The team that will be representing Great Britain in the Aachen on the 5th leg of the FEI Top Level Nations Cup series on the 5th July will be as follows:
Peter Charles from Hampshire with Murka’s Vindicat W a 10-year-old bay gelding jointly owned by Olga White and Tara Charles. Peter, was a member of the team that contested the opening leg of the series in La Baule in addition to the second leg which was hosted in Rome a fortnight later.
Peeblesshire based Scott Brash with his father’s (Stanley) 13-year-old black gelding Intertoy Z. Scott and Intertoy Z was a member of the squad selected for both La Baule and St Gallen. Although they took reserve positions in both instances they secured 6th place in the St Gallen Grand Prix.
Kent based Guy Williams with Depardieu Van’t Keizeilhof a nine year grey gelding owned by Lindsay Doran from Devon will also be making up the squad. As a combination they were a member of the team in La Baule in addition to being a squad member that attended the second leg of the competition in Rome.
Nick Skelton from Warwickshire who was recently awarded an OBE for his services to equestrianism will be partnering Beverley Widdowson’s 11 year-old grey stallion Carlo. Nick and Carlo, although not a combination that contested the Nations Cup in La Baule stylishly won the Grand Prix which takes place on the closing day of each of the eight events hosting the Top Level Nations Cups. They were also a member of the team that contested the third leg of the Series in St Gallen.
Nottinghamshire based Michael Whitaker with his own Viking V, a 10-year-old chestnut gelding. Michael was a member of the team that contested the 3rd leg of the competition in St Gallen where he also took 10th place in the Grand Prix on the closing day.
The FEI Top Level League is a series of eight 5* Nations Cups in which official teams representing qualified nations compete against each other in their teams of four horse and rider combinations. The eight events take place across two rounds at eight of the most prestigious venues competing for a minimum of €200,000 at each. Last year Great Britain finished in 3rd position in the final league standings.
The venues and dates for the series in 2012 are as follows:
La Baule 10-13th May (11th May Nations Cup)
Rome 24-27th May (25th May Nations Cup)
St Gallen 31st May – 3rd June (1st June Nations Cup)
Rotterdam 20-24th June (22nd June Nations Cup)
Aachen 3-8th July (5th July Nations Cup)
Falsterbo 12-15th July (13th July Nations Cup)
Hickstead 19-22d July (20th July Nations Cup)
Dublin 15-19th August (17th August Nations Cup)
For 2012 the eight nations contesting the series are Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.
For further information on the CSIO5* show at Aachen please visit www.chioaachen.de
The Nations Cup takes place on the 5th July at 19:30hrs local time and the Grand Prix on the 8th July at 14:00hrs local time.
FEI TV will be showing live footage from the event. To access this please visit www.feitv.org The programme will also be shown at a later date on both Eurosport and Horse & Country TV. Please visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk and click on ‘whats on tv’ for broadcast times.
The British Showjumping Teams are supported by Exchequer and National Lottery funding via UK Sport.