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Photo: Jessica Rodrigues

Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V Help Olympic Dreams Come True for Team Egypt at CSIO 4* Rabat

October 13, 2019 – Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V rode double clear in the Nations’ Cup of Rabat for Team Egypt on Sunday, helping secure the first Olympic qualification for Egypt in 60 years. The Egyptian team also finished on the center podium in first place for the Nations’ Cup competition, with a team total of only three faults in the second round.


Taking Off - Episode 2: Team Spirit with the Paris Panthers

September 8, 2019 (via Global Champions League) – Team Spirit: The Paris Panthers star in the second of our Taking Off episodes, giving a unique insight into the strength behind the team, and how horses always, always come first. Watch this exclusive behind the scenes film with the Paris Panthers, as you’ve never seen them before.

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US Equestrian Announces NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team for FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Calgary CSIO5*

Lexington, KY - August 22, 2019 – US Equestrian has named the following athletes to the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team for FEI Jumping Nations Cup Calgary CSIO5*. The competition is part of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament taking place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 4-8.

The following athletes will represent the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Calgary CSIO5* under Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, listed alphabetically:

Sloane Coles (The Plains, Va.)
Jennifer Gates (Medina, Wash.)
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

September 4, 2019 [Update] – We are sad to report that Capital Colnardo and Jennifer Gates will not be competing at the Spruce Meadows Masters this weekend. While honored to represent USA Jumping as part of the Nations’ Cup, Cody came up sore this past weekend and we know it is in the best interest of his wellbeing and the success of the team to withdraw our participation. This decision was not made lightly, and we sincerely hope to have the chance to represent our country again soon.


Pressure and Presence: Jennifer Gates is Finding Success in the Moment

By Nina Fedrizzi and Carley Sparks

Langley, BC - August 22, 2019 It was a sun dappled, spring afternoon in Northern, Germany, an idyllic backdrop to the prize giving ceremony taking place at the Global Champions League (GCL) of Hamburg.

For Jennifer Gates, the moment was extraordinary in more ways than one. Riding Capital Colnardo, the 23-year-old and her Paris Panthers teammate (and partner), Nayel Nassar (EGY), had just earned a major podium finish following strong, back-to-back rounds over two days of competition. Alas, when the podium exploded into the obligatory champagne fight between the Panthers and the top two placing teams, Gates—struggling to open her own bottle—was drenched in the crossfire.

“Apparently I need to learn how to pop champagne bottles because that’s a podium thing and I’m the biggest rookie… help!” Gates joked, good-naturedly, on her Instagram.

Popping bottles aside, the American U25 rider ought to cut herself some slack. Halfway through the 2019 season, it’s clear Gates is having a renaissance, not just in her own riding, but in the expansion of her Evergate Stables operations, currently based at three primary locations in Florida, Belgium, and New York.

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In the Barn with Jennifer Gates

Wellington, FL - June 5, 2019 – Jennifer Gates and Evergate Stables are featured in the June/July edition of Equestrian Living magazine.

Equestrian Living’s popular June wedding feature looks at the millennials’ new trends and ideas for memorable weddings. In the cover feature story, EQLiving was selected as the first major equestrian magazine to visit Jennifer Gates, the recent college graduate and show jumper, at her farm in Wellington, Florida.

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Team Evergate Stables Wins First and Second in Prestigious Longines Grand Prix of New York

New York, NY - April 28, 2019 – In a fabulous finish in Sunday’s $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York, Evergate Stables pairs Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V and Harrie Smolders and Une de l’Othain took first and second place, respectively, in the thrilling grand finale of the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB LIVE. 

With a difficult course set by Frank Rothenberger, only six riders managed to jump clear in the first round. Joined by the six riders who had posted the fastest four-fault rounds, a total of 12 combinations entered the jump off.

Harrie Smolders (NED), currently ranked number four in the world, was the second to last rider in the ring with Evergate Stables LLC’s 11-year-old Selle Francais mare, Une de l’Othain.  Posting the fastest time so far, the pair moved to the top of the leaderboard with a time of 39.46 seconds.

Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Lucifer V were the last combination in the ring, and after their previous victory in Friday night’s Longines Speed Challenge, there was no doubt that this pair had the ability to be fast. Nassar and Evergate Stables LLC’s 13-year-old Westphalian gelding cleared the last jump with the fastest time of the night, 38.59 seconds.

