France Wins Hickstead Nations Cup to Repeat as Winners from 2017, Great Britain 2nd, Portugal 3rd

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Pierre Volla and Badinda Altena. File photo. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HICKSTEAD, England, July 29, 2018–France won the Nations Cup Sunday, repeating the 2017 team competition victory that was their first ever top placing. Great Britain placed second and Portugal third. Sweden was the overall winner of the trans-Atlantic series of seven events for the second year in a row.

Pierre Volla on Badinda Altena led France to victory, posting a personal best score of 76.325 per cent to win the Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday after placing first individually in the Grand Prix Friday.

Hayley Watson-Greaves on Rubins Nite placed second on 74.575 per cent to earn silver for Great Britain that had no room for error when one of the four combinations withdrew to leave the country with the minimum of three horses and riders.

Portugal finished third and Sweden fourth in this event that was the the third straight week of Nations Cup competitions, that has sparked criticism from some countries. The series began in Wellington, Florida at the end of March then moved to Europe.

This year also saw a new scoring format for five of the six European shows of placings of three combinations in the Grand Prix and three from the combined Grand Prix Special and Freestyle with the lowest score winning. The CDIO5* in Aachen, Germany, the world’s premier horse show, retained the traditional format of counting scores from the top three combinations on each team.

Sweden clinched the series in Falsterbo, Sweden, the fifth event in the lineup.

Results:

CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle

Pl. Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 PIERRE VOLLA
FRAFEI ID 10062012
BADINDA ALTENE
FEI ID 103HK27
73.00
76.00
(1)
74.75
77.00
(2)
75.50
82.00
(2)
75.25
78.00
(1)
73.75
78.00
(1)
76.325%
2 HAYLEY WATSON-GREAVES
GBRFEI ID 1008848
RUBINS NITE
BHSFEI ID 103RB72
70.50
73.00
(2)
73.75
78.00
(2)
75.50
83.00
(1)
70.50
73.00
(3)
71.50
77.00
(2)
74.575%
3 MIGUEL RALAO DUARTE
PORFEI ID 10019501
XENOFNTE D’ATELA
FEI ID 104PV85
69.75
73.00
(3)
71.32
75.00
(5)
71.25
76.00
(3)
69.50
75.00
(2)
68.25
68.00
(5)
71.707%
4 RODRIGO TORRES
PORFEI ID 10017044
FOGOSO
FEI ID 105NX97
68.50
70.00
(4)
75.00
77.00
(1)
67.75
72.00
(7)
69.25
72.00
(6)
69.00
72.00
(3)
71.250%
5 CHARLOTTE HAID BONDERGAARD
SWEFEI ID 10031947
ROBERTO DES FRETTES
FEI ID 103VX18
66.50
69.00
(7)
68.25
72.00
(6)
70.25
75.00
(4)
69.00
74.00
(4)
68.75
72.00
(4)
70.475%
6 ARNAUD SERRE
FRAFEI ID 10045173
ULTRABLUE DE MASSA
FEI ID 103ZU68
67.00
71.00
(5)
72.75
75.00
(4)
68.25
74.00
(6)
68.25
72.00
(7)
65.25
65.00
(8)
69.850%
7 NATALIE OLDFORDS
SWEFEI ID 10093860
MICKY M
FEI ID 105WS55
66.50
68.00
(8)
68.00
72.00
(7)
70.75
74.00
(5)
69.50
73.00
(5)
66.75
66.00
(6)
69.450%
8 VICKY THOMPSON WINFEILD
GBRFEI ID 10060406
MANGO JACARO
ANCCEFEI ID 104RQ00
67.00
71.00
(5)
68.25
71.00
(8)
66.75
72.00
(8)
68.25
69.00
(8)
65.00
67.00
(7)
68.525%