Memorable Moment #5: Beat Mandli Wins Show Jumping Title at 2007 FEI World Cup Finals
“I have never had this feeling before because I have never been in this position before,” joked Mandli after his win.
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A result that made everyone feel good was the win by Beat Mandli of the show jumping title at the 2007 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. The sixth time was the charm for the Swiss rider who had been trying to win the World Cup Final for over a decade. Entering the final day, Daniel Deusser of Germany had been in second place, with a tie for third between Mandli’s countryman Steve Guerdat and Markus Beerbaum of Germany; it was still close but the final result saw Mandli jump to the pinnacle of the show jumping world with the long elusive win.
“I have never had this feeling before because I have never been in this position before,” joked Mandli after his win. “I don’t think that I even realize it yet. In the first round I was a little nervous because my horse would not concentrate. In the second round, I was much more relaxed because my horse was much better. I am very happy for my horse, he was super.”
Deusser was the only one with a clean ride in the second round, until Mandli went in and dashed Deusser’s winning hopes with a clean, smooth round, leaving Deusser in the runner-up position
Many of the riders in the competition shared much excitement for Mandli and explained how he was a great horseman and truly deserving of the title. Mandli was praised by third place finisher Guerdat to be, “One of the best riders ever!”
We are looking forward to seeing more top-quality sportsmanship in just a couple of months at the 2020 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, April 15-19!