Samsung Super League 2003-2005


This was the official website for the Sansung Super League which consisted of eight of the most prestigious horse shows at which the world's eight best national teams compared their merits.
The content is from the site's 2003 -2005 archived pages, giving just a small sampling of what this site once offered to its visitors.

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The Samsung Super League was the commercial denomination of the Nations Cup, one of the most prestigious Grand Prix Show Jumping series in the world, from 2003 until 2008.
The Samsung Super League was sponsored by Samsung Electronics and organized by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). Teams from eight nations competed on a rotating basis. The team with the lowest score at the end of the series was relegated, and the highest ranking Nations Cup team was given the opportunity to take their place.

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2005 NEWS


Samsung Nations Cup Series update

Brazil wins the ultimate event of the 2005 season. Sweden is promoted to Samsung Super League status
14 November 2005 

The last competition of the Samsung Nations Cup Series took place on 11 November 2005 in the beautiful surroundings of the Haras El Capricho, 70 km away of Buenos Aires (ARG).

Teams from Argentina, Brazil and Chile participated on a course built by Olympic course designer Olaf Petersen. The home team dominated the first round with just one time penalty from both Lucas Werthein on Warren and Martin Dopazo on El Capricho Nalvaro, and finished with 10 points, after the 8 faults of Luis Magnasco and Gregorio Werthein’s 13 points which were discarded as the drop score. 

At the end of the first round, only 6 points separated Argentina from Brazil (16), while the third placed team was only one point away on 17, which promised a very open second round.

To the consternation of the spectators, the home team collapsed in the second round, and the faultless performance from Luis Magnasco was not sufficient to secure victory. Lucas Werthein and Dopazo scored a disappointing total of 9 points each to finish on a total of 18 points in the second round, and and overall score of 28 points.

Both the Brazilian and Chilean teams improved their score in the second round with one clear round by Karina Harbich Johannpeter (BRA) on O de Pomme de Joter and another clear by Carlos Milthaler (CHI) and Aventino Miraflores. With 9 points in the second round and an overall total of 25 points, Brazil won the competition ahead of Chile (27) and Argentina (28).

The 2005 season of the Samsung Nations Cup Series included 19 events and was won by Sweden who finished with 40 points, ahead of Italy (28) and Austria (25). Twenty-five nations participated in the Series, and 17 obtained points. Sweden is promoted to the Samsung Super League for the 2006 season, replacing Belgium which was relegated after the Samsung Super League final event in Barcelona last September.

  14 November 2005
Brazil wins the ultimate event of the 2005 season. Sweden is promoted to Samsung Super League status 
  14 October 2005
Impeccable Swedish team wins its ticket to the 2006 Samsung Super League 
  05 October 2005
Super League Spirit 
  26 September 2005
Italy wins in Zagreb Samsung Nations Cup 
  19 September 2005
Hey, hey, hey it's the USA, but it's bye by to Belgium 
  17 September 2005
Swiss lead the way at Barcelona Final... 
17 September 2005
Samsung extends its title sponsorship of renowned international equestrian competition until 2008 
17 September 2005
Samsung Super League Suppporters Club 
14 September 2005
CSIO Poderbrady (CZE), 8 - 11 September 2005
12 September 2005
Stage is set for Super Show down in Barcelona... 


2004 NEWS

German Giants Line up for Lucerne ...
Next leg of the Samsung Super League 2004 in Lucerne on Sunday 6 June

Samsung Super League leaders, Germany, look set to forge further ahead on the leaderboard as they send out their big guns for the next leg of the 2004 series in Lucerne next Sunday.

In the driving seat after victory in the opening round at La Baule, they finished joint-fourth in Rome which proved good enough to maintain their position at the head of the league table but just 1.5 points now separate them from the Dutch who stole the show at the Italian fixture.

The Dutch were inconsistent throughout the 2003 series, winning on their home ground in Rotterdam but finishing well down the line elsewhere. They put in a truly solid performance to come out on top last Friday however and Jan Tops, Piet Raymakers, Wim and Gerco Schroder and Leopold Van Asten will be hoping to consolidate their position in five day’s time.

