Britain takes sixth in its first reining Nations Cup event, which is dominated by Italy and America

Britain took part in its first FEI-approved reining Nations Cup event in Kreuth, Germany, from 31 August-2 September.

The British squad was Lauren Jolly (Zan Francisco Rey), Mark How (Enterprising O Lena), Doug Allen (Dennis The Menace) and Francesca Sternberg-Allen (Chuka Chic).

The competition was dominated by the Italianand American teams – the latter competing on borrowed horses to finish second to the Italians.

Switzerland took third place and Britain pulled up to sixth after good second-round performances by Doug Allen and Francesca Sternberg-Allen.

The top individual score went to Volker Schmidt of Germany on Chex Enterprise, which provided a well deserved consolation prize for the Germans, who had to withdraw from the team competition after injuries to two of their horses.

British chef d’equipe Bill Archer said: “Our riders performed to a standard of which we could be more than satisfied and we were pleased with our placing.”

The finals to decide Britain’s reining team for next year’s World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, will beheld at the Quarter Horse Championship Show at Arena UK, Grantham, on Saturday, 22 September.

For more information on reining, contact The British Reining Horse Association (tel: 01342 892203).

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