The dream of a Nations Cup home win

Ten years ago the Danish jumping team won an FEI Nations Cup home win – and the Danish team is dreaming of an encore, but the competition is fierce this weekend in Uggerhalne.

 

6 of 11 nations in the draw for Saturdays FEI Nations Cup jumping leg in Uggerhalne are from Europe Division 2 and competing for points, with the teams from Belgium and Great Britain being the favorites to win in Denmark and also take the two spots at the FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona come fall.

Both Great Britain and Belgium missed their spot when the 1 division was reduced from 10 to 8 teams before this season, and Belgium seems determined to get back, and has been the best placed 2nd division team in the first three legs of this season with two 2nd places and a clear win last weekend in Lisbon.

The calendar is making the current season a challenge for the smaller nations. Five of this seasons seven FEI Nations Cup legs are geographically wide spread and held during only six weeks´.

“With 4 or 5 good combinations it is impossible to travel across Europe in six weeks,” says Danish headcoach, Lars N. Pedersen, but he is still very happy with the FEI Nations Cup events.

“The eligibility of the Nations Cup is unquestionable because each leg presents great opportunities for developing young horses and new combinations, as well as being an important part of championship-preparations,” Lars N. Pedersen says.

In the end, the headcoach is very exited about the FEI Nations Cup leg on hometurf at Equitour Aalborg.

“We have selected the best combinations currently available, and we will do our best to make a good impression and a good result in front of the homecrowd.”

”The dream-scenario is of course to take a home win. All horses can go clear rounds on this level, so we cross our fingers and with a little luck, hopefully all horses will go clear for the team.”  

 

Riders looking forward

German based danish rider, Lars Bak Andersen, grew up in the northern region of Denmark, where Equitour Aalborg is taking place. He was one of the riders taking the home win 10 years ago in Copenhagen, and he is really looking forward to do his first FEI Nations Cup this season going as the first Danish rider.

“It is a blast each time you ride in a team. Riders team up and support each other in a good way, because it is something very special to fight for Denmark, and we will for sure do all we can to make a good result,” Lars Bak Andersen says.

The FEI Nations Cup in Uggerhalne presents the first rider at 15:30 and if you’re unable to be in Uggerhalne, you can watch it live on FEI TV.

Startingorder:

  1. France
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Italy
  5. Belgium
  6. Netherlands
  7. Finland
  8. Ireland
  9. Great Britain
  10. Germany
  11. Norway

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