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Richard Spooner and Chatinus claim Longines FEI World Cup victory in Las Vegas

Sunday, 19 November 2017
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Photo (c) FEI / Amy McCool USA’s Richard Spooner and Chatinus take flight as they claim victory in the Longines FEI World Cup in Las Vegas. Photo (c) FEI / Amy McCool.

The old adage claims that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but it will be hard to keep secret the talent of Richard Spooner’s (USA) new equine star Chatinus (Chacco-Blue x Argentinus). Spooner piloted the 10-year-old Hanoverian to the gelding’s first World Cup qualifier victory in Saturday's $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup in Las Vegas (USA).

Spooner defeated Alison Robitaille (USA) and Serise du Bidou (Gin Tonic Star x Fusain du Defey) to claim the top check, outpacing that duo’s time by nearly three seconds. First to go in a jump-off field of three, Robitaille and her mount crossed the timers in 40.20 seconds; Spooner and Chatinus finished in 37.30 seconds. Karrie Rufer (USA) and Georgie d’Auvray EC (Vancouver D'Auvray x Nabab De Reve), the only other combination to advance to the shortened track, finished in the third position. Last to go and Spooner to catch, Rufer elected to retire after her mount pulled a rail, but it was still a career-best finish for the amateur rider, who was competing in just the second World Cup qualifying competition of her career.

The course designed by Oscar Soberón (MEX) made for great showjumping, as the crowd on hand was on the edge of their seats waiting for a clear round. They did not get one until 21 horse and rider pairs had competed, but they did not have to wait much longer for a second: The west cost audience showed their appreciation when fan favorite Spooner, 24th to go, guaranteed a jump-off. A total of 29 competitors jumped in round one.

Spooner now sits atop the standings of the west coast sub league of the Longines FEI World Cup North American League with 58 points. Robitaille leads the east coast sub league standings; she has 52 points.

“For me, it’s unfamiliar ground to have a horse that just kind of goes in the ring and is just like an ATM machine at this point!” Spooner said of Chatinus, whom he has only had since the summer. Chatinus also posted top five finishes in World Cup qualifiers at Sacramento (USA) and Del Mar (USA) this season.

The next event on the North American League will take place in Guadalajara (MEX) on Saturday, 27 January 2018.


Source: Press release from the FEI written by Catie Staszak // Picture © FEI / Amy McCool

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