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Finland fight their way to the top in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 in Linz

Friday, 09 May 2014

The winning team! Photo by © Krisztian Buthi.It was the Finnish team that took the win in Friday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 in Linz. With two of their four riders staying clear on the fences throughout both rounds as Maiju Mallat and Anna-Julia Kontio showed some real girl power for their home country with just a single time penalty in the first round on Mallat's expense, the Finnish team ended on a total of eleven penalties after the two rounds were done. Austria ended second on sixteen penalties, and Australia on third on eighteen.

It were the latter countries that were tied in the top after round one though. Both teams were on a score of only two penalties as William James Passy on Yirrkala Cortina (Contendro x Grannus) and Alison Rowland on Bickley Brook Bella (Premier Des Hayettes x And Behold) recorded one time penalty each, while anchor rider James Paterson Robinson went clear on Vincente (Oklund x Infarno) making it possible to discharge Jamie Kermond's score of thirteen penalties. Pathfinder Stefanie Bistan went clear on Bogegaardens Apollonia (Bogegardens Apollo x Bogegardens Capello) for Austria, while Christian Juza on Never des Etisses (Quidam de Revel x Muguet du Manoir) and Stefan Eder on Lualdi (Lupicor x Fleurop) only had a time penalty each discharging Nina Brand's six faults score. With Italy on four and Finland on six penalties, it was tight in the top though.

Out of the eight riders on the top two teams after round one, it was only one that managed to produce a second clear round – Williams James Passy on Yirrkala Cortina for Australia. Australia's three other riders had 21, 4 and 12 faults respectively for Jamie Kermond, Alison Rowland and James Paterson Robinson – with Kermond's being discharged putting them on a final score of eighteen penalties. And when Austria's Bistan had four faults the second time around, and Juza and Brand ended on five each with Eder retiring their total score was sixteen.

Finland fought their way up the ranks though, with the two clears from pathfinder Mallat on Armani The Gun CH (Abanos x Ramiro Z) and anchor woman Kontio on Fardon (Corland x Mezcalero). With Satu Liukkonen ending on a five penalty score riding Celestine (Cardento x King of Diamonds), Sebastian Numminen's penalties on Cue Channa 42 (Cardento x Robin Z) could be discharged making the Finnish team the best in the competition.

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