Nations Cup CSIO4*

Last night I went to see the second round of the $150,000 Nations Cup presented by Premier Equestrian. Eleven nations competed in the first round with each team having four horse and rider combinations. The faults incurred would dictate who could go on to the second round to take place in the evening. The first round had teams from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, United States, and Venezuela. The top eight returned for Round Two under the lights At the start of Round Two Ireland was tied with Canada at zero faults. In second place a tie between Great Britain, Australia, and Mexico. Belgium and the USA at eight faults. Argentina was in third with 10 faults. But we all knew the second round could shake up those placings.

The riders for Canada were Erynn Ballard, Tiffany Foster, Amy Millar, and Beth Underhill . First to go was Tiffany Foster on Figor. She rode a clear round! I am sorry to say that although I took photos of her ride they did not turn out well as I was not set up well for jump photos at the start. Next up for Canada was Beth Underhill and Chacco Kid. They had a rail down in the triple combination and another at the final fence.

Beth Underhill and Chacco Kid.
Amy Millar and Truman

Amy Millar, was the third rider for Canada. Fence after fence they were clear. Was this the winning ride? But no! Ach! A rail went down on the last fence. There was a very audible groan from the crowd when that happened. That rail added 4 faults and now Canada had a total of 12 faults. The pressure was on for Erynn Ballard but she and her mount Gakhir were unable to get the lead back as she had 15 faults and her score was the drop score.

Erynn Ballard and Gakhir

Ireland had surprising elimination for Cian O’Connor whose horse Cerruti said a big “NO” to the wall twice. But one score can be dropped and Ireland finished on five total faults for the win. Canada and the United States both had a total of 12 faults. The tie breaker was the cumulative times of the teams’ top three rides. Canada took second place and the U.S. third. Great Britain fourth on 16 faults, Mexico fifth with 20 faults, and Australia sixth on 29 faults. Argentina came in seventh with 30 faults, and Belgium eighth with 32 faults.

So Canada may not have been the winner but I was still proud of all the Canadians and their horses. You may notice in the photos several riders were wearing armbands with the colors of the Ukrainian Flag. How wonderful! It was a reminder to me that in Canada and the USA we can make that kind of supportive statement and not suffer the consequences of a visit from the police in the night and be “disappeared” for having expressed our opinions. Gratitude!

I also want to give a round of applause to the ground crew. If a rail came down they ran in and got it up and raked the footing to make it smooth. No delays!

It was a grand night and the stands were full of people who were cheering for the teams of their countries!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana says:

    What an amazing night to see and congrats to the winners. Even better with a lot of people cheering for their favorites. Thank you for the photos and for sharing this evening, and my heart goes out for Ukraine, the arm bands melts my heart. Praying for them all. ❤️🙏❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      When the announcer told us about the armbands for Ukraine a huge cheer went up and it went on for several seconds. It was wonderful. My heart breaks for them; those who have stayed to fight and the refugee Mother’s and children and babies who are now in camps in other countries.

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  2. Roadtirement says:

    An exciting competition for sure. Excellent photography too! Bravo!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I appreciate your comment as I am not used to taking jumper photos and they go so fast!

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  3. Tanooki says:

    Must be fun watching beautiful horses and people doing artistic move. Some day I wanna go watch it👀✨

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I think you would enjoy it!

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  4. I think I would have cried at the simplicity of an armband showing support to a nation in utter terror. It is such a surreal situation.
    It would have been an electric atmosphere, amazing photos. Love that you included the dedicated ground crew, medals for them. Great share. Have a great week

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    1. anne leueen says:

      So glad you enjoyed this post. The ground crew is vital. If a fence goes down they have to get it back up and ready for the next rider. The next rider comes in before the one on course had even finished so they overlap and they don’t want any delays!
      When they told the audience about the armbands and a huge cheer went up and there were around 2-3000 people there . I did get a lump in my throat when that happened.

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  5. David says:

    What makes Nations Cup an interesting format is the use of younger talent with CSI experience (3* or better) to advance the national teams toward the Nations Cup Finals.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      One of the Irish riders was 18 years old. He only moved up from the young riders last year and he did really well.

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      1. David says:

        In Europe, the major shows are CSI level 3* and better. 1* and 2* are their equivalent to Premier AA here. Also, their NFs are quicker to take notice of rising talent than USEF.

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  6. Prior... says:

    Looks and sounds like a thrilling event 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was and this year with people in the stands there is real atmosphere.

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      1. Prior... says:

        A sign that the pandemic woes might be really moving away

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Well there have never been government imposed restrictions in FL. But the show organizers had their own and there were no spectators whatsoever. But now they are filling the stands! Great atmosphere and cheering for their teams.

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  7. Well done 🇨🇦. 🇬🇧 used to win donkey’s years ago.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They have good riders GB. Ben Maher is one of them and he rode well and after all he had medals in Tokyo Olympics.

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      1. My Mum always watched it, and I remember them always doing well.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Well the British are still excellent riders it just was not their day yesterday.

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          1. Mum in heaven will be happy 😃

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