and Danish Team Place in Nations Cup of Podebrady
his first Nations Cup, and in the pivotal anchor position, eight-year-old
Condios and the Danish Team placed eighth, and in the prize money,
at the CSIO-W Nations Cup of Podebrady (Czech Republic) on 13 September.
had four faults in the first round, knocking the last fence, and
eight faults in the second round, including an unlucky step on the
tape during takeoff over the water jump.
winning the Grand Prix of Copenhagen
virtue of having only four faults in the first round of this CSIO
Nations Cup, under the rules of the International Equestrian Federation
(EFI) Condios has qualified to be a member of the Danish Federation's
Olympic Team. Unfortunately Denmark did not qualify for the Olympics
at the European Championship in August, so if Condios is to make
it to Athens he and his rider, Henrik Gundersen, will have to qualify
as individuals during the 2004 outdoor season.
with this result, in recent weeks Condios placed 3rd in the CSIO-Drammen
International Grand Prix (and, in so doing, qualified under the
rules of the EFI to be on the Danish Team for the European Championships,
which he skipped because of his age) and won the CSIC International
Grand Prix of Copenhagen.
to Tom Reed, Condios' owner, "We are very pleased with Condios'
performance in his first Nations Cup. Henrik Gundersen had been
sidelined for about three weeks before this competition due to knee
surgery, so both horse and rider faced some unique challenges with
this competition. Despite this, Condios still met the standard to
qualify for the Danish Team for the 2004 Olympics -- if only Denmark
had qualified at Donaueschingen!"
next big outing is scheduled to be the World Cup Show in Finland,
the CSI-W of Helsinki on October 16 - 19.