SpectraVET Performance of the Week: Longines LA Masters Speed Class Head-to-Head

Check out the unique and challenging course from last week’s Longines Los Angeles Masters speed class, and watch the head-to-head video from the top two riders!

Nayel Nassar and Lordan. Photo by Bernstein Associates for EEM.

Nayel Nassar and Lordan. Photo by Bernstein Associates for EEM.

We’ve got to hand it to Los Angeles: the Longines LA Masters was literally a red carpet affair full of celebrity sightings and fashion. In the arena, however, the horses and riders were all business — and after checking out the course from Friday’s speed class, we can understand why.

We love this computerized look at the course, complete with option fences and the unique “corral” of jumps that made the most of the space. In the speed class, a dropped rail counted for only 2 faults rather than the typical 4, so riders were encouraged to go fast.

GPS to find your way through all that not included.

So how did the riders fare? Check out this video of the class winner, Nayel Nassar on Lordan (left screen) and second-place finisher Kevin Staut and Elky van het Indihof HDC (right screen). Although Staut has the faster ride in 61.90 seconds, his dropped rail ultimately moved him just behind Nassar in 63.47.

Special thanks to Longines Masters for producing the head-to-head video look — we love being able to compare two rides side-by-side and seeing exactly where one horse-and-rider team gets the edge on another!

For more Longines LA Masters coverage, check out our sister site Jumper Nation.

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