Holly Smith is Britain's hero in the Nations Cup of Austria


Great Britain claimed a podium place with equal third in the CSIO3* Nations Cup of Austria in Linz-Ebelsberg.

Anchor Holly Smith was hero of the hour with a double clear – one of only four in the competition – on the talented Heart Throb nine-year-old Hearts Destiny – bred in Britain by Steph and Barbara Scott. This fantastic achievement is al lthe more distinctive as Hearts Destiny was still jumping in Foxhunter classes last August.

Pathfinder Spencer Roe improved on his round one score of five with a clear aboard the Padinus 15-year-old Wonder Why, and Graham Gillespie came home in the first round on just one time fault with relatively new ride Andretti but finished on 12 in round two. And every score counted as they were down to a three-man team when Jamie Gornall’s Christian 25 was withdrawn. The team finished in equal third with Italy on 18 faults.

Belgium claimed victory on a four fault total with Denmark 13 faults behind on a 17 fault total for second.

“I’m elated that Holly’s plan came together today. She went to Samorin last week to prepare for here and to give the horse some valuable experience for his future career. When you see a plan like that come together resulting in a double clear nations cup performance it’s not only rewarding but also gives a positive message in respect of the fact that detailed preparation can never be underestimated,” said world class performance manager and chef d’equipe Di Lampard.

Holly guided Fruselli into seventh in the 48-strong 1.45m two-phase, the Zambesi/Karandasj eight-year-old finishing more than three sec behind the pace. Graham Gillespie was also double clear for 12th on Calvaros Up To Date.

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy British Showjumping

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