For the second consecutive year, Hardin Towell has qualified to contest the Longines FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final. This year's final will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, March 24-28. He will take Jennifer Gates LLC's Lucifer V and Emilie De Diamant AS to contest the featured indoor championship of the year.
Hardin placed second in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League East Coast standings, just behind Kent Farrington and ahead of Quentin Judge, to qualify. He will join seven other United States riders traveling to Sweden to vie for the Cup.
"I'm going to go back this year with a little more confidence," said Hardin, whose made his debut in the World Cup Final last year. "I won't be as nervous as I was last year."
Hardin currently stands 50th in the Longines World Rankings after a successful season on the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. He earned valuable World Cup and World Rankings points on a variety of horses, including Emilie De Diamant AS, New York, Lucifer V and Pepperpot, in addition to his newest grand prix partner, S.F. Arianta, who was previously ridden by Hardin's longtime friend Andres Rodriquez. Sadly, Andres passed away in a car accident on January 4.
For a detailed story on Hardin's new partnership, please click here for an article published by Noelle Floyd.