British showjumping team for Nations Cup final revealed

  • The five showjumpers who will represent Britain in the final of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona next month (9-12 October) have been selected.

    Spencer Roe (Wonder Why), Joe Clee (Utamaro d’Ecaussines) and Michael Whitaker (Elie van de Kolmen or Cassionato), who all rode at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) earlier this month have been chosen.

    William Whitaker (Fandango) and his cousin Robert Whitaker (Catwalk IV) make up the squad.

    After uncertain approach to the final, Britain scraped through to qualify at the last opportunityat Dublin in August.

    The final of the series takes place at the Real Polo Club de Barcelona and will see 18 teams from nine countries battle it out.

    The final will consist of three competitions. The top eight teams from the opening class will go to the third and final competition, while the remainder will compete in the Challenge Cup, which will be held before the final competition.

    Last year, despite Scott Brash earning a bumper €100,000 jackpot when jumping a double clear, Great Britain only finished 8th of 18.

    This year the final clashes with the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham (8-12 October).

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