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Great Britain wins Nations Cup at Hickstead

Released 01.08.06 Great Britain has won the British leg of the Samsung Super League Nations Cup at Hickstead. The team of Robert Smith (Marius Claudius), John Whitaker (Peppermill), Michael Whitaker (Mozart Des Hayettes) and William Funnell (Cortaflex Mondriaan) delighted the home crowd as they won in triumphant style.

Robert had the job of pathfinder leading his fellow competitors and jumped a stylish first round on Marius Claudius with just one fence down and a time fault. Similarly, Michael Whitaker had a fence down and William Funnell went clear. John Whitaker’s round finished with 12 penalties and was the discarded score in Round One. As the British team, sponsored by THB Equestrian, went into the second round, they lay second, just five points behind the French team. Robert Smith went into round two and jumped a magnificent clear round with Marius Claudius as did John Whitaker on Peppermill. This time it was William Funnell’s score that was discarded but it didn’t matter – Great Britain had won!