German dominance in FEI Nations Cup Jumping Lummen totaling 8 fouls led by Mario Stevens and Andre Thieme. France occupied the second place and third hosts Belgium, where all three nations needed a tiebreaking round. (Photo © Jumping Lummen)
The second day of CSI 5* Longines Spring Classic of Flanders in Lummen, Belgium, had as main dish the dispute of FEI Nations Cup with Germany victory, led by Mario Stevens who obtained double clear round in its presentation and Andre Thieme, definitive figure of a triple tie.
With a total of 4 double clear in the class, Stevens alongside 13-year-old gelding Baloubet (Balou du Rouet x Grander) claimed the last in order for a tie totaling 8 fouls (4 in each round), joining a clear round of Maurice Tebbel with Chacco’s Son (Chacco-Blue x Lancer III) in first round and Andre Thieme with 13-year-old gelding Conthendrix (Contendro I x Co de la Bryere) did it in second round, but ultimately dressed as a hero, then returned for the jump-off round securing the German victory. Completed winning team Holger Wulschner with BSC Skipper (Stolzenberg x Lord Liberty) in 4 fouls for second round.
The second place was for France, who had Penelope Leprevost as main figure, getting double clear round with 12-year-old mare Ratina d’La Rousserie (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy x Apache d’Adriers) to ensure the tiebreaker, but more slow in definition setting a time of 40.47 seconds by 39.75 seconds of Germans. While the French added 8 fouls in the second round, they finished perfect in first round with clears of Cédric Angot and Maelle Martin, while Bernard Brian Chevalier said goodbye with double 4 fouls round, wasting a comfortable advantage that could give them the victory.
For third place the hosts also got two rounds of 4 fouls, with Olivier Philippaerts being the highlight in double clear round alongside with 15-year-old stallion H&M Cabrio van de Heffinck (Cassini I x Calato) and tiebreaker round was responsibility of Pieter Devos with Dream of India Greenfield (Gem of India x Night and Day) finishing in 4 fouls and 51.76 seconds. Karel Cox (4/0) and Jerome Guery (4/4) completed the Belgian delegation.
The rest of participating countries finished fourth Italy with 14 fouls and Bruno Chimirri (1/1) like best Italian, fifth Switzerland accumulating 16 fouls with Walter Gabathuler (4/0) with best result, sixth Ireland totaling 20 fouls being Paul Kennedy (4/0) most outstanding, seventh Sweden with 23 fouls and a perfect round for Angelie Von Essen, closing Spain the final spot in eighth place with 25 fouls in a perfect day and last double clear round for Gerardo Menendez.