EEF Press Release
Longines FEI Nations CupTM of Greece 2019
A ticket for the victorious Norwegian team to the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona and an important step for the development of the Division 2 in 2019
On Sunday, July 28th, the Final of the Longines FEI Nations Cup Division 2 took place at the Olympic Equestrian Centre Markopoulo of Athens.
On one hand, there is the sports results that have already been spread over the media: The four-rider squad of Norway with the Gulliksen siblings Johan-Sebastian and Victoria and their father Geir finished together with Hege Tidemandsen over two rounds on a unbeatable zero penalties team total score. The team with its Chef d’Equipe Mikael Kolind secured itself not only a significant ticket to the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in October 2019, but also the single promotional spot for Division 1 in 2020. Portugal and Poland lined up in second and third, while the Portuguese will also be in Barcelona.
On the other hand though, there are also some noticeable developments to the Longines FEI Nations Cup Division 2 Final as such. The show’s Event director, George Dimaras, states: “it was especially thanks to the good collaboration among the Series’ partner Longines, along with bodies of the European Equestrian Federation and the FEI, that some important improvements of the Division 2’s Final could be realised. Much recognition and thanks go out to these contributors, together with our staff, volunteers and sponsors, to the overall success of a tremendous show with a Greek touch. The triumphant re-introduction of the magnificent Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Center as a venue for top-sport equestrian events and the almost 20.000 spectators attending the show over the four days, are a testimony and a future investment for European equestrian sports and for Division 2. ” The European countries competing at the Division 2 may be characterised with a comparatively limited pool of horses and riders, but for sure they are not less hungry for quality of shows and victory than their fellow riders at the higher Division 1. There was much general awareness of the fact that stakes are high in Athens. The ticket to the Barcelona final is taking the winner to the Catalan Metropole where a team qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is within reach. Dimaras continues “The fact that there have been significant subsidies for travel costs granted to the participating National Federations by the sponsor through the EEF, made it all not only a feasible but also exciting competition with all finalists present. This is a relevant support of the promotion of the European Equestrian sport across the whole continent.”
Caption: On the podium of the Final of the Longines FEI Nations Cup Division 2 the Norwegian team - (L to R), Victoria Gulliksen, Hege Tidemandsen, Geir Gulliksen, Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen and Chef d’Equipe Mikael Kolind. In front of the Podium (L to R), Isidoros Kouvelos, President of the Hellenic Equestrian Federation, Theo Ploegmakers, FEI Board Member and EEF President, Yiannis Theofilopoulos, Brand Manager Longines in Greece, Yiannis Mytilineos, George Dimaras, Event Director for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Division 2 Final & AEF 2019. Photo credit: photobit.net
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