15 April 2018
Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Win World Cup Final 2018
“I hoped to do well, but I certainly didn’t expect this. To have Breitling dig in and do well today in a championship format, he proved himself. It was really exciting to bring him here.” Beezie Madden stayed cool on Sunday, April 15, 2018 to win her second Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final trophy at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. She also won the tile in 2013 with Simon. True to form, Madden gave the credit to her horse in his first championship appearance. She led the standings over all three days of the Final. Americans dominated the top standings on the last day of the three days of jumping, with Madden followed by fellow American rider Devin Ryan and 9-year-old KWPN gelding Eddie Blue (VDL Zirocco Blue x Marlon) in 2nd place. That finish was the surprise of the weekend, with the USA rider whom the commentators couldn’t help but repeatedly point out as an unknown on the world stage, clearing every fence all weekend aboard his nine-year-old horse, the youngest of the competition. “I’m up and coming, I’m learning, this is my first championship, it’s been fantastic, and I’m proud to be right alongside Beezie,” Ryan said. He and his horse, which he has had since a four year old, are certainly unknowns no more. “He jumps a lot of clean rounds,” said Ryan when asked about Eddie Blue, who was the only one in the whole competition to not have a rail down all weekend. “He won the five-year-old finals in the States, he won the six year olds, second in the seven year olds, he won five grands prix last year. He won his first grand prix at the end of his seven-year-old season. The track record alone means that he’s a very careful horse.” On down the leaderboard, Henrik von Eckermann advanced to 3rd place, jumping Tovaks Mary Lou to a costly 4-fault performance in the final round. That pole meant the difference between 2nd and 3rd place, but kept him well on the podium. “Mary Lou is an extraordinary good horse,” von Eckermann said of the mare that also had him on the World Cup podium last year at Omaha. “She did it very easy, and that’s maybe the most anger with myself; she could win it, but I lost it a little bit. I tried a little bit too much, gave her a pull a little bit too much and she broke up behind. I should have just trusted the quality, and it wouldn’t have happened.” Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands fell away from his podium chances to finish 17th after a disappointing day with Emerald. And while McLain Ward is certainly disappointed to not follow up on his victory last year, he finished in 4th with HH Azur for the USA. And on down the standings there was a story for every placing; after having the first fence on the first course down on day 1, Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium rebounded nicely to take 5th place with H&M Legend of Love. And after being admonished by the FEI in an official statement for his hind boots that caused abnormal over-jumping by his horse in Round 2 on Friday, Colombia’s Carlos Lopez loosened the boots and even with Admara jumping “normal,” earned a strong result to slot into 7th place. Spain's Eduardo Alvarez Aznar was just ahead of him in 6th. But the day belonged to Beezie and Breitling, a 12-year-old SLS gelding (Quintero x Acord II) that is owned by Abigail Wexner. They entered the final round with a fence and a time fault in hand, and used that fence when they had the B element of the triple combination down. It was the first fence that Breitling tipped all week. That narrowed the gap a little and caused extra stress for her team on the sidelines, but Madden sat cool over the final fences to cross the finish timers as winner. To win here with a horse that we really believed in but took a little while to mature, to have him come through today is fantastic,” Madden said. “It’s been a little while trying to replace Simon and Cortez, but it actually happened a little quicker than I thought, so this is really exciting today.” Class Results
15 April 2018
Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Win World Cup Final 2018
“I hoped to do well, but I certainly didn’t expect this. To have Breitling dig in and do well today in a championship format, he proved himself. It was really exciting to bring him here.” Beezie Madden stayed cool on Sunday, April 15, 2018 to win her second Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final trophy at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. She also won the tile in 2013 with Simon. True to form, Madden gave the credit to her horse in his first championship appearance. She led the standings over all three days of the Final. Americans dominated the top standings on the last day of the three days of jumping, with Madden followed by fellow American rider Devin Ryan and 9-year-old KWPN gelding Eddie Blue (VDL Zirocco Blue x Marlon) in 2nd place. That finish was the surprise of the weekend, with the USA rider whom the commentators couldn’t help but repeatedly point out as an unknown on the world stage, clearing every fence all weekend aboard his nine-year-old horse, the youngest of the competition. “I’m up and coming, I’m learning, this is my first