- News http://chio.nl News - Capica.nl RSS Generator <![CDATA[Competing countries FEI Nations Cup Rotterdam]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/competing-countries-fei-nations-cup-rotterdam?news_id=3200 2017-02-21 Last weekend the FEI Nations Cup Jumping has started. CHIO Rotterdam, just like the years before is part of the  Europe Division 1. In Rotterdam seven countries from Europe Division 1 will compete, Netherlands (host country), Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and Spain.

One country from Europe Division 2 is allowed to compete in Rotterdam. That will be the Belgian team.

With so many strong countries it will become a real battlefield in the beautiful Kralingse Bos. And with the CHIO Rotterdam being halfway the competition countries it is very likely that this will be a deciding moment for the countries competing in Europe Division 1.

Will chef d'equipe lead his Dutch team just like last year to another Orange victory?


Europe Division 1 events:

26-30 April Lummen (BEL)

11-14 May La Baule (FRA)

24-28 May Rome (ITA)

1-4 June St Gallen (SUI)

22-25 June Rotterdam (NED)

13-16 July Falsterbo (ZWE)

27-30 July Hickstead (GBR)

9-13 August Dublin (IER)

<![CDATA[Brilliant Irish win FEI Nations Cup™ in Ocala; USA claims maximum points]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/brilliant-irish-win-fei-nations-cup-in-ocala;-usa-claims-maximum-points?news_id=3194 2017-02-17 A superb double clear from Cian O’Connor clinched victory for Ireland at the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 series at Ocala (USA) today. In a competition filled with the unpredictability that makes this team sport so immensely popular, it was the host nation that lined up second ahead of Canada in third and Mexico in fourth place. Colombia was the only other country to finish when the three-rider side from El Salvador withdrew after posting a big first-round score and Venezuela failed to put a first-round result on the board despite a great opening clear from Emanuel Andrade.


There were two agendas at play today as Canada, El Salvador, Mexico and USA were also chasing qualifying points for the series final in this first leg of the North America, Central America and Caribbean League. Team USA, came out on top in that contest, and go into the next leg with a 10-point lead over hosts, Mexico, at Coapexpan in May.


The Irish were already leading with just four faults after the first round following clears from both O’Connor (37) and pathfinder Shane Sweetnam (36) with Chaqui Z, and counting just the single mistake at the influential penultimate triple combination for Kevin Babington (48) and Shorapur. Close behind were USA and Mexico carrying eight faults each while the Canadians were just one fence further adrift on 12 as the second round began. Despite a lovely double-clear from Tiffany Foster and Victor however, Canada slipped out of contention and an additional 16 faults also put paid to Mexican chances. So it came down to a tussle between Ireland and USA when the home side’s McLain Ward (Rothchild) and Lauren Hough (Comet) both faulted at the third element of the triple combination this time out and Lillie Keenan’s Super Sox put a foot in the water which became quite a bogey in round two.


When Sweetnam and Babington each put four on the board and Richie Moloney (35) once again collected 12 faults with Carrabis Z it was left to O’Connor to save the day. By now American star Beezie Madden had posted a fabulous double-clear with Breitling LS to round the US total to 16, so if the Irishman had a fence down then his side would be forced into a jump-off, and any more than that would give the host nation the win.


But the rider who took individual bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games didn’t flinch, steering the hard-pulling Seringat to a superb fault-free run to clinch it.  “I think this was my 111th Nations Cup!” said the man who loves team competition and is keen to see his country becoming more competitive at championship level again. “Sometimes winning becomes a habit, and in Ireland we need to get back into that habit. Nations Cups are the best because they teach riders to work together, and we need to do that to get back to where we belong!” 


The FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 series will resume with the first leg of Europe Division 1 at Lummen (BEL) in April.  




1.    Ireland 12 faults: Chaqui Z (Shane Sweetnam) 0/4, Shorapur (Kevin Babington) 4/4, Carrabis Z (Richie Moloney) 12/12, Seringat (Cian O’Connor) 0/0.

2.    USA 16 faults: Rothchild (McLain Ward) 0/4, Super Sox (Lillie Keenan) 8/4, Cornet (Lauren Hough) 12/4, Breitling LS (Elizabeth Madden) 0/0.

3.    Canada 24 faults: Victor (Tiffany Foster) 0/0, Coup de Chance (Elizabeth Gingras) 8/8, Heros (Amy Millar) 8/12, Dixson (Ian Millar) 4/4.

4.    Mexico 28 faults: Constar (Arturo Parada Vallejo) 0/13, Wupp (Alberto Sanchez-Cozar) 12/4, Izzy Miami (Gustavo Ramos) 4/8, Victer Finn DH Z (Eugenio Garza Perez) 4/8.

5.    Colombia 52 faults: Christofolini H (Manuel Torres) Ret/Wd, Quincy Car (Fernando Cardenas) 8/4, Coulash van de Broy Z (Juan Manuel Gallego) 8/8, Il Rubacuori (Roberto Teran Tafur) 12/12.

6.    El Salvador, Withdrawn after first round, total 49: Chacco Balou (Paulo Sergio Mateo Santana Filho) 12, Taloubet (Diego Jose Muyshondt) 21, Cento Per Cento CG (Juan Manuel Bolanos Barrios) 16.

7.    Venezuela, Eliminated in first round: Ricore Courcelles (Emanuel Andrade) 0, Uitteraard (Angel Guillermo Karolyi) 28, Copa Cabana (Daniela Stravinsky) Elim, ASD Farfala (Pablo Barrios) DNS.

