CHIO Rotterdam, The Netherlands (18 – 21 June 2014)
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme riders, Spence Roe (Wonder Why), Joe Clee (Ultamaro D Ecaussines) and Jessie Drea (Touchable) were joined by Guy Williams (Zaire), for the fifth round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup jumping in Rotterdam. Completing on a team total of 16 penalties Britain finished in fourth place with France taking the win on a score of zero.
Also attending the CSIO5* event was Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Pogramme rider, Holly Gillott, who started off what was a very successful weekend for her by taking third place in the Dura Vermeer Prijs. Gillott rode Vanessa Alford’s bay gelding, Vinny Douglas, to a double clear in a jump-off time of 31.38 seconds, leaving the combination just 0.57 seconds behind winner Leopold Van Asten from The Netherlands. Holly also went on to take fifth place in Friday’s Eversheds Prijs on her own and Graham Smith’s, Dougie Douglas.
The third leg of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage series in Rotterdam saw Britain taking fourth place after posting a team total of 68.380%. Host nation, The Netherlands, finished on a team score of 79.740% to claim the win over the British team of Hannah Biggs on Weltzin (65.760%), Nikki Crisp on Pasoa (68.400%), Daniel Sheriff on Bayford Hall Dallaglio (66.180%) and Danier Watson on Fideramber (70.560%).