Irish rider Denis Lynch captured the fourth leg of the North American Eastern Sub-League of Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier, overtaking American Lauren Tisbo in the tiebreaker. (Photo © Taylor Renner)
Irish rider Denis Lynch captured the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington 2017, representing the fourth leg of the League.
Being his first participation in the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Denis Lynch started the regular round with his 13-year-old stallion RMF Echo (Virus of Laubry x Feo) owned by Rushy Marsh Farm LLC, where a total of 40 pairs on course designed by Michel Vailancourt of Canada, watched as the Irish along with 8 other riders secured their pass to the jump-off round.
By recording the best time of the tiebreaker, Denis Lynch stopped the clock in 36.16 seconds to take 130 World Ranking Points and 20 points to his World Cup account, representing the fourth leg of the North American Eastern Sub-League, but equally valid for his Wester European League account, where he is in fourth place.
World No. 27 Denis Lynch outnumbered Lauren Tisbo of the United States and her 10-year-old stallion Coriandolo di Ribano (Cassini II x Baldini) owned by Tequestrian Farms Llc, finishing second in a time of 36.52. seconds, while the third place was Beat Mändli of Switzerland getting the third double clear round of the class in 37.80 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Dsarie (Veron x Ahorn) owned by Grant Road Partners GmbH.
The top five finishers ended up in hands of the home riders with young Jennifer Gates taking the fourth place with the 14-year-old gelding Pumped Up Kicks (Levisto x San Juan) in 40.79 seconds, representing the last double clear round and fifth place Devin Ryan knocked down a pole on his fast 36.32-second field with the 8-year-old gelding Eddie Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL x Marlon).
For the Latino Ranking Roberto Terán of Colombia completed a regular round of 8 fouls with the 12-year-old gelding Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z) owned by Liubov Kochetova, finishing 31st out of the points. For his part, the three-time Brazilian Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa opted for retirement with the 9-year-old stallion Chaganus (Chacco-Blue x Carthago).
Again the main class of the week left out of the spotlight the two best seeds, where the world number 2 McLain Ward got a better location in 12th place with the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) on 4 faults regular round faster and world number Kent Farrington, completed a 8 fouls round with the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) to finishing in 23rd place.