Thursday 23 February - 18h04 | Ian Clayton

World Cup Picture To Be Clarified Further in Sweden this Weekend

Who will be in Omaha next month? Omaha, Nebraska, USA, that is — the location of the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals. 

One thing is for sure, the biggest group of Show Jumpers (at least 18 out of the total of 48) will be coming to the American Midwest from Western Europe. And this weekend, many of the region’s best riders will compete in the Gothenburg, Sweden CSI5*-W to further establish the definitive make-up of the Nebraska-bound contingent. 

Indeed, the second largest city in Sweden will be hosting the 13th and final qualifier of the Western European show jumping circuit. Since last Fall, riders from the most powerful qualifying League in the world have been criss-crossing the continent — Oslo, Helsinki, Lyon, Verona, Stuttgart, Madrid, La Coruña, London, Mechelen (Belgium), Leipzig, Zurich and Bordeaux — picking up points to secure a place in the final competition at the Century Link Arena in Omaha, which takes place from March 29th to April 2nd. 

American Lauren Hough is actually in 20th in the Western European League standings at the moment, but will not be in Gothenburg. She is instead listed to compete with her high-flying partner Ohlala in Wellington, Florida at Saturday evening’s FEI 5* $380,000 Suncast Grand Prix. 

Also scheduled for the Florida Class — and not Sweden — is World No.1 Daniel Deusser, who is currently 24th in the Western European standings and thus uncertain for the World Cup Final. 

In the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League, there remains one qualifier: the CSI3*-W Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida from March 8-12, 2017. According to FEI rules, seven American athletes will qualify from the East Coast of the North American and three from the West Coast, along with two Canadians and two Mexicans from either League. 

For an update on the current qualifying situation, please see here 

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