Snapping at Holland’s heels just 0.5 points further adrift are the British who showed true grit when recovering from a near-disaster in the first round of Friday’s competition to come back with three superb clears second time out. This rocketed them up to runner-up spot and Michael Whitaker, Nick Skelton, Robert Smith, Richard Davenport and Scott Smith will be looking for a chink in the Dutch armour to further improve their ranking. It will be difficult to find a weak spot in the German line-up however as Ludger Beerbaum, Marco Kutscher, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Lars Nieberg and Susanne Behring have been sent to do battle.

Ludger is always a formidable team player while Meredith claimed runner-up spot at the recent FEI World Cup Final in Milan in which Marco slotted into fifth. Lars Nieberg did not enjoy a good run of luck there but has a strong string of horses and it will take an exceptional team effort to hold back the German challenge.

FEI World Cup champion Bruno Broucqsault makes his 2004 Samsung Super League debut this weekend and the flying Frenchman will be accompanied by Florian and Reynald Angot, Gilles Bertran de Balanda and Edouard Couperie. The defending Super League title-holders are lying fourth on the league table at this early stage but are only three points behind the leaders and although they have failed to dominate the 2004 series in the same way as they did last season they look ready pounce at any moment.

Peter Wylde was named on the American squad for Lucerne but will not be competing as his horses are still in the US following the Olympic team trials during which he was selected for Athens. Olympic veteran Katie Monahan Prudent may have switched her allegiance to France after her marriage to show jumper Henri Prudent but the 50 year old rider, who has displayed a real flair for coaching, is Chef d’Equipe to the US squad for this Super League tour and will be handing out advice based on real experience to Kimberly Frey, Judy Garofalo, Candice King and Laura Kraut.

Kimberly, 39 years old from Hume in Virginia and Judy who is 25 years old and hails form Dover Plains, NY already have two Super League rounds under their belts. Laura who is based in Wisconsin and Candice, from Wellington in Florida, are more regular visitors to the European circuit and counter-balance the relative lack of experience of the first two riders who, however, have acquitted themselves admirably at this highly competitive level of team jumping over the past month.

Belgium and Italy currently share sixth position on the league table and Jos Lansink, Philippe Lejeune, Ludo Philippaerts, Stanny Van Paesschen and Jean-Claude Vangeenberghe will be hoping to improve Belgian chances this weekend. They finished bottom of the pile in Rome after a fall for Jean-Claude and a 28-fault scoreline for Ludo but Stanny’s double-clear was superb and the result seemed almost unkind as Dirk Demeersman faulted just once in each round.

The Italians finished eighth in La Baule but were third on their home ground last week. They struggled long and hard to stay in the Super League family last season and need another decent outing this time out to keep their heads above water but the Irish, it appears, are already drowning.

Two poor performances in succession have left them in eighth place, three full points behind the Belgians and Italians and with just 2.5 points on the board.

This is a nation which was enjoying somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, running rampant through the Samsung Nations Cup in 2000 when winning 10 legs of the series, taking the European team title in 2001, producing the World Champion in Jerez and then finishing second in last summer’s inaugural Super League season. 

Chef d’Equipe Tommy Wade will accept no criticism however and said after Rome "it is not a disaster by any means and I’m not too worried. The potential is there, we have some great riders and horses and I believe we will stage a recovery as the series progresses". If he needed reassurance he got it from the double-clear produced by Cian O’Connor and just a single mistake in each round from Jessica Kurten but individual brilliance is no consolation in a team sport and Jessica, Cian, Marion Hughes, Billy Twomey and Cameron Hanley will be feeling the pressure on Sunday.

Also lining out on the day will be a Swiss team, ineligible for Super League points but quite entitled to take on the best in the world on their home soil and Markus Fuchs, Christophe Barbeau, Fabio Crotta, Steve Guerdat and Christina Liebherr will be keen to give the Super League tigers a mauling. 


