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The top four teams at Hickstead in photos

Saturday, 03 August 2013

Germany could once again jump to the top of the podium! All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

 Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue were first to go for the German team, and they gave the team a perfect start in both rounds with being clear.  Meredith Michaels Beerbaum on Bella Donna got four faults in the first round, but did a fantastic clear in the second round.  Hans-Dieter Dreher secured the German win when he ended the second round with only four faults. Aboard Magnus Romeo he was clear in the first round.  Chiara jumped clear with Ludger Beerbaum in the first round and the two didn't have to go in to the second round as Germany had already won.  The US and France both ended second, and first present we present the US riders. Richard Spooner with Cristallo was first to go for the US team - he didn't had his best day at work with 16 faults in the first round and 8 in the second.  Reed Kessler and Cylana did a super clear first round and ended the second round with 8 faults.  McLain Ward had one down in the first round but in the second round he and Rothchild cleared the course.  Double clear round for the world's leading lady rider Beezie Madden and the lovely Cortes C.  Penelope Leprevost on Nayana was first to go for the French team that ended tied with the US. She was clear in the first round and had four faults in the second.  Marie Hecart with the beautiful Myself de Breve ended on the same score as Penelope - 0+4. Marc Dilasser's Obiwan de Piliere Jo might have been a bit tired in the second round as he ended that one with 12 faults after just having 4 in the first round. Kevin Staut with Estoy Aqui de Muze was last to go for the French team and he cleared the second round after having a foot in the water in the first round. Ireland ended fourth in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at Hickstead, and Shane Breen with Cos I Can was first to go for the team. And with a double clear he gave the team a good start! Captain Michael Kelly with Annestown ended the first round with 9 faults and the second with four.  Niall Talbot on Nicos de la Cense had 12 faults in the first round but stepped up in the second round with 4 faults.  Billy Twomey and Diaghilev were last to go for the Irish team and could end it as good as it started off for the team - with a double clear.

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