Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 2, 2020 – Serving as the grand finale of the first week of the Palm Beach Masters Series, the $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific, attracted 40 qualified contenders from 10 nations, each vying for a share of the purse and valuable World Cup ranking points, to the expansive grass ring at Deeridge Farms on Sunday afternoon. Following a hard-fought first phase of riding, only three horse-and-rider partnerships advanced to the jump-off, making for stiff competition that pitted Devin Ryan (USA), Cassio Rivetti (BRA) and Darragh Kenny (IRL) against each other. As the final entry in the ring, World-ranked No. 8 Kenny and Classic Dream, the mount he co-owns with Ann Thompson, jumped into a league all their own as they easily surpassed the original leading time to emerge victorious in the prestigious $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific, as the week’s most high-profile winners.
As the penultimate east coast qualifier of the season, Sunday’s competition helped to determine the top seven U.S. riders from the east-coast and top three U.S. riders from the west coast that will earn their spot in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas in April. The contest’s talented field included a number of World-ranked contenders, including No. 1 Martin Fuchs (SUI) on The Sinner, No. 7 Beezie Madden (USA) riding Breitling LS and No. 8 Kenny aboard Classic Dream, among other formidable international names such as reigning champions Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W, the 2019 victors. Additionally, the North American Eastern Sub-League leader, Brian Moggre (USA), and North American Western Sub-League leader, Karl Cook (USA), were both riding top mounts.
The first round of the class challenged riders over an expertly-crafted 16-effort track standing at 1.60m tall designed by world-renowned designer Alan Wade (IRL), who offered athletes a fair but technical course for the occasion. Second in the start order, Lillie Keenan (USA) and Skyhorse were the first to successfully leave all the rails in their cups, but incurred a single time fault to keep them out of contention. As the fourth to go aboard his gold medal-winning 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games partner LL Show Jumpers LLC’s Eddie Blue, Ryan logged the first penalty-free ride within the time-allowed of 76 seconds and was eventually joined in the clear ranks sixteen trips later by Rivetti and Bacara d’Archonfose, the horse Rivetti co-owns with Sloan Barnett, who forced a jump-off with their masterful trip. As the class progressed, rails continued to drop, with many exhibitors falling victim to the tall, delicate verticals, but Kenny and Classic Dream finally managed to add one more set of names to the returning list as the second-to-last duo to tackle the track.
With only three combinations eligible for the short course, each competitor was guaranteed a place on the podium, but the small number of qualifiers each still laid down their best efforts in attempts to capture the top honors, which come with ample prize money and important World Cup ranking points. Back in the same order in which they jumped clear, Ryan and Eddie Blue led the all-male jump-off as the pathfinders over the abridged pattern, turning in a swift double-clear performance in 39 seconds flat to set the pace. Edging past the initial leaders, Rivetti piloted Bacara d’Archonfosse to an even more efficient trip, leaving all the fences intact and tripping the timers in 38.29 seconds to inch into the top spot with only one challenger remaining. Saving the best for last and proving why he is one of the highest-ranked riders on the globe, Kenny pulled out all the stops as he sliced Classic Dream across eight fences at a blazing speed, crossing the finish line fault-free in 36.70 seconds to secure victory in the $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific. Thanks to his quick jump-off time, Rivetti finished in the reserve spot while Ryan claimed third place overall.
Kenny and the 10-year-old gelding Classic Dream have been building up a winning reputation together, just recently topping the Longines Christmas Cracker CSI5* at Olympia, The London International Horse Show in December of 2019. A pair for four years, Kenny has had a long-standing relationship with the gelding since he was a 6-year-old, and the horse is coming into his own at the upper echelons of the sport with top results across the United States and Europe. Individually, Kenny secured second position in the 19th running of the Rolex International Show Jumpers Club Top 10 final, and he was also an instrumental member of the Irish squad that has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo thanks to a winning team finish in the Longines FEI Nations’ Cup in Barcelona in October of 2019.
Following Sunday’s class, Madden leads the rankings in the North American Eastern Sub-League leader, and Ryan moved into fifth place with his result. In the North American Western Sub-League leader, Cook still leads and Rivetti now immediately follows in second place. Horse-and-rider pairs will be offered one final chance to earn points towards Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualification at the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala CSI3*-W during the Live Oak International on Mar. 8, 2020.
