Britain take the lead at Ballindenisk
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FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 14 Apr 14

Britain take the lead at Ballindenisk

Strong performances across the board from the British CICO Nations Cup team lead to a British domination of the second leg of the 2014 FEI Nations Cup Series at Ballindenisk over the weekend (Co. Cork, Ireland, 11-13 April 2014).

Supported by the UK Sport lottery funded World Class Programme, the British CICO all-female quartet were strong in all three phases with Sunday’s influential cross country phase giving them a lead ahead of France who had been in pole position after Saturday’s dressage and show jumping tests. The final score for Britain was 138.4 with France in second on 141.9 points. The host team Ireland finished in third place on a score of 155.7.

Individually the British riders finished as follows; second place went to Izzy Taylor riding Allercombe Ellie (jointly owned by Ms Frances Carter and Susan Holyroyd) whilst team new-comer Rosalind Canter (riding her own Zenshera) took fifth place. Lucy Wiegersma riding Mr Chunky (owned by Lucy along with Mr Huw Lloyd, Mr Christopher and Mrs Sarita Perkins) finished in eighth and Nicky Roncoroni was 19th on her promising young ride Stonedge (owned by Mrs Janey Barclay Roncoroni). Full results can be found on the Eventing Ireland website.

Team Manager Philip Surl commented on the team: “Izzy as ever was a total professional and is fast becoming a team stalwart and Ros Canter had a really great first Nations Cup team outing finishing in fifth place. Lucy’s Mr Chunky did a strong test but sadly had a couple down whilst Nicky's very young but talented ride was excellent cross country, despite being the most inexperienced of the bunch but he is off to a really great start."

British riders had good weekend overall with Oliver Townend winning the CICO3* section with Angela Hislop’s Cooley Master Class.

Nations Cup Team Standings

Britain remains in a very close second place in the Nations Cup rankings after the first two competitions this year on a total of 19 points. France lead with 20 points whilst the Netherlands are in third place with 9.

UK Sport Lottery FundedThe Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998; visit for more information.

Further information about the FEI Nations Cup Series and competition dates can be located on