The squad of five riders that have been selected by Rob Hoekstra, the World Class Showjumping Performance Manager, for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona (which takes place between 9th – 12th October 2014) are as follows:
Joe Clee who is based in Belgium with Utamaro d’Ecaussines the10 year old bay stallion owned by Ludwig Criel.
Spencer Roe from Lincolnshire with Sally Roe’s 11 year-old bay gelding Wonder Why
William Whitaker from Huddersfield with Elisabeth Fredlund’s 11 year-old bay gelding Fandango.
Robert Whitaker from Sidcup Kent with John & Clare Whitaker’s 11 year old brown stallion Catwalk IV.
Michael Whitaker from Nottinghamshire with his own 10 year old grey mare Elie van de Kolmen or Cassionato, a 9 year-old grey stallion owned by Beverley Widdowson.
Taking place at the Real Polo Club de Barcelona a total of eighteen teams from nine countries within Europe, two from each of North America, South America, Middle East, Asia/Asutralia and one from Africa will all be eligible to compete in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final.
The Final will consist of three competitions. The top eight teams from the opening class will go to the third and final competition whilst the remainder will compete in the Challenge Cup which will be held prior to the Final competition of Saturday.
For further information and results please visit www.csiobarcelona.com
FEI TV will be showing live footage from the event; watch online at www.feitv.org
The programme will also be shown at a later date on 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.
The World Class Development Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme, incorporating the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage. The Programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.