Belgium Take Finals of The FEI Nations Cup in a Tense Competition
The show jumping finals of the FEI Nations Cup was staged at Barcelona in Spain with fourteen teams competing for the prestigious title and generous prize money available. It ended being a close contest for the top three places. There were fourteen nations with teams to qualify for these finals.
In the first of three rounds, Santiago Varela from Spain set a course of 540 meters requiring seventeen jumping efforts in a time allowed of 81 seconds. There were two water jumps as well as the usual double and treble for each combination to negotiate. As with all Nations Cup rounds, there were four riders to each team and the scores of the three best riders of each team added together – the worst round of the team was the discard score. The teams were mostly from Europe, but Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico also qualified for the finals in earlier
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