Longines FEI Nations Cup returns for 2018, with an Irish team in Florida
The 109th season of the Longines FEI Nations Cup returns this weekend with elite Show Jumpers competing in two parts of the world - all with the goal of qualifying their country for the 2018 Final in Barcelona. Two stages will be part of the opening week program: Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday and Ocala, Florida in the United States on Sunday.
The Abu Dhabi CSIO5* will launch this year’s edition of the Nations Cup, which will feature thirteen international qualifiers on three continents. National teams in the different regions will be aiming to secure one of the spots in this year’s Final and a chance to take on the defending champions, the Netherlands (Harrie Smolders and teammates), for the global title. On Sunday, it is Florida, and more precisely Ocala, northeast of Orlando – the first of the three North American stages – which will take up the torch.