pony clubber after his Dressage ride: “I said thank you very much for being here and she announced to me that I had sold her mum a horse and that she was happy with the way it was going. So I asked her if her mum was ready to buy a new one yet!” #LRK3DE 2019 #BestWeekendAllYear #BestRidersAllYear