Britain will field the following horses and riders at the FEI Nations Cup final in Boekelo, the Netherlands, which starts today (10-13 October):
- Laura Collett on Philip Walker’s Allora 3
- Izzy Taylor on KBIS and Jo Meyer’s KBIS Starlet
- Kitty King on Jane Murfett and Frank Inns’ Persimmon
- Gemma Tattersall on Christopher Stone’s Chico Bella P (pictured leading the Brits to Nations Cup victory at Houghton)
The Brits have used this year’s Nations Cup series to give up-and-coming riders team experience and are sticking to this strategy despite being just 1 point ahead of the Germans going into the final.
Yogi Breisner said: “We have 6 of our CICO team riders out here and it wasn’t at all easy to select 4 of them since they are all on equally good form. It is a really exciting team and it is great to have a team of such talented horses and riders.”
107 starters line up at the popular CICO3* at Boekelo, including 21 Brits. Laura Collett rides Noble Bestman as well as team ride Allora 3, William Fox-Pitt brings Gaucho and Blenheim 8- and 9-year-old champion Fernhill Pimms and Dani Evans competes on Raphael II, which whom she won young rider individual bronze last year.
They can expect strong opposition from, among others: Mark Todd (NZL) and the Bramham runner-up Leonidas II, Lizzie Brown (NZL) on Blair CCI2* winner Henton Attorney General, Peter Thomsen (GER) with London 2012 team gold medallist Horseware’s Barny and Camilla Speirs (IRL) with Portersize Just A Jiff, 2nd here in 2011.