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For the past three months, Lucy Deslauriers plans have been shot.

Sidelined by a shoulder injury and a surgery on her hand at the end of 2017, the American show jumper was out of the saddle for two months, missing the first quarter of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

“It is the longest I had ever gone without riding,” admitted the 18-year-old rider.

She returned to the saddle during week 4 of the 12 week winter circuit, but didn’t bounce back to top sport the way she’d hoped.

“It definitely took me a lot longer to get back feeling normal in the saddle than I thought,” she continued. “I just had to be patient and let my body tell me when it was ready for me to jump big jumps again.”

Around week 8, Deslauriers set her sights on the final CSI5* week of the circuit, aiming her top mount Hester for the weekly grand prix qualifier, the $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 12.

In the first round, contested by a field of…