Over two rounds and a jumpoff, Team Brazil topped the podium of the FEI Nations Cup CSIO3* in Šamorín, Slovakia at the X-Bionic Equestor Sphere on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Led by first-time chef d’equipe Christina Harbich, the team of Luis Felipe de Azevedo Filho riding Chacito, Carlos Ribas riding Wilexo, Karina Johannpeter with Casper and Marlon Módolo Zanotelli riding Celena VDL, Brazil was able to top Germany in a jumpoff deul between Zanotelli and German’y s Jorne Sprehe with Stakki’s Jumper.
“I am really emotional right now,” confessed chef d’equipe Harbich. “For me its a first time that I am representing as team chef and I’m really very very moved with this achievement. Since you always really try and we all know how it hard can be. This win is very important for the Brazil also.”
With 11 teams hailing from nearly all corners of the globe in the competition on Friday afternoon at the X-Bionic Sphere’s stunning grass grand prix field, it was sure to be an interesting, unpredictable class.
The United States sent a young team to Slovakia on US Developing Rider Grants, and Michael Hughes, Jennifer Gates, Wilton Porter and Chloe Reid put in respectable performances to finish in equal 4th place with Team Japan.
Italy took 3rd place on a cumulative score of 12 faults, with Luigi Poisello and Panama Tame putting in a double clear.
But after two rounds, and three clear rounds from the German riders in Round 2, it came down to Germany and Brazil, both finishing on 8 faults. When Germany’s Sphere ticked a rail, and Modolo subsequently went clear, the Brazil side watching from the ringside berm exploded with joy, and triumphantly took the top spot of the podium as the winners.
See the complete results at this link.