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Germany wins the CSIO3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Bratislava

Saturday, 09 August 2014

The winning German team in Bratislava. Photo by Anton Martinec/FEI.While their compatriots were struggling in the Europe Division 1 in Dublin, the German team in the Europe Division 2 in Bratislava made it to the other end of the score board and won the Nations Cup. Thirteen teams took part in the Nations Cup, but it was the Germans that were the strongest with a total score of four faults. In the first round the three first riders – Jörg Oppermann on Che Guevara 17 (Concept x Rebel Z), Thomas Klein on For Success (For Pleasure x Stakkato) and Lawrence Green on Arrivederci 7 (Asti Spumante x Pilot) – all produced clear round and anchor rider Heiko Schmidt did not even have to ride.

The Germans kept their lead in the second round to take to the podium. Jörg Oppermann provided a second clear for Germany, while Klein and Green had four faults apiece, but the latter's could be discharged as Schmidt went clear on Chap 47 (Cellestial x Contender).

Switzerland ended second on eight faults overall. On the team was Martin Fuchs on PSG Future (Cashandcarry (x) Lorentin I) who had a score of 4/0, Evelyne Bussmann on Oceane de la Taille CH (Reichsgraf x Quidam de Revel) with a score of 8/4, Alain Jufer on Wiveau M (Niveau (x) Concorde) with a score of 0/4 and Werner Muff who was double clear on Pollendr (Polytraum (x) Corrado). The third place went to the Canadian team that after a clean sheet in the first round fell down the ranks after picking up eleven faults in round two.

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