Monday 29 May - 04h18 | Lulu Kyriacou/Press release
Germans on Top at CICO Houghton Hall
The Germans produced another dominant performance in the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup of Eventing at Houghton Hall, Norfolk to win by 20 penalties with the British in second and the USA third.
If that was not enough to show new British World Class manager Chris Bartle the scale of the task in front of him, Bettina Hoy won her second CIC3* in a week (after Chatsworth) with two other Germans in the top five (Julia Krajewski 2nd, Andreas Ostholt, 5th). It was not all bad news for Britain though. Pippa Funnell was third on Billy the Biz, Will Furlong 4th with Collien P2 and Oliver Townend rode three horses and finished 6th, 7th and 8th on them.
The course had caused some difficulties, particuarly a corner combination four from home but the German riders were unfazed and rode fast accurate rounds, even their new boy on the team, Christopher Wahler, who despite an early run out at Fence Ten, still only clocked up 8 time penalties. But there was no stopping the team which has marched from one championship victory to another over the last five years.
“Houghton courses are always educational which is why we love to come,” said Bettina. “Seigneur Medicott won the two star here in 2015, and he's so reliable in his movements and loves to look his best in the [dressage] arena. I thought this year the three star was more technical than before but the ground was perfect, it's no wonder we come back.”
Great Britain finished second with a team score of 142.5. Despite a rather exciting ride through the influential picnic table and corners at fences 18 and 19, Collien P 2 completed on her dressage score of 45.7 in individual fourth place, one penalty ahead of Oliver Townend's team ride Arctic Mouse, that penalty leaving Oliver in 7th. Piggy French and Vanir Kamira took 11th place and Georgie Strang on Cooley Early 14th.
Will has only had the ride on Collien P 2 for just over a year and he describes her as quite feisty. “This was my first selection for a Nations Cup team and I really wanted to make a good debut – although I hadn't expected to finish best of the Brits. My goal is to make my mark in Nations Cup teams, and hopefully the series will be a good stepping stone for my career between Young Riders and Senior selection.”
Julia Krajewski's Samourai du Thot has also been a winner at Houghton, claiming the one star in 2013. “The organisers at Houghton always put so much work in to make the event the best it can be – that's why we like to ride here.”
In the CCI sections, it was better news for the British, with Piggy French winning both on Cooley Monsoon and Morswood respectively, with lots of Brisih placings in the sections including Laura Collett and Gemma Tattersall. Willian Fox Pitt was placed in the CCI1* with a relatively new ride Yes I Can and Felicity Collins picked up the U21 National title with a win in the Young Rider section on RHS Contendor.
Wednesday 31 May - 08h51