Longines FEI World Cup Jumping

Adrienne Sternlicht & Bennys Legacy are the Stars in $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Thermal CSI 3*-W

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Thermal, California, USA – November 9, 2019 – Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) had only jumped Bennys Legacy at three events before heading to the west coast for World Cup competition, but the pair proved their partnership is already strong with a statement-making victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Thermal CSI 3*-W (USA).

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

Last to go in a five-horse jump-off, Sternlicht and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding ( Lupicor x Voltaire) jumped right to the top of the podium, crossing the timers of Alan Wade’s (IRL) shortened course in 39.56 seconds.

Keri Potter (USA) and Ariell la Sirene (Arioso du Theillet  x Silvio I) finished second by being clear with a 40.89-second jump-off time

Adam Prudent (USA) and Baloutine (Balou du Reventon x Landor S) were the only other double-clear performers of the class, finishing third with a time of 41.83 seconds during the tiebreaker.

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

“It’s my third show with him and my third jump-off,” Sternlicht said. “I thought that this jump-off played to his strengths. He’s not a horse that’s particularly used to going fast, as he’s incredibly careful. I just tried to a ride a smooth round and take advantage of his stride, take time where I needed and challenge him in a few places.”

Bennys Legacy has been in Sternlicht’s string since the summer, and the gelding’s victory held special meaning given its timing.

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

“He’s named after an Irish boy that bought him as a foal. He passed away and they named the horse after him,” she explained. “It’s a really special story. My groom and manager Emma Chapman were there with him the night before he died. For her, when I got the horse, it was a bit emotional. Thursday was the anniversary of his death. Those that knew Benny say the horse reminds them a lot of him. The horse knows that he has something special.”

Sternlicht was making her first trip to Thermal, traveling with Chapman while her trainer, McLain Ward (USA), was competing in Toronto (CAN) on a double-header weekend of North American League action. She sealed her win by leaving out strides in the first and final lines of the jump-off.

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

“It gives me a lot of confidence to prepare on my own,” Sternlicht said. “The two grooms I have here know me and my horses inside and out, and I know I can always call on them. As a rider, I’ve learned a lot from these experiences of being on my own. [Ward] called me after the first few went and asked if I had any questions. He tries to watch as much as he can, and I watch him. It’s a real team effort the way we do the sport.”

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Source: Press release by Catie Staszak for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale

Photos: © FEI / Shannon Brinkman