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During this weekend (29/03-02/04), in Omaha, Nebraska, took place the Longines FEI World Cup.
First place for McLain Ward, who achieved 4 clear rounds riding HH Azur, dominating the competition and winning the 172.500€ prize.
“I felt good, I liked the course – there were quite a few big jumps but no tricks. That is what I really appreciate about Alan (Alan Wade, course designer). I was pretty mellow all day, tried to ride the best I could – I have experience from these situations (25 years jumping at international GP level), just took a breath, went to my horse and had a little luck and it came off. I owe a lot of people thanks for this”
Second place for the Swiss Romain Duguet, 4 penalties, on the back of Twentytwo des Biches, third place for the Swedish Henrick von Eckermann, 8 penalties, on the back Mary Lou.
Tenth the Italian Lorenzo De Luca, on the back of Ensor de Litrange LXII, with 16 penalties and a prix of 30.000€: 24th place in the first circuit (“69,27 160 cm table C); he came through as 8th at the second circuit with a first manche without penalties, but no barrage for a time infraction (1 – “74,57); then 2nd place at the 2 manche competition on the back of Limestone Grey and no penalties at the final competition on the back of Ensor.
Unfortunately, the comeback was impossible for Lorenzo as the quality of actual riders and horses was too high: it’s incredible how infallible was Azur and how perfect was Ward!
Even the tenth is a good place, better than great riders as Staut and Ehning: Lorenzo is in the Hall of fame of the actual riders!