Longines FEI World Cup Jumping

Adrienne Sternlicht & Bennys Legacy Make it Two in a Row at $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas CSI 3*-W

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – November 17, 2019 – Despite recording a World Cup victory just a week prior in Thermal (USA), Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Bennys Legacy came to Las Vegas’ South Point Arena (USA) with some unanswered questions. The duo had never before competed indoors, but the smaller venue proved no problem for them, as they recorded a second straight World Cup victory.

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

They topped the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas CSI 3*-W via a two-horse jump-off and were the only double-clear performers on the evening, crossing the timers of Leopoldo Palacios’ (VEN) shortened course in 37.68 seconds.

Andrew Ramsay (USA) and Stranger (Stakkato x Cheenook) were faster, but a rail put them in second; they finished on 4 faults in 35.90 seconds.

In a unique result, Sarah Segal (USA) aboard Camira (Cristallo I x Lancer III) and Uma O’Neill (NZL) on Clockwise of Greenhill Z (Clearway x Caretino) finished in adjoint third, as both riders recorded a single time-penalty in the first round with identical times of 73.39 seconds.

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

“Tonight, I mainly learned that he was super indoors,” Sternlicht said of her still-new mount, having only debuted with the 11-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding (Lupicor x Voltaire) in September. “I really had no idea how he would be! In some ways, I found him easier to ride inside. He’s a horse that goes exactly the way I like to ride: strong and aggressive. I like to help and support the horse, and he leans on me as a rider in that capacity.”

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

Knowing there were just two clear rounds and having to return first in the jump-off, Sternlicht approached the shortened course with a nothing-to-lose mentality while being wary of the quick challenge that followed her.

“I think Andrew has the fastest horse in the class, probably the fastest horse in FEI this week,” Sternlicht said. “I knew that if I didn’t stick to my plan, it might be costly. I think my jump-off round showed the quality of my horse. I think, personally, there are a few things I want to work on, but I couldn’t be happier with the way he jumped, and I’m happy that I stuck to my plan.”

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

“World Cup Finals are 100 percent on my radar,” Sternlicht said. “I am planning already. [My trainer McLain Ward] is a big planner, and we had a meeting and planned out my schedule for the next five months. I plan on being here and look forward to coming back!”

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Bennys Legacy

The North American League continues in Guadalajara (MEX) on 25 January 2020.

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

Photos: © FEI / Andrew Ryback Photography