France pips Finland in close contest at Bratislava

In a competition that went right down to the wire, Team France topped the podium at the sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 series in Bratislava, Slovakia today. But Finland finished a very close second, just a single fault behind, to claim the maximum qualifying points on offer, and has moved to the top of the Europe Division 2 leaderboard with just two legs of this series remaining.

Belgium lined up third ahead of Turkey in fourth, Poland in fifth, Portugal in sixth and the host nation of Slovakia in seventh place. Just eight of the 13 participating teams returned for the second round, and Brazil made the cut to finish in eighth place.

It was no easy day at the office as the Chef d’Equipe of the winning team confirmed. “The course was difficult, but the course designer did a good job and I’m not just saying that because we won! It was technical and not so easy, it asked the riders to give their full attention and to ride properly”, Philippe Guerdat explained. The French have long been one of the dominant forces in Division 1, but like so many other nations they find the experience to be gained in Division 2 is invaluable for up-and-coming horse-and-rider combinations. And the French team manager could feel rightly proud when his side’s pathfinder, 24-year-old Geoffroy de Coligny, produced the only double-clear of the competition with Qaid Louviere.

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