Two Canadians are poised to represent their country in the FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, March 29-April 2, 2017.
Christopher Surbey of Calgary, AB, will be making his first World Cup appearance, bringing Chalacorada (‘Chocolate’) a 15-year-old dark bay Holsteiner mare owned by Spruce Meadows, for which he rides. The pair have recently been tuning up in the Netherlands against some very stiff competition, placing an excellent 11th in the Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Braband in s’Hertogenbosch. Prior to that they placed 9th in the World Cup class at Deeridge in Florida, one of the final North American qualifiers. Surbey will be celebrating his 30th birthday during the Finals in Omaha.
Keean White, 34, who runs Angelstone Farm in Rockwood, ON, finished in 9th place overall in the North American East standings. This will be his second appearance at the Final; in 2009 he finished 24th riding Celena Z in Las Vegas, NV. This time he will take For Freedom Z, a 12-year-old bay Zangersheid gelding owned by Angelstone Partners, which he has been campaigning at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. In mid-March, the pair placed 11th in a CSI5* grand prix.
Canada will not have any entries in the World Cup Dressage Final running in conjunction with the Jumping final.