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Great Britain impresses in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Division 2 in Odense

Friday, 16 May 2014

The British team impressed! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.A young team from Great Britain showed how it is supposed to be done in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Division 2 in Odense, Denmark. With first rider Holly Gillott on the well jumping 9 year old Dougie Douglas (VDL Douglas x High Roller) being double clear, Great Britain got off to a very good start in both rounds. Tim Page and Santa Cruise (Randi x Cruising) got 16 faults in the first round, but came back strong in the second round with only four faults - while Harriet Nuttall on A Touch Imperious (Touchdown x Irco Mena) was clear in the first round and ended the second with four faults. Last rider Jessie Drea with Touchable (Touchdown x Cavalier Royale) got one fence down in the first round, but didn't have to ride the second round as Great Britain had already won. All riders on the British team rode on Irish horses with two offspring being by Touchdown.

Holly Gillott and Dougie Douglas delivered a double clear for the British team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the first round eight of the 13 teams qualified for the second round - leaving the home country Denmark just outside as they were the slowest team on 12 faults. Switzerland had a fantastic first round with all four riders - Alain Jufer with Wievueau M (Niveau x Concorde), Frederique Fabre Delbos with Nirvana Basters (Rosire x Iris Landal), Christina Liebherr with L.B. Eagle Eye (Darco x Cento) and Janika Sprunger with Aris CMS (Nassau x Amtehist) - clear and was thus in the lead before the second round. In the second round the poles started to fall though, and the only one who managed to repeat the clean sheet from the first round was Janika Sprunger. Switzerland ended on 16 faults and had to settle for a tied second place with the Belgian team consisting of Donaat Brondeel on Breemersen Adorado (Acorado x Gluecksgriff), Kim Thiry on Calisto van de Windheuvel (Kannan x Faylasouf), Christophe Vanderhasselt on Edel Vitseroel (Diamant de Semilly x Bon Ami) and Niels Bruynseels on Pommeau du Heup (Hellos de la Cour II x Thurin) - as well as the French team consisting of Marie Demonte with Rhune D'Euskadi (Dollar du Murier x Jus de Pomme), Frédéric David with Equador van't Roosacker (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin), Cédric Angot with Rubis de Preuilly by Diamant de Semilly and Reynald Angot with Opera des Loges (Fetiche du Pas x Double Espoir).

Only four riders managed to be double clear and except for Holly Gillott for the winning team it was Frederic David with Equador van't Roosacker for France, Janika Sprunger with Aris CMS for Switzerland and Angelica Augustsson with Quite Easy (Quidams Rubin x Zapateado) for Sweden that ended in fifth position that managed to produce two clear rounds.

Top eight:

1 - Great Britain, 12 faults

2 - Belgium, Switzerland and France, 16 faults

5 - Sweden, 20 faults

6 - Australia, 24 faults

7 - Ireland, 28 faults

8 - Netherlands, 36 faults

Click here for the full result list.

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