Forty two combinations will go forward to the final showjumping phase of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle this afternoon.
Britain’s Wills Oakden did not bring Greystone Midnight Melody forward to the ground jury, while Oliver Townend’s ride Fenyas Elegance (pictured top) was sent to the holding box. She was then accepted on representation.
The rest of the British riders were all accepted on their first trot to the delight of the crowd. Arctic Soul looked particularly fresh and Gemma Tattersall had her hands full when he reacted to the crowd’s appreciation. Sarah Bullimore’s Lilly Corinne was sufficiently bright to spook at the decorative flowers, while other eye-catchers included Kitty King’s Persimmon.
Germany is the only country to have their full complement of six riders (four team and two individuals) to reach the final phase of the competition. They are clear favourites for both team and individual honours.
Russian rider Boris Vasilev decided to withdraw Nabludatel after being sent to the holding box, as did Spain’s Albert Hermoso Farrass with Mirla CP 27 58.
In the race for team qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, France looks set to head to South America, while Sweden and Spain will be battling it out for the final place that is available.
The first showjumping is expected to get underway at 11.30am with the top riders starting shortly after 2pm. Follow the action as it happens with H&H Live.