Nassar is not only the first rider to ever win both the Longines Speed Challenge and the Longines Grand Prix at the same event, but the first to do it with the same horse.

“A result like this is incredible and we are so proud!” commented Evergate Stables President, Jennifer Gates. “Success at this level is truly a testament to the hard work Nayel and Harrie have put in with these horses, as well as to the team behind the scenes that makes it all possible. It is not often that the same team wins 1st and 2nd in the same event, especially at a 5* Grand Prix! I’m so thankful for their hard work with Lucifer and Une, and honored that they are part of the Evergate Stables family.”

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PC: Jessica Rodrigues for EEM

Nayel Nassar: “Believe it or not this was my very first FEI 5* Grand Prix victory”

April 28, 2019 (via – Imagine, for a moment, that you were to scan the world top 150 rankings and pick the rider least likely to be paired with a horse named Lucifer.

Baby faced Martin Fuchs (SUI) might stand out.

Or doe eyed Ben Maher (GBR).

But the obvious choice would be the very rider currently wiping arena floors with Evergate LLC’s speed demon, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar.

Warm, humble, unfailingly polite, this is a guy who celebrated his first (of three) HITS Million grand prix wins—at age 22—by going out for a quiet dinner with his groom and whose mom will wrap complete strangers in an affectionate embrace simply for being introduced.

Nassar is a gentle soul. But he’s riding on the devil’s shoulders atop Lucifer V and they’ve quickly become a force to be reckoned with for their deadly fast rounds in speed classes and Grand Prix, alike.

For the second time in the space of a week, the two-time World Cup finalist and 13-year-old Westphalian gelding proved unbeatable at the Longines Masters of New York.

Twenty-nine combinations contested Frank Rothenberger’s course in the $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York, held at NYCB LIVE on Sunday.

With the top 12 returning for the second round, each progressively faster than the last, Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Cue Channa 42 set the standard when they shaved a second off Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Landriano Z’s time to stop the clock at 40.93 seconds. One round later, world number four Harrie Smolders (NED) and Une de l’Othain proved under the 40 mark was possible, clocking in at 39.46 seconds to move into the lead.

But Nassar saved the best for last. Speeding around the course from the first to the last with lightning ground speed and daring turns, he and Lucifer galloped home through the timers in 38.59 seconds and set the crowd alight!

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PC: Sportfot

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar Writes History in Longines Grand Prix of New York

April 28, 2019 (via – Nayel Nassar of Egypt treated the crowd to a fabulous finish in the $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York, the grand finale of the Longines Masters of New York on Sunday, April 28, at NYCB LIVE.

German course designing mastermind, Frank Rothenberger, created a difficult test for the 29 horse and rider combinations brave enough to accept the challenge, knowing 12 of them would be lucky enough to move on to the second round.  Six riders representing six different nations managed to jump clear over the tough track and were joined by the six riders who had posted the fastest four-fault rounds for an all-deciding final.

Going in reverse order of standing and carrying faults forward from the first round, the tension mounted as the double clear performances began to present themselves.  Captain Brian Cournane of Ireland was the first to jump double clear with Dino but his conservative time of 45.88 seconds left the door wide open for the riders who followed.  Israel’s Daniel Bluman received a huge cheer from the crowd when he jumped clear in a time of 41.95 seconds with Landriano Z, putting him in fourth in the final standings.

Olivier Philippaerts, 25, of Belgium was one second faster in 40.93 seconds riding H&M Cue Channa 42 and looked unbeatable but, as the saying goes, it’s not over until it’s over.

Dutch show jumping sensation Harrie Smolders, currently ranked number four in the world, did the seemingly impossible by leaving all the rails in place and racing home in a time of 39.46 seconds to move to the top of the leaderboard riding Une de l’Othain, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare owned by his student, Jennifer Gates, and her Evergate Stables LLC.

But there was one challenger still to come and there was no doubt about his ability to be fast.  Nassar and Lucifer V had claimed Friday’s highlight event, the Longines Speed Challenge, and were hungry to taste victory again.

In a breathtaking performance, Nassar’s partnership with the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding, also owned by Evergate Stables LLC, was on full display as they cleared hurdle after hurdle with the greatest of ease, and in a deceptively fast time.  When they galloped home through the timers in 38.59 seconds, the crowd erupted.  New York had its winner!

