The Europeans took place last month and with the added adventure of Burghley over the weekend we thought we would wait to post our next blog.
Its been a busy couple of weeks for members of the Team GB Eventing team. Fresh from picking up Silver in Luhmuhlen Pippa Funnell, Piggy French and Oliver Townend went to battle at Burghley. The showing jumping phase couldn’t have been much tighter with Pippa narrowly picking up the coveted title. Just 0.1 of a penalty separated Badminton winner Piggy and another big victory. With Oliver Townend coming third it really shows the strength of British Eventing at the moment.
A team bronze medal and a silver in the individual for Ben Maher were the highlights of Rotterdam.
In achieving the bronze medal the team of Ben Maher, Scott Brash, Holly Smith and Amanda Derbyshire secured a place at the Tokyo Olympics.
Explosion W and Ben slipped into second after knocking a fence following a perfect first round. It’s fair to say Ben was pretty happy with the way the event went.
The team will be back in action very soon with Emily Moffitt completing the squad for the Nations Cup Final.
It wouldn’t be right to not mention the unfortunate incident involving Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle. Charlotte was absolutely devastated after blood was found on her horse causing her score to be removed and GB to fall into 4th from 2nd. We are more than positive this will make the team stronger and she will bounce back.
On a more positive note Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca produced the performance of their career together. Scoring a personal best of 76.35% with no mistakes was the “stuff dreams are made of”.
What an event it was for the Para Dressage team!
Sophie Wells, Mari Durward-Akhurst, Nicky Greenhill and Georgia Wilson performed superbly to pick up the team silver medal. Made all the sweeter by the fact three of the team were at their first championships.
After picking up individual silver medals of her own Sophie was beaming with her pupil Georgia. Georgia, on her debut championship, had already won an individual silver medal on Friday. She went one better by winning gold with a score of 78.187% with Midnight on Sunday to be crowned European Champion.
With Tokyo less than a year away preparations are going well for Team GB and seem to be pushing in the right direction. More challenges lie in wait before then giving an opportunity to practice and learn some more. What do you think? Let us know