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    Rich Fellers and Flexible (left)  were seventh, and Lucy Davis finished ninth on Barron (right).

    Rich Fellers and Flexible (left) were seventh, and Lucy Davis finished ninth on Barron (right).

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    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat was a happy man when claiming the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2015 title at the Thomas & mack arena April 18.

    I’ve been waiting a long time for this moment!,” said the 32-year-old Olympic champion whose last-to-go ride was an absolute thriller.

    He came into the drama-filled final competition sharing the lead with Rich Fellwers of Oregon, but it was French rider Penelope Leprevost who lined up second at the end of the day, while 19-year-old Irish talent Bertram Allen finished third.

    Fellers and Flexible finished a very respectable seventh, one of three Americans who broke into the Top 10. New Yorker Beezie Madden ended up fourth, and another West Coast rider, Lucy Davis of Los Angeles riding Barron, was ninth.

    “I actually planned, when I walked the course, to do six strides,” Davis said of her last night’s performance, one of four clean rounds by an American.

    “And then after watching people struggle with the six, my trainer Markus (Beerbaum) and I decided to switch to five, as my horse has a really big stride and a lot of scope. So I had to trust the five, and he handled it perfectly.”

    Overall, 74,390 spectators attended the FEI World Cup Finals during the week.

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