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15 February 2019

Looking ahead to an exciting team Jumping season, with some rule changes, which begins in Wellington this weekend...

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ is back with a bang this Sunday with a superstar American team looking to make a winning start to the campaign.

 

Team USA’s roster at Wellington, Florida includes the last two Longines FEI Jumping™ World Cup winners, Beezie Madden and Mclain Ward, as well as 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ gold medallists Laura Kraut and Devin Ryan and Olympian Margie Engle.

 

In what will be the only Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ event on US soil in 2019, the star-studded home team will be taking on Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel and Mexico in front of the FEI TV cameras on Sunday on a course designed by Allan Wade.

 

It promises to be a thrilling start to the 2019 team Jumping season, with the fans at Deeridge Farms sure to #BeProud in supporting their nations…

 


What is #BeProud?


 

Beezie Madden
and Mclain Ward
will lead the
US charge

Wellington stages the first of the three legs in the North America, Central America and Caribbean League that will continue at Coapexpan, Mexico, and Langley, Canada, in May.


RULE CHANGES FOR 2019...

 

  • At all qualifying Events, the competition is run over two rounds, with identical courses. The first round is run according to Table A not against the clock, and the second round is run according to Table A against the clock. In round two the time must be displayed at a minimum on a screen visible from the warm-up arena.

Before, round two was not against the clock and team.

 

  • The classification is established according to the combined penalties of each team’s three best athletes in each round. In case there is a tie on penalties for first place after both rounds there will be a jump-off with one athlete per team. In case there is a tie for any other place following both rounds, the times of the best three athletes in the second round will be used to decide the team classification.

Before those teams on a tie for any other place were placed equal.

 

Division 1 consists of:

  • The 9 best ranked teams on the 2018 overall standings. 

It used to be 8.

 

  • The best ranked Division 2 team at the 2018 Division 2 Qualifier. 

It was two Division 2 teams at the 2017 Final provided they complete the Challenge Cup or the Final competition at the Final.

 

Teams Competing are:

  • Belgium, Ireland Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, Italy and new for 2019, Austria. 

Spain is not competing this year. 

 

Locations:

Wellington (USA)

Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Coapexpan (MEX)

La Baule (FRA)

Langley (CAN)

St. Gallen (SUI)

Sopot (POL)

Geesteren (NED) (This replaces Rotterdam as they are hosting the FEI Jumping European Championships in 2019)

Falsterbo (SWE)

Hickstead (UK)

Dublin (IRL)

Barcelona (ESP)

 

  • The classification is established according to the combined penalties of each team’s three best athletes in each round. In case there is a tie on penalties for first place after both rounds there will be a jump-off with one athlete per team. In case there is a tie for any other place following both rounds, the times of the best three athletes in the second round will be used to decide the team classification.

Before those teams on a tie for any other place were placed equal

 

Europe Division 2 - Groups A,B,C,D

Group A: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Ukraine

Ukraine moved to Group A from Group B and Israel has been added.

Group B: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine

Group C: Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal, Spain

Austria moved up to Division 1 and Spain moved down to Division 2 as they finished 10th in the 2018 Division 1 overall standings.

Group D: Norway, Denmark, Poland, Finland, Luxembourg

The Division 2 Qualifier is in Athens (GRE) in 2019, was Budapest (HUN) in 2018.


 

 

While six countries will line up this weekend, only Canada, Mexico and USA will be eligible for points in this regional leg towards qualification for the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2019 Final in Barcelona in October.

 

Team USA will not have it all their own way as they face a Canada team that includes Tiffany Foster and the in-form Mario Deslauriers, while Eugenia Garza Perez and Enrique Gonzalez will lend plenty of weight to the Mexican challenge.

 

Of the other teams, Colombia have named Ilan Bluman and the experienced Teran Tafur in their selection, while at just 21 years of age, Cormac Hanley will be making his senior Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ debut on the strong Irish team.

 

The most colourful side of all however is likely to be the Israeli team that includes the effervescent Danielle Goldstein, who set the arena alight every time she appeared at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon last year and who finished joint-third on that super-tough last day of competition with her brilliant mare, Lizziemary.

 

Wellington will be swiftly followed by the single Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2019 qualifier for the Middle East region in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, February 23, from which two teams will earn a place at the Final.

 

There are five countries competing for the two qualifying berths from the Middle East – Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE. The home team will include the in-form Abdullah Al Muhairi.

 

“It’s very hard to get the whole team to perform at the same level at the same time. But fortunately, we have all our riders peaking at the right time. We are hopeful of a good combined score to finish in the top two in the Nations Cup Middle East qualifier,” said Mohammed Al Nakhi, head of the Jumping committee of UAE Equestrian Federation.

 

A Tough European contest...

The seven-leg, 10-nation Europe Division 1 series will get underway at La Baule, France, on May 17. The top seven teams will make the cut to Barcelona’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in October.

 

Team Austria has been promoted to Division 1 after winning last year’s Division 2 Final staged in Budapest so joins Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland in this tough contest.

 

After La Baule, the cream of Europe will the face off in Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain before the final qualifier in Dublin, Ireland, in August. Each team in the group has been allocated four specific qualifying opportunities, with all four results counting in the battle for a qualifying spot at the 2019 final.

 


The European Division 2 Qualifier will be in Athens, Greece, in 2019.


 

All teams are looking to follow 2018 champions Belgium by winning this famous competition. Relive their fabulous victory in the video below...

There’s even more hanging in the balance at the final in Barcelona this year.

The last remaining Olympic qualifying spot is on offer for the highest finishing team that has not already secured their place in Tokyo.

 

At all events, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ competition is run over two rounds, with identical courses. The first round is run according to Table A not against the clock, and the second round is now run according to Table A against the clock.

 

The classification at all events throughout the season is established according to the combined penalties of each team’s three best athletes in each round.

 

Watch the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ event in Wellington live on FEI TV this Sunday from 9:50 ET / 3:50pm CET. Follow your country and #BeProud...

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