Belgium Win Juniors Nations Cup at GRANDPRIX Classic

The competition was tight, and it took a jump-off to separate the top three teams in the Juniors Nations Cup stage sponsored by Cheval Liberté at the GRANDPRIX Classic in Fontainebleau, France, Friday, with Belgium coming out on top of Ireland –  whose squad includes Harry Allen, brother of Bertram – and Germany. Great Britain tied for fourth. 

Thirteen nations started this Nations Cup-Juniors leg, part of the YOUTH FEI NATIONS CUP SERIES presented by Dada Sport, with six teams going clear in the first round: France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Belgium and Ireland. Norway and Denmark finished the class with four points, ahead of the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Poland.

The second round of the competition began at the start of the afternoon with a couple obstacles causing particular difficulty for the horse-and-rider combinations. In the end, Germany, Belgium and Ireland advanced to the tie-breaking jump-off. The final result was only determined when the last Belgian rider, Simon Morssinkhof, finished the course. The fastest jump-off time was recorded by Thibault Philippaerts, son of Ludo Philippaerts, who finished in 36.10 seconds, ahead of European champion Allen and his time of 36.23 s. Full results are here. To follow the competition results this weekend, see here. Live viewing is available here depending on location.