championship, it’s been fantastic, and I’m proud to be right alongside Beezie,” Ryan said. He and his horse, which he has had since a four year old, are certainly unknowns no more. “He jumps a lot of clean rounds,” said Ryan when asked about Eddie Blue, who was the only one in the whole competition to not have a rail down all weekend. “He won the five-year-old finals in the States, he won the six year olds, second in the seven year olds, he won five grands prix last year. He won his first grand prix at the end of his seven-year-old season. The track record alone means that he’s a very careful horse.” On down the leaderboard, Henrik von Eckermann advanced to 3rd place, jumping Tovaks Mary Lou to a costly 4-fault performance in the final round. That pole meant the difference between 2nd and 3rd place, but kept him well on the podium. “Mary Lou is an extraordinary good horse,” von Eckermann said of the mare that also had him on the World Cup podium last year at Omaha. “She did it very easy, and that’s maybe the most anger with myself; she could win it, but I lost it a little bit. I tried a little bit too much, gave her a pull a little bit too much and she broke up behind. I should have just trusted the quality, and it wouldn’t have happened.” Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands fell away from his podium chances to finish 17th after a disappointing day with Emerald. And while McLain Ward is certainly disappointed to not follow up on his victory last year, he finished in 4th with HH Azur for the USA. And on down the standings there was a story for every placing; after having the first fence on the first course down on day 1, Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium rebounded nicely to take 5th place with H&M Legend of Love. And after being admonished by the FEI in an official statement for his hind boots that caused abnormal over-jumping by his horse in Round 2 on Friday, Colombia’s Carlos Lopez loosened the boots and even with Admara jumping “normal,” earned a strong result to slot into 7th place. Spain's Eduardo Alvarez Aznar was just ahead of him in 6th. But the day belonged to Beezie and Breitling, a 12-year-old SLS gelding (Quintero x Acord II) that is owned by Abigail Wexner. They entered the final round with a fence and a time fault in hand, and used that fence when they had the B element of the triple combination down. It was the first fence that Breitling tipped all week. That narrowed the gap a little and caused extra stress for her team on the sidelines, but Madden sat cool over the final fences to cross the finish timers as winner. To win here with a horse that we really believed in but took a little while to mature, to have him come through today is fantastic,” Madden said. “It’s been a little while trying to replace Simon and Cortez, but it actually happened a little quicker than I thought, so this is really exciting today.” Class Results
13 April 2018
Beezie Madden is Untouchable in Paris: Strengthens Lead in World Cup Jumping Final
On a day full of surprises at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, there was one constant element, and her name was Beezie Madden. The American rider didn’t just maintain her overall lead aboard Breitling LS, she strengthened it, jumping foot perfect and will go into Sunday’s Jumping Final III with a fence in hand, and a certain peace of mind. “It’s always nice to have a rail in hand, but we’re only halfway through,” Madden said. “We’ve done two rounds and a jumpoff, and we might do that again on Sunday. So, a lot can change. I just hope my horse stays on good form and I stay on good form.” On Friday, April 13, 2018 Jumping Final II—a classic round with jumpoff—supplied plenty of hair-raising moments over Santiago Varela’s 1.55m – 1.60m course Overnight 2nd placed rider, Daniel Deusser with Cornet D’Amour, picked up 14 faults and Cornet took a hard look at the first element of the double on course, forcing Deusser to pull up inside the combination. Marcus Ehning’s Cornado FBW also picked up 12 faults, moving him down the class rankings. Steve Guerdat also suffered some bad luck, when Bianca lost her power going into the triple combination, forcing the former World Cup Champion to pull up and have another go at the fences. But there was plenty of good news for plenty of others, especially those nine who made it into the jumpoff. Jamie Barge of the USA stepped up to place 6th with Luebbo, and Kevin Staut of France had a redeeming day with his second mount Silver Deux de Virton HDC to place 5th. Olivier Philippaerts was 4th for Belgium for H&M Legend of Love. Into the top three, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann is very close to the position he was in at last year’s final with Tovak’s Mary Lou. He placed 3rd in Round 2 and is sitting in 4th place in overall standings. While Harrie Smolders delivered a strong performance with Emerald to place 2nd in Round 2, his overall 16th place ranking leaves him with an outside chance for a podium placing. “Zinius had a very good indoor season and he’s also naturally fast, especially in a speed class, so that’s why we made the decision,” Smolders explained. “Ok, it didn’t work out like we hoped, but I must say, Emerald jumped fantastic today. He was very feisty, but he