For full details about the next leg of the Samsung Super League 2004 in Lucerne on Sunday 6th June you can consult website or contact: Peter Wyrsch, Bengtalstrasse9, CH-9500, Wil, Switzerland, telephone ++4143960 6670, fax ++41 71911 8230, Natel ++ 41 79406 5207, email and George Zehnder, Brunnenstrasse 7, CH-8604, Volketswil, Switzerland telephone ++ 41 1908 3131, fax ++41 1908 33130, Natel ++41 79430 4149, email


Germany 13 points 
Holland 11.5 points 
Great Britain 11 points 
France 10 points 
USA 6 points
Equal 6. Belgium and Italy 5.5 points

8. Ireland 2.5 points.


ROUND 1, La Baule (Fra) 6-9 May; ROUND 2, Rome (Ita) 27-30 May; ROUND 3, Lucerne (Sui) 3-6 June: ROUND 4, Rotterdam (Ned) 17-20 June; ROUND 5, Aachen (Ger) 13-18 July; ROUND 6, Hickstead (GBR) 21-25 July; ROUND 7, Dublin (Irl) 4-8 August; ROUND 8 and FINAL, Barcelona (Esp) 16-19 September.




2005 NEWS


The Mercedes Benz Prize/Nations Cup at Aachen, part of the Samsung Super League

The Irish put in another stunning performance to record their second Samsung Super League victory and their third Nations Cup win in a row when topping the line-up at Aachen today.

In a thrilling clash in which the result was only decided by the final rider into the ring the boys in green held firm to pip a much-improved Belgian squad for the honours, while the league leaders from France had to settle for fifth spot this time.

The tension ahead of this leg of the series was already at a high pitch following the decision taken by the Aachen organisers to restrict the number of teams through to the second round to just eight.

With the USA using a wild-card, and therefore battling for points towards the normal Nations Cup series, it was possible that one of the Super League teams could lose out and this was exactly what happened when the Swedes concluded Round 1 in ninth position and therefore had to settle for just 0.5 Super League points.

There was a considerable amount of disagreement about this issue which must now be resolved ahead of next year’s series, but for the eight teams through to Round 2 it was still all to play for.

The Belgian’s pulled off a real surprise when Dirk Demeersman (Clinton), Stanny van Paesschen (O de Pomme) and Jos Lansink (AK Caridor Z) produced three clears to take the early lead. Belgian results had been disappointing throughout the series so far but it was looking very good for them at the halfway stage.

The French were in second spot following foot-perfect rounds from Michel Hecart (Quilano de Kalvarie) and Michel Robert (Galet d’Auzay) and counting just the five faults picked up by Eric Levallois (Diamant de Semilly Ecolit) while the Irish were one position further behind.

None of the four Irish riders managed to come home without penalties as, instead, they played the percentage game with the clock - Peter Charles (Pershing) and Kevin Babington (Carling King) picking up just one time-fault each while Billy Twomey’s five faults with Luidam left them on a total of seven.

There has been huge controversy in the British equestrian press over the past week following the purchase by Lord Harris of the British team horse It’s Magic Max for Irish rider Peter Charles and the British have certainly not been enjoying a good run of luck from any angle lately. Team member Michael Whitaker withdrew from the show following a fatal accident to his horse, Landfurst, on Thursday and the squad struggled hard to stay in the frame today but things did not go their way and they finished bottom of the pile at the end of the competition.

Germany and the USA were on level-pegging and still well in touch at the halfway stage with 8 faults each but the real battle was fought between the top three teams, with every rider’s tour of Frank Rothenberger’s 12-fence track opening up any amount of possibilities.

Robert Splaine and his Irish Sport Horse stallion, Coolcorron Cool Diamond, had two fences down first time out but led the way in round 2 with an excellent clear and when Billy Twomey also left the course intact the Irish were adding just four more faults picked up by Peter Charles at the final element of the combination which was the last fence on the course.

A single mistake from both Levallois and Hecart and five faults for Reynald Angot left the French vulnerable and things began to fall apart for the Belgians when Demeersman came home with 8 faults on the board and van Paesschen collected 13, although Jos Lansink somewhat restored the equilibrium when putting in a second clear.

Final Irish runner, Kevin Babington, hit the oxer at fence six and added a time fault so now the Irish tally was finalised at 11 faults but they were already ahead of the French who slipped further down the order when Michel Robert returned from his second effort with another five to add to the French total.

Now only the Belgians could stop the Irish from following up their victory in St Gallen with yet another success and, last into the ring, Ludo Philippaerts and Parco looked like they were going to do just that until hitting the same fence as Peter Charles, the final element of the tricky treble which proved the bogey of the afternoon, and also falling foul of the very tight time limit.

