Britain finished second in the 3* Nations Cup of Denmark in Uggerhalne, just one fence behind the winners, Germany.
Julie Andrews was Britain’s ‘woman of the match’ with a double clear from second draw on the consistent 13-year-old Ayrton IV (Cantos/Burggraaf).
“It was a really tough Nations Cup competition. The conditions were hot, the ground was changeable and the course was big. It was a WEG qualifier and the course definitely asked the right questions as a result,” said world class performance manager Di Lampard.
Jessie Drea didn’t have the best of starts in the pathfinder slot with 12 faults in round one on Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars and returned stronger but unfortunately hit the final two elements of the ‘bogey’ rustic combination for eight faults.
Julie and Ayrton put Britain back in the running with two amazing penalty-free rounds – one of only two riders on a double clear.
Julie rode her heart out and delivered two brilliant clears and as one of only two double clears highlighted the caliber of their performance,” said Di.
But Harry Charles, making his debut on a senior nations cup – also hit bad luck and came home on 12 with Sieco.
“Sieco suffered a small nose bleed towards the end of the course where he picked up his faults and we naturally decided to withdraw him from round two,” explained Di.
Britain’s anchor Anna Power stormed home clear in round one with the scopey Blazer B for Britain to finish on a halfway score of 20. And with Britain only fielding three riders in round two, it all depended on her final effort in round two.
Germany stood at the top on a total of 24 faults – Anna had to jump clear to force a jump-off for first place but it was not to be. A pole rolled on the back bar of an oxer going into the double for the Tombola/Lord Z 12-year-old Blazer B and Britain had to settle for second spot on a 24 fault total.
Ireland finished equal third with Belgium on 28 faults. Two British-based Irishmen formed part of the team – Peter Moloney and the Chellano Z eight-year-old Compelling Z jumped for eight faults first time out and returned with a clear while anchor Richard Howley and the Berlin/Voltaire 10-year-old Dolores scored four faults in each round. Team-mates Clem McMahon (Pacato) came home on eight and eight while Jenny Rankin (Bennys Legacy) scored eight and four.
Anna outpaced all her 53 rivals to top the 3* medium tour speed on Bina Ford’s Edison V. The Applaus nine-year-old claimed a 0.57 sec win. Julie Andrews eased the Oklund 15-year-old Wilando B into fifth and Jamie Gornall picked up ninth and 12th with Townhead Campus and Christian 25.
Emily Ward guided the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Hattreick six-year-old Tilla Flamenco into ninth in the 97-strong 1* 1.30m speed more than five sec over the pace. Jamie Gornall also posted a steady clear for 21st on Count Codex.
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