Germany has won the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing for the fourth time since the series began in 2012. A fine performance for second place behind New Zealand at the final leg this weekend at Boekelo (NED) took Germany 80 points ahead of Great Britain on the series leader board, with France finishing in third overall.
FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing is contested over nine events across Europe plus The Plains (USA), and is the world’s only team Eventing series.
Germany contested seven out of nine legs of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, scoring a remarkable five wins: at Strzegom (POL), Houghton Hall (GBR), Wiener Neustadt (AUT), on home ground at Aachen (GER) and at Waregem (BEL). The team was also third at Haras du Pin (FRA).
Britain, twice winners of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, travelled out to the US leg at The Plains as well as all eight European legs. Their seven best scores included five runner-up spots (at Strzegom, Houghton Hall, Tattersalls, Haras du Pin and Waregem) and they had a 10-point advantage over Germany going into the final leg. However, Boekelo proved a disappointing weekend with the horses and riders facing tough weather conditions: Laura Collett was eliminated for a cross country fall and both Tom McEwen and Matt Heath had to withdraw before jumping.
France, always enthusiastic supporters of FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, which aims to give team experience to a wide range of riders, contested five legs and won two, at Tattersalls (IRL) and the home leg at Haras du Pin.
“A total of 18 nations took part this year, which is very exciting for the development of the sport,” says Catrin Norinder, FEI Director Eventing and Olympic. “We have seen countries field teams for the first time, including Austria, Hungary the Czech Republic, and there have been great performances from some of the world’s top athletes alongside many new names making their team debuts. This year we also welcomed a new venue, Wiener Neustadt in Austria, which attracted eight teams.”
“This is a valuable series in terms of offering team experience to a wide range of athletes and we’re thrilled that so many have taken up the challenge.”
Tim Price NZ Photo FEI/Jacob Melissen
The final event of the series at Boekelo saw Team New Zealand lead throughout to triumph out of 11 starting nations, with Tim Price also taking the individual honours on Cekatinka. German Olympian Andreas Dibowski led his three less experienced team mates to a close second place, just 4.4 penalties behind, and Australia finished in third, with Christopher Burton and Cooley Lands the only combination to finish inside the time across country.
3. France 390 points
Full standings and 2017 calendar available HERE
British Eventing is delighted to announce the Nations Cup team who will represent Great Britain - and decide the series title - at the final leg of the 2017 competition. Hosted from 5 – 8 October at Boekelo Horse Trials (NED), the team, in alphabetical order, are:
Laura Collett and Maggie Sargent’s nine year old gelding Cooley Again
Matthew Heath with Hazel Livesey’s 11 year old gelding Cooley Lord Lux
Tom McEwen on Fred and Penny Barker’s 10 year old gelding Strike Smartly
Holly Woodhead and Parkfield Breeding’s British-bred nine year old gelding Parkfield Quintessential
Grit and determination - the rider's facial expressions say it all...
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
Tom McEwen (GBR) riding Toledo De Kerser
Ludwig Svennestal (SWE) riding Balham Mist
Caroline Powell (NZL) riding Spice Sensation
Tom Crisp (GBR) riding Cooleys Luxury
Paul Tapner (AUS) riding Bonza King of Rouges
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Samuel Thomas II
Lillian Heard (USA) riding LCC Barnaby
Emma Hyslop-Webb (GBR) riding Pennlands Douglas
Sophie Brown (GBR) riding Wil
Lauren Kieffer (USA) riding Veronica II
Tim Price (NZL) riding Ringwood Sky Boy
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
Harry Meade (GBR) riding Away Cruising
Piggy French (GBR) riding Vanir Kamira
Simon Grieve (GBR) riding Drumbilla Metro
Louise Harwood (GBR) riding Mr. Potts
Louise Milne Home (GBR) riding King Eider
Tina Cook (GBR) riding Calvino II
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An estimated 160,000 visitors entered the hallowed ground that is Burghley Park across the duration of this weekend. You can only begin to imagine the complexity of not only keeping the event running smoothly, but also keeping the visiting crowds safe and sound. Once up and running Burghley is the size of a small town, and the resources that go into making this weekend possible are impressive. I for one was completely oblivious to the extent to which Burghley goes to keep both it's visitors and competitors safe.
