Sarah Carles reports..
It was a win for Great Britain at the penultimate leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup series in Waregem.
On a team score of 86.4 penalties, the British team ranked second behind Germany on a score of 78.9 after the dressage. Solid show jumping performances from the Brits added just six penalties to their total to hold second place going into the final cross-country phase, with the German’s adding nothing to their score.
However the influential cross country saw faults from the leading Germany team which dropped them down to finish third, the GB team added a total of 38 penalties to their score to finish on a score of 130.4 and move them up into first place with France taking second place on 136.4.
It was a German clean-sweep of the podium in the individual standings with Julia Krajewski taking a clear victory with Samourai du Thot. Lying in second after the dressage and the show jumping, a quick clear across the country, adding just 4.8 time faults, they finished on a score of 29.4 – 10.6 penalties clear of the field.
Frank Osthold and Jum Jum finisned second with Arne Bergendahl in third with Down To The Wire. Dressage and show jumping leaders, Michael Jung and Lennox 364 finished the competition in 21stafter a planned slow run around the cross country.
Sarah Bullimore and her own and Christopher and Susan Gillespie’s Valentino V, were the best placed of the British squad, finishing in eighth place on a score of 42.8, after picking up four faults from the show jumping and 9.6 time from the cross country to add to their dressage score of 29.2.
Flora Harris ended on exactly the same score as Sarah but took ninth place on Caroline Harris’ Amazing VIII and Millie Dumas finished in 13th on her own and Ellie Guy’s Artistiek with a score of 44.8 having added 16.8 time penalties from the cross country to their dressage of 28.
Will Furlong posted a dressage score of 31.2 penalties and secured a clear show jumping round on The Acorn Syndicate’s Collien P 2, but an unfortunate fall at the B element of Fence 17 on the cross country ended their individual campaign.
Away from the Nations Cup squad, Zara Tindall was the highest placed British individual, enjoying a good run on her experienced partner High Kingdom to finish in 12th place with Harry Meade taking 14th on Mrs Nigella Hall and Mrs Tamsie Castle’s Tenareze.
In the Series team standings, France (490 points) hold a slim lead of 10 points over Great Britain (480 points) with the series set to be decided at Boekelo (October 11-14).