Bruynseels and Philippaerts are the heroes for Belgium as late drama sees them secure the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ title
Team Belgium have won their second Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ title in four years after coming out on top in three thrilling days of competition in Barcelona.
The European League champions, who won two qualifying legs leading up to the Jumping Finals, finished the third day of riding on 12 total faults after a tricky course produced only four clear rounds, including Belgium's Niels Bruynseels and Nicola Philippaerts. Italy had the opportunity to take victory but their star man Lorenzo De Luca knocked down the final two rails.
Four teams finished the Nations Cup on 16 faults, leaving France in second place, Ireland in third, Italy in fourth, and defending team champions the Netherlands in fifth when all the scores were weighed.
Other top eight nations competing were Sweden, who finished on 20 points for sixth place, followed by Austria in seventh on 20 points and Switzerland on 32 for eighth. View all the results here.
Belgian Chef d'Equipe Peter Weinberg said: "We call ourselves the “Never Give Up Team” because in the middle we had two with 12 faults already but still we were fighting to the last rider, so this victory means a lot to us!"