Catch up with the Australian Nations Cup Team in Florida
Above: Rowan Willis and Diablo VII. Photo credit: Sportfot
The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ is the oldest and most prestigious team challenge in equestrian sport, with the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA the only qualifier in the US for Nations Cup Finals. International teams from across the globe wave their flags proudly as they compete for their nation. We are delighted that we have an Australian team representing us at this event held at the Palm Beach Masters hosted at Deeridge Farms – a stunning location at the heart of equestrian sport in Wellington, Florida.
The Australian Nations Cup Team comprises:
Rowan Willis and Diablo VII
Scott Keach and Born To Be Picobello Z
Hilary Scott and Oaks Milky Way
Amy Graham and Coleraine des Bergeries.
We caught up with all the riders to find out what being part of this team means to them.
“Being my first Nations Cup, I’m really happy to have the opportunity and experience with these riders. I can’t wait to share in the team environment and the buzz that comes with it.” Hilary Scott.
“I’m really excited to be able to jump again for Australia on a Nations Cup Team. It takes a special horse to jump at this level and I’m really grateful to my owners and my team to have such an amazing opportunity. My team members are really strong consistent riders so I think these next couple of shows are going to be really exciting!” Amy Graham.
Amy and Coleraine des Bergeries have already had a great start to the show, finishing 7th out of 38 riders in the Suncast Grand Prix Qualifier this morning.
Rowan Willis who is riding Diablo VII, the lovely grey gelding in this competition said “I’m really looking forward to representing Australia with great team mates in the run up to Tokyo. It’s not often we get to ride in a team, to be able to do so at 5* level is a real honour.”
Great to have the opportunity to jump at such an excellent venue and such a high end show. We don’t get to do many Nations Cups and Rowan and I are delighted that the girls have come over from Europe to join us for this one.” said Scott Keach.
The Nations Cup class will be on Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm local time which is 5.30am Monday morning AEDST.