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Switzerland keeps the title in the Nations Cup of Rabat

Monday, 15 October 2018
CSIO4*-W Rabat 2018

Photo (c) Agence R&B Presse. The winners! Photo (c) Agence R&B Presse.

The Nations Cup was definitely the highlight of this weekend of competition in Dar Es Salam. Despite the rainy weather, the crowd was present to support their favourite riders as Switzerland won for the second time in this class in front of full grandstands.

Eight teams made the trip to this leg of the Moroccan Tour to compete in this Nations Cup: The Netherlands, Belgium, United-Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Sadia Arabia, France and of course, Morocco. The first round presented difficulties for some teams, such as the British and the Dutch team – both composed by young and inexperienced riders. Three strong nations of showjumping – France, Belgium and Switzerland – stood out, finishing the first round with tight scores: 4, 0 and 4 faults respectively. 

The second round kept its promises and the fight for the win between those three teams was breath-taking until the last rider. On the French side, Pierre-Alain Mortier confirmed his position with a second clear round, Emeric George corrected himself on the same water jump that caused him difficulties in the beginning of the class and Nicolas Dezeuses stayed consistent with a second four faults round. Only Olivier Perreau stepped down, moving from a clear score to eight faults. The Belgian riders Dominique Hendrickx, Virginie Thonon and Stéphanie Andries all collected faults the second time around whereas Jérôme Guery was one the few riders of the class to produce a double clear round. The Swiss team was outstanding however, with three clear rounds produced by Yannick Jorand, Elian Baumann and Pius Schwizer – leading the team to the win of this Nations Cup with only four penalties in total.  Belgium and France finished tied in the second position with eight faults each. 

“Rabat is a wonderful competition and we are always well welcomed. I could compose a team mixed with young riders in need for experience and others, more accomplished. The scores were tight after the first round and I asked my team members to focus on their riding, I really wanted them to enjoy their time in the arena. We could count on Pius, the backbone of this Swiss team, to deal with pressure and to sign the last clear round we needed for victory,” team leader Andy Kistler said. 

Press release from R&B Presse

Photo © R&B Presse


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