Longines fei world cup™ jumping north american league: harrie smolders and emerald winners in washington
The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders and his 11-year-old, chestnut stallion Emerald won on Sunday 25 October the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier at the CSI4* Washington International Horse Show.
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In his third visit to the historic competition, the Dutch rider etched his name into the President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show for a second time, having won the headlining class in 2006. The course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) challenged the 28 riders by utilizing the long and narrow arena. “I strive to design a course that rewards the riders who are capable of going to the World Cup Final” - D’Ambrosio said - “World Cup Qualifiers have to have a standard that is somewhat similar in consistency. It’s to prepare the horses and riders to have the accuracy to jump the dimensions. That’s an important part of my job”. Six horses went clear in the first round, and only the two final riders in the jump-off field were double clear in the final round. The first round was contested over 12 obstacles with 15 jumping efforts. The jump-off round had eight obstacles with nine efforts. The maximum height was set at 1.60 meters.
“This show suits me” - Smolders said - “I don’t know why, but the results are always good”. Smolders has had the ride on Emerald for the past five years: “I had him as a 6-year-old” - Smolders said - “He was always an amazing talent with great scope, technique, and rideability, but I must say this year is his biggest breakthrough. He’s very consistent in the big classes, the World Cup Qualifiers. Now that he’s 11, I feel that he has the experience in his body, and is physically able to compete at the highest level. He’s a very spectacular horse, he’s a bit of a stallion, a bit of a character, but his talent and technique are endless. When people see him once, they normally never forget him.”
1. Emerald (Harrie Smolders), NED, 0 faults/39.32 seconds (JO);
2. VDL Wizard (Callan Solem), USA, 0/39.43 (JO);
3. H&M Forever D Arco ter Linden (Nicola Philippaerts), BEL, 4/38.17 (JO);
4. Sunshine (Jos Verlooy), BEL, 4/40.07 (JO);
5. Cafino (Victoria Colvin) USA, 8/38.93 (JO);
6. Emilie de Diamant A S (Jack Towell), USA, 8/41.91 (JO);
7. Simba de la Roque (Conor Swail), IRL, 4/66.00;
8. Valeska (Charlie Jayne), USA, 4/66.12.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League
A total of 14 athletes from the new North American League will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg (SWE) on 23-28 March 2016. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico will qualify for the Final, alongside winners of the 13 other leagues from around the world.