Sweden recorded a convincing victory in the 12th leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series at Sopot in Poland on Friday to move within one point of the leading Belgians on the Europe Division 2 league table.
Sylve Soderstrand deliberately selected a strong side for this qualifier with the intention of boosting his country’s position at this stage in the series, and with his sights set on a return to Europe Division 1 next season.
A clean sheet for all four of his riders first time out put them firmly in the driving seat at the end of the first round, and anchorman, Peder Fredricson, was not required to jump a second time when team-mates Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Emma Emanuelsson recorded two of the three double-clears of the day to clinch it. Belgium finished second despite the elimination of Ludo Phillipaerts who took a fall first time out, but perhaps the biggest and most heartening surprise of the day was the third-place result for the Hungarian side who finished with just one fault more than the Belgians as the exciting competition drew to a close.
A total of 13 teams started in round one, but only six returned for the second round and it was the Norwegians who slotted into fourth ahead of The Netherlands who slipped from second to fifth in the closing stages as their performance deteriorated. Switzerland finished sixth, but, like the Dutch, their second-round effort was considerably less impressive as they added 32 additional faults to complete on a big total of 41.
The Hippodrome at the seaside town of Sopot, which lies on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, was bathed in bright sunlight throughout the class, and course designer, Poland’s Lukasz Jankowski, set them the perfect test. The all-weather arena, which measures just 50 x 80 metres, was packed with fences but the lines were all very rideable and while the open water proved the bogey of the day, faults were also accrued at other points around the cleverly-created 12-fence track. The double of verticals at fence five saw plenty of action, as did the triple combination at fence 10, and several riders found themselves with a long ride ahead after hitting the very first fence on the track, a simple 1.45m oxer.
The Longines timing system played an important role as the time-allowed of 78 seconds proved influential, and it was the single time penalties collected by Hungary’s last-line rider Laszlo Toth that prevented his side from overwhelming the second-placed Belgians. But Toth and his lovely 10-year-old grey, Isti, whose water-jumping expertise was second to none, demonstrated the inspirational quality of this series which is exposing talent and potential in a way that has never previously been possible. Team-mate Emil Orban and Lacapo set his country on the road to a great result with a trail-blazing clear, and while many teams with much more experience wilted in the closing stages, the Hungarians remained impressive to the end.
Sweden now lies just one point adrift of Belgium at the top of the Europe Division 2 leaderboard, but there are still five more legs to go in this Division before the line-up for the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping final takes place. Budapest in Hungary is the next port of call in Division 2 in July, but before then the Furusiyya action resumes next Friday, 21 June, with the Europe Division 1 fixture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 – Round 12 at Sopot (POL)
1. Sweden 8 faults: Lunatic (Jens Fredricson) 0/8, Baltimore (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) 0/0, Titan (Emma Emanuelson) 0/0, H&M Cash In (Peder Fredricson) 0/DNS.
2. Belgium 13 faults: Santa Maria (Jos Lansink) 5/0, Denver van’t Goemanshof (Ludo Philippaerts) Elim/4, Papillon Z (Rik Hemeryck) 4/4, Bufero van het Panishof (Dirk Demeersman) 0/0.
3. Hungary 14 faults: Lacapo (Emil Orban) 0/4, Chacco Boy (Szabolcs Krucso) 17/DNS, Timpex Cabale (Gabor Szabo) 4/4, Isti (Laszio Toth) 1/1.
4. Norway 17 faults: Cassiopeia (Stein Endresen) 4/5, Dimaro VD Looise Heide (Dag Ove Kingsrod) 0/8, CC Top (Ole Kristoffer Meland) 4/0, Quartel du Mazes (Tony Andre Hansen) 4/4.
5. Netherlands 21 faults: Wait and See (Michel Hendrix) 1/8, Wigeunerin (Bart Haselbekke) 0/8, Waldo (Stephanie Brugmann) 0/8, Dallas du Domaine Z (Wesley Heydens) RET/4.
6. Switzerland 41 faults: Biness van Overis (Paul Freimuller) 0/8, Davidoff v Schi-Hof CH (Niklaus Schurtenberger) 8/16, Uppie de Lis (Melanie Freimuller) 4/8, Croesus (Beat Mandli) 5/RET.
7. Poland 9 faults IN ROUND ONE: Bischof L (Andrzej Lemanski) 12, El Camp (Lukasz Koza) 5, Wawantos v. Renvillehoeve (Lukasz Wasilewski) 4, Centino du Ry (Igor Kawiak) 0.
7. Denmark 9 faults IN ROUND ONE: Clausewitz N (Karina Rie Truelsen) 13, Goerklintgaards Montana (Kim Henriksen) 5, Antares (Torben Frandsen) 0, Liconto del Pierre (Lars Bak Andersen) 4.
9. Germany 13 faults IN ROUND ONE: FST Dipylon (Michael Kolz) 0, Manou (Jana Wargers) 15, Candino (Leonie Jonigkeit) 5, Flotte Deem (Denise Sulz) 8.
10. Finland 17 faults IN ROUND ONE: Elba (Niclas Aromaa) 9, Calandro (Sebastian Numminen) 8, Celestine (Satu Liukkonen) 4, Agropoint Cassium (Kaarlo Kovacs 5.
10. Czech Republic 17 faults IN ROUND ONE: Kallisto (Jiri Skrivan) 8, Lukas Ninja (Zuzana Zelinkova) 22, Carmen Arcus (Ondrej Zvara) 4, Zidande P (Ales Opatrny) 5.
12. Argentina 19 faults IN ROUND ONE: Matrix (Jose Maria Larocca) 1, Casparo (Luis Pedro Biraben) 9, Remonta Parforce Cooper (Alexis Trosch) 9, Milano de Flore (Alejandro Madorno) 9.
13. Italy 25 faults IN ROUND ONE: Loro Piana Tamarix FM (Davide Kainich) 8, Wivina (Luca Marziani) 9, Admara (Emanuele Gaudiano) 8, Baretto (Roberto Turchetto) 17.