The amazing crowd at Dublin Horse Show witnessed the American riders doing exactly what they did last weekend in Hickstead and Gijon; taking to the winners' podium in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. This was the last leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1, before the final takes place in Barcelona in October – and with the fantastic form the US riders have shown lately they are high up on the list of favorites to take the overall title of the series. With two out of four of Friday's double clear rounds belonging to American riders – courtesy of Charlie Jayne and Jessica Springsteen, none of the other teams could do anything with Robert Ridland's crew.
After round one it was very tight on top though, and it was Great Britain and Netherlands that went in to the second part of the competition as favorites. Both teams had a clean sheet after the first round, as Joe Clee/Utamaro D'Ecaussines (Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel), Spencer Roe/Wonder Why (Padinus x Laurin) and Scott Brash/Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) all were clear for the British team to discard Ben Maher's four faults on Cella (Cento x Chin Chin) and Leopold van Asten/VDL Groep Zidane (Heartbreaker x Calando I), Johnny Pals/Vignet (Heartbreaker x Iroko) and Wout-Jan van der Schans/Capetown (Oklund x Carlino) all went clear for Netherlands tucking away Vincent Voorn's faults. The American team was breathing the two countries in the neck though, just four penalties behind as was Sweden.
The twelve fence track set by Alan Wade caused plenty of trouble. Faults spread out, but it was especially the triple combination at 8abc – vertical, oxer and oxer – to an upright on a short five strides that caused problems. Also the final line with an oxer followed by six long strides to a combination and then a last oxer proved troublesome for many.
Among the victims were Ludger Beerbaum as Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) refused to go further than 8a, and was eliminated in the first round and then was retired after another stop at the same fence the second time around. Patrick Stühlmeyer's Lacan 2 (Lando x Contender) put on the brakes on the upright at fence nine in the second round, and was also eliminated – pushing Germany to the bottom of the score board. Dermott Lennon's Loughview Lou-Lou (Limmerick x Jack of Diamonds) also thanked off on 8a in the second round and had two stops here as did Cassio Rivetti's Forlap DC (Querlybet Hero x Heartbreaker).
Although the home team opened well in the second round with two clears from Darragh Kenny on Imothep (Indoctro x Calvados) and Bertram Allen on Molly Malone (Kannan x Cavalier), it was not enough and the hosts had to settle for sixth place with twenty penalties overall. This was also – surprisingly – the end result for the Netherlands that after a strong first round saw thing fall apart in the second round as Van Asten had two down, Pals recorded sixteen faults and Van der Schans twelve with only Vincent Voorn riding clear as first out on the team.
The Swedish team also fell down the ranks, as all four riders had fences down. The total score was sixteen penalties, which also was the end result for France and Ukraine – putting them all three in third place.
The US team kept up their tremendous riding though. In round two all their three first riders went clear; Charlie Jayne on Chill R Z (Chellano Z x A Lucky One), Jessica Springsteen on Vindicat W (Guidam x Libero H) and Katie Dinan on Nougat du Vallet (Scherif D'Elle x Saphir D'Elle). These brilliant rounds meant that anchor rider Beezie Madden did not have to go into the ring for a second time with Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox), as the best possible score either way would be the four penalties recorded in round one.
As last to go for Britian, Scott Brash had the opportunity to secure a jump-off for the number one spot. For this to happen he had to produce a clear round though, as both Ben Maher and first-round-clear-rider Joe Clee had one fence down each – while young rider Spencer Roe rode an immaculate double clear round on Wonder Why. The world's number one could not hold it together though, as Hello Sanctos pushed the rail at the upright at nine out of the cups to make the total score for Rob Hoekstra's men eight – putting them second behind the unstoppable Americans who took yet another win in Dublin.
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