It’s TIME for the ultimate team competition as Longines bring us the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final 2017.
The Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping final, with national pride at stake this title is coveted by jumpers worldwide. But what is it about this prestigious team competition that adds the fire to the atmosphere that we have witnessed all weekend at the legendary Real Club de Polo in Barcelona.
Collective cooperation towards a common goal means that emotions, passions and stakes are quadrupled as a result of the combined, singular desire within the four member team. With the reputation of their nations on the line there is a heightened sense that putting on a strong team performance is essential.
Tonight Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, The USA, France, Germany and Canada will battle it out for the chance to be the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping champions 2017.
“To represent your country is one of the biggest things that you can do in your sport. It gives you an amazing feeling and great national pride. I love the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ because it pits teams against teams, countries against countries and you find out who is the strongest jumping nation out there. If you can win this competition it gives you an incredibly special feeling.”
Niels Bruynseels (Team Belgium)
Last night’s unforgettable victory for the UAE in the Challenge Cup once again proved that the will and belief of a nation can overpower the strength of individuals – as they put on a dominant display against traditional jumping heavyweights.
Tonight, for the eight qualified teams, teamwork will play an essential factor in who comes out on top.
Niels Bruynseels said, “I know in the Belgian team our team spirit is great because we help each other from the beginning until the end of the show. We are one team and I think that is our biggest asset.”
Going into the final the structure and roles within the team could prove imperative with many choosing to field their most experienced riders last.
We saw last year how crucial the role of anchor proved to be, as Nick Skelton fought it out with Marcus Ehning in an intense jump off to see who would lift the title, with the latter completing the course in lightning speed to come away with the victory for Germany. The third time they had won the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping event (2011, 2012, 2016).