had a lot of fighting spirit.” In Round 1, Smolders picked up faults with his other mount Zinius, and while he admitted that hindsight is 50/50, he was happy with Emerald’s performance. And it’s the overall ranking that matters most at the moment, although Round 2’s prize money of 250,000 was helpful for those who rode strongly today. Six pairs went clear in Round 1 only to suffer a time fault that kept them out of the jumpoff, demonstrating the importance of keeping on pace all the way through the finish timers. With the top 30 coming back on Sunday for two rounds after a day of rest, the overall ranking has remained the same over Round 1 and 2 of this final. Madden, Deusser, Devin Ryan—who is giving a banner performance with Eddie Blue at his first World Cup Final, especially as he is mounted on the youngest horse of the competition—and Ehning rank 1st through 4th going into Sunday. Carlos Lopez of Colombia turned heads with Admara overextending behind over every single fence of Round 1. The mare jumped clear but a time fault kept them out of the jumpoff. Jumping Final III takes place on Sunday, April 15th at 14:00 local time. Overall standings
13 April 2018
Beezie Madden is Untouchable in Paris: Strengthens Lead in World Cup Jumping Final
On a day full of surprises at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, there was one constant element, and her name was Beezie Madden. The American rider didn’t just maintain her overall lead aboard Breitling LS, she strengthened it, jumping foot perfect and will go into Sunday’s Jumping Final III with a fence in hand, and a certain peace of mind. “It’s always nice to have a rail in hand, but we’re only halfway through,” Madden said. “We’ve done two rounds and a jumpoff, and we might do that again on Sunday. So, a lot can change. I just hope my horse stays on good form and I stay on good form.” On Friday, April 13, 2018 Jumping Final II—a classic round with jumpoff—supplied plenty of hair-raising moments over Santiago Varela’s 1.55m – 1.60m course Overnight 2nd placed rider, Daniel Deusser with Cornet D’Amour, picked up 14 faults and Cornet took a hard look at the first element of the double on course, forcing Deusser to pull up inside the combination. Marcus Ehning’s Cornado FBW also picked up 12 faults, moving him down the class rankings. Steve Guerdat also suffered some bad luck, when Bianca lost her power going into the triple combination, forcing the former World Cup Champion to pull up and have another go at the fences. But there was plenty of good news for plenty of others, especially those nine who made it into the jumpoff. Jamie Barge of the USA stepped up to place 6th with Luebbo, and Kevin Staut of France had a redeeming day with his second mount Silver Deux de Virton HDC to place 5th. Olivier Philippaerts was 4th for Belgium for H&M Legend of Love. Into the top three, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann is very close to the position he was in at last year’s final with Tovak’s Mary Lou. He placed 3rd in Round 2 and is sitting in 4th place in overall standings. While Harrie Smolders delivered a strong performance with Emerald to place 2nd in Round 2, his overall 16th place ranking leaves him with an outside chance for a podium placing. “Zinius had a very good indoor season and he’s also naturally fast, especially in a speed class, so that’s why we made the decision,” Smolders explained. “Ok, it didn’t work out like we hoped, but I must say, Emerald jumped fantastic today. He was very feisty, but he had a lot of fighting spirit.” In Round 1, Smolders picked up faults with his other mount Zinius, and while he admitted that hindsight is 50/50, he was happy with Emerald’s performance. And it’s the overall ranking that matters most at the moment, although Round 2’s prize money of 250,000 was helpful for those who rode strongly today. Six pairs went clear in Round 1 only to suffer a time fault that kept them out of the jumpoff, demonstrating the importance of keeping on pace all the way through the finish timers. With the top 30 coming back on Sunday for two rounds after a day of rest, the overall ranking has remained the same over Round 1 and 2 of this final. Madden, Deusser, Devin Ryan—who is giving a banner performance with Eddie Blue at his first World Cup Final, especially as he is mounted on the youngest horse of the competition—and Ehning rank 1st through 4th going into Sunday. Carlos Lopez of Colombia turned heads with Admara overextending behind over every single fence of Round 1. The mare jumped clear but a time fault kept them out of the jumpoff. Jumping Final III takes place on Sunday, April 15th at 14:00 local time. Overall standings
12 April 2018
Retirement Announced for Kevin Staut's Reveur De Hurtebise HDC
