sabato 18 aprile 2009

Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final 2

Second win for Meredith Michaels Beerbaum 18/04/2009
Meredith Michaels Beerbaum showed her supremacy for the second consecutive day. (Photo: Kit Houghton)

The competition at a glance

- 42 competitors in the second final competition of the Rolex FEI World Cup™

- second consecutive win of Meredith Michaels Beerbaum/Shutterfly

- 16 riders make their debut in a World Cup Final

- one combination didn't start (Gerco Schröder/Eurocommerce Seattle from Holland)

- 13 clear rounds

- 16 four fault rounds

- 6 riders clear in the jump off

- 5 American riders in the jump off

- one fall of rider (Australian Harley Brown)

- one rider retired (American Kent Farrington)

- 14 studbooks represented in the second final competition

- 24 geldings, 7 mares, 11 stallions

- 7041 spectators

For the second consecutive day Meredith Michaels Beerbaum claimed the rights to her third Rolex FEI World Cup™. The former American competing for Germany, winner of the first competition on Thursday, showed great superiority also winning the second class on Friday. Yet her advance on McLain Ward and Albert Zoer, second and third in both the competition on Thursday and in the provisional standing, is not big. One rail down on Sunday, in the third and last final competition, could bring Ward or Zoer in winning position.

But Michaels Beerbaum and her miraculous Shutterfly are not likely to start doing what they seldom do: making mistakes. The number one of the Rolex ranking was completely on top of things in the second competition of the Rolex FEI World Cup™. Like yesterday, Meredith Michaels Beerbaum made her own plan and was flawless in the execution. She was the only one to do four strides in the long three stride distance to the FEI vertical, in order to make life easier for her horse going to the consecutive Liverpool oxer, positioned on a very short three strides.

McLain Ward also made the course of Anthony d'Ambrosio fit his horse Sapphire. The American was the only one to skip a stride going to the double combination 13 A – B. Ward was a bit lucky to qualify for the jump off, as his Belgian bred mare had two hard rubs on fences number 2 and 9.

Christina Liebherr seemed to follow Meredith Michaels Beerbaum and McLain Ward having a second successful day. She stayed clear in the first round aboard her energetic gelding LB No Mercy, but things went wrong in the jump off. An unfortunate turn to oxer number 5 resulted in a refusal and the Swiss also had a rail down.

As far as the World Cup points are concerned, anything can happen. But Ian Millar, Jos Lansink and Rodrigo Pessoa have to count with Meredith Michaels Beerbaum equalling their performance, winning the World Cup with all three final competitions to their name.


Meredith Michaels Beerbaum

"Thank you very much, Rolex, for all my beautiful watches. If I wouldn't be an ambassador for Rolex, I would start my own watch shop. But that would be competition, that wouldn't make any sense."

"I've always been known for doing things differently. Ian Millar, Jos Lansink and Rodrigo Pessoa won the World Cup winning all three competitions. I wouldn't be doing things that differently!"

"It's really nice to be back in America. Most of the time I compete in Europe. Here I meet my family and friends and it's wonderful to hear the crowds cheer for me."

McLain Ward

"This was an excellent course, really brilliant. Again it was adding, which I did twice. But that doesn't really suit my horse, so I went to the double combination in four strides, in stead of five."

"My horse is a bit big and slow, inside turns are more difficult for that type of horse. There was not one place where I thought I could have been a bit faster."

"You don't want to wish a mistake on anybody, but it can happen."

Albert Zoer

"I have to be satisfied with this result. It is clear that Okidoki is slightly slower than Sapphire and Shutterfly. This was the optimum result."

"It is sad that Rob Ehrens, my chef d'equipe, was not able to come, due to circumstances in his family. Okidoki and I know each other very well, but it's always nice to have Rob around. He has a relaxing influence, especially in the hectic of a jump off."

"My plan for Sunday? To go double clear!"

Anthony d'Ambrosio

"I was hoping for eight riders to go clear. Horses and riders were fantastic today, so I ended up with a few more. Maybe I held back a little bit too much. I had Sunday on my mind, in the second round the combinations will have to jump as many fences as in the first round."


