Sweden totaled 4 fouls to claim victory against Switzerland with 8 fouls, after the first round ended both nations with Ireland and Germany in a clear round. (Photo © chio.nl)
Team Sweden take their first win of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup Jumping Series Europe Division 1 during the fifth sleeve in Rotterdam to jump from third to second place, beating Switzerland with a 4-foul lead.
With four faults in their two rounds, the Swedish team completed a perfect first round with Henrik von Eckermann alongside 15-year-old Cantinero (Cento x Cash), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson accompanied by the 14-year-old stallion Clarimo Ask (Clearway x Caletto II) and Douglas Lindelöw with Zacramento (Cardento x Cortus), who marked the third clear rounds, not being necessary the entrance of Peder Fredricson.
For the second round the first of seven double clear rounds that culminated in the Nations Cup was for Henrik von Eckermann, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson did not return for his second round, so all responsibility remained for Fredricson, after Douglas Lindelöw knocked down a pole, same situation that lived the Swiss.
Peder Fredricson and his 11-year-old gelding H&M All In (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo Z) were sixth in the order for the second round, painting a perfect course, securing a total of 4 fouls for the Swedes and entering like eighth in the start order the Swiss with Martin Fuchs next to the 11-year-old gelding Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo), needing a clear round to force to the tiebreaker, but would demolish a rail that sent them to the second place.
The Swiss had their star figure Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat with the only double clear in there team accompanied by 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento). With respect to the five remaining double clears were the Italian Lorenzo de Luca with the 15-year-old stallion Armitages Boy (Armitage x Feo), Eduardo Alvarez Aznar and Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot (Arc de Triomphe x Apache D’Adriers) for Spain, Harrie Smolders and Don Vhp Z (Diamant from Semilly x Voltaire) from the Netherlands, Marcus Ehning from Germany along with the 14-year-old gelding Pret A Tout (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy) and Bertram Allen from Ireland with Hector van D’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrecht van de Heffinck) .
The final positions were Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and Spain tied in third place with accumulated of 12 fouls, fifth place with a triple draw for the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland totaling 16 fouls, while Belgium closed in eighth place with 20 fouls.