Sunday’s finale event concluded the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Week CSI4*-W/CSI2* at the Palm Beach Masters Series. The second week of the triad, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Week CSIO5*/CSI2*, will take place Feb. 11-16, followed by the Palm Beach Open CSI5*/CSI2* from March 10-15.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Darragh Kenny (IRL) – $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific, winner
On his performance with Classic Dream:
“Today he was fantastic. This is the first show I’ve jumped him this year. He jumped brilliantly on Friday and then I thought I jumped the jump-off very badly, so I didn’t want to do the same thing again today. He was unbelievable today. He is such an incredible horse because he is simple to ride and wants to jump the jumps clear. Today he was super.”
On where he cut time in the jump-off:
“I think because he is so careful I could really take a risk at the double, so I was really fast away from the blue jump. I know that he would back up quite well there and jump it well, so I put an extra stride to the second-to-last, which meant I could do one less stride to the last. My horse has a different stride than the other two horses. He has big footspeed and gallops great and today it worked out.”
On his relationship with Classic Dream:
“I bought the horse together with Jos Lansink as a 6-year-old, and then my owner Ann Thompson bought his half as a 7-year-old. We produced the horse very slowly. We always thought he was a top grand prix horse and could go to the highest level, and he is only starting to show that now. He was incredible as a 7-year-old and 8-year-old and then had a bit of a rough time last year. A few little mistakes here and there getting used to the height. This year he has started fantastically and I think in the future he could be one of the best horses in the world.”
Cassio Rivetti (BRA) – $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific, second place
On his partnership with Bacara d’Archonfosse:
“This is my first big show with her outside. I started riding her about six months ago and we did the Washington International Horse Show and some other indoor, but this is the first big show outside. She did the FEI World Equestrian Games two years ago with Alberto Michan. She is going to do the Nations Cup here in two weeks and then we will see what the chef d’equipe decides. We hope to go to World Cup Finals.”
Devin Ryan (USA) – $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific, third place
On Eddie Blue:
“This is his first big show out for the season. We are just gearing up a little bit since it is a big year. We have been a pair for a long time, and he has a great brain in the ring and especially at a big venue like this with a lot of atmosphere, a horse like that really shines. Every time we go into a big venue like this he likes to show off.”
On his jump-off plan:
In the fall I had a little bit of a run and he was jumping some great clean rounds, so I got a little greedy in the jump-off and would take shots at it. We had one down at the Hamptons and one down at Gold Cup, so today my plan was to go clear. I thought I could do one less to the last jump but I don’t think my horse is as fast or has as quick of footspeed as Darragh’s horse.”
Alan Wade (IRL) – Course designer
On his reflection on the class:
“There were perfect conditions today and the course was built up today to the height of a World Cup Qualifier. We had a strong field. It just goes to show when you have an extra day and a half to build a course in the ring what little extra tests you can add. I do believe the triple bar to the gray oxer did change the whole course for a lot of riders and created trouble later. There were three clears, then three more clears in a good jump-off and I take my hat off to the winners.”
Lou Jacobs – Co-founder of Palm Beach Masters Series
On the growth of the Palm Beach Masters Series:
“I’m delighted at the quality of the sport. To me, I’m very grateful, so I want to say thank you to all of the exhibitors because we really appreciate you coming. It has been a great start to the three events. We limit the event to 350 horses, and that is intended to make it a very boutique event and not make it about numbers. This year we have three FEI weeks, we changed the bleachers and the VIP space, and I think change is good so we can become a better event each year. It is well on its way.”
$213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W, presented by Canadian Pacific
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time
1. Classic Dream / Darragh Kenny / IRE / Ann Thompson, Darragh Kenny / 0 | 71.41 / 0 | 36.70
2. Bacara d’Archonfosse / Cassio Rivetti / BRA / Cassio Rivetti, Sloan Barnett / 0 |72.92 / 0 | 38.29
3. Eddie Blue / Devin Ryan / USA / LI Show Jumpers LLC / 0 | 73.59 / 0 | 39.00
4. Skyhorse / Lillie Keenan / USA / Chansonette Farm LLC / 1 | 76.85
5. Carlchen W / Alex Granato / USA / Page Tredennick / 4 | 71.90
6. Breitling LS / Elizabeth Madden / USA / Abigail S. Wexner / 4 | 72.78
7. Winning Good / Emily Moffitt / GBR / Neil & Heidi Moffitt, Poden Farms / 4 | 72.98
8. Caillou 24 / Karl Cook / USA / Signe Ostby / 4 | 73.08
9. Confu / Laura Kraut / USA / St. Bride’s Farm / 4 | 73.33
10. Fellini S / Erynn Ballard / CAN / Erynn Ballard, Ilan Ferder / 4 | 74.64
11. Davidoff de Lassus / Zoe Conter / BEL / Stephex Stables / 4 | 74.67
12. Chameur 137 / Georgina Bloomberg / USA / Purple Road LLC / 4 | 74.98
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