Limited Breeding Opportunities Available Now for Capital Colnardo and Pacific des Essarts

CAPITAL COLNARDO: 2005 Holsteiner (Colman x Coronado 3)
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Capital Colnardo is a seasoned international competitor who has garnered top results across Europe and North America. He is considered to be one of best showjumpers in the world today. Capital Colnardo started his show career with Nicole Horwood in South Africa before moving up the ranks from CSI2* to CSI5* with Audrey Coulter and Harrie Smolders. He has delivered many clear rounds and top placings in various Nation’s Cups, Global Champions League, and countless international Grand Prixes including winning at the Longines Masters of New York and CSI 5* Basel in 2018. In 2018, Jennifer Gates of Evergate Stables, LLC purchased Capital Colnardo and has been campaigning him successfully in the US and Europe.

Capital Colnardo’s pedigree showcases the very best Holsteiner blood, including the influential Carthago, Lord, and Corrado I. Colman, Capital Colnardo’s sire, won his 100-day jumping test and was placed in the top group overall. Colman has become one of the leading German sires due to his offspring’s success in the show ring and his high rate of producing exceptional licensed stallions.

Capital has great intelligence and rideability, looks, and a lovely temperament. He has easy scope for the jump and an effortless ground covering stride. His small crop of offspring are showing athleticism and scope.

1st place CSI3* Roeser 2015 ridden by Harrie Smolders
1st place CSIO4* Nations Cup Wellington 2016 ridden by Audrey Coulter
1st place CSI3* World Cup Rancho Murieta 2016 ridden by Audrey Coulter
1st place CSI5* Basel, St Jakobshalle 2018 ridden by Harrie Smolders
1st place CSI5* New York Longines Masters 2018 ridden by Harrie Smolders

PACIFIC DES ESSARTS: 2003 Selle Francais Stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Totoche du Banney)
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Pacific des Essarts is a consistent and experienced international competitor. He was imported to the U.S. by Evergate Stables, LLC in 2017 and is actively achieving clean rounds and top placings with Jennifer Gates. They were 3rd in both the Hermes U25 team event and 3rd SJHOF High AO Classic this year, and were 3rd $25K GP Del Mar and 2nd Del Mar J/AO Jumper Challenge in 2017. Previously he jumped to several Grand Prix wins with Martin Fuchs and Anna-Julia Kontio including 1st CSI5* 2016 Paris-Grand Palais; 1st CSI5* W 2016 Zurich, 1st CSI3* 2016 Selva di Val Gardena, 2nd CSI5* 2016 Hong Kong, 2nd CSI4* 2016 Ascona, 1st CSI3* 2015 Ascona, 2nd CSI3* 2015 Humlikon, and 3rd CSI5* W 2015 Madrid. 

Pacific des Essarts is by the famous stallion, Diamant de Semilly, the number one leading WBFSH sire for the past several years. Diamant is currently sire to the #3 show jumper in the world, Don VHP Z (Harrie Smolders) as well as Smolder's other top mount, Emerald, and countless other CSIO5* winners including Quickly de Kreisker, Muscaris d'Ariel, Deauvelle S, Quointreau un Prince, Street of Diamonds, and Elivs ter Putte. He has sired over 100 approved stallions and is even listed in the top 20 of the eventing sires on the WBFSH. Pacific des Essarts dam, Cybele des Essarts, produced another successful 1.60m offspring, Kanouk des Essarts, with rider Jill Smits.

Pacific des Essarts has had very limited offspring, but they are all showing tremendous talent including 6yo SF gelding, Bracadabra, competing at ISJ Level 1.35m with Romain Ozzola (FRA) and Laurent Guillet (FRA) and during 2017 was 1st in the CSIYH1* 2017 Chazey sur Ain and 1st in the CSIYH1* 2017 Oliva-Valencia. Another offspring, 7yo SF gelding, Allblack de Gressoux, is already successfully jumping ISJ Level 1.40m with Paul Delforge (FRA).


1st place CSI5* Zurich 2016 ridden by Anna-Julio Kontio
2nd place CSI5* Hong Kong 2016 ridden by Anna-Julio Kontio
1st place CSI3* Selva di Val Gardena Grand Prix 2016 ridden by Anna-Julio Kontio
2nd place CSI4* Ascona Grand Prix 2016 ridden by Anna-Julio Kontio
3rd place $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix 2017 ridden by Jenn Gates
3rd place CSI U25 Team Competition 2019 ridden by Jenn Gates



The Paris Panthers are thrilled to announce our 2019 Global Champions League lineup!

