The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 is set for a competitive, explosive start as the top three finishers at last year’s Final have all entered for the opening event in Oslo (NOR) this week.
The League includes 13 qualifying rounds, and it’s going to be fast and furious with nine legs taking place before the end of the year.
Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat will be hunting for his third title in a row, runner-up Harrie Smolders from the Netherlands will be hoping to move up a step on the podium this time around and Germany’s Daniel Deusser, who was third at the thrilling 2015/2016 Final in Gothenburg (SWE), will be one of the biggest threats throughout the entire season. Like Steve Guerdat, the 2014 champion is something of a World Cup specialist and, on flying form right now, he will be hoping for maximum points when the action gets underway on 16 October.
The stunning start list for Oslo includes World No. two Simon Delestre from France along with his compatriots Penelope Leprevost and Kevin Staut from the gold-medal-winning team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Harrie Smolders brings his Olympic ride, the lovely stallion Emerald, while Team bronze medallists Daniel Deusser and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum are in the German line-up along with Marcus Ehning.
For Sweden the individual Olympic silver medallist, Peder Fredricson, will bring out the super-exciting H&M All In, who was one of the most spectacular horses in Rio. Also from Scandanvia, there will be three members of the same family flying the Norwegian flag, Johan-Sebastian and Victoria Gulliksen along with their father Geir, but they'll all have to be right on top of their game to fend off the efforts of so many of the biggest names in the sport.
Let the competition begin!