Invitational Riders Thrive in Day Two’s West Palm Events Trophy Competition
Friday 02nd October 2015 Los Angeles
The second day of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles opened to a brightly-lit arena filled with beautiful new jumps, sporting the names of title sponsors Longines, Gucci, and Emirates. Spectators enjoyed their cups of coffee and pastries, while seated at the VIP tables, in the sky deck, and in the grandstand, to view the day’s new course.

Twists and inside turns over solid oxers and airy verticals proved challenging for the riders, as the course presented more options than the day’s before. In the 1.10-meter division, yesterday’s winner Alyce Bittar (USA) repeated the performance, except this time on her other horse, Lucky Spot B. The chestnut mare is a new addition to Bittar’s team, and today’s class presented the perfect opportunity for Bittar to finely tune their partnership.

“She’s really good at inside turns,” Bittar said. “The course was really good for her.”

“Our strategy stayed the same as yesterday,” added Adnan Albaitony, Bittar’s coach at the show and an Olympic rider for Saudi Arabia. “Los Angeles is so lucky to have such a prestigious show that equals the indoor shows in Europe.”

Another repeat winner was awarded the West Palm Events Trophy in the 1.20-meter division when Alexandra Crown (USA) won for the second consecutive day. Also like Bittar, Crown claimed the victory aboard Charley, a different horse from the one that won yesterday.

“He was amazing,” Crown said. “I didn’t use the inside turns, and used his big stride instead to make up time.”

And when it comes to enjoying the show, Crown mentioned that she “loved the Gala—it was great to see everyone without their helmets.” She also made a purchase from Animo in the Prestige Village, wearing the new green jacket in today’s class. “I’m going to check out more of the shopping today,” she said.

The repeat trend continued into the 1.30-meter division with yesterday’s winner Eve Jobs (USA) taking the victory lap aboard her second horse Sandor de la Pomme. The 17-year-old, high school senior opted to not take the tight inside turns after her round on her first horse didn’t work out according to the plan.

“Sandor is just the best,” Jobs said. “I’ve had him since December, and it took a little time to get used to him, but he’s such a sweetheart. He loves bananas. He’s such a great horse.”

Jobs looked fresh and focused even after a fun night at the Opening Gala, where she had the chance to hang out with friends.

“This show is phenomenal,” said Jobs. “To see the best in the world on the West Coast and my friends from the East Coast—it’s really a treat. The Paris Masters is on my bucket list.”

Although Jobs won’t compete in the Pro-Am Competition on Saturday evening, she will be watching in the VIP seating to cheer on one of her best friends, Jennifer Gates.

Next on the schedule for day two at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles is the Prestige division, beginning with the CSI2* Champagne Barons de Rothschild Trophy at 1 p.m.