British Eventing release
British Eventing are pleased to announce the four riders who will represent Great Britain this weekend in the final competition of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup at the Boekelo Horse Trials in Holland.
In alphabetical order, the Team are as follows;
- Laura Collett, 27 from Berkshire, on Mrs Lyn How, Mrs Louise Scott, Mrs Nick How, Mr Keith Scott and her own eight year old gelding Mr Bass
- Flora Harris, 28 from Wiltshire, with the 10 year old gelding Bayano, owned by Mrs Caroline Harris and Ms Rebecca Salt
- Izzy Taylor, 33 from Oxfordshire, on Dr Patricia Turner’s 11 year old British bred gelding Trevidden
- Oliver Townend, 33 from Shropshire, riding Mrs Angela Hislop’s nine year old gelding Cooley SRS
GB’s second placing at the recent Waregen Nations Cup contributed to their 555 point total to keep them at the top of the overall table as it stands, but second placed Germany will be fighting to go one better than last year where they finished second to GBR in the 2015 series. The on form French riders will also be looking to add to their current 475 points to move up from their third position.
The final team comprises of the 2015 World Seven Year Old Champion, Mr Bass, who, under Laura Collett, has enjoyed a fantastic first season at 3* level including finishing second at the recent Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CIC3* for eight and nine year olds along with Cooley SRS who took fifth place in the same class with Oliver Townend.
Izzy Taylor comes forward with Trevidden with whom she rode in the team that placed second in Waregem last month and Flora Harris rides her experienced campaigner, Bayano, winners of the 2016 Blair Castle CIC3*.
The GBR Eventing teams are supported by the lottery-funded Equestrian World Class Programme a portfolio within the British Equestrian Federation. The programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage. The Programme has been funded by the National Lottery via UK Sport since 1998.
2016 Series Dates (seven best results to count for each Nation):
Fontainebleau (FRA) 23 - 25 March 2016
Ballindenisk (IRL) 22 - 24 April 2016
Houghton Hall (GBR) 26 - 29 May 2016
Strzegom (POL) 24 - 26 June 2016
The Plains (USA) 08 - 10 July 2016
Aachen (GER) 14 - 17 July 2016
Vairano (ITA) 16 - 18 September 2016
Waregem (BEL) 22 - 25 September 2016
Boekelo (NED) 06 - 09 October 2016
Standings (after 8 out of 9 events)
- Great Britain 555 points
- Germany 550
- France 475
- Netherlands 265
- Australia 260
- Ireland 250
- Italy 220
- USA 205
- Belgium 180
- Sweden 150
- New Zealand 130
- Switzerland 125
- Canada 90
- Norway 60