- News http://chio.nl News - Capica.nl RSS Generator <![CDATA[Brazilians triumph over Europe’s elite in hard-fought battle at La Baule]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/brazilians-triumph-over-europes-elite-in-hard-fought-battle-at-la-baule?news_id=3448 2018-05-20 It took nerves of steel for anchorman Pedro Veniss to clinch the honours for Brazil at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of France in La Baule (FRA) today. In a contest that came right down to the very last ride of the afternoon he had absolutely no room for error if he was to give his country an historic first-ever win at the Francois Andre Stadium in the beautiful French seaside town, and pin Europe’s elite into the minor placings. But partnering the fabulous 14-year-old stallion, Quabri de l’Isle, he produced a super-cool clear that left the 2017 series champions from The Netherlands in runner-up spot and Switzerland into third.

Veniss admitted he was feeling the pressure when last into the arena, but he knew he could rely on his horse.

Mansur’s Vitiki has literally come along in leaps and bounds over the last few months. “I bought him in October and he only jumped his first 1.30m track in November and now he has won the Nations Cup at La Baule - he’s developing so quickly!” said his delighted rider this afternoon.

It was a super-close finish, Brazil posting a final tally of seven faults with the Dutch on eight and the Swiss on nine. The Netherlands had the satisfaction of collecting the maximum points of the six Europe Division 1 nations chasing points towards the 2018 Final. And their anchorman and new World No. 1, Harrie Smolders (Don VHP Z), took a one-third share of the €50,000 bonus on offer for double-clear rounds along with Spain’s Manuel Fernandez Saro (Cannavaro 9) and Germany’s Maurice Tebbel (Chaccos S).

Spain chased the leading pack all the way to finish fourth on 12 faults, Germany lined up fifth with 14 and Ireland slotted into sixth with 17 faults. It was a disappointing day for the French hosts who had to settle for seventh with 20 faults on the board, while Team Canada lined up eighth and last on a 35-fault total.

Today’s result bodes well for the Brazilians who also finished an impressive second at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America at Ocala (USA) in February and who now have the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon (USA) clearly in their sights.

For the Europe Division 1 teams however their next port of call is St Gallen on Sunday 3 June, where the host nation of Switzerland will be hoping to further boost their lead on the league table with another good result. That’s going to be a busy day of top sport as the third and final qualifier of the North/Central America & Caribbean League also takes place in Langley (CAN).

Result - La Baule (FRA):
1. Brazil - 7 faults
2. Netherlands - 8 faults
3. Switzerland - 9 faults

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series leaderboard - Europe Division 1:
1 Switzerland 180
2 Ireland 145
3 Spain 115

<![CDATA[Swiss sweep to victory at opening leg of Europe Division 1 series in Šamorín]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/swiss-sweep-to-victory-at-opening-leg-of-europe-division-1-series-in-amorin?news_id=3437 2018-04-29 Switzerland secured a definitive victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Slovakia in Šamorín today. With seven nations chasing points at this first leg of the 2018 Europe Division 1 qualifying series it was a hotly-contested affair, and the eventual winners already looked well poised for success when leading at the end of the first round on a zero scoreline.

However the second tour of the track designed by Uliano Vezzani saw a big shake-up, with Italy dropping from runner-up spot to joint-fifth and replaced by the Irish, while Belgium finished third ahead of Brazil in fourth place. Sweden lined up joint-fifth while the German team collected a total of 24 faults for seventh place and Spain accumulated 38 faults to finish last of the eight competing countries.

The Swiss picked up nine faults in round two, but that was without the services of anchorman Steve Guerdat (35) who didn’t have to return to the arena with his mare, Hannah, because the result was already decided, the Irish finishing on 13, Belgium on 16 and Brazil on 18 faults apiece.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Swiss Chef d’Equipe Anky Kistler however, because he had to give Paul Estermann a late call-up after selected team-member, Jannike Sprunger, took a fall yesterday. And Estermann’s 10-year-old stallion, Curtis Sitte, was competing in his very first Nations Cup today. The pair collected the discard score of eight faults in round one and put five more on the board in round two, but when youngest team member Martin Fuchs produced one of four double-clears on the day then just the single mistake by pathfinders Werner Muff and Daimler at the influential vertical one fence from home had to be added for the final winning scoreline.

