Big Star is back! The 13-year-old Quick Star stallion has been beset by injury, but at his first big competition for almost two years and their first team appearance since Dublin 2013 with Nick Skelton, the exciting, magical partnership showed they have their mojo back. They sparkled to produce a fantastic double clear in La Baule’s Furusiyya FE Nations Cup, one of eight during the competition.
Unfortunately for Britain, not everything went to plan, and Team GBR finished sixth in the first of their point-scoring legs. In round one, Britain was up with the best wth a zero score, Joe Clee on the Diamant De Semilly/Quidam De Revel 12-year-old stallion Utamaro D Ecaussines and Michael Whitaker with the Cassini i/Quidam De Revel 11-year-old Holsteiner stallion Cassionato matching Nick’s pathfinder clear. Ben Maher and Diva made just one mistake to be the drop score of four faults.
The eventual winners, The Netherlands, the USA and Switzerland also finished on zero at the halfway stage. It was all to play for. Nick was again clear, but Joe posted four faults and Ben and Michael both returned on eight, Cassionato hitting the last two fences to dash Britain’s hopes o a possible second place. Britain dropped to sixth on 12 faults.
The Netherlands took the top spot on one time faults with the USA in second on four adn France just behnd with five faults. Switzerland and Germany took equal fourth on eight.
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