Spain to jump in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Division 1 in 2017

Following the major decision to cancel the Longines Challenge Cup at the FEI Nations Cup final for the teams placed ninth to 18th at Barcelona after heavy thunderstorms made the conditions impossible, Spain will now move up to Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Division 1 in 2017.

Spain and Austria were in the running for promotion from Division 2, and were in line to jump for the Division 1 place on Friday night, and Spain, as the best-ranked team after Thursday’s competition, take the Division 1 place.

The President of the Ground Jury, Technical Delegate and President of the Veterinary Commission, in consultation with the Organiser, agreed unanimously on the cancellation. In accordance with the preamble of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Rules, the FEI Jumping Committee was also consulted on the decision and was in full agreement.

“We had no choice but to call off tonight’s class”, FEI Nations Cup Jumping Director John Roche said, “but it was not an easy decision to cancel it completely as it has a knock-on effect on Division 1 for 2017 in the FEI Nations Cup.

Under the series rules, the best ranked Division 2 team at the 2016 Final will be promoted to Division 1 for 2017.”In line with the series rules, Spain will jump in Division 1 next season as they were placed 12th in yesterday’s first competition. Austria, which finished 13th in the first competition in Barcelona, will remain in Division 2 for the 2017 season.

The Austrian and Spanish chefs d’equipe were informed of the decision by the FEI tonight.

Subject to weather conditions, the Organising Committee is planning to maintain the full programme of events for tomorrow, 24 September. A decision will be made on Saturday morning.

Photo © FEI/Jim Hollander