U.S. takes on Europe at first Riders Masters Cup in Paris

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Saturday 02 December - 20h14 | Ian Clayton

U.S. takes on Europe at first Riders Masters Cup in Paris

It is being billed as an innovative Show Jumping competition between two major equestrian powers, the United States and Europe. And the inaugural 1.50 and 1.40 m Riders Masters Cup taking place Saturday evening at the Longines Masters in Paris features several Olympians and Grand Prix champions facing off over two rounds.

 - U.S. takes on Europe at first Riders Masters Cup in Paris

On paper, the European team outranks the Americans in this first round of the first leg — not altogether unexpectedly given the location of the competition and the fact that aside from Canada’s World No.8 Eric Lamaze, the current Top Ten in the Longines global rankings includes just two Americans (albeit Kent Farrington and McLain Ward in 1st and 2nd), with the rest of the riders hailing from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Belgium.

While World No.1 Farrington is in Paris at the Masters with Creedance (Ward is not here after attending last year), the Chicago native is not riding in the initial duels for the U.S. squad for the Cup kick-off. Nevertheless, both Farrington and Ward were among the riders shortlisted for the U.S., so other factors will have been considered in the construction of the team. And the Americans are anchored for this first round by experienced stars Laura Kraut and Lauren Hough, as well as Reed Kessler. They will take on an intimidating European squad, however, as reflected in the official starting order.

As with the Jumping Clash concept, the first of the two rounds will feature duels between five riders from each team (with Europe coached by Philippe Guerdat and the U.S. by Robert Ridland), followed by strategic coaching decisions based on the initial results. Below are the pairs facing off, with their respective rank in the Longines Rankings:

First duel 
Kevin Staut (France) World No.3
Devin Ryan (United States) 91

Second duel
Chloe Reid (U.S.) 109
Maikel van der Vleuten (The Netherlands) 5

Third duel
Gregory Wathelet (Belgium) 10
Laura Kraut (U.S.) 27 

Fourth duel
Reed Kessler (U.S.) 117
Jos Verlooy (Belgium)  55

Fifth duel
Lorenzo De Luca (Italy) 4
Lauren Hough (U.S.) 38 

Live stream here. 

The round two rematch for this season's Riders Masters Cup will take place in New York  on April 28, 2018 at the Longines Masters of New York, the finale of the GRAND SLAM OF INDOOR SHOW JUMPING after part two of the series in Hong Kong. Stay connected to GrandPrix-Replay for results from this weekend’s Longines Masters of Paris, including Sunday’s CSI5*, scheduled for 3 p.m. Paris time. Illustration below (Riders Masters Cup (Facebook): #WAVEYOURFLAG Franckie illustration)

 - U.S. takes on Europe at first Riders Masters Cup in Paris

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