The United States of America won the FEI Nations Cup of CSIO5* Sopot in Poland, finishing in the jump-off to the Netherlands. (Photo © Monika Chrzan)
The Team United States headed by their Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland and the formidable demonstration of the Olympic medalist and unique double clear of the Nations Cup for Laura Kraut, sentenced in their tiebreaker the second victory for their country in a week.
After winning in Langley, Canada on June 2, today exactly one week later in the CSIO5* Sopot at Poland, the US Team consisting of Lauren Hough, Paris Sellon, Chloe Reid and Laura Kraut, totaling 13 fouls in their two rounds to match with Netherlands, forcing a jump-off between Kraut and Sanne Thijssen.
For the winners things got complicated, after they finished the first round in only 1 foul with Lauren Hough and Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX) scoring precisely that foul, Chloe Reid with Codarco (Darco x Orame) doit first clear and finished Laura Kraut with Deauville S (Diamant de Semilly x Lux Z) with the first of its clear round. The second round all changed with 8 fouls by Hough, 9 fouls by Paris Sellon with Cassandra (Caressini L x Cardento), being in the case of Sellon her two rounds eliminated, 4 fouls to Chloe Reid and Kraut repeat her clear round to complete in 12 fouls the second round, while The Netherlands did the opposite with 11 faults in their first round and 2 in the second, forcing the tiebreaker.
Aniek Poels with Athene (Berlin x Numero Uno) had their two rounds of 1 foul each, Doron Kuipers with Charley (Calido I x Askari) scored 1 foul in the second round and Sanne Thijssen finished with 4 and clear accompanied of Con Quidam RB (Quinar x Cardino), preparing the scene for the jump-off.
The first to return was Thijssen, putting a little more drama to the tiebreaker, knocking down a pole and totaling 4 fouls in 38.03 seconds, leaving open option in securing a clear round for Laura Kraut, but Dutch time had not was not slow, so the American risk in speed, to keep the public on track, when she knocked down, leaving in silence as passed the last jump, her record of 36.29 seconds giving the second victory to her country in a week of activity for Nations Cup, where the United States already has its ticket for the Final in Barcelona.
The rest of the 13 teams participating finished with Portugal (18) in third, Czech Republic (19) fourth, fifth Hungary (21), sixth Belgium (24), seventh Austria (27) and eighth Sweden (31), these countries participating in the two rounds. The second round was left out of Norway (22) in ninth place, Ireland (25) at tenth, host Poland (26) in 11th place, Great Britain (27) in 12th and finally Russia (43) in box 13th.