For the second consecutive year, the Netherlands imposed itself in the French leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup after two very competitive rounds. (Photo © PSV – Jean Morel)
For the second consecutive year, the Netherlands imposed itself in the French leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup after two very competitive rounds.
On paper, the Dutch team did not necessarily look like the strongest of the list, but… The four pairs selected by the team leader Rob Ehrens dominated the competition and established as winners with only one penalty point, thanks to Wout-Jan Van Der Schans and Aquila SFN, double clear. The riders with the orange jacket also showed they had solid nerves, because after the first round, they were in the lead without any penalty, just like Switzerland, USA and Great Britain. France was 5th, ahead of Germany, Belgium and Brazil. The second round was very promising and exciting!
While Netherlands were lining up clear rounds (Leopold Van Asten with VDL Groep Zidane N.O.P. and Willem Greve with Carambole N.O.P. only scored one time penalty point), USA weighed down their score by 4 points after Todd Minikus and Babalou 41. Switzerland saw its dreams of podium fly off after both Janika Sprunger with Bonne Chance CW, and Steve Guerdat with Corbinian scored 4 points. Same disappointment among the British when Joe Clee with Utamaro d’Ecaussines scored 4 points, and Nick Skelton and Big Star 8 points. France, 5th after the first round, managed to pull coals out of the fire, thanks to two double clear rounds signed by Pénélope Leprevost with Flora de Mariposa, and Simon Delestre with Hermès Ryan, and the second round of Roger Yves Bost with Sydney Une Prince, who only got one penalty point. This good result allows the Blue to grab the 3rd position. USA placed 2nd, while Holland clinched victory.
Source: Press Véronique GAUTHIER / Jumping La Baule