Friday in the British camp

21st Aug 2015


In less than a year Great Britain will take to the arena of the Olympic Equestrian Park in Deodoro in Rio, Brazil, after a nail-biting climax to the FEI European Championship jumping final saw the British team finish in fourth place – and with it, secure a team place for next year’s Olympic Games.

Read how all the action unfolded in the main stadium of Aachen:


In the Deutsche Bank Stadium the British vaulters pulled out some stunning routines in today’s Freestyle round. First up for GB was Lucy Phillips who picked up a great score of 7.876 on board Bill & Liz Phillips and her own Pitucelli.

Beaming after her super test Lucy commented on her own and lunger Mum’s performance; “Very happy! Last week I had a mishap in another competition so I’m really happy to just go out there and do it how I know I could. Mum got a 7.3 for the horse which is the highest score this weekend; he [Pitucelli] was really, really good. He was perfect in there today!”

It was a tale of the two Hannah’s next into the stadium; with Hannah Eccles putting in a polished routine to take away a score of 7.778 followed by Championship debutant Hannah Young who enjoyed a score of 7.250. Lunger of WH Bentley, John Eccles, commented after the performance of both vaulters; “It’s going very well so far, the horse was certainly settled and that’s what counts when you go into a place and an arena like that. It’s a big thing for them [the vaulters] to go into an arena like that in Germany, at Aachen, at a Championships, you know that brings out the nerves a little bit - but they’re doing a good job!”

The Pas de Deux class opened today with former Junior medallists Andrew McLachlan and Rebecca Norval who displayed all their Championship experience to handle the intense atmosphere of the vaulting arena. Lunged by the current Individual Female World Champion Joanne Eccles, an unfortunate slip part way though the test affected the scores across the board, but both athletes kept their composure to complete the round with a score of 6.054 on board John and Jane Eccles’ Captain Jack.

Andrew McLachlan was back into the arena in the afternoon to take on his Individual Male Freestyle test. Vaulting on John and Jane Eccles’ Tylers Kernal, Andrew was awarded an excellent 7.475, which included a huge 8.226 for his technical score. The Squad Freestyle test rounded off proceedings for the British vaulters who, on board Tylers Kernal lunged by John Eccles, scored a 6.529.

Full results:


Under the Friday afternoon sun the British Carriagedriving representatives moved onto their second phase of competition at the FEI European Championships, the Cones Competition. Karen Basset was first to navigate the course testing speed, accuracy and agility of the team; a tricky round saw a total of 32.07 faults being added to their dressage score including 15.07 penalties from the influential time.

The experienced Dick Lane entered the arena next for the Brits, having substituted one of his leader Lipizzaner dressage team to include a Hungarian Trotter to give additional speed and agility, they were unlucky to have two balls falling to see Dick pick up 6 faults and 14.92 time faults.

Completing the British trio Wilf-Bowman Ripley secured a fast round to add just 5.79 time penalties and 6 faults to his score to head into tomorrow’s final phase the leading British driver, in nineteenth place. Two competitions down and the team currently sit on a total score of 147.22 to go into the exciting marathon event which kicks off tomorrow at 11.00am (BST).

Full results: