This Week In Show Jumping: Paris Performances, A Spirited Send Off, & Notable Grand Prix Results

Beezie Madden, Devin Ryan, and Henrik von Eckermann Ph. ©Thomas Reiner

While the bulk of the show jumping community’s attention was focused on the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Finals, other results took place over the weekend that deserve some recognition. We’ve got additional Paris coverage plus some international results that you may have missed in the headlines.

2018 Longines FEI World Cup Finals (Paris, France)

Even though Sunday’s Jumping Final III came right down to the wire, Beezie Madden still dominated the entire weekend. Here are some fast facts:

  1.  In nearly 40 years of World Cup competition, the United States have now claimed the title 11 times. 
  2. At 54 years old, Beezie has become the oldest competitor to win the Jumping Final.
  3. Madden and Breitling LS jumped four clear rounds over the course of the World Cup weekend, winning Thursday’s Final I and Friday’s Final II. But she actually ended in a four-way tie for fourth place in Sunday’s Jumping Final III after jumping clear in Round 1 but knocking a rail in Round 2. Not to worry, she had a fence in hand heading into Sunday leaving her with still an untouchable overall score (4).

Other Noteworthy Performances in Paris

  • Although Steve Guerdat’s 2018 World Cup Finals experience probably didn’t pan out the way he had hoped – the Swiss rider finished 10th overall with Bianca after a double clear performance in Sunday’s Jumping Final III—the former two-time World Cup winner kicked things off in Paris by winning Wednesday’s opening 1.45m with 10-year-old KWPN gelding Alamo, and second the following day in Thursday’s Fonds Éperon 1.45m.
  • The French crowd was delighted by Julien Epaillard’s win in Friday’s Federation Francaise D’Equitation 1.50m aboard the 14-year-old Selle Francais gelding Quatrin de la Roque LM.
  • Show jumping continually humbles its athletes with the constant ups and downs of the sport. Exhibit A, Germany’s Daniel Deusser. A sensational second place finish to Beezie Madden in Thursday’s World Cup Jumping Final with Cornet d’Amour was then effectively bludgeoned after a disappointing 33rd placing in Friday’s World Cup Jumping Final II. Any top rider will tell you when you have an off trip, it is what it is but you come back to fight another day. Deusser did just that, doubling down to win Saturday’s Grand Prix Equithème 1.55m with Cornet.

Full weekend results including CSI2* classes at this link.

Mediterranean Equestrian Tour-Spring IV CSI2* (Oliva Nova, Spain)

  • Last to go in a 15-man jump-off, home rider Mikel Aizpurua Quiroga on Roxane de La Beranger claimed Sunday’s Grand Prix. “I did not really have a plan for the jump-off, I don’t have that much experience at this level but wanted to give it a try since I was last to go,” he said. “When I crossed the finish line I was hoping to be in the top three, but then I realized that I had won! I could almost not believe it and still can not. I am very, very happy!”

Full weekend results, here.

Z Tour-Lanaken CSI3* (Lanaken, Belgium)

  •  Riding the same horse that helped her capture the The €300,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Knokke last July, Belgium’s Gudrun Patteet topped the Grand Prix of Lanaken with Sea Coast Pebbles Z.

Full weekend results, here.

Vittel CSI3* (Vittel, France)

  • Switzerland’s Romain Duguet and Sherazade du Gevaudan set the unbeatable time of 40.06 seconds to earn top honors in the CSI3* Grand Prix of Vittel.

Full weekend results, here.

CSI de Peelbergen Outdoor Tour-Kronenberg CSI2* Week III (Kronenberg, Netherlands)

  • Katrin Eckermann of Germany scored a hattrick this weekend in the Netherlands, winning her third Grand Prix at Peelbergen this year after capturing the Parkhotel Horst Prix in 45.61 seconds.

Full weekend results, here. 

In Other News

 Young Hunter Holloway took the top two placings in the $130,000 Omaha International Grand Prix besting a 24-horse field on Eastern Jam and second on VDL Bravo.

Full story, at this link.  

Luciana Diniz’s formidable partner, Winningmood, officially left the sport of show jumping this past weekend in Paris in the midst of the World Cup Final.

Following a brilliant clear earlier in the day in Saturday’s CSI2* 1.40m, the 19-year-old stallion closed the book on an illustrious career which includes three European Championships and World Cup Final appearances as well as major Grand Prix wins in Madrid, Vienna, and  in 2015. Diniz, former rider Ludo Philippaerts, owner Edouard de Rothschild, and groom Vlademir Wickert all looked on as ‘Winny’ took full advantage of being untacked in the indoor arena, galloping, rolling, and playing to the crowd in his signature spirited style during his final curtain call.

What’s next for Winningmood Après Paris? The stallion will continue with his breeding career at the Haras du Meautry stud farm in Deauville, France

All photos ©Thomas Reiner

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