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Show Jumping World Cup

April 17, 2010

Controversy Continues Over Sapphire's Disqualification at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final

In an effort to explain the controversial decision to eliminate Sapphire from the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, the Fédération Equestre Internationale held a press conference this afternoon, April 17, at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland.

A huge crowd that included journalists, riders, trainers and other curious equestrians packed in to hear why late last night the FEI decided to disqualify McLain Ward’s mount from Round 2 following a hypersensitivity test. 

April 17, 2010

Princess Haya Releases A Statement About Sapphire's Disqualification

On April 17, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the president of the Federation Equestre Internationale, released a statement concerning the disqualification of McLain Ward's Sapphire from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final.

April 17, 2010

Statement From USEF Show Jumping Team Veterinarian Tim Ober Regarding Sapphire’s Disqualification In The Rolex/FEI World Cup Final

In response to the disqualification of Sapphire, McLain Ward’s mount in the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland, following a thermography and clinical exam yesterday April 16, the U.S.

April 16, 2010

Sapphire Disqualified From Rolex/FEI World Cup Final

McLain Ward’s mount in the Rolex/FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final, Sapphire, was eliminated from the Round 2 of the Final in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday, April 16, and has been disqualified from the rest of the event following a positive hypersensitivity test.

The horse was selected for thermography testing on her legs yesterday and U.S. Team Veterinarian Tim Ober, DVM, was notified in the late afternoon that the horse would be tested shortly before Round 2 of the Final.

April 16, 2010

Guerdat Gets It Done In Round 2, Ward's Sapphire Disqualified From Competition

After a disappointing 2-rail performance in Round 1 of the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzlerland, Steve Guerdat came back to the Palexpo Arena tonight to give his countryman a performance to cheer for. Guerdat won Round 2 of the Final today, April 16, after a speedy jump-off aboard Tresor V.

“I don’t think [this win] is revenge from yesterday—it’s just the sport,” said Guerdat. “Yesterday I wasn’t good enough, and I was better today. I was good enough to win the class.”

April 15, 2010

Flexible And Fellers Fly To First In Round 1 Of Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, Sapphire And Ward Sit Second

Two years ago a U.S. rider that few Europeans had ever heard of showed up in Götenburg, Sweden, with a tiny chestnut horse, then amazed the continent by jumping to second in the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final.

And he’s on his way to doing even better this time around.

Rich Fellers and the bounding Flexible tore up the ring at the Palexpo Arena in Gevena, Switzerland, to claim the first round of the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Fellers edged out U.S. compatriot McLain Ward and Sapphire in the speed round today, April 15, with Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa taking third.

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.

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