Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Deeridge Farm
Release Date: 2016-09-19
North Salem, N.Y. – Sept. 19, 2016 – On Sunday, Sept. 18, Charlie Jacobs (USA) earned a second place finish in the $216,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping New York CSI4*-W at the American Gold Cup riding Cassinja S, a ten-year-old Zweibrucker mare. Jacobs finished second to Olympian Kent Farrington and Gazelle in the jump-off with Jacobs finishing on 4-faults and Farrington finishing on no faults.
Forty athletes participated in the week’s headline event in a course created by Alan Wade (Ireland), but only Jacobs and Farrington were able to complete the first round course without error, resulting in the final tiebreaker.
For Jacobs, Sunday’s runner-up finish not only adds to his list of impressive second place finishes collected throughout the summer with Cassinja S, but it also moved him up to the number one spot in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American East Coast League. The pair was also second in the $375,000 CP Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ CSI5* Tournament in June as well as second in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix at the beginning of September.
“First and foremost, congratulations to Kent on a great ride,” said Jacobs. “Thank you to Longines and the organizing committee for a wonderful week showing here at the American Gold Cup.”
The American Gold Cup hosts the second of seven events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American East Coast League. Athletes vie for valuable points and the opportunity to compete at one of the sport’s most prestigious events, the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals to be held March 27-April 2 in Omaha, Nebraska.
“I am fortunate to have a really good team behind me,” continued Jacobs, an amateur competitor who balances work and showing as the CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings and the Boston Bruins. “They look after my horses and keep them in top shape. When I arrive at a place like Calgary or here, the horses already have some good days under their belts and I am able to go right in the ring. I think it also speaks volume about the quality of the horses. This is the third major grand prix in a row this summer that she has been second in. That speaks a lot to her consistency and her quality.”
Jacobs will continue to defend his lead at the next events in the series, held at the Washington International Horse Show and the CP National Horse Show.
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