Report from Waregem Eventing Nations Cup

28th Sep 2015

British Eventing Press Release

Despite being a very challenging penultimate leg of the 2015 FEI Nations Cup of Eventing in Waregem (Belgium) Great Britain finished in fourth place and gained seven points which sees them remain at the top of the Nations Cup leader board on 46 points.

The quartet of riders representing GB in the Nations Cup were, in alphabetical order:

  • Sarah Bullimore (42, Bedfordshire) with her own and Christopher Gillespie’s Valentino V.
  • Nana Dalton (36, West Sussex) with Abbeylara Prince owned by Emily and Margaret Roser.
  • Coral Keen (28, Wiltshire) with Wellshead Fare Opposition owned by Total Equestrian Construction.
  • Francis Whittington (38, East Sussex) with West Side, owned by Equi Matters.

GB Nations Cup Team Manager, Philip Surl commented on the performance of the team which included two Nations Cup debutants, Nana Dalton and Coral Keen: “All four put in very solid dressage
tests which put us in the lead on day one of the competition, to then lie in aclose second place by the end of day two.

“Nana jumped a great clear - she was our first rider and also number one in the competition due to us being drawn first nation. Next up for GB was Sarah Bullimore who had 8 faults which was disappointing. Coral, who like Nana, was a first-timer on the squad, jumped an impressive and solid clear round
,” commented Philip on the showjumping phase. “Francis’ horse was jumping really well but unfortunately again had an expensive 8 faults. However, we finished the show jumping phase in a competitive third place.

“On cross country day Nana again went out first and did an amazing job as pathfinder, incurring only 5 time penalties, the fastest time of the day and ultimately went on to win the class. I am very impressed with her and the horse, especially in such a strong international field.

“Sarah went next and looked to be making great progress and within the time but then sadly picked up a 20m at the third to last fence from home. Coral was next out and had a fall at the sunken road three quarters of the way round – I am happy to confirm that both horse and rider are fine but of course this was a great disappointment. So, there was a lot of pressure on Francis who was last out and was making great progress but again, the third fence from home proved unlucky for us when his horse left a leg at the hanging log at the water.”

All eyes will be on the final leg of this year’s Nations Cup at Boekelo (NED) on 8 - 11 October 2015.

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Team standings from Waregem

1 Germany, 179.0
Andreas Ostholt/Pennsylvania 28, 57.6; Julia Krajewski/Samourai du Thot, 59.9; Anna-Maria Rieke/Petite Dame, 61.5; (Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Avedon, 69.5)

2 Belgium, 227.6
Julian Despontin/Waldano 36, 63.8; Joris Vanspringel/Lully des Aulnes, 67.9; Pieter de Cleene/Havanna van’t Castaneahof, 95.9; (Virginie Caulier/Nepal de Sudre, RET Cross Country)

3 Netherlands, 280.5
Tim Lips/Trademark, 72.1; Alice Naber-Lozeman/Coral Estate Harry Belafonte, 102.3; Nienke Van Roekel/Coral Estate Sagnoi, 106.1; (Raf Kooremans/MC B Vulcano, EL Cross Country)

4 Great Britain, 1142.8
Nana Dalton/Abbeylara Prince, 59.6; Sarah Bullimore/Reve du Rouet, 85.9; Coral Keen/Wellshead Fare Opposition, EL Cross Country; (Francis Whittington/West Side, EL Cross Country)

5 Australia, 1147.9
Paul Tapner/Bonza King of Rouges, 58.4; Sam Griffiths/Foxdon Sunny Jim, 89.5; Christopher Burton/Tempranillo, RET Cross Country; (Andrew Hoy/Algebra, EL Cross Country)

6 France, 1174.5
Helene Vattier/Quito de Balière, 68.6; Regis Prud’Hon/Debiut, 105.9; Geoffroy Soullez/Qokery Ko, EL Cross Country; (Koris Vieules/Rejoind Moi, EL Cross Country)

FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2015 Leaderboard after 7 out 8 events

1 Great Britain 49 points
2 Germany 40
3 Australia 35
4 France 32 
5 Netherlands 29
6 Belgium 17
7 Ireland 15
8 Sweden 10
9 New Zealand 9
10 USA 7
11 Spain 6
12= Poland 4
12= Canada 4