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Excitement to the very end: Saturday's Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 in images

Tuesday, 11 April 2023
Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023

On Saturday night, the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 in Omaha, USA, concluded with a Swedish victory as Henrik von Eckermann and the incredible King Edward added another prestigious title to their long list of accolades. Throughout the week in Omaha, course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral and his team contributed to great sport and Saturday’s two final rounds were another proof of their brilliance – as the excitement kept brewing until the very last pair had been in the ring.

With this photo special, we look back at all the action from Saturday night. First out, Denmark's Andreas Schou, who smiled his way through the week as Darc de Lux performed brilliantly – finishing 5th overall.

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Coming into Saturday's second and last round, it was all in Pius Schwizer's hands as he was leading the way with four penalties...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...however, two poles fell, leaving the Swiss rider 6th on the overall standings with Vancouver de Lanlore.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A roller coaster of emotions: Eight faults in Saturday's first round left Yuri Mansur with a face of disappointment...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ... which turned into celebrations after a clear in round two. In the end, Mansur and his incredible Vitiki finished fourth on the overall standings only separated from the podium by their time.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Coming into Saturday's final rounds carrying five penalties, Harrie Smolders and Monaco N.O.P. jumped clear in round one. And despite a pole down in round two, the pair still secured themselves a podium finish – ending as Vice Champions yet again.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Andreas Schou and Darc de Lux impressed throughout the week, and in Saturday's final the two managed to turn 12 faults in round one to a clear in round two.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Denis Lynch and Brooklyn Heights were the pair of the day, being the only horse-and-rider-combination that managed to deliver a double clear.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Ending their week in Omaha with 24 penalties after three days of jumping, USA's Mclain Ward and Callas were left out of Saturday's second and last round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Switzerland's Martin Fuchs, Leone Jei and Sean Vard. Fuchs came to Omaha as title defender after having won the 2022 World Cup Final in Leipzig, and finished 10th this time around.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Germany's Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann and the talented Messi van't Ruytershof did not have the best week and with a pole down in both of Saturday's rounds, they ended 15th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Mclain Ward walking the course with his daughter Lilly.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Sweden's Wilma Hellström and the very last, very tall, Longines vertical in Saturday's final round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Norway's Victoria Gulliksen and Papa Roach finished 16th in their World Cup Final debut.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Harry Charles and the wonderful 17-year-old stallion Balou du Reventon came into Saturday's final carrying five penalties, but had to add 4+8 faults to the their overall score.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. In Saturday's first round, the b-element in the triple combination at fence eleven caused problems for both Hunter Holloway and Pepita Con Spita...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. well as Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Nicholas Dello Joio and the Balou du Reventon-son Cornet's Cambridge ended their week in Omaha with 4+8 faults during the last two rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. After winning three qualifiers in the Western European League, France's Julien Epaillard travelled to Omaha with a lot of expectations on his shoulders, but ended 18th on the overall standings with his 10-year-old home bred Donatello d'Auge.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. After riding Hero the first day, Canada's Erynn Ballard opted for Gakhir for the rest of the championship and ended the week in Omaha with two solid rounds on Saturday.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It's not always it goes according to plan, even not for the best in the world... Israel's Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z did not end the week in Omaha as they would have wished for.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Jumping clear in Saturday's second and last round, France's Kevin Staut and Visconti du Telman finished 12th on the overall standings.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Sweden's Wilma Hellström and Cicci BJN jumped with great attitude throughout the week in their World Cup Final debut and ended 14th on the overall standings.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A score of 5+4 on the final day in Omaha left Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue 13th overall.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It started off so well for Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...but in the end they had four faults on the score board in both of Saturday's rounds, ending their campaign in Omaha with an 11th place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ From another planet: Germany's Richard Vogel had his hands full with United Touch S and his huge canter. With only a time penalty in Saturday's second round, the two ended their week in Omaha on a high note.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The Champions!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Omaha 2023, that's a wrap!

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