Adrienne Sternlicht Shines Bright to Capture First CSI5* Victory at Longines Masters of New York

New York, N.Y. – April 25, 2019 – The highly anticipated Longines Masters of New York officially opened on Thursday, April 25, with a five-star win for Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) to kick off four days of international show jumping competition at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Longines Masters of New York runs April 25 through 28 as the third leg of the Longines Masters Series following stops in Paris and Hong Kong.

Adrienne Sternlicht and Fantast Photo: Sportfot for EEM
Adrienne Sternlicht and Fantast
Photo: Sportfot for EEM

Speed was the name of the game and no one played it better than Sternlicht who hails from nearby Greenwich, CT. A team gold medalist at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, the 25-year-old American turned and burned to capture the win in the Masters One EQ Exchange 1.45m. Forty-one of the world’s top ranked show jumping competitors took their turn over the track set by course designer Frank Rothenberger with Sternlicht posting the winning time of 26.11 seconds.

“He’s an awesome speed horse, he’s naturally very quick,” said Sternlicht of Fantast, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion owned by Starlight Farms. “I actually went into today not planning on going for the win, but I think sometimes in a smaller ring where all the distances are related you can pick up on a flow and everything happens nicely, you can have a really fast time. I honestly didn’t know I went into the lead when I jumped the last jump, but I am very happy. I will jump him in the Longines Speed Challenge tomorrow night and that will be his most important class of the week.”

While Sternlicht has her sights set on an inaugural victory in Friday night’s Longines Speed Challenge, her mount has already proven himself more than capable. Under the saddle of Canada’s Erynn Ballard, Fantast galloped to a convincing win in last year’s remarkable edition of the Longines Speed Challenge.

Winner Adrienne Sternlicht, second-place finisher Erynn Ballard, and third-place rider Darragh Kenny are congratulated by Fernanda Ameeuw of EEM. Photo: Sportfot for EEM
Winner Adrienne Sternlicht, second-place finisher Erynn Ballard, and third-place rider Darragh Kenny are congratulated by Fernanda Ameeuw of EEM. Photo: Sportfot for EEM

Ballard is back for another Longines Masters New York appearance, finishing second in Thursday’s Masters One EQ Exchange 1.45m with a new mount, Judge Hof Ter Zeedycke, a 10-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Skymaster, LLC. Ballard, who immediately followed Sternlicht into the arena, gave it her best shot but fell just short with a time of 26.19 seconds to finish runner-up. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny slotted into third with a time of 26.27 seconds riding Cazador LS for owner SHL Farm.

Demonstrating the Longines Masters tagline of “We Ride the World,” the five top finishers represented five different nations. Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire took fourth place with a time of 26.72 seconds riding Roulette BH while Daniel Bluman of Israel rounded out the top five after stopping the clock in 27.27 seconds with Colestina H.

If the Masters One EQ Exchange 1.45m was any indication, Friday night’s Longines Masters Speed Challenge promises to bring an adrenaline rush of excitement to New York!

Katherine Strauss Goes All In to Win Masters Two PonyApp 1.40m

A starting field of 25 competitors faced the Masters Two PonyApp 1.40m class with Katherine Strauss (USA) coming out on top riding her partner of five years, All In, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Katherine Strauss and All In Photo: Sportfot for EEM
Katherine Strauss and All In
Photo: Sportfot for EEM

Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa had set the early pace with the time of 53.97 seconds riding Farrero but the 2004 Olympic Champion’s time would be overtaken by two young American women. Only 20 years of age, Strauss used her youth to her advantage, completing the challenging track in a time of 53.05 seconds to move to the top of the leaderboard. Lindsay Douglass (USA), the 26-year-old co-founder of class sponsor PonyApp, came close to catching the leading time but fell short in 53.44 seconds to settle for second riding Butterfly Tibri Z.

“I’m so excited to be here, it’s really fun to have a show at home and support the New York community,” said Strauss, a native of Manhattan who is making her Longines Masters New York debut. “It’s so well done. Everything is more than you could ever dream of. I’m biased, but I think this is the best city in the world, and to have a horse show here adds a lot to the city and adds a lot to the sport.”

Israeli Flag Flies Following Ariel Bluman’s Victory

Riding for Israel, 25-year-old Ariel Bluman proved to be the fastest rider to tackle the Masters Two Longines Masters of Lausanne 1.30m competition. Riding Euphoria, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by R.J. Equestrian Group, Bluman sped to victory in a time of 20.16 seconds to claim victory. Samantha Wight of the United States, who trains alongside Bluman, gave it her best shot but fell just short of the leading time, stopping the clock in 20.44 seconds riding Imagine van de Hermitage. Having enjoyed a win in the opening class of the Longines Masters New York, Sima Morgello (USA) settled for third in the 1.30m competition having crossed the timers in 20.84 seconds riding Azur van Overis Z.

Ariel Bluman and Euphoria Photo: Sportfot for EEM
Ariel Bluman and Euphoria
Photo: Sportfot for EEM

“For us, New York is home for half of the year so it is really awesome that we can all come as a team,” said Bluman whose husband and trainer, Daniel, is contesting the five-star division of the Longines Masters New York. “The whole family is here and clients are here. It’s really cool to be all together at a really nice show.”

RESULTS

Masters One EQ Exchange 1.45m CSI5*
Place / Horse / Athlete / Country / Faults | Time 
1. Fantast / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / 0 | 26.11
2. Judge Hof Ter Zeedycke / Erynn Ballard / CAN / 0 | 26.19
3. Cazador LS / Darragh Kenny / IRL / 0 | 26.27
4. Roulette BH / Amanda Derbyshire / GBR / 0 | 26.72
5. Colestina H / Daniel Bluman / ISR / 0 | 27.27
6. Dsarie / Beat Mändli / SUI / 0 | 27.59
7. El Pacho / Alberto Michan / ISR / 0 | 27.61
8. Chaccolette / Lillie Keenan / USA / 0 | 27.94
9. Cortney Cox / Pius Schwizer / SUI / 0 | 28.11
10. Jiva / Beezie Madden / USA / 0 | 28.27
11. Alex / Jennifer Gates / USA / 0 | 28.29
12. Caspar’s Lasino / Devin Ryan / USA / 0 | 29.16

For full results, click here.

Masters Two PonyApp 1.40m CSI2*
Place / Horse / Athlete / Country / Faults | Time
1. All In / Katherine Strauss / USA / 0 | 53.05
2. Butterfly Tibri Z / Lindsay Douglass / USA / 0 | 53.44
3. Farrero / Rodrigo Pessoa / BRA / 0 | 53.97
4. D Alba R 15 / Steven Bluman / ISR / 0 | 55.08
5. H H Fireball / Alexa Pessoa / USA / 0 | 62.25
6. Atika Des Hauts Vents / Katherine A. Dinan / USA / 0 | 65.00
7. Tucada Della Caccia / Lucy Davis / USA / 1 | 66.70
8. Eax Run Run LS / Ilan Bluman / COL / 4 | 49.89
9. Quantico 946 / Sheer Levitin / USA / 4 | 55.10
10. Jewel LVP / Mackenzie Wray / CAN / 4 | 56.11
11. Una du Keske Z / Carolina Villanueva / USA / 4 | 57.36
12. Coco PKZ / Juan Pablo Gnecco / COL / 4 | 58.72

For full results, click here.

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