The British team’s strong placing after the first two phases of the Irish leg of the Nations Cup series on Saturday was to be one which would be closely fought in a hotly contested cross country phase on the final day of competition (25-26 April).
The female quartet, supported by the National Lottery UK Sport funded World Class Programme, finished individually as follows:
Third place: Nicky Roncoroni (36, Gloucestershire) riding Stonedge (11 year old grey Irish-bred gelding) owned by Mrs Janey Barclay Roncoroni.
Fifth place: Louise Harwood (39, Herefordshire) riding Whitson (12 year old bay British-bred gelding) owned by Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones.
Eighth place: Georgie Strang (age 27, from Kent) riding Cooley Business Time (10 year old bay ISH gelding) owned by Mrs Jenny Newton.
28th place: Izzy Taylor (31, Oxfordshire) riding KBIS Starchaser (12 year old grey Dutch-bred gelding) owned by Mrs Jo Meyer and KBIS British Equestrian.
Team first-timer Georgie Strang (Cooley Business Time) and Nicky Roncoroni (Stonedge) both went clear across country, whilst Louise Harwood (Whitson) picked up just two time penalties on her first Nations Cup Team appearance.
Nations Cup team regular Izzy Taylor unfortunately incurred penalties cross country after what had been a strong performance in Saturday’s dressage and show jumping phases with her ride KBIS Starchaser .
The GB team’s scores combined to gain them a team score of 143.4, followed by the host nation Ireland in second with 152.3. France finished in third place with 159.3.
GB Nations Cup Team Manager Philip Surl commented: “I am really pleased with how all our riders went here at Ballindenisk. I am particularly pleased for the two new additions to the team, Georgie Strang and Louise Harwood who both rode excellent rounds to help GB take the team title under a lot of pressure in the final phase. The series is all about developing riders and giving opportunities for them to experience a team environment; they all pulled together and really rose to the challenge this weekend.
“I would also like to mention Emilie Chandler who missed out on being part of the team this week, but went on to win the CICO3* class individually with Gino Royale. Her results, as well as the team achievement here this weekend just show the strength in depth that Britain has of riders at this level.”
The next leg of the FEI Nations Cup series takes place on home soil at the 2015 Houghton International near Kings Lynn (Norfolk, 28-31 May 2015).