US team wins the Nations Cup in CSIO Mannheim ahead of Belgium and Germany
It has been the dream of the German team to win the 100th Nations Cup of Germany presented in Mannheim.
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The 100th Nations Cup of Germany would be decided in a jump-off. With eight penalty points each after the first round the teams of the US and Belgium had been together with the Swiss team in third place.
Either the US nor Belgium had to add any additional counting fault to their result of the first round. After the German team with Christian Ahlmann / Taloubet Z (0/4), Hans-Dieter Dreher / Embassy II (4/8) and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum / Fibonacci (8/0) had already one counting pole down in the second round, all had been laying in the hands of Ludger Beerbaum, for whom it was the 127the Nations Cup of his career. His double clear aboard Chiara saved the German team its starting place in the jump-off.
The jump-off, in which only one horse rider combination of each team competed, was opened by the double bronze medalist of the 2014 WEG Beezie Madden with the 13 year old Belgian gelding Cortes C in clear 32.72 seconds. Madden’s lead was still valid after the round of Belgian rider Pieter Devos with the one year older gray gelding Dylano, who stayed clear as well but needed 34.14 seconds.
The first German victory after seven years in a Nations Cup of Germany seemed to be possible through the 2011 World Cup Champions Christian Ahlmann and the 15 year old stallion Taloubet Z and the 8,000 spectators seemed to give the combination wings, but finally the last fence came down – but also the time of 32.95 seconds would have not been fast enough for victory. Germany placed third behind the US an Belgium, last year’s winner of the Nations Cup of Germany.
Fourth place was shared by the French and the Swiss team with 20 penalties each. Sixth became Italy (26), seventh Ireland (27) and eighth the Netherlands (29). After the first round Ireland had been in lead with just one counting penalty point ahead of Germany (4).
Result 100th Nations Cup of Germany at Mannheim:
1 - USA (8 faults after 2 rounds; jump-off 0/32.72) – Laura Kraut / Nouvelle (4/0), Kirsten Coe / Baronez (5)/0), Lucy Davis / Barron (0/(8)), Elizabeth Madden / Cortes C(4/0/0, 32,72); 2 - Belgium (8 after 2 rounds); jump-off 0/34.14) – Pieter Devos /Dylano (0/0), Judy-Ann Melchior /As Cold as Ice Z (0/(4)), Jerome Guery / Papillon Z (8/0), Jos Lansink / Ensor de Litrange LXII (9)/0); 3 - Germany (8 faults after 2 rounds; jump-off 4/32.95) – Christian Ahlmann / Taloubet Z (0/4/4, 32,95), Hans-Dieter Dreher / Embassy II (4/(8)), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum / Fibonacci (8)/0), Ludger Beerbaum / Chiara (0/0); 4 - France and Switzerland (20); 6 -Italy (26); 7 - Ireland (27); 8 - The Netherlands (29)