Germany, already League Champions, look well-primed to add the 2000/2001 Samsung Nations Cup World Final title when lining out in Madrid this week-end.
The Final will begin on Thursday 20 September and runs through to Sunday 23 September when the team result will be decided. It promises to be an exciting conclusion to the year-long battle for supremacy.
Germany campaigned long and hard throughout the series, fielding teams at 22 of the 26 qualifying rounds with 4-Star wins at St Gallen and Modena and 3-Star success in Ikast, Poznan, Budapest and Bratislava to finish at the top of the league leaderboard.
All qualifying countries start from scratch at the World Final and there may be some surprises yet to come.
The other nations participating in the Final are: Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the home team Spain and possibly the USA:Finishing seventh on the league table after competing in 13 rounds of the series and having clocked up a win at Drammen and a close second at Spruce Meadows, the United States of America was always on the invitation list for Madrid.
Due to the difficulties in traveling from the USA further to the tragic events that occurred in New York and Washington last 11 September, the United States Equestrian Team Vice Chairman Armand Leone Jr announced the withdrawal of the intended US team of Margie Engle, Alison Firestone, Lauren Hough and McLain Ward. The USET is currently attempting to contact US riders presently in Europe in order to form a new team to compete at the Samsung Nations Cup Final in Madrid.
The new Samsung Nations Cup 2001/2002 Series kicked off last 14 September 2001 in Linz, Austria with last season's League Champions from Germany cruising to a convincing victory. The Netherlands are second ahead of Belgium