she was elated about the performance of Flora de Mariposa today. “I am very lucky to have such fantastic horses this year and today Flora was unbelievable! We bought her when she was a seven-year-old and now she is nine so I have been riding her for two years. The first time she jumped a really big track was in Rome (last month) where she jumped double-clear in the Nations Cup and then finished tenth in the Grand Prix. I’m so happy with her!” she said. Talking about the course today she said “it was technical and the time was quite tight. At the triple combination you had to turn short in order to make the time and some horses didn’t have balance and were not collected there which meant the poles came down”.
There was lots of pressure on our shoulders, five teams were competing for points here in Rotterdam and the results were pretty close, so the tension was very high during the whole competition.” With only seven of the 10 competing nations making the cut to the Final from the Europe Division 1 League, the tension is indeed increasing with every leg of the series. But the French don’t have to worry anymore. They’ve done more than enough to qualify for the Furusiyya Final and, as defending champions, it seems unlikely they will give up their crown too easily.
Chef d’Equipe, Philippe Guerdat said “I am very proud of this victory” adding, “and I would also like to congratulate the home team on their results and also say that today France managed to When asked if it was more difficult jumping in the first or second take its revenge against the Netherlands who took a win away round today, Kevin Staut replied “actually, it was about the same. from France at La Baule last year - so now we’re even!”
1. FRANCE - 345 2. SWITZERLAND - 280 3. BELGIUM - 220 4. SPAIN - 202.5 5. NETHERLANDS - 180 6. GERMANY - 160 7. SWEDEN - 130 7. IRELAND - 130 9. UKRAINE - 120 10. GREAT BRITAIN - 70
Facts and Figures: • • • • • • • •
Rotterdam,The Netherlands presented the ﬁfth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 1 League today. The competition was won by the French team after a two-way jump-off between Penelope Leprevost (Flora de Mariposa) from France and The Netherlands’ Gerco Schroder (Glock’s London). 8 nations competed - Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and USA. 5 nations were competing for points towards the Furusiyya FEI Nation Cup™ Jumping Final 2014 - France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and Switzerland. Course designer today was Spain’s Santiago Varela who also designed the tracks at the hugely successful inaugural Furusiyya Final in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. The time-allowed over the 12-fence course was 82 seconds. There were three double-clear performances over the ﬁrst two rounds - from The Netherlands’ Gerco Schroder (Glock’s London), Great Britain’s Joe Clee (Utamaro D’Ecaussines) and Brazil’s Yuri Mansur Guerios (First Devision). The USA ﬁelded the only all-female team of riders - Lucy Davis (Barron), Jessica Springsteen (Vindicat W), Katie Dinan (Nougat du Vallet) and Lauren Hough (Ohlala). SPORTING HORSE Issue 19
Quotes: Santiago Varela, course designer : “The riders were asked to ﬁnd solutions during the ﬁrst round to handle the long distances and then ﬁnd the balance for the horses in the second round.” Philippe Guerdat, Chef d’Equipe FRA when asked about the choice of Leprevost for the jump-off: “Penelope’s mare is very fast and since she won’t be competing in the Grand Prix on Sunday, it was an easy decision to make.” Penelope Leprevost, FRA: “Now I look forward to doing my best for the WEG, and the horse I will choose for that is Flora”.
Team France winners of the Furusiyya FEI NATIONS CUP presented by Longines. Peneloppe Leprevost, Patrice Delaveaux, Philippe Guerdat, Roger Yves Bost, Kevin Staut and the ambasador. CHIO Rotterdam 2014. Photo: Dirk Caremans/FEI
STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 5 OF FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ JUMPING EUROPE DIVISION 1 LEAGUE 2014 AT ROTTEDAM (NED):