Calgary, Alta. – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will look to head into this month’s FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final on a high note. They can do just that with another podium finish at Spruce Meadows’ BMO Nations Cup on Saturday. In what has been an impressive year under Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the U.S. show jumping team has the opportunity to earn its eighth FEI Nations Cup podium appearance at Spruce Meadows. The U.S. team, comprised of Lauren Hough, Charlie Jacobs, Lillie Keenan, and Beezie Madden has drawn first and will compete in the following order:
Lauren Hough and Waterford: Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and Waterford were members of the gold medal-winning team at CSIO5* Sopot in June. The Sydney Olympian has spent the majority of 2017 competing with Laura and Meredith Mateo’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding in five-star competitions, picking up six top-10 finishes. Most recently, they placed fifth in the Prize of StädteRegion at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in July.
Charlie Jacobs and Cassinja S: Jacobs (Boston, Mass.) returns to Nations Cup action when he tacks up at Spruce Meadows. He enters on his most dependable mount Cassinja S. In an effort to earn his fourth invite to a World Cup Finals, the current Boston Bruin’s CEO and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s 11-year-old Zweibrücker mare placed sixth in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Bromont in August. They also earned a second-place finish in the CP Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows 'Continental' CSI5* in June.
Lillie Keenan and Fibonacci 17: Keenan (New York, N.Y), part of last month’s historic all-female, gold medal-winning team at FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Dublin with Super Sox, will give Chansonette Farm LLC’s Fibonacci 17 his first U.S. team competition start at Spruce Meadows. Keenan took over the ride on the 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding from Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who competed with him at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Since partnering, Keenan and Fibonacci 17 placed fifth at the Global Champions Tour of Cascais, Portugal CSI5* in July, placed fifth at CSIO5* Sopot, Poland, and placed second at CSI4* Wiesbaden, Germany, in June.
Beezie Madden and Darry Lou: After helping secure team gold in Dublin, Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) will team up with Darry Lou to anchor at Spruce Meadows. The two-time Olympic team gold medalist and Abigail Wexner’s nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion continue to build their connection since partnering this past spring. They return to the same venue where they have had much success this year, including a fifth-place performance in the Pan American Cup Grand Prix presented by Rolex in July and a second-place performance in the Omega Alpha Cup, their debut event, at the ‘National’ CSI5* presented by Rolex in June.
FEI TV will live stream the Spruce Meadows’ BMO Nations Cup beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday.
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