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Thursday's course walk at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 in images

Friday, 07 April 2023
Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023

The second day of competition at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 in Omaha, USA, saw the tables turn as the level of difficulty was switched up a notch. Moving on from Wednesday's speed round to Thursday's class – judged as a Table A with a jump-off – the riders were faced with a whole new type of challenge. And the overnight standings certainly got a shake-up: Many of those who had hick-ups during Wednesday's speed round improved, while the top three all had faults. The championship has now reached its halfway point, and the Portuguese Level 4 course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral –  together with his team – has contributed to great sport with his sensible work. 

With this photo special, we look back at Thursday's course walk. First out, Costa Cabral surrounded by Devin Ryan, Martin Fuchs, Henrik von Eckermann and Marcus Ehning. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The sole Canadian representative at the 2023-finals: Erynn Ballard.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Great Britain's former world number one and 2012 Olympic team champion Scott Brash came into Thursday's round in runner-up position, but dropped down on the standings after collecting twelve faults the second time out.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. New Zealand's Philipp Steiner.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Team USA's Ailish Cunniffe.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Denmark's Andreas Schou and his brother Christian, who together run Absolute Horses in Denmark. Andreas now shares the lead with Pius Schwizer moving on to Saturday's final rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Nicholas Dello Joio checking out the wall at fence number seven.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Uzbekistan's Nurjon Tuyakbaev is having a great campaign in Omaha. He ended up jumping an impressive round on Thursday with his 10-year-old Lancelotta, only having one fence down.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Ireland's Daniel Coyle with his trainer Jeroen Dubbeldam.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Mclain Ward making plans.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Harrie Smolders was sitting seventh after Wednesday's speed competition and managed to keep his position despite an unlucky pole down at the oxer at fence number ten on Thursday.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. After placing fifth on day one, Sweden's Wilma Hellström must have moved into Thursday's second round of competition feeling confident. Unfortunately, the Swedish rider collected twelve faults this time around.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The French duo of Kevin Staut and Julien Epaillard.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Germany's David Will is the Chef d'Equipe for the Saudi Arabian team, here checking the course with Abdulrahman Alrajhi.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. What friends are for: Despite his commitments to the Saudi team, David Will also made sure to support Richard Vogel.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Jur Vrieling was the only European rider that opted to bring two horses to Omaha. After riding Fiumicino van de Kalevallei on Wednesday, Vrieling had selected Long John Silver 3 N.O.P. for Thursday's round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It is a family affair for Norway's Victoria Gulliksen, here seen with her father Geir and her partner Jordy van Massenhove.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Some serious support had arrived to Omaha as the competition moved on to its second day.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Great Britain's Harry Charles was keen to improve his position from Wednesday, here going over the course with his father, the 2012 Olympic team champion Peter Charles.

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