LAS VEGAS, Nev.--Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, Conn., won her second World Cup on Bennys Legacy on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas, just a week after registering her first win on Bennys Legacy.
Despite her win just a week prior in Thermal, Sternlicht went to Las Vegas’ South Point Arena with some unanswered questions.
She had never competed indoors on Bennys Legacy, a relatively new mount for her, and the World Cup Finals is indoors, in the same venue in Las Vegas, so she wanted to see how the new horse would do.
The indoor venue proved no problem for them, as they recorded a second straight World Cup victory.
Sternlicht won the $100,000 World Cup in Las Vegas after a two horse jump-off, and she was the only double clear performer on the evening, crossing the timers of Leopoldo Palacios’ shortened course in 37.68 seconds.
ANDREW RAMSEY on Stranger was faster, but a rail put him second as he finished on four faults in 35.90 seconds.
In a unique result, Sarah Segal and Uma O’Neill of New Zealand finished in joint third, as both riders recorded a single time fault in the first round with identical times of 73.39 seconds.
“Tonight, I mainly learned that he was super indoors,” Sternlicht said of her still-new mount, having only debuted with the 11-year-old gelding in September. “I really had no idea how he would be! In some ways, I found him easier to ride inside."
"He's a horse that goes exactly the way I like to ride, strong and aggressive. I like to help and support the horse, and he leans on me as a rider in that capacity."
Knowing there were just two clear rounds and having to return first in the jump-off, Sternlicht approached the shortened course with a nothing-to-lose mentality while being wary of the quick challenge that followed her.
“I think Andrew has the fastest horse in the class, probably the fastest horse in this division this week,” Sternlicht said. “I knew that if I didn’t stick to my plan, it might be costly. I think my jump-off round showed the quality of my horse. I think, personally, there are a few things I want to work on, but I couldn’t be happier with the way he jumped, and I’m happy that I stuck to my plan.”
The win moved Sternlicht into third in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League with 46 points.
Brian Moggre leads those standings with 56 points, while Beezie Madden is second with 49 points.
The top seven from these standings at the end of the 2019/2020 season will advance to the World Cup Final, which will also take place in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center in April.
“World Cup Finals are 100 percent on my radar,” Sternlicht said. “I am planning already. My trainer McLain Ward is a big planner, and we had a meeting and planned out my schedule for the next five months. I plan on being here and look forward to coming back!”
On the west coast, Karl Cook maintains his lead in the standings with 49 points, followed by Ashlee Bond with 39 points and Will Simpson with 34 points.