The NetJets US Jumping Team battled for a second placing on Saturday evening in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final Challenge Cup. The results rested on the final combinations, and a clear round from Germany caused the US team to miss out on a jump-off by a mere four faults.
Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland led the young US jumping team of Andrew Kocher, Alex Granato, and Lucy Deslauriers, who finished on a total of nine faults. Germany earned the win on five faults, with Brazil rounding out the top three with 10 faults.
Jessica Springsteen and RMF Zecile, Rushy Marsh Farm’s 11-year old Holsteiner mare, withdrew before the start of the Challenge Cup. The horse had sustained some minor swelling on her front limb, and so Springsteen erred on the side of caution and made the decision not to jump RMF Zecile for the US team.
“[I’m] very happy with how they rode tonight,” said Ridland. “That is the ups and downs of the sport. Sometimes the luck is with you a little bit, sometimes it’s not. To go in with only three riders and no discard score is obviously a disadvantage, but we’ve done it before. Our backs were up against the wall and we came close to a jump-off. Marcus [Ehning] was on a roll and it was unlikely he was going to have a rail down. But, finishing second – it was a good performance and everybody rode really well! I am proud of them all.”
Don’t miss the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final, premiering on Thursday October 11 at 8pm, and then available On Demand. Find out how to watch more FEI World Cup action on H&C.