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Belgians Best Irish in Thrilling Sopot Showdown

Pieter Devos and Apart. (FEI/Lucasz Kowalski)

Belgium posted a back-to-back double when coming out on top in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Poland 2019 staged at the popular seaside town of Sopot (POL). The team included two members of last year’s winning side, Pieter Devos (33) and Niels Bruynseels (35), who were joined by Gudrun Patteet (34) and Yves Vanderhasselt (40) to do it all over again.

But the roller-coaster competition went right down to the wire, the result decided in a tense third-round jump-off against Ireland in which Devos’ chestnut gelding, Apart, rattled a few poles but left all the fences standing to bring it home for the 2018 series champions.

He had only just sealed the jump-off slot in round two when Belgian Chef d’Equipe, Peter Weinberg, asked Devos to take on Ireland’s Paul O’Shea in the third-round showdown.

“I said OK, I’ll do it, and normally Apart is very, very fast, but today he got a bit stressed when we had to go back into the ring almost straight away. But he always gives me everything and hey, everyone is very happy if you are last to go and you win it for your country!” — Pieter Devos (BEL)

It was a very different story at the halfway stage when the Dutch seemed to already have it in the bag after three effortless clears. Belgium, France, and Ireland were all chasing with four-fault scorelines, and Team Germany were close behind with just five on the board, but the French were hampered by the withdrawal of pathfinder Simon Delestre as round two began. So despite clears from Olivier Robert (Tempo de Paban) and Roger Yves Bost (Sangria du Coty), they were obliged to add the four collected by Alexis Deroubaix and Timon d’Aure at the final Longines planks and that saw them lose their grip.

Meanwhile, Dutch domination collapsed when Willem Greve (Zypria S) also hit the last, Bart Bles (Israel vd Dennehoeve) and Doron Kuipers (Charley) both faulted at the open water and Kevin Jochems (Cristello) lowered fence 10 on the course designed by Poland’s Szymon Tarant who was making his debut at 5-Star level.

In contrast, the Irish stood firm with double-clears from Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu) and Shane Sweetnam (Alejandro) backed up by a second-round clear from Peter Moloney (Chianti’s Champion), which meant that Bertram Allen (Harley vd Bisschop) didn’t need to return to the ring.

The Belgians didn’t have such an easy run of it when Vanderhasselt’s mare, Jeunesse, hit the second element of the penultimate triple combination. Bruynseels and Delux van T&L had been foot-perfect second time out and Patteet and Sea Coast Valdelamadre Clooney posted the second part of a brilliant double-clear, but if Devos couldn’t leave all the poles in place then he would be handing the top step of the podium to their Irish rivals. Typically, however, he didn’t flinch, and a jump-off was now on the agenda.

You could hear a pin drop as O’Shea led the way against the clock for Ireland, but his 12-year-old gelding hit the first fence before coming home to break the beam in 46.97 seconds. It seemed Devos would just walk away with it now, but the normally fully focused Apart seemed uncharacteristically lacking in concentration and hit the top pole at the first element of the penultimate double really hard, only for it to roll back into place. They crossed the line three seconds off O’Shea’s target time, but their zero score would seal it for Belgium.

Devos was delighted with Apart’s performance: “He has done a lot of great things, and has won many 5-Star Grand Prix and World Cup classes, but this is his very first Nations Cup and to go double-clear and then win it in the jump-off is very special!

“My wife (Caroline Poels) rode him up to 5-Star level and then I took over – he’s a fantastic horse with a great character. When he’s in the ring he gives me everything!” Devos added.

A total of 10 countries are contesting Europe Division 1 this season, and following this third round of the series, Belgium has moved into second place behind the leaders from France. Each country has been allocated four points-earning opportunities throughout the seven-leg league, and Sweden, the only country that has not collected points to date, will be making their seasonal debut at Geesteren (NED) where the Dutch will be hoping for better luck on home ground.

Only the top seven nations in Europe Division 1 will qualify for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2019 Final in Barcelona (ESP) in October where there will also be one last remaining Olympic qualifying spot up for grabs.

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By Louise Parkes

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American Equus Chosen Riders Emerge Victorious from Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Mike Smith on Midnight Bisou in the Ogden Phillips Stakes. PC_ NYRA/Coglianese Photo.

Gilbert, AZ – June 14, 2019 – On Saturday, June 8, the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes took place as the final leg of the Triple Crown series. While no horses were eligible for the coveted title this year, many young thoroughbreds were still fighting for a spot in the winner’s circle throughout the thirteen races leading up to and following the grand event. Running to victory in six of the races were American Equus Thoroughbred Jockeys Javier Castellano, Mike Smith, Manuel Franco, Corey Lanerie, Ricardo Santana Jr., and Irad Ortiz Jr.

