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Show Jumping World Cup

April 13, 2010

2010 Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final Preview

The 2009/2010 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final, which kicks off with preliminary classes at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, April 14, has been blown wide open by the late withdrawal of Ireland's Jessica Kürten.

When three-time champion Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who gave birth to her first baby just six weeks ago, confirmed last week that she will not defend the title, then Kürten's position as long-time favorite was further strengthened.

April 12, 2010

Schooling Accident Prevents Jessica Kürten From Competing At Rolex FEI World Cup Final

Irish show jumper Jessica Kürten will not be competing in the Rolex FEI World Cup final in Switzerland next week, April 15-18, after a bad fall at home, according to HorseandHound.com.

Kürten fell from a horse at her stable in Germany on Friday, April 9, and went to the hospital. She was released over the weekend with no serious complications but will not be fit to compete in Geneva.

April 7, 2010

Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final Competitors Announced

A total of 43 riders from 19 countries will compete in the 2009/2010 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland, next week, April 14-18. 
 
A notable absentee from the exciting closing stages will be 2008/2009 champion Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum from Germany who gave birth to her first baby daughter Brianne Victoria just six weeks ago. 
 
The full list of confirmed riders and qualified horses for the 2009/2010 Final is as follows:
 
AUSTRALIA
Chris Chugg/Vivant

March 1, 2010

Jessica And Libertina Take Gothenburg By Storm

Ireland's Jessica Kuerten nearly brought the roof down at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, Sweden today with a rip-roaring ride from Castle Forbes Libertina that scooped their second victory of the 2009/2010 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping season.  It's getting down to the wire now with only one qualifying leg remaining and every precious point counting towards a place at the series final in Geneva, but Kuerten has cruised into a qualifying spot with the greatest of ease and today's victory suggests she will be one of the favourites when the final kicks off at the Swiss venue next mo

October 16, 2009

Changes Have Been Made In World Cup Qualifying

For the 2009-10 FEI World Cup season, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has made some changes to qualifying procedures for North American riders for the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals.

In the past, riders in the United States were split between the U.S East Coast and U.S. West Coast Leagues, while there were separate leagues for Canada and Mexico. This year, the FEI has combined the two U.S. Leagues with the Canadian and Mexican Leagues.

May 1, 2009

Shutterfly Shuts Out The Competition At Rolex FEI World Cup Final

McLain Ward and Sapphire just can’t quite beat the great German horse and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

Who would have thought that the Rolex FEI World Cup Final title—decided by a grueling five rounds of jumping over three days—would come down to a margin of 2 seconds?

But that’s just what happened.

April 20, 2009

The World Cup Is Leaving Las Vegas… For Now

The week before the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., the Fédération Equestre International announced the locations for the next four show jumping World Cup Finals, and Las Vegas wasn’t on the schedule.

Then the question was, why? The 2000, ’03, ’05, and ’07 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas had been big hits with spectators and riders. For the first two years, just the show jumping Final was held, but dressage joined the schedule in 2005 and ’07, and the crowds sold out the Thomas & Mack Arena.

April 20, 2009

Shutterfly Shuts Out The Competition In The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

As expected, the result of this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Final came down to an intense duel between two of the greatest horses in the show jumping world today—Sapphire and Shutterfly. They both gave a tremendous display of jumping today, Apr. 19, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., in one of the most exciting and impressive finishes of a Final.

April 19, 2009

The Tension Builds For The Final Round

The top placings didn’t shift much after the first of two rounds on the last day of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final today, April 19. Each of the top three horses jumping clear over a massive course in the Thomas & Mack Arena.

Three U.S. riders were among the 11 pairs that managed a clear round over the course: Todd Minikus with Pavarotti, Beezie Madden with Danny Boy and McLain Ward with Sapphire.

April 18, 2009

Show Jumpers And Dressage Riders Face Off In Reining Celebrity Challenge

It wouldn't be a World Cup Final in Las Vegas without some kind of celebrity challenge. In the past years,  jumpers tried their hand in the hunter ring against some of the top U.S. hunter riders. But this year, the celebrity challenge had a western flavor more in keeping with the location.

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