Henrik von Eckermann vann lördagens stora klass över 1.55-hinder. Med Cacanno var han dubbelnolla i grundomgång och omhoppning och en halv sekund snabbare än tvåan, marockanen Abdelkebir Quaddar.
Sveriges fjärdeplats i Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, division I i Rotterdam, Nederländerna, resulterade i att Sverige klättrade från sjunde till fjärde plats i tabellen.
- Jag är väldigt nöjd med alla fyra ryttarna. Malin(Baryard Johnsson) och Cue Channa och Peder Fredricson med All In gör fyra topprundor, felfria på hinder. Henrik von Eckermann och Yajamila och Charlotte Mordasini med Romane du Theil är båda bra i andra omgången, säger olympiske headcoachen Sylve Söderstrand.
Poängen var viktiga för att Sverige ska ta sig till final i Barcelona sista helgen i september.
På hemmaplan vann mästarlaget Nederländerna utan några hinderfel alls.
Till och med kungligheterna på läktarna drog på munnen för de nederländska ritterna som var enastående.
- Nu har vi tagit viktiga poäng två gånger. Men vi bör vara topp tre i Falsterbo och i den avslutande omgången i Dublin, menar Söderstrand.
TIll Falsterbo Horse Show och nästa omgång av nationshoppningen i högsta serien ansluter Rolf-Göran Bengtsson som rider Longines Global Champions Tour denna helg med Casall Ask i Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Så mycket avslöjar Sylve Söderstrand inför nästa omgång i Falsterbo.
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 - Round 14
Rotterdam (NED), 24 June 2016
FEI YouTube: https://youtu.be/n_vwk1A1NZI
The flying Dutchmen dominate on home ground in Rotterdam
by Louise Parkes
The World and European champions from The Netherlands threw down a stunning performance to win today’s fifth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 1 League in Rotterdam (NED). And it was a particularly satisfying result, because it was the first time since 2003 that they have reigned supreme on home ground. “It was thrilling!” said team-member Willem Greve after a double-clear performance with Carambole NOP that has confirmed them in the frontline for selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Only a few short weeks away now, the Olympics are on everyone’s minds, and there was plenty of tension in the air during the first half of the competition. But the home runners kept their cool to go out in front on a zero score and they never looked back. “We were firm and focused” said Greve afterwards, and that was exactly how it seemed as they had the luxury of watching the Swiss overcome the Germans in the battle for runner-up spot.
Brilliant rides from Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Peder Fredricson helped secure fourth spot for Sweden, while USA, Belgium, France and Great Britain filled the remaining places.
Dutch course designer, Louis Konickx, presented a clever test in the oddly-shaped Rotterdam ring which is much wider at one end. “It was more tricky than we thought when we walked it, not the biggest course we ever jumped but there were some technical lines. After the triple combination there was a long line to the difficult oxer with water under it, and the spread was wide there - it wasn’t that easy to go clear”, explained Dutch anchorman Maikel van der Vleuten.
However three of the four Dutch team-members returned fault-free at their first attempt, while pathfinders Harrie Smolders and the chestnut stallion Emerald NOP picked up only a single time fault when exceeding the 79 seconds time-allowed. In all there were 10 clears in the first round, and with just four faults apiece the Swiss and German sides were on level pegging at the halfway stage, with the Swedes next in line with nine faults on the board.
The British came to Rotterdam on a high after their victory in Rome (ITA) four weeks ago but were already out of touch when sharing a 12-fault tally with the French at the halfway point, and things deterioriated even further in the second round for both sides who plummeted down the leaderboard with big scores to add. The Americans and Belgians on the other hand dramatically improved when posting zero second-round scores, but it was too late to affect the final result.
