New York Riders Dominate on Day One of the Inaugural Longines Masters of New York

New York, N.Y. – Apr. 26, 2018 – NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum opened its doors on Thursday, April 26, to kick off the debut of the Longines Masters of New York, one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. Drawing over 120 of the world’s top riders for four days of elite show jumping competition, the Longines Masters of New York is the grand finale of Season III, the international Longines Masters Series, which takes place in Paris, Hong Kong, and now New York. For the next three days, the event will treat guests to adrenaline-charged sport, luxury shopping, haute cuisine, one-of-a-kind artwork, and more.

#RIDERSUSA are ready for redemption against a fierce #RIDERSEUROPE team. Photo: World Red Eye for EEM
#RIDERSUSA are ready for redemption against a fierce #RIDERSEUROPE team. Photo: World Red Eye for EEM

Thursday evening, the local dominance continued as the lineup of riders who will represent their nation in the brand new duel-style Riders Masters Cup on Saturday, April 28, were announced, with four of the five riders competing for the USA from the tri-state area. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, Georgina Bloomberg, McLain Ward, Adrienne Sternlicht, two-time Olympian Laura Kraut and four-time Olympian and 2018 Longines FEI World Cup champion Beezie Madden will represent Riders USA. Riders Europe Chef d’Equipe Philippe Guerdat selected Kevin Staut, Olivier Philippaerts, Gregory Wathelet, Peder Fredericson and Harrie Smolders to defend Riders Europe’s win at the Longines Masters of Paris.

“Today marks a milestone for the Longines Masters Series as we celebrate our new home for the American leg of the series, the Longines Masters of New York,” said Christophe Ameeuw, CEO of EEM and Founder of the Longines Masters Series. “Already on the first day of the event, we have seen some incredible riding and know that the next three days will continue to bring show-stopping performances. We also witnessed the official team announcements and draw for the Riders Masters Cup teams, setting the stage for Riders USA to seek redemption against Riders Europe and claim victory on their home soil.”

DUELS

Europe | USA
1. Kevin Staut | McLain Ward
2. Harrie Smolders | Georgina Bloomberg
3. Olivier Philippaerts | Adrienne Sternlicht
4. Gregory Wathelet | Beezie Madden
5. Peder Fredricson | Laura Kraut

Speed Master McLain Ward Scores New York Win

McLain Ward and HH Callas. Photo: Sportfot
McLain Ward and HH Callas. Photo: Sportfot

With three Olympic medals to his name, 2017 World Cup champion McLain Ward (USA) proved why he is at the top of the sport at the Longines Masters of New York. Forty-four starters attempted to be the fastest over the speed course set for the Masters One Vestrum-Italy 1.45m, but it wasn’t until the penultimate entry of Ward and HH Callas that the winner was revealed. With a time of 58.62 seconds, Ward shot to the top of the leaderboard with the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Double H Farm, claiming victory over Olivier Philippaerts (BEL). It was serious business for the 24-year-old Belgian, who guided Goofy van T Laerhof, owned by his father, four-time Olympian Ludo Philippaerts, to the runner-up position in 60.12 seconds. Making it a true international podium, Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Cornwall BH took third in 61.82 seconds.

“It is an exciting new event and a great arena; I really hope it grows into something very special,” said Ward, who is able to commute to the inaugural Longines Masters of New York from his home in nearby Brewster, NY. “Callas is here to compete and she’s aiming for the Longines Speed Challenge class on Friday night. She’s a seasoned, quick horse. She can do it all!”

RESULTS

MASTERS ONE TROPHY CSI5*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. HH Callas / McLain Ward / USA / 0 | 58.62
2. Goofy van T Laerhof / Olivier Philippaerts / BEL / 0 | 60.12
3. Cornwall BH / Amanda Derbyshire / GBR / 0 | 61.82
4. Calinesse de Guldenboom / Jane Richard Philips / SUI / 0 | 62.25
5. Crown 5 / Georgina Bloomberg / USA / 0 | 64.55
6. Waterford / Lauren Hough / USA / 0 | 67.48
7. Hansson WL / Peder Fredricson / SWE / 0 | 68.99
8. Pembroke / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / 0 | 71.40
9. Jiva / Beezie Madden / USA / 0 | 72.06
10. Cas 2 / Harrie Smolders / NED / 0 | 73.51
11. Clinta / McLain Ward / USA / 0 | 75.38
12. Vendome d’Anchat HDC / Kevin Staut / FRA / 0 | 76.39

For full results, click here.

Alejandro Karolyi Comes Through for Venezuelan Victory

Alejandro Karolyi. Photo: Sportfot
Alejandro Karolyi. Photo: Sportfot

Speed was the name of the game in the Masters Two Grand Prix Magazine 1.45m, and nobody played it better than Alejandro Karolyi (VEN). The Venezuelan turned up the heat at NYCB Live, blistering over the speed track set by Dutch course designer Louis Konickx in 58.92 seconds aboard Elliot to claim victory. Seventeen-year-old Coco Fath (USA) and Huckleberry took second with a time of 60.11 while Samantha Wight (USA) rode a clever track with Edison to take third in a time of 61.51 seconds.

RESULTS

MASTERS TWO CSI2*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. Elliot / Alejandro Karolyi / VEN / 0 | 58.92
2. Huckleberry / Coco Fath / USA / 0 | 60.11
3. Edison / Samantha Wight / USA / 0 | 61.51
4. Darlon van Groenhove / Clementine Goutal / USA / 0 | 62.90
5. Costa Rica vh Waterschoot Z / Sloan Hopson / USA / 0 | 64.29
6. Cassis 54 / Lucy Davis / USA / 0 | 66.92
7. Dubai / Mavis Spencer / USA / 4 | 56.52
8. Bardolina 2 / Mario Deslauriers / CAN / 4 | 59.14
9. Tizimin LS / Megan McDermott / USA / 8 | 56.97
10. Cedric / Cara Raether Carey / USA / 8 | 64.15
11. Wieminka B / Wesley Newlands / CAN / 8 | 64.85

For full results, click here.

