The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final is taking place at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas, US (16-19 April), with the opening round getting underway on Thursday (16 April) at 19.00 local time.
The Thomas & Mack Arena presents many challenges for equestrian competitions due to its unusual shape and size. It’s also a big test for the course designer, but America’s Anthony D’Ambrosio knows what to expect as he also designed the tracks for the 2009 FEI World Cup Jumping Final at the same venue.
Defending Longines FEI World Cup Jumping champion, Germany’s Daniel Deusser, said that the size of the arena is not a problem for him or for Cornet D’Amour. In fact he’s feeling pretty upbeat about his chances of doing the double this week and walking away with the coveted Longines FEI World Cup Jumping trophy for the second year in a row.
“For my horse it’s not a disadvantage,” said Daniel. “In a small arena the fences come up very fast, but he’s so rideable and has a great technique. I’ve had good results with him in small indoor arenas and big ones too, and recently he was fantastic in Doha and in Den Bosch so I’ve got a great feeling with him right now. I don’t want to say that I’m going to win again, but I’m feeling really confident!” Horse & Hound’s Pippa Roome is in Las Vegas and will be posting reports on all the action here on HorseandHound.co.uk, and don’t miss the full report in the new-look Horse & Hound magazine, on sale 23 April