Fighting French win through at gripping NC qualifier Gijón
30 08 2015
Team France held on to win the penultimate leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 Europe Division 2 League at Gijón in Spain today. But they had to see off a late challenge from the British and Irish who eventually shared second spot ahead of The Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium in equal-fourth.
It was an important day for the Ukrainian side who were the only ones chasing points towards the Furusiyya 2015 Final which takes place in just over three weeks’ time. And although they had to settle for seventh place, that was good enough to overtake Finland at the top of the Division 2 leaderboard this evening. However it was a disappointing day for the host nation who slotted into eighth place from the starting field of 10 nations.
Canada and USA failed to make the cut into the second round, but Aymeric de Ponnat was the hero of the day when clinching victory for his side with one of six double-clears, and it was a poignant day for the French. As Chef d’Equipe, Philppe Guerdat, explained this evening, “the father of the fifth rider passed away last night and that was why we wore black armbands. We dedicate this victory to Geoffroy de Coligny’s father, the riders did it for him”, he said.
1 PRIME TIME DES VAGUES DINER'S TIME 102SL49 SF Alexandre FONTANELLE FRA 0/0 6.000 €
1 QUASI MODO Z QUERLYBET HERO 102XF82 Z Cyril BOUVARD FRA 4/DNF 6.000 €
1 PASHA DU GUE DOLLAR DELA PIERRE 102SL86 SF Adeline HECART FRA 0/4 6.000 €
1 RICORE COURCELLE QUAPRICE BOIMARGOT QUINCY 103GV57 SF Aymeric DE PONNAT FRA 0/0 6.000 €
2 MYSTIC HURRICANE TORNADO 103CV60 A.E.S. Keith SHORE GBR 8/8 3.500 €
2 COURTNEY Z CHELLANO Z GER43296 Z Robert BEVIS GBR 0/0 3.500 €
2 VELINI CHEERS CASSINI 103MI71 A.E.S. Joe CLAYTON GBR 0/0 3.500 €
2 HELIODOR HYBRIS DIAMANT DE SEMILLY 103YB40 BWP Laura RENWICK GBR 16/0 3.500 €
2 Z ACODATE DDL ACORD II 103FV70 KWPN Cameron HANLEY IRL 0/0 3.500 €
2 ARISTIO ARKO III 103KY36 A.E.S. Anthony CONDON IRL 4/4 3.500 €
2 RINGWOOD GLEN ARKANSAS VDL IRL40753 ISH Capt. Michael KELLY IRL 4/0 3.500 €
2 LOUGHVIEW LOU-LOU LIMMERICK IRL40798 ISH Dermott LENNON IRL 8/0 3.500 €
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