The British team conquered at the Veterans European Championships to take team gold in the Nations Cup with almost nine points in hand.
Carrying just 2.62 penalties from day one, the team extended their lead in the first round of today’s competition. Pathfinder Derek Morton returned home clear on the OBOS Quality 004/High Roller seven-year-old KBS High Quality, and Catherine Fowdrey on the Aerobic nine-year-old Emalia alongside anchor James Loffet with Ed Howard’s Zandokan H also posted clears.
Derek and High Quality picked up four faults in round two and Keith Stockdale improved on his first round blip to return on four faults with the Clearway 10-year-old Grauffs Clear Round.
Catherine and Emalia made their first mistake of the week to also came home on four and the pressure was piled upon James’s shoulders, although he had the luxury of two fences in hand. But he fully justified his anchor position with another clear - one of five in the whole competition - on the Oklund/Damiro 14-year-old Zandokan.
Britain claimed team gold with 8.87 points in hand over Italy in silver. Germany finished a further 5.05 points behind for bronze.
The individual medals are decided on Sunday, and it looks good for the Brits with three in the top 10. Currently, James sits in fourth place with Catherine sixth and Derek ninth on the leaderboard.