Sweden Wins Norway’s Nations Cup, Norway 2nd, Denmark 3rd
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KRISTIANSAND, Norway, June 26, 2014–Charlotte Haid Bondegaard and Triviant led Sweden to victory in the inaugural Nations Cup Thursday with the home side of Norway taking silver and Denmark bronze.
Charlotte and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding scored 70.500 per cent to place individually with fellow Swede Emilie Nyeröd and Miata placing second on 69.840 per cent while Norway’s Cathrine Rasmussen on Fernandez placing third on 68.940 per cent and breaking up a Swedish sweep of the top results.
Better to ride
“I have had the feeling for the last four to six weeks that my horse is more quiet and much better to ride – it’s like he is listening to me more and we are having fun now! I could feel a change when we competed in Hamburg (GER) although we made too many mistakes in the Grand Prix there. After Hamburg he had a small break and then we did the National Swedish Championships, and in the Grand Prix and the Kur I had a great feeling there” she explained.
Charlotte, 47, bought Triviant in 2011 after the horse was ridden by Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath.
“I have him three years now and at the beginning it was very difficult,” she said. “He was very strong. The first year was hard and so was the second year but now everything is getting better, I trust him and he trusts me so it all feels very different.”
Swedish team mate Tinne Vilhemson Silfven told Charlotte to be patient as it takes three years to get to really know a horse “and I think she is right. I feel we are on the right road together now.
“My ambition, of course, is to go to the WEG in Normandy, but I’m not getting too stressed about it, I’m taking one competition at a time, if it happens, it happens, and if not then we just continue to have fun. We will compete in Sweden next Sunday and then Triviant will have a weeks’ break out in the field before getting ready for the five-Star at Falsterbo.”
The result consolidated Sweden’s second place behind the Netherlands in the FEI Nations Cup standings after the fourth of six events scheduled for the global series. Denmark moved into sole third place on the rankings.
Sweden placed third at Vidauban, France four months ago and in Rotterdam, Netherlands last week while Denmark was the runnerup in Rotterdam which was their first Nations Cup this year.
This the second year of the Nations Cup series that is still a pilot project with six countries hosting the team event. Four countries hosted the inaugural 2013 series.
The Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida kicked off this year’s schedule, followed by Vidauban, with Rotterdam last week, Kristiansand this week, the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany in three weeks and the finale at Hickstead, England in August.
1. Sweden 208.420
Paridon Magi/Caroline Darcourt – 68.080%
Triviant 2/Charlotte Haid Bondergaard – 70.500%
Bocelli/Rose Mathisen – (67.760%)
Miata/Emilie Nyreröd – 69.840%
2. Norway 204.320
Tobajo Pik Disney/Trude Hestengen – 67.900%
Pro-Set/Lillann Jebsen – 67.480%
Carte D’Or/Camilla Kalseth – (63.840%)
Fernandez/Cathrine Rasmussen – 68.940%
3. Denmark 202.080
Acapello Foldager/Malene Folmer Jensen – (65.700%)
Jojo AZ/Agnete Kirk Thingaard – 67.340%
Volstrupgaards Cassiopeia/Allen Skov – 67.340%
Goerklintsgaards Fanero/Lena Leschly Aamann – 67.580.
4. Finland 199.300
Wizard ll/Elisabet Ehrnrooth – 64.940%
Soraya ll/Stella Hagelstam – 67.760%
Adonna/Johanna Heikkila – (63.280%)
Solos Lacan/Eevamaria Porthan-Brodell – 66.600%
Standings after four events (unofficial as compiled by dressage-news.com)
1. Netherlands – 30 points
2. Sweden – 28
3. Denmark – 20
4. USA – 15
4. Belgium – 15
6. France – 11
7. Great Britain – 9
8. Canada – 8
8. Norway – 8
10. Spain – 7
11. Australia – 6
11. Germany – 6
11. Finland – 6
14. Colombia – 4
15. Russia – 4
|Judges-E: Lone Dichmann (DEN) H: Torunn Knævelsrud (NOR) C: Gotthilf Riexinger (GER)M: Magnus Ringmark (SWE) B: Irmeli Summanen (FIN)|