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The 38 year old rode her own Cescha M to her first World Cup qualifier victory and her mount’s World Cup qualifier debut at the opening leg of the 2017/2018 season of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League at Bromont.
Lapierre took over the lead briefly set by Serek, crossing the timers in 43.39 seconds, and held through to the end, as neither fellow Canadian Ali Ramsay nor American Charlie Jacobs, riding his 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final partner Cassinja S, could jump cleanly or catch her time.
“Every time I jump here, I feel the crowd is jumping with me,” she added. “I think that’s why I went faster than Jen. The crowd was pushing me. I had an advantage.”
The first World Cup qualifier of the 2017/2018 season in Bromont kicked off the east coast sub league of the North American League. The west coast sub league begins at Langley on Sunday 27 August 2017.
Text by Catie Staszak
Images by Tom von Kapherr