FEI Nāciju kauss: ieskats vēsturē
Marco Kutscher has been on twelve victorius Top League teams for Germany! Here in Rotterdam with Cornet Obolensky. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.First some history from the FEI: The Samsung Super League season got underway in 2003, and a total of 13 nations – Great Britain, Germany, USA, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Poland – have battled it out for the coveted title that sets the best jumping nation apart from the rest. Germany holds the record for most wins, with four over the eight-year period including the 2011 title which they secured at the final leg of this year's series in Rotterdam last month.
The FEI has now released statistics that show the Top League in numbers. It comes as no surprise then, that German riders dominate the statistical table for the riders with most wins between 2003 and 2011. This is headed up by Marco Kutscher who has been on 12 victorious teams. From 25 starts, Marco produced 10 clear rounds and 4 double-clears and he has therefore made an exceptional contribution to his country's success-rate. Next in line is fellow-countryman Ludger Beerbaum with 11 wins from 26 starts, while Marcus Ehning lies third on this table with 10 wins from 30 starts and Christian Ahlmann is in fourth with nine.
Michael Whitaker: 37 Top League appearances, 8, wins, 15 single clears and 2 double clears from 2003-2011.The first non-German rider to feature on this listing is Great Britain's Michael Whitaker, who helped secure eight wins with 15 single clear rounds and two double-clear performances during a massive 37 appearances. But it is his team-mate, Nick Skelton, who shares the honors at the top of the listing over riders with most starts. Skelton shares the limelight here with America's Laura Kraut because they each lined out in 38 competitions, and both have been on six winning teams. Kraut had a larger number of individual clear rounds with a total of 18 along with two double-clears, but while Skelton jumped one clear round on 12 occasions, he shares the record for the greatest number of double-clears along with Christian Ahlmann - seven in total. And the German rider's record is particularly remarkable when you take into account that he only started in 16 competitions while helping secure those aforementioned nine wins for his country.
Michael Whitaker lies third on the “Most Starts” table ahead of Cian O'Connor who has been a stalwart of the Irish side having lined out at 36 events and contributing to four wins with 12 individual clear rounds and four double-clears. In fifth place on this table is Belgium's Jos Lansink with 35 starts, 15 single-round clears and five double-clears – but no wins. Another Irishman, Billy Twomey, lies sixth with 34 starts, 13 one-round clears, three double-clears and five winning results to his credit.
Eric and Utascha have been key players on the Dutch team in 2011: 5 starts and 3 wins after several clear rounds from this pair!Looking at the 2011 season, the rider on the biggest number of winning teams was the Netherlands' Eric Van der Vleuten. The Dutch had a strong run with three victories over the summer months and looked set to take the series title until overtaken in the closing stages by Germany. Van der Vleuten started at five events, and three of these were winning ones during which he contributed two single clear rounds along with one double-clear. Germany's Ludger Beerbaum, Carsten-Otto Nagel, Marco Kutscher and Thomas Voss, and Dutch riders Jur Vrieling, Jeroen Dubbeldam and Gerco Schroder all enjoyed double-victories.
But when it came to starts alone, the French rider Penelope Leprevost was in a league of her own. She competed at every one of the eight events throughout the season and, although the French never stood on top of the winner's podium, she contributed three clear rounds to their seasonal effort. Her fellow-countryman Kevin Staut turned out on seven occasions as did Belgium's Jos Lansink while Ireland's Billy Twomey, America's Christine McCrea, Denmark's Emilie Martinsen, Frenchman Michele Robert and Belgium's Philippe Le Jeune represented their countries at six legs of the tournament.
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