Race 4 marked the first win of the day for the talented group of Chosen Riders. Castellano, who describes the Thoroughbred Racing Irons as “the best in the market”, and Rushing Fall led the pack in the Longines Just a Game race. Following behind Castellano in the race was Chosen Rider Ortiz Jr. aboard Beau Recall, giving American Equus a one-two finish.

Race 5 was next on the agenda as the Ogden Phipps Stakes. Hall of Fame Jockey Smith captured the win for American Equus. Relying on the durability of his trusty irons, Smith piloted Midnight Bisou to a first-place finish.

Coming off of his second-place finish in Race 5 with Come Dancing, Franco raced to first in Race 6, the Jaipur Invitational. Franco, sporting his American Equus Long Board Thoroughbred Racing Irons, rode World of Trouble to a garland of roses at the end of their seamless race.

Playing an integral role in the success of Lanerie and Hog Creek Hustle in Race 8, the Woody Stephens Stakes presented by Mohegan Sun, the ultra-lightweight irons offered stability as they crossed the finish line in record time.

American Equus put another consecutive win to its name during Race 9 when Mitole was ridden by Santana Jr. to success. Galloping swiftly behind Santana Jr. was Smith who rode McKinzie to second place in the race. Both riders were supported by their stirrups extra wide carbon fiber footbeds, giving them the ability to comfortably maneuver the young horses with ease to clinch the first and second place positions.

Hall of Fame Jockey Ortiz Jr. concluded the winning streak for Chosen Riders in Race 10. With Bricks and Mortar between the irons, Ortiz Jr. rode to victory in the Manhattan Stakes, adding yet another win to his 1,798 previous wins.

“All of our chosen riders did fantastic this weekend. Belmont is always a great race and we are proud to have such a large presence at this historic track,” reported David Shano, Founder and CEO of America Equus. “We are excited to see what all of our Chosen Riders accomplish over the summer!”

For a complete list of results in the 151st Belmont Stakes, click here.

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Longines Times Sir Winston’s Victory at 2019 Belmont Stakes

Sir Winston, ridden by Joel Rosario. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Longines)

New York, NY, June 11, 2019 – Swiss watch brand Longines was proud to return as the Official Partner and Timekeeper of the 151st Belmont Stakes, timing Sir Winston’s impressive win at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Sir Winston’s jockey Joel Rosario and his mount navigated a field of impressive contenders, surging past Tacitus and War of Will down the stretch on the outside to take the victory. Earlier that day, Rushing Fall, ridden by Javier Castellano, claimed the 2019 Longines Just a Game Stakes. Longines U.S. Brand President Pascal Savoy joined the winning teams after each race to personally present Longines timepieces to each jockey, owner, and trainer in recognition of their skillful performances.

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Comments Needed on BLM Experiment to Spay Wild Mares

The Cloud Foundation and other wild horse advocate groups are once again fighting to protect the Warm Springs mares. Despite having been stopped time and time again by our legal actions, the Bureau of Land Management has again revived its abhorrent plan to carry out cruel experimentation on the mares rounded up from the Warm Springs HMA.

Your comments are needed, and the deadline to submit is June 12th. BLM had originally scheduled the deadline for Memorial Day. This was an underhanded tactic that allowed for only 9 business days to comment. Thankfully our legal team filed a motion and we were able to get that unreasonable time frame extended.

The link to TCF’s comments is here. We know passions run high on this issue, ours included, but as always, we ask you to remain professional and courteous in your comments.

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Doable Betting Strategies for the 2019 Belmont Stakes

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Out of all the sports tournament you can find in any given platform, betting on horse racing showdown gives you a wide array of betting types where you can win and earn big. This is due to the fact a horse racing tournament is often attended by more than two or three colts which make every bettor choose more entry they wanted to bet.

Talking about horse racing, the final leg of the Triple Crown Series which is the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. This will be held in the race track of Elmont Park, Belmont, New York where it is expected once again that hundreds and thousands of horse racing fans will grace the said event. In fact, some are already excitement even by the time the Kentucky Derby had kicked off.

With that being said, most horse racing fans are a little disappointed due to the fact that there will be no Triple Crown winner this year. After the disqualification case of Maximum Security which was the real Kentucky Derby winner. He was replaced by the second placer whose name is Country House. It is nice to see these horses supposedly as they take their rematch in the Preakness Stakes, but Maximum Security got demotivated ended up leaving the two racing behind.

Besides, Country House also got sick a day after he won the derby. In that case, he missed the Preakness and will not head on to Belmont. This is the first time that the Triple Crown Series won’t have the presence of the first three finishers of the Kentucky Derby.

