Dressage superstars secure Team silver
After yesterday’s great tests from Michael Eilberg and Fiona Bigwood, it was the turn of Gloucestershire’s Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin today as the final of the team competition drew to a close at the FEI Dressage European Championships in Aachen, Germany (13 August 2015)
Reining European Championships
Britain’s reining horses all passed the trot-up earlier today and start their European contest tomorrow. Shane Borland is the first up for the Brits, going twelfth in the field, with Shiners Lena Oak (owned by Lester Wilson); Francesca Sternberg and Ten Reasons (owned by The Propane Company Ltd) are twenty-second to go with Doug Allen and Hangten Shiner (owned by Christine Brazeau) thirty-first.
Full start list at: http://results.aachen2015.de/show/7/schedule/
FEI Eventing Nations Cup
Great Britain currently lie in third place in the team competition after two phases, with the final phase of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, the cross-country, concluding tomorrow. GBR are currently placed just behind Germany and New Zealand, in what promises to be yet another exciting finish with just 5.5 penalties separating first and third place. Holly Woodhead is the highest placed Brit, currently sitting in fourth place.
The team of four got things off to a good start earlier this morning in the dressage with some exceptional performances on display. Francis Whittington with Catherine Witt’s Easy Target got things underway producing a good test for a score of 43.30 penalties; Flora Harris with Caroline Harris and Rebecca Salt’s Bayano were next to go and produced a lovely test with just a small mistake to pick up a score of 44.50 penalties. Third to go for the team was Gemma Tattersall aboard The Pebbles Syndicate Quicklook V, who produced some superb work to post an impressive penalty score of 41.00. Gemma commented after her test that the horse was “very pleased with herself; she’s the biggest show off I’ve ever ridden – she thinks everyone’s here to see her!”
Last in for the Brits was Holly Woodhead with Ian and Heidi Woodhead’s DHI Lupison. The talented duo produced an awesome test in the Aachen sun to see a score of 34.30 penalties flash-up on the scoreboard - a Personal Best for Holly at a CIC3* event, which propelled her in to fourth place in the overall standings, just behind the host’s Sandra Auffarth and Ingrid Klimke and New Zealand’s Andrew Hoy.
The showjumping phase followed, with Holly producing a clear jumping round to head in to tomorrow’s cross-country on her dressage score. Francis and Flora both had an unfortunate pole down during their jumping rounds, whilst Gemma was unlucky to accrue a single time fault to add to her dressage score.
End of day total scores:
- Holly Woodhead: 34.30 penalties
- Gemma Tattersall: 42.00 penalties
- Francis Whittington: 47.30 penalties
- Flora Harris: 55.50 penalties
For full results from today and starting times for tomorrow visit: http://results.aachen2015.de/show/7/schedule/
European TV Coverage
We’ve updated the TV Schedule to include the latest listings, which includes live coverage of the dressage (freestyle) and jumping (team and individual) this/next week on the BBC.
To view what’ coming up visit: http://www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk/news/european-tv-schedule/
Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from official Team GBR suppliers Dodson & Horrell, Equi-Trek, Land Rover, NAF, NuuMed, Point Two Equine, Tagg Equestrian and Toggi.