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Congratulations! The TEAM GB Eventers bring home the medals as they take Silver in tough conditions at WEG. With our rider, William Fox-Pitt taking individual bronze!!
Team GB lied in fifth place before Cross Country day after some dressage tests left certain riders disappointed. However, the positions soon changed as after four amazing clear rounds from William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Zara Phillips and Harry Meade across very tough country they quite literally jumped to second place in the team standings. Team GB were the only team to have all four team riders clear across one of the toughest courses.
Sadly there was a dark grey cloud over the British camp after the loss of Harry Meade’s ride, Wild Lone, and our thoughts are with Harry, Wild Lone’s owners, his groom and anyone else who was lucky enough to be involved with such a great horse.
Overnight, William, riding Christopher Stone’s stallion Chilli Morning, held the lead on a score of 50.3. It was then a very, very close competition between Great Britain and Germany as they went in to the Showjumping with only 8.9 penalties separating the two teams. For team GB Zara Phillips and High Kingdom had an amazing clear round to finish 11th individually on a score of 68.9. Tina Cook and her home bred De Novo News had an unlucky two poles down to finish on a score of 75.6 which put her in 16th place individually.
The German team had two outstanding clear rounds from Sandra Auffarth riding Opgun Louvo who took the individual gold medal and Micheal Jung (defending individual champion) riding Fischerrocana FST who finished in second place which helped them secure team gold for Germany with Ingrid Klimke also jumping clear adding 73.6 penalties.
Unfortunately William and Chilli, the last combination to go with no room for error, had an unlucky pole down at the second fence. However William was pleased that it was only the one pole knocked as he commented that Chilli Morning was very ‘leg-weary’ after the tough cross country test the day before.
Great Britain have now guaranteed themselves a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and will certainly be pleased to be bringing home the silver medals as well as Fox-Pitts bronze! Well done to the team!