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Images | The 2016 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

Tuesday, 27 September 2016
CSIO5* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final 2016

This year's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona was in the end all about the legends of our sport. Saturday's final ended up with a jump-off between the two jumping giants Great Britain and Germany, where Olympic Champions Nick Skelton and Big Star went in to battle it out against Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout for Germany. All photos (c) Tiffany Van Halle for World of Showjumping.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle As Germany's last rider in the ring, Ludger Beerbaum closed the curtains for his team career with a clear round on Casello to send his country on to the jump-off. "It could not have been a nicer end," said Beerbaum.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle "I really wanted to have this win because of Ludger as it was his last Nations Cup," said Marcus Ehning who secured the 2016 Furusiyya-title for Germany after a blistering fast jump-off on Pret A Tout.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The Dutch on the other hand did not have the best day, and finished last. Here Harrie Smolders and Emerald who were first to go for the team ending on an unusual nine faults, after two rails down and a time penalty.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle It did not start too good for the US team, with four faults from Lauren Hough and eight from Audrey Coulter - pictured above. But, with clear rounds from Lillie Keenan and Laura Kraut the Americans bounced back to end third.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The Swiss got off to a good start with a clear from Romain Duguet and Quorida de Treho, but the rest of his compatriots did not have luck on their side so in the end they finished 6th.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle These two keep on impressing: Darragh Kenny and Go Easy de Muze have formed an exceptional partnership over the summer, and jumped clear in Saturday's final before they went on to win Sunday's Grand Prix.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Another pair that fit each other like a hand in a glove are these two: Lorenzo de Luca and Ensor de Litrange LXII. The pair jumped clear in Saturday's final, and helped Italy finish on an impressive fourth place.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Belgium had a chance to defend their title, but missed the opportunity and ended second-last with sixteen penalties. Here Jerome Guery and Grand Cru van de Rozenberg.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Glock's London was back in the ring with Gerco Schröder, but after jumping fantastic in Thursday's first round the two finished the final on a disappointing eight faults.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle World Cup Champions Steve Guerdat and Corbinian did not have the day either, and ended as the discharge score for the Swiss team with their two rails down.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The lovely Cornet Obolensky-mare Coree did a good round with Gregory Wathelet to finish on four faults after hitting the middle element of the triple combination.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Michael Whitaker and Viking taking a moment before they as cool as ice produced a clear round for Great Britain.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Another pair with the nerves under control were Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z who stayed clear all the way for Germany.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle As did the winning couple from the CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows less than a month ago: Scott Brash and Ursula XII.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The trophy all the teams were fighting for...

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle ...went to the Germans together with some nice new Longines watches! (And that's Daniel Deusser's arm at the end...)

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The next day, the Longines Challenge Cup could finally take place after first being cancelled due to disastrous weather. It was Brazil that took a deserved victory, after missing Saturday's final by a single second.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Living legend Rodrigo Pessoa got the Brazilian off to a good start with Citizenguard Cadjanine Z.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle But, these two were the only ones to post a clear round: Pedro Veniss and the stunning Quabri de L'Isle. As the only combination in this competition two jump two clears, first in Thursday's qualifier and then again on Sunday, the two earned a 50 000 Euro bonus.

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