A video released on social media on March 30 shows French rider Penelope Leprevost’s mount, Vagabond de la Pomme, stumbling badly during warm-up for the second-to-last round of the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, on March 29. After his stumble, Leprevost stops him and appears to look down at his legs before booting him sharply forward.
Leprevost and the gelding went on to jump in both rounds on the last day of the final, where they finished eighth overall.
Most riders don’t agonize over photos and videos taken of an event they won. But even though Steve Guerdat topped last year’s Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final, the way he won it left him wanting more. During that final, Guerdat and Albfuehren’s Paille crashed through the final fence.
Sometimes a winning speed round looks rushed and chaotic, as riders race around the turns and take chances on their distances. Penelope Leprevost’s winning trip in the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final speed leg was not that way. Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme floated their way to a deceptively fast round (63.78 seconds) over fellow French rider Simon Delestre on Qlassic Bois Margot (66.04 seconds).
There’s no Charlotte Dujardin or Valegro here, no Isabell Werth on one of her top-scoring mounts, no Edward Gal. And so, as ground jury president Susanne Baarup said at the conclusion of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Grand Prix, “On paper, it was a very open competition.”
Hans Peter Minderhoud, on Glock’s Flirt, was champion of the day with 76.87 percent.
Horse & Hound has reported that Charlotte Dujardin, winner of last year’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas aboard Valegro, won’t be competing at this edition of the competition in Sweden.
Dujardin was slated to ride Uthopia, Carl Hester’s 2012 London Olympics mount, at the final. But an ownership dispute over the horse means she cannot take him.
Chrystine Tauber, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, has stated that she won’t run for a second term. Elections for the office of president will take place at the USEF’s mid-year board of directors meeting in Gladstone, N.J., in June.
“While considering running for a second term, it became apparent that committing to another four years of the demanding time and travel requirements of the presidency would not be in the best interest of my family at this point in my life,” said Tauber in an emailed statement.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced today, March 7, that Charlotte Jorst and Guenter Seidel will represent the country at this year’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final. The dressage final will take place March 24-27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The qualifying period for the North American League concluded March 6.