6 June - Team Turkey really put themselves on the map today with a superb victory at the fourth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 2 League in Sopot, Poland.  In a 10-nation contest it seemed the host country would come out on top as they led the way at the halfway stage and remained in contention during the second round.

But as every Chef d’Equipe is quick to point out, it is clear rounds that decide results at the end of the day, and two of those clinched it for Mert Alicioglu’s Turkish side who had threatened from the outset.  This was Turkey’s debut in the Furusiyya series, and a most impressive one.  With three further qualifying opportunities available to them, they have the Furusiyya 2014 Final now very much in their sights.

Poland had to settle for runner-up spot this afternoon ahead of Norway in third, Denmark in fourth and Germany in fifth place.  The Italian team rose from the bottom of the pile to finish sixth while Hungary slotted into seventh and Belgium finished last of the eight teams that made the cut into the second round.  Sweden and Finland were side-lined at the end of round one, and it wasn’t good news for the Finns who, along with Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland and Turkey, were chasing points towards the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 Final at Barcelona, Spain in October.

Positive streak

 There was a very positive streak running right through the Turkish side. “Now that we have a strong senior team we felt ready to start competing in the Furusiyya series” said Demirsoy. “We are very confident. We hope to make history, and hope to have more memorable moments like this!” he added.

And Turkish Chef d’Equipe, Mert Alicioglu, underlined that sense of confidence.  “Three years ago we competed here, we enjoy events like this. We wanted to start here at Sopot because we knew this event would be lucky for us – and we were right!” And when asked if he thought his team might be capable of winning the Europe Division 2 series he replied “we will see whether that proves to be the case!”

His next opportunity to make it happen will be when his side lines out at the fifth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 2 series in Budapest (HUN) in four weeks’ time.


 1.    Turkey 12 faults: Harry K (Derin Demirsoy) 4/0, Chiara (Husnu Dinc) 0/4, Chaccomo (Cagri Basel) 6/9, Dadjak ter Puttenen (Omer Karaevli) 4/0.

2.    Poland 17 faults: Crazy Quick (Jaroslaw Skrzycznski) 0/4, Abigej (Marek Lewicki) 12/8, Osadkowski van Halen (Piort Morsztyn) 0/1, Cros (Andrezj Gloskowski) 4/8.

3.    Norway 20  faults: Cassiopeia (Stein Endresen) Elim/4, Edesa S Banjan (Geir Gulliksen) 0/4, Dimaro VD Looise Heide (Dag Ove Kingsroed) 4/4, CC Top (Olie Kristoffer Meland) 4/12.

4.    Denmark 21 faults: Leonardo der Kleine (Andreas Schou) 0/0, Qualico du Bobois (Rikke Haastrup) 8/5, Amarone (Thomas Sandgaard0 12/16, Tailormade Experanza de Rebel (Soeren Pedersen) 4/4.

5.    Germany 24 faults: Forchello (Christian Kukuk) 4/0, Tabou Z (Tobias Thoenes) 0/4, Baldira (Philip Rupling) 12/8, Comtessa (Henrik Griese) 8/8.

6.    Italy 36 faults: Winn Winn (Gianni Govoni) 4/8, Triomphe Van Schuttershof (Davide Sbardella) 8/4, Ram Watch Ambra (Roberto Previtali) 12/0, Mon Flipper (Emanuele Fiorelli) 12/Ret.

7.    Hungary 38 faults: Catara (Attila Tecsy) 8/Elim, Dr Oklund (Gyula Szuhal) 24/5, PM Jumping Lady (Balazs Horvath) 4/ 0 Timpex Cent (Gabor Szabo) 8/13.

8.    Belgium 39 faults: Ebano (Bert Prouve) 8/8, Faemes van T Poelzelhof (Quinten Bradt) 15/8, Quax (Marc Boes) 16/20, Emilie de Diamant AS (Jan Vinckier) 0/0.

9.    Sweden 20 faults in first round: Caleno 3 (Jenny Johansson) 8, Cornet 39 (Irma Karlsson) 24, Audi's Valentino (Elina Petersson0 4, Bill Breaker (Wilma hellstrom) 8.

10.    Finland 29 faults in first round: Cue Channa 42 (Sebastian Numminen) 12, Cosma Shiva (Lotta-Rikke Rintamaki) 8, Celestine (Satu Liukkonen) 9, Avantos (Juulia Jylas) 16.

Full result here 


Kaja Koczurowska-Wawrzkiewicz, Event Director Sopot: “This is the most prestigious Polish equestrian event and continues to raise huge interest from people in Sopot itself, as well as its surrounding areas in place such as Gdynia and Gdansk.”

Omer Karaevli (TUR): “For me and Dadjak it is only our second show this year.  We want to do a good job ahead of the WEG.  Next is the 5-Star show at Villach in Austria in July and I hope also to do the Furusiyya qualifiers at Budapest and Bratislava as well.  It’s all about building up slowly towards the WEG”.

Husnu Dinc (TUR): “The stables and the whole show is super. The ground and the fences are also super – everything is fantastic. Compared to other shows in Europe, I would personally rank Sopot in my top 5.”

Omer Karaevli (TUR): “My favourite horse is the one I rode in the team today (Dadjak ter Puttenen). I have jumped some big classes with him, many of which were big international shows in the last two or three years. There is a huge improvement here in the show from last year when I came; it all looks so much nicer. I have 12 horses in total in my stable and I brought three with me to the show, a combination of young and international ones. For horses, they love the show here as it has a bit of everything: grass, sand, technical courses and great facilities.”

Derin Demirsoy (TUR): “I really enjoyed the organisation and our win certainly contributed to the joy! The weather was fabulous, as was the organisation and I want to thank the OC for this. This is my first time in Sopot.”

Omer Karaevli (TUR): We don’t have a national team trainer.  We decided we would begin the Furusiyya series and if we do a good job we will then get a team trainer.

Standings after Round 4 of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 2 League at Sopot (POL):

1.    Poland            -        230

2.    Italy            -        170

2.    Denmark        -        170

4.    Norway        -        165

5.    Finland        -        150

6.    Hungary        -        100

6.    Portugal        -        100

6.    Turkey            -        100

9.    Austria            -          90

10.    Russia            -          65

10.    Slovakia        -          65

by Louise Parkes