Ward & Nassar's
World Cup

11 November 2018

McLain Ward and Nayel Nassar were triumphant in a busy weekend of Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping in North America...

The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League this weekend saw McLain Ward of the USA winning at Toronto for the Eastern Sub-League and Nayel Nassar of Egypt taking first place at Thermal in the Western Sub-League.


Ward’s victory brought home the Hickstead Cup for him as part of Toronto’s venerable Royal Horse Show, now in its 96th year, as well as valuable points to qualify for the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg next spring.


Second place at Toronto was awarded to Devin Ryan of the United States, with Ali Ramsay of Canada taking third, after a tightly contested five-person jump off.


Over on the other side of the continent, Nassar also beat out four other jump-off riders...

American Eve Jobs won second place at Thermal, and Canadian Lisa Carlsen took third in Leg 4 of 7 for the Western Sub-League.


The Toronto stands were sold out for the evening event, featuring a tough compact course by veteran designer Alan Wade of Ireland. With the smaller indoor arena, both horse and rider were tested to execute perfect timing and strides.


In a scaled-down version of the first course for the jump off, Canadian Ali Ramsay had the crowd going wild when she turned in a smart clear round in 34.62 seconds.


American Ryan was up next and squeaked in with a faster time of 33.88 seconds to move into the lead.


When Sharn Wordley of New Zealand had a fence down for 4 penalty points, and Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire rode clear but in 35.20 seconds, it looked like Ryan might have a chance at the win.


But riding last, Ward sliced his lines as close as possible, shaving seconds off his time for a clear round in 32.42 seconds for the victory.


At Thermal, the stadium lights were just blinking on and the temperature dropping as the five jump-off riders readied themselves for a tricky outdoor course by Brazil’s Marina Azevedo.


With both John Pearce and Carlsen of Canada picking up 4 faults apiece, the door was open for American rider Jobs, who rode clear with a conservative time of 43.97 seconds.


Nassar pushed the speed just a hair more, and finished in 43.89 seconds, enough to bump Jobs into second. Would his time hold?

When Richard Spooner of the US, riding last, knocked a rail, the win was Nassar’s...

With only a few legs to go in the North American League, Eve Jobs sits at the top of the Western Sub-League standings on 48 points, followed by Spooner and American Zazou Hoffman, with 36 and 32 points, respectively.


In the Eastern Sub-League, Molly Ashe Cawley is in the number-one qualifying position with 55 points after a good showing in Toronto, chased by defending World Cup champion Beezie Madden of the USA and countryman McLain Ward, who sit on 46 and 45 points.


With every rider vying for a berth to go to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in April, the remaining North American legs are sure to be thrilling.


Catch all the Jumping action on FEI TV to see who will make it to Gothenburg.


Text by Patricia Salem

Images by Ashley Neuhof/ Starting Gate


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