As a volunteer doctor this year I was lucky enough to gain a valuable insight into the workings of Burghley Horse Trials. Not only is there a large number of medical staff in attendance but there is provision of all emergency services. In today's world where safety is a huge concern major incident protocols and plans have to be decided, rehearsed and refined. For those who work in event management this will all sound very normal but I for one had never before put much thought to this.
Burghley doctors are all volunteers, and there is around fifty of them! Each fence has a dedicated fence doctor, there is a host of General Practitioners in the first aid tent, and on Saturday an air ambulance helicopter is on site with a crew ready to take injured patients out to hospital if needed. That's not to mention all of the Red Cross and St John's ambulance staff who do such a fantastic job. A full day of training takes place the Saturday before Burghley for all the doctors. It takes staff through simulated scenarios and outlines the quirks of Burghley which can make managing emergency situations difficult. Issues such as crowd control, patient privacy on course, and of course horse management are important to consider in advance of the day and are easily overlooked.
This year I was located down in Discovery Valley and the beautiful weather, incredible riding and great crowds made for an enjoyable day. The riders and horses did a fantastic job at a set of tricky fences, and those who fell were up and walking in seconds. Albeit a few very scary seconds while I grabbed my bag and headed over to them. The adrenaline rush was like no other, being surrounded by a huge hushed crowd, just hoping that the fallen rider doesn't need your help.
I hold a new respect for those who organise the mammoth challenge that is Burghley Horse Trials, and I thank them for their hard work and dedication. It is such a fantastic event and one at which I hope to be a volunteer for many years to come. I have left this weekend re-invigorated with both enthusiasm for my profession and passion for eventing.
Rider number 51, Sophie Brown and Wil on course on Saturday
It was a British 1, 2, 3, 4 at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with Oliver Townend taking the coveted title riding Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s 10-year-old gelding Ballaghmor Class.
1. Oliver Townend (GBR).
“It’s very, very special,” smiled an emotional Oliver, who last won a four star in 2009 – at Burghley. “We’ve had Ballaghmor Class from the word go and he’s a top class horse. I looked around the collecting ring and I honestly wouldn’t swap him for any other horse in there. It’s been a long time since I said that. It’s the biggest and most difficult four star to win and it means the world to me.”
2. Piggy French (GBR).
“She was fabulous,” said Piggy of Trevor Dickens’ 12-year-old mare. “I came here hoping for a top 10 finish – I’ve not managed to achieve that here before, and have more often eaten the Burghley dirt – so it’s great to be back at this level and up the leader board. Burghley is the toughest four star and it’s always been a dream to do well. What a difference a year makes.”
3. Gemma Tattersall (GBR).
“So close yet so far. A stupid little touch of an upright cost us, but we’re still third at Burghley and he’s an incredible horse who doesn’t owe me anything,” Gemma concluded.
4. Tom McEwen (GBR).
“What a horse, he was magnificent,” said Tom. “It was his third double clear at four star level and he jumped his socks off. I’m so happy with him and excited for the future.”
5. Tim Price (NZL).
New Zealand’s Tim Price filled fifth place riding Ringwood Sky Boy after a fence and a time fault showjumping added five penalties to his overnight score.
“Although we had one down, that was like a clear round for him,” Tim said. “I reckon he’s got a win in him one day, just not today.”
6. Lynn Symansky (USA).
The USA’s Lynn Symansky and Donner picked up four faults to finish sixth, while a clear round showjumping pushed Tina Cook and her second ride Star Witness up the leaderboard from tenth to seventh. She also finished 17th with Calvino II.
7. Tina Cook (GBR).
8. Andrew Nicholson (NZL).
Andrew Nicholson and Nereo clocked up 10 penalties to drop from sixth overnight to eighth, this result meaning that Nereo has now earnt over 3000 British Eventing points, a record, in his illustrious career.
9. Izzy Taylor (GBR).
Izzy Taylor and Trevidden had three fences down moving them from third overnight to eventual ninth, and the USA’s Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie had two poles to finish tenth.
