Steve Guerdat led the Swiss team to victory in France ©Getty Images

Switzerland triumphed at the opening International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Jumping Nations Cup Europe Division One event in La Baule.

Their team of Niklaus Rutschi, Bryan Balsiger, Paul Estermann and Steve Guerdat produced a strong performance at the French venue.

The Swiss challenge was led by Rutschi and Guerdatm, who achieved two clean rounds on their horses Cardano CH and Albfuehren's Bianca, respectively.

Having accrued four penalties in the opening round of the event, Estermann and his horse Lord Pepsi ensured Switzerland’s effort did not fall flat as the duo produced a clean final round.

The effort ensured Balsiger’s score was not added to Switzerland’s final total, with their team ending with just four penalties.

Belgium were forced to settle for second place, after their team received five penalties across the two rounds.

Niels Bruynseels starred for the Belgian team having achieved two clean rounds.

The top three was completed by France with their team ending with eight penalties.

A total of eight teams participated at the opening event of the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Europe Division One.

Teams are seeking to secure a place in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Madrid.

The event also saw the start of the FEI’s new fantasy game for the Jumping Nations Cup, which was announced last week.