Thursday, Jun. 13, 2024

U.S. Team Will Be Relegated To Show Jumping Nations Cup Promotional League

It all rested on the results of the FEI Nations Cup at the Rotterdam CHIO (the Netherlands). The United States was lingering in seventh place of the FEI Nations Cup (formerly the Super League) standings before the Rotterdam finale on Aug. 26, and they needed to pull off a brilliant performance there to avoid being dropped from the League.

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It all rested on the results of the FEI Nations Cup at the Rotterdam CHIO (the Netherlands). The United States was lingering in seventh place of the FEI Nations Cup (formerly the Super League) standings before the Rotterdam finale on Aug. 26, and they needed to pull off a brilliant performance there to avoid being dropped from the League.

It didn’t happen. The U.S. team placed sixth at Rotterdam, keeping them in seventh overall. This means that for the 2012 Nations Cup season, the U.S. teams will not compete at the top European shows, but at smaller shows on the Nations Cup Promotional League tour. The bottom two teams drop down, and two teams of the Promotional League—the winner of the Promotional League Final and the top ranked team in the Promotional League standings before the Final—will move up to the FEI Nations Cup league next spring.

Things were looking good after the first round. The U.S. team of Lauren Hough/Quick Study, Christine McCrea/Romantovich Take One, Laura Kraut/Cedric and Beezie Madden/Coral Reef’s Via Volo had picked up just 8 faults in the first round, with Kraut and Cedric putting in a clean round. They were tied for second with France, while Germany led.

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But Round 2 didn’t go as well. McCrea was the only U.S. rider to put a clean round on the board, and Kraut and Cedric had the drop score of 10 faults. That meant that Hough’s 9 faults on Quick Study and Madden’s 1 time fault on Via Volo would add to their final score. 

Meanwhile, the British team put two clean rounds on the scoreboard and added just 1 time fault to their first-round score to move up to second. The French and Dutch teams also posted two clear rounds each, pulling them up to third and fourth. The Belgians tallied 5 faults in Round 2 to add to their 12 from the first round, putting their total at 17. The U.S. team finished just behind them, with 18 total faults. See the full results here.

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