INTRODUCTION: At the International Horse Show in Rome, Italy, the French, who were favourites, won the Rome Nations Cup for the fourth successive year.
GV Frederic Cottier of France over fences during first round, with no penalties (2 shots)
GV Filippo Moyerson of Italy during second round (2 shots)
LV Scoreboard showing time of 95.35 seconds for Moyerson
SV Bruno Candrian (Switzerland) completing second round and scoreboard results (3 shots)
SV French flag being raised for winning team
CU Members of French team receiving trophies
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Cup and trophies TO French team
SPORT: SHOW JUMPING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: At the International Horse Show in Rome, Italy, the French, who were favourites, won the Rome Nations Cup for the fourth successive year. The win put them at the head of the placings for the President's Cup, which they won for the first time last year. In Thursday's (7 May) competition, Switzerland came second, and Italy third, then Belgium, with Britain trailing in fifth place. The jumping was held in the beautiful oval-shaped Piazza Di Siena before a crowd of almost 11,000.
SYNOPSIS: Frederic Cottier's mighty Flambeau, the cornerstone of the French success last year, had a perfect first round. Flambeau seemed to float over the fences in this round. On the second round of a course much tricker than it looked, he clipped the eleventh upright to lose four faults. Cottier, who's 27, is the French National Champion, and won many prizes during the week-long event.
One of the Italian team, Filipino Moyerson, chalked up eight penalties on this second round, four less than on the first. Both rounds were over an identical 13-fence course, with a triple in-and-out causing the most problems. Italy suffered a total of 38-and-a-half faults.
Switzerland's Bruno Candrian had no faults on this second round, and only four on the first. An interesting feature of the competition was that no horse managed to jump two clear rounds -- a tribute to the shrewd placing of the obstacles. The Swiss clearly relished performing so close to home, jumping their mounts with a steadiness that earned them a deserved second place. They've moved into equal third place, with Spain, in President's Cup standings.
The accolade for the triumphant French. The winners were decided by the best three-out-of-four scores for each team. France had laid an unshakable foundation for their victory, when Cottier, Jean Marc Nicolas and Patrick Caron all had faultless first rounds.
In the President's Cup standings, their tally of eight-and-a-half points puts them half a point ahead of Britain whose lack of experience showed here.