Sweden Wins Falsterbo Nations Cup for 3rd Year, Russia 2nd, Denmark 3rd, USA 4th
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
FALSTERBO, Sweden, July 16, 2017–Sweden won the Nations Cup Sunday, taking this CDIO5* for the third straight year and moving to the top of the standings of the seven-event trans-Atlantic series. Russia, competing in this year’s lineup for first time this year, was reserve champion with Denmark in third and the United States fourth.
Cheered on by enthusiastic crowds that enjoyed two days of hot sunny weather before familiar rain and wind arrived Sunday, the Swedish team that was made up of their top combinations was favored from the start in this Nations Cup presented by the Axel Johnson Group.
They delivered domination.
Final placings: 1. Sweden 445.472; 2. Russia 406.532; 3. Denmark 398.106; 4. USA 273.110.
Despite the first application of a format restricting teams to three horses and riders that an elimination of one pair crippled America’s hopes of staying atop the rankings after five competitions, there appeared to be no lessening of effort by all of the contestants including the the two remaining U.S. duos.
Four teams started in this Nations Cup, after Germany had to withdraw when one of its riders was injured days before the competition in which all combinations competed in the Grand Prix, two in the Grand Prix Special and one in the Freestyle. The U.S. was out of contention when Mette Rosencrantz of Topango, California and Marron were the first Americans into the Grand Prix but were eliminated when the horse spooked in the atmosphere of the big arena then appeared uneven.
Denmark, Russia and Sweden continued each with three team members while the U.S. left with two also went on with Chase Hickok of Wellington, Florida on Sagacious HF and Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Nintendo.
Patrik Kittel on his Olympic mount Deja wrapped up the team victory for Sweden Sunday by taking the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 79.375 per cent after Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén on Paridon Magi was awarded 72.686 per cent and Rose Mathisen on Zuidenwind received 72.431 per cent in the Grand Prix Special.
Chase Hickok, the second youngest rider in the competition, on Sagacious HF that was the oldest horse at 18, was second individually in the Freestyle with a score of 73.525 per cent. The pair placed fourth in the opening leg, the Grand Prix, behind the three Swedish riders.
The results of this Nations Cup puts Sweden at the top of the series standings with 41 points while the USA drops to second place with 38 points.
The next Nations Cup in this series–the second year as an official International Equestrian Federation (FEI) event–is later this week at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.
Eight countries are competing in yet a fourth different format: the more traditional four-member teams contesting the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special. The Freestyle is an individual competition.
Germany led by world No. 1 Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, Olympic team gold and individual silver medalists and Omaha World Cup champion, is favored. She will be joined by Rio team mate Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, Olympic rider Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis, Jr. and Olympic and championship veteran Hubertus Schmidt on Imperio.
However, the United States is conceding nothing, fielding a powerful team of world No. 4 Laura Graves on Verdades, Olympic bronze medal team mate Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, Rotterdam Nations Cup gold medal team mate Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir and 2012 Olympic rider Adrienne Lyle on Salvino.
Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden have also entered teams.
|Rank||Nat.||Rider||Horse Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner||€||E||H||C||M||B||Total|
|1||SWE||Paridon Magi Gelding / SWB / Brown / 2003 / Don Primero x Napoleon 625 / Niclas Magnussontomelilla / Lövsta Stuteri Ab||14000||73.039 1||73.529 1||72.157 1||72.549 2||72.157 2||72.686|
|2||SWE||Zuidenwind 1187 Stallion/ KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Oo Seven x Jazz / H. Van Helvoirt, Rosmalen / Gränsbo Stuteri & VDL Stud||10000||73.039 1||72.647 2||71.078 2||72.647 1||72.745 1||72.431|
|3||RUS||Diavolessa VA Mare / HANN / Brownbay / 2008 / Don Frederico x Londonderry / Scheele Von Alven, Josef / Josef Scheele Von Alven||7000||71.373 3||71.078 3||69.510 3||70.588 3||69.412 3||70.392|
|4||DEN||Wasabi Old Gelding / OLDBG / Dark Bay / 2005 / Welt Hit IV x Lancer I / Radloff, Hans / Michalke, Victoria||5000||68.137 4||66.569 4||65.980 4||66.863 4||67.353 4||66.980|
|5||DEN||Eno Gelding / / Chestnut / 2004 / Eskadron x Pardon / / Karin Nissen & Torben Suhr||4000||65.980 5||63.529 6||64.314 5||61.667 6||65.588 5||64.216|
|6||RUS||Ju JU Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2004 / Vdumchivy x Diofan / / Sokolova V.&Bushina, L.||3000||63.137 7||64.020 5||63.824 6||61.569 7||65.000 6||63.510|
|7||USA||Kastel’s Nintendo Stallion/ KWPN / Bay / 2003 / Negro x Monaco / C. Rommens, Bavel / Kastel Denmark||1500 €||63.922 6||63.333 7||62.647 7||62.255 5||61.569 7||62.745|
|Rank||Nat.||Rider||Horse Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner||€||E||H||C||M||B|
|1||SWE||DejaMare / SWB / Bay / 2004 / Silvano x Don Schufro / Marie Harward, Smygehamn / Marie Harward||15500||75.250 82.000 78.625 1||76.750 83.000 79.875 1||76.750 83.000 79.875 1||77.750 82.000 79.875 1||74.250 83.000 78.625 1||76.150 82.600 79.375|
|2||USA||Sagacious HFGelding / KWPN / Black / 1999 / Welt Hit II x Cocktail / G. Van De Boogaard, Erp / Hyperion Farm Inc||11500||72.250 74.000 73.125 2||71.750 77.000 74.375 2||70.250 75.000 72.625 2||74.250 75.000 74.625 2||69.750 76.000 72.875 2||71.650 75.400 73.525|
|3||RUS||VoskGelding / / Brown / 2005 / Vodoley / / Merkulova, Inessa||8500||68.750 73.000 70.875 3||68.000 74.000 71.000 3||69.250 71.000 70.125 3||70.500 74.000 72.250 3||67.000 72.000 69.500 3||68.700 72.800 70.750|
|4||DEN||MiraMare / DWB / Bay / 2000 / Michellino x Blue Hors Cavan / / Malene Ebbesen||6500||66.750 72.000 69.375 4||66.500 70.000 68.250 4||62.500 67.000 64.750 4||67.250 71.000 69.125 4||65.500 71.000 68.250 4||65.700 70.200 67.950|