Less than two weeks ago, McLain Ward came away with an individual championship at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Tonight begins the quest for another kind of championship: the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
How does this relate to show jumping? Top international rider and host of the CP Palm Beach Masters CSI4* Charlie Jacobs is heavily involved with both horses and hockey. He's the CEO of the Boston Bruins, one of the original six NHL teams. When the 2017 Palm Beach Masters kicked off at Jacobs' family's Deeridge Farm in Wellington, the venue's pristine grass field was decorated with Boston Bruin flags and custom-designed Bruins-themed fences, including one—the final fence of the grand prix qualifier—that proved to be one of the most difficult on course, drawing comparisons to the Bruins' staunchy defense.
The fact that Jacobs not only qualified for his third World Cup Final, but also finished just outside the top 15 (He was 16th overall with his own Cassinja S) in Omaha, is a testament to his organization and work ethic. He often spends his week commuting between Buffalo, N.Y., Boston, and Wellington to manage his business career with his riding. In addition to being the CEO of the Bruins, Jacobs also owns TD Garden and jointly operates the New England Sports Network with the Boston Red Sox, among other endeavors.
The Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 under the Jacobs family's tutelage, face the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs this year, and Jacobs made his final in Omaha. In honor of the start of hockey's playoffs, we're re-sharing our unique interview with Jacobs at the 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters about his experiences juggling horses and hockey.
Check it out below!
To learn more about Jacobs and the Palm Beach Masters, check out this article on RulingSports.com.