FEI Nations Cup™
Jumping Final Preview

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).

“The Belgian team spirit is great because we help each other from the beginning until the end of the show.”
Germany look to win their fourth Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping title

Tonight Germany look to defend their title with a young up and coming team.

Marcus Ehning’s experience could be pivotal, especially if the competition once again comes down to the wire.

The wealth of experience of the final rider to go is evident as we see world renowned and highly decorated riders including Mclain WardRoger Yves BostEric LamazeSteve GuerdatGregory WatheletPeder Fredricson and Harrie Smolders joining Marcus Ehning in this determinative position.

Cool, calm and collected last to go for France Roger Yves Bost displays personality traits essential for the role as anchor, “We have come to win and we will try our best but there is no stress.”

The structure of the team proved crucial for Canada in the qualifying round, as they started their Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 campaign by finishing the first round in pole position – the only team to finish with zero penalties.  This marked an impressive return to form for the Canadians after missing out on a place in the final in Barcelona for the past two years.

At the Helm Canadian Chef D’Equipe Mark Laskin said, “We had a couple of question marks and a couple of unknowns, some of our horses and riders were not available to come.  And Yann Candele that was only the third time he’s ever ridden that horse and that was the first course he jumped with it, and this is the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona! With Yann I always said I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a couple of rails down, so to come through like that as first rider, it really gave us a spark!”

Roger Yves Bost, France
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France are in the final eight for the first time in three years

In the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping final the role of the Chef D’Equipe is vital.

They must be able to harness the team’s passion in order for the best possible result to be produced.

For Swiss Chef D’Equipe Andy Kistler told us, “Above everything else the team is the most important.  Of course they are individuals and we fully respect this but we have a good team base with our technical coach, veterinarian and our riders.  The Team is to help each other and to really support each other, to enjoy and share in each other’s successes but also when the results are not so good.  But most importantly to be in it together.”

Going into tonight’s competition, the scores are wiped and the competition starts afresh. Each team must fully believe they have what it takes to be victorious not only must they have confidence in their own performance but also in that of the team.

Driven, determined and with three of the four riders who made up their gold medal Rio Olympic team, the French are hungry for the win. Roger Yves Bost says, “We want to win, for three years we haven’t made it to the final eight.  We won in 2013 and after that we have never made it back to contest the title on the final day, but now we have so we will compete to win.”

After yesterday’s competition which saw the underdog prevail, today anything can happen.  Now more than ever your nation needs your support.

Claire Z ridden by Pieter Devos jumped to victory at the Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona during the Longines FEI Nations CupTM Jumping Final.

On Sunday 1st October, the Belgian rider Pieter Devos on Claire Z captured the Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona at the Longines FEI Nations CupTM Jumping Final and received an elegant Longines watch for his remarkable victory.

The 2017 world’s best national riders’ team is Team Netherlands who claimed first place at the Longines FEI Nations CupTM Jumping Final yesterday night. In front of an ecstatic audience, Jur Vrieling, Michel Hendrix, Marc Houtzager and Harrie Smolders were all presented with an elegant Longines watch as a reward for their fantastic victory at the Barcelona Real Polo Club.

As FEI’s Top Partner, Longines was delighted to be for the first time, the Title Partner of the newly-named Longines FEI Nations CupTM Jumping Final. Besides, Longines has chosen this prestigious event in the show jumping calendar for the European launch of its new model Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision”, which represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance.

Longines will become title partner of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series as part of a long-term agreement with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), with the new partnership being celebrated at next month’s Final at the CSIO Barcelona in the Real Club de Polo. Longines, which became the FEI’s first Top Partner in 2013, has also extended its global partnership with the FEI in a historic agreement signed in Gothenburg (SWE) today.

The landmark agreement, which was brokered by FEI President Ingmar De Vos and Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli, is the most significant in the history of the FEI.

The initial long-term partnership between the global governing body of equestrian sport and the Swiss watch brand has another five years to run, but under the terms of the new agreement, the global partnership has now been extended.

In the year of the brand’s 185th birthday, Longines will also be title partner of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP), the iconic venue for the Olympic equestrian events at the Barcelona Games 25 years ago.

Next month’s Final will be renamed the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final and the series, starting from 2018, will be known as the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping.

Also included in the extended global agreement are Longines’ continued role as FEI Top Partner, and title partnership of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League. Longines also remains Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI and Official Timekeeper of the FEI World Equestrian Games™.

Additionally, Longines will continue to invest in the development of cutting-edge time-keeping and data-handling services and related technology, together with the FEI, specifically for equestrian sport.

Thursday, 28th September 2017

09.30 hrs
|1
Royal Bliss Trophy
Table A against the clock (Art. 238.2.1) – Height: 1.45m
14.30 hrs
|2
Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final – First Qualifier
Table A against the clock (art. 14.7.1 + Annex VIII art 6) – Height: 1.60m

Friday, 29th September 2017

14.30 hrs
|3
La Vanguardia Trophy
Table A in two Phases (Art. 274.5.6) – Height: 1.45m
21.00 hrs
|4
Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final – Challenge Cup
Table A against the clock (Art. 14.7.2 + Annex VIII art 6) – Height: 1.60m

Saturday, 30th September 2017

12.00 hrs
|5
Negrita Cup
Table C (Art. 239 and 263) – Height: 1.45m
14.30 hrs
|6
Queen’s Cup – Segura Viudas Trophy
Table A with Jump-off (Art. 238.2.2) – Height: 1.50m
21.00 hrs
|7
Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final
Table A against the clock (Art. 14.7.2 + Annex VIII art 6) – Height: 1.60m

Sunday, 01st October 2017

11.30 hrs
|8
CaixaBank Trophy
Table A against the clock (Art. 238.2.1) – Height: 1.45m
15.00 hrs
|9
TrophyLongines Cup of the City of Barcelona
Table A in two Rounds (Art. 273.3.3.1 and 273.4.3) – Height: 1.60m

28/09/ – 01/10/2017 LONGINES FEI NATIONS CUP FINAL BARCELONA / PIETER DEVOS JUMPED TO VICTORY

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