Isabelle Lapierre with her horse Cescha M takes a second win for the season in Calgary. Ph. ©FEI / Amanda Ubell
Canada’s Isabelle Lapierre became the first rider two win multiple events on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League this year when she rode Cescha M to her second victory of the season in Calgary, Canada at The Royal West on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
“I think it goes so fast in the jump-off. You make a plan, but you just take what happens. I wasn’t sure when I jumped the last jump if I won it or not, because it took a long time to show it on the board!” Lapierre said.
Lapierre, of Canada, and her own 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare were one of just three horse-and-rider combinations to jump cleanly in the first round of the Werner Deeg (GER) designed course. No one produced a clear round in the jump-off.
Lapierre sealed the victory with a 4-fault score and a winning time of 50.16 over Laura Jane-Tidball (CAN) and Concetto Son, who clocked in at 50.75 seconds, also knocking one jump-off rail down. Sarah Scheiring (USA) and Dontez were third with 4 faults and a time of 52.84 seconds.
“I was second here last year, so twice in a row!” Tidball exclaimed. “But my horse was amazing, and I couldn’t have asked him to have been any better than that tonight.”
Lapierre was understandably over the moon:
“This was her second show indoors,” she said of her horse. “She’s very green, and we didn’t know what to expect, but she always tries to win. She’s always good when she needs to be. She just likes to win.”
Lapierre and Cescha M won the season opener of the league, triumphing in Bromont (CAN) in August in what was the mare’s World Cup qualifier debut. Uniquely, the duo has won an event in each of the league’s sub leagues: Bromont is part of the east coast sub league, while Calgary is in the west coast sub league. Now, Lapierre has her sights set on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Paris (FRA) in April 2018.
“Paris is still a long way off, so we’ll keep her sound and fresh, and maybe we’re going to fly over the ocean!” she said. “But she’s looking good. That’s the plan so far.”
Calgary was one of two North American League events held on 28 October 28, as Beat Mändli and Dsarie won on the east coast at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, D.C. (USA). The league resumes on the east coast in Lexington, Kentucky next week on November 4, 2017, at The National Horse Show while the next west coast event will take place on November 18 in Las Vegas, NV at The Las Vegas National.
Full results can be viewed here
- Cescha M, Isabelle Lapierre (CAN) 0/4 50.16
- Concetto Son, Laura Jane-Tidball (CAN) 0/4 50.75
- Dontez, Sarah Sheiring (USA) 0/4 52.84
- Count Me In, Beth Underhill (CAN) 4 69.36
- Luftikus S, Jennifer Gates (USA) 4 72.50
- Arthos R, Richard Spooner (USA) 4 75.25
- Darosso VDL, Jad Dana (LBN) 4 75.91
- Emile de Diamant A S, Jack Towell (USA) 5 76.38