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The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2018 in images

Tuesday, 09 October 2018
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After a Longines FEI Nations Cup Final that was full of thrills and spills, with only four horse-and-rider combinations managing to clear Sunday's course, Belgium went to the top when Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Harley vd Bisschop delivered the second clean for the team. Photos (c) Tiffany Van Halle.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Nicola Philippaerts and Pieter Devos inspecting the course, that turned out to be a very difficult one.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The Belgian boys with their new watches.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Niels Bruynseels was one of four riders that delivered a double clear round over Friday and Sunday's competitions, and could share the €100,000 bonus for double-clear performances with team-mate Philippaerts, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and Italy’s Riccardo Pisani.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle It was the first 1.60m competition and the first Nations Cup together for Peder Fredricson and Catch Me Not S, but that did not seem to be too much of a challenge as the two delivered one of the four double clears.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The Dutch team rode with black armbands, mourning their former Chef d'Equipe and Olympic showjumper Bert Romp.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The French team making preparations.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The team ended second, four faults behind Belgium - here Kevin Staut and For Joy van 't Zorgvliet HDC that were clear in Friday's first round.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle SFS Aristio and Anthony Condon getting ready for Team Ireland, that finished third.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Riccardo Pisani and Chaclot, double clear for Italy.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The Austrians impressed in Friday's first round when sharing the top spot with Italy, but eventually ended 7th out of the eight teams on Sunday. Here Julia Houtzager-Kayser and Sterrehof's Cayetano Z that were clear in Friday's first round.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The Dutch defending champions could not repeat their victory from last year, and ended 5th this time around. Here Emerald bucking his way through the finish line.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Jos Lansink, Frank Schuttert and Marc Houtzager discussing the course.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Pieter Devos and Claire Z had to record twelve faults on Sunday, as did Jos Verlooy and Caracas, still Belgium managed to take the win after clear rounds from Bruynseels and Philippaerts.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Thumbs up from Belgium's anchor rider Nicola Philippaerts.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle All smiles!

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