Second week of Nations Cup domination
Britain's riders took a second consecutive Eventing FEI Nations Cup™ triumph over the weekend at the Eventing at Waregem (BEL). As the season comes to a close, Britain now heads Germany by just one point in the series which will guarantee a thrilling finale at Boekelo in the Netherlands next month.
This win comes just a week after Britain’s domination at Montelibretti (ITA). The four female British riders led from the start, beating the home side, Belgium, by more than 50 penalties in the team standings whilst Germany was a close third, ahead of France and the Netherlands.
Oxfordshire-based British Senior squad member Izzy Taylor took the individual honours on Orlando who is jointly owned by Di Davies, Irene Graham and Anita Dalton. Devon’s Lucy Wiegersma, who had three horses in the top six was fourth with her Senior squad ride Simon Porloe, owned by Christopher and Sarita Perkins. Wiltshire-based Laura Collett who was riding at her first major competition since being injured earlier in the year, was ninth on Philip Walker’s Allora 3 whilst Cambridgeshire rider Sarah Bullimore was 16th on Reve de Rouet owned by Christopher D Gilles and Brett Bullimore.
Team manager Philip Surl commented on the all-female quartet’s performance: “They worked hard and all four produced solid performances. Izzy’s win was a great bonus, Lucy was in cracking form with her three horses and it will have been a great boost for Laura.”
“It was a completely different sort of competition to the rest of the series in that the Cross Country is seven kilometres away from the main site meaning you have to be organised about your course-walking, which is a useful challenge, and they all knuckled down.”
Now all eyes will be on the riders heading to Boekelo for the final leg of the competition. New Zealand, currently fifth, is expected to field a strong team for Boekelo, and the Germans, who dominated at Fontainebleau (FRA) and Aachen (GER) with leading riders such as Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke and Dirk Schrade, are sure to release their ‘big guns’ again in a bid to retain their 2012 title.
The weekend’s result means that Britain have now won three out of six legs, including their home competition at Houghton in Norfolk. “We will be sticking to our plan of using our special FEI Nations Cup Eventing squad and have around six riders to choose from,” said Surl.
“I hoped all year that the team title would come down to the last event and it has.”
Waregem team standings:
Great Britain 163.8 penalties
Izzy Taylor/Orlando, 50.0; Lucy Wiegersma/Simon Porloe, 53.8; Laura Collett/Allora 3, 60.0; (Sarah Bullimore/Reve du Rouet, 64.8)
Karin Donckers/Fletcha van’t Verahof (51.0); Rik Geirmaert/Zaferlina MH (64.0); Xavier Snackers/Ramses de Hurtebise Ewalco, 103.0; (Lara de Liedekerke/Quella Langonnaise, EL Jumping)
Kai-Steffen Meier/TSF Karascanda M, 54.2; Pia Münker/Louis M, 77.6; Benjamin Winter/Woolpit Amble, 87.0; (Freja Füllgraebe/Oje Oje, 115.2)
Full team and individual results can be found here
Britain's Nations Cup team is supported by the UK Sport funded World Class Programme. The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.
Full information about the FEI Nations Cup series can be found via the following link:www.fei.org/fei/events/fei-nations-cup-series/eventing
FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing Leaderboard (after 6 of 7 events)
1 Great Britain 48
2 Germany 47 points
3 France 22
4 Netherlands 18
5 New Zealand 18
6 Italy 17
7 Australia 15
8 Belgium 9
9 Sweden 8
10 Ireland 5
11 Spain 4
12 USA 4