Beat Mändli Wins Downtown Debut in FEI World Cup™ Jumping

Beat Mändli (SUI) and his mount Dsarie celebrate victory at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping in Washington (USA) on Saturday 28 October 2017

Beat Mändli (SUI) and his mount Dsarie celebrate victory at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping in Washington (USA) on Saturday 28 October 2017 (Photo: FEI/Ashley Neuhof)

Beat Mändli’s first trip to the Washington International Horse Show proved resoundingly successful when he topped a thrilling 11-horse jump-off with Dsarie to win the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington in the heart of the United States’ capital.

Mändli (SUI) and Grand Road Partners’ 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare blitzed a top class field which included the top two ranked riders in the world, Kent Farrington (USA) and McLain Ward (USA). Ward finished second with HH Callas, less than three-tenths of a second off the winning time of 32.07 seconds (32.30). Catherine Tyree (USA) and Enjoy Louis finished third, turning in a career-best finish in this World Cup qualifying competition.

Second Place Finished McLain Ward riding HH Callas In Washington at the Longines FEI World Cupª Jumping qualifier Saturday 28 October 2017

Second Place Finished McLain Ward riding HH Callas In Washington at the Longines FEI World Cupª Jumping (Photo: FEI/Ashley Neuhof)

"I feel great! Everything worked out better than I was thinking at the start of the week. I’m just super happy for the horse and for the whole team. It was great night for me!" Beat Mändli (Switzerland)

The indoor track designed by Alan Wade saw 11 of the 26 competitors jump cleanly in the first round, making for an incredibly competitive and fast-paced jump-off. Despite it being his mount’s World Cup qualifier debut, Mändli was confident enough to take risks over the shortened course, confirming the championship potential he sees in Dsarie.

Third Place Finisher Catherine Tyree riding Enjoy Louis in Washington (USA) for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumpingª qualifier 28 October 2017

Third Place Finisher Catherine Tyree riding Enjoy Louis in Washington (USA) for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping (Photo: FEI/Ashley Neuhof)

“I have had her for four years now, and I really think she’s a superstar,” he said. “She can go very far also doing some championships, I hope. She’s only nine years old, and there’s nothing she can’t do. So, I’m very happy to have her.”

The North American League held a double-header on 28 October 2017, with Isabelle Lapierre earning her second victory of the league this season in Calgary (CAN) on the west coast. The east coast sub league continues in Lexington (USA) on 4 November 2017. .

Results
1. Dsarie, Beat Mändli (SUI) 0/0 32.07
2. HH Callas, McLain Ward (USA) 0/0 32.30
3. Enjoy Louis, Catherine Nicole Tyree (USA) 0/0 33.83

FULL RESULTS




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