Road to Barcelona: 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup explained

Dutch rider Jur Vrieling and VDL Bubalu clear Barcelona landmark 'Sagrada Familia' obstacle at a previous year's Final
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Friday 15 February - 12h12 | Ian Clayton

Road to Barcelona: 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup explained

Destination: Barcelona.

 - Road to Barcelona: 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup explained

Worldwide Nations Cup qualifying kicks off this weekend at Palm Beach Masters in Florida
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This weekend at the CSIO5*-NC Palm Beach Masters in Florida, national show jumping teams in North America will begin their quest to qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain in October. And while that Final is still eight months from now, and will take place more than 7,000 kilometres away from Sunday’s showdown at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, riders and chefs d’equipe have already been mapping out their path to the Catalan city. 

The Nations Cup series is known as equestrian sport’s oldest and most prestigious team challenge, with national teams from around the world competing for one of the best-known prizes in this Olympic discipline. This year marks the 110th edition of the historic circuit, whose global Final from October 3–6 will see seven teams from Europe Division 1, and two each from Europe Division 2 and North and Central America facing off for the title. Two teams will also be eligible for the final battle from South America, the Middle East and Asia/Australasia, as well as one from Africa.

Belgium took the top honours in 2018, just beating out France and Ireland on the Nations Cup podium. Click here for highlights. And as Belgian team member Nicola Philippaerts told FEI.org recently, “Barcelona was fantastic for us. It was exciting really. We thought we’d thrown our chances away on what was a very tough course, but we managed to get back and then win."

“It’s a fabulous way to finish the season,” the World No.17 show jumper added about the event. “The Nations Cup is very important for all of us – it’s a bit different because we represent our country and are part of a team." Continued below.

100 points for a win

100 points for a win - Road to Barcelona: 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup explained

CSIO5* Nations Cup Final action at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
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For North America, there will be three CSIO5* opportunities to score points toward earning one of the two spots in the Final, with 100 points for a victory, 90 points for second, 80 for third and so on. The first is of course this weekend at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of United States of America, where the U.S. has assembled an experience-laden squad to start off right. Subsequent qualifiers for the region are scheduled for Coapexpan, Mexico in May, and Langley, Canada in June. The full international schedule is here. The powerhouse European first division also begins in May, in La Baule, France.

And this year, the stakes will be even higher for qualifying nations in Barcelona, the Fédération Équestre Internationale explains, as in addition to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2019 trophy, the last remaining qualifying spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will also be up for grabs to the team which finishes highest in the competition and has not already qualified for the Games in Japan. 

Live streams of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup can be watched on FEI TV with a paid subscription. Below, the United States' Andrew Kocher and Fashion V in the 2018 Final. (Scoopdyga)

100 points for a win - Road to Barcelona: 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup explained


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