“We brought a really good team here and we were aiming for the win - we knew we could do it!” said Fuchs whose 11-year-old stallion, Chaplin, was sensational. He was particularly delighted because the horse is just returning to top level after injury.

“He won the Grand Prix in Mexico, and in Zurich and Doha but after the GCT in Miami he got hurt and this was his first big show back”, Fuchs explained. Talking about today’s course he said, “the back bars on the oxers were wide and square so there were quite a few faults, but for me it felt quite easy because Chaplin was jumping so well. He was fresh all the way to the last fence in the second round and this makes me very happy because I knew my planning was right - I gave him more time instead of going to some more indoor shows and today he was fit and just perfect!”

The Swiss now head into the second round of the eight-leg Europe Division 1 series in La Baule (FRA) in three weeks’ time at the top of the league table but only 10 points ahead of the Irish whose runner-up finish today was bolstered by a brilliant double-clear from US-based Paul O’Shea riding Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu. The other double-clears came from Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts (Chilli Willi) and Brazil’s Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (Comic).

Result : Šamorín (SVK)
1. Switzerland - 9 faults
2. Ireland - 13 faults
3. Belgium - 16 faults

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ leaderboard Europe Division 1, after first leg:
1 Switzerland 100
2 Ireland 90
3 Belgium 80


<![CDATA[More Millar magic helps clinch second Canadian success]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/more-millar-magic-helps-clinch-second-canadian-success?news_id=3429 2018-04-22 In a case of “like father, like son”, Jonathon Millar (43) helped seal victory for Team Canada with a foot-perfect performance at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Mexico in Coapexpan today. His legendary father, Ian (71), produced a pivotal double-clear to put their country at the top of the leaderboard at the opening leg of the 2018 North/Central America and Caribbean League qualifying series two months ago, so today Jonathon was following suit. And adding even more of a family flavour to this afternoon’s excitement, Jonathon’s wife, Kelly Soleau-Millar, made her Nations Cup debut on the American side that lined up second ahead of Mexico in third.

It seems Millar has team spirit coursing through his veins due to the influence of his dad.

The Canadian foursome that also included Laura Jane Tidball, Jenn Serek and Keean White already led the way after today’s first round of the three-nation contest, but their eight-fault total only gave them a single-fault advantage over the USA carrying nine, while Mexico’s 21-fault first-round effort put paid to their chances. However in a brilliant second-round rally, Patricio Pasquel (Babel), Luis Alejandro Plascencia (Davinci) and Jose Antonio Chedraui Eguia (Ninloubet) did themselves proud with faultless runs to ensure they added nothing more to the host nation tally.

When impressive American pathfinder Alex Granato produced his second clear of the competition with the bouncy bay gelding Carlchen W, that kept the pressure on the Canadian leaders. But single errors from both Soleau-Millar (Cacharel) and Ali Wolff (Casall), and two mistakes from Jennifer Gates (Pumped Up Kicks), moved the US on to a final total of 17 faults. And this meant that although Tidball (Concetto Son) and Serek (Wicked) each left a single fence on the floor second time out, anchorman White (For Freedom Z) could stay in the clubhouse because even without his help Team Canada would finish with just 16 on the final scoreboard.

Millar was delighted with his 10-year-old gelding Daveau. “He didn’t do the Nations Cup in Ocala because it came too early in the season, but it’s been a really fun process working with him so far and now he’s coming into his own. He gives a thousand percent in the ring, he’s a real fighter and a dream to ride - I couldn’t be more proud of him!” he said. And he was proud and happy for his American wife too. “This was her first Nations Cup, and it was exciting and rewarding that we could do this together today, even on two different teams!”