Kevin Staut and his owners at Haras du Coudrettes stud made a sudden announcement on the evening of Thursday, April 12, 2018 that their champion horse Reveur de Hurtebise HDC would be retired from the sport. The announcement followed Staut’s appearance in Round 1 of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final with the 17-year-old SBS gelding (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux des 6 Censes). The horse pulled uncharacteristic rails all over the course, leaving Staut out of contention for this final held at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. With the announcement of Reveur’s retirement came the strong sense from his owners and rider that he owed them nothing else, and that the day had come when the horse had simply stopped wanting to clear the fences. Like many horsemen, when that day occurred, their choice was immediately clear; instead of pushing the horse forward, they will instead reward Reveur’s long and successful career with a happy retirement in the fields. Staut and Reveur de Hurtebise earned team gold for France at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, team silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and helped France win the Nations Cup at CSI5* La Baule, twice. Last December, he carried Staut to victory in the Rolex IJRC Top Ten Final at CHI Geneva. Their individual victories included the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, wins at Rotterdam and Gijon, and 11th place in the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Final. Reveur will be retired to the beautiful HDC Stud in Normandy, France, joining Staut’s former mount Silvana HDC, and teammate Orient Express in their retirement.
12 April 2018
Beezie Madden Leads 2018 World Cup Final After Round 1
Beezie Madden gave an absolute master class to win Round 1 of the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Paris, France on Thursday, April 12 with the 12-year-old SLS stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Acord II). True to form, Madden gave the credit to her horse: “"He was fantastic. He was right there for me every time I called on him,” she told US Equestrian. The USA’s Madden was the only rider to break the 61 second mark in the single round, speed class, and she did it with foot-perfect style, handling a challenging course with what could only be described as relative ease. Not to be outdone, Germany’s Daniel Deusser was nearly as good with Cornet d’Amour, he placed behind Madden in 2nd, just .072 seconds behind her time. And in a strong showing for USA riders, Devin Ryan showed up to his first World Cup Final in top form, to place 3rd in the opening round aboard Eddie Blue. Pieter Devos was in top form to finish very well for Belgium, ending the day in 6th place after a quick clear round with Espoir. This first track, designed by Spain’s Santiago Verala, was full of light rails and tough lines, with faults coming all over the course, including several at the very first fence. Favorite and reigning champion McLain Ward got a bit hung up in the air over the third to last fence, a wide oxer going into a one stride, and his mount HH Azur ticked the rail to slide them down into 10th place. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat will have a similar hole to climb out of; he placed 11th after a pole down with Bianca. Class results
12 April 2018
Beezie Madden Leads 2018 World Cup Final After Round 1
Beezie Madden gave an absolute master class to win Round 1 of the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Paris, France on Thursday, April 12 with the 12-year-old SLS stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Acord II). True to form, Madden gave the credit to her horse: “"He was fantastic. He was right there for me every time I called on him,” she told US Equestrian. The USA’s Madden was the only rider to break the 61 second mark in the single round, speed class, and she did it with foot-perfect style, handling a challenging course with what could only be described as relative ease. Not to be outdone, Germany’s Daniel Deusser was nearly as good with Cornet d’Amour, he placed behind Madden in 2nd, just .072 seconds behind her time. And in a strong showing for USA riders, Devin Ryan showed up to his first World Cup Final in top form, to place 3rd in the opening round aboard Eddie Blue. Pieter Devos was in top form to finish very well for Belgium, ending the day in 6th place after a quick clear round with Espoir. This first track, designed by Spain’s Santiago Verala, was full of light rails and tough lines, with faults coming all over the course, including several at the very first fence. Favorite and reigning champion McLain Ward got a bit hung up in the air over the third to last fence, a wide oxer going into a one stride, and his mount HH Azur ticked the rail to slide them down into 10th place. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat will have a similar hole to climb out of; he placed 11th after a pole down with Bianca. Class results
12 April 2018
Retirement Announced for Kevin Staut's Reveur De Hurtebise HDC
