Quote of the Week
“He did so much for me. He made me the rider I am today.”
Nicola Philippaerts & H&M Harley (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT
#TeamBelgium Storms the Weekend in Sopot and Cascais
Belgian riders took home the top spots in not one, but four of the biggest classes of the weekend: the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Poland and the Memoriał Pułkownika Witolda Pileckiego CSIO5* in Sopot, and the GCL Final and LGCT Grand Prix of Cascais, Estoril in Portugal.
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Belgian dominance at the top of the sport is nothing new, though interestingly, there’s not a single Belgian rider currently listed among the top 10 in the world in the Longines Rankings (Devos is highest at #14). Meanwhile, things are bound to get exciting this year during the remainder of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, where a showdown looks to be brewing between Belgium and current European Division 1 leader, Switzerland. Thanks to Belgium’s win in Sopot, the two teams are now separated by just 10 points at the season’s halfway point. Belgium and Switzerland will face-off one more time in Division 1 Nations Cup competition at CSIO Rotterdam this weekend before the series final in Barcelona, Spain. Somebody grab the popcorn!
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch the winning round from the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Poland.
It was an impressive win for the Belgian team during the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Poland in Sopot, winning ahead of anchor rider Niels Bruynseels' final turn on a score of 13. France finished second on 16; the USA (anchored by Margie Goldstein-Engle and Royce) finished third on 21. Recap the drama below.
This Just In…
Jonelle Price earns a back-to-back CCI4* win at Luhmühlen.
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Emerald & kids show plenty of sparkle.
You know when world #1 Harrie Smolders trots into the arena on Emerald, things are about to get interesting. The 14-year-old chestnut BWB stallion is not only a regular winner at the CSI5* level at locations like Bordeaux and Chantilly, he’s also been Smolders’ go-to for major competitions such as the 2016 Rio Olympics and two World Cup Jumping Finals (they finished second in 2016). But Emerald’s offspring are also moving their way up the ranks under a number of top riders, including Italy's Lorenzo de Luca, Belgium's Jos Verlooy, and even Smolders, himself. “I am pretty sure that Emerald will be one of those stallions really adding something to his next generation,” Smolders says.
That’s one way to stick a landing!