FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping: USA and Canada take top two spots in Langley to qualify for Final 

3 Jun 2017

Mexico misses out by a narrow 10-point margin: just a single fault separates top two teams in today’s tight tussle

by Louise Parkes

 

In a super-tight fight to the finish, Team USA pinned their Canadian hosts into runner-up spot at the third and last leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 North America, Central America and Caribbean League in Langley (CAN) today. The Americans established an impressive lead in the first round, but the Canadians fought back gallantly to add nothing to their scoreline second time out while Ireland lined up third ahead of Mexico 1 in fourth place. 

 

There were just two qualifying spots at the 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona (ESP) up for grabs in this region and, led by their new Chef d’Equipe, former Belgian showjumping star Stanny Van Paesschen who only stepped into the role last week, Team Mexico lost out by a narrow margin. Lying second on the leaderboard behind USA after their superb victory on home ground last month, today’s fourth-place finish saw them drop behind the Canadians in the final analysis. 

 

“We knew coming here that this was going to be a free-for-all. Often it’s pre-determined who is going to Barcelona when you come to the last qualifier - not the case this time. The two teams who were going to make it…it was up to them to win it today” Robert Ridland 

 

It wasn’t looking altogether optimistic from a US perspective when Heather Caristo-Williams (39) racked up 22 first-round faults with Qui Vive des Songes Z. But when Catherine Tyree (23) and Bokai lowered only the tricky vertical that followed the Longines triple combination at fence seven, and then both Adrienne Sternlicht (24) with the spring-heeled mare Cristalline and Margie Goldstein-Engle (59) and the power-house Royce went clear, they held the lead on a four-fault tally at the halfway stage.

 

The Canadians were 10 faults adrift as round two began, but when Tiffany Foster (Brighton), Christopher Surbey (Chalacorada) and living legend Ian Millar (Dixson) all went clear this time out they threatened for pole position.

 

Because Caristo-Williams added 12 more before Tyree hit the very last, and although Sternlicht’s single time fault steadied the American ship, Goldstein-Engle had only a fence in hand as she entered the ring, last to go. When the vertical after the open water hit the dirt the American supporters held their breath, but the US veteran added nothing more to secure the winning team total of 13 faults, while Canada completed with 14 on the board.

 

Result:

 

1. USA - 13 faults

2. Canada - 14 faults

3. Ireland - 25 faults

 

Full result here 

http://results.hippodata.de/2017/1308/docs result_langley_nations_cup_team_result_final.pdf

 

Facts and Figures:

 

The FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping North America, Central America and Caribbean League consisted of three legs starting in Ocala, USA in February, continuing at Coapexpan in Mexico in early May and concluding today at Thunderbird Horse Park in Langley, Canada.

 

Four teams competed for points in this series - Canada, El Salvador, Mexico and USA.

 

18 teams, including the host nation if not already qualified, will compete at the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Final in Barcelona (ESP).

 

Course designer was Canada’s Peter Holmes, and the time-allowed of 77 seconds proved influential.

 

Only one double-clear performance, from Irish pathfinders Daniel Coyle and the 11-year-old mare Cita.

 

Quotes:

 

Margie Goldstein-Engle USA: “It means a lot for us to be able to go to Barcelona, its a Championship and a lovely horse show.”

 

Robert Ridland, US Chef d’Equipe: “This started months ago, we’ve had four Nations Cup teams so far this year and I think we’ve had 14 different riders. It’s been a plan, we have a lot of depth in our country but the depth needs experience, especially the younger ones and this is exactly the type of team we plan to always have. A combination of veteran experience and young riders.”

 

Standings in FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 North America, Central America and Caribbean League after last qualifying leg in Langley (CAN):

 

1.  USA - 280

2.  Canada - 250

3.  Mexico - 240

4.  El Salvador - 55

Full Standings here http://results.hippodata.de/2017/1308/docs/fnc_overall_ranking_naca_2017_final.pdf

The spring-heeled mare Cristalline and her rider Adrienne Sternlicht helped secure victory and a slot at the series final for Team USA at the last qualifying leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 North America, Central America and Caribbean League in Langley, Canada.  (FEI/Cara Grimshaw)

The spring-heeled mare Cristalline and her rider Adrienne Sternlicht helped secure victory and a slot at the series final for Team USA at the last qualifying leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 North America, Central America and Caribbean League in Langley, Canada. (FEI/Cara Grimshaw)

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