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Highlights from the Intesa Sanpaolo Nations Cup of Rome

Wednesday, 31 May 2023
CSIO5* Rome Piazza di Siena 2023

At the 90th anniversary edition of CSIO Rome – Piazza di Siena, Team Ireland made history when winning the Intesa Sanpaolo Nations Cup for the very first time. The Rome title is one of the most prestigious, as well as one of the oldest in the world, so it was no surprise that the Nations Cup was an emotional affair with all ten teams hunting the win.

As we look back at the Nations Cup, Ireland's Chef d'Equipe Michael Blake is first out – pictured when Denis Lynch and Vistogrand delivered a clear as last to go for the Irish team and secured a jump-off against host nation Italy.

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Sweden's Wilma Hellström and Cicci BJN delivered one of four double clears during the Nations Cup. Here with team-mate Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli and groom Madde Isaksson.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Another double clear came from Great Britain's living legend John Whitaker and Equine America Unick du Francport. Unfortunately that didn't really help; the British team finished 8th overall with a score of 16 faults.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Italy's Giampiero Garofalo and Max Van Lentz Schrans also delivered a double clear on home soil, and helped the host nation finish second after Ireland - here with the Italian team vet Cristiano Pasquini.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Last, but definitely not least, Michael Pender and HHS Calais delivered an impressive triple clear to secure the win for Ireland.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. A treat for Jana Warger's Limbridge.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Multi tasking...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It was really not the Swiss team's day, and after 24 faults in round one, it was game over for Steve Guerdat & Co.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. After four faults in the first round, Simon Delestre and Cayman Jolly Jumper returned with a clear for France the second time out.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Andre Thieme was really pleased with DSP Chakaria's clear in the first round for Germany, that eventually had to settle for 5th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Ben Maher and Dallas Vegas Batilly against the backdrop of a fully seated Piazza di Siena. The pair had four faults in both rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Koen Vereecke's Kasanova de La Pomme did what he always does; bucked his way through the course to be the best on the Belgian team with a clear in the first round and four faults in the second.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Not for the faint-hearted... Michael Blake watching his anchor rider on the way to secure a jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ This wall definitely caused some issues for the horses and riders. Here Alain Jufer's Dante MM making a real twist over the jump.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Belgium's Jerome Guery and Cristel hit the bricks.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Kim Emmen's Inflame GO did his very best to not touch it.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Richard Vogel's United Touch S was another horse that was unable to clear the wall.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Despite a clear round from Stephan de Freitas Barcha and Chevaux Primavera Montana Imperio Egipcio, Brazil did not make the cut for the second round and finished 9th overall on a score of 12 penalties from round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The most impressive comeback of the day came from Jur Vrieling and Long John Silver 3 N.O.P. After finishing the first round on 25 penalties, they cleared the course in their second attempt. The Dutch team finished 6th overall with 12 penalties.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. A quick snack for Cicci BJN.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The French team finished third; here Marc Dilasser, Arioto du Gevres and Jerome Teveunot.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It was a disappointed Henrik von Eckermann leaving the ring as anchor for Sweden. If he and Iliana would have jumped clear, Sweden would have made it to the jump-off. However, four faults for the world no. one proved costly and the Swedes were pushed out of the podium to finish 4th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Maikel van der Vleuten and O'Bailey vh Brouwershof delivered a clear in the second round for the Dutch.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Team Ireland's anchor-man Denis Lynch in full focus aboard Vistogrand.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Been there, done that... John Whitaker was pretty laid-back about his double clear.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Harrie Smolders and Uricas vd Kattevennen waiting for their turn.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Francesca Ciriesi and Cape Coral did the jump-off for team Italy. After four faults against the clock, the hosts had to settle for the runner-up position.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Irish celebrations after Michael Pender delivered his third clear of the day to secure the Irish win with HHS Calais.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A very happy Michael Blake.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Thumbs up from Denis Lynch.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The French team finished on an overall score of 12 faults, as did Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. With France being the fastest in the second round, they took the third position on the podium.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Denis Lynch's Vistogrand decided to make a non-stop series of bucks during the lap of honour.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Congrats Team Ireland!

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