FLYING THE FLAG
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping The buzz of excitement around the fourth Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™
Jumping season has an Olympic ring to it, as the world’s most prestigious
team Jumping competition will provide the perfect launch-pad for horses and riders preparing for Rio 2016.
The series that has its roots in military competition dating back to the begin-
ning of the last century continues to thrill and engage athletes and audiences all across the globe. And the season finale has become one of the most anticipated events on the annual equestrian calendar. Transformed in recent years
by making it accessible to a far greater range of countries, it has subsequently
expanded its audience while also helping to develop the sport. For qualification purposes the world is divided into six regions, so teams from all across Europe,
North/Central America and the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, Asia/ Australasia and Africa will once again take part. The developmental value is
evident in the fact that so many previously unknown horse-and-rider combinations really rise to the challenge and establish their credentials at the top level of the sport each year, while new nations emerge to take their place amongst the best of the best.
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping is all about open-ness and opportunity,
the days of elite competition for a small number of privileged nations has been confined to the history books. The new-look series was the vision of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Faisal, and it reflects the FEI’s determination to extend this quality team competition to as many riders and as many countries as possible, very
much in the spirit of the Olympic 2020 Agenda which encourages the inclusion of “more flags” from around the globe. Flying the flag of your country is at the heart of the appeal of this great team sport, in which individual glory is put
aside in favour of national honour and pride. The Dutch consistently epitomise
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