Netherlands Wins Rotterdam Nations Cup, Sweden 2nd, USA 3rd
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ROTTERDAM, June 20, 2015–The Netherlands team of mostly Olympic and world championship combinations won the CDIO5* Nations Cup Saturday, dominating from the beginning of the most complicated team competition that included all three Grand Prix levels. Sweden won silver and the United States bronze in the third of six events in the trans-Atlantic series.
The Swedish Olympic and double World Games partnership of Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic was the top individual in the Freestyle with a score of 81.875 per cent, as he was in the Grand Prix Thursday. Team mate Paulinda Friberg on Di Lappoonia T on 77.000 per cent in the Freestyle cemented Sweden’s runnerup placing.
“Again I did not believe I would win,” Patrik said. “Edward is a fighter and the freestyle is his thing, Hans Peter was on form so I thought I would be third, but Scandic rode a super test”.
The team of Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Johnson TN, the top scoring Dutch pair with a personal best of 81.050 per cent, Edward Gal on Glock’s Undercover, Diederik van Silfhout on Arlando and Patrick van der Meer on Uzzo earned the Netherlands 15 points. It moved them to second place behind Germany on the Nations Cup standings with a total of 22 points.
Arlene Page of Wellington, Florida on Woodstock with the highest American scores in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle and Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Nintendo with the top team result in the Grand Pix Special led the United States to third place.
Germany maintained the series lead they held after two Nations Cups–Vidauban, France and Wellington, Florida in March–when it finished in fifth place in Rotterdam despite the retirement of one of its three combinations during the Grand Prix Freestyle, the final phase of the event.
Final Rotterdam CDIO5* placings were: 1. Netherlands, 2. Sweden, 3. United States, 4, Belgium, 5. Germany, 6. Great Britain, 7. France.
FEI Nations Cup Standings after three events: 1. Germany 24, 2. Netherlands 22, 3. United States 21, 4-T. France 13, 4-T. Sweden, 13, 6. Canada 8, 7-T Italy 6, 7-T Great Britain 6, 9. Russia 5.
This event had the most complicated format of any of the Nations Cups in the three years of the series that is still a “test”–all horses and riders competed in the Grand Prix first phase; the third and fourth placed members of the team competed in the Grand Prix Special and the first and second placed combinations rode in the Grand Prix Freestyle. The top three scores counted.
The next events are both top ranked CDIO5* and on the same week–Hagen, Germany and Falsterbo, Sweden July 9-12.