The Nations Cup series is scheduled to expand to eight countries in 2019, the most in seven years of the trans-Atlantic competition lineup whose future will come under scrutiny by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) that initiated the set of shows.
The series that was launched by the FEI in 2013 in hopes of generating excitement and pariticpation similar to jumping and eventing Nations Cups series has had up to 15 countries a season participating–despite lukewarm support from some national federations, and multiple competition formats that have made events difficult for spectators to follow.
Although called a series, the Nations Cups are essentially a string of individual events with no final. But the country that has accumulated the most points is declared the series winner. Of the six years of the series so far, the overall victor has had a team at the year’s final event three times.
The most Nations Cups in a season were seven staged in 2018, up from six most years. Sweden and the Netherlands have each claimed the series title twice, Germany and the United States one apiece.
“It is the goal of the DC (Dressage Committee),” Frank Kemperman, the chairman, said in a report for the FEI General Assembly later this month, “to start the discussion about the future of this series” with national federations. show organizers and athletes.
The FEI itself has provided less than wholehearted support, dropping distribution of news releases about events while providing complete coverage of jumping and eventing Nations Cups. It also turned down an offer of a donation of an actual cup as a perpetual trophy and miniatures for the annual series winning team combinations, saying it was working on a sponsor for the series. Seven years later there is no sponsor and the series winner still gets a silver tray.
The longest running dressage Nations Cup is at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany which began in 1977 and in recent years has had as many as nine teams.
The only Nations Cups outside Europe has been the CDIO3* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.
The Wellington CDIO3* event is the only one in the series to provide for teams of mixed big and small tour combinations in line with the Pan American Games format, but was not part of the series in the 2013 inaugural season and in 2017 did not get enough entries to meet the minimum requirement of four teams.
In addition to Canada and the U.S., Australia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have fielded teams, mostly made up of riders based in North America or in Wellington for the three-month long winter circuit. Costa Rica and Colombia have also competed.
For 2019, the Wellington Nations Cup has been moved to mid-March from its end-of-circuit date in an effort to attract more teams, especially in a year of the Pan Ams held only once every four years.
The competition schedule for 2019 is:
Mar. 12-17–CDIO3*-NC Wellington (USA)
May 16-19–CDIO5*-NC Compiègne (FRA)
May 23-26–CDIO4*-NC Uggerhalne (DEN)
June 17-23–CDIO5*-NC Geesterern (NED)
July 5-7–CDIO4*-NC Järvenpää (FIN)
July 11-14–CDIO5*-NC Falsterbo (SWE)
July 17-21–CDIO5*-NC Aachen (GER)
July 25-28–CDIO3*-NC Hickstead (GBR)
Järvenpää in Finland is an addition to the schedule while Geesterern in the Netherlands substitues for Rotterdam which will host the European Championships in August instead of the usual CDIO5*.
OLDENBURG, Germany, Nov. 3, 2018–Hubertus Schmidt and Escolar won and Ingrid Klimke placed second on the Australian-bred SPH Dante in the Louisdor Prize to wrap up qualifying for the German final for developing Grand Prix horses.
Hubertus and the nine-year-old Westfalen stallion (Estobar NRW x Fürst Piccolo) scored 75.512 per cent for the win to give the German team rider a second mount in the final of horses aged eight to 10 years in Frankfurt Dec. 13-16. He qualified Chrysler earlier in the series.
Ingrid Klimke, Olympic gold medal eventer for Germany, rode SPH Dante to second place on 72.767 per cent. Ingrid has been riding Dante, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Welfenadel x Dormello) bred in Australia, for only a few weeks.
Qualifiers for Louisdor Prize final:
Hagen: 1. Daniel Bachmann Andersen (DEN)/Blue Hors Veneziano, 2. Hubertus Schmidt (GER)/Chrysler
Wiesbaden: 1. Isabell Werth (GER)/Quintus 2. Marcus Hermes (GER) ZINQ Abegglen FH
Werder: 1. Benjamin Werndl (GER)/Famoso 2. Kristina Bröring-Sprehe (GER)/Destiny OLD
Donaueschingen: 1. Emma Hindle (GBR)/Diesel 2. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER)/Ferdinand BB
Ising: 1. Aexandra Sessler (GER)/Chilly Jam DSP 2. Matthias Alexander Rath (GER)/Foundation
Oldenburg: 1. Hubertus Schmidt (GER)/Escolar 2. Ingrid Klimke (GER)/SPH Dante
NÜRNBERG, Germany, Nov. 3, 2018–Lionella von Rosencarree, a nine-year-old Hanoverian mare, was ridden by Dorothee Schneider on Saturday to win the series-ending Nürnberger Burg-Pokal qualifier and earn an invitation to the final of the German small tour championship in December.
