Sunday, Mar. 3, 2024

World Cup Finals Start Lists: Tarjan, Cunniffe First Up For U.S.

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At a special draw ceremony Tuesday evening, during which the song, dance and traditions of Native American tribes were celebrated, the orders of go were drawn for the Omaha FEI Dressage and Longines Jumping World Cup Finals.

For the dressage competition, which begins at 1:15 p.m. Central Time (2:15 p.m. Eastern) today with the Grand Prix, Steffen Peters, representing the host country, and the Netherlands’ Dinja van Liere made the draw. 

The Netherland’s Thamar Zweistra, aboard Hexagon’s Ich Weiss, will go first in the field of 16. Alice Tarjan will be the lead-off rider among the U.S. contingent, entering the ring seventh in the order at 2:09 p.m. CT. She’ll be immediately followed by compatriot Anna Buffini on FRH Davinia La Douce.

After a drag break, the competition heats up with many of the favorites riding back-to-back. Reigning World Cup Finals champions Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB go at 2:47 p.m. CT, followed by their German compatriots Ingrid Klimke and Franziskus FRH, Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors Zepter of Denmark, and Peters and Suppenkasper for the U.S. Germany’s Isabell Werth on DSP Quantaz and van Liere on Hermes N.O.P. also go in the second half.

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See a complete order of go here.

For the jumping competition, which begins at 7:15 p.m. local time today with the speed round, McLain Ward, who won the FEI World Cup Final with HH Azur when it last was staged in Omaha in 2017, was joined by 2022 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup champion Martin Fuchs from Switzerland to pull the names and numbers out of the hats. 

Ireland’s Dennis Lynch will kick off the class of 40 with Brooklyn Heights, while Ailish Cunniffe and Vivaldi Du Theil will be first up among the nine U.S. pairs, entering the ring fourth in the order of go. 

See a complete order of go here.

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