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One qualifier to go in the Western European league; who will make it to the final?

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Rolf is still on top in the Western European league. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.There is only one leg left in the Rolex FEI World Cup Western European league, and with the entry list ready for the final qualifying event in Gothenburg WoSJ takes a closer look at the standings. Eighteen riders from the league move on to the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and it usually takes about 40 points to get there. The first sixteen of the current top eighteen on the leader board currently have between 77 and 41 points, and should in theory have a pretty secure place in the final. From rank 17 to 25 it’s more open though. Several of the riders that are positioned here will be fighting for points in Gothenburg – making it all the more exciting.

Maikel van der Vleuten is currently rank 17 with 36 points, and will bring his top horse VDL Groep Verdi to Gothenburg. Philipp Weishaupt is rank 19 with 32 points, and will also travel to Sweden to try and secure a place in the final – as will Rik Hemeryck and Dermott Lennon who both are rank 20 with 30 points. Billy Twomey and Ludo Philippaerts are rank 23 and 24 with 26 and 25 points respectively; they are both on the entry list for Gothenburg and Billy brings his best horse Tinka’s Serenade to do what it takes to get to the final. And look out for Simon Delestre and last year’s WC-winner in Gothenburg Angelica Augustsson, they are currently rank 25 and 27 – but could easily steal points and climb on the ladder in Gothenburg. Everything can happen in the last qualifier; just like last year when Denis Lynch had to be amongst the top three at the final qualifying event in ‘s-Hertogenbosch to get to the final in Leipzig – and won!

Click here for the full standing (not updated with points from Wellington this weekend).

Click here for the entry list for Gothenburg.

Top eighteen with one leg to go:



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