The Irish were more than pleased with the result. "I knew it would be hard and we didn’t really expect to win so I’m very, very happy" Chef d’Equipe Tommy Wade said afterwards. The Irish had only been victorious in Aachen on three previous occasions, recording their last win in 1995. 

"We’ve got a lot of good riders and horses out there now – enough to field two top teams at any competition in the world" he added and this was borne out by the fact that neither Trevor Coyle nor World Champion Dermott Lennon were included in his squad.

The Irish also topped the line-up at Hamina in Finland last Sunday in the Samsung Nations Cup series so with St Gallen, Hamina and now the Mercedes Benz Prize Nations Cup at Aachen under their belts they are really on a roll.

The Belgians, in second place today, have had a real boost to their confidence and the USA, who shared third spot with the host squad from Germany when completing on 16 faults, had plenty to celebrate too. Their anchor-man, Chris Kappler steered Royal Kaliber to one of just two double-clears throughout the competition, the other recorded by Jos Lansink, and American Chef d’Equipe, Frank Chapot, said "we made a good choice when selecting Chris to come here – we are looking toward the Pan-American Games right now and he is a definite candidate for that".

With 18 faults the French lined up in fifth ahead of the Dutch in sixth with a total of 33 faults while Italy finished the day with a total of 37.

The leaderboard has changed dramatically over the past few weeks with the Irish advancing ominously on the French and, going into the next round, the French hold only a half-point of an advantage. Germany lies third, but a full 12 points in arrears while Great Britain is in fourth ahead of Belgium, Sweden, Italy and, finally, the Dutch.

The Irish now however look like the ones to beat. The thing that has always given them that extra edge is their ability to pull together when the pressure is on, and as Robert Splaine said today "this was a real gutsy performance – one of the most solid team efforts I have ever had the pleasure of being involved in. Everybody was helping everyone else and the competition was well-analysed, well thought out and well executed". 

They want to top the Samsung leaderboard and they saved their horses all week at Aachen to ensure they had the best possible chance in today’s competition. The French are in real danger of being knocked off their pedestal when the series moves on to Hickstead on July 25.


1. Ireland - 11 faults: Robert Splaine/Coolcorron Cool Diamond 8+0, Peter Charles/Pershing 1+4, Billy Twomey/Luidam 5+0, Kevin Babington/Carling King 1+5.

2. Belgium - 13 faults: Dirk Demeersman/Clinton 0+8, Stanny van Paesschen/O de Pomme 0+13, Jos Lansink/AK Caridor Z 0+0, Ludo Philippaerts/Parco Ret+5.

Equal 3. USA - 16 faults: Peter Wylde/Fein Cera 4+4, Laura Kraut/Anthem 4+12, Lauren Hough/Windy City 4+4, Chris Kappler/Royal Kaliber 0+0.

Germany – 16 faults: Marcus Ehning/For Pleasure 0+4, Christian Ahlmann/Coester 8+0, Otto Becker/Dobel’s Cento 4+4, Ludger Beerbaum/Gladdys S 4+4.

5. France – 18 faults: Eric Levallois/Diamant de Semilly Ecolit 5+4, Michel Hecart/Quilano de Kalvarie 0+4, Reynald Angot/Tlaloc M 12+5, Michel Robert/Galet d’Auzay 0+5.

6. Holland - 33 faults: Gertjan Bruggink/Joel 8+0, Jan Tops/Roofs 8+12, Albert Zoer/Lowina 5+16, Wim Schroeder/Eurocommerce Berlin 4+4.

7. Italy - 37 faults: Massimo Grossato/Loro Piana Elkintot 5+4, Vincenzo Chimirri/Askoll Rosa 4+12, Juan Carlos Garcia/Candyfloss 13+21, Bruno Chimirri/Landknecht 4+8.

8. Great Britain - 48 faults: Richard Davenport/Grand Marnier 4+20, Damien Charles/St Honores Liquido 12+21, Scott Smith/Cabri d’Elle 4+8, Robert Smith/Marius Claudius 12+0. 


1. France - 31 points

2. Ireland - 30.5 points

3. Germany - 18.5 points

4. Great Britain- 16 points

5. Belgium - 13 points

6. Sweden - 7.5 points

7. Italy - 7 points

8. Holland - 6.5 points

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