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EQUESTRIAN: King in fine form at Nations Cup
6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
WILTSHIRE’S Kitty King was Great Britain’s star performer in the final leg of the FEI Nations Cup series at the Netherlands’ CCI three-star event.
King finished in fifth place on board the talented Persimmon as she helped GB’s CICO all-female quartet come home in second place at the event which was enough to secure victory in the overall series by a single point.
A typically strong start in the dressage test put King in third place before her clear cross-country round incurred a few time penalties.
The wet weather made for tricky jumping conditions but King secured fifth place with just a single fence down in the showjumping.
Fellow Wiltshire eventer Laura Collett also played her part and was the next-best Great Britain performer, coming home in 17th on Allora 3 which included a career-best three-star dressage test of 46.8 for the mare.
They stormed the cross-country but mirrored King’s performance with a few time penalties - unsurprising given the conditions - and a fence down in the showjumping.
King was delighted with her performance, saying: “Persimmon jumped his socks off today on wet ground.
“He was very unlucky to have one down coming out of the treble and didn’t deserve it. “ Collett’s other ride and yard favourite, Noble Bestman, sustained a fractured pastern on landing whilst going cross-country and had to undergo surgery in the Netherlands.
The gelding will return home when he is fit to travel.
In the individual rankings, another Wiltshire rider reigned supreme.
Twenty-five-year-old Lizzie Brown of Milton Lilbourne took the honours with Henton Attorney General with the performance of her career.
They recorded a PB dressage of 33.4 that placed them second before taking the lead with a clear cross-country when overnight leader Niklas Lindback was eliminated. The young Kiwi rider had two fences in hand going into the final phase, securing victory when they incurred four faults at the last fence.
Brown said: “I was pretty confident going into the showjumping because Frank is a very good showjumper.
“When we jumped the second to last fence of the last treble everyone cheered because we had two fences in hand but then I freaked out and had the last down.”
Brown’s other horse, Playtime, also recorded a PB dressage test for 47, but unfortunately was eliminated in the cross-country towards the end of the course.
Fellow Kiwi Sir Mark Todd wasn’t far behind in third with Leonidas II.
They ranked 15th after dressage but made up some serious ground with one of very few clear showjumping rounds, and only 1.20 time penalties across the country. Todd is looking forward to next season with the horse, describing him as ‘super-talented’ following this latest performance.
A really tough cross-country saw plenty of casualties, including Paul Tapner and Wickstead Didgeridoo.
They didn’t have an easy time throughout and failed to complete. Tapner had been pleased with the horse’s attitude during what was a mistake-free test, however, in the dressage phase.
The international theme continues this weekend as Le Lion hosts the world young horse championships. Some of the local entries include Laura Collett with Obos Cooley, Kitty King’s Ceylor L A N and Flora Harris with Bayano, as well as two entries for Boekelo’s winner Lizzie Brown.
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