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Great Britain shows off at the Furisiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rotterdam

Friday, 19 June 2015
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2015 - Rotterdam

The winning British team! All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The winning British team! All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Great Britain took home a fantastic win at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Rotterdam Friday evening with a total of five faults after two rounds. Chef d'Equipe Di Lampard came to Rotterdam with a confident team consisting of Ben Maher with Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz), Joe Clee with Utamaro D Ecaussines (Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel), Jessica Mendoza with Spirit T (Tornado x Carnaval Drum) and Michael Whitaker with Cassionato (Cassini I x Quidam de Revel).

It was Germany that dominated the first round though as Christian Ahlmann, Patrick Stühlmeyer, Ludger Beerbaum and Daniel Deusser all delivered clear rounds. Behind Germany followed France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, Brazil, Switzerland and Belgium.

Joe Clee and Utamaro D Ecaussines was the best rider in the winning team by being clear in both rounds.
Joe Clee and Utamaro D Ecaussines was the best combination on the British team with two clear rounds.

But as we all know things tend to change in the second round and as the second rider for each team had finished France had taken over the lead followed by Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. France was still on one penalty from the first round after both Patrice Delaveau with Lacrimoso 3 HDC (Landjunge x Cascavelle) and Aymeric de Ponnat with Armitages Boy (Armitage x Feo) delivered clear rounds. Also Great Britain's first riders - Ben Maher and Joe Clee where clear, while Germany on the other hand fell back as Christian Ahlmann with Codex One (Contendro I x Glueckspilz) and Patrick Stühlmeyer with Lacan 2 (Lando x Contender) had eight faults each.

The Dutch team stood on four faults after the first round, but were not able to keep their rank as Jeroen Dubbeldam and SFN Zenith N.O.P (Rash R x Fuego de Prelet) ended the second round at eight faults and Maikel van der Vleuten with Vdl Groep Verdi Tn N.O.P (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I) at five.

Brazil got the worst start in the second round with Yuri Mansur Guerios' ride Cornetto K (Cornet Obolensky x Calido) running past the open water leaving Yuri on the ground.

When the third riders entered the arena for the second time Jessica Mendoza and Spirit T (Tornado x Carnaval Drum) delivered a super clear round for Great Britain, securing them a total penalty score of five penalties. Belgium had to see Gilles Dunon being eliminated at fence three, while Steve Guerdat added another five faults to the 14 that Switzerland already had. Karina Johannpeter added 17 faults for Brazil and as Yuri was eliminated their total score was now at 28.  

Patrice Delaveau and Lacrimoso 3 HDC were double clear for the French team in Rotterdam. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Patrice Delaveau and Lacrimoso 3 HDC were double clear for the French team.

Sweden's Helena Persson, Netherland's Leopold van Asten and Germany's Ludger Beerbaum all had four faults each. France, who was in the lead after the second rider, saw their rank drop as Roger Yves Bost's ride Pegase du Murier (Adelfos x Le Toto de Semilly) refused to continue for the triple combination at their first go before all fences fell on the last line to end with 19 penalties. This left a lot of pressure on France’s last rider Jerome Hurel. A clear round would secure a French win while one fence down ment a jump-off between France and Great Britain.

Ahead of the last riders it was France, Great Britain, Sweden and Germany on top fighting for a place on the podium. Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann and Cantinero (Cento x Cash) were clear keeping Sweden at a total of ten penalties. 

As Michael Whitaker entered the arena he knew that his score would not make a difference as their result could not be better than a total of five faults either way. Without any pressure Michal finished at five faults. Gerco Schröder and Glock's Cognac Champblanc (Clearway) delivered one of four double clears in the class, leaving the Dutch team on 13 faults which finally placed them as number five.

Then it was time for the big thrill of the class with Jerome Hurel  and Quartz Rouge (Ultimo van ter Moude x Qredo de Paulstra). There were room for three time faults, but he could not afford a fence down to secure the victory for France. After a great start fence nine fell to the ground. As Jerome also had to add two time penalties to his score, Great Britain could throw their hands in the air for their third Nations Cup win of the season. With a final score of seven faults France still secured second place with the Swedish team as number three with their ten faults.

Germany's Daniel Deusser was last to go and was again clear with his wonderful partner Cornet d’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani), but all he could do at this point was securing his team rank four.

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