His Chef d’Equipe, Mark Laskin, is already looking forward to the third and final leg of the North/Central America and Caribbean League which will take place on home turf in Langley next month, and he was very pleased with today’s team effort. “We had a great group, they all contributed to our score and to our victory”, he said.

Result - Coapexpan (MEX):
1. Canada - 16 Faults
2. USA - 17 Faults
3. Mexico - 21 Faults

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series leaderboard - North/Central America & Caribbean League:
1 Canada 200
2 USA 165
3 Mexico 135

<![CDATA[Countries competing in Longines FEI Nations Cup Rotterdam]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/countries-competing-in-longines-fei-nations-cup-rotterdam?news_id=3412 2018-02-15 In cooperation with the national federations, the FEI has assigned the teams competing in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping of the Netherlands in Rotterdam on June 24th 2018.

Like in previous years, all countries had listed CHIO Rotterdam for their qualifiers for Europe Division 1. That made FEI decide to allocate 7 teams to CHIO Rotterdam this year. Besides home nation The Netherlands, these countries are  France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Great Britain. 

Team USA has been invited by CHIO Rotterdam to complete the list. The USA chef d'equipe immediately accepted this invitation and promised to bring his best team to Rotterdam. Robert Ridland: "Our plans have not changed and we are still very keen to be able to compete at Rotterdam.  It is our aim that Rotterdam be part of our WEG preparation and therefore we would have a strong team of horses and riders there to represent the us."

 Four times Team USA won the FEI Nations Cup at CHIO Rotterdam (1968, 1978, 1997 and 2010).

<![CDATA[Brand new Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series launches next month]]> http://chio.nl/en/news/brand-new-longines-fei-jumping-nations-cup-series-launches-next-month?news_id=3408 2018-01-30 The countdown to the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2018 - the world’s biggest and most historic team Jumping series - has started, with a sensational double kick-off in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Saturday 17 February and Ocala (USA) just 24 hours later.

The series’ new title partner Longines committed their support to this jewel in the crown of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the world governing body for horse sport, in a long-term agreement announced during the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg (SWE) last August.

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ is all about national pride, passion, tradition, trust between team mates and their super-talented horses, as well as the unique solidarity among the teams from around the world that are now set to give their all in this series, which celebrates 109 years in 2018.


Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, said: “It is a real pleasure for us to be part of this amazing series as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch. We are really proud of the strong partnership we have established with the FEI since 2013 and look forward to sharing again our common passion for equestrian sports through the newly-named Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup series.”

Several innovations will make the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ extra-special this year, with its 13 qualifiers on three continents - full calendar here.

In Europe Division 1, the number of teams competing has jumped from eight to 10 - alongside defending champions from The Netherlands will be France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden. They will be joined by Belgium and Great Britain, the two top finishing teams in Division 2 last year.

The majority of the qualifiers will this year take place on Sunday afternoons for maximum audience reach, both onsite and on TV, with Dublin - the last of the eight Europe Division 1 qualifiers - retaining its traditional Friday slot on 10 August.

All Division 1 countries will be allocated five events in 2018 at which they can collect qualifying points for the Final, with all five results counting.

Meanwhile, Europe Division 2 has been divided into four groups. A single qualifier will be staged in Budapest (HUN) on Sunday, 12 August, where a maximum of nine teams will compete for two tickets to the Final. The teams heading to Budapest will be decided by the European Equestrian Federation qualification system, as approved by the FEI, and through the FEI Jumping Nations Cup rankings system - see detailed rules at this link.

This incredible series will culminate in an awe-inspiring Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2018 Final at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (ESP) this October, where up to 20 of the world’s best Jumping teams will go head-to-head.

“Last year’s Final was a thriller and, even after all these years, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup continues to be the very best of our sport,” said Rob Ehrens, Chef d’Equipe of the Dutch team that claimed the 2017 title. “The competition is so intense, with every athlete and every round counting so much. It can be so close that whether you win or lose is decided by the very last athlete on your team. You don’t find sport like this anywhere else!”