History will be written at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain the coming weekend as the winners of the first Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final will be decided on Sunday evening. This year’s new Nations Cup concept concludes with a global final and a completely new format.
The horse inspection takes place on Wednesday 25 September, while the draw for the order-of-go will be staged on Thursday 26 September. The first of the three final competitions will be held on Friday 27. It will be a one round class over a 1.60m course built by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres, and all teams will compete. Only the top eight teams will go through to Sunday’s final. The remaining teams will get the possibility to jump in Saturday’s team consolation competition which again is a one round 1.60m class and which offers €300,000 in prize money.
Sunday’s third and last leg of the final offers a massive €1,500,000 in prize money and is a one round competition with a jump-off – if required – to decide first place. All nations start on a zero score, and with the added incentive of an additional prize pot of €200,000 which will be equally divided between all those achieving a clear round in the first final competition on Friday, and/or a fault-free effort in the first round on Sunday afternoon, it is no surprise that so many of the biggest names in the sport are on call.
A total of 18 nations will be represented at the inaugural Final - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA. A total of six countries have qualified from Europe Division 1 - France, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Ukraine – while Belgium, Sweden and Austria have emerged from Europe Division 2.
The first Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final will take place at Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain from 26-29 September 2013. For all information on the Spanish fixture go to website www.csiobarcelona.com.
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