Most riders contesting their first ever World Cup hope for a respectable round.
Seventeen-year-old Brian Moggre (USA) went ahead and won his.
And the CSI3* class two days before it.
Moggre’s stellar streak started on Friday at Live Oak International in Ocala, FL.
Aboard MTM Vivre le Reve, the Mike McCormick-trained teenager topped a field of nearly 50 starters with a fault-free round in 61.56 seconds to win the $35,700 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Competition.
Said Moggre after the win: “I thought, well, Mike always says, ‘You can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one,’ so I knew I wanted to go in and give it a shot. It worked out for me, and my horse really stepped up to the plate.”
Come Sunday, the promising pair were up against a field of 38 in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala. And they delivered again.
Moggre and the 10-year-old Westfalian were the first of six competitors to produce a clear round of the jump-off, stopping the clock in 41.29 seconds. Andre Thieme (GER) and Sharn Wordley (NZL) also managed to post fault-free rounds, but couldn’t catch his time.
“I have to say I had low expectations for myself, but I never do for my horses,” said Moggre. “I really wanted to go in today and jump a clear round. That was the main goal, so once that happened I went pedal to the metal in the jump-off.”
Thieme settled for second place with Aretino in 41.56 seconds. Wordley, third aboard Casper in 43.96 seconds.
Sunday’s World Cup class was the last chance for U.S. riders to qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.