The 13th edition of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is taking place in Stockholm on 30 November 2013.
Longines Fei Ranking
01 - SMOLDERS, Harrie NED
02 - WARD, Mclain USA
03 - GUERDAT, Steve SUI
04 - VON ECKERMANN, H SWE
05 -FARRINGTON, Kent USA
06 - FREDRICSON, Peder SWE
07 - STAUT, Kevin FRA
08 - DEUSSER, Daniel GER
09 - DELESTRE, Simon FRA
10 - MADDEN, Elizabeth USA
Team Belgium reigns supreme in hard-fought battle at Sopot
Team Belgium won the FEI Jumping Nations CuP of Poland today, but it was no walk in the park. This fourth leg of the Western European League attracted teams from eight countries to the Hippodrome Arena in the popular seaside town of Sopot, and with six of those chasing down qualifying points for the Final in Barcelona (ESP) in October it was always going to be a right royal battle.
Taking the early lead, Peter Weinberg’s side held on to reign supreme ahead of France in runner-up spot and the USA in third. Belgian anchorman, Niels Bruynseels (34), didn’t have to bring out his brilliant mare, Cas de Liberte, a second time but as he pointed out that wasn’t because it was an easy afternoon’s work.
"The course was tough - big and technical - and the time was quite tight, but we came here well prepared, with a strong team, strong riders and a good tactic, and everyone did a super job!"
Niels Bruynseels (Team Belgium)
Olaf Petersen Jr’s 12-fence course was certainly challenging. “The water (fence 5) was wide, there was a huge triple bar to a vertical (fences 9 and 10) and the last double (11) was very difficult” Bruynseels pointed out. The distance to the big final water-tray oxer also caught out several of the big names in the first round, including French stalwart Kevin Staut (For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC) and American legend Margie Goldstein-Engle (Royce).
But it was Staut’s second-round clear that pulled his side back into the frame on a day when Mathieu Billot and Shiva d’Amaury, heroes of the French victory in St Gallen (SUI) two weeks ago, will want to forget. Olivier Robert didn’t have to jump in either round at the Swiss fixture because his team-mates were so impressive. But today he helped France secure second spot with the only double-clear of the entire competition from his 14-year-old gelding Eros.
Footperfect runs from Olivier Philippaerts (24) and H&M Ikker and Jerome Guery (37) with Garfield de Tijl des Templiers meant that the four faults collected by Pieter Devos and Claire Z was the Belgian drop-score first time out and Bruynseels single time penalty was all they would carry into round two. Philippaerts double-faulted second time out, but Devos was clear and by the time Guery came home with just four on the board it was all over. Their 13-fault total could not be bettered.
Lying second on four faults at the halfway stage the Swedes disappeared from the reckoning, and a final tally of 16 moved the French into runner-up position while 21 faults secured third place for Team USA on a high-scoring afternoon.
The Belgians now head to Rotterdam in The Netherlands next Sunday (24 June) for the fifth round of the eight-leg Western European series lying just 10 points behind the league leaders from Switzerland and 20 points ahead of France, and with the tension increasing with every outing.
Result: 1, Belgium 13 faults - H&M Ikker (Olivier Philippaerts) 0/8, Claire Z (Pieter Devos) 4/0, Garfield de Tijl des Templiiers (Jerome Guery) 0/4, Cas de Liberte (Niels Bruynseels) 1/DNS; 2, France 16 faults - Shiva d’Amaury (Mathieu Billot) 12/9, For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (Kevin Staut) 4/0, Eros (Olivier Robert) 0/0, Vagabond de la Pomme (Nicolas Delmotte) 4/8; 3, USA 21 faults - Super Sox (Lillie Keenan) 9/8, Luebbo (Jamie Barge) 4/5, Eddie Blue (Devin Ryan) 0/4, Royce (Margie Goldstein-Engle) 4/4.
Fei press release by Louise Parkes
image: Niels Bruynseels and Cas de Liberte played a key role in today’s win for Team Belgium at the FEI Jumping Nations CuP of Poland in Sopot (POL). (FEI/Lukasz Kowalski) ... See MoreSee Less
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Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 Victorious in $385,000 CSI5* ‘Continental’ Grand Prix
Calgary, Alberta – Canadian Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze stood in the winner’s circle for the third day in a row after claiming the $385,000 CSI5* ‘Continental’ Grand Prix riding Fine Lady 5 on Sunday, June 17, at the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ tournament in Calgary, AB.
Having won Friday night’s $131,600 Scotiabank Cup in spectacular fashion aboard Chacco Kid, Lamaze again won on Saturday, taking the $70,200 Canadian Utilities Cup with new mount, Saura de Fondcombe, owned by Katharina Peter. His third win on Sunday came aboard Fine Lady 5, his individual bronze medal partner at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Riding Fine Lady 5, the 15-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) his Torrey Pines Stable owns in partnership with Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms, Lamaze was one of seven riders to jump clear and qualify for the jump-off over a testing track set by course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. In the same scenario as Friday night’s Scotiabank Cup, Lamaze was chasing the jump-off time posted by young American Lucy Deslauriers and Hester when he entered the ring. And in a repeat of Friday night, Lamaze was again faster, stopping the clock in 43.22 seconds compared to the 43.66 posted by Deslauriers.
Lamaze is using the Spruce Meadows Summer Series consisting of four weeks of CSI5* competition, the highest level of show jumping competition sanctioned by the Federation Equestre International (FEI), to prepare for September’s FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. When Fine Lady 5 was originally purchased in the spring of 2014 from Germany’s Holger Wulschner, she was not intended to be used for 1.60m grand prix competition.
“Fine Lady was purchased as a speed horse, as a 1.45m/1.50m ranking horse,” explained Lamaze who is based in Wellington, FL, and Brussels, Belgium. “Prior to the Rio Olympics, we stepped her up and put her in some big competitions here at Spruce Meadows in the Summer Series and she just blossomed. Then we moved her up at Aachen and she won. At the Olympics I couldn’t believe it; the final round was big and although I wouldn’t say she jumped it easily - none of the horses jumped it easily - she jumped it. It was a very pleasant surprise.
“Any horse that did well in recent major championships, the ones that ended up on the podium at an Olympics or World Championships, most of them came here in the summer time and trained for the four weeks,” continued Lamaze. “In a year when there is a world championship, there is no better place to prepare than the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. It makes you a better rider. This Summer Series serves us on many levels. It’s good for developing younger horses and younger riders and it also prepares more experienced combinations for major championships.”
As Fine Lady 5 is his intended mount for the World Equestrian Games, Lamaze is choosing her classes carefully. He will now rest the mare for two weeks before bringing her out to contest the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament from July 4 to 8.
“I love coming to Spruce Meadows, we have real competition here,” said Lamaze, who is the all-time leading money winner at the Calgary venue. “It’s the only venue in Canada that I come to. This facility has been very good to me. And I love competing in front of our fans. It feels like home.”
Lamaze will now have a week off from competition before returning to Calgary for the back-to-back Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ and ‘North American’ tournaments.
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