North Salem, NY - The horses of E2 Showjumpers kicked off the fall season in stellar style with top placings at the 2015 American Gold Cup CSI4*. After placing third in the $85,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier, Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual advanced to the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York. Competing over one of the biggest tracks of his career, the 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding scored the fourth place award with Lutz in the irons.
"I felt very confident coming in to this show," explained Lutz. "I just did the Hampton Classic, and it was a great show to be coming from with a similar setting. I feel really good and really confident with Robin because we've really gotten to know each other lately."
During the $85,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier Robin de Ponthual and Lutz were double clear, and in the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York Grand Prix they were faultless in the first round and had one rail in the jump-off.
"I started pushing him to go a little faster in the jump-offs and going for the win in Saugerties in June," said Lutz. "We were third in the big class, and that was really the first time that we went for it." Lutz continued, "Sunday was our first jump-off at that level, so I was really thrilled with how he went and our placing. I've just been getting to know him, and he has been super."
Michael Meller added, "The foundation of E2 Showjumpers is to produce top young horses in the United States and Europe, and Robin is a perfect example of that. He just continues to get better and better, and I cannot say enough good things about him. Robin and Peter have really started to develop a partnership this year, and I am excited for their future together."
On Saturday, Lutz was aboard Carneyhaugh Manx during the $35,000 Hermès Sellier Speed Derby. The duo was the first to tackle the long track, which required riders to jump the bank and gallop up and down hills. With a clear effort they scored the sixth place prize. "This is Manx' specialty," smiled Meller. "He loves to go out there and gallop with a loop in the reins. As soon as he saw the bank he knew it was time to go, and he went as fast he could."
After the competition on Sunday, Meller presented Ireland's Conor Swail with the M. Michael Meller Style Award, donated in memory of Theresa Hogan. "Conor is one of the world's most gifted riders," expressed Meller. "He has a talent for developing a partnership with his horses. When a horse does well, he lets them do it all the way, and what they're lacking on he holds their hand and shows them the way."
Graciously accepting the award, Swail commented, "It's great to have such a nice award. It is nice to know that my riding is looked at as one of the nicer styles because I always try to do everything correctly and ride in the correct manner. It is great to be awarded with this great prize, and I'm glad to get it."
Later this week, the E2 Showjumpers based in Europe will be competing in the FEI World Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium with Dan Walsh and Stacey Babes. Meanwhile, Lutz and Robin de Ponthual will be competing at the Central Park Horse Show in New York, NY.
Founded by the Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller, the mission of E2 Showjumpers is to find and produces some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. For more information please visit e2showjumpers.com.