Wellington, Florida – February 21, 2019 – The CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America at the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series® lived up to its promise as one of the top events of the year, as the historic team challenge made a glorious return to Wellington Florida. A thrilling win by Mexico set off a celebration that will long be remembered for its spirit and sheer jubilation.
Held at the spectacular Deeridge Farms, where it will remain at least through 2021, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA showcased 60 Olympic-caliber athletes from 13 countries, who competed with 115 horses for $716,500 in prize money. Nations Cup week also featured 53 horses in competitions for Young Riders, Juniors, and Children, showcasing the next generation of elite show jumping talent. The star-studded event pulsed with excitement and delivered exciting competition from day one.
Teams from six nations – Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and USA – went head-to-head in the $290,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America, the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona, Spain, next fall, and the first leg of the 2019 series, which will visit 12 venues around the globe.
It came down to the last rider to determine who would finish with the lowest two-round fault total, and it was the young team from Mexico who emerged with the win. Led by Chef d’Equipe Stanny van Paesschen, the Mexican team featured four riders under the age of 30 – Fernando Martinez Sommer on Cor Bakker, Eugenio Garza Perez on Victer Finn DH Z, Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado riding Tino La Chapelle and Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane with Hortensia Van De Leeuwerk. Mexico finished with 4 faults, while the team from Israel took second place with 9 faults, and the United States finished third with 12.
All of the riders and Chefs d’Equipe praised the event at Deeridge Farms, and Mexico’s Chef van Paesschen summed it up best. “It’s a beautiful venue, the ring is absolutely fantastic. It’s like a home garden, as it’s really well kept. It’s beautiful. We are not used to places like this in Europe. In Mexico, they also have great places, but this is a great venue that is among the best in the world.”
The third placed team included four-time Olympic veteran and reigning Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final Champion, Beezie Madden, who rode her World Cup winner Breitling LS to a clear first round but had one rail in the second. McLain Ward, her four-time Olympic teammate and winner of the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, had a rail down in both rounds with HH Azur. Laura Kraut, 2008 Olympic team gold medalist, had a rail in the first round with Confu but jumped clear in the second. Lucy Deslauriers, a last-minute substitute for Olympic veteran Margie Engle—who arrived ill on the day of competition—had two rails down in the first round but jumped a beautiful clear in the second round aboard her long-time partner Hester.
“The show is fantastic,” said Madden. “It’s a real refresher to come over here and be able to ride on the grass. The Jacobs family has done a great job putting on a show here. This is a huge undertaking, and they certainly don’t have to do it, but it’s lucky for us [that] they have a passion for it.”
While Engle was forced to the sidelines for the Nations Cup, she still had a memorable week at Deeridge Farms after she and top mount Royce finished second to Irishman Paul O’Shea in the $210,000 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix of the Palm Beach Masters. Despite losing his rein after the jump-off’s third fence, O’Shea rode the fastest of the three double-clear rounds to earn the win on Imerald Van ‘t Voorhof. Colombia’s Juan Manuel Gallego and Coulash van de Broy Z placed third.
“I really want to thank and commend the Jacobs family for what they have done with this event,” said Engle. “They go out of their way to make this a fabulous experience for all of us. They do everything they can to make the conditions ideal; it rained so much recently, but the footing is as good as you find anywhere in the world. I think we all owe them a huge thank you for what they are doing for our sport.”
Catherine Tyree made a jubilant return to the Palm Beach Masters Series®. The American rider piloted Bokai to the win over a 35-horse field in the $50,000 CSIO5* Suncast® Grand Prix Qualifier, outpacing two of show jumping’s superstars in a three-horse jump-off. Todd Minikus (USA) placed second on Chaventyno, while Beezie Madden and Breitling LS finished third.
“The Jacobs family has been involved with the sport for so long, and it’s really something special that they plan this as their way to give back to all of us,” said Tyree, who finished in the ribbons in four of the five classes in which she competed. “They put on a great event, and I feel very lucky that we have it as an option. Every time that I have been here, it’s been nothing but great and run very well.”
