Dutch, Belgians and Swedes progress, but USA and Germany will not be in Sunday's Longines FEI Nations Cup™ final round...
Austria and Italy finished top of the rankings in today's first round of the 2018 Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona. Both teams finished on just one time penalty a piece, as it all came down to time in determining qualification for Sunday’s ultimate competition.
Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and defending champions the Netherlands were just behind. In a fight for the final two places for Sunday's final round, Switzerland, France, newly-crowned FEI World Equestrian Games™ Team champions USA and Germany all scored eight penalties, but the latter two were knocked out on time taken.
They will take part in Saturday's Challenge Cup along with Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Spain and last year's winners, the UAE.