GBR Eventing squad prepare for first FEI Nations Cup competition outside Europe

23rd Jun 2016

British Eventing release

British Eventing have today announced the four riders who will represent Great Britain at The Plains, Virginia, USA, for the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing series, from the 8th – 10th July 2016.

The team, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

  • Jodie Amos, 32 from Warwickshire, with Miss Nicola Coates and her own Wise Crack
  • Rosalind Canter, 30 from Lincolnshire, and her own Zenshera
  • Justine Dutton, 35 based in Pennsylvania, USA, on Patricia Weiser and her own Huck Finn or  Kathleen Cuca and her own Jak My Style
  • Ben Way, 27 from Warwickshire, with Posy Kopanski and Peter Finer’s Willows Tipster

The American fixture is the first Eventing Nations Cup leg to be hosted outside of Europe and is the first Nations Cup call up for both Ben Way and US-based British rider Justine Dutton.

Philip Surl, Chef d’Equipe for the GBR Nations Cup squad; “We are very grateful to the Organising Committee at The Plains for supporting the FEI Nations Cup Eventing and to offer this fantastic opportunity. We as a team are looking forward to contesting the first leg outside Europe.”

With three competitions complete in the nine event series GB currently sit in second place on 225 points with France out in front on 250. This weekend (24th – 26th June 2016) the British team are competing in the fourth leg at the Strzegom Horse Trials in Poland where the quartet will be hoping to add to their points tally.

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:

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

Current team standings after three events:

1st France 250

2nd Great Britain 225

3rd Germany 200

4th Ireland 170

5th Australia 160

6th Netherlands 100

=7th Sweden 60

=7th New Zealand 60

=9th Italy 50

=9th USA 50

11th Belgium 40