Beat Mändli from Switzerland took the victory for the first time in the President of the United States Perpetual Cup and also qualified for the World Cup, beating McLain Ward. (Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography)
Swiss Olympic medalist Beat Mändli won for the first time the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping in Washington.
Disputing equally the President of United States Perpetual Cup the Swiss Beat Mändli obtained an important victory, after participating for the first time in the Washington International Horse Show and commanding a complicated group of riders in the render of jump-off.
Taking part 26 pairs on course designed by Irish Alan Wade, only 11 riders would get their tiebreaker classification, where Beat Mändli would register a time of 32.07 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Dsarie (Veron x Ahorn) owned by Grant Road Partners GmbH and take the third sleeve of the North American Eastern Sub-League.
Being his first points in the League for Beat Mändli in search of the classification to the final, he was in tenth place with 20 accumulated points, where American rider Alison Robitaille, who finished in fourth place, move to first place of the classification.
The strong fight for today’s victory was centered between the Olympic medalists Beat Mändli of Switzerland and McLain Ward of the United States, being the time for the former World Ranking Leader and Pan American Ranking Leader of 32.30 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) owned by Double H Farm, representing both riders 100 and 80 World Ranking Points with first and second place.
The third place was taken by Catherine Nicole Tyree with the 13-year-old gelding Enjoy Louis (Coriano x Kannan) in 33.83 seconds, followed by Alison Robitaille in 34.57 seconds with the last double clear round for the World Cup qualification leader next to the 12-year-old gelding Ace (Berlin x Irco Polo).
For its part, the best jump-off time was for Katherine Dinan with her 12-year-old gelding Dougie Douglas (Ard VDL Douglas x High Roller) in 32.03 seconds, but they accumulated 4 fouls leaving it in fifth place.
Turning to the Latino Ranking Salvadorian rider Paulo Santana participated with his 17-year-old gelding Taloubet (Baloubet du Rouet x Quidam de Revel), failing to qualify for the jump-off thanks to his 4 fouls regular round in 56.73 seconds, but if he reached to ensure World Ranking Points.