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Images from Dublin Horse Show - part one

Saturday, 16 August 2014
Charlie Jayne makes a funny face as he realizes he will carry the famous Aga Khan trophy around the lap of honor following the American Nations Cup win in Dublin.  It did not end well either as Jayne and Chill R Z parted ways later on, luckily both horse, rider and trophy left the ring without a scratch. Photos by World of Showjumping.
 How it looked weather wise as the competition was about to begin.
 The traditional parade - where each team is presented - was as always a challenge for the horses. Some liked the pipe band and the drums, and some not so much... Here the Dutch team.
 The German horses were also unsure if it was a smart to move forwards.
Charlie Jayne had his hands full during the Star-Spangled Banner.
 The action during the parade was maybe a sign of what was to come. The Nations Cup competition offered so many twists and turns that it was almost hard to follow. The biggest surprise was maybe the exit of the German team, that saw Ludger Beerbaum's Chaman slamming on the brakes into the triple combination in both rounds - causing elimination the first time, while he was retired in round two after another stop.
 Another one that came in trouble into the triple combination was Cassio Rivetti on Forlap DC. The horse that was a clear-round machine for Belgium's Gregory Wathelet refused to jump into the triple combination in the second round, and the Ukrainian rider was eliminated.
 Beezie Madden - who was on the winning team - also had a hairy moment with Simon as she came into the triple combination. After urging him forward, Simon jumped though. "I really don't know what the deal was but something was funny about it," Beezie said about this part of the course.
 For many it was the last opportunity to convince the selectors about a ticket for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. That is just what Joe Clee did on Utamaro D'Ecaussines, riding clear in the first round and then having a single pole down in the second - jumping onto the British team for Normandy.
 While for Cian O'Connor things did not go quite as he had hoped for, and there will be no Games for him and Quidam's Cherie.
 Henrik von Eckermann showed good form on Cantinero for Sweden, that ended third. Henrik was clear in the first round and had a single rail down in the second.
 It was a Nations Cup with many ups and downs, and changes on the score board. While Sweden fell down the second round, France climbed up. In the end the two teams shared the third place with Ukraine - all on 16 penalties. Here's French rider Jerome Hurel who was clear in the first round on Quartz Rouge, and then had two down in the second.
 The Netherlands took the lead together with Great Britain after round one, with a clean sheet. One of the clear rounds came from Johnny Pals and Vignet. The Dutch crew could not hold it together in round two though, and all three riders clear in the first round had faults in the second falling down the ranks.

While pathfinder Vincent Voorn recovered on Quinlan to ride clear in the second round after 24 faults in the first round.

As last to go for Britian in round two, Scott Brash had the opportunity to secure a jump-off for the number one spot. With one down on Hello Sanctos though, the British team had to settle for second behind the Americans.

 Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Tornesch also convinced with their performance, and were selected to go to Normandy for Sweden straight afterwards.
 As did this pair who also will travel to France: Darragh Kenny and Imothep were clear in the second round after having a rail down in the first.
 Great Britain's 21 year old Spencer Roe stayed cold as ice on Wonder Why - here stretching over one of the huge oxers - and posted one of the four double clears in the Nations Cup, also landing a ticket for the World Equestrian Games.
 The US team takes a close look at the Aga Khan Trophy.
 After being double clear and contributing big time to the American win, Jessica Springsteen was of course all smiles!

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