|Madrid finally realised that there was a horse show on and turned up in force.|
Team Bronze!! If you have not heard, where have you been hiding??!! A great day that saw the GBR riders fight hard for a medal.
Another clear from Nick; Guy Williams and Titus “came good” with just 1 time fault, Triple X (Ben Maher) just clipped the oxer at 5 and John, for once, was the discard score with 8 faults.
France and Germany had the perfect day adding nothing to their score from Thursday; so Bronze was the best result we could have achieved with score we had at the end of Thursday. NED achieved their aim of securing Olympic qualification but will, I am sure, be disappointed that they slipped out of the medals. There was a sizeable gap between GER / FRA / GBR / NED and the other Nations, with the BEL challenge dying away early during yesterday’s proceedings.
Nick goes in to the individual Final in second place so perhaps more to come........
· Without the Speed Competition (the first round of the Team Competition) GBR would have jumped off for Silver with France. i.e. if it had been a normal Nations Cup we would have been 2nd = with FRA.
· GBR and GER are the only Nations that have medalled in all 4 Olympic / Paralympic discipline European Championships this year.
· GBR would have qualified all 4 Olympic / Paralympic teams for London 2012 without Home Nation qualification – only GER has, to date, achieved that – this demonstrates just how difficult it is to qualify for the Games, especially if you are from Europe. CAN and USA could achieve teams in all 4 disciplines as well.....
Of course the success we have achieved this summer will only raise expectations ahead of next year. The important thing is that we do not panic – we have a plan and we have the people in place that can deliver that plan.......keep the faith!
|Captivated show crowds|