Lively Draw Marks Beginning of the 2017 World Cup Finals, Grand Prix Starting List Posted

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 04:31
2017 World Cup Finals

American showjumper Karl Cook (26), whose girlfriend Kaley Cuoco from “The Big Bang Theory” is also a keen equestrian, drew plenty of belly-laughs himself during the draw for the starting order at the World Cup™ Finals 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska (USA) on Wednesday evening 29 March 2017.

. At the event staged in the theatre of the city’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and assisted by fellow-American and 2008 Olympic team gold medallist Laura Kraut (51), Cook also managed to give himself the perfect position on tomorrow’s starting grid as last to go of the 37 battling for the coveted Longines Jumping title.

Kraut pointed out however this will be a tough one to take. “Winning it is always difficult, and we’ve got so many of the best riders in the world here” she said. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat will bid to become only the fifth three-time champion in the 39-year history of the prestigious series when 32nd to go.

The FEI World Cup™ Dressage draw was lively too, with Britain’s Carl Hester tipping Germany’s Isabell Werth (45) for top spot in the field of 16 crack contenders. And with the most medalled rider in the history of equestrian sport drawn in the prime last-to-go spot, Werth is clearly going to be a tough nut to crack.

She will ride into the arena tomorrow just after America’s Laura Graves who finished fourth at the Rio Olympics and who is carrying the hopes and dreams of US fans. But Hester’s co-host, Judy Reynolds (35), wasn’t going to be intimidated by all that tonight. When asked who she thought will be standing on the top step of the Dressage podium this weekend the Irish phenomenon gave a big cheeky grin and replied - “Me!” 

Starting order for FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2017 Final Grand Prix here

  • 1. - 14.00 hrs -  Bandurria Kacero - Maria Florencia Manfredi ARG
  • 2. - 14.09 hrs -  Voice - Edward Gal NED
  • 3. - 14.18 hrs -  Smeyers Molberg - Marcela Krinke-Susmelj SUI 
  • 4. - 14.27 hrs -  Arlekino - Hanna Karasiova BLR 
  • 5. - 14.36 hrs -  Xama Dos Pinhais - Joao Victor Marcari Oliva BRA 
  • 6. - 14.45 hrs -  Nip Tuck - Carl Hester GBR 
  • 7. - 14.54 hrs -  Rustique - Mai Tofte Olesen DEN
  • 8. - 15.03 hrs -  Cennin - Madeleine Witte-Vrees NED
  • BREAK 
  • 9. - 15.32 hrs -  Goerklintgaards Dublet - Kasey Perry-Glass USA 
  • 10. - 15.41 hrs -  Rosamunde - Steffen Peters USA
  • 11. - 15.50 hrs v Vancouver K - Judy Reynolds IRL
  • 12. - 15.59 hrs -  Du Soleil - Kristy Oatley AUS 
  • 13. - 16.08 hrs -  Dejavu MH - Wendi Williamson NZL
  • 14. - 16.17 hrs -  Mister X - Inessa Merkulova RUS 
  • 15. - 16.26 hrs -  Verdades-  Laura Graves USA 
  • 16. - 16.35 hrs -  Weihegold OLD - Isabell Werth GER

Facts and Figures:

The first FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final was held in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands in 1986.

The first winner was Denmark’s Anne-Grethe Jensen riding Marzog.

The first time the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final visited the USA was in 1995 when it was staged in Los Angeles.

The first American rider to win the FEI World Cup™ Dressage title was Debbie McDonald with the mare Brentina in Gothenburg 2003. There have only been two US champions, Steffen Peters and Ravel reigning supreme in Las Vegas 2009.

by Louise Parkes for the FEI

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