Details out for 2018 Palm Beach Masters, including penultimate World Cup qualifier

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Thursday 21 December - 09h59 | Ian Clayton

Details out for 2018 Palm Beach Masters, including penultimate World Cup qualifier

For the horses and riders taking part, this will definitely not be Spring Break. 

 - Details out for 2018 Palm Beach Masters, including penultimate World Cup qualifier

Details have been released for the third annual Palm Beach Masters series in February, which will include the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellington, one of the last East Coast qualifiers in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League before the 2018 Final in Paris next spring. 

The competition will take place about half an hour from the Atlantic Ocean at the picturesque Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, from February 1-4. That will be followed by the Deeridge Derby from February 28-March 4. In total, the series will offer nearly $400,000 in prize money to competitors.  For more details on the event and how to attend, see here.

Wellington is one of the final two stops on the East Coast in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League after previous events in Bromont, Quebec, North Salem, New York, Washington, D.C., Lexington, Kentucky, and Toronto, Ontario. The last chance to qualify for Paris will be in Ocala, Florida on March 18.

In the East Coast sub-league, the U.S.’s Alison Robitaille leads the current standings, with 2017 winner (with HH Azur) McLain Ward in second and Canada’s Isabelle Lapierre in third. In the west, Richard Spooner is in the lead, followed by fellow Americans Mandy Porter and Jenni McAllister. 

Competitions in that second sub-league have already taken place in Langley, British Columbia, Sacramento, California, Del Mar, California, Calgary, Alberta, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The two final qualifiers will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico on January 27 and Thermal, California on February 10. 

The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping series — celebrating its 40th season — is the most prestigious Individual Jumping competition in the sport of Show Jumping. There are 16 leagues in 43 countries with riders aiming for a spot in the Final, which is set for AccorHotels Arena on the banks of the Seine river in Paris from April 10–15, 2018. Last season the USA’s McLain Ward took the overall title with his horse HH Azur and a faultless display of horsemanship at the FEI World Cup Finals 2016/17 in Omaha (USA).

According to the FEI's allocation of spots, a total of 14 athletes from the North American League will qualify for the Final. The top seven athletes from the East Coast U.S., top three from West Coast U.S. and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico will book a ticket to the French capital, alongside qualified athletes from the 13 other leagues from around the world.

 - Details out for 2018 Palm Beach Masters, including penultimate World Cup qualifier


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