Ireland claim FEI Nations Cup win on home soil.

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Ireland have ridden to victory on home soil in the FEI Nations Cup.
The Dublin leg of the tour was the last available chance to pick up precious points for the grand finale in Barcelona for nations competing in the European Division 1 and victory for the Irish on home soil took their total points to 305 and 5th place in the overall standings.
Ireland’s coach Robert Splaine fielded a relatively young line-up, but they showed an experience beyond their years and were able to deal with the tension of such a big event amassing a total of just 4 penalties. Greg Patrick Broderick from the Ballypatrick Stables and his mount Mhs Going Global were Ireland’s star performers scoring the only double clear.
After the Irish leg of the FEI Nations Cup, Belgium are back on top of the overall leader board and qualify as winners of the European Division 1 with 350 points. Switzerland finish second with 330 while Great Britain finish third with 315 points.
The rest of the nations finished as indicated below in the overall standings:
4th France – 310
5th Ireland – 305
6th Holland – 295
7th Sweden – 295
8th Germany – 295
9th ITALY – 255
10th Spain – 255
Focusing back to the winners of the last qualifying leg of the FEI Nations Cup, Bertram Allen picked up 4 penalties with Romanov in the first round (discarded) while Cian O’Connor with the 9 year-old BWP stallion Good Luck (Canturo) also picked up 4 penalties. The fourth member of the team Kenny Darragh with Sans Soucis Z (Surrealist) wasn’t needed for the final round but cleared the course in the first.
In second place in Dublin we find Holland with a total of 8 penalties. Rob Ehrens fielded the following riders: Vincent Voorn (Quinlan), Johnny Pals (Vignet), Henk van de Pol (Willink) and Wout Jan van der Schans (Aquila SFN).The final podium slot was taken by Switzerland with 13 penalties overall. Their line-up was as follows in Ireland: Christina Liebherr (L.B. Eagle Eye), Steve Guerdat (Corbinian), Edwin Smits (Copain du Perchet CH) and  Niklaus Rutschi (Windsor XV).
The rest of the nations finished as follows in Ireland:
4th Germany 16 penalties
5th Spain 17 penalties
6th Great Britain 23 penalties
7th ITALY 24 penalties
8th USA 32 penalties

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