Despite the fact that the Triple Crown this year won’t be given, the Belmont Stakes is still making their best to make sure that they can show off an incredible horse racing showdown. In fact, horse racers are more excited for the betting games they can partake since the prize at stake hasn’t changed following the initial controversy mentioned above.

Hence, as you go along and find yourself betting for you best entries in the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, it’s best that you have full knowledge on how to pick the right entry. So, in this article, we’d like to give you some working techniques on how you can join in profitable betting. Betting strategies are also outlined to make sure that you do not put your money directly in to waste. Here are they to get you started.

Refer to the Recent and Favorable Odds

The 2019 Belmont Stakes will have a total of ten thoroughbred horse racers which will be competing in the Grade 1 Stakes category. That said, each bet has its own odds set by the bookmaker. These odds are based on the bets they earned before the racing start and the value is then identified accumulating all the wages.

In that case, even if you are a newbie or pro in betting, it is best that you have to place your wage for a bet with most favorable odds. Through the years that the Belmont Stakes had existed, most winners are more likely coming from the bets with excellent value standings. Going this way will ensure that you have at least 80% chance of winning than placing your bets that has the lowest value.

Don’t Believe in Bookies

Bookies are the ones who arranged and set up odds especially when you bet online. Take note that horse racing is gambling and it’s either you win or lose. But, if you want to get rid of a consistent losing streak, you need to avoid the bookies. There’s nothing wrong with going with your instinct and betting for the ones given by bookies, but in reality, they place the odds in their favor. That means that your chance of winning might be small.

This is the main reason why that even if bookies set their bets, you still need to do your homework of researching the capability and skills of your chosen bets. This is highly needed specifically that the Belmont Stakes this year holds the mightiest horse entries and each entry has a unique running skills to show off this coming Saturday.

The Point System

The easiest strategy you can follow as you bet for the upcoming Belmont Stakes is the point system.  By using this strategy, all you need to do is to pick three horses which do you think will win. Out from these three entries, you need to sort out who’s going to place first, second, and third by placing the right points.

You can either have 10 as the highest or even as much as 5 points. Your criteria of placing the points for the three horses you have chosen in by their previous performances, trainers, jockeys, breeding, and the reviews they get from the horse racing society.

New Zealand Olympian Tim Price Debuts in Eventing World Number One Slot

Tim Price (NZL) on Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. (FEI/Martin Dokoupil)

Lausanne (SUI), 4 June 2019 – Olympic athlete Tim Price (NZL) has topped the FEI Eventing World Rankings for the first time, overtaking Ros Canter (GBR) who last month ended the reign of compatriot Oliver Townend to hold the position for just 31 days.

Tim Price (40), who has been competing for over 15 years at the top level of the sport, took part in his first Olympic Games in Rio 2016, where team New Zealand finished fourth, one fence off the medals.

A sensational year in 2018 established his presence as a prominent athlete, with wins at Burghley CCI4* (GBR) with Ringwood Sky Boy and Blair Castle CCI3* (GBR) with Pats Jester. His second FEI World Equestrian Games™ outing at Tryon 2018 resulted in an eighth-place finish in the individual and seventh in the team standings with Cekatinka JRA.

His third-place finish at the CCI5*-L in Lexington (USA) this year with Xavier Faer was a contributing factor to his rise to the top, along with 10th place at Badminton CCI5*-L with Ringwood Sky Boy.

“I have to admit to wanting to achieve this for some time,” he said, following the release of the latest FEI World Eventing Rankings. “It’s gone from a dream, to a driving force, to a reality.

“It feels pretty special that’s for sure, mainly because it’s more a recognition of consistency, rather than just outright winning. I try to bring the best out of every opportunity I have. Not always to win, but always in a way that has my horses wanting to give effort for their own satisfaction and enjoyment. For me, it’s the coming together of all the hard work, a strong focus and great partnership with my equine friends.”

Former world number one Ros Canter has dropped to number four in the rankings. Other big movers in the top 10 are Kristina Cook (GBR), up from 33rd to fifth, Australia’s Christopher Burton, from 37th to sixth, and Andrew Nicholson (NZL), who has jumped from 31st to eighth.

With more CCI5*-L and CCI4*-L competitions coming up in the next few months and the FEI Eventing European Championship in Luhmühlen (GER) from 28 August – 1 September 2019, there will certainly be more exciting sport action to follow and more changes in the ranking list can be expected.

View full FEI World Eventing Rankings here.

Tim Price – early career

Tim Price started competing at the top level in 2002 with a horse called Desamoray.

