Riders rush for last-minute FEI Eventing World Cup points
by Kate Green
Riders from 10 nations are descending on Martinvast (FRA) in an attempt to gain last-minute points in the FEI Eventing World Cup series. An additional attraction being the generous first prize of 30,000.
The event, which begins today (August 18), is the last qualifier in the 2005-06 series before the final, which takes place in Malmö (SWE) on September 23-24.
The Australians, already the strongest nation in the rankings, are represented by Paul Tapner on Inonothing, runners-up at the Burnham Market CIC***W, Bill Levett (Sparkling Opposition) and Sam Griffiths with his Blenheim CCI*** ride Noble Opposition.
A strong home squad is headed by Jean-Lou Bigot on his 2005 Saumur winner and European Championship ride Derby de Longueval, plus Denis Mesples (Vanpire) and Thierry Meyssoniere, while Rodolphe Scherer rides the two horses he took on for Heidi Antikazides (GRE), Fairfax and Good Enough.
Ten British riders have crossed the Channel, including Fiona Hobby, 3rd at the Chatsworth (GBR) qualifier on Smart Approach, and Julie Tew, who finished 8th at the final last year, this time riding Look Out, while Miranda Carey, who is based in Spain and made the long journey to Malmö last year, is chasing points on Rinte Van D. Former British team member Tina Cook is competing on Miner's Frolic, placed at Le Lion d'Angers CCI** last year, and 2005 British squad member Kitty Boggis is riding Five Boys.
Nations represented are: Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, USA.
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