Holland first in the Furusiyya FEI Nations CupTM Jumping Final first qualifier. (Photo © CSIO Barcelona).
by CSIO Barcelona
The Dutch team made up of Jeroem Dubbldam (Zenith Sfn), Maikel Van der Vleuten (Vdl Groep Verdi Tn N.O.P.), Jur Vrieling (Vdl Bubalu) and Gerco Schröder ( Glock’s London N.O.P.) has come out on top today at the first qualifier of the Furusiyya FEI Nations CupTM Jumping Final, in the inaugural competition day of CSIO Barcelona at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. With this result the splendid world champion goes straight to the final of the most important competition in the international equestrian calendar hosted by the club from Barcelona until Sunday.
Together with the Dutch team, also the national teams of Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Great Britain qualified for Saturday’s final. The Spanish team was close to being included in the eight finalists but a final pole drop of Sergio Álvarez Moya relegated the team to the Challenge Cup on Friday, together with France, Australia, Qatar, the United States and Venezuela.
The Canadian rider Eric Lamaze has won the Coca-Cola Trophy, the first competition of the CSIO Barcelona which opened the most important event in the history of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. Riding on Fine Lady 5, Lamaze made a clear round and was quickest in the competition judged by Table A and against the clock, overcoming Brazilian Pedro Veniss, with Amemoi O Sandor, and French rider Penélope Leprevost, riding Sultane Des Ibis.
The best classified Spaniard was Eduardo Álvarez Aznar (with Ryanair de Riverland), who came in tenth in the final classification.