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Thriller of a Thursday: The second round of Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 in images

Saturday, 08 April 2023
Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023

With some of the rising stars of the sport stealing the spotlight, Thursday’s round at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 gave the overnight standings a big shake-up. A starting field of 39 horse-and-rider-combinations were faced with a 1.50/1.60m Table A class with a jump-off, and the track set by Bernardo Costa Cabral asked for accurate riding. 

With this photo special, we look back at Thursday night's thriller in Omaha: First out, the winning pair – Germany's 26-year-old Germany’s Richard Vogel and United Touch S.

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. That's a no from me! Casper AJ and Shk. Ali Jmal Nasr Al Nuami ended their championship here; at the wall at fence seven.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Switzerland's Edouard Schmitz and Gamin van't Naastveldhof came back stronger on Thursday, only having an unfortunate pole down at the liverpool vertical at fence nine.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Uzbekistan's Nurjon Tuyakbaev and the lovely Lancelotta jumped another strong round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Germany's Gerrit Nieberg and Blues d'Aveline were another pair that improved massively on Thursday, only having the back pole down at the penultimate fence.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Australia's Samuel Overton and Oak's Cassanova were eliminated at the wall at fence three after two stops.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Ailish Cunniffe and Vivaldi du Theil gathered some invaluable experience in Omaha.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Thursday's first clear round came from Julien Epaillard, current world number two, and his homebred Donatello d'Auge.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Nicholas Dello Joio and Cornet's Cambridge – a son of Balou du Reventon, that himself is competing in the final – were unlucky on Thursday and had the black plank at fence number 13 down.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Let's do this: Victoria Gulliksen gave Papa Roach a kiss before starting, and the two ended up delivering one of the most harmonious rounds of the night.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "It is a privilege to ride a horse like him," Harry Charles said about his phenomenal Balou du Reventon after the two placed second on Thursday.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Germany's Marcus Ehning – who is riding his 20th World Cup Final – had an unlucky fence down with Priam du Roset and now sits 23rd in the overall standings ahead of Saturday's final rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z were another unlucky pair, picking up four faults on 12a.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. However, the unluckiest of them all were probably Jur Vrieling and Long John Silver 3 N.O.P., who jumped super all the way until the penultimate fence...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...only to stumble in the corner as they landed and turned towards the final fence. Luckily, both horse and rider seemed ok as they left the arena on foot.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Saudi Arabia's Abdulrahman Alrajhi and Babalou HD jumped a steady round with two fences down.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. After two days of jumping, Switzerland's title defender Martin Fuchs sits 15th in the overall ranking with Leone Jei.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue were one of two US combinations in the jump-off and placed 8th in the end.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Mclain Ward and Callas picked up an uncharacteristic 13 faults on Thursday.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Flying the Canadian flag: Erynn Ballard and Gakhir.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Like so many others, Germany's Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann and Messi van'T Ruytershof picked up four faults on the oxer with a water tray underneath it at fence number ten.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Yuri Mansur and Vitiki are showing amazing form in Omaha and jumped another great round to finish 6th on Thursday. The Brazilian rider now sits 5th on the standings going into Saturday's deciding rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. This oxer at fence number ten caught out many, including Harrie Smolders and the ever so consistent Monaco N.O.P. However, despite the fault, Smolders was able to hold on to his 7th place on the overnight standings.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. So much love for Pepita Con Spita. Hunter Holloway and her grey mare have been the crowd favorites in Omaha and were cheered on every step of the way on Thursday. Tied with Yuri Mansur, Holloway now sits 5th on the standings going into Saturday's deciding rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Pius Schwizer and Vancouver de Lanlore placed fourth on Thursday, and ahead of Saturday's final rounds, the Swiss rider now shares the lead on the standings with Andreas Schou.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Where it all went wrong... Within Wednesday’s top three, there were surprises on Thursday. Daniel Deusser and Scuderia 1981 Tobago – third after round one – made an unexpected exit in the triple combination. After a huge effort over the b-element...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...the two strides to the c-element just were too far, and Deusser sensibly decided to pull out and retire.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. After Deusser, it was Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson – second after round one – that also ran into trouble at the triple combination, after already picking up a fault at the oxer at fence six.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Even the overnight leader, Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward picked up four faults, but the Swede's quick reaction with upping the pace paid off as he ended up placing 10th as the fastest four-faulter – and now sits third in the overall ranking, only one penalty point behind Schou and Schwizer.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Luis Sabino Gonçalves, Hunter Holloway, Pius Schwizer, Thomas Fuchs and Andreas Schou going through the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Getting closer to the trophy... After Thursday, Harry Charles and Balou du Reventon sit 7th on the standings with five penalties.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. United Touch S has a canter from another planet and Richard Vogel knows how to make the best of it.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. A happy Team Vogel...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...and Team Holloway.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "I think I have to say yes to feeling surprised on being in the lead, but when you see his record all the indoor season, he jumped six World Cups, he is such a consistent and clever horse, so on the other hand no – he actually deserves to be on top because he is absolutely one of the best," Andreas Schou said after taking the overall lead.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Pius Schwizer is one of the most experienced riders in Omaha and his partnership with Vancouver de Lanlore is getting better and better. Ahead of Saturday's final, the Swiss 61-year-old shares the lead with Schou.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Swiss team spirit.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Ann Thompson and her phenomenal Balou de Reventon.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. A hug for United Touch S from Felicia Wallin...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...and a kiss for Papa Roach from Alva Persson.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The winning team: United Touch S, Felicia Wallin and Richard Vogel.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. United Touch S had some difficulties standing still during the prize giving and did his best to redecorate the arena instead.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The lucky charm? Congratulations Team Vogel!

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