First test Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in North America group and the host country took the first step towards qualification for the Grand Final in Barcelona by beating Mexico and Colombia with very good presentations. (Photo © 2016 ESI)
After done yesterday’s first race of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2016 in the United Arab Emirates with victory for France, today the United States and Ocala in Florida as the host for the second year of the Nations Cup, they gave an important step to the final in Barcelona.
With a very good team by the host and led by one of its leading exponents such as the rider Bezzie Madden, the United States ended its presentation totaling 13 fouls. Statement with the first rider on the court by winning what was to come, McLain Ward 8th of the world’s hung the first clear round with the 15-years-old gelding Rothchild (Artos x Elegant de l’lle) owned by Sagamore Farms, completing more later his second round at 4 fouls. Meanwhile Lauren Hough coming off a quick recovery with some discomfort in the knee, it joined the 12-years-old gelding Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto I) owned by Paris Sellon with 4 fouls for the first round with was the result removed and 8 in the second round. The third in the order was Todd Minikus and Babalou (Balou du Rouet x Silvio I) a 11-years-old mare owned by Jack Snyder with clear round in the first round and 12 in the second. Was how was the turn of Bezzie Madden World No. 4 and No.2 Pan Ranking (PAEC) hanging two perfect course with 10-years-old stallion Breitling (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Wexner, which ensured a first perfect round for US and then exceeded the agreed time by 79 hundredths of a second for a total of one foul in her presentation, being the best result achieved in the day for any rider.
The second place went to an inspired selection of Mexico, who since last year win the place for the first time to the final to leave out Canada and certainly this first result put again near Barcelona. With a total of 21 fouls, the Mexicans had their best representative in Santiago Lambre and Johnny Boy (Johnny Boy II x Silvio I) in course of 1 and 4 fouls. Meanwhile Federico Fernandez and Guru (Ard VDL Douglas x Clover Brigade) completed two rounds of 4 fouls, keeping the strong result which remained in the second place in total rounds of 9 first faults round and 12 second fouls round. The rest of the delegation also rounds out with 4 fouls in the first round of Alberto Michan and Warrant (Numero Uno x Nimmedor) while Eugenio Garza sealed 4 fouls in the second round with Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy), being in for both riders removed their presentations in the second and first round respectively.
Repeating his last year’s result, Colombia is placed third in a total of 24 fouls and a pair of perfect rounds by Fernando Cardenas in the first round and Daniel Bluman in the second. Cardenas and Quincy Car (Car Galiani x Parfait Amour) added eight faults in the second round, but in the case of Bluman and Concocrecto Sancha LS (Chin Chin x Polydor) their court 8 faults in the first round was eliminated. Colombian completed their selection with Mark Bluman and Copa Cabana (Cartano x Cash) in rounds of 4 and 13 fouls, while Roberto Teran and Woklahoma (Sheraton x Calvados) finished with 4 fouls in the first round and 8 in the second.
The first round left out the delegation of El Salvador ranking eighth with Paulo Santana who managed a clear round, overtaken by New Zealand with the worst result of the double round with 55 fouls and Luke Dee as its best rider with 4 fouls for two rounds. The big surprise was in fourth place Australia in a first round of 11 fouls by Matt Williams (one foul) exceeding the agreed time and Scott Keach marking a clear round.
No doubt the two big disappointments were the winners last year ranking fifth Ireland and Canada in the sixth that fails to score a single clear round. By European the best was the Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor in the second round with clear round, while Canada only Amy Millar showed strength in two rounds of 4 fouls each.