The Swedish team took home the twelfth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ jumping 2013 series at Sopot in Poland yesterday. Belgium ended second, and Hungary third. Clear rounds from all four Swedish riders in round one put the team a little ahead of Holland at one single penalty before round two. Jens Fredricson on Lunatic¨(Landlord x Utrillo), Malin Baryard-Johnsson on Baltimore (Balou du Rouet x Landor S), Emma Emanuelson on Titan (Camaro M x Cardento) and Peder Fredricson on H&M Cash In (Cash and Carry x Corofino I) all left the course with the fences intact to take the lead in round one. When Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Emma Emanuelsson produced two of the three double-clears of the day for Sweden in the second round, anchorman Peder Fredricson did not even have to jump and the team ended on top with a total score of eight penalties.
While Sweden kept up their good performance in round two, the Dutch team fell down on the ranks and eventually finished 5th. Belgium on the other hand climbed up, after clear rounds from the experienced Jos Lansink on Santa Maria (Tangelo van de Zuuthohoeve x Le Vainqueur) and Dirk Demeersman on Bufero van het Panishof (Parco x Polidiktus). The Belgiam team, that also consisted of Ludo Philippaerts and Rik Hemeryck, ended on a score of 13 penalties. The biggest surprise of the day was the third place for the Hungarian team, that collected 14 penalties overall.
Swedish team manager, Sylve Soderstrand described yesterday’s success as “a very important victory for us if we want to be at the top - this is our big goal this year”. And he had a lot of nice things to say about the venue at Sopot which has been hosting Nations Cup competitions for the last 60 years. “The reason we came (to Sopot) is because we have seen the progress the show has made in the last few years. We asked to compete in this competition because it has grown in reputation a lot, as has the quality of the organisation,” he explained according to fei.org.
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