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Our mission is to deliver world-

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our human and equine athletes, as well as for coaches, trainers,

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grooms, families and spectators.

Show celebrates its ninth year

Events, the

The Murieta Equestrian Center

of competition this year, with

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FOREWORD

by the FEI President, Ingmar De Vos only this time to take place in

right and have spent many

Omaha for the first time ever!

hours perfecting their craft and

Of course, this is just the

I wish them every success.

fourth of 14 carefully selected

I want to express my gratitude

events on the Longines FEI

to our loyal and dedicated top

World Cup™ North American

partner Longines for extending

n behalf of the

League calendar, so aside from

their global support of our sport

Fédération

points to the Final, it’s also a

to the North American League

Equestre

brilliant opportunity for some

as the official Title Partner and

Internationale

of the world’s best athletes

Watch of the Longines FEI

(FEI), it is my great pleasure to

to shine on a North American

World Cup™ for each of the 14

welcome you to the Sacramento

stage and showcase top-level

events that are a part of this

International Horse Show for the

equestrian sport to fans across

league. I would also like to

fourth qualifier of the Longines

North America and the world.

take this opportunity to thank

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the Organising Committee

FEI World Cup™ Jumping North This league is one among

and their partners for their

sixteen taking part in the highly

vision and efforts enabling this

The recently reformatted

successful and global FEI World

event and acting as a motor

North American League

Cup™ Jumping series which has

for international equestrian

launched last season is a

been in existence since 1978

sport in the region. To the

fantastic development for

and this season includes 115

volunteer body and sponsors,

the sport in this region and

qualifiers in 46 countries leading

as well as the athletes, the

for our worldwide series and

to the star studded Longines

enthusiastic public and the

includes seven eastern and

FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final

media representatives, this

seven western venues in

in Omaha, USA next March.

would not be possible without

three countries - the United

Over the past three decades,

you, so thank you for your

States, Mexico and Canada.

we have seen many of the

dedication and loyalty.

American League 2016/2017.

greatest athletes hold the FEI Rancho Murieta is no stranger

World Cup™ trophy proudly

In whatever capacity you are

to the world’s best athletes

aloft, including North American

attending this Longines FEI

and I am sure will provide the

legends such as Ian Millar (CAN)

World Cup™ Jumping North

ideal backdrop for the fourth

and Big Ben in 1988 and 1989

American League qualifier, I

North American League Eastern

and more recently Rich Fellers

wish you an enjoyable event,

qualifier. Riders and their horses

and the amazing Flexible in 2012

conducted in the best spirit

will be eager to make an early

followed by Beezie Madden

of great horsemanship.

claim to the all-important points

and the sensible Simon in 2013.

in order to secure their spot at the Longines FEI World Cup™

All the athletes you will have

Jumping Final 2017 which will

the pleasure of seeing here

cross the Atlantic once again,

are champions in their own

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This FEI competition is ridden as Table A Mixed; a competition against the clock with one initial course and one jump-off. Riders are limited to one horse that they must declare. Each competitor will jump one round over a course of 12 to 15 jumps at the “International” standard, set to 1.60 meters-approximately 5.25 feet. The first round and jumpoff, if any, are decided by adding together the penalties incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed to complete the course. Competitors with equal penalties for first place, will jump-off against the clock in a second round. The jump-off will be ridden over a shortened course and placings will be awarded in order of least penalties with the fastest times.

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P E N A LT Y

First Disobedience

4 Penalties

Obstacle knocked down while jumping

4 Penalties

One or more feet landing in the water or an imprint made by the foot or shoe on the lath defining its limits on the landing side

4 Penalties

First fall of Horse or Athlete or both in all Competitions

Elimination

Second Disobedience or other infringement

Elimination

Exceeding the time limit

Elimination

Exceeding the time allowed in the first and second rounds and jump-offs not against the clock

1 Penalty for every 4 seconds commenced

Exceeding the time allowed in a jump-off against the clock

1 Penalty for each commenced fraction of a second

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Why do riders walk a course before their big event? What are they thinking about as they count the steps between fences? What are they discussing with their fellow competitors as they survey the course?

P HOTO P ROV I D E D B Y E R I N G I L M OR E AT N O E L L E F L OY D

Again and again they walk the course pondering. This hive of activity going on before the event is all due to the challenges presented by the course designer. A designer tests riders and horses with technical challenges that force them to employ their considerable horsemanship, athleticism and riding skills to be successful. Good course designers are usually great horseman with a deep knowledge of the sport. They have many responsibilities including the safety of the horse and rider, the quality of the show, the showcasing of the sponsors and the entertainment of the crowds. Good designers reward good horsemanship and training and promote fair sport.