Long Island’s Laura Bowery Thrills Local Crowd

Laura Bowery and Zerly. Photo: Sportfot
Laura Bowery and Zerly. Photo: Sportfot

In the Masters Two L.A. Saddlery 1.35m competition, Long Island’s own Laura Bowery (USA) topped the power and speed competition riding Zerly, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. The pair was able to stay ahead of Jennifer Kocher (USA) and 1984 World Cup champion Mario Deslauriers (CAN), who filled out the second and third positions on the podium respectively.

RESULTS

MASTERS TWO CSI2*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. Zerly / Laura Bowery / USA / 0 | 28.60
2. Dolce Vita Kdw Z / Jennifer Kocher / USA / 0 | 28.93
3. Curo / Mario Deslauriers / CAN / 0 | 29.01
4. Javas Keltic Mist / Jonathan Corrigan / IRL / 0 | 29.13
5. Boucherom / Lucy Davis / USA / 0 | 29.76
6. Prestigious / Madison Goetzmann / USA / 0 | 30.73
7. Willow / Alejandro Karolyi / VEN / 0 | 31.88
8. Quantico 946 / Kaitlyn Mc Cann / USA / 0 | 32.18
9. Sweet Tricia / Mavis Spencer / USA / 0 | 32.43
10. Evita van de Veldbalie / Wesley Newlands / CAN / 0 | 32.81
11. Imagine van de Hermitage / Samantha Wight / USA / 0 | 33.88
12. Dalida / Sloan Hopson / USA / 0 | 34.05

For full results, click here.

Juniors and Amateurs Raise the Curtain

Alexa Pessoa (middle), Summer Paulos (left), and Grace Busch (right) with Andrea Vogel, co-founder of Free x Rein, and Fernanda Ameeuw in their podium presentation. Photo: Sportfot
Alexa Pessoa (middle), Summer Paulos (left), and Grace Busch (right) with Andrea Vogel, co-founder of Free x Rein, and Fernanda Ameeuw in their podium presentation. Photo: Sportfot

The Masters Three division opened Thursday’s competition featuring the Free x Rein Amateur and Junior 1.10m followed immediately by the Masters Three Kastel Denmark 1.20m. Connecticut native and wife of 2004 Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa, Alexa Pessoa (USA) claimed the first win of the Longines Masters of New York, piloting Little Rock, a seven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding sired by Goldfever and owned by Amethyst Equestrian Consulting, to victory over the speed track in a time of 34.98 seconds. Fellow American Summer Paulos slotted into second with a time of 35.24 riding Quilotta 2, her nine-year-old Holsteiner mare sired by Quidam de Revel.

Summer Paulos and Balans RV. Photo: Sportfot
Summer Paulos and Balans RV. Photo: Sportfot

Paulos, also a Connecticut native hailing from Newtown, soon found herself in the winner’s circle, however, after topping the Masters Three Kastel Denmark 1.20m. The mom of four and full-time property manager rode to Balans RV to victory for owner R.C.G. Farm, posting a time of 31.81 seconds to win over Jennifer Kocher (USA). Kocher stopped the clock in 31.89 seconds riding Elion V, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by her husband, Andrew Kocher, who is contesting the five-star division at the Longines Masters of New York.

“This was a great start and I could not have hoped for more,” said Paulos of her Longines Masters debut. “The event is amazing and I loved the jump design and the courses in the ring. I look forward to more of what we had today – great competition!”

RESULTS

MASTERS THREE
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. Little Rock / Alexa Pessoa / USA / 0 | 34.98
2. Quilotta 2 / Summer Paulos / USA / 0 | 35.24
3. Royal Landor / Grace Busch / USA / 0 | 35.28
4. Lando / Alexandra Cherubini / USA / 0 | 35.43
5. No Sunday Sales / Gabrielle Freund / USA / 4 | 38.01
6. Caretinhus / Elizabeth Grace Cohen / USA / 4 | 40.77

MASTERS THREE
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. Balans RV / Summer Paulos / USA / 0 | 31.81
2. Elion V / Jennifer Kocher / USA / 0 | 31.89
3. Balando / Charles Stevens / USA / 0 | 34.51
4. Cylana / Lilli Hymowitz / USA / 0 | 34.90
5. Chico Bello / Tori Corts / USA / 0 | 35.07 sec
6. Zernike K / Lilli Hymowitz / USA / 0 | 35.34
7. Daloma / Charles Stevens / USA / 0 | 36.73
8. Elliot / Sophie Mörner / SWE / 0 | 37.33

The 2018 Longines Masters of New York will continue over the next three days at the NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The jam-packed weekend includes something for everyone, including unparalleled sport, musical performances, breathtaking art exhibits, rider meet-and-greets, luxury shopping, and much more. As the show opens to the public on Friday, April 27, the exclusive Masters Club will offer guests an opportunity to enjoy a curated menu by Long Island-native celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso.

Highlights of the event still to come include Friday’s Longines Speed Challenge, the World’s Fastest Class; the Riders Masters Cup, the transatlantic battle between USA and Europe; Masters POWER, a high jump competition; and U25 Grand Prix on Saturday; and the pinnacle of show jumping competition, Sunday’s Longines Grand Prix of New York, the American Grand Slam of the Series.

 

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