Britain's pony team are on top in the FEI Nations Cup Final after round one

There’s not a whisker between three teams after round one in the pony Nations Cup final at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, with Great Britain sharing the top spot with Germany and The Netherlands on a zero score.

Megan Li on the 16-year-old Harry gave the team a great start in the pathfinder position with a clear. 

Tatiane Mauree followed suit on the talented nine-year-old Horseabout Zibu with another penalty-free round.  A blip saw Red Morgan and Bodyssee Des Avelines eliminated but Claudia Moore gave a faultless display from the anchor position to come home clear on the 12-year-old mare Delflip.

British-based Ella Quigley was the anchor for Ireland with Rockdee Jay and returned one time fault.  Ireland currently stand fourth on one time fault as her team-mates John McEntee (Little Smithe) and Rhys Williams (K-Little Hero d’18) posted clears.

Britain’s team in the Children Nations Cup final are standing fourth after round one over a 1.25m track in an 11-nation competition.  Pathfinder Tabitha Kyle on Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill and second out Amelie Gachoud with The Precious One gave the team a boost after returning clear rounds.  Phoebe Farman on Calle and Chloe Lemieux with Freya both made just one mistake for four faults to finish on a total of four at the halfway stage.  It is close at the top – Germany leads on zero while Belgium and The Netherlands are on one fault apiece to sit in second. 

The British junior team are lying in equal fifth with Ireland from 12 nations after round one of their Nations Cup final on a score of eight.  Second rider out Allana Clutterbuck and the 10-year-old Vykinbay posted a clear, pathfinder Sienna Charles on Chinta Van Geluut Z and anchor Ollie Tuff with Darino B both came home on four faults apiece and Olli Fletcher was the discard score as Horst Van De Mispelaere uncharacteristically finished on a score of 12.  Denmark and Belgium lead on a zero score.

Great Britain’s young rider squad also stand fifth in the 10 team young rider Nations Cup final at the halfway stage on 10 faults.  Alex Gill justified his anchor position with a clear on Goldenstar over the 1.45m track while both James Winter with Garande and Scarlett Charles aboard Lordanos Junior picked up five faults apiece.  Pathfinder Joe Fernyhough was the discard score on 13 faults with Calcourt Quicktime.   The USA stand in the top spot on one fault with Belgium and Denmark currently second on five.

 

 

Lila Bremner jumped into third in the 27-entry pony 1.25m speed with the nine-year-old Lapislazuli, the pair finishing eight sec behind the winner.  Ella returned on one time fault with Daisy Du Chambord to take seventh. 

 

 

Taisie de Gruchy eased Winner of Picobello Z into fifth in the 26-horse young rider 1.45m speed with the steadiest of the clears, the Aertbreaker 12-year-old 10 sec off the pace.  Scarlett and Bambina collected one time fault for sixth and four faults dropped Alex and Grand Slam VDL to eighth.

Ben Clark claimed Jancovica into fifth in the 35-strong junior 1.40m speed, the 10-year-old Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve daughter finishing four sec behind the pace.  Sienna Charles was close behind for sixth on the Cartani 12-year-old Chaitanya 2.

 

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