British eventers win Poland’s Nations Cup leg

  • British riders came out on top in the latest leg of the 2015 FEI eventing Nations Cup.

    The team — made up of Izzy Taylor, Sarah Bullimore, Emily Llewellyn and Jodie Amos — finished on a total score of 150.3 at the CICO3* in Strzegom, Poland (25-28 June).

    In second place was Australia with a team score of 168.7 and in third was Belgium with a total of 1,108.3.

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    All the British combinations also finished within the top 12 places individually.
    Belgium’s Karin Donkers claimed the individual title with Fletcha Van’t Verahof, adding just 6.8 cross-country time-faults to her dressage score of 37.40.

    Izzy and KBIS and Guy Prest’s KBIS Starburst claimed the runner-up spot on a final score of 48.2 and Sarah and her own and Christopher Gillespie’s Valentino V finished in third place on 49.9.

    Emily and Greenlawn Sky High — owned by her mother Cindy Llewellyn and Nicolette Gidley Wright — jumped a double clear to finish sixth on a score of 52.2.

    Jodie Amos and Barbara Cooper’s Figaro Von Het Broekxhof, finished 12th.

    Speaking yesterday (Sunday 28 June) British team manager Philip Surl said: “Across the board we are really pleased with all of the team performances this week.

    Their dressage marks were all very close. We then had stand-out performances across country from all of the team then three clears today to win what was a hard fought competition against some very strong nations.

    “The cross-country course was much more technical than last year and caused a lot more trouble so for all of them to have put on such impressive rounds was great.”

    This weekend’s result secures Great Britain’s place at the top of the leaderboard at the half-way point in this eight event series.

    The team’s results so far include a win at Ballendenisk, Ireland (23-26 April), a second place at Houghton Hall (28-31 May) and third at Fontainbleau, France (20-23 March).

    The next leg is at Aachen (11-14 August).

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