After being second in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1 in Lummen and winning the leg in La Baule, France could once again step up to the top of the podium after winning the fifth leg in Rotterdam.
After a very exciting class it went on to be a jump-off between France and the home country the Netherlands - with Penelope Leprevost on Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light) against Gerco Schröder with Glock's London N.O.P (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin).
As many as 13 riders cleared the first round, and three of them rode for the Netherlands that was in the lead ahead of the second round. Then four teams ended the first round on a total of four faults - Switzerland, Germany, France and Brazil - which made it a close call as the teams entered the arena again for round two.
In the second round it was seven riders who cleared the course, and three of them made it a double clear - Gerco Schröder with Glock's London N.O.P, Joe Clee with Utamaro D Ecaussines (Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel) and Yuri Mansur Guerios with the impressive First Devision (Andiamo x Perhaps vh Molenvondel).
The young and talented Jessie Drea with Touchable (Touchdown x Irco Mena) was very close of producing a double clear, but the very last fence stood in her way.
Ahead of the last rider of each team, France had taken over the lead. With Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle x Landgraf) having a very bad fall on the last fence of the triple combination the pressure was on for Kevin Staut as anchor rider. As Patrice got eliminated Kevin's score would count and knowing that the French team would win if he was clear Kevin had a tough task to solve. It didn't quite go Kevin's way and with four faults France ended on eight penalties which was the same score as Germany and the Netherlands before their last rider entered the arena.
Next under pressure was Marcus Ehning with Cornado Nrw (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) - with a clear round Germany would go on to a jump-off. Cornado was flying over the fences, but still a pole fell in the end of the course which made Germany end the class on a total of 12 penalties and thus they had to settle for the third place.
The Netherlands started the second round with only three riders as Harrie Smolders didn't ride Emerald. After having 17 very unusual faults in the first round Harrie decided not to ride the second round. But when their last rider Gerco Schröder with Glock's London N.O.P entered the ring the hopes were still high. With a clear round they would be in the jump-off against France, and Gerco delivered.
Penelope Leprevost was first to go in the jump-off with the only 9 year old Flora de Marioposa. With a clear and very fast round she put pressure on Gerco who only got to the second fence before a pole fell and France stood as winners - again.
1. France (Penelope Leprevost - Flora de Marioposa, Patrice Delaveau - Carinjo Hdc, Roger Yves Bost - Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois, Kevin Staut - Reveur de Hurtebise Hdc)
2. the Netherlands (Jeroen Dubbeldam - Zenith Sfn, Maikel van der Vleuten - Vdl Groep Verdi Tn N.O.P, Harrie Smolders - Emerald, Gerco Schröder - Glock's London N.O.P)
3. Germany (Ludger Beerbaum - Chiara 222, Christian Ahlmann - Codex One, Daniel Deusser - Cornet d'Amour, Marcus Ehning - Cornado Nrw)
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