Traditionally, the FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier was held at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), but due to conflicting sponsors—WEF is sponsored by Rolex—2014 was the final year of the event at WEF.
The loss of such an important FEI World Cup qualifying class would have been devastating to the hundreds of competitors that call Wellington home in the winter. The 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty, the Jacobs family’s Wellington family compound, Deeridge Farms, was the site for the 2016 event. “It’s exciting to use our family’s farm to host the best event possible for Longines FEI World Cup qualifier,” Charlie Jacobs said. “As a competitor, I am honored to be a part of this word-class event, and my family shares my commitment to preserving this class in Wellington.”
Both competitors and spectators raved about the quality of the show and the beauty of the venue.
The top seven athletes from the East-coast U.S., the top three from the West-coast U.S., and the two best placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s final in Gothenburg, Sweden, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world. The featured class was the $200,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellington, which was won by top rider Kent Farrington aboard Uceko.