The last qualifying leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2013 series, held in Arezzo, Italy, certainly lived up to expectations with thrills, spills and a gripping battle before Brazil won through and Austria clinched the only remaining qualifying spot for the series Final. Four countries were chasing points – Austria, Italy, Poland and Sweden. The Swedish team were already qualified for the Final along with Belgium.
Following today’s competition, 3 nations from Europe Division 2 have qualified for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final which will take place at Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain from 26 to 29 September -those countries were Belgium, Sweden and Austria.
Brazil won today’s competition while France and Switzerland shared second place ahead of a courageous British side who didn’t have the easiest of days. But for the host nation it was an emotional afternoon as they went into the second round jointly in the lead, but lost their chance in the very closing stages to finish fifth.
There were two separate plots unfolding throughout the competition. The first was the battle for supremacy on the day, and the second was the battle for that tantalising last remaining place available to just one team from the Europe Division 2 league at the inaugural Furusiyya Final which will take place in Barcelona, Spain in two weeks’ time.
Austria, Italy and Poland all started today with a chance of making it to sunny Spain, and with the greatest number of points as today’s competition began, their sixth-place finishing spot would ensure it was the Austrians who would make the cut. In the end, it was Belgium, Sweden and Austria who qualified as the final three teams to qualify for the 2013 Furusiyya Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona, Spain this month.
European Division 2 Final Standings
Belgium – 421 points
Sweden – 385.5 points
Austria – 297.5 points
Italy – 285 points
Norway – 273 points
Finland – 252.5 points
Denmark – 212.5 points
Poland – 201.5 points
Hungary – 180.67 points
Bulgaria – 162.67 points
Russia – 129 points
Slovakia – 129 points