Californian Richard Spooner repeated in Las Vegas and now took the fifth World Cup Jumping leg of North American Western Sub-League. (Photo © McCool)
Californian rider Richard Spooner repeated at the CSI4* Las Vegas National Horse Show and won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.
After yesterday’s winning the $50,000 Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic, today Richard Spooner dominated the fifth FEI World Cup Jumping North American Western Sub-League leg in Las Vegas, a result that placed him at the top of classification with a total of 58 points.
Appearing with the 10-year-old gelding Chatinus (Chacco-Blue x Argentinus) owned by Gestüt Lewitz & Gugler Sport Horses, Richard Spooner rode the jump-off round on course designed by Mexico’s Oscar Soberon and stopped the clock at 37.30 seconds, securing 80 World Ranking Points.
Finishing a productive week in Las Vegas, Richard Spooner surpassed in clear American riders dominion the amazon Alison Robitaille with his 11-year-old mare Serise du Bidou (Gin Tonic Star x Fusain du Defey), completing her field at 40.20 seconds in a tiebreaker round that ended with only 3 classified pairings.
For third place and being in a compromised situation with the times secured by her predecessors, Karrie Rafer with the 11-year-old stallion Georgie d’Auvray EC (Vancouver D’Auvray x Nabab De Reve) retired, after being left without chance for her accumulated faults.
The women took fourth and fifth place, being Kristen Vanderveen the fourth place owner with the 12-year-old stallion Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco) in a 4 fouls regular round in 71.19 seconds and Mandy Porter finished fifth with the 12-year-old gelding Milano (Orlando x Pomme Royal) in 74.51 seconds with the same 4 fouls.
The World Cup that was presented by Interactive Mortgage represented the fifth leg of the Western League, leaving Richard Spooner first with 58 points and Mandy Porter second with 41 points, while the Eastern League, both Leagues belonging to the North American group, presented Alinson Robitaille in first place with 52 points for McLain Ward in second place with 45 points.