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And... Action: The Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup of Aachen in images

Wednesday, 22 September 2021
CHIO Aachen 2021

One of our favourite evenings of the year is when the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup gets underway at CHIO Aachen. And even with less spectators than usual due to Covid-19 restrictions, the atmosphere was still there as soon as the floodlights were turned on and the familiar feeling of anticipation and tension could be felt in the air. 

As always, the Nations Cup was full of highs and lows. One of the highlights came from the incredible pair of Angelie von Essen and Alcapone des Carmille who jumped an absolutely stunning double clear round for Sweden to help the team finish second – despite fielding a relatively inexperienced group of horses at this level. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. No reproduction of these images is permitted. 

What a team! Alcapone des Carmille, Angelie von Essen and James Davenport.

For USA's Laura Kraut, the Nations Cup got off to a rocky start as Baloutinue had some concerns about this fence place closed to the crowds on the short side. Kraut really had to push to make the gelding come forwards, which resulted in both the gate and the pole flying off. However, the two came back strong and delivered a clear in round two which was what Team USA needed to secure the win!

A very happy Marc Dilasser who delivered a double clear round with Arioto du Gevres to help the French team finish third.

Here Dilasser is greeted by Chef d'Equipe Thierry Pomel as he exits the ring.

Nothing beats the evening colours on the sky in Aachen!

Who can relate? The kiss-and-cry zone is always a fun affair to watch!

Double-D jumping double clear with the one and only Killer Queen VDM.

Germany’s Marcus Ehning had a fall with A La Carte NRW during the warm-up, and was not able to compete in the Nations Cup. However, he was still there to support his team – here when Daniel Deusser and Killer Queen delivered their second clear round.

Belgium's Gregory Wathelet and Nevados S delivered a beautiful clear in the first round...

...but, in the second round they were maximum unlucky and a pole on the last fence fell.

A little snack for Fabio Brotto's Vanita ' Delle Roane.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You could really feel the disappointment in the Dutch team as they finished 6th out of the eight teams. 

On Team Sweden, spirits continued at a high. Here Jens Fredricson who produced a spectacular double clear with Markan Cosmoplit, that jumped his first ever five-star show at CHIO Aachen.

All smiles!

The Swedes had a team of horses that were relatively inexperineced at this level but impressed again when finishing second. Here Annika Axelsson and the only 9-year-old Cleo Z who jumped with only four faults in each round. 

Brazil's Bernardo Alves had a good Nations Cup with El Torreo de Muze and jumped clear in the first round.

Treats for Quel Homme de Hus who keeps on delivering for the Belgian team, going clear in round one with Jerome Guery. 

More happy Swedish (British) faces! Angelie von Essen and James Davenport know how to do well in Aachen.

Finally, the photographers could do what they love again!

Thumbs up from Nicolas Delmotte on Ilex VP, who with his clear in round two helped the French climb up to third. 

They won the Nations Cups and all of our hearts... Brian Moggre and Balou du Reventon.



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