If there’s such a thing as a slow weekend in show jumping, I never want to meet it. By royal decree, a five-star on every continent, every Saturday!
The riders are out in full force here and abroad, and we’ve got the details here:
Rolex Central Park Horse Show
In addition to appearances by Dressage king and queen Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin, a rated Arabian show, and a performance by Frederik, the handsomest horse in the world, there is also a CSI3* that’s featuring many of our North American-based favorites, including Kent Farrington, Georgina Bloomberg, Mclain Ward, and Todd Minikus.
Nations Cup Final, Barcelona Spain
The culmination of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Series, 98 athletes from 20 nations will be competing in Barcelona for the coveted title of FEI Nations Cup Team Champion. Many of the Rio athletes are on hand, including Gold Medalist Nick Skelton (GBR), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Nicola Philipaerts (BEL), Nearly the entire Gold medalist French team and Bronze medalist German team from Rio, John and Michael Whitaker, and Rio breakout star Sheikh Ali bin Al Thani of Qatar, and individual silver medalist Peder Fredricson (SWE).
The Full Team USA is comprised of powergirl team Lucy Davis, Audrey Coulter, Lauren Hough, Lillie Keenan, and Laura Kraut.
The action begins on Thursday with the First Qualifier, from which the top eight teams will go through to Saturday night’s finale. The remaining 10 countries will battle it out in Friday night’s Longines Challenge Cup. The First two events will be streamed live and free on youtube (Qualifier Link Here)(Challenge Cup Link Here). The individual final will be available on FEITV with a subscription.
Additional National Events:
Keep the old tube tuned to the Jumper Nation channel – we’ll be bringing the full lowdown, as always!