Austrians Show their Aces to Win the Longines EEF Series Nations Cup Final CSIO 4* at Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland – September 17, 2023 – A thrilling early Sunday afternoon has seen the team of Austria take the top spot in the Longines EEF Series Final at Warsaw. The Poles made it to the fifth place. Throughout the course of Warsaw Jumping CSIO 4* this year, from Thursday through Sunday, the tribunes have watched the total of 10 international showjumping competitions, accompanied by horse races, para dressage, and the hobby horse league final.

The ultimate WJ team competition concluded in the triumph of the following line-up: Alessandra Reich (AUT) with Oeli R, Katharina Rhomberg (AUT) on Cuma 5, Gerfried Puck (AUT) on Equitron Naxcel V, and Max Kuhner (AUT) with Electric Blue P. They took the lead already into the first round and kept it without penalties till the end.

Positive vibe was my only contribution to the team. It is they who ride, it is they who train hard, they clearly deserved it. – said the coach of the winning team.

We are happy to be here. The horses did some great jumping today, and the whole event is tremendous, It is a very beautiful arena and both riders and horses feel wonderful here.Max Kuhner (AUT) admitted, currently 11th in the global ranks.

Team Belgium

Both Belgium and Ukraine earned 4 penalties after the first round. Eventually, it was Belgians who slotted into second – well represented by: Rik Hemeryck (BEL) on Navarro van het Eelshof, Gilles Thomas (BEL) on Luna van het Dennehof, Virginie Thonon (BEL) on Just the Way, and the winner in four of WJ individual contests – Wilm Vermeir (BEL) with Joyride S.

Team Ukraine

The podium was completed by Ukraine, who finally incurred 21 penalties – Anastasia Bondarieva (UKR) on Calder, Alisa Danilova (UKR) on Cossinelle, Oleksandr Prodan (UKR) on Moneymaker van’t Meulenhof, Mykola Pylypeiko UKR) on Karat.

The Swiss came in fourth And Team Poland fit in right behind them, thanks to an impressive performance by Adam Grzegorzewski (Issem/JKS Dim), Dawid Kubiak (Flash Blue B/KJ Sielanka), Tomasz Miśkiewicz (Stakkato Lazar/LKS Nadwiślanin) and Michał Tyszko (Colinero/Tuszyński KJ Garbówek), with 28 penalties at the end of it.

Out of the 10 teams partaking, France and Slovakia were unfortunately eliminated.

Team Austria winnners of the 2023 Longines EEF Nations Cup Final – Alessandra Reich (AUT), Max Kühner (AUT), Angelika May (AUT), Gerfried Puck (AUT), Katharina Rhomberg (AUT) – Photo: Lukasz Kowalski

Final Results – Longines EEF Series Nations Cup Final – Warsaw CSIO 4*

1) Austria – 0

2) Belgium – 12

3) Ukraine – 21

Podium: Team Austria: Alessandra Reich (AUT), Max Kuhner (AUT),Chef d’Equipe Angelika May, Gerfried Puck (ITA), Katharina Rhomberg (AUT)

Source: Press Release from Warsaw Jumping

Photos: © Warsaw Jumping / Dave Palej / Lukasz Kowalski