Longines FEI World Cup jumping season gets underway in Oslo
This weekend, 47 riders and 119 horses from 18 countries are in Oslo, Norway as Western European show jumpers launch their campaigns to qualify for next year’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Two British riders, Robert and Michael Whitaker, and four of their Irish counterparts are in the Norwegian capital for the CSIO 5*-W at the city's Kingsland Oslo Horse Show.
Alongside the Whitakers for Great Britain, Ireland’s representatives at Oslo’s Telenor Arena are Denis Lynch, Darragh Kenny, Shane Breen and Michael Duffy. They will be facing 5*-level rivals either of European nationality or those who qualify through the regional league (such as Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, who lives in the Netherlands and Monaco). There are 18 places for Western European riders (plus extras like for the Australian Olympian if she is among the top finishers in the standings) – the most of all the qualifying leagues around the world.