Quote of the Week
“Peder sometimes doesn’t know where to go. Maybe he’s gotten lost in Gothenburg. It’s happened before.”
—Swedish rider and Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals commentator Malin Baryard-Johnsson ribbing her teammate, 3rd place finisher Peder Fredricson, during a prize giving delay at Gothenburg. Because if anyone is cool enough to take a hall pass on prize givings, it’s Peder.
Peder Fredricson & Catch Me Not S on their way to a third-place finish at Longines FEI Word Cup™ Jumping Finals. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping
Hat Tricks All Around at Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals 2019
Steve Guerdat & Alamo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping
World #1 Steve Guerdat of Switzerland completed his long-awaited hat trick in show jumping aboard Alamo, while World #1 Isabell Werth of Germany came, saw, and conquered in her third, consecutive win (and fifth win overall) on Weihegold OLD.
What Happened: Show Jumping
The Expected: In a semi-repeat of the World Equestrian Games, it all came down to the boys from Switzerland, Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs on Clooney 51, both of whom rode to win in the third round of FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, with just points separating first place from second. After winning Final II in front of an electrified home crowd (watch below) European Champion Peder Fredricson earned Sweden the third-place spot on the podium on Catch Me Not S, while returning champion Beezie Madden and Breitling LS settled for sixth, the U.S.A’s highest placing.
The Unexpected: After two days of competition, Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar entered Round III on an impressive zero score aboard Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot, but ultimately finished eighth after adding three, costly rails to his total. Sweden’s Henrik van Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou, who many considered the favorite coming into the championship, withdrew on a score of 21 following the first round of competition on Day 3. And the crowd went wild in equal turns for fan favorites Shino Hirota of Japan and pinto former carriage horse Life is Beautiful, as well as South Africa’s Lisa Williams & Campbell, both of whom put in strong performances over three days of competition.
What Happened: Dressage
FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals proved to be yet another case of history repeating itself—the last three years of history, in fact—in which Werth and Weihegold edged out the U.S.A.’s Laura Graves and Verdades to take the top spot. The week’s biggest surprise came from third-place finisher and 2013 champion Helen Langehanenberg of Germany, who cemented her podium spot with the 17-year-old stallion, Damsey FRH, in a truly dramatic fashion: losing control of Damsey in the final, centerline extended trot and managing to rein-in just inches in front of an agape judges’ table.
That’s a wrap on FEI World Cup™ Finals 2019! Was it a shocking conclusion? Maybe not. But 2019’s repeat champions Werth and Guerdat certainly deserve their accolades, and Steve maybe (definitely) choked us all up in his tearful interview from the podium. The real star of the show, however, was the Swedish crowd, who, round after round last week, brought an electric enthusiasm to horse sport the likes of which is rarely seen. Win or lose, that’s something we can all get behind.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Peder Fredricson Win Final II in Front of a Home Crowd in Gothenburg
You can’t help but get goosebumps watching Peder Fredricson & Catch Me Not S, jumping off for the win during Round 2 of FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals (we give commentator and fellow Swede Malin Baryard-Johnsson bonus points for her totally unapologetic but highly patriotic gasps and cheers throughout the round). Make sure you have your sound ALL the way up for Peder’s final rollback turn home.
World Cup Finals Behind the Scenes With Eduardo Alvarez Aznar’s Groom, Terri Fitton
Terri Fitton & Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot, a.k.a. “Fatty Mgatty." (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping
What goes through your head when your horse is leading the field going into Round 3 of Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals? Groom Terri Fitton talks us through the feeling, plus how Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot got his nickname, “Fatty Mgatty,” and why he’s not letting the Championship go to his head. “He really has no idea how amazing he is and how much he achieves,” Fitton says. “He’s just as happy to be jumping as he is to be rolling and getting dirty in the field at home.”
PonyApp Partners: At the In-GateCome Cheer On Your Favorite IHSA Rider at the Longines Masters of New York!
IHSA Rider Lizzy Treband (c) Courtesy of Longines Masters of New York
Twenty-five of the nation’s top, collegiate riders will take a break from the books and head to the Big Apple this month to take center stage on Friday, April 26 in the IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational at the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB Live. The riders are helping to spread the word about the class in their own colleges and communities, and you can help! Click here to view the bios for each of the 2019 IHSA competitors along with links to their individual ticket sites. The #PonyApp squad will be there cheering them on—will you?
Boyd Martin v. the Boat, Part II
This weekend during the Fork CCI4*-S in Tryon, North Carolina, the U.S.A.'s Boyd Martin got to face-down an old nemesis: the “boat” jump which gave him and Tsetserleg so much trouble during the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The good news? This time Boyd not only stuck the landing and beat the boat, he and “Thomas” made good on their time and claimed the top spot of the weekend. Bravo!