Squad announced for Falsterbo FEI Nations Cup

27th Jun 2014

Rob Hoekstra, the World Class Showjumping Performance Manager has announced his squad of five that will be travelling to Falsterbo, Sweden for the sixth leg of the CSIO 5* Furusiyya Nations Cup competitions. This will be the second of four competitions within the series where Great Britain will be competing for crucial league points with the aim of assuring themselves a place in the final in addition to inclusion in next year’s series.

The 5* International Show commences on Thursday 10th July 2014 and finishes on Sunday 13th July 2014 with the Nations Cup taking place on Friday 11th July at 14:30 hrs local time. The Grand Prix will then take place on Sunday 13th July 2014 at 14:30 hrs local time.

The squad selected is as follows:

Peter Charles MBE, from Alton, Hants with the 12 year-old bay mare Murka’s Odie de Frevent who is jointly owned by Olga White and Team Murka. Earlier this year, Peter took Odie de Frevent to Oliva in Spain to start off the season. The combination was also selected for the squad that travelled to Rome for the third leg of the CSIO 5* Furusiyya Nations Cup competition.

Joe Clee, who is based in Belgium and Utamaro d’Ecaussines a 10 year old bay stallion owned by Ludwig Criel. This combination achieved a double clear Grand Prix win at the CSI3* in Lummen earlier on this year and they also posted strong performances as part of the Teams that competed in the 5* Nations Cup competitions at La Baule, France and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The combination secured a double clear whilst contesting the Nations Cup in Rotterdam.

Jessie Drea, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex with Touchable, a 13 year-old chestnut mare owned by Lynne Humphries and Equine America. Jessie and Touchable were key members of the young British Team that won the CSIO 3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Odense, Denmark. The combination produced a tremendous result in Rotterdam earlier on this month whilst making their debut appearance on a 5* Nations Cup Team.

Spencer Roe, a World Class Development Programme rider, from Lincoln with his mother Sally’s 11 year-old bay gelding Wonder Why with whom he finished Team 4th in the Young Rider European Championships last summer. Spencer and Wonder Why were part of the British team that won the CSIO 5* Furusiyya Nations Cup competition last month at St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Robert Whitaker, from Sidcup, Kent with his parents (John & Clare) 11 year-old brown stallion Catwalk IV with whom he jumped a double clear at their inaugural 5* Nations Cup last summer in Gijon. Robert and Catwalk IV recently won the Alltech Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy at the CSI Royal Windsor Horse Show. The combination was also part of the British team that won at St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Further information on the show and for results once the show is underway can be found by visiting www.falsterbohorseshow.com. Full information in respect of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series can be found by visiting www.fei.org.

FEI TV will be showing live footage from the event. To access this please visitwww.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 ‘What’s 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.