It was all about the US in Barcelona on Saturday, as they took home the consolation final of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup – as well as seeing McLain Ward ending up on top of the Queen’s Cup on Saturday evening.
In the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup consolation final the Americans had to battle it out with the Swiss team in a very exciting jump-off as both teams finished on a four penalty score after round one. The winning American team consisted of Beezie Madden on Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox), Lucy Davis on Barron (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve), McLain Ward on Rotchild (Artos x Elegeant de I’lle) as well as Katie Dinan on Nougat Du Vallet (Scherif d’Elle x Saphir d’Elle) – finishing on twelve faults in the jump-off ahead of Switzerland on sixteen. The Saudi Arabian team finished third, and missed the jump-off just by two time faults.
Under the new Nations Cup format, three riders from each team returned for the jump-off. Switzerland’s Beat Mändli and Croesus (Casall x Coronado) opened up, but unfortunately had the first of the two remaining elements of the former triple combination down to finish on a four penalty score and a time of 39.88 seconds. Beezie Madden was next in the ring on Simon, and produced the sole clear round of the jump-off in a time of 40.72 seconds.
Switzerland’s Paul Estermann and Castlefield Eclipse (Obos Quality) had the vertical at the second fence down, while USA’s Lucy Davis experienced some trouble around the shortened track and had two down in addition to time faults finishing at a total score of ten. When Steve Guerdat’s Nasa (Cumano x Prince d’Elle) lowered two poles, it was all down to McLain Ward for the US. McLain went for a safe clear, and when he crossed the finish line only exceeding the time allowed the win in the consolation final belonged to the US.
The Queen’s Cup went to the pair that was second in yesterday’s Grand Prix; McLain Ward and Zander (Cantos x Saygon). Runner-up was Werner Muff on Landthago (Landjunge x Carthago), while Rolf-Göran Bengtsson was third on Quedge Deenne (Elan de la Cour). The top three had the only double clears in the class, but Ward was well over a second faster than Muff in the six horse jump-off.
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