By Catie Staszak
Devin Ryan entered the jump-off for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York with an eight-year-old rookie and left with a World Cup qualifier Champion.
Devin Ryan (USA) and LL Show Jumper’s Eddie Blue topped a five horse jump off at Old Salem Farm (NY) to claim the blue ribbon and the first World Cup qualifier victory of their respective careers. They did so by defeating reigning World Cup Final Champion McLain Ward (USA) and new mount HH Callas, the only other pair to put forth a double clear performance on the day. Jack Towell (USA) and Lucifer V finished third.
“I knew going into it that I had a great horse, and I knew that there was a great field out there,” Ryan said. “I was the least experienced of the jump-off riders out there, and I’ve been watching them all year. I went out there and rode my plan.”
Ryan began the North American League at Bromont aboard the 10-year-old Cooper, but he saw New York as the ideal place to test his younger mount in tougher waters, a decision for which he was rewarded. Eddie Blue excelled over the testing track set by course designer Alan Wade (IRL); less than 13 percent of the 39 competitors advanced to the shortened course.
“I’ve slowly brought him along throughout the season and used him as second horse in ranking classes,” Ryan explained. “I built him up, and he’s been going so strong. A field like this suits him with his brig stride and big scope, and it gives us time to organize. The field fits the horse, and I thought it was a great place to step up and see what he brought.”
Ryan plans to compete in the next World Cup qualifier on the east coast sub league, which will take place in Washington, D.C. (USA) on Saturday 28 October 2017. The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League resumes with the west coast sub league at Sacramento (USA) on Saturday 7 October 2017.
1. Eddie Blue, Devin Ryan (US) 0/0 37.75
2. HH Callas, McLain Ward (USA) 0/0 38.34
3. Lucifer V, Jack Towell (USA) 0/4 39.51
4. Nice de Prissey, Brianne Goutal (USA) 0/4 40.12
5. Bardolina, Mario Deslauriers (CAN) 0/EL
Full results here
Facts and Figures:
There were two 8-year-olds in the jump-off: winner Eddie Blue and Mario Deslauriers’ fifth-place finisher, Bardolina. Brianne Goutal’s mount Nice de Prissey is twice the age of those horses, at 16 years old.
This was Eddie Blue’s first World Cup qualifier.
No two horses were of the same breed in the jump-off. Five different breeds were represented: Dutch Warmblood (Eddie Blue), Oldenburg (HH Callas), Westphalian (Lucifer V), Selle Francais (Nice de Prissey), and Holsteiner (Bardolina).
The top four finishers all represented the United States. A rider outside of North America has won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York just once.
Devin Ryan has had Eddie Blue since he was four years old.
Devin Ryan (USA) – 1st
“Eddie is a great horse. I’ve had him since he was four years old and knew when he was five that he was going to jump the big classes. It’s great to jump a horse out there that I’ve brought along myself, and the final in Paris is in my plans”
McLain Ward (USA) — 2nd
“My father won this class 31 years ago. I’ve been trying to win it for a long time. I’ve been second a lot, and it eludes me. I’m thrilled with mare today. Devin is a very fast rider. He’s always going forward, and his horse has a big stride. I knew I couldn’t do the same numbers [in the lines as he did]. I knew I had to have a very good round to win. I did basically the best round that I thought I could, and [Ryan] was a little bit better today, but that’s the sport.”
Jack “Hardin” Towell (USA) — 3rd
“I was disappointed with myself. My horse jumped very well. I should have taken a better shot. If I didn’t have the rail, I still would have been too slow. I should have left out [strides in] the first two lines.”
Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League — East Coast
1. Conor Swail (IRL) 20
1. Devin Ryan (USA) 20
1. Isabelle Lapierre (CAN) 20
4. McLain Ward (USA) 17
5. Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) 15
5. Jack Towell (USA) 15
7. Brianne Goutal (USA) 13
7. Juan Manuel Gallego (COL) 13
9. Mario Deslauriers (CAN) 12
10. Lucy Deslauriers (USA) 12
Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League — West Coast
1. Jenn Serek (CAN) 29
2. Christopher Surbey (CAN) 17
3. Jamie Barge (USA) 15
4. Sayre Happy (USA) 13
5. Ali Ramsay (CAN) 12
6. Eugenio Garza Perez (MEX) 11
7. Jennifer Gates (USA) 9
8. Laura Jane Tidball (CAN) 8
9. Zazou Hoffman (USA) 7
10. Elizabeth Gingras (CAN) 6