Kevin Staut and his owners at Haras du Coudrettes stud made a sudden announcement on the evening of Thursday, April 12, 2018 that their champion horse Reveur de Hurtebise HDC would be retired from the sport. The announcement followed Staut’s appearance in Round 1 of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final with the 17-year-old SBS gelding (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux des 6 Censes). The horse pulled uncharacteristic rails all over the course, leaving Staut out of contention for this final held at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. With the announcement of Reveur’s retirement came the strong sense from his owners and rider that he owed them nothing else, and that the day had come when the horse had simply stopped wanting to clear the fences. Like many horsemen, when that day occurred, their choice was immediately clear; instead of pushing the horse forward, they will instead reward Reveur’s long and successful career with a happy retirement in the fields. Staut and Reveur de Hurtebise earned team gold for France at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, team silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and helped France win the Nations Cup at CSI5* La Baule, twice. Last December, he carried Staut to victory in the Rolex IJRC Top Ten Final at CHI Geneva. Their individual victories included the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, wins at Rotterdam and Gijon, and 11th place in the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Final. Reveur will be retired to the beautiful HDC Stud in Normandy, France, joining Staut’s former mount Silvana HDC, and teammate Orient Express in their retirement.
11 April 2018
Kent Farrington & HH Azur Recognized as 2017 Longines FEI World's Best Jumping Rider & Horse
In Paris on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Longines and the FEI presented two awards during the World Cup Final draws, held in the Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall). The Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse and Rider Awards were established last year, as a recognition of the world’s highest officially rated jumping horse and rider. The recipients of the awards were HH Azur, owned by Francois Mathy and Double H Farm, and the USA’s Kent Farrington. The two awards are determined from accumulated points throughout the whole calendar year; the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse is determined from the horse’s 10 best results of the year in the Longines Rankings, and the FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider is the leading rider in the Longines Rankings at the end of the year. Despite spending the last two months on the sidelines due to a broken leg, Kent Farrington has maintain his Longines FEI World Number One Ranking for over 12 months. In 2017, he ended the year on 3313 ranking points, well ahead of World Number 2 Harrie Smolders, with 2953 points. In addition to winning the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha with McLain Ward, HH Azur earned ranking points throughout the year with many top finishes and wins. Francois Mathy was in attendance with McLain Ward to accept the award, and a Longines timepiece as well as a crystal trophy. Farrington was also in attendance in Paris for the ceremony—it was his first public appearance since his injury in Florida earlier this year.
11 April 2018
2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final: Will History Be Made?
With HH Azur clearing the top of the standards today in her warmup jumps, all eyes are on the favorites this week going into the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Mclain Ward of the USA has returned with his superstar mare as the reigning champion and clear favorite to gun for a second World Cup Championship title, held this year at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. Most riders used Wednesday's Longines ranking opening class, a €26,000 prize money two-phase speed, exclusively to allow their horses to stretch their legs over fences in the arena. Steve Guerdat took first prize with his 10-year-old partner Alamo, but this first glimpse of the competitors gives out little in the way of predicting what will unfold when the first round of the Final gets underway at 20:30 local time on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Thirty-eight entries will line out in the World Cup Jumping Final, and along with Ward, there are a few standouts that stand to make history, should they rise to the top. Becoming a back-to-back World Cup Champion is not unheard of, and Ward aims to join that company this week. Ian Millar and the unforgettable Big Ben were back-to-back champions in 1988 – 1999, as was John Whitaker with Milton in 1990 and 1991. The last time it happened was in 2015 and 2016, when Steve Guerdat won it Las Vegas and Gothenburg. In 2008 and 2009, when Meredith Michaels Beerbaum was World Cup Champion with Shutterfly. she also made history as one of just three riders who have won the World Cup Final three times, having also won it with Shutterfly in 2005. Hugo Simon (1979, 1996, 1997) and Rodrigo Pessoa (1998 – 2000) also hold that three-time distinction. Marcus Ehning has also won the Final three times in his career, and this year, he is the only entry with the chance of becoming a four time champion – a title that’s never been claimed. With the super strong Cornado FBW on form and a recent win under his belt, Ehning is another clear favorite at this year’s final. And the home side will be aching for history to be made as well; with the Final held in Paris for the first time in 31 years, and the last French victory in the World Cup Final nearly 15 years ago, the stage could be set for any one of the four French contenders to take an unforgettable win. Complete Orders of Go & Results
11 April 2018
2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final: Will History Be Made?
