Credit : Live Oak International (Facebook)
Thursday 15 March - 17h02 | Ian Clayton
The final leg of the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League takes place this weekend at the CSI 3*-W Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida, which also includes Combined Driving.
The event in Ocala is thus the last opportunity for riders based in North America to qualify for the 2018 Final in Paris from April 11-15. Qualifying on the East Coast started in Bromont, Quebec in August before heading to North Salem, New York, Washington, D.C. Lexington, Kentucky, Toronto, Ontario, and Wellington, Florida.In the North American Eastern Sub-League, there are 7 spots allocated to U.S. riders (with the current leader in the standings, McLain Ward, automatically qualified as defending champion). In addition, two Canadian and two Mexican riders from the Eastern and Western sub-leagues are eligible to qualify for the Final. Extra athletes from outside these countries who compete on the continent can qualify if they have equal points to the last qualified American rider. This could be a consideration for Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, for example, who is currently on a roll and ranked 10th in the East. Coyle and Canadian-owned mare Cita actually won the previous league qualifier in Wellington before capturing last weekend’s Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The current standings on the East Coast are here. And a provisional rider list for Live Oak (subject to change is below). More information on the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final is here.
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