Great Britain's Eventing Nations Cup team announced to go stateside

13th Jun 2017

The FEI Nations Cup heads stateside for the fifth event in the 2017 series taking Great Britain to The Plains, USA, in the state of Virginia. British Eventing are pleased to announce the four British based riders who will compete for GB from 8th – 9th July.

The team are, in alphabetical order;

Matthew Heath, 34 from Oxfordshire, riding his own and Mrs Hazel Livesey’s 10 year old gelding One of a Kind II

Ben Hobday, 29 from Northumberland, with Ms Sallie Ryle’s 15 year old gelding Mulrys Error

Nicky Roncoroni, 38 from Gloucestershire, and Lorna McWilliam and Mrs Janey Roncoroni’s 12 year old gelding Watts Burn

James Sommerville, 29 from North Yorkshire, on his own and Mrs Jennifer Sommerville’s 11 year old gelding Talent

American based Brit, Justine Dutton takes the reserve spot with Jak My Style.

Matthew, Ben and James all make their senior team debut for GB alongside Nicky who was part of the silver medal winning Nations Cup team at the recent Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ireland.

Three events in the series have now been completed and GB currently hold first place in the overall standings with 270 points following a second place finish at all three competitions. Before the USA leg of the series four riders will head to Austria on 30th June – 2nd July for the fourth competition in calendar – view the selected team HERE. A full list of results can be found HERE.

UPDATE - 22 June 2017:

Sallie Ryle’s gelding Mulrys Error, ridden by Ben Hobday, and James Somerville and Mrs Jennifer Sommerville’s Talent, ridden by James, have both acquired minor injuries that have sadly ruled them out of travelling to The Plains for the Nations Cup. It is anticipated that both horses will soon be out competing again in the not too distant future. We thank both riders and their owners for making the horses available.

They are replaced by American based British rider Justine Dutton riding Jak My Style and Emily Llewellyn and Mrs Camilla Harries’ Emirati Nightsky.


The 2017 calendar:

17 - 21 May: CICO 3* Strzegom (POL) – GB 2nd place
25 - 28 May: CICO 3* Houghton Hall (GBR) - GB 2nd place
31 May - 4 June: CICO 3* Tattersalls (IRL) – GB 2nd place
30 June - 2 July: CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT) 
8 - 9 July: CICO 3* The Plains (USA) 
19 - 23 July: CICO 3* Aachen (GER) 
10-13 August: CICO 3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA) 
22 - 24 September: CICO 3* Waregem (BEL) 
5 - 8 October: CCIO 3* Boekelo (NED)

Could you be on the next Nations Cup squad for GB?

The newly appointed Senior Eventing Selection Committee would like to invite riders to apply for the 2017 FEI Nations Cups squads. Combinations for the eventing Nations Cup team will in future be selected by the Senior Selection Committee to provide continuity across the selection process while still providing an open and transparent system. More information and how to apply can be found HERE.

The GBR Eventing teams are supported by the National 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.