France wins the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final
The French national Jumping team - composed of Simon Delestre, Patrice Delaveau Eugenie Angot, Aymeric De Ponnat, Penelope Leprévost, and led by Philippe Guerdat - won this afternoon in Barcelona the new formula of the Nations Cup circuit. The competition was very fierce since seven of the greatest equestrian nations in the world were battling for the gold medal : Britain, the Olympic Champion, the Netherlands, Canada 's multi medalist Eric Lamaze, Brazil, winner of Friday 's qualifying round, as well as Belgium, Ukraine and Ireland.
Aymeric De Ponnat and Armitages Boy brought hope to the Blue Jackets with a perfect ride, after Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express * HDC scored 4 points. Simon Delestre (Qlassic Bois Margot) , repeated his performance from last Friday with four points, this time stumbling over the oxer No. 9 in the end. It will then take three big names from the international Jumping world to do a perfect round. Olympic champion Eric Lamaze on Powerplay was the first to imitate Aymeric. British rider Scott Brash and Ursula XII, and Jeroen Dubbeldam and Utascha from the Netherlands then followed with a perfect round as well.
Penelope Leprévost and Nayana then retired for France after faulting on the 1st vertical, but France still prevailed with 8 points on the board to win the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final. With 9 points , Brazil finishes second, just one point behind the French team. With 12 points , Ireland completes the podim. The Netherland end up in fourth place with 12 points, just a few seconds behind Ireland. Belgium is fifth with 16 points, ahead of Canada with 17points . Ukraine (20 points ) and Great Britain (21 points ) take the 7th and 8th place.