Italy continues to be inspired to win the FEI Nations Cup again with Luca Marziani, Paolo Paini, Emilio Bicocchi and Lorenzo de Luca. Brazil in eighth place. (Photo © csiostgallen)
The fourth round of the Longines FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1 Series took place in St. Gallen, Switzerland, being for week’s in a row the Team Italy win, who repeated to maintain his inspired moment.
After waiting for more than 30 years to home win, Roma marked the beginning of a good streak that extended to St. Gallen, where the Team Italy ended up accumulating 9 fouls to take the victory. The first round left the winners in third place matched with Belgium, with Paolo Paini standing out with 11-year-old mare Ottava Meraviglia Di Ca’ san G (For Pleasure x Caletto I) with a 1-foul field, but second round could not be more perfect starting Luca Mariani with clear round along with 10-year-old stallion Tokyo du Soleil (Montender x Papillon Rouge), Paolo Paini made the adjustments for now achieved clear within the time, Emilio Bicocchi ended in 4 fouls with 11-year-old gelding Sassicaia Ares (Ephebe for Ever x Optiebeurs Rebel Z), while his best exponent and World No. 6 Lorenzo de Luca, secured the victory with his clear round along with 15-year-old stallion Armitage Boy (Armitage x Feo).
The second place was for Switzerland with a total of 12 fouls, including Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat with double clear round next to 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento), plus clear in first round of Martin Fuchs and clear in second round by Romain Duguet, completing the team Paul Estermann, with their results being eliminated.
The rest of the Nations continued with Germany in third place, completing a perfect second round and totaling 13 fouls with Andre Thieme (8/0), Christian Kukuk (4/0), Marco Kutscher (5/0) and Marcus Ehning (4/NS). The fourth place was Belgium with 17 fouls, fifth Sweden with 24 fouls emphasizing Angelie von Essen with second double clear round, the sixth place was France with 25 fouls, Roger Yves Bost being the third and final double clear round, closing Ireland in seventh with 28 fouls.
Brazil, on the other hand, ranked eighth, accumulating 41 fouls and composed by Yuri Mansur (8/12), Joao Victor Castro (4/8), Karina Johannpeter (5/13) and Eduardo Menezes (4/8).
Fulfilled 4 sleeves the Europe Division 1 Series march thus:
1. France – 302.5
2. Italy – 270
3. Sweden – 257.5
4. Germany – 230
5. Spain – 175
6. Switzerland – 160
7. Ireland – 155
8. Netherlands -135