Meet the Course Designer

Guilherme Jorge

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orn in Campinas, Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1967,

Holland and Spain. The events are some of the best

Guilherme Jorge is no stranger to the show

shows and circuits in the world including Spruce

ring. As a Junior rider he competed at the

Meadows, Sunshine Tour, Hampton Classic, Thermal,

Junior 1.40M level and then began his career

Wellington and Olympia. His list of Championships is no

as a veterinarian. But after switching careers to course

less impressive with roles at five Pan American Games,

design, Guilherme has served as an FEI Steward, FEI

five World Cup Finals, two World Equestrian Games and

Technical Delegate, Assistant Course Designer, and

five Olympic Games, most recently as the Head Course

Head Course Designer reaching the impressive FEI

Designer for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Level 4 Course Designer designation. West Palm Events is honored to have such an

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Traveling on average thirty weeks per year his work

accomplished Course Designer partnering with us

takes him to many destinations in the U.S., Canada,

for the Sacramento International Horse Show World

Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Finland, Great Britain, France,

Cup Qualifier.

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Well , let’s see… For sure the Two World Cup finals were special. The Nations Cup at the 2007 Pan American Games. The World Cup GP in Helsinki in 2011 was a very good class. My first GP in Wellington, back in 2002, as

well as my first time in the International Ring in Spruce

Can you choose a few courses that you’re most proud of in your career?

Course designing is a constant learning experience

Meadows. The 2005 Queen’s Elisabeth Cup was very

I think I’m always very careful with the welfare of the

nice. I’ve been fortunate to go to some of the nicest

horses. If you look at the overall results from the five

venues and most traditional Horse Shows of the World,

rounds of jumping (not counting the jump-offs), we had

so honestly it is hard to pick.

one rider on clear, two with one time fault and then the

What are a few things that a course designer must consider that a rider might not know?

rest with 4 or more faults. We had no accidents and I think all the horses had a very positive experience.

allowed, of course. The more subtle ones would be

Did you learn anything new from this process that may help you and other course designers in the future?

construction of the jump, colors, position in the course,

Course designing is a constant learning experience,

relation to the next fence even if not in a line, slope of

and Rio was no different. We saw great jumping

the ring, etc.

through all competitions and we for sure learn that the

The obvious would be the dimension and type of the jumps, the lines and combinations, and the time

level of sport is higher then ever.

What is the most difficult thing about course design? always asking just the right amount of difficulty in each

After all the planning and the amazing team you assembled for the Olympic Games how would you assess the outcome?

course, for each division so that we can preserve the

I think it was a great way to show our sport and attract

horses is a big task. On the personal side, the traveling

more fans, what is very important is to keep Equestrian

and being away from the family takes a big toll on a

in the Olympic Program. The level of the horse/rider

course designer.

combination was for sure one of the highest in the

On the technical side, I think being consistent on

Games History and the horses just kept jumping better

What do you love most about course design? The possibility of being at the top of the sport that I started loving when I was 10 years old, and of course to be close to the horses.

and better.

Was there anything that surprised you or that you had not anticipated? Not more then in a Grand Prix Competition.

What was the most exciting part of being at the Olympics as the Head Course Designer? I think the chance to represent my country at a home

What events does your schedule have you designing in the future?

Olympics was for sure very exciting.

I still have a quite full calendar, with the Central Park Horse Show next week, then off to Canada (Palgrave).

Did the courses achieve the challenges and results you anticipated?

I’m looking forward to going back to Sacramento for

I think so. We might have had a few more clears then

CSI Tryon, a very nice national show at Sítio Chuin

what we expected in the first round of the Individual

in Brazil, CSI-W Las Vegas and the first week of the

Final, but I am fine with it. It is a little bit of my style,

Mexican National Championships.

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fter over 12 years of running a small business, I can say without a doubt that accomplishment, both in your personal and professional life, has everything to do with the relationships you cultivate. For

a retail business it is the customer relationship that is of course the most central to your success. However, due to the specialized nature of the Equestrian business, I believe the relationships you make with designers and distributors are also particularly significant. When making an investment in a new brand for my store I have to feel confident in the people behind the product before I feel confident enough to sell that product to my customers. For me it is transparency in quality and production and passion in vision and aesthetic that are the key factors in earning my trust as a customer. After many years of dreaming to go to SPOGA Horse, the biggest Equestrian Trade Show in the world, I finally made it out to Cologne, Germany this month to meet the people behind the brands. Let me tell you, it was a sight to be seen! Each display was bigger then the next. In fact, not only were some of the booths sky-scraperesque, many of them were deemed restricted and only those who knew the top secret hand shake were allowed in. The other thing I found fascinating was the number of overseas manufacturers that were set up with their expansive collection of products. Not only were they manufacturing items for some of the European and US companies represented at the show, but they were also selling the same exact product direct to the retailer. That is not to say the quality was not up to par; in fact,