Jennifer Gates (USA)
Darragh Kenny (IRL)
Yuri Mansur (BRA)
Nayel Nassar (EGY)
Harrie Smolders (NED)
Gregory Wathelet (BEL)

In addition to an amazing group of riders, Rob Hoekstra has been appointed team manager for the 2019 season. Thank you to our team sponsors, Edmiston Yachts, NetJets, Evergate Stables and Maui Jim for your continued support!

To read more about about the 2019 Global Champions League season and view the event schedule, click here.


After three thrilling rounds of competition, the Paris Panthers finished third in the extraordinary GC Super Cup Finale on Sunday, December 16 at the 02 Arena in Prague. Team combinations Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Balou de Reventon, Yuri Mansur (BRA) and Ibelle Ask, and Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and Mjt Nevados S gave it their all throughout the weekend, finishing first in the Quarter Finals and third in the Semi-Finals before Sunday’s finale.

Read the full recap of the GC Super Cup Finale here.

Photo courtesy of Pegasus Photo Creations

Photo courtesy of Pegasus Photo Creations


Jennifer Gates and Evergate Stables are proud to announce the addition of Harrie Smolders’ Capital Colnardo to our team of equine athletes. Previously competed by Audrey Coulter, the 13-year-old stallion has had an amazing year with Smolders, competing in the Hickstead Nations Cup and winning in New York and Basel, with multiple placings at other international events.

Jenn made her debut with Capital Colnardo at the Lier International Horse Show last month, and looks forward to the development of this new partnership.


The Evergate Stables team had a successful weekend of competition at the Las Vegas National Horse Show CSI4*-W, earning multiple top ten placings in the FEI classes.

The team started off strong on Saturday, with Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V earning the top spot in the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation. The last to go of ten combinations in the jump-off, Nayel and Lucifer finished only half a second ahead of second place finisher, Kristen Vanderveen, for an exciting victory.  Jennifer Gates and Alex also went clear to return for the jump off, finishing eighth overall after incurring four faults over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s technical jump-off course.

Later in the evening, Jenn and Monaco were first in the ring for the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas presented by Walter Oil and Gas Corp., the final opportunity this year to earn points for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2019. Riding without fault in the first round, Jenn and Monaco were one of only six clear rounds that returned for the jump-off. With one fence down on the fast-paced and winding shortened track, the pair finished sixth overall.

“I’m thrilled with Monaco’s performance,” commented Jenn. “He’s only nine years old, and this was his first World Cup qualifier.  It was nerve-wracking to be the first to go, but he was up to the challenge and exceeded my expectations in every way. I was thrilled with his performance this weekend and am really excited about the development of our partnership.”

In his second victory of the day, Nayel rode double clear aboard his longtime partner, Lordan, to take home the blue ribbon in this Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifying event, besting a field of thirty competitors from six countries who were vying for North American League points. Coming off a win at least week’s qualifier in Thermal, CA, Nayel and Lordan will be ones to watch for the remainder of the 2018-2019 season.

Watch the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic on the FEI Youtube channel here.

Watch the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas on FEI TV here.

Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V. Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography

Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V.
Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography


Las Vegas, NV [Edited Press Release]– In a class of thirty-four entries, Nayel Nassar and the 12-year-old gelding Lucifer V galloped into the winner’s circle in the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation.

Anthony D’Ambrosio’s challenging 1.45m first round course featured tight turns, direct bending lines, and two double combinations. Under FEI Rules, the best ten athletes (at least 25% and all clear rounds) qualify for the Winning Round. In this class, eleven clear rounds returned with a clean slate, in reverse order of their time in round one.

The second-round course included all the ingredients for a nail-biting finish – long gallops, big oxers, and options for tight inside turns. Nearly all of the returning riders posted clean rounds. Kristen Vanderveen, the second rider to return, posted a very impressive time of 45.91 seconds, leaving out strides in the bending lines and keeping a gallop throughout the entire course.

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar rode Lucifer V to victory in Saturday’s $50,000 1.45-Meter Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic. Tori Repole Photos

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar rode Lucifer V to victory in Saturday’s $50,000 1.45-Meter Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic. Tori Repole Photos


By: Tori Repole, Chronicle of the Horse

Las Vegas – Nov. 18 – The Las Vegas National Horse Show might take place in the entertainment capital of the world, but it’s business as usual for those on the ground at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa’s South Point Equestrian Center. Get the inside scoop on some of the faces we saw on site.

