A special Nations Cup was held today in Valkenswaard in the Netherlands, one of which the four nations in FEI Group G decided on their participation in the Olympic Games in Paris.
Two seats were captured. In the end, Australia and Japan won against New Zealand and China. The Australian team was already ridden by an Olympic medalist as a push rider (well, not really a bronze medal): Christopher Burton. She saddles the 11-year-old KWPN mare Hazy Doolana, who took over from compatriot Edwina Dobbs-Alexander earlier last year. With Dobbs-Alexander, the Toulon daughter won at World Cup level in Riyadh. Burton has yet to produce Doolana-like hits. But today they were the backbone of the team with just four penalties in the second round. In the first round they were handed a void result with 17 penalty points.
Lauren Balcomb was in action for Australia on Verdi gelding Verdini d’Houtveldt Z, who showed only one of two clear rounds in the entire Test in the first round and then dropped just one game. Then at the World Championships Hilary Scott, paired with Oaks Milky Way, made a promising start with a one-time penalty in the first round. In the second round they committed eight faults and were disallowed. Edwina Dobbs-Alexander was the finalist in the saddle of Fellow Castlefield. Je T’Aime Flamenco, which had six and eight penalty points. A final score of 23 errors. It was easier to keep Japan at bay.
There were 32 errors here. For Land of the Rising Sun, the sakko-blue son Saganno JRA (4/8) was ridden by Aiken Sato at Staccatisa PS with Yuko Itagura. Stockadol (0/8), Mike Kawai vs. Goldwyn v. Emerald (33/10) and Daiso Sukitani Quaid (4/8) in the saddle of Hanoverian Quincy.
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