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07.12.2019 - European victory at the Riders Masters Cup 2019

European team remains unbeatable at the riders masters cup

paris, December 2019


Back in 2016 the EEF has launched together with EEM - as part of the Longines Masters Series - the competition Riders Masters Cup. A thrilling team challenge between Europe and the Americas (for the sake of sport and suspense, the rules made it possible to select riders from all the Americas and not only the US how it is originally foreseen) in ten duels of a two-round-class.

The first round is to be understood competition against the clock, as a Table A of a Grand Prix course. Starting order and composition of the duels are drawn by lot. 10 points are won by each duel won. In the second round, Chefs have to show some tactics in this fromat! The chef of the losing team in the first round gets to designate the first rider to go for his team, and the winning team coach has the advantage to chose his first direct opponent. For the second round change of horses are allowed, since the second round is a speed competition (Table C) and 20 points are gained by each duel won. 

On Friday, 6th December, the Europeans took the victory away for one more time and remain therefore undefeated since the very first hour of this team challenge. Henrik Ankarcrona, Chef d'Equipe of the European team, taking this role from his predecessor Philippe Guerdat, had the task to set up a 5-member-team. He did so by mobilizing the current European champion Martin Fuchs (SUI), Kevin Staut (FRA), Jos Verlooy (BEL), Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Henrik von Eckermann (SWE). Robert Ridland, Chef d'Equipe of the Americas, called up not less than three Olympic winners, namely: Eric Lamaze (CAN), Laura Kraut (USA), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA). He completed the very promising team with young talents Kara Chad (USA) and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (BRA). 

Whilst after the first round it looked like the Americas would take away the victory, everything changed unpredictibly in the second round. The Americans won three of their five duels in the first round, but in the second where they all had changed rides, Zanotelli and his young colleague Kara Chad were eliminated because of two refusals each. Thus, only Rodrigo Pessoa managed to win his duel against Henrik von Eckermann. With Martin Fuchs the Europeans won four out of five duels and took their fifth Masters Riders Cup victory away. 

The story is to be continued next year.

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