The Swedes cemented their position with just four more to add for a final tally of 13 after single second-round errors from Henrik von Eckermann (Yajamila) and Charlotte Mordasini (Romand du Their) and brilliant clears from both Baryard-Johnsson with H&M ue Channa and Peder Fredriscon with H&M All In. The smile on Baryard-Johnsson’s face said it all as she cleared the line for the second time knowing that she couldn’t help but have impressed her Chef d’Equipe Sylve Soderstrand with the mare who was purchased at the end of last year with the sole intention of making the Swedish Olympic team. And the effortless ease with which Fredricson’s stallion tackles the strongest courses must also make him a major contender, his second-round tour once again looking like a walk in the park. A total of seven horse-and-rider combinations jumped double-clear today.
The Germans began to lose their grip on runner-up spot when Marco Kutscher, now well-recovered from the nasty fall he took with Van Gogh in the Grand Prix in Rome last month, put 12 on the board with Balermo as round two got underway. Fellow-countrymen Daniel Deusser (Equita van T Zorgvliet) and Marcus Ehning (Funky Fred) steadied the situation with good clears, but when Ludger Beerbaum’s Casello hit the water-tray oxer at fence nine then those four faults would prove costly.
Because Janika Sprunger and Bonne Chance CW and Martin Fuchs and Clooney were both foot-perfect so, despite a pole down for Paul Estermann and Castlefield Eclipse who had endured a much more eventful first run over the course, they could rely on the reigning Olympic individual champions to keep them secure. Steve Guerdat has been taking the greatest of care with his London 2012 Olympic ride, Nino des Buissonnets, in order to have him in the best possible condition this season and today the pair just sparkled, the 15-year-old horse showing that intensity and excitement that is his trademark and never missing a beat the whole way around the track. This ensured a four-fault finish for their country, and runner-up spot with a fence in hand over Team Germany in third.
While all that was playing itself out however the Dutch were already sitting pretty. Smolders came home well within the time at his second attempt with his fabulous stallion while Jur Vrieling and VDL Zirocco Blue showed exactly why they are one of the most trusted partnerships in the sport when leaving all the fences intact once again. So when Willem Greve steered Carambole through another exhibition of jumping then the job was done, and as he cantered past his fellow-countryman and reigning world champion Jeroen Dubbeldam who was standing in the crowd, they shared a “high-five” in celebration. Maikel van der Vleuten didn’t have to go again with VDL Groep Verdi - their first-round clear had already confirmed their form.
Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens joked afterwards that the win on home ground was so elusive that “I was thinking I would need to go and buy the victory for Rotterdam! It was the perfect victory after a long wait!” he said.
He has a difficult job ahead of him because he has so many talented horse-and-rider combinations from which to choose his Olympic side. “The decision is on my small shoulders” he said with typical modesty, “and we hope to have the best riders go to Rio. The job is not easy but it is definitely looking bright!”
The Dutch team have two more big events before Olympic selection is finally decided. First up is the next leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 Europe Division 1 League at Falsterbo (SWE) in two weeks’ time followed by Aachen (GER) a week later.
Talking about the pressure in the weeks leading up to the selection decision, Maikel van der Vleuten said tonight, “it is difficult to keep it completely out of your mind - we have a big group of riders and there is no room for mistakes, but the pressure is the same for all of us and I know my horse very well so I just try to do my thing. And today we are all very happy!”
1. Netherlands 0 faults: Emerald NOP (Harrie Smolders) 1/0, VDL Sirocco Blue NOP (Jur Vrieling) 0/0, Garambole NOP (Willem Greve) 0/0, VDL Groep Verdi TN NOP (Maikel van der Vleuten) 0/DNS
2. Switzerland 4 faults: Bonne Chance CW (Janika Springer) 4/0, Clooney (Martin Fuchs) 0/0, Castlefield Eclipse (Paul Estermann) 19/4, Nino des Buissonnets (Steve Guerdat) 0/0.
3. Germany 8 faults: Balermo (Marco Kutcher) 4/12, Equita van T Zorgvlist (Daniel Deusser) 9/0, Funky Fred (Marcus Ehning) 0/0, Casello (Ludger Beerbaum) 0/4.
