The German team won today's Nations Cup at Hickstead with France and USA right behind them. The course was a tough one, which resulted in lots of faults, and for the first time this year the victory was decided after a jump off that included, USA, France and Germany - all on 20 penalties after two rounds.
Already after the first round Germany and France were in the lead on four faults each. USA followed on eight faults and then came Ireland (12), Great Britain (16), Belgium (20), Netherlands (24) and Denmark (36).
The second round didn't make the biggest changes on the result list. The first three teams stayed the same. The home team didn't give the crowds too much to cheer for as their only clear round came with Michael Whitaker and GIG Amai (Nonstop x Bacara). They did manag to climb up one place after the second round though and ended up as number four. Belgium got a good start on the second round as both Jos Lansink and Dirk Demeersman were clear, but then Patrik Spits got sixteen faults and Olivier Philippaerts who had a good first round, ended up at eight fault. With a total of 28 faults Belgium ended up as number five.
Netherlands couldn't keep up their good performances from the earlier legs and became number six with 44 faults, while Ireland dropped down to a seventh place as their best rider was Denis Lynch and Nabab's Son (Nabab de Reve x Kebah) on four faults. Both Billy Twomey and Jennifer Crooks had sixteen faults each and Shane Breen had twelve. Once again Denmark came last - this time on a total of 69 faults.
Beezie Madden was the first one out in the jump off. She had one pole down and the time 44.43. Next to go was Kevin Staut and Silvana de Hus (Corland x Widor). The pair has had some difficulties lately, but managed a clear round on the time 45.98. It was a fast and good round, but not enough when Marcus Ehning and Plot are the last to go. The pair didn't crack under pressure, and secured the second win for Germany this season on the time 44.99. A very well deserved win as Marcus and Plot were the only ones to make both two and three clear rounds at Hickstead.
For full results go here.
For the overall standings go here.
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