The FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014 season kicks off this weekend with what promises to be an exciting and competitive start at Fontainebleau (FRA) on 20-23 March.
This increasingly popular series continues to expand, and in 2014 it will comprise nine events in nine different countries thanks to the addition of an Irish leg, at the Fell family’s well-established Ballindenisk in County Cork (11-14 April), and a Swedish leg in the seaside city of Malmö (1-3 August) at the venue of last year’s FEI European Championships.
Now in its third year, the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, which provides great opportunities for riders to gain team experience, continues with CIC3*s in Ireland, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Belgium before the climax at Boekelo CCI3* (NED) in October.
Last year, the series culminated in a closely fought battle between Great Britain and Germany, with Britain eventually winning out by just one point.
It is expected that six nations will contest the first leg at Fontainebleau: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
Germany, winners of last year’s first leg at Fontainebleau, field only three riders, but they are a strong trio: Kai-Steffan Meier, Andreas Dibowski and the reigning Olympic, World and European Champion Michael Jung.
BRITISH SQUAD INFORMATION
Further to a successful initial veterinary inspection this afternoon, the below team of four riders supported by the UK Sport lottery funded World Class Programme will represent Great Britain this weekend.
The team are listed in their running order below:
- Izzy Taylor riding her own Dax Van Ternieuwbeke.
- Emily Llewellyn riding Greenlawns Sky High who is jointly owned by her mother Cindy and Nicolette Gidley Wright.
- Gemma Tattersall riding Chico Bella P owned by Christoper Stone.
- Lucy Wiegersma riding Mr Chunky whom she jointly owns with Huw Lloyd along with Sarita and Christopher Perkins.
Eventing Performance Manager Yogi Breisner commented on the importance of the competition in Fontainebleau: “In addition to the selected CICO team, Britain will be very well represented in Fontainebleau with many established as well as exciting new combinations heading there as part of their early season campaign.”
“The primary purpose of campaigning the CICO Nations Cup series is to give riders who have not been regular members of Senior Championship teams experience of working and competing within a team environment and to get them out competing against the best continental riders.” The Team will be supported this weekend by Team Manager Philip Surl.
The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.
FEI NATIONS CUP™ EVENTING 2014 CALENDAR
1 Fontainebleau (FRA) 19-23 March
2 Ballindenisk (IRE) 11-14 April
3 Houghton Hall (GBR) 22-25 May
4 Strzegom (POL) 26-29 June
5 Aachen (GER) 15-20 July
6 Malmö (SWE) 1-3 August
7 Montelibretti (ITA) 19-21 September
8 Waregem (BEL) 25-28 September
9 Boekelo (NED) 9-12 October