The German team rider and Lionella von Rosencarree (Londontime x Corradino) scored 73.024 per cent for the win and give Dorothee two mounts in the prestigious final in Frankfurt Dec. 13-16. She won on First Romance, an eight-year-old German Sport Horse gelding, in May in the second of 12 qualifying Prix St. Georges Special competitions for horses aged seven to nine years.
Annabell Frenzen was second on Kiefferhof’s Imperius on 72.390 per cent and third on Silber Stern on 71.244 per cent at this Faszination Pferd qualifier. She had already earned a final start on Silber Stern.
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LYON, France, Nov. 2, 2018–Isabell Werth rode Emilio to victory in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Friday in the German superstar’s first competition to defend the title she captured the past two years.
Patrik Kittel in the debut show on Delatio placed second with Swedish compatriot Antonia Ramel on Brother de Jeu posting a career high score and the first above 80 per cent for third place.
Isabell and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding ranked No. 3 in the world scored 84.410 per cent for the win, a day after capturing the Grand Prix at the second of 10 qualifying events in western Europe. As the defending World Cup champion on Weihegold OLD, her world No. 2 mount, Isabell needs only to compete to earn a start at the final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.
Patrik, a three-time Olympian and World Games competitor for Sweden, scored 80.980 per cent for second place. Based in Germany and a new father with his wife Lyndal Oatley, an Australian Olympian, Patrik has a barn full of Grand Prix mounts, including Deja ranked 10th in the world and Well Done de la Roche CMF that he competed at Tryon and is ranked No. 15.
Antonia Ramel and Brother de Jeu, the 12-year-old KWPN she has competed at international level for 18 months, were awarded 80.060 per cent for third place.The previous best result for the pair was 74.660 per cent set at Falsterbo, Sweden in July.
Juan Matute Guimon and Quantico, the 12-year-old gelding that he first competed at international level as a young rider in 2014, also posted a personal best score of 77.070 per cent for sixth place in the 20-year-old rider’s first European World Cup event.
Juan moved to Madrid this year to go to university and develop his riding after more than decade with his family in Wellington, Florida. He has both Spanish and American citizenship and rode Quantico on the Spanish team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September.
CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges-E: Francis Verbeek-NED H: Katrina Wüst-GER C: Isabelle Judet-FRA M: Andrew R. Gardner-GBR B: Susanne Baarup-DEN
OLDENBURG, Germany, Nov. 2, 2018–Hubertus Schmidt celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Big Tour debut of Imperio by riding the 15-year-old Trakehner stallion to victory in the CDI4* Grand Prix Friday.
The Olympic team rider and Imperio scored 73.761 per cent to lead a German sweep of the top six places, all above 70 per cent.
Hubertus, a 2004 Olympic and 2006 World Games rider, rode Imperio in the stallion Grand Prix debut at this same show in 2013. The pair have made 51 Grand Prix starts, including on two Nations Cup teams.
Anabel Balkenhol on Heuberger TSF placed second on 72.565 per cent with German Olympic event rider Ingrid Klimke on Franziskus third on 72.522 per cent.
CDI4* Grand Prix
Judges-E: Reinhard Richenhagen H: Monique Peutz-Vegter C: Maria Colliander M: Gustav Svalling B: Christoph Hess
Imperio 3 H Trak. B 2003 Connery x Balfour xx Z: Keunecke,Hartmut B: Bayer.Haupt-u.Landgestüt Schwaigang,DOKR,Schmidt,Hubertus & Doris
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LYON, France, Nov. 1, 2018–Isabell Werth and Emilio, ranked No. 3 in the world, captured the World Cup Grand Prix Thursday as the German superstar launches her campaign as the defending titleholder for a third straight Final win. Swedish Olympian Patrik Kittel placed second on Delatio in his debut on the stallion.
Isabell and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding (Ehrenpreis x Cacir AA) scored 75.326 per cent for the win, the eighth victory in 12 starts this year.
In the latest world rankings posted Thursday, Isabell ranks second behind America’s Laura Graves and Verdades on her 2017 and 2018 World Cup champion Weihegold OLD, third on Emilio and fourth on Bella Rose. She needs to compete twice on the same horse in World Cup qualifiers to earn a start at the final in Gothenburg Sweden in April. In the past, she has
The Germany-based Patrik Kittel, who has competed in three Olympics and three World Games, was awarded 74.783 per cent for runner-up.
Patrik has four horses on the world rankings and was given the ride last month on Delatio, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion, that had previously been ridden by Emile Faurie of Great Britain.
The German World Games combination of Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis Jr. were third on 73.848 per cent.
CDI-W Grand Prix
Judges-E: Isabelle Judet-FRA H: Susanne Baarup-DEN C: Andrew R. Gardner-GBR M: Francis Verbeek-NED B: Katrina Wüst-GER