With a fantastic tour of Quel Homme de Hus (by Quidam de Revel), Jerome Guerre has led Belgium to the 2022 Nations Cup and Olympic Games in Paris. The Belgian team was the only one to finish the match without any penalty points. France won the silver, while Switzerland was third. The Netherlands finished fourth, with a total of eight penalty points. Harrie Smolders and Monaco NOP (by Cassini II) stayed clear – just like Thursday – and took home a €20,000 bonus.
Eight teams qualified for the FEI Nations Cup Final. The Netherlands won the title last year after the team narrowly made it to the final day. This year the orange runners finished fifth in the first round. With the score back to zero, everything was still open in the final. Time wasn’t the issue on Sunday, but the various technical questions and effort still required in the latter part of the course led to a number of bars.
Early damage to Germany and Ireland
The dreams of Germany and Ireland soon faded with their first sets. André Thieme had several communication errors with DSP Chakaria (by Chapter 1) and Jana Wargers and Limbridge (by Limbus) weren’t quite right in the trio. Eight penalty points after two sets for the Germans. The damage was even greater with the Irish, and they had to count 12 penalty points on the spot. The British and Spaniards also started the final with some difficulty, although to the delight of the local fans there was a clear run of Alberto Marques Gallopardes with Aldo de Manoir (from Iowa).
Van der Vleuten
Maikel van der Vleuten was the Netherlands’ first player with Beauville Z NOP (by Bustique). Van der Vleuten managed to make a large after-water correction to come out well on the delicate wooden ramp, which stood at seven Canter jumps. Bovell seemed to notice something when the bull was overexcited in the water after a rather awkward turn, as the horse also came to the side a bit. It took a beam. The duo managed to pass the last difficult lines without damage.
Wood saw replacement
Mark Hotssager replaced Johnny Pals on Sunday, who led the Dutch team’s first round on Thursday. Houtzager rode very precisely through the big track with the relatively inexperienced Holy Moley (by Verdi TN). The massive stretch through the water didn’t cause the duo any problems on the back slope, but they came in too quickly in the three fork and too close to the center element moments later. Then the indentation for the last mix was missed: eight penalty points, four van der Vleuten had to count on. Lovely tour of Houtzager and good experience of Holy Moley on this level.
Belgium, France and Switzerland
Belgium got off to a good start in Barcelona with the focus of Casanova de la Pomme (by Bamako de Mozi) under Coen Ferric. The duo showed a clear run for the second time this weekend. Iron Man Van de Badenbauer (by Darko) was in full swing with Gregory Wathelet, but ran into a one-jumping foul; They went a little deeper into one of the groups. The French were the favorites after a crystal clear performance on day one. Cayman Julie Jumper (by Hexted) once again flew very well over the big obstacles with Simon Delister. The ten-year-old is getting better at riding. Gregory Cotard’s mare Bibici (by Norman Brie Noir) made a rather boring mistake in the second hurdle. After that, the mushroom woke up and the two of them stayed away from the wood. Eduard Schmitz immediately gave the Swiss a clear tour with Kono (by Quo Vadis). Second rider Pius Schweizer received a somewhat undeserved penalty with Vancouver de Lanlor (by Toulon).
The third knights
It wasn’t a great day for the British. Third rookie Jodie Hall McAteer made a wrong turn in the trio and saw two pieces go down with Salt’N Peppa. Last time it went well, but for the Brits there wasn’t much to gain by counting 4 and 8 penalty points after three rounds. It didn’t end for the Germans either, after a good run Christian Kocock and Mumbai (by Diamant de Semmeli) got a bar at the front of the penultimate group.
Friling and Long John Silver
Gore Freeling and Long John Silver (via Lasino) had to stay honest to get close to the podium. Today’s Long Jun seemed very rideable, attentive and with a lot of poise. Vrieling and Gray made it a little sexy on the over-water hitch, but only on the last line did things still go wrong with his hind legs. A total of eight penalty points for the Netherlands with one contestant remaining. Jill Thomas then made a clear run with plenty of artwork and plane, so that Belgium climbed to the top of the ratings. The young Belgian rides it well, because his mare Calleryama (by Casall) really needed some help.
Expensive tape for Epaillard
Michael Bender backed the Irish honor with a beautiful net tour of HHS Calais (by Cavalier Royal), although there wasn’t much left for his team. Julien Ebailard was the third candidate to start with Caracol de la Roque. In the penultimate group jump, an expensive bar went down, which means that France also received 4 fouls, just like Switzerland. Only Belgium kept a clean sheet after three sets.
The Olympic ticket is at stake
Switzerland also used reserve for starters, in this case Steve Guerdat with Venard de Cerisy (by Open Up Semilly) who started in place of Niklaus Rütschi. The duo finished second at Spruce Meadows a few weeks ago, so it was no surprise that they survived on day one. Guerdat kept Switzerland in the race with a great clear run. If the Belgians get it wrong, a leap for the title should follow. In addition, Belgium and Switzerland competed in Barcelona for a ticket to Paris 2024, which both countries had not yet conquered at Herning. Harry Smulders was the fourth player for the Netherlands with the Monaco NOP. Cassini’s second son still looks fresh after Thursday’s clear run. For the obvious double sets, there is also a cash bonus in Barcelona, a hundred thousand that is split among all riders who succeed. It wasn’t really sexy at all, but it was very beautiful. Thanks to Smulders’ straightforward, easy-to-look round, Holland finished with eight penalty kicks. It was just a matter of time to see what classification it would lead to.
For Belgium, the pressure was on Jerome Gehry and Coel Homme de Hos, the World Cup silver medalists in Denmark. They had to stay honest to win the Nations Cup and win the Olympic ticket. With gentle stretches through the three forks, I rode the top set without issues to the final segment which proved too difficult for many who came before them. But Guéry maintained his composure and crossed the finish line with his fist. Final rookie Kevin Stout had the commendable task of holding onto the silver with the Scuderia 1918 Viking d’la Rousserie (by Caprice du Bois Margot) for France, who had four fouls. If Stout throws a rod, it will depend on time whether France, Switzerland or the Netherlands take the bronze. But Staut never made a mistake and rode brilliantly to second and second place.
Lansink: Shit wrong
“Not good enough,” Jos Lansink reacts to KNHS immediately afterwards. “There could have been a lot of people today. Jur really got a bug wrong and Maikel got an overwater bug. He wouldn’t have gotten it if he got hit again, but he thought his horse was clicking his turn towards the fence. With one mistake Less, we are only second and that would have been very easy.”