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Finishing with just four faults on the board, and without having to call up their last-line partnership Nicola Philippaerts and Chilli Willi for a second time, they had a 17-fault advantage over the runners-up from Spain.
The combination of the clever track and the challenge of jumping under floodlights in the second round made for an interesting evening. Belgium’s Fabienne Daigneaux-Lange told us;
Clears from Philippaerts, Constant van Paesschen and Fabienne Daigneux-Lange put the Belgians out in front on a zero score at the halfway stage, but the Spanish were close behind with just four on the board.
I had so much fun in the first round that I would have liked to have jumped again!
Nicola Philippaerts - Team Belgium
Spain added 17 faults second time out despite a lovely double-clear from pathfinders Diego Perez Bilbao and HH Best, and when Van Paesschen and Daigneux-Lange were also foot-perfect in both rounds, the Belgians were all but untouchable.
The Belgians intend to make great use of their time in Division 2 with a busy campaign over the seven-leg series which now moves on to a new venue at Uggerhalne in Denmark next Saturday.
Team Belgium previously competed in Europe Division 1 and look determined to regain promotion at the end of the current Europe Division 2 series.
Two teams from Europe Division 2 can qualify for the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Final in Barcelona, Spain in September.
Text by by Louise Parkes
Images by Ricardo Gomes & Ana Philipa Scarpa