1. Meredith Michaels Beerbaum (GER), Shutterfly, 0/32.77 sec, 0 pnts

2. McLain Ward (USA), Sapphire, 0/33.77 sec, 2 pnts

3. Albert Zoer (NED), Okidoki, 0/34.72 sec, 4 pnts

4. Beezie Madden (USA), Danny Boy, 0/34.83 sec, 21 pnts

5. Richard Spooner (USA), Ace, 65.97 sec, 15 pnts

6. Helena Lundbäck (SWE), Madick, 0/37.20 sec, 18 pnts

7. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Rufus, 4/34.35 sec, 8 pnts

8. Rich Fellers (USA), Flexible, 4/34.41 sec, 6 pnts

9. Mikael Forsten (FIN), Isaac du Jonquet, 4/36.39 sec, 15 pnts

10. Thomas Velin (DEN), Grim st. Clair, 4/37.54 sec, 7 pnts

11. Hillary Dobbs (USA), Quincy B, 4/39.05 sec, 16 pnts

12. Keean White (CAN), Celena Z, 4/40.83 sec, 21 pnts

13. Christina Liebherr (SWI), LB No Mercy, 10/44.01 sec, 7 pnts

14. Vladimir Beletsky (RUS), Larkanaro, 4/76.63 sec, 31 pnts

14. Rutherford Latham (SPA), Guarana Champeix, 4/78.80 sec, 29 pnts

14. Todd Minikus (USA), Pavarotti, 4/80.62 sec, 27 pnts

14.Ian Millar (CAN), In Style, 4/80.95 sec, 24 pnts

14. Ashlee Bond (USA), Cadett 7, 4/75.35 sec, 23 pnts

14. Edwina Alexander (AUS), Isovlas Itot du Chateau, 4/77.38 sec, 20 pnts

14. Michael Whitaker (GBR), Portofino, 4/76.11 sec, 19 pnts

14. Christine McCrea (USA), Vegas, 76.45 sec, 19 pnts

14. Darragh Kerins (IRE), Night Train, 4/75.33 sec, 18 pnts

14. Mandy Porter (USA), San Diego, 4/79.19 sec, 18 pnts

14. Marco Kutscher (GER), 4/76.63 sec, 17 pnts

14. Marcus Ehning (GER), Leconte, 4/77.46 sec, 16 pnts

14. Daniel Etter (SWI), Peu a Peu, 4/75.97 sec, 16 pnts

14. Steve Guerdat (SWI), Tresor, 4/76.17 sec, 15 pnts

14. Ben Maher (GBR), Robin Hood W, 4/78.19 sec, 14 pnts

14. Ludger Beerbaum, Coupe de Coeur, 4/78.06 sec, 14 pnts

30. Geir Gulliksen (NOR), Sundal Colliers Cattani, 5/81.13 sec, 33 pnts

31. Danielle Torano (USA), Vancouver d'Auvray, 8/79.39 sec, 33 pnts

31. Michelle Spadone (USA), Melisimo, 8/77.71 sec, 22 pnts

31. Angel Nygalov (BUL), Baloufino, 8/76.24 sec, 27 pnts

31. Lars Nieberg (GER), Lucie, 8/76.15 sec, 22 pnts

35. Alberto Michan (MEX), Chinobampo Lavita, 9/81.03 sec, 81.03 pnts

36. Anna Trent (NZL), Muskateer NZPH, 12/80.42 sec, 39 pnts

36. HRH Prince Abdulla Al-Saud (KSA), Mobily Ashkur Allah Obelix, 12/77.95 sec, 38 pnts

38. Ludo Philippaerts (BEL), Cavalor's Winningmood, 16/76.52 sec, 33 pnts

38. Hasan Senturk (TUR), S.I.E.C. Concept, 16/79.86 sec, 32 pnts

40. Daijiro Mashiyama (JPN), Paradox, 37/82.37 sec, 41 pnts

41. Harley Brown (AUS), Cassiato, EL, 30 pnts

42. Kent Farrington (USA), Up Chiqui, RET, 30 pnts


FEI.TV, FEI's official video website, is offering extensive coverage from the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals in Las Vegas. Please see the detailed schedule below and visit

17 April 2009: Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final (Part I)

02:00 - 04:10 GMT (live)

11:00 - 13:30 GMT (as live replay)

18 April 2009: Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final (Part II)

02:00 – 04:35 GMT (live)

11:00 – 13:35 GMT (as live replay)

19 April 2009: Rolex FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final (Part I)

02:00 – 05:30 GMT (live)

11:00 – 14:30 GMT (as live replay)

19 April 2009: Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final (Part III)

19:00 – 20:30 GMT (live)

19 April 2009: Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final (Part IV)

21:00 – 22:25 GMT (live)

21 April 2009: Highlights of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final Dressage available as video on demand

22 April 2009: Highlights of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final Jumping 2009 available as video on demand


Malina Gueorguiev
FEI Communication Department
Fédération Equestre Internationale

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