Don't Stop
Believing

29 May 2017

They waited 32 years to win again on home ground, so the celebrations were wild when Team Italy came out on top in the FEI Nations Cup™ at Piazza di Siena in Rome this weekend.

Italy already held the record for most wins on their home ground which this year celebrates its 85th anniversary, but their last success was way back in 1985. 

 

In an edge-of-the-seat contest, they shared the lead with The Netherlands on a four-fault result at the halfway stage, before young lad Lorenzo de Luca who clinched it for his country, despite a foot in the water and a time fault.

 

 

 

 

This coupled with a magnificent double-clear performance from the youngest team member, 28-year-old Alberto Zorzi, meant they couldn’t be beaten.

 

It was heartache for third-line Dutchman Jur Vrieling who looked set to sail home to a second fault-free round with the extravagant VDL Glasgow vh Merelsnest which would keep the pressure at boiling point, only to hit the very last on the12-fence track. 

 

 


 

Just 2 riders jumped double-clear rounds - Italian Alberto Zorzi  and Swede Douglas Lindelow

 


 


Watch Alberto's amazing round below, and see for yourself:

 

 

  

 

 

The retirement of Jeroen Dubbeldam and the off-form SFN Zenith had left them vulnerable as the second round got underway, as did a mistake from Gerco Schroder and Glock’s Cognac Champblanc, and they finished with a 13-fault total while the Italians registered just nine. 

 

 

FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Division 1
Rank Country Points
1 Netherlands 360.00
2 Italy 345.00
3 France 337.50
4 Switzerland 330.00
5 Germany 325.00
6 Sweden 307.50
7 Ireland 305.00
8 Spain 275.00

 

Next weekend there will be three legs of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series taking place:

 

Europe Division 1 action in St Gallen, Switzerland,

the final leg of the North America, Central America and Caribbean League at Langley, Canada

and a new leg of the Europe Divison 2 series at Uggerhalne, Denmark.

 

 

Bravo to the home team!  Never stop believing....

 

 

Text by by Louise Parkes

Images by Richard Juilliart/FEI