If you didn’t catch any of the performances from the FEI World Cup Finals that took place this past weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, check out the winning highlights here.
In case you spent every moment of your free time last week and weekend at the barn with your horse and didn’t realize the FEI World Cup Finals were taking place on American soil, we’ve gathered up the video highlights courtesy of the FEI for you to catch a few snippets from the winning performances.
The top qualified riders in dressage and show jumping descended on Omaha, Nebraska for four days of truly world-class competition. Dressage and show jumping each held a first round on Thursday, March 30 and the action didn’t stop for four days: show jumping held three more rounds on Friday and Sunday with Saturday as a rest day; dressage concluded on Saturday with Friday as a rest day.
The dressage title was won by Germany’s Isabell Werth, the most successful Olympic dressage rider in history. Werth won each of the individual two phases by healthy margins, followed on each day by the USA’s own rising star Laura Graves and Verdades. Werth’s mare Weihegold OLD danced before a rapt crowd in first the Grand Prix and then the Freestyle.
Thursday’s Grand Prix highlights:
Saturday’s Freestyle highlights:
Werth made sure to share her victory champagne not only with her fellow riders on the podium — Graves in second place and Great Britain’s Carl Hester, riding Nip Tuck — but with the grooms of the winning horses as well, recognizing that success is shared by the entire team helping to make it happen:
Show jumping fans were treated to four impressive rounds of sport over the weekend. The anticipated win came at last to the USA’s own McLain Ward on his incredible mare HH Azur, the only combination over the course of the World Cup Finals to leave every jump standing, winning on a perfect score of zero faults. Like Werth, Ward was quick to acknowledge in the press conference after Sunday’s final round the hard work of the team of people behind him.
Thursday’s round one highlights:
Highlights from the jump-off round on Friday:
The complete final round:
In 17 attempts, this is Ward’s first World Cup Finals championship — and it was well-earned!
We can hardly wait for next year. Until then, go riding!