ERCHA Nations Team Cup: Italy claims team gold, Germany silver and Switzerland bronze Top score 226 for Markus Schöpfer and individual gold
This ERCHA Nations Team Cup Final on Thursday evening of the AMERICANA will be remembered for a long time - not only because the Reined Cow Horse discipline presented itself to the audience in a very nice way and not only because the well-known speaker Darren Moore, who was flown in from the States especially for this purpose, was able to heat up the atmosphere like hardly anyone else. Above all, it will be remembered for Markus Schöpfer's exceptional ride on Oh Cay MC. As the last starter of the Italian team, he showed fencework at its best with Yvonne Bonda's stallion. The audience went wild with enthusiasm, and even more so when the score was announced: 226! Together with his 216 from the Herd Work and 209 from the Rein Work, the two of them came to 651 points, which meant not only gold for Markus in individual ranking, but also team gold for the Italian team (composite score: 1921).
In individual ranking, too, no one got past the Italians: Silver went to Samuele Poli Barberis with Cats Got Freckles with a score of 635, and bronze to Gabriele Poli Barberis with Highbrow Fletch with a score of 632. Ricky Bordignon and Smart E Cat came in 7th.
Jan Boogaerts and Gold Rush Wr Cowboy placed fourth scoring a 629.5. He was competing as an individual rider for Belgium and had delivered the top score in the Rein Work (217).
Martin Schemuth followed in 5th place with Mr. Chesmu Peppy Boon. The two had the second best score in Rein Work (216) and came out of Fence Work with the third best score (211.5). Together with Patrick Sattler and Justa ShiningSparkle (609.5) and Philipp Martig Haug with Snapper Lil Bingo (595.5) they provided team silver for Germany (composite score: 1846.5). Bad luck for Maik Bartmann and Volander: after a good start in the fencework, Maik's horse fell, but fortunately didn’t hurt himself.
The Bronze medal was claimed by the Swiss team consisting of Shirley Shalcher with DG Little Rey Merada, Natalie Ten Sijthoff with Magic Nu Cash, Christoph Seiler with Chex Lectric Guns and Eliane Seiler Gfeller with CR Rosie the Riveter, who scored a total of 1824.5 points.
4th place honnors went to the team from France: with Charlène Aubreton with A Reminic Star, Remi Martin on Sailinsun Sweety, Marine Richard with GS Top On Whizard and Jacky Molliex-Donjon with SA Rock N Ruf who brought it to a total of 1777.5 points. The Austrian team with Nadine Hartmann with PRF One Time Thunder, Andrea Popp with Sugars Smartest Lena, Hannes Winkler with Cattin Downtown and Peter Trixner with CR Tuff Boon Pickens followed close behind (composite score 1772) in fifth place.