The United States’ greatest successes came with its youth riders. Teams from the U.S. won all three youth divisions – Young Riders, Juniors and Children’s— of team competition. The U.S.’s winning team in the $10,000 CSIO Young Rider Nations Cup consisted of Samantha Cohen, Madison Goetzmann, Lauren Fischer and Katherine Strauss.
“The best thing about this event is that these riders – from all the nations competing today – are the future of our sport,” said U.S. Young Rider Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski, who felt the format was invaluable for all the riders. “In Europe, there are Nations Cup competitions for Children, Juniors and Young Riders, but we don’t get that in this country. So, for these kids to have an event like this to ride for their country and really feel it, there’s just nothing like it. It’s an amazing experience, and I am so thankful that the Jacobs family put in on here.”
A wonderful feature at the show was the “Clear the Jump for JustWorld” initiative. Each time a horse and rider cleared the JustWorld International jump without incurring faults, the event’s title sponsor, Longines, provided meals for children at JustWorld International programs. During the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America, Longines provided 5,000 meals through “Clear the Jump!”
Since the beginning of the partnership between JustWorld International and the Swiss watchmaker, Longines has provided more than 250,000 meals for children. It not only demonstrates the importance of Longines’ commitment to providing vital needs to youth, but also how seriously and sincerely it considers its corporate social responsibility as a company.
Another splendid program at the event saw The Grooms Award, Ltd. present gift bags to all of the grooms of the horses that competed in the Nations Cup. The Grooms Award Ltd., a non-for-profit organization, celebrates professional hunter/jumper grooms and their dedication to the care of the show horse.
“It was a privilege handing out treat bags to all of the dedicated and hard-working grooms,” said Andrea Mewhinney, Director of The Grooms Award, Ltd. “Their attention to detail and love for the horses they work with is an inspiration. We thank the Jacobs family for welcoming us and providing us with the opportunity to recognize grooms and all they do for horses. As a family with a long history in show jumping, the Jacobses fully appreciate the role of grooms and their contributions to the care of horses, and we thank them for allowing us to recognize what they do.”
For complete results from the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA at the Palm Beach Masters Series®, visit https://palmbeachmasters.com/
The last world-class event of the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series® is:
February 27–March 3
Returning for its third year is the Deeridge Derby, a USEF nationally rated show where the nation’s most elegant show hunters take will center stage. They’ll compete in prestigious classes, highlighted by the highly competitive$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Entries are now open. Submit entries before they close Feb. 20.
Fun for Everyone
With a revamped Just World International Kids’ Zone, luxurious Berkshire Bank VIP Club, new Boardwalk Boutiques, Taylor Harris Beach Bar, and picnic-style tailgating, there is truly something for everyone at the CP Palm Beach Masters.
The best views for the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series are from the Berkshire Bank VIP Club, an exquisite two-story venue for watching the top-level competition in both competition arenas. Club members are treated to special amenities and one-of-a-kind culinary creations from Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group. In addition to the gourmet food served, a complimentary open bar and table service are also included. For more information and to reserve a table, visit: www.palmbeachmasters.com/vip-
General admission and parking are free for all spectators. General admission seating in the grandstands is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for all events.
About the Palm Beach Masters Series® and Showgrounds at Deeridge Farms
The Palm Beach Masters Series® hosts top international equestrian competitors from across the U.S. and abroad. Beginning with one elite competition in 2016, the series has grown into one of the sport’s most prestigious events. The show grounds are located at the spectacular Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington, FL. Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built show grounds and the facilities that host the series, which include two masterfully-created competition arenas – a Grand Prix turf arena and an all-weather sand arena. The events’ picturesque location, unrivaled hospitality, custom-built jumping rings and world-class facilities guarantee a one-of-a-kind experience for riders and spectators alike.
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