Team Mexico wins Nations Cup CSI4*
For the second time already, team Mexico won the FEI Nations Cup. During CSI4* Langley, Alberto Michan and Gigolo van de Broekkant were part of the winning team.
Also Juan Jose Salgado with Tino la Chapelle, sold by TMS, was part of the winning team! We would also like to congrats Patrico Pasquel and Francisco Pasquel with their amazing contribution to the team!
Team Mexico secured the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 North America, Central America and Caribbean League title with victory today at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley (CAN).
On home ground at Coapexpan Equestrian Club in Xalapa (MEX) the Mexican side broke a 26-year Nations Cup drought with an historic win at the end of April, and now that they have rediscovered their winning ways it seems they are on a roll. At today’s event they were already in the driving seat when the only one of the four competing nations to maintain a zero score at the end of the first round. And they held on to win comfortably, and without having to call up their last-line rider for a second time.
Salgado was the only member of the Coapexpan winning side to line out again today, and his nine-year-old French gelding jumped an erratic round on his first tour of the fences. But when Patricio Pasquel came home clear despite a few exciting moments, and that was followed by two more foot-perfect runs from Francisco Pasquel with Naranjo and Alberto Michan with Gigolo van de Broekkant, then Mexico led the way into round two with a clean sheet.
Their Chef d’Equipe, Norman Dello Joio, was well pleased. “The main goal when I first started helping Mexico was to get the level up. They were hitting bottom and the idea was to start from scratch and reshuffle the deck. It was the main aim to start pulling together as a team and I think I have helped doing that. There is a very positive atmosphere in this Mexican team, especially also amongst the riders that competed for us in both Ocala and Xalapa. We are now going to start really setting up for the Olympics and then get the most competitive team out in Barcelona (for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ 2016 Final) as well. We are then going to start building for the next Olympic Games in 2020 after that,” he explained.
The most experienced Mexican team member, double-Olympian Alberto Michan, agreed. “We needed to do something very special because we had a bad year last year so we had to take a check and start from scratch again. We knew we needed to do things more professionally and we started so well this season and finished as league leaders. It has been really exciting for us and very motivating for us to do things better every time now” he said.