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most of it was quite well-made. However, it created a falsity among the branded companies, as their entire lines were simply an image, a manipulative marketing tool over

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a mass produced product. While the companies’ displays

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were impressive, the lack of originality was like a virus that spread through the massive halls, where on close inspection, every brand was simply a replica of another. But alas not all is lost! If you take the time to look past the flashy image and focus on the people, there are brands, both new and seasoned that are pumping out superior quality and one-of-a kind products. They are their own designers, they source premium materials from around the world, and they have a both hands on approach to manufacturing in their home towns. Two companies that embody these qualities represented themselves at Spoga: eQuick and Marta Morgan. eQuick is becoming one of the fastest growing horse equipment companies in Europe. Nicola Garbosa is no stranger to manufacturing horse boots or riding horses, having done both for over 20 years. He works closely with other top sports manufacturers, including a Ski and Motorcycle company, to develop the most technically advanced products we have ever seen on the market. His patented liquid gel, designed to absorb impact and protect our horse’s precious legs, has been tested against other leading boot brands. The results prove that there is no gimmick, no manipulative branding, no secret hand shake, behind this product. The eShock front tendon boot with liquid gel has been proven to offer 4 to 5 times more protection then the other “top” boot brands it was tested against. Full proof transparency! Marta Morgan is undeniably one of the most genuine and creative designers I have met in a very long time. Her understated display at Spoga reminded me of a favorite quaint boutique where you would find beautifully handcrafted designer pieces. I have claimed her the Queen of making Princess worthy clothing for both women and their beloved mounts. Her aesthetic is ultra feminine and her execution and quality of fabrics gets better every time I see her. With out a doubt she is my go-to girl for the girlie equestrian.

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Showjumping

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t the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, some of the most exhilarating

events were the Equestrian competitions, including the Individual Jumping classes. Riders and their equine partners from around the world exhibited the grace, athleticism, competition and sportsmanship that showcased the best partnerships in equestrian sports. Not only did the rider and horse have to be in top physical and mental condition, they had to be in sync working toward the same goal. Add to this setting the stress of unexpected eliminations, touch and go cases of colic, tendon injuries and the dreaded Blood Rule, the international teams soldiered on in their quest for golden victory. After a 40 year drought, the French team took home the Team Jumping Gold Medal. A fitting end for the sport that had its Olympic debut in Paris, France in 1900!

The Grand Prix show jumping classes and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Qualifiers at West Palms Events’ horse shows are the main event of the week. At your next show dazzle your friends with some fun facts about Olympic equestrian sport.

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In the Ancient Olympic Games of 680 B.C. Chariot Racing first appeared on the program. It was the first time horses participated in the Games. The sport of equestrian jumping developed after an English law, called the Enclosure Act, was introduced in the late 18th century. Fox hunters

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No woman has yet to win the Olympic Individual Jumping gold medal.

Twice since 1912 the equestrian events were not held in the city where the Olympic Games were located. In 1956, equine

previously galloped the countryside uninhibited

quarantine laws prohibited the horses

but with the new law fences were built to designate

from other countries to enter Melbourne,

plots of land for grazing animals and crop rotation.

Australia. The equestrian events were held

These natural obstacles helped to develop the

instead in Stockholm, Sweden. And, in the

jumping horse and the sport we know today.

2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, equestrian events were held in Hong Kong where

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Equestrian sports were first held at the 1900

a huge horse racing industry was well

Summer Olympics in Paris. The events held

established. This provided better quarantine

at that time, were Polo, High Jumping, Grand

procedures and well developed facilities

Prix Show Jumping and Long Jumping. The

to host international horses for stabling.

equestrian events did not reappear until the 1912 Summer Olympic games and have been present at every Games since.

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Canadian show jumper Ian Millar has the longest running Olympic participation record. He has participated on every

Only gentlemen and military officers were

Canadian show jumping team between

allowed to compete in Show Jumping. But, in

1972 - 2012. In 2016, his daughter Amy

1952, all men were allowed to participate and in

Millar competed on the Canadian Olympic

1956, only 60 years ago, women were allowed

show jumping team at the Rio de Janeiro

to compete, too. It is one of only two sports

Games, carrying on the family tradition.

that allow men and women to compete equally against one another. On a team of 4, there are no restrictions on how many of each gender must occupy space on the team. This allows

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more natural looking fences than we see today. Modern courses feature brightly colored poles with very technical challenges

became the youngest show jumper to participate on a U.S. Olympic show jumping team at the age of 18.

for the best possible team to be assembled. Early courses were constructed with smaller,

In 2012, American rider Reed Kessler

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In the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, Polo was among the Olympic equestrian events. Other Olympic equestrian events not seen today are high jump and long jump.

presented to the horse and rider.

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