Great Britain’s eventing team enjoyed a winning weekend out at the 2016 FEI Eventing Nations Cup Series Finale out in Boekelo, The Netherlands, after some strong performances over the weekend saw them clinch the victory and with it, secure second place in the Series standings behind Germany.
Laura Collett riding Mr Bass (owned by Keith and Louise Scott, and Nick and Lyn How), Oliver Townend aboard Cooley SRS (owned by Angela Hislop), Izzy Taylor with Trevidden (owned by Dr Patricia Turner) and Flora Harris with Bayano (owned by Caroline Harris) got the event off to a good start on Thursday and Friday recording some good dressage performances, with Oliver the highest placed British rider heading into Saturday’s cross-country, lying in ninth place.
Attending eight of the nine legs this season, including The Plains, a new addition for 2016; Bokelo was a must-win leg for Britain to be in with a chance of lifting the coveted title and the team meant business as they attacked the challenging cross-country course. With some superb jumping coming to the fore for the British riders, Oliver moved up to fifth place with a great round, whilst Izzy and Laura also slotted into the top ten after an appeal over the award of 3.6 time penalties to Mr Bass was successful. Elsewhere, a fall for Flora and Bayano at fence 5a was unlucky for the combination and saw them eliminated.
The final day saw an unfortunate four faults for Izzy and Trevidden after an otherwise super show to put them into seventh place. The showjumping phase also brought about two great clears for Laura and Mr Bass which rocketed them into fifth place and Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS who finished in third place behind Germany’s Stephanie Bohe and Andreas Dibowski.
Commenting on the result World Class Eventing Performance Manager Yogi Breisner said; “Thanks to the World Class Programme and UK Sport National Lottery funding Britain were able to embrace the concept of the Eventing Nations Cup and has to good effect used it to give younger riders the experiences of taking part in a team competition. Philip Surl the Nations Cup Team Manager has done a fantastic job in creating a real team feeling around the Nations Cup squad and it’s thanks to him and the support of owners and riders that Britain has been so successful over the past four years.”
Sarah Bullimore, with Brett Bullimore and her own Lilly Corinne, secured a ninth place finish in the field after some strong performances across the three phases, to see four British riders place within the top ten.
For a full break-down of the 2016 Standings, please visit the FEI website
Full results from the event can be found online on the event website