Arezzo, Italy — Show Jumping Team members Angel Karolyi and Emanuel Andrade helped Venezuela to secure a fifth place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ held Friday, September 19, in Arezzo, Italy.
A total of 13 teams participated in Friday’s Nations’ Cup, which was a showdown to the very last rider. Following two intense rounds of competition, Venezuela finished with a two-round total of 25 faults for fifth place. In a tight race to the finish, the home squad of Italy took victory with a total of 16 faults while Sweden was second with 20. Proving what a tight race the Arezzo Nations’ Cup had become, Denmark and Ireland tied for third with 24 points, just one fault ahead of Venezuela.
Only 18 years of age, Andrade stepped into the arena riding his 2014 World Equestrian Games mount, Hardrock Z. With the 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion (Heartbreaker x Carthago), Andrade put in a solid first-round effort, incurring one rail and one time penalty for five faults.
The team then looked to Venezuelan veteran, Karolyi, who was riding Indiana 127, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Indoctro x Voltaire) owned by Hollow Creek Farm. The pair began the course with ease, but finished up with 12 jumping faults. Earlier this year, the pair enjoyed great success, winning the $210,000 Cenovus Derby during the CSI5* Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament in Calgary, AB, in July.
Teammates Andres Rodriguez riding Darlon van Groenhove and Olympian Pablo Barrios riding Antares both did their part for the team. Rodriguez jumped clear in the first round while Barrios incurred a total of eight faults. Discarding Karolyi’s 12-fault effort, Venezuela was among the eight nations qualified for the second round, sitting in sixth position with a total of 13 faults.
As the lead-off rider for Venezuela, Rodriguez produced another fault-free effort, one of only three double-clear rounds on the day. Andrade rode second, faulting twice for a score of eight faults which would prove to be the discard score. Next up was Karolyi, who also posted an eight-fault round. When anchor rider Barrios produced a four-fault effort, Venezuela added 12 faults to their final tally and finished fifth overall in the final placings.
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Series brings together countries from around the globe to compete as teams. The 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Series Final takes place in Barcelona, Spain, from October 9 to 12.