TeamNL is saddling up for FEI Nations Cup

Friday, April 26, 2019

From 16 until 19 May Compiegne is home of the first FEI Nations Cup for dressage riders where the Dutch team will compete. Head coach Alex van Silfhout announced the riders and horses that will head for France, and looks forward to the show season with one show in particular; the Europeans in Rotterdam.

Alex is very pleased that many riders are willing to do Nations Cup shows. "There are a lot of riders who would like to ride at these shows. In my opinion we have enough riders to have a strong team at each of the shows. The Nations Cups are great, but most important is that we will be seen abroad. It is very interesting to hear what the judges think. They are the ones we will most likely see again at international championships. Besides that, our position on the world ranking makes sense at the draw at the Olympics in Tokyo. There is a formula which makes that higher ranked countries have better start positions."

The show in Compiegne is only one week before the Dutch championships. "The Dutch championship is an official observation show for our riders. That is the reason no riders and horses from the Olympic squad will head off to France, but it's still a strong team that will be able to take home high scores. We are lucky to have many riders that can score 70% and up in the Grand Prix. If we have that little extra at the European Championship, is hard to tell. We are working on it and it looks very promising", Alex says.

The Dutch championship will be held at the Nationaal Hippisch Centrum in Ermelo, and will take place from 23 until 26 May. The longines FEI European Championship dressage will be in Rotterdam, from 19 until 25 August.

Competitors TeamNl aan FEI Nations Cup Compiegne:

- Patrick van der Meer (Naaldwijk) - Zippo

- Danielle Heijkoop (Rotterdam) - Badari

- Emmelie Scholtens (Gorinchem) - Desperado

- Tosca Visser (Gorssel) - Asther de Jeu

Calender FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2019:

CDIO3*-NC Wellington (VS) 12-17 March

CDIO5*-NC Compiègne (Fra) 16-19 May

CDIO4*-NC Uggerhalne (Den) 23-26 May

CDIO3*-NC Geesteren (Ned) 17-23 June

CDIO4*-NC Järvenpää (Fin) 05-07 July

CDIO5*-NC Falsterbo (Zwe) 11-14 July

CDIO5*-NC Aachen (Dui) 17-21 July

CDIO3*-NC Hickstead (Gbr) 25-28 July


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