Switzerland heads as winner of the Nations Cup Europe Division 1 to Barcelona

Dublin was the final qualification event for the European Division 1 Nations Cup series. The countries that have qualified for the final - in Barcelona - are now known. Within the division, the top seven countries will compete in the Spanish city in September - October.

With three victories in St. Gallen, Falsterbo, and Dublin, Switzerland secured the overall victory in the standings. Steve Guerdat managed to achieve double clear rounds in all three victories.

Ireland, who finished second in front of their home crowd last Friday, secured the second place. The British team, who won in Hickstead at the end of July, secured third place. Germany finished fourth ahead of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Italy, finishing eighth and last in the standings, did not qualify for the final.

Belgium is the defending champion this year for the Nations Cup final in Barcelona.

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Italy will compete in Barcelona in the final of the 2023 FEI Nations Cup circuit
The defection of a nation from the Asia and Australasia group paved the way for Italy to participate.

By regulation, in fact, in the event of a nation’s renunciation, Division 1 has priority for the repechage compared to the other groups.

As is known, the FEI Nations Cup Series in Barcelona has one last card up for grabs for the Paris 2024 Olympics for the best of the non-qualified nations.

For Italy it is therefore one more chance to get the pass to Cinque Cerchi, in addition to that of the European Championships in Milan.