4. Sweden 13 faults: Yajamila (Henrik Von Eckermann) 8/4, H&M Cue Channa 42 (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) 1/0, Romane du Theil (Charlotte Mordasini) 8/4, H&M All In (Peder Fredricson) 0/0.
5. USA 16 faults: Voyeur (Kent Farrington) 4/0, VDL Wizard (Callan Solem) 9/8, Zeremonie (Laura Kraut) 4/0, Cortes C (Beezie Madden) 8/0.
6. Belgium 21 faults: H&M Legend of Love (Olivier Philippaerts) 9/0, Gautcho da Quinta (Catherine Van Roosbroeck) 4/0, As Cold as Ice Z (Judy-Ann elchior) 8/0, Algorhythem (Gregory Wathelet) 13/DNS.
7. France 28 faults: Qlassic Bois Margot (Simon Delestre) 8/12, Reveur de Hurtebise HDC (Kevin Staut) 4/4, Orient Express HDC (Patrice Delaveau) 8/16, Flora de Mariposa (Penelope Leprevost) 0/0.
8. Great Britain 32 faults: Tic Tac (Ben Maher) 0/4, Spirit T (Jessica Mendoza) 4/9, Catwalk IV (Robert Whitaker) 8/8, Utamaro D’Ecaussines (Joe Clee) 16/17.
Full result here
Facts and Figures:
Rotterdam in The Netherlands presented the fifth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ 2016 Jumping Europe Division League today.
This was the 68th anniversary of CHIO Rotterdam.
8 nations competed and the host country foursome of Harrie Smolders (Emerald NOP), Jur Vrieling (VDL Sirocco Blue NOP), Willem Greve (Carambole (NOP) and Maikel van der Vleuten (VDL Groep Verdi TN NOP) reigned supreme.
This was the first Dutch win on home ground since 2003.
Course designer was The Netherlands’ Louis Konickx.
7 horse-and-rider combinations jumped double-clear - Jur Krieling (VDL Sirocco Blue NOP) NED, Willeem Greve (Carambola NOP) NED, Martin Fuchs (Clooney) SUI, Steve Guerdat (Nino des Buissonets) SUI, Marcus Ehning (Funky Fred) GER, Peder Fredricson (H&M All In) SWE and Penelope Leprevost (Flora de Mariposa) FRA.
All four horses on the winning Dutch side are stallions.
The youngest horse in today’s competition was the nine-year-old mare Zeremonie ridden by America’s Laura Kraut.
The oldest horse was the 15-year-old gelding Nino des Buissonnets who, together with his Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, claimed individual gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 Europe Division 1 League will take place in Falsterbo, Sweden on Friday 8 July.
Belle de Bruin, President CHIO Rotterdam: “Thank you to all the riders for a fantastic show today. We certainly know the recipe now after 13 years…we just need lots and lots of rain and the Dutch team will win! It has really made this 68th CHIO Rotterdam very special.”
Yves Houtackers, Jumping Director Dutch Federation: “We are very happy today. We have the best riders in the world and it’s not easy for Louis Konickx, Course Designer to keep coming up with the difficult courses. 7 double clears today, they did a great job. That is what makes the sport , the riders, the team, it’s fantastic.”
Dutch Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens, talking about Olympic selection: “It is still open and the final decision will be made on 17 July after Aachen. There is time between now and then for resting before heading to Aachen, and we also have Falsterbo to think about. We will go to both competitions with strong teams.”
Willem Greve NED: “My horse has been fantastic all year, very consistent and he did two beautiful rounds today. All four stallions on our team were fantastic! With my horse I know if I ride well he does his best and you can trust in him, he is a great partner. I’m very happy with my team mates - to win like this at home in front of our Queen (Princess Beatrix who watched the competition today) was altogether like a dream come true!”
Dutch Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens: “Aachen is very close to Rio but it is very much the wrong conclusion to think that the team in Aachen will not be the team going to the Games” Ehrens said.
