Andrew Kocher Captures First Longines Win in $100,000 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar CSI3*-W

Andrew Kocher and Navajo De Poeten © McCool Photography
Andrew Kocher and Navajo De Poheton © McCool Photography

Del Mar, Calif. – Oct. 21, 2017 – The signature event of the Del Mar International World Cup™ Week did not disappoint as 29 of the best horses and riders in North America took a shot at $100,000 in prize money and the chance to earn valuable points in the Longines FEI World Cup™ standings. This event was the third of seven events in the North American Western Sub-League leading up to the FEI World Cup Finals in Paris in 2018. The 1.60m class was held Saturday afternoon at the Grand Prix field of Del Mar Horsepark in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd.

Alan Wade of Ireland designed the first round course with 16 jumping efforts including one triple combination and one double combination. The course rode smoothly for most, with jumping faults spread around the field. Eight horse and rider combinations rode clear and within the time allowed to return for the jump-off round.

The short course consisted of eight efforts including a double combination, and Sarah Jeanne Scheiring was the first to tackle it aboard Cheval Equestrian LLC’s Dontez. The pair finished well within the time allowed but with a few unfortunate rails.

Next to ride was Chris Pratt of Canada, in the irons on The Epic Group LLC’s Concorde. Pratt and the 10 year-old chestnut KWPN gelding put in a fast and clear round and crossed the timers at 37.75 seconds.

Following Pratt was Alison Robitaille and Serise Du Bidou owned by Bertram Firestone of Upperville, Virginia. Robitaille took a more conservative track on the 11 year-old chestnut Selle Francais mare but had a beautiful clear round.

Next on course was Jenni McAllister and LEGIS Touch The Sun, followed by Jamie Barge and Luebbo, then Richard Spooner and Chatinus, who each pulled unlucky rails.

Eric Navet took to the field on Catypso and piloted him around a direct, tidy course including an extra tight rollback to the double combination. He and the 10 year-old bay Hanoverian gelding were rewarded by beating leader Chris Pratt’s time by two-tenths of a second.

Andrew Kocher and Navajo De Poeten © McCool Photography
Andrew Kocher and Navajo De Poheton © McCool Photography

Last on course was Andrew Kocher and his mount Navalo De Poheton, a 16 year-old grey Selle Francais gelding. The pair was lightning fast in a thrilling round that put them across the timers one-tenth of a second faster than Navet, to take the lead and the blue ribbon.

No one was more delighted than Kocher. “My horse just jumped amazing,” he said, “and it came up the way I was thinking it was going to, which it never does. Coming to the last combination I saw it long, then short, and figured I’d just sit still and hope he makes it. And he did!”

Andrew Kocher and Navajo De Poeten © McCool Photography
Andrew Kocher and Navajo De Poheton © McCool Photography

Before this class, Kocher was 15th in the North American Eastern Sub-League standings, and he moved up the rankings after Saturday’s big win to first place. He and Navalo De Poheton will continue their quest to qualify for the Paris World Cup™ finals by competing at the Longines FEI World Cup™ class in Calgary, Canada next weekend.

RESULTS

$100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar CSI 3*-W
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time / JO Faults | Time
1. Navalo de Poheton / Andrew Kocher / USA / 0 | 81.22 / 0 | 37.45
2. Catypso / Eric Navet / FRA / 0 | 78.77 / 0 | 37.56
3. Concorde / Chris Pratt / CAN / 0 | 80.82 / 0 | 37.75
4. Serise du Bidou / Alison Robitaille / USA / 0 | 80.32 / 0 | 40.00
5. Chatinus / Richard Spooner / USA / 0 | 78.69 / 4 | 40.49
6. Legis Touch the Sun / Jenni McAllister / USA / 0 | 81.82 / 4 | 41.39
7. Luebbo / Jamie Barge / USA / 0 | 81.91 / 8 | 41.30
8. Dontez / Sara Scheiring / USA / 0 | 77.50 / 12 | 42.00
9. Darius de la Ferme Rose / Michelle Rodal / MEX / 2 | 88.46
10. Coral Reef Follow Me II / Mandy Porter / USA / 4 | 77.05
11. Mark Q / Kevin Babington / IRL / 4 | 77.52
12. Akuna Mattata / Nicole Shahinian-Simpson / USA / 4 | 79.37

For full results, click here.

Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League — West Coast
Standing / Rider / Country / Points 
1. Jamie Barge / USA / 35
2. Mandy Porter / USA / 29
3. Jenn Serek / CAN / 29
4. Jenni McAllister / USA / 27
5. Richard Spooner / USA / 27
6. Sayre Happy / USA / 26
7. Eric Navet / FRA / 20
8. Christopher Surbey / CAN / 17
9. Chris Pratt / CAN / 15
10. Laura Jan Tidball / CAN / 15

Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League — East Coast
Standing / Rider / Country / Points 
1. Andrew Kocher / USA / 31
2. Alison Robitaille / USA / 29
3. Conor Swail / IRL / 20
3. Devin Ryan / USA / 20
3. Isabelle Lapierre / USA / 20
6. Keean White / CAN / 20
7. Jack Towell / USA / 19
8. McLain Ward / USA / 17
9. Heather Caristo-Williams / USA / 15
10. Juan Manuel Gallego / COL / 13

Richard Spooner and Quirado Race to the Finish of the $36,500 Del Mar 1.45m Class

Richard Spooner and Quirado RC © Kristin Lee Photography
Richard Spooner and Quirado RC © Kristin Lee Photography

The race was on Friday afternoon at the Del Mar Horsepark as 39 horses and riders took to the Grand Prix field for the $36,500 Del Mar speed class during the Del Mar International World Cup Week. The 1.45m course was designed by Alan Wade of Ireland and consisted of 14 jumping efforts including two double combinations.

The riders and horses had no choice but to go for speed in the one-round class, and that speed caused more than a few horses to incur jumping faults at various obstacles. But nine pairs went clear and their respective placings were determined by the clock.

On top of the leaderboard was Richard Spooner and his young mount Quirado, an 8 year-old grey Holsteiner gelding owned by Richard Spooner and Guy McElvain of Rancho Corazon. While Spooner is nicknamed the “master of faster,” Quirado isn’t necessarily a speed horse. “He’s really lofty,” said Spooner, “But today I got it done. He’s learning to turn and stay nice and smooth. He was fantastic today, I’m really proud of him.”

Richard Spooner and Quirado RC © Kristin Lee Photography
Richard Spooner and Quirado RC © Kristin Lee Photography

Spooner has had the ride on Quirado since he was six, and he intends to continue taking his time with the gelding. “Eventually he’ll be doing some of the bigger classes, but this year he’s just going do some of the smaller stuff.”

Young professional Zazou Hoffman nipped at Spooner’s heels on her mount Samson II, turning in a time only four-hundredths of a second behind Spooner. Samson II is a 13 year-old bay Swedish warmblood gelding owned by Woodacres Stables LLC in Santa Monica, CA.

Rounding out the podium in third place was Kevin Babington of Ireland, riding Double O Seven 7, a 9 year-old grey KWPN gelding owned by Babington’s Katznelson Jumpers LLC.

RESULTS

$36,500 Del Mar 1.45m
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. Quirado RC / Richard Spooner / USA / 0 | 68.42
2. Samson II / Zazou Hoffman / USA / 0 | 68.46
3. Double O Seven / Kevin Babington / IRL / 0 | 69.04
4. Sunshine / Carlos Hank Guerreiro / MEX / 0 | 70.12
5. Caillou / Karl Cook / USA / 0 | 70.34 sec
6. Colicchio / Kenneth Vinther / DEN / 0 | 71.73
7. Zapzerap / Enrique Gonzalez / MEX / 0 | 73.33
8. Bitalica / Keri Potter / USA / 0 | 74.50
9. Emir / John Perez / COL / 0 | 76.86
10. Basimodo / Eric Navet / FRA / 4 | 65.16
11. Ace of Hearts / Ashlee Bond / USA / 4 | 65.23
12. Clockwise / Ben Asselin / CAN / 4 | 67.60

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