Lexington, Ky. – Following a bronze-medal performance in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA, the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team will aim for a strong finish in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Mexico on Sunday. Two events remain in the North America, Central America, and Caribbean division to determine the two teams for October’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final. It will be the U.S. team of Alex Granato, Eve Jobs, Nicole Simpson, and Richard Spooner who must collect desirable points to put the U.S. in a comfortable position heading into FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Canada. To do so, Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland will need dependable riding as they go up against Canada and Mexico when competition gets underway at 1:00 p.m. EDT.™
Meet the Team
Alex Granato (Wellington, Fla.), riding Carlchen W, Page Tredennick’s 11-year-old Warmblood gelding. Follow Granato on Facebook (@AlexGranatoMadSeason) and Instagram (@alex_granato). In their last time out, Granato and Carlchen W spent the winter competing in Wellington, placing second the $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI5* during week seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and winning the $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W at the CP Palm Beach Masters in February.
Career Highlights: member of the U.S. team for the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final; member of the silver-medal U.S. team in the 2018 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Mexico, earning the U.S. team qualification for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final; member of the U.S. team for the 2015 FEI Nations Cup CSIO3* Lisbon
Eve Jobs (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) riding Venue d’Fees des Hazalles, her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, or Limbridge, her 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Follow Jobs on Instagram (@evecjobs). In their last time out, Jobs and Venue d’Fees des Hazalles earned a top-10 finish at the FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final.
Career Highlights: member of the U.S. contingent for the 2019 FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final as a result of placing second in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American Western Sub-League standings; currently ranked in the top 10 in the FEI Jumping U25 Rankings; two-time Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships competitor (2015, 2014)
Nicole Simpson (Wellington, Fla.), riding Akuna Mattata, Carol Rosenstein and Silver Raven Farms’ 11-year-old Holsteiner mare. In their last time out, Simpson and Akuna Mattata won the $100,000 Gold Tour Grand Prix CSI3* in March and the $134,000 CabanaCoast Grand Prix CSI3* during week six of the WEF in February.
Career Highlights: member of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Jerez de la Frontera 2002 U.S. Jumping Team; six-time FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final competitor; Spruce Meadows North American Leading Rider Award recipient; member of the 2010 gold medal and bronze medal-winning teams in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Rotterdam CSIO5* and FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Aachen CSIO5*, respectively
Richard Spooner (Agua Dulce, Calif.) riding Quirado RC, Show Jumping Syndications International’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Follow Spooner on Facebook (@RichardSpoonerUSA) and Instagram (@richardspoonershowjumping). In their last time out, Spooner and Quirado RC placed fourth in the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas CSI4*-W in November.
Career Highlights: 15-time FEI World Cup Jumping™ Final competitor; member of many U.S. FEI Jumping Nations Cup teams, including a team silver medal tie at the 2016 Furusiyya FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ CSIO5* Coapexpan and a team silver medal tie at the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ CSIO5* Hickstead
FEI TV will live stream the competition beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday. A subscription is required. For order of go and results, visit longinestiming.com.
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