With HH Azur clearing the top of the standards today in her warmup jumps, all eyes are on the favorites this week going into the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Mclain Ward of the USA has returned with his superstar mare as the reigning champion and clear favorite to gun for a second World Cup Championship title, held this year at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. Most riders used Wednesday's Longines ranking opening class, a €26,000 prize money two-phase speed, exclusively to allow their horses to stretch their legs over fences in the arena. Steve Guerdat took first prize with his 10-year-old partner Alamo, but this first glimpse of the competitors gives out little in the way of predicting what will unfold when the first round of the Final gets underway at 20:30 local time on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Thirty-eight entries will line out in the World Cup Jumping Final, and along with Ward, there are a few standouts that stand to make history, should they rise to the top. Becoming a back-to-back World Cup Champion is not unheard of, and Ward aims to join that company this week. Ian Millar and the unforgettable Big Ben were back-to-back champions in 1988 – 1999, as was John Whitaker with Milton in 1990 and 1991. The last time it happened was in 2015 and 2016, when Steve Guerdat won it Las Vegas and Gothenburg. In 2008 and 2009, when Meredith Michaels Beerbaum was World Cup Champion with Shutterfly. she also made history as one of just three riders who have won the World Cup Final three times, having also won it with Shutterfly in 2005. Hugo Simon (1979, 1996, 1997) and Rodrigo Pessoa (1998 – 2000) also hold that three-time distinction. Marcus Ehning has also won the Final three times in his career, and this year, he is the only entry with the chance of becoming a four time champion – a title that’s never been claimed. With the super strong Cornado FBW on form and a recent win under his belt, Ehning is another clear favorite at this year’s final. And the home side will be aching for history to be made as well; with the Final held in Paris for the first time in 31 years, and the last French victory in the World Cup Final nearly 15 years ago, the stage could be set for any one of the four French contenders to take an unforgettable win. Complete Orders of Go & Results
11 April 2018
Kent Farrington & HH Azur Recognized as 2017 Longines FEI World's Best Jumping Rider & Horse
In Paris on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Longines and the FEI presented two awards during the World Cup Final draws, held in the Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall). The Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse and Rider Awards were established last year, as a recognition of the world’s highest officially rated jumping horse and rider. The recipients of the awards were HH Azur, owned by Francois Mathy and Double H Farm, and the USA’s Kent Farrington. The two awards are determined from accumulated points throughout the whole calendar year; the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse is determined from the horse’s 10 best results of the year in the Longines Rankings, and the FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider is the leading rider in the Longines Rankings at the end of the year. Despite spending the last two months on the sidelines due to a broken leg, Kent Farrington has maintain his Longines FEI World Number One Ranking for over 12 months. In 2017, he ended the year on 3313 ranking points, well ahead of World Number 2 Harrie Smolders, with 2953 points. In addition to winning the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha with McLain Ward, HH Azur earned ranking points throughout the year with many top finishes and wins. Francois Mathy was in attendance with McLain Ward to accept the award, and a Longines timepiece as well as a crystal trophy. Farrington was also in attendance in Paris for the ceremony—it was his first public appearance since his injury in Florida earlier this year.