Germany and Belgium Celebrate a Good Friday The German team took their second Nations Cup on the trot when taking the honours in Bratislava last Friday 10 August 2001 while in Dublin, Belgium won the coveted Aga Khan trophy for the very first time.
A formidable line-up of 12 twelve teams battled it out in the Slovakian city where the current Samsung Nations Cup series leaders, Germany, won the competition with 0 points penalties, followed by Switzerland with 8 points and France with 12 points.
The same day in Dublin there was high drama in the battle for the Aga Khan Cup which has evaded Belgian hands during the 75-year history of Nations Cup jumping at the Royal Dublin Society show grounds. The Irish were hotly-tipped to follow on their European team and treble Nations Cup successes in recent months but only finished 4th. Belgium won the trophy with 8 points penalties followed by France with 9 points and USA with 12 points.
As Gijon begins next week, Germany still heads the league table with Italy in second, Belgium third and Ireland and France sharing fourth position and the tension is mounting just one month before the final.
There are four Nations Cups left before the Final in Madrid from 20 to 23 September: Gijon (ESP) 21-26 August, Rotterdam (NED) 30 Aug-2 Sep, Spruce Meadows (CAN) 5-9 Sep and Sofia (BUL) 6-9 Sep.
The Czech Equestrian Federation just informed the FEI of the cancellation of CSIO Poderbrady due to take place from 13-16 September 2001