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Quotes after the Nations Cup in Aachen

Thursday, 05 July 2012

Plot Blue was according to Marcus "Awesome" in today's Nations Cup. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marcus Ehning on Plot Blue – the pair that delivered one of the four double clears of the day: “Plot Blue felt as he is in top form and he made it easy for me today. To ride him today felt awesome! The track was technical, but fair.”

French Chef d’equipe Henk Nooren on the win: “To win a Nations Cup anywhere in Europe is nice and wonderful, to win in Aachen – well it’s actually for all of us the best Nations Cup to win. The stadium, the atmosphere, the public. It’s something really unique. It was a quite exciting competition.”

On the Top League season so far: “We wanted to do the season a bit different than normal. We had for example 2009 where we were too much too early in form in the season. So, we have deliberately tried to find our form to Rotterdam or Aachen. But, also it was not the plan to have disastrous Nations Cups as we had at the beginning of the year – but it just happens. Most of all because we never, even here tonight, could use our exact team but had to use a reserve horse. Never because of something important, just because of small hic-ups. Thank god it started to go our way in Rotterdam, and I hope we can keep this going for a few more weeks because there are more important things still coming up.”

German trainer Heinrich Hermann Engermann; “We had a really good start with two clears. Marco’s horse was not in form as in Rotterdam and at shows before, and Janne’s horse had a little too much power in the second round. It was not the day for Marco, he was unlucky. It is maybe a good thing [with today’s result]; we were second before Madrid, and second here before the Olympics.”

Billy Twomey on Frank Rothenberger’s track and on Ireland’s third place: “The last line caused most trouble, with the five strides to the plank and then the seven or eight strides to the double – it was either coming too much or holding too much and the horses found it difficult with the big white oxer at the end. But, I’m really happy with the team and with my second clear round!”

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