9 August - On a day of extraordinary sport, Team USA made it a spectacular three-in-a-row with victory at the eighth and last leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 Europe Division 1 series in Dublin, Ireland today.  It was a roller-coaster ride from start to finish, with drama from the outset and intense pressure all the way through as the threat of relegation was hanging in the air.

 The British were one of three nations fiercely fighting to fend off a spell in Europe Division 2 next season, and they succeeded in style when filling runner-up spot at the end of the day.  But for Ukraine it was deep disappointment as, despite lining up joint-third with France and Sweden, they remain at the bottom of the 10-team leaderboard and drop out of the top league for the near future at least.

 It was also an un-nerving day for the Irish hosts who failed to make the cut to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 Final in Barcelona in October along with Ukraine and Switzerland when finishing joint-sixth alongside The Netherlands. Lying ninth in the final Europe Division 1 standings, the Irish must now wait to see how the second team that qualifies from Europe Division 2 fares at the Barcelona final before they will learn their fate for 2015.

 But for the Americans there was never anything to fear as they qualified through their regional series two months ago and have been on a roll ever since.  With the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA) on the horizon they’ve been building to a crescendo, scooping a sensational hat-trick over the past seven days with victory at the Europe Division 1 qualifier in Hickstead (GBR) last Friday, another at the penultimate leg of Europe Division 2 in Gijon ESP last Saturday and then in Dublin today.  They are a formidable force right now, but Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland isn’t going to let anyone get too carried away - “we are confident, but we are keeping it in perspective” he said at tonight’s post-competition press conference.


1.    USA 4 faults: Chill RZ (Charlie Jayne) 0/0, Jessica Springsteen (Vindicat W) 0/0, Nougat du Valet (Katie Dinan) 4/0, Simon (Beezie Madden) 8/DNS.

 2.    Great Britain 8 faults: Cella (Ben Maher) 4/4, Utamaro D'Ecaussines (Joe Clee) 0/4, Wondery Why (Spencer Roe) 0/0, Hello Sanctos (Scott Brash) 0/4.

3.    Ukraine 16 faults: Sea Coast Forlap DC (Cassio Rivetti) 4/Elim, Valentino Velvet (Oleksandr Onyschenko) 4/0, Chadino (Ferenc Szentirmai) 0/0, Quabracho Semilly (Katharina Offel) 8/8.

3.    France 16 faults: Padock du Plessis (Timothee Anciaume) 4/0, Rubis de Preuilly (Cedric Angot) 4/0, Equador van't Roosakker (David Frederic) 4/12, Quartz Rouge (Jerome Hurel) 0/8.

3.    Sweden 16 faults: Lunatic (Jens Fredricson) 8/4, H&M Tornesch (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) 0/4, Cafino (Alexander Zettermann) 4/8, Cantinero (Henrik Von Eckermann) 0/4.

6.    Ireland 20 faults:  Imotherp (Darragh Kenny) 4/0, Molly Malone V (Bertram Allen) 8/0, Quidam's Choice (Cian O'Connor) 4/8, Loughview Lou-Lou (Dermott Lennon) 4/Elim.

6.    Netherlands 20 faults:  Quinlan (Vincent Voorn) 24/0, VDL Groep Zidane (Leopold van Asten) 0/8, Vignet (Johnny Pals) 0/16, Capetown (Wout-Jan van der Schans) 0/12.

8.    Germany, Elim: Chaman (Ludger Beerbaum) Elim/Ret, Lacan 2 (Patrick Stuehlmeyer) 16/Elim, Conthendrix (Andre Thieme) 4/5, First Class van Eeckelghem (Daniel Deusser) 4/4.


 Robert Ridland, US Chef d’Equipe - “we were fortunate to win today - it was a tough field”

 Charlie Jayne USA - “I had such a good feeling.  I’ve been here three times and it’s one of favourite shows in Europe. I just love the Irish crowd!”

Final Standings after Round 8 of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 1 League 2014 at Dublin (IRL):

1.    France        -        345.00

2.    Netherlands    -        345.00

3.    Germany    -        305.00

4.    Sweden    -        300.00

5.    Belgium    -        295.00

6.    Great Britain    -        287.50

7.    Spain        -        282.50

8.    Switzerland    -        280.00

9.    Ireland        -        262.50

10.    Ukraine    -        250.00

by Louise Parkes

Photo: FEI/Tony Parkes; Pictured (L to R): Matt Dempsey, President of the Royal Dublin Society: His Excellency the President Of Ireland Micheal D Higgins: Katie Dinan, Jessica Springsteen, Charlie Jayne, Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland and Beezie Madden from Team USA; Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Ireland His Excellency Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Aldriss: Katrina Jones, Brand Director Longines UK and Ireland: and John McEwen, FEI First Vice-President.