10. Boyd Martin (USA).
We see them on our screens flying over massive jumps and dancing in the dressage, but what is life like behind the scenes for a top class event rider? We visited International eventer and this year’s Land Rover Burghley competitor Nana Dalton at her yard in Surrey to find out what home life away from competition is like. We meet her team, her horses and her family and discover if she mucks out in her pyjamas like the rest of us…! Find out as we spend a day in the life of Nana Dalton…
At the end of the First Horse Inspection 61 horse and rider combinations from eight nations make up the start list for the 2017 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The Members of the Ground Jury, Martin Plewa, Harry Payne and Katarzyna Konarska ensure that all horses are fit and ready to compete at this prestigious CCI4* competition. Only one horse was held for re-inspection: Roo Fox’s Fleet Street, before being passed on second presentation.
While last year’s winner, Australia’s Chris Burton is not competing in this year’s event, three-time consecutive winner Andrew Nicholson (NZ) is back following his recent Badminton win and looking to get one step closer to achieving the Rolex Grand Slam. Andrew rides Qwanza and Nereo. Strong competition looks set to come from another former winner Caroline Powell (NZ) who has entered Spice Sensation and Onwards and Upwards, Oliver Townend (GB) with Samuel Thomas II and Gallaghmore Class and Sarah Bullimore (GB) with Reve du Roulet.
Former double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd 61yrs (NZ) will be the oldest rider in the field, while first-timer, Wiltshire-based Libby Seed (GB) who at 20 years; is the youngest rider entered.
International riders include former Burghley winner and Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Germany’s Michael Jung riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW and Boyd Martin representing the USA on Steady Eddie.
Emily Llewellyn will ride the guinea pig dressage test in front of the Ground Jury before the first combination, European Championship gold medallist Kristina Cook on Star Witness kicks off the competition in the Main Arena tomorrow morning. Live streaming will be available from 9:55am on Facebook.
Nicola Wilson thought she was dreaming after claiming an individual bronze at the FEI European Eventing Championships in Poland, where her performance helped Great Britain win their first team gold in eight years.
Great Britain scored 113.9 in Strzegom, with Germany (123.0) in second place and Sweden (148.4) in third.
British rider Wilson, on Bulana, took bronze in the individual event with a score of 35.5, with Germany's Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung taking gold and silver.
"I think I'm still pinching myself," said the 40-year-old.
"I'm delighted with how Bulana has been this season and she's been a superstar all week. She's such a special horse and has just been fantastic these championships.
"I just can't thank everyone enough. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have her, she's a great friend."
Elsewhere in the individual standings, British stalwart Tina Cook finished fourth, with championship debutant Ros Canter fifth and Gemma Tattersall in eighth.
The German team had been in the gold medal position after the dressage event on Friday, before an impressive performance by Britain in Saturday's cross-country saw them lead going into the final show jumping phase.
And with Wilson, Cook and Canter all putting in clear rounds, it was enough to secure Britain's first European team gold since the 2009 event in Fontainebleau, France – and Cook admitted their success had been a long time coming.
"We were really wanting that gold, it's been a few years and it's fantastic to be back in this position," said the 46-year-old.
"It's been such a strong team performance all week. There have been some amazing riders and horses here and our support team have just been so brilliant this week."
Have you ever taken the time to think about what would happen if you were to have a bad fall when you were at a competition? In particular out on a cross country course falls can cause serious injuries and prompt effective help is something that you want, and you want it quickly.
When competing in unaffiliated events it is important to know what services will be available for you and your horse if you were to fall. As one of the most dangerous sports in the country, with a significant number of spinal injuries associated with riders falling, the first time you wonder if there is a doctor at an event might be when you desperately need them. British Eventing requires a doctor and a vet to attend all their events, and there are rules in place regarding when you are allowed to ride again following an injury. In contrast unaffiliated eventing will provide medical cover at the discretion of the organisers, which may mean that there is not a doctor or a vet present.
Depending on location a medical trauma team can usually attend an event relatively quickly, either by helicopter or by road. They can provide any urgent medical care and transfer the patient to the nearest appropriate hospital. That means that whilst they are making their way to the site of the accident, the first aiders or paramedics who were covering the event will be responsible for stabilising anyone injured. I certainly feel more comfortable when I leave the cross country start box at British Eventing events knowing there will be a doctor who will be with me in minutes if I have a fall and need their help.
I would recommend that every horse rider know some basic first aid, and what to do if someone falls and is significantly injured. Next week’s blog will cover some top tips for you to brush up on your first aid knowledge and key things to remember in an emergency. In the mean time check out what cover the events you enter have and make sure if you have any medical conditions or allergies that you wear an up to date medical armband.