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Looking back at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup in La Baule

Tuesday, 15 June 2021
CSIO5* Longines International Jumping La Baule 2021

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Beat Mändli and Dsarie were the anchors for the winning Swiss team. After Elian Baumann, Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs all jumped clear in the first round, Mändli did not have to jump. However, in the second round it fell on Mändli's shoulders to secure the win – which he did with a beautiful and ice-cool clear round to leave the Swiss team on a total score of four faults. All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping It was a Nations Cup full of twists and turns. After a superb first round with only one time penalty, Sweden's Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli and Kalinka van de Nachtegaele had a fall on the triple bar leading them to part ways. Kalinka then decided to jump out of the ring, which brought up the pulse on quite a few. Luckily, it all ended well and both horse and rider could walk out of the arena unscathed.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Darragh Kenny giving VDL Cartello a good scratch after ending with a score of 0-4 for the fifth placed Irish team.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping What a five-star Nations Cup debut for Elian Baumann and Campari Z! With a clear in the first round and only four faults in the second round, they helped the Swiss team to the victory.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Emily Moffitt and Winning Good were the only double clear combination on the British team that ended fourth.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Enrique Gonzalez came back strong in the second round with his wonderful Chacna. After 12 faults the first time around, they cleared the course for Mexico at their second attempt.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Everyone needs a snack! Team Italy ended second, so Fabio Brotto's Vanita d'Elle Roane got a good taste of the grass.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping These two – Harrie Smolders and Willem Greve – delivered one clear round each for the Dutch team that ended 7th. Willem Greve rode Zypria S N.O.P. to a clear in the first round and Harrie Smolders Dolinn N.O.P. to a clear in the second round. Here during the team presentation before the Nations Cup.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. The Mexican team celebrating a double clear for Federico Fernandez and Romeo.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping The Irish team didn't seem too disappointed after their fifth place. All riders were clear on fences in the first round, but in the second round all of them had to add four faults to their score.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Jerome Guery and Grupo Prom Milton ready for round two for Belgium, that finished in third place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping A treat for Martin Fuchs' Conner 70 after delivering a double clear in his Nations Cup debut.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping It was not the best day for the home team, that ended ninth. Mathieu Billot's Quel Filou 13 stretched over the oxers to end the first round with only one time penalty.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Celebrations in the Mexican camp after their two last riders in the second round delivered clears.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. It was an emotional day for the Swiss team in La Baule on Friday – winning the Nations Cup in the afternoon, following a huge loss that same morning as Steve Guerdat’s Albführen's Bianca passed away after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two years after their last win in La Baule, then with Steve and Bianca on the team, it was hard to hold the tears back for Steve's groom and Bianca's caretaker Emma Uusi-Simola – here with Swiss Chef d'Equipe Michel Sorg.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Pedro Veniss and Quabri de L'Isle delivered a clear for the Brazilian team in the first round, but decided to withdraw from the second round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping The Swedish team started off quite well, but after the second round they fell down the ranks to end last. Here Petronella Andersson who delivered a clear in the first round riding Castres van de Begijnakker Z.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Riccardo Pisani and Chaclot delivered two fantastic clears for the Italian team that ended second.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping The highlight on the Belgian team was the incredible partnership of Yves Vanderhasselt and Jeunesse who delivered two convincing clear rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Steve Guerdat and Albführen's Maddox helped the Swiss team to take the win in the memory of Albführen's Bianca. An emotional Guerdat could not hold the tears back during the prize giving ceremony and later on revealed the sad news about Bianca during the press conference.



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