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GB Nations Cup squad closes in on Germany at Montelibretti 23 Sep 13

GB Nations Cup squad closes in on Germany at Montelibretti

Great Britain has closed to within two points of Germany in the 2013 FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series after a convincing victory at Montelibretti (ITA) (20-22 September). Britain finished nearly 40 penalties ahead of the host nation, Italy, with a three-man German team a distant third.

The British quartet, all of whom were competing in their first FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition this year, finished first, second, fourth and sixth, with the now Cirencester-based Scottish rider Nicky Roncoroni leading from the start to take individual honours with her own Irish-bred Trig Point.

Emilie Chandler from Leicestershire was second on the British-bred Coopers Law, a promising nine-year-old by Mill Law owned by Sally Williams and Nicola Dickson. 

Cheshire rider Paul Sims was fourth on the Belgian-bred Calador by Clinton owned by Harry Harding whilst the youngest member of the squad Dani Evans slipped from third to sixth after incurring 18 jumping penalties. The Bristol-based rider was riding Vanessa Watson’s Dutch-bred Raphael ll by Krunch de Breve.

All four achieved clear cross country rounds inside the optimum time. “They all went well and it was a very pleasing result,” said Britain’s Nations Cup squad manager Philip Surl. “When we walked the course we thought there were quite a few places where you could make a mistake, and also that the time would be hard to get.”

“It was quite a logistical challenge for us to get down to Montelibretti and involved two overnight stops, but the horses all arrived well and we had a couple of personal bests in the dressage.”

"Our squad put in great performances across the weekend especially with Nicky Roncoroni leading from the front, it's a lot of pressure to stay in pole position but she coped fantastically well.”

"Emilie Chandler's ride was very impressive and her horse put in an extremely mature effort for a nine year old whilst Paul Sims was riding on a team for the first time. He did a great job as trailblazer – he was cool, calm and collected. Dani Evans put in a solid performance all weekend but the show jumping course proved to be very influential and it sadly wasn’t her day this time.”

Laura Collett, Lucy Wiegersma, Izzy Taylor, Sarah Bullimore and Jodie Amos will be travelling to Waregem in Belgium this weekend for the next leg of the Nations Cup, where Philip Surl hopes the British Nations Cup luck will continue.

Britain's Nations Cup team is supported by the UK Sport funded World Class Programme. The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.

Montelibretti results
1 Great Britain, 148.0 penalties
Nicky Roncoroni/Trig Point, 44.6; Emilie Chandler/Coopers Law, 48.4; Paul Sims/Calador, 54.0 (Dani Evans/Raphael ll, 66.4)

2 Italy, 185.4
Emiliano Portale/Rubens Delle Sementarecce, 48.8; Roberto Riganelli/Stinger du Meugon, 58.6; Sandei Pietro/Mouse, 78.0; (Marco Cappai/Sunshine Sweet, WD before Jumping)

3 Germany 1,159.0
Robert Sirch/Killcross, 69.6; Bodo Battenberg/Cadgold, 90.2; Martin Drescher/Gandalf VM, WD before Jumping

Full results on www.urlin.it/397a6

FEI Nations Cup information
The FEI’s first team Eventing series, the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, has seven events and is open to all nations fielding one team composed of 3 or 4 riders at each leg.

The FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2012 runs under FEI Eventing rules at CICO and CCIO 3* level and riders accumulate points under a dedicated system created for the new series.

FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing Leaderboard (after 5 of 7 events)

1 Germany 39 points
2 Great Britain 37
3 New Zealand 18
4 Italy 17
5 Australia 15
5 France 15
7 Netherlands 12
8 Sweden 8
9 Ireland 5
10 Spain 4
10 USA 4


FEI Nations Cup web page.