KBIS Starburst (Rich) put in his best performance to date when it mattered, finishing on his dressage score, the only combination to do so, of 48.2; helping team GB to victory in the fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup, as well as securing individual second place in the CICO3*.
Held in Strzegom, Poland, Rich and Izzy (Taylor) joined the all-girls team of Sarah Bullimore & Valentino V (3rd), Emily Llewellyn & Greenlawn Sky High (6th) and Jodie Amos & Figaro van het Broekxhof (12th). The team lay in third place after dressage behind the Australians and Germans but fast clears across country the following day saw them rise to a two penalty lead going into Sunday’s final jumping phase. Both Emily and Sarah jumped clears and with faults mounting in the Australian camp, Izzy & Rich had two fences in hand to secure a win for Britain. They did so in style, not touching a pole to take the gold for Britain and individual second place, four penalities behind individual champion Karin Donckers.
Great Britain now have a twelve point lead over the French at this half way stage in the Nations Cup series, with the next leg to be held in Aachen, Germany. For Strzegom, which will host the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships, praise was giving by riders for the new facilities, which included an impressive all weather arena, and to Marcin Konarski’s clever cross country track, which certainly proved influential.
Izzy also took fifth place in the CCI3*, with KBIS Briarlands Matilda, again the only combination to finish on their dressage score!
FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2015 Current Leaderboard
- Great Britain (39 points)
- France (27)
- Australia (23)
- Netherlands (19)
- Germany (18)
- Ireland (9)
- Belgium (8)
- Spain (6)
- Sweden (6)
- Poland (4)
Find out more about the FEI Eventing Nations Cup here
Photos with thanks to Katarzyna Boryna.
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