It was a lively atmosphere at the press conference after the Nations Cup. With lasers and fire shows in the background, the Germans, still a bit surprised, enjoyed their joint win. Stephan Conter (Stephex) and Paul Van den Bosch (Henders & Hazel) also joined the celebration.
Here’s what they had to say:
Jana Wargers: “It feels great to be part of this team and to deliver two good rounds like I did today. My horse jumped wonderfully. I didn’t think we’d win due to some bad luck in the first round, but it ended well for us.”
Daniel Deusser: “Christian told me earlier that he had a good feeling about tonight, and he was right! We were a bit down after the first round. We all did okay, but it felt like winning might be out of reach. However, we did win, and I enjoyed riding here.”
Christian Ahlmann: “I wasn’t at my best in the first round. I tried to do better in the second round, and even though it wasn’t a clear round, I’m pretty pleased with how I did.”
Maurice Tebbel: “I’m very pleased with Chacco’s Light. We bred the horse ourselves and built him up very gradually. This is only his second 5* show, and I’m also counting on him for the Grand Prix on Sunday.”
Chef d’equipe, Markus Döring: “After the first round, I didn’t think we’d win. But my riders did very well in the second round. I’m proud of them. Winning this great competition feels amazing.”
Paul Van den Bosch: “I’m very happy to be able to support this event. But most of the credit should go to the organizers. We’re very proud to associate our name with this sport and the Nations Cup. To me, the Nations Cup is one of the best competitions in the world.”
Stephan Conter: “The Nations Cup is crucial for our sport. Fans love watching teams work together. Today showed again that the ‘old’ scoring system adds extra excitement to the competition right until the end. The finale was fantastic. I think we need to keep this scoring system. It’s essential.”
“I can’t stress enough how important our big partners, like Rolex, Audi, and Henders & Hazel, are for the Nations Cup. We couldn’t do it without them. Their support not only means a lot to us, but also to the people who love watching the sport.