<![CDATA[Fabulous French win FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping season-opener Al Ain]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/fabulous-french-win-fei-nations-cup-jumping-season-opener-al-ain?news_id=3198 2017-02-16 The 2016 Olympic champions from France continued to reign supreme when winning today’s opening leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 season at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. And it was an historic moment when, for the very first time, the host nation joined Qatar to qualify for the hugely popular series final in Barcelona (ESP) next September.
It was a close-fought battle for the top placings, with the runners-up from Qatar and the Italian side that eventually finished third chasing the French all the way to the line. Germany and Switzerland finished equal-fourth ahead of Ireland in sixth, UAE in seventh and the three-member British team in eighth place. A total of nine countries competed, but only Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia contested the two qualifying spots for the final on offer to teams from the Middle East, and the Saudi side lost out when finishing last in round one.

Philippe Guerdat was also delighted with the performance of 21-year-old Adeline Hecart who overcame a refusal at the Longines triple combination first time out to complete with just four faults in round two, and today’s success has fuelled the French team manager’s ambitions for the year. “It is a good sign winning here because, if last year is anything to go by, then we will be winning something big in 2017! The aims for this season are to stay in Europe Division 1 as well as to qualify for the final in Barcelona. We will try very hard to win at home in La Baule, but the focus now shifts to the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Omaha and we’ll start planning again after that!” he said.
1.    France 4 faults: Rahotep de Toscane (Philippe Rozier) 0/0, Equador van’t Roosakker (David Frederic) 4/0, Pasha du Gue (Adeline Hecart) 10/4, Aquila HDC (Patrice Delaveau) 0/0.
2.    Qatar 8 faults: Appagino 2 (Hamad Al Attiyah) 12/4, Tamira IV (Khalid Al Emadi) 4/0, Armstrong van de Kapel (Faleh Al Ajami) 0/15, First Devision (Sheikh Ali Al Thani) 0/0.
3.     Italy 12 faults: Belony (Michael Cristofoletti) 4/0, Otta Meraviglia di Ca’ San Giovanni (Paolo Paini) 4/4, Quinoa des Pres (Francesco Turturiello) 0/4, Ares (Emilio Bicocchi) 0/8.
4.    Switzerland 16 faults: TwentyTwo des Biches (Romain Duguet) 4/0, Cordel (Claudia Gisler) 8/4, Casanova FZ (Philipp Zuger) 4/8, LB Eagle Eye (Christina Liebherr) 0/4.
4.    Germany 16 faults: Cayenne WZ (Felix Hassmann) 4/0, Carella (Niklas Krieg) 12/8, Monodie H (David Will) 4/4, Baloubet 4 (Mario Stevens) 4/0.
6.    Ireland 20 faults: Belcanto Z (Michael Duffy) 4/0, Chessy 17 (David Simpson) 8/4, Cartown Danger Mouse (Paul Kennedy) 0/4, Balzac (Anthony Condon) 12/9.
7.    United Arab Emirates 36 faults: Pour le Poussage (Mohammed Ghanem Al Hajri) Elim/8, Cha Cha Cha (Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi) 8/4, Colton (Sheikh Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qassimi) 4/9, Sama Dubai FBH (Abdullah Mohammed Al Marri) 4/8.
8.    Great Britain 37 faults: Con Man Jx (Joseph Clayton) 0/4, Golvers Hill (Nigel Coupe) 4/4, Cordalis (Louise Saywell) 12/13.
9.    Saudi Arabia, 24 faults in first round: Cayen van Het Hobos (Abelkarim Abbar) Elim, Ted (Ramzy Hamad Al Duhami) 8, Varo M (Abdulrahman Alrajhi) 12, Delphi (Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan) 4.

<![CDATA[FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017: Simply the Best…..]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/fei-nations-cup-jumping-2017-simply-the-best-?news_id=3191 2017-02-14 It is the ultimate prize. It’s about pride and passion, camaraderie, tradition, trust, skill, exceptional horsemanship and so much more. Adored by the public, revered by all those involved in the sport, the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series has long been described as “the jewel in the crown” of the international governing body, the Fédération Equestre Internationale. And, just days ahead of the double-bill that will open the 108th season at Al Ain (UAE) and Ocala (USA) and there is already a crackle of excitement.

This is going to be a record-breaking season, with competitors from 50 nations stretching right around the globe competing in four separate qualifying leagues. There will be a total of 19 qualifiers in 19 countries, and the aim from the outset is to make it to the Final in Barcelona (ESP) in September. However many riders have already achieved more than they ever dreamed of before that comes around each year, having grasped the very essence of this superlative team contest that is all about bringing honour and glory to your country in a spirit of friendship, respect and sportsmanship.
Few have consistently demonstrated the sense of “team” better than the Dutch in recent years, but it is Germany who will be the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping title-defenders throughout 2017. The story of the German victory at the Final last autumn was very special, the legendary Ludger Beerbaum making his last team appearance for his country and his fellow-riders so determined to make it a winning one for the four-time Olympic gold medallist. And win it they did, and in true style with a jump-off against the clock to pin the British back in second.
The biggest qualifying league is Europe Division 2 with 19 nations including Belgium, Great Britain and Czech Republic who were all relegated at the end of last year. The promotion/relegation system ensures that competition in Europe Division 1 is all the sharper, and Italy’s resurgence as a world power when returning to this top league last year is indicative of what the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series sets out to achieve by providing the perfect platform for development of horses, riders and team-work.
The French had all those ingredients, and more, when claiming Olympic gold in Rio last summer and with their formidable record can be expected to be ones to beat this season. However, it is the North America, South America and Caribbean and Middle East Leagues that get the action underway when the new season explodes into action in three days’ time.
FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping - Simply the Best…..don’t miss a hoofbeat!