CHIO Aachen, Germany
BRITAIN topped the eventing team competition at Aachen, the SAP-Cup, for the first time in 10 years, finishing just 0.3 of a penalty ahead of the US.
Laura Collett and Emilie Chandler led the charge. Laura finished second on individual ride Dacapo and fourth on team mount Mr Bass, while Emilie claimed third.
“People say Aachen is amazing and you build it up in your head – but it really was,” said Emilie. “Gortfadda Diamond put his best foot forward all week.”
Fifth after dressage on 28.7, Emilie and Maria Doel’s 12-year old added just a handful of time penalties in the jumping phases, while Dacapo rose from seventh to take the runner-up spot for Diana Chappell, Gillian Morris-Adams, Alison and Michael Smedley and Carolyn Taylor.
“It’s nice for him and his owners that he has his moment in the spotlight. He’s always been in the shadow of London 52,” said Laura, referring to her Olympic team gold medallist.
Laura said Rüdiger Schwarz’s cross-country course was slightly softer than normal.
“A couple of the combinations were a bit kinder, but it still had the intensity and if you really take the risks to get the time, you get caught out,” she said. “It suited Dacapo because he’s not the biggest galloper, but he’s nippy and polite.”
Britain’s victory looked a lot more comfortable – and as if it would be paired with individual honours – until the closing seconds of the reverse order cross-country. Kirsty Chabert was leading with Classic VI and was set to make the time until she picked up 20 penalties in a late combination. Zara Tindall’s 18th-placed performance with Class Affair was brought into the team score.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Horse Deaths After Horsebox Breakdown Raises Questions
A recent tragic event amplifies concerns among horsebox owners about what to do when a breakdown occurs
‘I often learn from the riders'
Leading course-designer Graham Barclay on how the game has changed
The former exhibition rider and side-saddle princess reveals to Alice Collins how her debut Olympic success has hit her like a bolt out of the blue
‘This was Gemma's day'
Gemma Tattersall shows her pure showjumping experience in coaxing a clear from a tired Chilli Knight, as the placings are tweaked behind her
‘Riders hate it – but it's here to stay'
Mark Phillips on the frangible penalties given at Tokyo and Bicton
Pandemic highlights need to plan ahead to avoid laminitis
Clarity is needed on what owners can do for their laminitis-and obesity-prone horses in the event of future lockdowns
Riders speak out over frangible penalties
The automatic award of 11 penalties for breaking any frangible device is causing debate
Medal-hunting on familiar turf
Carl Hester discusses the Europeans and our inspiring Paralympic team
Longer turnout may mean a reduced risk of equine injury
A study found that horses who spent more time out were less likely to sustain soft-tissue damage
Creating a greener equestrian industry
A number of brands are coming up with innovative solutions to help make our industry more sustainable
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary eight years ago was one of the saddest events we have ever covered. Yet as her story from 2017 shows, this mother of a young victim found hope and healing
5 Awesome Facts about Modern Art
5 Awesome Facts about Modern Art
Ant fires back in pest rumpus
‘I’M ALWAYS SUPER NICE.. EVEN IF I’M DRUNK AS SKUNK’
Aldo Rossi: From scale to scale
Domus presented the Teatro del Mondo or Venetian Theatre – a floating structure designed by Aldo Rossi in 1979 for the 1980 Venice Biennale – in issue 602 (January 1980).
Connections between ourselves and tonight’s opponents from Antwerp, plus other Belgian links. Jon Rayner finds out more…
Pure & simple
Clean, uncomplicated schemes enhance the beauty of the exquisite features found in Mette and Rasmus Klüwer-Brøndgaard’s apartment
“Lot Size 1 - The wish to make it right for all customers”
- A dilemma for every manufacturer
Christmas with the Cocquerels
The Weekly’s Style Director Mattie Cronan spends a leisurely day in the country with three generations of women from the one talented family.
Clever use of colour and design classics enabled Sille Kroyer Koppel to rediscover the elegant proportions and period details in her Copenhagen apartment
Cycle of life
Keen cyclist Graham Glass looks back on his family’s move to Vienne to found a unique holiday business