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Quotes after the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rotterdam

Friday, 20 June 2014

Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo Hdc were clear until their fall in the triple combination. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson."My mare is very young, she is just nine, but she is fast and very careful so when Patrice's horse wasn't in top form I got to ride," Penelope Leprevost said about her doing the jump-off for the winning French team.

Kevin Staut got the question if the second round was more difficult than the first round as there were 13 clear rounds in the first round and only seven in the second: "I don't think so. I think Santiago Varela did a fantastic job today and for the second round he only put three fences up. But I think it was all the pressure with five teams for the second round with nearly the same score competing for the win. So I think it was more the pressure than anything else."

"Today was my first Nations Cup for this year and my mare jumped really good in the second round so I'm very pleased," Roger Yves Bost said about his performances today.

Patrice, who had a bad fall in the end of the second round said: "I don't really know what happened. I was clear in the first round and Carinjo jumped really well, but in the second round he backed off in the triple combination which caused us falling on the c-element." Patrice also explained that they trotted up Carinjo 15 minutes after the fall and that he didn't feel 100%, but that they think that he will be just fine.

"I needed to manage so many good teams with different horses today with my track, but it still had to be fair for everybody. And I think it was fair for the horses. We had very bad luck with Patrice and Carinjo's accident, but that is the sport and not related to the course. I think it was big enough and quite complicated as you needed to go for the long distances and it was a bit difficult for the riders to maintain the balance of the horses for the second round. And I think that this was the reason for less clear rounds in the second round. Because the three fences we put up hardly had any faults at all," course builder Santiago Varela said about his course.

"I saw Penelope and she had a very good and fast round in the jump-off so I had to try, and then I got fault on the second fence, so..." Gerco said about his jump-off.

Jeroen said this about his horse Zenith SFN: "He jumped fantastic in the first round and he jumped again fantastic in the second round. We had an unlucky touch on the white vertical. He touched it very lightly and the pole fell down. He felt as good or maybe even better in the second round, so I'm very satisfied."

"Verdi was in a very good shape today. In the first round we got a great jump on number 11 and maybe I came a bit too nice in the second round and he touched it, " Maikel said about his fault in the second round.

Harrie didn't have his best day today and said that this was Emeralds fourth show after the breeding season. "He jumped really good and hadn't done one fault until today. Since he was so good on the previous shows we decided that he was ready to go on the team here and also this morning he still felt good. But 17 faults is not a normal result for him. Together with the team vet we decided to put the welfare of the horse first and not jump the second round as he was a bit sour in his back."

Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens was proud about his team: "If you win the feeling is better, but I must say that I'm really happy with the four riders of my team. It was unlucky what happened with Harrie, but that is the sport and I think that he somewhere in the beginning of the course - maybe already on the water - might have twisted his back, because it is not normal for him to make so many mistakes. I'm really proud and happy with the second place!"

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