Great Britain scores on home ground, Australia places second in the latest round of FEI Nations Cup Eventing
Piggy French and Jakarta at the 2012 Houghton 2012 FEI Nations Cup Eventing
Australia has finished second behind a strong Great Britain outfit at the second leg of the new FEI Nations Cup Eventing series held at the Subaru Houghton International Horse Trials (GBR) in Norfolk over the weekend.
The Australian team of Lucinda Fredericks and Flying Finish, Catherine Burrell and Urzan, Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh and Wendy Schaeffer and Koyuna Sun Dancer posted solid performances to come in ahead of opening round winners Germany who finished a close third and with this placing remain at the head of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing leaderboard.
Britain came last in Fontainebleau, but team trainer Yogi Breisner, determined to put on a good show on home ground, picked an unbeatable quartet headed by Piggy French and Jakata, individual winners of the CIC3* which incorporated the FEI Nations Cup Eventing.
An individual third place for Sarah Cohen and Treason and seventh for Francis Whittington and Sir Percival lll helped stretch the winning margin. Britain has now jumped into equal third place with Spain in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing after two out of six legs.
Australia is occupying equal fifth position with The Netherlands.
“This has been a great competition,” said Breisner. “This new FEI Nations Cup for Eventing is great for the sport. I’m pleased my strong team didn’t let us down on home soil. Britain’s potential Olympic squad was out in force in this CIC3* section after nearly two months without competing, and they did extremely well.”
The FEI’s first team Eventing series, the FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2012, débuted at Fontainebleau (FRA) on 22-25 March 2012.
The brand new six-leg series, which takes place on a trial basis this year, is open to all nations fielding one team composed of 3 or 4 riders at each leg.
The series immediately heads to Strzegom (POL) for the third round which will take place this weekend.
Subaru Houghton International team results:
1. Great Britain 132.5
Piggy French/Jakata 38.1; Sarah Cohen/Treason 46.3; Francis Whittington/Sir Percival lll 48.1; Mary King/Kings Temptress 58.6.
2. Australia 160.2
Lucinda Fredericks/Flying Finish 47.3; Catherine Burrell/Urzan 55.2; Sam Griffiths/Paulank Brockagh 57.7; Wendy Schaeffer/Koyuna Sun Dancer 64.3
3. Germany 162.3
Bettina Hoy/Designer 50.8; Anna Warnecke/Twinkle Bee 53.7; Andreas Ostholt/Franco Jeas 57.8
4. New Zealand 165.1
Mark Todd/NZB Campino 38.3; Lizzie Brown/Henton Attorney General 54; Kate Wood/Easy Tiger lV 72.8; Megan Heath/St Daniel 78.5
Aurelien Khan/Cadiz 53.5; Eddy Sans/Mayland de Brunel 57.7; Lionel Guyon/Nemetis de Lalou 59.9; Denis Mesples/Oregon de la Vigne 80.8
6. Brazil 251.4
Renan Guerreiro/Knockmore Lad 81.3; Marcio Jorge/Josephine MCJ 81.8; Jesper Martendal/Land Jimmy 88.3; Marcelo Tosi/Czarevitch de Z Retired Cross Country
7. Spain 316.2
Albert Hermoso Farras/Plaisir de Sorbon 83.8; Eduardo Via-Dufresne Mestres/Quica del Maset 104.5; Carlos Diaz Fernandez/Ingrato 127.9
Full results for FEI Nations Cup Eventing after Houghton Hall can be viewed here
FEI Nations Cup Eventing Leaderboard (after 2 out of 6 Events)
1 Germany 19 points
2 France 14
3 = Spain 11
3 = Great Britain 11
5 = Netherlands 9
5 = Australia 9
7 New Zealand 7
8 Brazil 6
FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2012 calendar
1 Fontainebleau (FRA) 22-25 March 2012
2 Houghton Hall (GBR) 24-27 May 2012
3 Strzegom (POL) 1-3 June 2012
4 Aachen (GER) 3-8 July 2012
5 Montelibretti (ITA) 21-23 September 2012
6 Boekelo (NED) 11-14 October 2012