For the fifth year in a row, the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona will play host to 15 of the world’s top jumping nations battling it out to be crowned Longines FEI Nations Cup Champions.
The first round takes place on 28 September and from there the top 8 teams will compete on 1 October in the final decider, while the bottom teams will have to settle for Friday’s Challenge Cup.
Germany are the defending title-holders, but it is The Netherlands who will head to Barcelona as the leaders of Europe Division 1 – arguable the most competitive division and the one which has produced the winning Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Final team since the inception of the new competition format.
Whether or not Europe Division 1 will produce yet another winner remains to be seen
The current Longines FEI Nations Cup™ series has been hotly contested and full of record-breaking performances, closely fought qualifiers and a general sense that the competition is beginning to open up to nations other than the usual suspects; France, Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain.
One has to wonder if The Netherlands will be beatable, but they were certainly lacking some form in the recent European Championships and should that form carry over, there are a few nations waiting in the wings who are hungry to take top spot on the podium.