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Dutch win in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Al Ain

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The winning Dutch team in Al Ain. Photo by FEI.The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Al Ain went to the Dutch team consisting of Eric van der Vleuten with Wan Architect, Aniek Poels and Baggio 11 (Heartbreaker x Concorde), Frank Schuttert with Winchester HS (Numero Uno x Nimmerdor) and Maikel van der Vleuten with Kisby (Kaiserwind x Lohberg). The Dutch team was by far the best at a total of four penalties over the two rounds. Frank Schuttert had the only double clear for his team though, and proved that his Grand Prix win in Amsterdam in January was no coincidence. His three team mates also produced a clear round each; Eric and Maikel in the second round, and Aniek in the first. 

Great Britain and Germany shared second place at ten penalties ahead of France in fourth and Saudi Arabia in fifth place. In addition to Schuttert, two of the three other double clears in the competition came from Robert Smith and Voila (Calvados x Concorde) for Great Britain - while Patrick Sthülmeyer and Lacan 2 (Lando x Contender) produced two clear rounds for Germany. The only other clear on the British team came from Joe Clee on Diablesse de Muze (Baloubet du Rouet x Nabab de Reve), although Tina Fletcher left all the fences intact in the second round - but on the expense of a time penalty. Katrin Eckerman had a great first clear for Germany on the wonderful Carlson (Casco x Calvados), while Holger Wulschner and Cavity G (Caretino x Lansing) produced a faultfree performance the second time around. For France Michel Hecart was double clear aboard Quatrin de La Roque (Quick Star x Kannan).

After the win 19 year old Schuttert was thrilled about his senior team debut. “Everything has been great for us here, we are an almost young team and we have mostly young horses so it’s perfect!” he said with a laugh afterwards. “And this is such a fantastic place here in Al Ain, everyone has been wonderful to us!” Schuttert said he and the rest of the team were feeling confident after a good preparation yesterday. “The horses all jumped really well so we knew they were in good form. That helps a lot when you come to a show and you know your horses are feeling strong, it gives you confidence,” he said.

And asked if he hopes that today’s performance will lead to more appearances for the Dutch team over the coming months he replied - “I’m still only 19, so I’m still a Young Rider and my target now is to compete at the Young Rider European Championships this summer - that’s my goal.”

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