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April 10, 2018
“In my opinion there is something not being paid attention to: the fact that in America we are not producing enough riders from all opportunities, from middle-class people.
- Daniel Bluman

The Greatest.

The FEI World Cup Finals Start Tomorrow in Paris

Thirty-eight show jumpers and seventeen dressage riders will battle it out for the FEI Longines Jumping World Cup and the FEI Dressage World Cup.

Repeat after me: McLain Ward returns to defend his title on his brilliant mare HH Azur. In dressage, three-time champion Isabell Werth is the clear favorite. Can they pull it off?

Notable absents: World #1 Kent Farrington, #3 Peder Fredricson in jumping. In dressage, #3 Cathrine Dufour, #4 Sönke Rothenberger. 

Why it matters: It's the best of the best. Competing there is the equestrian version of being nominated for an Oscar. 

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HDHH Podcast: Episode 20
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