LANGLEY, Canada – The city of Langley, around 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Vancouver, is hosting on Sunday the national showjumping teams of Mexico, Canada and the United States, which will be competing to secure berths in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup final in October in Barcelona.
Also taking part in the competition at Langley’s Thunderbird Park Show besides Mexico, Canada and the United States are the teams of Ireland and Israel.
Mexico, Canada and the United States will fight it out to win the two places available for taking part in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup in Barcelona. In turn, the final in Barcelona will be decisive for the hopes of Mexico and Canada to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
In the World Equestrian Games held in Tryon, North Carolina, in September 2018, six teams classified for Tokyo: the United States, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Australia.
Mexico has been the surprise up to now by winning the two previous rounds held this year in the United States and Mexico.
The Mexican team leads the Jumping Nations Cup divisional standings with 200 points following previous rounds in the US and Mexico, while the US team is second with 170 points and Canada is third with 140 points.
At Langley, the winning team will get 100 points, with 90 points for the second-place team and 80 for the third.
That tournament also will give coaches of the participating countries one final chance to observe their riders ahead of the Pan American Games in Lima in July.
The chef d’equipe of the Mexican team, Stanny van Paesschen, decided to attend the competition in Canada with a different team from that of the two previous cups, made up of horsemen Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane, Salvador Oñate, Francisco Pasquel, Nicolas Pizzaro and Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado.
For his part, the head of the US team, Robert Ridland, will compete at Langley with horsewomen Lucy Deslauriers, Eve Jobs, Jenni Martin McAllister and horsemen Richard Spooner and Andrew Welles.
The coach of the Canadian team, Mark Laskin, puts his faith in the horsewomen Tiffany Foster, Lisa Carlsen, Nicole Walker and Vanessa Mannix and horseman Mario Deslauriers.
In a statement to EFE before Sunday’s competition, both Lucy Deslauriers and Eve Jobs expressed their excitement about competing with the United States at Langley and hopefully in Barcelona.
Deslauriers is the daughter of Canadian equestrian Mario Deslauriers, while Jobs is the daughter of the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs.
“Of course! Any time you are selected for the senior Nations Cup is a great honor and if I am lucky enough to be selected for Barcelona again, I will definitely be there,” Deslauriers said.
Eve Jobs, for her part, said “obviously, any time I get asked to compete for my country is a huge honor for me. The finals (in Barcelona) are in September-October. It is a long way off so I have not really thought so far in advance. But of course it would be an unbelievable experience to go. We will see!”