Maikel van der Vleuten NED: “Normally I go always as second rider of the team but today Rob decided to change this order and as fourth rider it gives you more pressure to go clear. I was lucky today and I was clear in the first round and Rob told me it was fine for him if I didn’t jump again in the second round because we already had the result we wanted!”
Standings in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 Europe Division 1 League after fifth leg at Rotterdam (NED):
1. Netherlands - 260
2. France - 215
3. Great Britain - 200
4. Sweden - 145
4. Switzerland - 145
6. Germany - 135
7. Belgium - 100
7. Ireland - 100
9. Italy - 47.5
10. Czech Republic - 45
Full standings here
For further information on the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series check out this link
Sverige är med i matchen i Rotterdam. Peder Fredricson satte en felfri ritt i första omgången av Furusiyya Nations Cup, division I i Rotterdam, Nederländerna med H&M All In.
Malin Baryard Johnsson var också felfri på hinder med H&M Cue Channa, men hade ett tidsfel.
Sverige är fyra inför andra omgången
Hemmanationen Nederländerna toppar. Fyra felfria ryttare. Harrie Smoulders och hingsten Emerald bockade till sig ett tidsfel. Övriga tre var prickfria.
Tyskland är också med i toppen. Belgien sladdar och har så här långt 21 fel och är åtta inför andra omgången.
Sverige hoppas på nya friska poäng i Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup i Rotterdam. Sverige har startnummer sju av åtta lag.
FEI- tv direktsänder hoppningen som startar 15:00.
I det svenska laget öppnar Henrik von Eckermann. Malin Baryard Johnsson och H&M Cue Channa går ut som andreryttare.
Debutanten i laget Charlotte Mordasini är tredjeryttare och ankaret är Peder Fredricson som avslutar.
Samtliga åtta lag kommer med starka laguppställningar.
Så det är bara att hålla tummarna för det svenska laget.
Sverige, Nederländera, Frankrike, Storbritannien och Schweiz jagar poäng i jakten på en finalplats i Barcelona sista helgen i september.
FEI-tv, betalkanal sänder direkt.
Mordasini in i svenska laget i Rotterdam
Det svenska hopplaget firar midsommar med poängjakt i Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup i Rotterdam, Nederländerna.
Sverige ställer ett starkt svenskt lag på banan.
I laget rider Peder Fredricson, H&M All In, Malin Baryard Johnsson, H&M Cue Channa, Henrik von Eckermann/Yajamila, Charlotte Mordasini, Romane du Theil, ett sto efter For Pleasure och Jonna Ekberg, med Air Pia VG Z är inför start femte ryttare.
- Jag väljer att låta Charlotte(Mordasini) rida i laget. Det blir hennes debut i högsta division, säger olympiske headcoachen Sylve Söderstrand.
Jonna Ekberg som red i det svenska laget i Sopot, Polen i division II är nu femteryttare. Jonna red en felfri runda och en med fyra fel i Polen, där Sverige slutade sexa.
- Jonna gör starka ritter i lagsammanhang, säger Söderstrand.
Sverige tog sina första poäng i högsta serien i St Gallen, Schweiz, genom en andraplats efter tre felfria ritter i andra omgången av Peder Fredricson, Malin Baryard Johnsson och Helena Persson.
I Rotterdam handlar det också om viktiga poäng för Sverige, som även kan addera resultaten i Falsterbo och Dublin, Irland.
Det är tuff uppställning i Rotterdam trots att Longines Global Champions Tour rids i Monaco under midsommarhelgen.
Frankrike, Storbritannien, Schweiz, Tyskland, USA och Belgien kommer med topplag och hemmanationen radar upp världsstjärnor. I det amerikanska laget rider både Bezzie Madden och McLain Ward, rankad världsetta.
Målet för Sverige är givetvis final i Barcelona 22-25 september. I nuläget håller Sverige en sjundeplats i tabellen i högsta serien.