British round-up on the final Saturday of Aachen

22nd Aug 2015


Round-up from Saturday’s action at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, where British carriage drivers and vaulters took the arena once again.

Driving Europeans conclude in Aachen

Great Britain’s carriage drivers finished the team event at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany in seventh place earlier today after some gutsy performances during today’s marathon phase.

Karen Bassett was the first of the Brits out onto the course. With her team she produced a good round across the technical terrain of Dr. Wolfgang Asendorf’s course for a score of 147.35 penalties, for an overall score of 243.43 and 31st.

Next to face the course and the Aachen heat was Dick Lane with his team of three Lippizaners and Hungarian Trotter. Travelling quickly through the marathon, Dick produced some lovely work through the obstacles to be rewarded with a 128.52 penalty score, for a final score of 208.85 penalties and twenty-first place individually.

Last up for the Brits was Wilf Bowman-Ripley; the leading British driver heading into the marathon phase, after sitting in nineteenth place after the cones, he produced some good work on the course, even with the substitution of one of his horses, to finish with 136.71 penalties, to finish in twentieth place in the individual standings. In the team event it was The Netherlands who took the gold just ahead of the hosts Germany, with Hungary pipping Belgium to the Bronze.

Full results from the competition can be found at:

Vaulting European Championships

Today saw the final round of the Individual Male competition and the great spectacle of the Pas De Deux, whilst the Individual Female athletes had their third round ahead of tomorrow’s final classes.

The first competition of the day saw Andrew McLachlan and Tylers Kernel, lunged by Amanda McLachlan take to the arena for the first of two competitions on the final day of the Individual Male event. Having produced some lovely routines across the competition, Andrew once again performed well in today’s technical test to score 5.780, giving him a total of 6.867 heading into the afternoon’s final freestyle test.

The final test saw an expressive freestyle from Andrew, who competes at his first senior championship this year. Once again aboard Tylers Kernel, a good routine saw the combination score 6.162.

In the Pas De Deux event past junior medallists Andrew McLachlan and Rebecca Norval, produced a good routine in today’s competition to see the senior championship debutants finish on a total final score of 5.757.

The British female vaulters displayed strong performances in today’s Individual Technical test. Despite a music malfunction halfway through their test, Lucy Phillips’ stunning routine on Pitucelli (lunged by Liz Phillips) grabbed the judge’s attention to see them rising up the ranks and scoring 7.347. Next in was Hannah Eccles, on the experienced WH Bentley lunged by her dad John; the combination saw consistent marks from all of the judges to take away a score of 7.203.

With just the final freestyle round to go Lucy Phillips finds herself in eighth place overall with Hannah Eccles not far behind in tenth; for a full list of results:

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