After several attempts at the top level he was ranked 20th at Pau CCI4* (FRA) with his horse Vortex in 2008. The duo claimed the same spot at Badminton CCI4* the following year. His first CCI4* win came at Luhmühlen (GER) in 2014 with Wesko, and the same partnership came second at the CCI4* in Lexington the year after.

Tim is married to Jonelle Price (NZL), who is also a world class Eventing athlete having won team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

They became the first husband and wife to represent New Zealand in Eventing at the Olympic Games when they participated together at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They also became the first married couple from New Zealand to compete at a World Equestrian Games (WEG) when they rode at the 2014 WEG in Normandy (FRA).

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Canadians Prove Untouchable on Home Ground at Langley

Nicole Walker and Falco van Spieveld. (FEI/Rebecca Berry)

There was plenty to celebrate when the hosts posted an emphatic victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley (CAN), where Ireland finished second and USA slotted into third ahead of Mexico in fourth and Israel in fifth place.

However, despite his side’s overwhelming success, Canadian Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin said, “It was a bit bittersweet. It’s great to win here, especially on our home field, but there were two parts to this equation. The first part we took care of, but the second part we just missed.”

He was of course referring to the fact that Canada has finished third, and last, in the 2019 North/Central America & Caribbean League from which only two of the three competing nations can qualify for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona (ESP) in September. Those two places go to Mexico, winners of the previous two legs of the series, and to USA who have pipped the Canadians for the second spot by a narrow margin of just 10 points.

There is no denying the new energy and excitement in the Canadian side, however. With three first-round clears they grabbed the advantage, and they held on so firmly that anchorman, Mario Deslauriers, didn’t have to ride again in the second round because the win was already in the bag.

Ireland, USA, and Mexico were all sharing second place with eight faults apiece going into round two, and when the Irish added nothing more they would be runners-up while USA had to count four more faults to finish third on 12. Mexico finished another fence further adrift, on 16 faults despite a superb double-clear from Salvador Onate and his fabulous gelding Big Red who produced one of five foot-perfect performances on the day.

When both pathfinder Lisa Carlsen and her busy bay mare Parette and second-line rider Nicole Walker with the super-cool Falco van Spieveld each put a second clear round on the board, the Canadians were already looking like runaway winners. And although Tiffany Foster picked up her second four faults of the afternoon with her promising nine-year-old Figor when next to go, that was still good enough to clinch it.

When asked afterwards if she knew when she was riding into the arena that a clear or four fault result would seal the win, Foster said with a laugh, “I’m not great at math but I figured that one out! When I was coming down the last line, I had Mario in mind – I was thinking, he’s going to kill me if I have another one down and he has to jump, so we held it together!”

Walker said she was “super-delighted for everyone” on her team and with the “spectacular” performance of her horse. She wasn’t wrong about the latter as Falco van Spieveld made it all look like a training exercise. “He’s the best partner I could possibly ask for – in the barn he’s super easy and he’s a bit lazy at home, but when he goes in the ring he’s so reliable,” said the 25-year-old who works in the family business with the Stronach Group, and who trains with Irish rider Cian O’Connor on a regular basis.

Reflecting on where the result leaves Team Canada, she concluded, “We would have liked to make it to the Final in Barcelona, but the cards didn’t fall in order for us today; that’s the way it goes. Now our big plan is the Pan Ams where we will be looking for Olympic qualification.”

By Louise Parkes

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Amanda Derbyshire and McLain Ward Share Open Jumper Championship Honors at Devon

Devon Horse Show Open Jumper champions: Amanda Derbyshire (aboard Roulette BH) and McLain Ward.

Devon, Pa. – June 1, 2019 – Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship, sponsored by Hermès. Following their top performances throughout the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Roulette BH, ridden by Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire, and Double H Farm’s HH Azur, ridden by the USA’s McLain Ward, were crowned the 2019 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 15 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $72,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, which was won by Derbyshire and Roulette BH.

Becky Gochman and Stephanie Danhakl Shine in Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped up on Saturday with each section awarding the grand champion title to the athletes who accumulated the most points throughout two days of competition. The Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter championship was awarded to Becky Gochman and Catch Me, while the Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter championship, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds, was presented to Stephanie Danhakl and Enough Said.

