Nations Cup goes down to the wire – Waregem round-up

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The FEI Nations Cup eventing series will be decided at the final leg in Holland next month with both Great Britain and Germany in the running to take the title. 

The penultimate event of the series was held at Waregem last weekend with Germany taking victory in the team standings ahead of Great Britain. Completing on a score of 180.5 penalties, the British squad were just 8.5 penalties adrift from Germany with France in third. 

In the individual CICO*** competition, victory went to France’s Maxime Livio with Pica d’Or. Lying sixth after dressage, the Frenchman climbed his way up the leader board in the jumping phases with clear rounds and one of the fastest rounds on the cross country. 

Second went to dressage leader Felix Etzel and Bandit 436 of Germany with compatriot Andreas Ostholt and Pennsylvania 28 in third.  

British team member Franky Reid-Warrilow finished best of the British individually, taking sixth place on her own, Neil and Claire Reid-Warrilow and Bruce and Stephanie Gardiner’s Dolley Whisper, finishing on a score of 57.7. Alongside Reid-Warrilow two other riders finished in the top ten – Sarah Bullimore and Reve Du Rouet (7th) and Sharon Hunt and Veyga (9th). 

Bullimore also finished 12th with her team horse Valentino V  whilst Georgie Spence, making her second Nations Cup appearance with Halltown Harley, finished 14th and Harry Dzenis finished 34th with Above Board. 

Only 10 points separate Great Britain (590) and Germany (580) in the standings bringing the series down to the wire at the final event in Boekelo (5th – 8th October). 

Caroline Powell of New Zealand was victorious in the CIC** with Flipper ahead of British young rider Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man. Third went to Germany’s Dirk Schrade, with Francis Whittington and Evento finishing fourth. 

The CICO* for juniors was won by French rider Tiffen Berger and Rohan de Poussot with Germany’s Nina Carolotta Meiners (Emmi M) and Joelle Celina Selenkowitsch (Akeby’s sum Gluek) finishing second and third respectively. Georgina Wood and Del Piero were the highest British combination in fourth. The class also included a team competition with Germany winning ahead of the British team (represented by Wood, Gerogia Bartlett, Alfie Marshall and Heidi Coy) with Belgium in third. 

The CIC* was won by German rider Rebecca Juana Gerken riding Day of Glory 4, with Belgium rider Lara De Liederkerke Meier in second (QC Chica Leena) and Germany’s Ben Leuwer in third (Clever Louis). Lizzie Baugh was the highest placed British rider in seventh with B Exclusive. 

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