Marlon Modolo Zanotelli led the Brazilian team to victory in the last leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2015 Europe Division 2 League at CSIO San Marino Arezzo in Italy on Friday. The competition came down to a two-way jump-off between Brazil and France, and the 27-year-old Belgian-based rider clinched it with a fast four-fault result.
Tensions were high from the outset with a great deal hanging in the balance, and there were celebrations in the Czech and Polish camps afterwards. Because these two countries leap-frogged the Ukraine and Finland at the top of the Division 2 leaderboard and have earned their places at the much-anticipated Final which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain in just over two weeks’ time while, as 2015 league champions, the Czech Republic has earned promotion to the prestigious Europe Division 1 series in 2016.
It was a hard-fought affair in which the Czechs finished third ahead of Germany in fourth, Italy in fifth and Poland and Sweden in joint-sixth place ahead of Belgium. Only eight of the 12 starting nations returned for the second round, leaving Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Turkey on the sidelines. Slovenia, drawn second-last to go, didn’t even get to start, because their three-strong side dissolved when team-member, Pato Muente, broke his leg on Thursday.
Brazilian Chef d’Equipe, Jean Maurice Bonneau, was well-pleased with his team’s performance. “it’s impossible not to be happy today!” he said. And he was delighted to have Karina Johannpeter in his side “because we don’t have many top females in Brazil.
“We have new horses that we need to test through competing in these competitions. I have to say thank you to Marlon as it is important to have one top top rider to carry the team, and credit to him. Either way, all the riders did fantastic over the two rounds” he said. And he’s now looking ahead to the Furusiyya Final in a few weeks’ time. “Rodrigo (Pessoa), Pedro Veniss, Marlon and Doda (de Miranda) will be with us in Barcelona. I still haven’t decided on the fifth rider yet,” said the man who has created a real team spirit in the Brazilian side in recent years.
Newly-wed Marlon Modolo Zanotelli was particularly delighted because he partnered the horse owned and often competed by his boss, Irishman Enda Carroll from Ashford Stables, where Zanotelli’s wife, Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson, also works. “It was a last-minute call up for the team and I didn’t have a ride because we already had plans for the other horses, but Enda said “take Valetto, he’ll surely do the job!” the Brazilian rider said.
Poland also has the possibility of qualifying for Europe Division 1 next season if the team can finish in the top eight at the forthcoming Furusiyya 2015 Final.
- Brazil 4 faults in third-round jump-off: Valetto Jx (Marlon Modolo Zanotelli) 0/0/4 34.66, Casper (Karina Johannpeter) 8/0, Cornetto K (Yuri Mansur Guerios) 4/4, Vatson Sitte (Bernardo Alves) 4/13.
- France 8 faults in third-round jump-off: Qadillac du Heup (Bernard Briand Chevalier) 4/0, Quokin du Moulin Vent (Edouard Coral) 0/8, Polias de Blondel (Alexandra Paillot) 4/0, Rocker d’Ysieux (Emeric George) 8/4.
- Czech Republic 29 faults: Caleri ll (Zuzana Zelinkova) 8/0, Charly Brown (Emma Augier de Moussac) 9/9, Cento Lano (Ondrej Zvara) 4/12, Acovaro (Ales Opatrny) 4/4.
- Germany 33 faults: Carella (Niklas Krieg) 0/8, Colantinue (Maximilian Lill) 12/9, Charis (Frederick Troschke) 12/16, Embassy ll (Hans-Dieter Dreher) 4/0.
- Italy 35 faults: Carthusia (Paolo Zuvadelli) 12/6, Ares (Emilio Bicocchi) 5/4, Corbanus (Giampiero Garofalo) 8/8, Gitano v Berkenbroeck (Juan Carlos Garcia) 4/8.
- Poland 36 faults: Crazy Quick (Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski) 16/8, Urbane (Msclwoj Kiecon) 4/8, London (Maksymilian Wechta) 4/8, Zoweja (Krzysztof Ludwiczak) 4/8.
- Sweden 36 faults: Oz de Breve (Evelina Tovek) 8/8, Liberty Man (Erika Lickhammer) Elim/DNS, Tinkabell (Angelie von Essen) 4/0, Romane du Theil (Charlotte Mordasini) 4/12.
- Belgium 48 faults: Cor van de Wateringhoeve (Karel Cox) 0/8, Forest Gump (Maxime Harmegnies) 8/12, Hanna van Hd (Ignace Philips) 8/Ret, Esteny van de Herkkant (Christophe Leutenez) 8/12.
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ 2015 Europe Division 2 Final Standings (after Round 8):
- Czech Republic – 345
- Poland – 340
- Ukraine – 335
- Finland – 335
- Denmark – 315
- Norway – 285
- Portugal – 280
- Turkey – 280
- Russia – 227.5
- Austria – 180
- Slovakia – 147.5
- Hungary – 120
- Greece – 35
- Bulgaria – 35