reat Britain is in the lead after today’s first round of the team competition in the P.S.I. FEI European Championships in Show Jumping. Switzerland is close behind on the second place and France is placed third after today’s competition
19 nations were on today’s starting list with the French team in the lead. The nations placed in the top 10 after the first round is allowed to start in the second and final round of the team competition which is tomorrow. In the individual championship British Ben Maher is still in the lead after an outstanding performance yesterday with Jane Clark’s Cella. Ben is followed by Steve Guerdat, Roger Yves Bost, Rolf Göran Bengtsson and Lucian Diniz.
British Chef d’Equipe, Rob Hoekstra, is very pleased with the European Championships so far. “Of course we are happy with the result so far, but we are only half way and there is a long way to go yet, and as we saw today the ranking can change really quickly.”
“It is a fantastic staging, with an excellent set-up. The footing is a bit patchy – soft in places and harder in other places, and this makes it a bit difficult for the horses. But it is always a challenge when the footing is not permanent and is laid down so quickly. But we expect it to be better in the next couple of days when the footing sets. The rest of the organization and the whole set-up is just fantastic” said Rob Hoekstra.
Source: FEI ECCO European Championship Press