Rome Nations Cup team announced

8th May 2015

Di Lampard, the World Class Showjumping Performance Manager has announced her squad of five that will be travelling to Rome, Italy for the third leg of this year’s Europe Division One CSIO 5* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competitions.   This Nations Cup will be the first of the series in which Great Britain will be competing for qualifying points

Competition will commence at the Rome CSIO5* International Show on Thursday 21st May with the Nations Cup scheduled to take place on Friday 22nd May at 15:45 hours local time. The Grand Prix will then take place on the last day of competition, which is Sunday 24th May at 15:00 hours local time.

The squad selected is as follows:

Ben Maher MBE from Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire with the 10 year-old British Bred chestnut mare Diva II owned by Tatiana Korsakova. 

Michael Whitaker from Nottinghamshire and the 10 year-old grey stallion Cassionato owned by Beverley Widdowson or with his own and Beatrice Mertens 15 year-old dark bay gelding Amai II.

John Whitaker MBE  from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire with his own and wife Clare’s 13 year-old bay stallion Argento.

Holly Gillott, a World Class Development Programme rider from Loughborough, Leicestershire with her own 10 year-old liver chestnut gelding Dougie Douglas.

William Whitaker, another World Class Development Programme rider from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire with Elisabeth Fredlund’s 12 year-old dark brown gelding Fandango III

Further information on the show and for results once the show is underway can be found by visiting Full information in respect of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series can be found by visiting

FEI TV will be showing live footage from the event. To access this please The programme will also be shown at a later date on Horse & Country TV. Please visit and click on ‘What’s on TV’ for broadcast times.

The British Showjumping Teams are supported by the UK Sport National Lotteryfunded World Class Programme.

The World Class Development Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme, incorporating the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage.  The Programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.