Ukraine’s Cassio Rivetti, Oleg Krasyuk, Ulrich Kirchoff and Katharina Offel took home the win in the second leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1 in Rome. It took two exciting rounds and a jump-off to get a winner, and in the end it was Germany, France and Ukraine that battled it out in the beautiful ring at Piazza di Siena. As last to go Cassio Rivetti and Temple Road did it for Ukraine, as Ludger Beerbaum and Patrice Delaveau left the door open with one fence down each. With the best time of the two, Ludger secured second for Germany leaving France at third.
The first round ended with Germany, France and Ukraine tying for the lead – all at four penalties apiece. For Germany, Daniel Deusser produced an immaculate first clear on Stephex Stables’ lovely white stallion Cornet D’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Daimani) as did anchor rider Ludger Beerbaum on a very well jumping Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) – while Philipp Weishaupt and Carsten-Otto Nagel both had one down. For France both Silvana HDC (Corland x Widor) and Orient Express HDC (Quick Star x Le Tot de Semilly) looked incredible, jumping clear under Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau. Poor Bosty was not as lucky, as he got eliminated on the a-element of the triple combination at 6a – and the team was left with Simon Delestre’s four faults. Ukraine’s riders were also on it, and both Cassio Rivetti on Temple Road (Anteaeus x Graf Dagobert) and Oleg Krasyuk on Nobylis (Bonhomme II x Rox de la Touche) had clears. Ulrich Kirchoff and Katharina Offel were really unlucky though as they both lowered a pole on the final oxer.
Great Britain was left at a score of eight penalties, and in fourth position after round one. Then followed Italy with a score of 16 penalties. Both Nick Skelton and Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) and Tina Fletcher on Hello Sailor (Kigali x Indoctro) were clear for Britain – both horses jumping amazing, while Juan Carlos Garcia held the sole clear for the home team.
The track was demanding enough, and consisted of 12 fences. It included a triple combination at 6abc, with a vertical –oxer – vertical. The open water was placed as fence nine and then followed a combination at 10a and b, which caused problems for quite a few of the riders.
The second round saw the three top teams from round two hold on to their positions. For Ukraine Oleg produced yet another clear, and this time Kathi and the lovely Pour Le Poussage (Polytraum x Ladalco) got what they deserved and a clear round after some fabulous riding from Ukraine’s anchor woman. Cassio and Ulrich both had one down for their team – leaving them at a total of eight penalties. Daniel Deusser also rode a double clear for Germany, and this time Carsten-Otto Nagel and the fabulous Corradina (Corrado x Sandro) nailed it with a clear as well. As Phillip’s score of eight penalties was discharged, the team was left with Ludger’s four from the second round and a total of eight faults. For France HDC rider Kevin and Patrice were clear again – and secured a jump-off at Piazza di Siena.
Ludger was first in to jump the shortened track, but Chaman took down the penultimate vertical with his hind legs and ended on four faults and a time of 40.84 seconds. Then it was time for Patrice and Orient Express HDC – fresh from a Grand Prix win in La Baule the two went to work full with confidence. Unfortunately the amazing stallion lowered the second vertical and with a time slower than Ludger’s France slotted in behind Germany. Cassio was picked to go for Ukraine, and with the door wide open he went into the ring. On Temple Road he held it together, and left all the fences intact – however on the expense of three time penalties, but that did not really matter as the victory belonged to the Ukrainian riders who jumped to the top of the podium in Rome with huge smiles on their faces.
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