Today’s cross country course and optimum time made for an exciting final phase of the FEI Nations Cup CICO3* competition in Aachen, Germany. It was the hosts, Germany, that couldn’t be beaten on home turf as they finished the competition at the top of both the team and individual standings. Their collective team score was 120.50 whilst the New Zealanders went into second on 126.80 and the USA took third place with 192.90.
Britain’s highest placed Nations Cup team representative was Gemma Tattersall with the relatively inexperienced yet highly confident Quicklook V who is owned by The Pebbles Syndicate, who made nothing of the cross-country course to finish in 14th place on a final score of 52. Gemma commented afterwards; “What an awesome horse. She went incredibly straight today; this is only her third three-star so it was a big ask for her. She’s a young horse but has such a huge future ahead of her.”
Close behind Gemma in the Individual placings was Francis Whittington riding Catherine Witt’s Easy Target who ended what was a fiercely strong competition in 16th place after accruing just a few time penalties in what was an impressive clear round.
Sadly a run out for Holly Woodhead and DHI Lupison owned by Ian and Heidi Woodhead on the course saw them come home with 20 jumping penalties. A review of the footage after the end of the event saw the combination eliminated, as it was deemed by the ground jury that they had not jumped fence 20b.
It was also not to be Flora Harris’ day when she and Bayano, owned by Rebecca Salt and Caroline Harris, were eliminated after a third refusal on the cross-country course. With two eliminations, it meant that the team were subsequently disqualified.
Team Manager Philip Surl said; “We came here wanting to give some of our younger and less experienced Senior Squad combinations the chance of being on a team together ahead of Blair. They have all displayed incredible team spirit during both the highs and lows of the competition here in Aachen, showcasing some fantastic ability especially in the dressage and showjumping phases.”
Final team standings http://media.resultsapi.net/competition/files/Pz8H6vgXTbWqOE9SmybGAw.pdf
Individual standings http://media.resultsapi.net/competition/files/9n3ZuXP2RHaa9uQqLlVfAA.pdf