When Nayel Nassar entered the South Point Arena aboard Lucifer V, it looked as if the horse was in no rush to get going.

The 12-year-old Westphalian gelding isn’t one to shy away from a rear or a buck, and he knows how to put on a scene. Ring antics aside, Lucifer is quite the competitor at heart, as proven on Saturday with his first-placed finish in the $50,000 Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic.

“I’ve been riding him for about five months now; a huge thank you obviously to Evergate Stables for the ride,” said Nassar, 27. “He’s just been such a cool addition to my string. We’ve done a few shows, but I feel like I’m getting to know him better and better every time. He’s such a competitive horse; he’s such a trier. He’s got his own quirks, he likes to buck and play a little bit, but he’s definitely such a cool addition.”

The pair was one of 11 combinations to return to the jump-off where they posted an unbeatable time of 44.41 seconds.

“Our relationship is starting to improve,” said Nassar. “I can’t say I can predict him very well yet—I’m still not sure when he’s going to act up before the timers and when not.

“Today I kind of figured that he’s feeling good, he’s feeling fresh, he’s had a couple days off since his last class, and I really wanted to target this class with him,” he continued. “He jumped super; he tried his heart out, covered the ground really quickly, and luckily we could come away with the win.”


The Evergate Stables team is deeply saddened to report the passing of Cadence, a 17-year-old warmblood gelding and part of our family for the past five years, on October 1, 2018. Always stoic, Cadence showed no symptoms of discomfort prior to the day he was admitted to the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital on September 29th. It was quickly discovered that Cadence had developed an irreparable perforation in his esophagus due to an abnormal muscle segment, a condition that rarely offers any warning signs.

Ridden by Jenn Gates, Cadence was well known for his success as a junior jumper and later in World Cup Qualifiers. He also loved trail rides, and was known for his sassy personality. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Korin Portenza and the team of people that cared for Cadence at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital during his final days, as well as Dr. Melissa Welker and those who knew and cared for him throughout his lifetime.

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CNN's Anna Stewart takes us through Monaco, Paris & Chantilly for the July events of the Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League.

Jennifer Gates and Luftikus at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Coapexpan. Photo by Ashley Neuhof.

Jennifer Gates and Luftikus at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Coapexpan. Photo by Ashley Neuhof.

Photo Courtesy of Harrie Smolders

Photo Courtesy of Harrie Smolders


Jennifer Gates, owner of Evergate Stables and one of the United States’ top up-and-coming U25 riders, is proud to announce a new training partnership with Harrie Smolders (NED), currently ranked #1 in the world on the Longines Rankings.

Gates, who graduated from Stanford University this June, will focus full-time on her riding before entering medical school. Her plans for the coming year include competing in several Grand Prixes on the Global Champions Tour and other high-level show jumping competitions. Gates is excited to elevate her competition through this new partnership with Smolders.

“Harrie is incredibly talented, and I’m looking forward to training with him. It’s an exciting time for me to be graduating from college and shifting my focus to training and competing full-time this year,” said Gates. “Harrie is not only a world-class competitor with an unparalleled ability to shape great riders, he is a wonderful horseman. I am eager to learn everything I can from him.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Jennifer to help channel her ambition, passion, and work ethic to reach the highest level in our sport,” said Smolders. “It’s going to be a fun year and I’m excited to see the success she achieves as she focuses full-time on riding.”

Photo: US Equestrian

Photo: US Equestrian


The NetJets® U.S. Show Jumping Team of Alex Granato and Carlchen W, Kelly Soleau-Millar and Cacharel, Jennifer Gates and Pumped Up Kicks, and Ali Wolff and Casall, finished with 17 faults to win the silver medal in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Mexico on Sunday, April 22.

Photo: Phelps Media Group

Photo: Phelps Media Group


Given to an up-and-coming young rider, The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation selects an athlete who embodies the spirit of horsemanship and equestrian sports excellence.

Photo: Ashley Neuhof

Photo: Ashley Neuhof


Jenn Gates had big wins in Lexington, including taking home the $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship with her horse Alex.

Photo: Ashley Neuhof

Photo: Ashley Neuhof


Jenn Gates takes on the City That Never Sleeps and wins in tough competition.

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Photo: Sportfot


A challenging course produces great results.

Jennifer Gates and Lord Levisto

Jennifer Gates and Lord Levisto


Talent and hard work have helped Jenn Gates rise to the top of her class.