At FEI European Championships Jumping in Riesenbeck today, the very first round of the Nations Cup was dominated by the Swiss team. Individually, Martin Fuchs and Leone Jei took over the lead from David Will and C Vier. DigiShots was there and present to give you a quick recap of the day…
Course-designer Frank Rothenberger designed a true championships course with fourteen fences, with a total length of 550 meter. Some of the most tricky fences proved to be the water jump at 7, with behind that a small Roelofsen Horse Trucks-obstacle and, in the last line, a challenging combination with a double oxer that is both high and wide, followed by the final Longines-obstacle.
Fifteen combinations stayed clear, but paired with the results from yesterday it was Martin Fuchs with Leone Jei (v. Baltic VDL) who took over the individual lead from David Will and C Vier (v. Cardento 933), who’s now in eleventh place in the individual rankings. Second in the ranking is German rider Christian Kukuk and Mumbai (v. Diamant de Semilly) and third is Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with his beautiful stallion Ermindo W (v. Singapore). In the individual standings, the top eleven riders have only one pole difference in points, so a lot can still happen.
In the Nations Cup, Switzerland takes over the lead from Sweden, who moved to the third place. Switzerland is currently standing on 5.47 points, Germany remains in second place with 8.77 points and Sweden stands on a total of 11.59 points.
Tomorrow at 13:00, the riders and horses will make themselves up for the second round, which will be Final for the Nations Cup during the FEI European Championships. On Saturday all horses wil have a day off, followed by the Individual Final on Sunday.