Friday, May. 24, 2024

In Photos: The 2023 FEI World Cup Finals



Last week Omaha, Nebraska, played host to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup Final for the second time. While the dressage competition played out as expected, with Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB taking the top prize, the lead in the jumping changed hands several times over three days. Ultimately World No. 1 Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden won with his top mount King Edward, but U.S. rider Hunter Holloway was perhaps the most popular competitor, as she lives just two hours away in Topeka, Kansas, and she earned a podium spot by finishing third in her second World Cup Final with Pepita Con Spita. (If you are one of the gray mare’s legion of new fans, learn more about “Pepita” with our Behind the Stall Door.)

Check out some of our favorite photos from the week:


Winner of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann, shows his appreciation to King Edward. Kimberly Loushin Photos
U.S. rider Anna Buffini, who finished sixth in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final freestyle with FRH Davinia La Douce, signs a fan’s shirt during an autograph session.
U.S. rider Hunter Holloway with Pepita Con Spita after finishing third in her second Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.
Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl takes a moment to settle TSF Dalera BB.
Cicci BJN may only have one eye, but it didn’t stop her from putting in an excellent performance with Sweden’s Wilma Hellström.
(From left) Harrie Smolders, Henrik von Eckermann and Hunter Holloway spray each other with champagne.
Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald shares a moment with Blue Hors Zepter before the award’s presentation for the Grand Prix freestyle, where they finished second.
Swiss rider Martin Fuchs offers Leone Jei a treat before their round.
U.S. rider Alice Tarjan made her World Cup Final debut with U.S.-bred horse Serenade MF.
Canadian rider Erynn Ballard rode Gakhir in her first World Cup Final.
Sweden’s Johanna Due Boje competed the 75% Thoroughbred Mazy Klovenhoj, who was bred, owned and groomed by Annette Karlsson, in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final.
TSF Dalera BB takes her bow after winning back-to-back FEI Dressage World Cup Finals with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany.
Hunter Holloway couldn’t stop smiling when she stepped onto the podium after taking third.
Henrik von Eckermann gives King Edward a pat before the awards ceremony for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.
U.S. rider Nick Dello Joio finished 20th in his first World Cup Final with Cornet’s Cambridge.
U.S. pair Ailish Cunniffe and Vivaldi Du Theil.
Caroline Chew, who spent her winter competing in Florida, was Singapore’s first representative in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final with her 19-year-old partner Tribiani.
United Touch S jumped out of his skin for Germany’s Richard Vogel to top the second leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.
Hugs for Hunter Holloway’s Pepita Con Spita.
The trade fair included educational components such a the opportunity for visitors to meet different breeds of horses.
Denis Lynch of Ireland and Brooklyn Heights were the only pair to put in a double-clear effort on the final day of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.
U.S. rider Simonne Berg made her World Cup Final debut with Cooper.
Vitiki came back from a broken pastern several years ago to finish fourth in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final with Yuri Mansur.
Brazilian fans were enthusiastic when Yuri Mansur jumped clear rounds.
Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors Zepter after their freestyle.
U.S. rider Anna Buffini chats with following her Grand Prix test.
Harrie Smolders (left), who finished second, congratulated Henrik von Eckermann, the winner of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.

The Chronicle had a reporter on the ground in Omaha, bringing you photo galleries and stories about each day’s competition at the FEI World Cup Finals on Also make sure to follow along on the Chronicle’s social media outlets: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.



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