Smith Lilly Rides Off in Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake with Extreme Ways

Saturday evening in the Dixon Oval closed out with several championships in the breed divisions. In the exciting Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake, Smith Lilly and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Extreme Ways took the top spot after impressing the judges with his performance, manners, presence, quality, and conformation against six other competitors. They were awarded the championship cooler, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller, as well as the Betsy Van Duren Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

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Boyd Martin and Contestor Clinch $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing Competition

Boyd Martin and Contestor. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 26, 2019 – For the third year in a row, the popular $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing competition, sponsored by Douglas and Cynthia Howe and Salt Works, showcased top-level eventing in a unique class that incorporates two of the three elements of three-day eventing: cross-country and show jumping. A packed crowd looked on as a record 33 entries turned out to challenge famed course designer Captain Mark Philips’ tracks, where ultimately Boyd Martin (USA) and Denise Lahey’s Contestor took home the top prize after dominating two rounds of competition, while defending champions Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star finished with reserve honors and Buck Davidson and Carlevo rounded out the top three.

Claudette Yarbrough and Lyla Claim Children’s Jumper Championship

The Children’s Jumpers stole the show earlier in the day on Sunday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair with the awarding of the Children’s Jumper championship, sponsored by Westover Companies/Guntram Weissenberger, Jr. A competitive 20 horses and riders strived to produce the fastest round in Sunday’s $2,500 NAL Children’s Jumper class to accumulate final points towards the overall title, but it was Claudette Yarbrough and her own Lyla who walked away with the www.HorseinOil.com Challenge Trophy and the Leonard Tose Memorial Challenge Trophy to claim top honors with a total of 21 points.

John White Drives Off with 2019 Carriage Pleasure Drive Championship

The fourth day of the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair welcomed the tradition of the Carriage Pleasure Drive division to the prestigious Dixon Oval. The popular and time-honored discipline of driving has been part of Devon’s history since 1896, while the Carriage Pleasure Drive has been an established flagship event for over 50 years, entertaining exhibitors and spectators alike on the Sunday before Memorial Day each year.

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China, Thailand, and Poland Secure Tokyo 2020 Eventing Team Slots

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro in Saumur. (Ouest Image)

China, Thailand, and Poland secured their equestrian team tickets to next summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at special Eventing qualifiers held in Saumur (FRA) and Baborówko (POL) over the weekend.

This will be a first-ever Olympic Eventing team slot for China and Thailand, although both have had individual starters at previous Olympics. The two nations finished second and third at the FEI designated Olympic qualifier held in Saumur (FRA) for Olympic Groups F and G, which covers Africa and the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Hong Kong finished fourth when only one of their three starters went through to the final Jumping phase.

Japan, already assured of a starting place on home ground next summer, were fractionally behind China after Saturday’s Pierre Michelet designed cross country test, but regained the lead they had established in the Dressage arena to take top spot by 6.1 penalties ahead of the Chinese. Team China, led by double Olympian Alex Hua Tian who finished eighth in Rio 2016, held on for second place and a Tokyo ticket ahead of Thailand, also now with a place logged on the 2020 startlist.

Hua Tian, who made his Olympic debut at the age of 18 at Beijing 2008, was bidding for individual success with the talented Don Geniro, but four faults in Jumping handed victory to the 1993 European champion, Frenchman Jean Lou Bigot with Aktion De Belheme.

Double Polish win on home soil

Pawel Spisak, already a four-time Olympian, led his team to victory on home turf at Baborówko to book Poland a place at next year’s Games. Riding his Rio 2016 horse Banderas, the 37-year-old also claimed the individual honours ahead of two-time Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung with Fischerchipmunk FRH.

Both Belarus and Russia also fielded teams at Baborówko, venue for the Olympic Group C qualifier covering Africa and the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. However, when just two of the Belarussians and one Russian completed all three phases, the Poles were left untroubled at the top.

Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand are already gearing up for Tokyo, having secured Olympic qualification at last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™. Japan, as host nation, is automatically qualified, but the win in Saumur shows that the home side will be right in the mix next summer.

While three team slots were nailed over the weekend, there are still spaces available for five more teams to make up the full quota of 15 Eventing teams for Tokyo. An additional 20 individual places are up for grabs via the FEI Olympic rankings to fill the overall quota of 65 starters.

Remaining opportunities for nations to qualify Eventing teams for Tokyo are at the Pan-American Games in Lima (PER) at the beginning of August and the FEI European Eventing Championships in Luhmühlen (GER) at the end of August, both of which have two slots available. Additionally, the highest ranked nation at the end of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ series 2019, which winds up at Boekelo (NED) in mid-October, will also book their ticket for next year’s Games.

The FEI system allows nations from each of the FEI Olympic Groups two opportunities to qualify, either at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 or at their designated regional qualifier. The FEI Olympic Groups for the Olympic qualification process are based on seven geographical regions: A – North Western Europe; B – South Western Europe; C – Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia; D – North America; E – Central & South America; F – Africa & Middle East; G – South East Asia, Oceania.

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