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Equestrian: Team GB triumph at the World Equestrian Games

October 4, 2010

The British Team took home a clutch of individual and team medals from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA, including ending the 16-year wait for Eventing Team Gold in a nail-biting battle with Canada, the USA and New Zealand.

In the final event of show-jumping, Tina Cook with Miners Frolic had a tough round, with two fences down adding eight penalties to her score, finishing in 29th on 68.30.

“I am disappointed but he’s just a bit stiff after yesterday,” Tina commented. “He simply did not jump like I know he can but he put so much effort into yesterday. I just hope my team mates can now do the business.”

The pressure was indeed then on for the top three placed British riders Fox-Pitt, Mary King and Nicola Wilson.

Wilson, with Opposition Buzz, once again took the pressure in her stride as she had done in both the dressage and cross country, needing to secure a clear round in the show-jumping to keep the team in contention for the gold medal. Pulling out another stunning performance, Wilson and Opposition Buzz went clear all the way and inside the time, finishing on 51.2 in 15th place.

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“I’m delighted and quite emotional!” Wilson enthused afterwards. “He’s an unorthodox jumper and I worry about him having back rails down but not today. I’m so proud of him. When I walked the course I thought it would suit him and that time would be tight. To complete on my dressage score is such an achievement – I just want to hug the horse! Yes I had pressure on me all week but I knew what I had to do,” said an elated Nicola.

Mary King with Imperial Cavalier were next out for GB matched Wilson’s clear round with brilliant jumping matched by King’s cool and experienced display.

King was pleased with the performance, commenting: “When I walked the show jumping course I thought it was a fair test and after watching a few saw the time was tight but the good horses were clear. I had him nicely under control in the arena today.”

It was then down to Fox-Pitt with Cool Mountain, who put in an expert performance and a vital clear to clinch team gold (ahead of Canada and New Zealand) and secure a high enough score of 42.0 for the Eventing individual silver – his first World Championship medal.

Fox-Pitt commented; “It’s been an incredible week! I certainly didn’t come here expecting to win two medals. The team was always the priority and we knew there would be some strong nations, particularly Germany. When I went in, I knew I had breathing space for the team medal but I just didn’t want to lose the medal and let everyone down.”

The two other individual riders also put in good performances, with Piggy French on Jakata taking one fence to finish in 16th with 51.4, and Pippa Funnell scoring a sterling 45.5 to match her dressage score and place her 5th.

In other events, Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer rounded off a terrific week by taking her third silver medal in the Dressage showcase event, the Grand Prix Freestyle. Bechtolsheimer declared her horse, Mistral Horjis, “a complete star” after riding an outstanding test and securing a score of 85.350%, a new personal best.

Anna Young, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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