Fantastic GB team performance wins Rotterdam leg of FEI Nations Cup

Great Britain produced a second round to remember in Rotterdam to win yet another leg of showjumping's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.

World Class Performance Manager for Showjumping Di Lampard watched her team surge from fourth place at the halfway stage to claim victory.

Joe Clee and Utamaro d’Ecaussines were the star performers for the winners as they produced a double clear to help the Brits win with an overall total of five penalty points.

 The day got off to a bad start for the winners when Ben Maher had two fences down on board 10-year-old mare Diva II.

Clee followed that up with a clear round before 19-year-old Jessica Mendoza put one fence on the ground with Spirit T.

Michael Whittaker anchored the team with 10 year-old grey stallion Cassionato and he navigated the challenging track successfully, but did incur one time penalty after coming in just outside the 80-second time limit.

Britain were able to discount Maher’s round to leave them on five points heading into the second round but they trailed Germany, who sat in first with a zero penalty score. France were hot on their heels with just one time penalty while the Netherlands sat third with just one fence down.

 In the second round, Maher made up for his eight faults in the first with a steady clear and that was followed up with two more clear rounds from Clee and Medoza.

 As competition rules allow you to deduct your worst score from each round, that left Whittaker in the position of not having to jump but he elected to do so anyway in an attempt to give Cassionato more top-level experience and he had one fence down and incurred one further time penalty.

 Germany fell away from contention quickly in the second round as their riders struggled but Jerome Hurel had the opportunity to win it for France with a clear final round from the anchor position.

Roger Yves Bost incurred 19 penalty points in his second round for France, meaning Hurel’s round would count.

 The French had a cumulative penalty score of 1 prior to Hurel’s round meaning a clear would hand his team the win, while one fence down would mean a jump off with Britain anything more would hand victory to Britain and Hurel had a fence down midway through his round and then incurred two time penalty points to do just that.

Nations Cup Results

1st Great Britain - 5

   Ben Maher/Diva – 8/0

   Joe Clee/Utamaro d’Ecaussines – 0/0

   Jessica Medoza/Spirit T – 4/0

   Michael Whitaker/Cassionato – 1/5

2nd France – 7

3rd Sweden – 10

4th Germany – 12

5th Netherlands – 13

6th Switzerland – 24

7th Belgium – 28

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