History repeated itself at the first leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup as France walked away with victory at Vairano (Italy), as they did in 2016.
The team of Luc Chateau (Propriano de l’Ebat), Maxime Livio (Pica d’Or), Brice Luda (Valere de Bonnieres) and Raphael Cochet (Sherazad de Louviere) took the lead after the dressage with 83 points and maintained it through the cross-country phase with three clear rounds inside the time and also in the final phase of show jumping, ending with 88,2 to win the first Nations Cup of the year.
Sweden finished in second place with a score of 124.3 thanks to the performances of Christoffer Forsberg (Hippo’s Sapporo), Ludwig Svennerstal (Balham Mist) and Anna Freskgard with (Box Qutie).
The home team of Italy formed by Clelia Casiraghi (Verdi), Rebecca Chiappero (Quilando Z), Fosco Girardi (Feldheger) and Arianna Schivo (Quefira de l’Ormeau) completed the podium with their third place with a total of 128.6 penalties.
Dutch rider Alice Naber-Lozeman won the individual classification on board ACSI Peter Parker with two double clears giving her a final score of 26.0. It was a narrow victory as French rider Luc Chateau and Propriano de l’Ebat finished with a score of 26.7, with Maxime Livio and Pica d’Or in third on a score of 28.0.
The CICO*** also included the Italian Senior Championships which was won by Arianna Schivo and Quefira de l’Ormeau with a total of 36.9.
Susanna Bordone and Dinky Inky were the winners of the CCI***; Susanna, who was in 3rd place after the two phases, climbed the rankings with a clear round in the show jumping phase to reach her third victory in the CCI3* of Vairano, her home-base, with 33.9. Second place for the Swiss rider Patrizia Attinger with Hilton P on a total of 35.5 and third place for France with Sidney Dufresne and Tresor Mail with 36.
The CIC** saw Germany’s Kai-Steffen Meier with Nyala d’Arville lead throughout to triumph with 32,5. In second place, for Ecuador, Nicolas Wettstein with Onzieme Framoni with 38.3 and in third place the Italian Luisa Palli with Kimono with 40.4.