Guerdat Lifts Third World Cup Title

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Sunday 07 April - 16h57 | Lulu Kyriacou

Guerdat Lifts Third World Cup Title

Switzerland's Steve Guerdat made it a memorable weekend for ranking riders when the world number one in jumping joined  his dressage equivalent Isabell Werth on the top of the an FEI World Cup Final podium. 

In winning the 2019 Longines sponsored title, the Swiss rider  joins ugo Simon, Rodrigo Pessoa and Meredith Michaels Beerbaum  as the only riders to win three times but he is the only one to win on tree different horses, this time Alamo doing the honours.  Martin Fuchs riding Clooney, as in the World Championships, joined his country man on the podium which was rounded off by Sweden's Peder Fredricsson and Catch Me Not in third place.

Guerdat wondered if his 11-year-old gelding Alamo was ready to step up to the level of sport they faced today. The horse had never jumped courses as big as this before. Course designer, Spain’s Santiago Varela, set them an enormous test, but Alamo didn’t crumble. 

​The title was decided with a four horse jump ff between these three and Daniel Deusser who actually won the section on Tobago Z and finished fourth overall.  Defending champion Beezie Madden had a pole down in the last round and finished sith on Breitling.

Guerdat had no room for manoeuvre - nothing but a foot-perfect run would do. Alamo showed a little inexperience on the way but there’s nothing quite like a horse that gives you everything it’s got, and the Dutch-bred did just that to bring it home.  
“It’s up to the horse to jump the fences so I really tried to focus on my riding and give the him his best chance, and he responded really well” Guerdat said. He’s growing ever-fonder of Alamo, although he admitted this evening that the horse he holds closest to his heart will always be his great partner Nino des Buissonnets who carried him to Olympic glory in London seven years ago. 
It was a bit of a frustrating result for Fuchs because he has now finished second in two major events, last year’s World Championship and today’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final. “But if I have to be beaten it is great if Steve wins, he is my friend and training partner. Clooney was amazing, he jumped both rounds easy, he is one of the best horses in the world. Two times second place is already a great achievement, and I am already looking forward to the European Championships this summer!” he said. That top step of the podium will surely come their way very soon.

Result here 
Final classification here  
Watch highlights here 

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