The Netherlands with 1 foul managed a new victory in Barcelona, thanks to the rounds of Jur Vrieling, Michel Hendrix, Marc Houtzager and Harrie Smolders (Photo © csiobarcelona)
Team Netherlands added a new victory in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final Jumping of Barcelona, when completing its rounds with only 1 foul.
The most important year-by-year show to determine the World Best Team in the FEI Nations Cup Final, today in its 106th CSIO Barcelona edition and Team Netherlands commanded the €1,250,000 Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final completing three clear rounds.
Entering first Jur Vrieling with the 11-year-old stallion Vdl Glasgow V. Merelsnest (Nabab de Reve x Darco), recorded a perfect run in 79.80 seconds followed by Michel Hendrix next to the 11-year-old gelding Baileys (Indoctro x Come On), who hung the second clear round, but overtime with 1 foul and Marc Houtzager with the 10-year-old gelding Sterrehof’s Calimero (Quidam of Revel x Achill) knocked down a pole, which ended up eliminating his presentation.
Finally and under the crowd expectation entered the World Number 6 Harrie Smolders with the firm mission to complete a clear round that secured the victory for Team Netherlands, achieving completely his goal with the 13-year-old stallion Don Vhp Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) in 78.42 seconds.
Already defined the first place, the fight focused on second place between the United States of America and Belgium, where representatives of Pan American Ranking took the best part of the draw with 4 fouls between both nations, led by Lauren Hough with the 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) in a clear round and 77.87 seconds, as well as World Number 3 McLain Ward with the 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder v. Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui v. Zuuthoeve) with the other clear round in 78.74 seconds, leaving out the result of Laura Kraut with 4 fouls, while Beezie Madden scored a faster 4 faults in 80.39 seconds with 9-year-old stallion Darry Lou (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve), totaling Team USA 4 fouls in 237.00 seconds.
Team Belgium eliminated Pieter Devos’ round with 8 fouls, Niels Bruynseels followed with 4 fouls in 80.77 seconds and two clear round in a row by Jerome Guery with the 11-year-old gelding Grand Cru van de Rozenberg (Malito de Reve x Heartbreaker ) and Gregory Wathelet accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Coree (Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life), accumulating the 4 fouls in 238.15 seconds.
The rest of the nations finished with Switzerland in fourth place with 8 fouls led by Werner Muff, Sweden fifth with the same faults as the Swiss outstanding by Douglas Lindelöw and Peder Fredrickson, Germany finished sixth in 9 fouls with Simon Blum highlighting, France seventh with 13 fouls being the best Penelope Leprevost and Canada eighth with 13 fouls in a clear round by Eric Lamaze.