Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Don Auriello are among the Swedish combinations who have earned good results in Nations Cup events to contribute to their country’s lead in the rankings
Falsterbo, Sweden – July 11, 2016 – Sweden swept to the head of the chart in the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series with a win on home turf at the Falsterbo CDIO5*, disrupting the United States’ grip on the series title.
The U.S. took the lead out of the starting gate with their victory in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* in Florida, and they turned in consistent results over the next three events to maintain that advantage, including a win at the Compiègne CDIO5* in France. But Sweden was also accumulating points through several strong finishes, and their first place finish at Falsterbo, where the U.S. did not send a team, lifted them to first place in the rankings.
The 2016 series concludes July 13-17 in Aachen, Germany, with nine teams – Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, Sweden and the United States – lined up to compete. Given the gap in points between the top two countries and the other nations, the win in the series will go to either Sweden or the U.S., depending on the results at Aachen.
The winning team at Aachen receives 15 points, with 13 points going to second place, 11 to third, 9 to fourth, 7 to fifth, 6 to sixth, 5 to seventh, and 4 to eighth. With Sweden currently at 47 points and the U.S. holding 43, at U.S. would need to finish at least two places above Sweden (or more than two places if Sweden finishes sixth or below) to tie or take over the lead.
Neither Sweden or the U.S. should finish the series worse than second. Denmark, currently ranked third in the Nations Cup standings, would have to win at Aachen and have the U.S. finish last in order to take over second – an unlikely scenario.
Sweden’s team for the Aachen Nations Cup includes Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén on Paridon Magi, Paulinda Friberg on Di Lapponia T, Michelle Hagman on Happiness 26, and Kristian von Krusenstierna on Languedoc.
The U.S. team for Aachen features Katherine Bateson Chandler on Alcazar, Shelly Francis on Doktor, Tuny Page on Woodstock, and Steffen Peters on Legolas 92. Peters was originally slated to compete Rosamunde on the Nations Cup team, but the mare sustained a minor muscle strain as a result of a spook during hand walking earlier this week and was withdrawn from competition.
2016 FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series Standings (as of July 11)
|Rank||Country||Wellington CDIO3*||Odense CDIO3*||Compiègne CDIO5*||Rotterdam CDIO5*||Falsterbo CDIO5*||Total|