Friday, May. 31, 2024

Bad Weather Cancels Swiss Longines League Of Nations Leg 

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The third leg of the Longines League of Nations series, due to take place today, May 31, at St. Gallen, Switzerland, has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. 

Following a prolonged period of heavy rain in Europe over the past few days, including in St. Gallen, the decision was made to cancel the event this morning, after discussions that involved the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the event’s ground jury and organizing committee, and the team chefs d’equipe and athletes, the FEI said in a statement.

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“Despite extensive planning, the weather conditions made the situation extremely difficult, and we very much appreciate the efforts of riders, chefs, grooms, officials and the organizer in trying to find solutions in the challenging circumstances,” FEI Jumping Director Todd Hinde said. “While this is regrettable, we believe under the circumstances this was the right decision to make.”

The U.S. squad for the canceled event was comprised of Natalie Dean, Katie Dinan, Callie Schott and Spencer Smith, with Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. The U.S. currently sits in fourth place among the 10 countries competing, 15 points behind Switzerland in third. The countries are battling it out for the eight places on offer at the inaugural Longines League of Nations Final, which will take place Oct. 6 in Barcelona, Spain.

In terms of how this impacts the points allocated for the 2024 series, there will be no Longines League of Nations points from the St. Gallen leg. The league will continue with the next leg in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) on June 21, and the standings for the Barcelona final will be calculated based on the three qualifiers of Abu Dhabi, Ocala and Rotterdam instead of four.

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