Video, Vanderveen: ''I've always wanted to go to World Cup Finals''

Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili
Credit : Live Oak International

Monday 19 March - 15h13 | Ian Clayton

Video, Vanderveen: ''I've always wanted to go to World Cup Finals''

One of Kristen Vanderveen’s dreams has always been to represent the United States in international Show Jumping competitions, and next month she will have that opportunity on the global stage after winning this past weekend’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Ocala at the Live Oak International in Florida with Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili.

 - Video, Vanderveen: ''I've always wanted to go to World Cup Finals''

Kristen Vanderveen
Credit : Bull Run Jumpers

Vanderveen’s victory in the 7th and final World Cup qualifier on the East Coast of North America leaves the 29-year-old rider in 6th place in her regional league, enough to earn a ticket to the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Paris, France from April 11-15.
 
Riding her 13-year-old grey stallion, the 51st-ranked rider in the world was one of three to advance to the jump-off in Florida on the course with obstacles ranging from 1.40-1.60 m in height. In the tie-breaking round, they again went clear, finishing in 45.93 s and picking up $25,000 in prize money. Second went to fellow American Brianne Goutal-Marteau on Viva Colombia, while Switzerland’s Beat Mändli and Galan S were third. Lauren Hough (Ohlala) and Markus Beerbaum rounded out the top five, with four faults each.
 
“There were only 3 of us, so I figured I’d play it out fast as we could and see what happened,” the St. Charles, Illinois native said afterwards. “He fired for me, and he shined for me in the jump-off. He’s a super fast horse.” 

“This was a little bit of a last minute decision to come here and see if I could do something special today and get in,” Vanderveen said, referring to the Paris Final. The the owner and manager of Bull Run Jumpers in Wellington, Florida has talked about in the past how she at one point was considering giving up the sport and returning to India to work in orphanages.

As a reminder, there are 7 places in the Final allocated to Americans in the North American Eastern Sub-League, and 3 in the Western Sub-league. In addition, Canada and Mexico receive two places each. The most riders in the Final will come from Western Europe, which receives 18 places plus extras. While it still remains to be seen who all will confirm for Paris, full standings for the North American League can be seen here and here. Video below by the FEI.

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