Lillie Keenan and Chaccolette for Riders USA. Photo by Jessica Rodrigues for EEM.
New York, NY – Riders Europe claimed their fourth consecutive Riders Masters Cup title on Saturday, April 27, at the Longines Masters of New York, held at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Longines Masters of New York concludes on April 28 as the third leg of the Longines Masters Series following stops in Paris and Hong Kong.
In a concept unique to the Longines Masters, the Riders Masters Cup pits five-member teams from Europe and the United States in a head-to-head battle.
The opening round saw Lillie Keenan, Riders USA team’s requisite Under 25 rider, matched up against Pius Schwizer riding Cortney Cox. Keenan dropped two rails for eight faults riding Chaccolette while Schwizer kept them all in place, giving Riders Europe the advantage of 10 points to Team USA’s five points.
“I am proud of this group. I was able to create a real team spirit since the beginning of the week; we have all been eating together, for example. For the sake of the competition, it would be nice if Riders USA manage to win in the Riders Masters Cup. But for that to happen, Riders Europe will have to change the team leader – I like to win too much!” ~ Riders Europe Captain Philippe Guerdat
“It seems like it was a pretty big margin and, in some ways, it was, but with just a couple things going differently we could have won it. It’s not fun losing. I don’t enjoy losing and none of us were particularly happy about that but the format, I think, is tremendous. It’s unique and we will be back again in Paris and we hope for a different result.” ~ Riders USA Captain Robert Ridland
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