Great Britain’s Team NAF finish close second in Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of USA CSIO5*
Sunday 16 February 2020
The all-female teams for Great Britain and the USA went head to head today to bring the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of USA CSIO5* in Wellington to a thrilling close. Following two fierce rounds of jumping, the two nations were tied in equal first and victory was to be decided by a jump off.
The British team, competing under the title sponsor banner of Team NAF, finished round one in equal first with Ireland after both teams jumped for just 4 penalties. Israel, Mexico and the USA were all tied for third place on 8 penalties. In round two, GB added just another 4 penalties to their overall total whilst the USA stayed on their first round score. With the other six nations accruing a number of penalties throughout the competition, the battle for the top spot on the podium was left to those still in contention, Great Britain and the USA, who were tied on 8 penalties.
Alexandra Thornton who is from London got the British campaign off to a solid start with her first round when she put just 4 penalties on the board with Cornetto K, a 14 year-old dark bay gelding owned by Dunwalke Ltd. In round two, the combination came into the arena determined to secure a clear round and they achieved just that.
Emily Moffitt who is based between Evesham, Worcestershire and Florida, USA produced two super rounds aboard Winning Good, an 11 year-old bay gelding owned by Neil & Heidi Moffitt and Poden Farms. Their performance today saw them secure one of only four double clears produced throughout the competition.
Taking the role of team anchor was Amanda Derbyshire who is from Leyland, Lancashire and based in Florida, USA. Amanda rode Cornwall BH, a 12 year-old bay stallion owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC and Amanda. The combination delivered a first round clear and were unfortunate to add 4 penalties to their total in round two.
With both Great Britain and the USA finishing on 8 penalties, their results forced a third round, a jump off against the clock. Just one rider was chosen to come forward from each nation and for the USA, it was Beezie Madden with Darry Lou who set the standard to beat when they came home clear in 33.11 seconds. Alexandra Thornton and Cornetto K were the ones chosen from the British camp and they also jumped clear, but in a slower time of 36.34 seconds, giving the USA a home win.
2nd Great Britain
The Chef d’Equipe accompanying the team was World Class Performance Manager for Showjumping, Di Lampard. For further information on the show and full results visit www.palmbeachmasters.com.
British Showjumping would like to thank NAF, title sponsors of the Senior Nations Cup Teams along with the Pony, Children, Junior, Young Rider and Veteran teams.
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The GBR showjumping teams are supported by the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme, funded by UK Sport through the National Lottery. The Programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage.
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