The 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final in images | Part one
Saturday, 26 March 2016
2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final
Vagabond de la Pomme decided to take a closer look at the camera during the prize giving. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
USA's Audrey Coulter and Alex had a super round, only to hit a pole on the final Longines oxer adding four seconds to their time - they now sit 14th after round one.
The youngest horse in the competition was the 8-year-old Cristalline ridden by Australia's Chris Chugg, who rode a cracker of a clear round on the mare.
For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC and Kevin Staut had such a good round, and such a fast time - but the 11-year-old gelding jumped through the top poles on the oxer at seven and had four seconds added. A real shame as the rest of the round was superb.
These two looked dangerous: Harrie Smolders and the amazing Emerald N.O.P.
Plenty of air for All Star 5 that went clear with Denis Lynch in the saddle.
Arc de Triomphe in Mexican colours for Daniel Pedraza Littlewood.
2014 World Cup Champions Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amor produced a classical clear round to take third.
Favorite Christian Ahlmann did not have the best of days, and had two down in the opening round on Colorit and now sits far behind as rank 25.
The sole American clear round came from Callan Solem and VDL Wizzard who finished 10th.
They just make it look soooooooooo easy! Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW just strolling over the fences.
Another German clear came from Marco Kutscher and Chaccorina, that sit 15th after day one.
Pommeau du Heup jumped his heart out for China's Zhiwen Zhao.
Reigning World Cup Champion Steve Guerdat really impressed as last to go and guided (the relatively in-experienced at this level) Corbinian to a clear and fast round. The two now sit 4th.
Hungary's Mariann Hugyecz was very happy after a clear round on Chacco Boy, putting them 21th.
World no. one Simon Delestre and Classic Bois Margot looked to be in super shape, and rode a tactical round - fast, but not too fast - and sits 2nd ahead of the round today.
A flying Quorida de Treho with Swiss rider Romain Duguet in the saddle. The two had a super clear and fast round, and ended 7th.
The 20-year-old Flexible did his 8th World Cup Final with Rich Fellers, but unfortunately had two down in the opening round.
Niklas Krieg and Carella once again impressed to go clear in a good time for Germany, finishing 9th. Four out of five Germans are within the top ten after day one.
It did not look that fast, but it was: Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts took a popular fifth place on H&M Forever D'Arco Ter Linden - a stallion by his father Ludo's famous Darco.
Wooppphhaa! VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. put on a show as usual when crossing the finish line.