After Bordeaux, stage is set for World Cup Final

After Bordeaux, stage is set for World Cup Final

11/02/2019 at 18:29

And then there were 18. Eighteen show jumpers, that is. The group of Western European riders for April’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Sweden is now known after the 13th and last continental qualifier this past weekend in Bordeaux. In the southwestern French city, it was Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Tobago Z who claimed victory – the rider's third World Cup Grand Prix win of the season.

3. Steve Guerdat SUI – 65                                                           

4. Pieter Devos BEL – 64                                                             

5. Kevin Staut FRA – 64                                                                 

6. Martin Fuchs SUI – 61                                                               

7. Henrik von Eckermann SWE – 59                                             

8. Gudrun Patteet BEL – 48                                                           

9. Irma Karlsson SWE – 48                                                       

10. Edwina Tops-Alexander AUS – 47                                           

11. Lorenzo de Luca ITA – 47                                                       

12. Francois Mathy Jr BEL – 47                                                   

13. Niels Bruynseels BEL – 43                                                     

14. Max Kuehner AUT – 42                                                           

15. Eduardo Alvarez Aznar ESP – 42                                             

16. Olivier Robert FRA – 41                                                           

17. Olivier Philippaerts BEL – 41                                                 

18. Peder Fredricson SWE – 40

Of course, given that there is still a fair bit of time before the Final, the riders group above is not set in stone. Some could decide in the weeks ahead not to compete in Sweden – a decision which must obviously take into account the condition and readiness of the other athlete involved, the horse. 

On that point, FEI News reported that for his part Daniel Deusser intends to take his Bordeaux-winning partner Tobago Z to Sweden. “He’ll have four weeks off now and then I’ll take him to ’s-Hertogenbosch [in the Netherlands] for a last run before the Final. It’s not an advantage to go to Gothenburg as the [Western European League] leader, but it’s a really good feeling all the same!”