Lexington, Kentucky, USA – November 05, 2022 – Heading into the jump-off for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington (USA), Daniel Bluman (ISR) did not want to take a big risk to the third fence in the short track, a spooky wall. But then his competitive spirit took over. Bluman’s bold turn to the fence put him on track to victory over a seven-horse jump-off with his longtime partner, Ladriano Z.
“Jump number three was a very, very difficult fence in the jump-off, because my horse looks at the wall,” he said. “My plan was not to take a big risk, but then then I just did!”
The duo crossed the timers of Guilherme Jorge‘s (BRA) jump-off track in 35.13 seconds.
Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) and Cornet’s Cambridge (Balou du Reventon x Cambridge 8) galloped furiously to the last fence to finish a close second backed by a penalty-free jump-off effort in 35.47 seconds.
Hunter Holloway (USA) and Pepita Con Spita secured third place, completing their jump-off performance in 35.99 seconds, on a night of top sport at the 139th National Horse Show.
“You see the people in the crowd – the kids having fun and cheering. Many years ago, we were those kids watching the National Horse Show and cheering for the riders we liked. It’s always cool when people show up and the class turns out to be an exciting one, like it was tonight.” – Daniel Bluman (ISR)
Bluman has been partnered with 14-year-old bay Zangersheide gelding (Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet)for more than five years, and the pair has represented Israel at multiple championships. But Lexington’s win was especially meaningful after the bay missed a year of competition due to injury, between 2020 and 2021.
“We weren’t really sure what was going to happen [with] his career,” Bluman said. “Last year, this was the first grand prix [back] that he jumped, and he finished third, and since then he’s had a pretty good run. He doesn’t show that often. He’s been second multiple times and third, but tonight he won. I’m really happy that he gets to put his name [in the history books] at a prestigious horse show.”
“If I do go [to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final], I will go with both [Ladriano Z and Gemma W],” Bluman said.
The North American League continues at Toronto (CAN) on 12 November 2022.
Final Results – $215,900 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington – CSI 4*-W
1) Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Ladriano Z – 0 / 0 –35.13
2) Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) & Cornet’s Limbridge – 0 / 0 – 35.47
3) Hunter Holloway (USA) & Pepita Con Spita – 0 / 0 – 35.99
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photos: © FEI / Shannon Brinkman
Categories: CSI 4*