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Postcard from the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona

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20141011_214936_LLSOur reader Anna Ringborg send us some photos as a little postcard from the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona last weekend. Thanks Anna for the photos!

 

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Untouchable Dutch in Barcelona's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

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Team_NED-BARC14X4329The Dutch team celebrate victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Photos (c) FEI/Dirk Caremans.The newly-crowned world champions from the Netherlands added another big title to their tally, when they won yesterday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. With three brilliant clear rounds from their first three riders – Jeroen Dubbeldam on Zenith SFN (Rash R x Fuego du Prelet), Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I) and Jur Vrieling on VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) – the Dutch were in a class own their own.

American win in the Challenge Cup at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona

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Team_USA-BARC14X2341Team USA won the Challenge Cup in Barcelona. Photo by FEI/Dirk Caremans.The American team won the Challenge Cup at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona on Friday afternoon. It took a jump-off to decide which country would win though, and the US riders met the Australians against the clock after both teams were left on a one penalty score after the first round. The competition was open to the six nations that failed to qualify for tomorrow night's Furusiyya Final. The French slotted into third this afternoon ahead of Spain in fourth, Venezuela in fifth and the three-man team from Qatar in sixth and last place.

Dutch champions conquest the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final first round

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Van_Der_Vleuten_M-BARC14X1162Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. produced one of the three clear rounds for the Dutch team. Photo by FEI/Dirk Caremans.It was the newly-crowned Dutch world champions that won the first round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2014 Final in Barcelona on Thursday. The Dutch team was the only one to end the competition on a clean sheet. Sweden ended up second on a four penalty score while Belgium, Canada and Germany tied for third on eight penalties. Only eight nations qualified for Saturday final competition, and the last three to grab a spot were Italy, Brazil and Great Britain.

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final kicks off tomorrow in Barcelona

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Furusiyya_FEI_Nations_Cup_Final_-_Barcelona-8Oct2014Riders from around the globe in Barcelona for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final draw inspiration from the iconic Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, home of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Diving Finals. Photo Jude Edginton/FEI.

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final kicks off tomorrow in Barcelona. All 14 nations that have qualified for Barcelona start from scratch in Thursday's first-round qualifier, which decides the starting order for Saturday's top-eight final, while the remaining six teams go through to Friday's Challenge Cup. The teams battling it out for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final 2014 are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Venezuela.

Italians earn promotion to Europe Division 1 with superb victory at last qualifier in Arezzo

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caselloPiergiorgio Bucci and Casallo Z were double clear for the winning team. Photo by FEI/Stefano Secchi.There were great celebrations in Arezzo today when the host nation won the last round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 series. The result was not only a much-sought-after victory on home ground, but it also earned a place at next month's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain and has promoted Italy to Europe Division 1 for the 2015 season.

The starting order for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 in Arezzo

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Stein-Endresen-Cassiopeia24Norway - here represented by Stein Endresen - leads the Europe Division 2 series. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The eighth and last qualifier of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 series will take place in Arezzo, Italy on Friday 19 September attracting a field of 13 teams. The starting order, which was determined by a draw held at Arezzo Equestrian Centre on Thursday, will be as follows: 1. Austria, 2. Denmark, 3. Finland, 4. Spain, 5. Venezuela, 6. Switzerland, 7. Brazil, 8. Ireland, 9. Italy, 10. Sweden, 11. Slovenia, 12. Germany and 13. Poland.

Canada takes a home win in the BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows

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canadaThe winning Canadian team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The home crowd was ecstatic after the Canadian team pulled of a fantastic performance in the BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows to take a home win. The win marked the second victory for Canada in the event's history, having previously won in 2006 - and it was Ben Asselin, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar that made sure to deliver. 

The starting order for the BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows

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eric-lamaze-profilEric Lamaze will be part of the Canadian team with Zigali PS. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.On Saturday at 14.00 the BMO Nations Cup kicks off at Spruce Meadows and the starting order will be as follows: 1. Switzerland, 2. USA, 3. France, 4. Canada, 5. Belgium, 6. Ireland, 7. Germany, 8. Great Britain.

 

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Norway still on top of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2

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fur_logoWith only one leg to go in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2, Norway still tops the series. The Norwegian riders have collected a total of 345 points. Then follows Italy with 270 points and Slovakia with 245 points. The last leg of the series takes place in Arezzo in the middle of September.

Germany wins the CSIO3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Bratislava

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Prize-GivingThe winning German team in Bratislava. Photo by Anton Martinec/FEI.While their compatriots were struggling in the Europe Division 1 in Dublin, the German team in the Europe Division 2 in Bratislava made it to the other end of the score board and won the Nations Cup. Thirteen teams took part in the Nations Cup, but it was the Germans that were the strongest with a total score of four faults. In the first round the three first riders – Jörg Oppermann on Che Guevara 17 (Concept x Rebel Z), Thomas Klein on For Success (For Pleasure x Stakkato) and Lawrence Green on Arrivederci 7 (Asti Spumante x Pilot) – all produced clear round and anchor rider Heiko Schmidt did not even have to ride.

Quotes following the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Dublin

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CharlieJayneTrophy"This is my third time here, and one of my favorite shows in Europe," said Charlie Jayne after the win in Dublin.Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland on the sixth Aga Khan win for US in the Royal Dublin Society Showground's history; "For us, Dublin is very special – we are always honored to be here. It's been a long time (since winning). We took ten riders on the short list, and every Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup we had a different team. We only have one rider from last weekend here, that's Beezie and all four horses are new. We have been shuffling the deck, and have been getting incredible experience over here. We are very fortunate at the moment with the depth that we have and the future that we have. It was a great day for us."

France is the best team overall in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1

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Kevin-Staut-Reveur-de-HurteKevin Staut has contributed to France ending on top in the Europe Division 1. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After all eight legs have been completed in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1, France tops the standings. The French riders have picked up a total of 345 point, which is the same amount of points as the Netherlands has collected to be placed as rank two overall. Third is Germany on 305 points. To the final in Barcelona these three top teams get company by Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain and Spain from Europe Division 1.

Another American win in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1

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USteamKatie Dinan, Jessica Springsteen, Charlie Jayne and Beezie Madden with Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland. Photos by World of Showjumping.The amazing crowd at Dublin Horse Show witnessed the American riders doing exactly what they did last weekend in Hickstead and Gijon; taking to the winners' podium in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. This was the last leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1, before the final takes place in Barcelona in October – and with the fantastic form the US riders have shown lately they are high up on the list of favorites to take the overall title of the series. With two out of four of Friday's double clear rounds belonging to American riders – courtesy of Charlie Jayne and Jessica Springsteen, none of the other teams could do anything with Robert Ridland's crew.

Norway in the lead of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2

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fur_logoThe standings after round six of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2 in Gijon are as follows; 1. Norway 345 points, 2. Italy 270 points, 3. Denmark 240 points, 4. Poland 230 points, 5. Turkey 152.5 points, 6. Finland 150 points, 6. Austria 150 points 8. Hungary / Slovakia 145 points 10. Portugal / Czech Republic 100 points.

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