British team finish fourth in Lucerne Nations Cup as Germany triumphs over Belgium

Britain showed improved form to finish fourth in the Nations Cup at Lucerne, Switzerland last weekend.

The German quarter of Marcus Ehning (For Pleasure), Madeleine Diederichsmeier (Countess G), Soren von Roenne (Charlottenhof’s Chandra) and Ludger Beerbaum (Goldfever) [pictured right] won this second contest of the Western European series.

Germany ended the two rounds tied on four faults with Belgium, but took the honours by virtue of an overall time that was 3sec faster, while the USA finished third on 16 faults, one fence ahead of Britain.

Di Lampard and Abbervail Dream opened with an uncharacteristic 12 faults, but jumped a good clear at their second attempt, while Mark Armstrong and Elise produced two solid four-faulters.

Richard Davenport and Grand Marnier jumped a lovely first-round clear, followed by an unlucky error in the combination and a late vertical in round two.

Tim Stockdale, registered four and eight faults on Parcival. Tim had been advised by Derek Ricketts to “press on” if he had an early fence down in round two and was hurrying when Parcival hit the last. “It just sneaked off,” he said.

Richard Davenport was our highest-placed rider in the grand prix, finishing eighth after making the jump-off on Grand Marnier. The winner was Marcus Ehning’s For Pleasure.

British success in Madrid

Meanwhile in afternoon temperatures of 90ø or more, Scott Smith and Cabri D’Elle, won the major class, the grand prix at Madrid CSIA for the second year in a row.

The French-bred stallion galloped at a tremendous pace and jumped with great accuracy to triumph over a top-class field by a sensational 5sec.

Robert Smith (MariusClaudius) and John Whitaker (Lactic Two) both reached the jump-off and were 10th and 12th respectively.

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