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FEBRUARY 2020 Vol. 1, Issue No. 4

Darragh Kenny Saves the Best for Last

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Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Classic Dream won the $213,300 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington Presented by Canadian Pacific at the Palm Beach Masters Series®. Photo by Kathy Russell Photography

In the $213,300 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington

Presented by Canadian Pa- cific

Sunday, February 2, 2020 — Wellington, FL – Ire- land’s Darragh Kenny laid it all on the line, besting a three-horse jump-off to win the $213,300 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington, Presented by Canadian Pa- cific. The penultimate east coast qualifier

for the Longines FEI Jumping

World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas took place under idyl- lic conditions on Sunday at scenic Deeridge Farms in Wellington. Last to go on course,

Kenny followed a pathfind- ing Devin Ryan (USA) and Eddie Blue on 39 seconds, and a flat-out Cassio Rivetti (BRA) aboard Bacara d’Ar- chonfosse, who stopped the clock at 38.29. Opting for his own plan, Kenny added a stride to the second-to-last oxer but did one less to the final fence. The decision se- cured him a dominant win

on a time of 36.70 seconds with the 10-year-old geld- ing, Classic Dream. “He’s such an incredi-

ble horse, because he’s so simple to ride. He just wants to jump the jumps clear,” said a delighted Kenny. “I could take a really

big risk [at the double, be- cause] I knew that he would back up and jump it quite well,” he explained. “I think that helped me with my horse—he has a different stride than the other two.” The technical first

round track, designed by

Ireland’s Alan Wade, proved a significant challenge to many of the 40 starters in the field. “I do believe that the triple bar to the grey oxer dictated the whole course for a lot of riders and created trouble later on, be- cause they were well opened up,” Wade reflected. “I think there were a lot of riders that feel that if they got a second shot, they would go clear.” Third to go in the

order, Ryan became the first competitor to solve Wade’s puzzle. “The course de- signer did his job, and he

created faults everywhere,” Ryan said, adding that the event was Eddie Blue’s first big show of the season. “For sure, we’ve been

a pair for a long time, and he has a great brain,” Ryan said of his mount. “When you come to big venues like this, with a lot of atmosphere and beautiful jumps, a horse like that really shines.” Riding his partner of

only six months, Bacara Continued on Page 52 See

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