After two exciting rounds, is it finally time for the FEI Longines Jumping World Cup™ Final. Eduardo Alvarez Aznar is in lead with a total of 0 points, followed by Peder Fredricson with 1 point and Steve Guerdat with 2 points. The final consists of two rounds, not against the clock, but with a jump-off in case the riders collects equal points.
Today’s course caused difficulties for the contestants, beating riders such as Henrik von Eckermann, Christian Ahlmann and Ludger Beerbaum. However, Egypt’s Abdel Saïd mastered the course and claimed the first clear round in the first leg of the final together with his horse Jumpy van de Hermitage. More than half way through the course, Max Kühner and Daniel Deusser could be added to the clear rounds but experienced Beezie Madden had an unfortunate fence down. Later on, Martin Fuchs and Steve Guerdat stood for the last clear rounds in the first round of the world cup final, putting Steve Guerdat in the lead for the overall competition. Friday’s winner, Peder Fredricson, had one fence down together with his horse Catch Me Not S. The top three after the first round were the following:
1.Steve Guerdat – 2 points
2.Martin Fuchs – 3 points
3.Peder Fredricson – 5 points
Henrik von Eckermann decided to not start in the second leg of the world cup final leaving nineteen left to compete. In the second round the riders are facing a new course with new difficulties, which also showed as Christian Ahlmann ended on nine faults and Ludger Beerbaum retiring after a big fault on fence number six. Abdel Saïd did a superb round, looking like he was heading towards being the first clear in the second round of the world cup final, however having the last fence down. Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Legend of Love jumped magnificent and managed to be the first one to clear the course, leaving him with a total score of 11 points, sharing the first place with Beezie Madden and Niels Bruynseels who also ended on the same score. Daniel Deusser entered the arena with his horse Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z, being the first clear in the second round of the world cup. Directly after, Peder Fredricson scores another clear round putting him in the lead with a total score of 5 points, pressuring his fellow contestants. Martin Fuchs could deal with the pressure and takes the lead, guaranteeing a Swizz win with only Steve Guerdat left in the start field. Even Steve can stand the pressure and claims his 3rd victory of the FEI Longines Jumping World Cup™ after a beautiful clear round with his horse Alamo. Congratulations!
The top-tree from today’s FEI Longines Jumping World Cup™ Final were:
1.Steve Guerdat – Alamo
2.Martin Fuchs – Clooney 51
3.Peder Fredricson – Catch Me Not S
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