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Showjumping at OlympicsRio 2016 here we come! The British team went to the European Showjumping Championships in Aachen with a big goal — to gain that all-important qualification for next year’s Olympics and with huge relief they did just that.

The quartet of Michael Whitaker (Cassionato), Joe Clee (Utamaro D’Ecaussines), Ben Maher (Diva II) and Jessica Mendoza (Spirit T) performed well under the weight of a nation at a much-anticipated championships. They came agonisingly close to going home with a medal, but had to settle for fourth place behind Switzerland. The team was led by former international showjumper Di Lampard during her first senior championships as chef d’equipe.

The Dutch team continued their dominance following last year’s gold at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Fielding the same team of riders they topped the podium fending off runners-up Germany.

As well as Team GBR, both Switzerland and Spain booked their Olympic tickets.

Drama emerged during team final day, when Ireland missed out on a Rio qualification by just 0.4 of a penalty.

Cian O’Connor and Good Luck experienced an unfortunate situation when a member of the arena party crossed in front of the horse — they went on to have the next fence down and the Irish side protested. Had Cian not had that fence down, they would be heading to Rio — it was that close.

Looking ahead, Scott Brash is making the trip to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada (10-13 September) with Hello Sanctos. Scott made the decision to save the gelding for the final leg of the Rolex Grand Slam, instead of going to the Europeans, where the pair stand to win a €1million (£710,000) bonus.

The Brits will also be heading to Barcelona for the Nations Cup final (26-27 September). Fingers crossed for some more good results.

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