Despite some terrific individual results, Britain’s Nations Cup team could finish no higher than fifth place in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 September).

The Brits were up against it at the halfway stage after finishing on 17 faults. Alex Rident opened with two mistakes on Hermes De Bruyeres, while Guy Williams and Skip Two Ramiro had an uncharacteristic three fences down. Philip Spivey improved things with a total of five on Romanov II before William Funnell

The Spanish team, on a zero score, were already three fences clear of their rivals and, although the Irish fought back in round two, they finished in second place.

Guy Williams sat out round two for Britain and although there were improved performances from Alex and Philip for four faults apiece, they could climb only one place by the end of the class.

Find out how the British riders got on in other classes, plus read reports from other top international shows, in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (4 October, ’07)