Ireland’s Denis Lynch Drawn to Start First in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final Opener

Omaha, Nebraska, USA – April 05, 2023 – At a draw during which the song, dance and traditions of Native American tribes were celebrated, the starting order for Wednesday’s opening competition of the 2023 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final took place at the CHI Health Centre in Omaha (USA) this evening, and Ireland’s Denis Lynch (IRL) will be first of the 40 athletes to enter the arena. 

America’s McLain Ward (USA), winner with HH Azur when the Final was last staged at the Omaha venue back in 2017, was joined by 2022 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ champion Martin Fuchs (SUI) from Switzerland to pull the names and numbers out of the hats. Ward is drawn in 32nd spot, this time riding Callas, while Fuchs will follow him into the ring when 33rd to go with Leone Jei.

Fuchs was asked how he felt about defending his title and replied, “I’m very grateful that I could win the World Cup Final once. Obviously I would wish to win it again but I’m here to do my best, my horse is in great shape so I hope to be able to beat McLain this year!”

Omaha 2023 presents the 43rd FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in the history of the series that dates all the way back to 1978. 

The action gets underway this Wednesday at 19.15 local time, so don’t miss a hoofbeat…

Source: Press Release by Louise Parkes for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale

Photo: © FEI