The Team Belgian secured the FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 championship, after adding their second win in six legs of a total of seven for the group, registering their name in the grand final of Barcelona. (Photo © equnews.com)
The Team Belgian secured the championship and their ticket to the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona after they dominated the sixth legs of the Europe Division 2 Group in Luxembourg.
Completing in 6 fouls his participation in CSI 3* Roeser, the Team Belgian was led by Catherine Van Roosbroeck with their double clear rounds, where the winners achieved a first clear round and for the second round they added 6 fouls, to add their second win in six commitments plus two second places.
Starting with Nicola Philippaerts and the 10-year-old gelding H&M Harley vd Bisschop (Coronado), the Belgians hung the first clear course of the second round, after Nicola’s result was eliminated in his first round. Then the perfect Catherine accompanied by the 11-year-old stallion Gautcho Da Quinta (Cicero x Upsilon vd Heffinck), got their second perfect pitch of the day, while Dominique Hendrickx with the 10-year-old stallion Bacardi les Hauts (Rexar du Houssoit x Cavalier) after finished with not fouls in first round, finish with 6 fouls, securing the victory of Belgium.
For the second place, the hosts took a big jump in the overall standing to third place with today’s result, achieving two rounds of 9 fouls, with Marcel Ewen being the most outstanding with clear and 1 foul next to the 13-year-old stallion Excenel V (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Landetto).
From third to fifth place were United Arab Emirates totaling 10 fouls, including Abdullah Mohd Al Marri with double clear round, Switzerland with 12 fouls wearing Philipp Züger’s two perfect courts in fourth place and fifth Spain, with Diego Pérez Bilbao completing a double clear round for total of 18 fouls. These three teams did not count for the Europe Division 2 League.
The sixth place and if the value of the group in dispute were the British, who occupy the second place of the overall, totaled 21 fouls, being the best result of John Whitaker in the second round with 1 foul.
Completed the rest of the nations with Austria in seventh, Poland was eighth, Norway in ninth place, tenth Germany tie with Denmark, Hungary 12th and Morocco closing in 13th place.