Weekend of success for British riders
Ballindenisk CICO3* Nations Cup
The British team's strong placing after the first two phases of the Irish leg of the Nations Cup series was to be one which would be closely fought in a hotly contested cross country phase today.
Team first-timer Georgie Strang, who was riding Mrs Jenny Newton's Cooley Business Time, and Nicky Roncoroni with Mrs Janey Barclay Roncoroni's
Stonedge both went clear across country, whilst Louise Harwood riding Whitson (owned by Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones) picked up just two time penalties on her first Nations Cup Team appearance. Nations Cup team regular Izzy Taylor unfortunately incurred penalties cross country after what had been a strong performance in yesterday's dressage and showjumping phases with her ride KBIS Starchaser who is owned by Mrs Jo Meyer and KBIS British Equestrian.
The GB team, who are supported by the National Lottery UK Sport funded World Class Programme, took the lead in the team standings on a score of 143.4, followed by the host nation Ireland in second with 152.3. France finished in third place with 159.3.
GB Nations Cup Team Manager Philip Surl commented: "I am really pleased with how all our riders went here at Ballindenisk. I am particularly pleased for the two new additions to the team, Georgie Strang and Louise Harwood who both rode excellent rounds to help GB take the team title under a lot of pressure in the final phase. The series is all about developing riders and giving opportunities for them to experience a team environment; they all pulled together and really rose to the challenge this weekend.
"I would also like to mention Emilie Chandler who missed out on being part of the team this week, but went on to win the CICO3* class individually with Gino Royale. Her results, as well as the team achievement here this weekend just show the strength in depth that Britain has of riders at this level."
View the final standings.
Today saw the final day of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) with Michael Jung (GER) taking the win from over night leader Tim Price (NZL) who dropped to second rolling one pole.
Britain's Nicola Wilson had two successful completions riding James and Jo Lambert’s Watermill Vision into 26th place and as well as taking an impressive eighth place with Annie Clover, owned by Mary and Barry Tweddle.
Last year's Rolex winner, William Fox-Pitt riding Bay My Hero owned by Catherine Witt (pictured above) finished in a strong fourth place. View full results: http://scores.rk3de.org/leaderBoard.html