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What a competition, my word. This
horse has been brilliant.
partnership these two, exceptional.
What a fabulous combination, pure
class as a rider. That was easy.
He's way over it!
Hello and welcome to the London
International horse show, one of the
highlights of the equestrian
calendar, today we bring you live
coverage of the World Cup, a class
that has brought in so many of the
top show from around the world here
The Olympic gold medalist Foro
Switzerland, Steve Guerdat. He's
done it and he will take silver,
Harrie Smolders. He's really put
down the mark, Ben Maher. Lorenzo
showing his class. Van der Vleuten,
that is clear. Kevin Staut has
ridden out of his skin. Greg Dewar
till it winning the silver medal
with a clear round under pressure.
Peder Fredricson, European champion.
That's the magic of Scott Brash.
We are set for a thrilling World Cup
but there is plenty more coming up
too. Olympic gold medalist Charlotte
Dujardin and Carl Hester tell us
about their latest dressage
superstars in rating. There was a
gold rush for Great Britain at the
European Championships this summer.
We catch up with the eventing team
and para- dressage riders. And there
is highlights of the puissance, the
best we have had in years. Who could
tame the huge Olympia Wall? We are
backstage here at Olympia in our
usual spot and normal service
resumed, Tim Stockdale beside me.
Always great to see you, Tim.
Olympia has thrown up some wonderful
classes and attractive yet again so
mini of the world's top riders.
has been a fabulous week's jumping,
some wonderful classes and fabulous
jump offs, seven of the world's top
ten are here this week so it shows
the level of competition and also
the horses and riders are bouncing
off the surface this week, jumping
out of their skins so we have a
treat in store.
There are so many
top price shows these days and for
people at home who might not watch
much equestrian but tune in for
Olympia these are the gold card
holders, these horses crisscross the
globe at every opportunity. Will
they feel tired at this stage of the
season, or are they already ready
Horses always bring
themselves up for this type of
environment, these are show horses,
the adrenaline gets punching but you
are right, showjumping is a global
sport and these horses are on
aeroplanes going to Mexico,
Shanghai, Hong Kong, they are used
to this environment and lift
themselves for it.
The riders love
to come to Olympia. What is it about
the show? It's not the easiest time
of the year to come to London to
It is not but it's a very
traditional mark on the calendar,
they know this show is quality, the
facilities are outstanding for the
horses and riders on the level of
competition throughout the week and
there is good prize money. There is
a lot of good reason for the top
riders to be.
Tipp of the top
favourites of the crowd are former
world number ones Scott Brash and
Ben Maher. This British showjumping
chose not to send a team to the
European Championships, it was
hugely controversial and was a
decision that led to the resignation
of Tim from the British showjumping
International committee and we will
speak to him and by Lampard in a
moment but Let's hear from Scott and
You are doing a look back at 2017,
how would you sum it up?
year for me, we have a lot of new
horses in the stable, we have been
struggling a little bit since the
days of world number one, and the
results haven't been quite what I
was expecting this year.
A bit mixed really from my side. I
had a few injuries with some horses
so that has been a bit of a downer.
At the same time we won global tour,
Doha, second in the top ten last
We must talk about what
happened in the summer, Great
Britain decided not to send a team
to be European Championships. Was
that the right decision, do you
I don't think so, no. I think
we should have sent a team. There is
plenty of riders that need
experience at Championships. And
also older riders that have been
going well on the county circuit
that, you know, I feel should have
had a chance, Keith Shaw, Nigel,
these guys have been solid all
summer. It's disappointing because
looking towards Tokyo helps when
people have done a championship
It is no secret it's been a
difficult year for our sport,
probably since the London Olympics,
it has a bit of a downward spiral.
We didn't have a team. If you look
at the statistics, in the riders
meeting they said 23% clear rounds
yesterday, in the second division
nations cup this year. They want to
send a team to the European
Championships. If we can't jump
clears in the second divisions
Nations cup it's not going to get
any better for the European
Championships. I think sometimes
sending younger riders, some people
might say it's experience but if
it's not a positive it can lead onto
Why did you rule
yourself out of the Europeans?
didn't rule myself out, my horse was
on the list to go and she got
injured and Hello For ever was
deemed not reliable enough for a
championship but I didn't rule
Do you feel an
obligation to have horses at the top
of their game so you can go to these
Absolutely, yes. We
love jumping for our country and
want to jump for our country and
want to win medals but me and Ben
are realistic, we know what it takes
and there is no point going just to
make up the numbers and destroying
your horse for years to come.
Everybody says Scott should have
gone, then should have gone, they
didn't go because a bigger prize
money in other places. But it's not
the case, it is unfair to keep
relying on Scott, or are likewise
asking my owners to give my
students' horses to borrow for the
show when they are not quite ready.
Hopefully we can build another pool
of horse rider combinations and get
through next year with a qualifying
spot for Tokyo.
Back to the fun side
of Olympia, how special eight show
is it for you as a British rider to
be here finishing off what is a long
and arduous season?
I always say
it's one of my favourite shows of
the year. The time of the year, it
gives the show a magical feeling and
the crowd is on another level to
many of the other shows we go to.
It's amazing to jump here and we all
want to win and give our home crowd
something to cheer about, it puts up
a good competition.
I'm delighted to
say that the performance manager
from British showjumping Di Lampard
is alongside us and it shows you
what a divided decision it was that
even Ben May and Scott Brash can
decide whether it was right to send
a team to the European
Championships. Explained the
decision not to send one.
priority this year was to get GB are
into division one and that was our
priority and we succeeded doing
that. We have a small pool of horses
and to be able to cover everything
is impossible. Come the end of the
year when we still had accounting,
Nations cup to go to the week after
the European Championships,
priorities had to be made and we
achieved our milestone target for UK
Sport, got back into division one
where GB should be.
Tim, you felt
strong enough to resign from the
committee had been on for over a
decade. Why were you so upset with
I sat on the
international committee which is not
a selection committee, it's a
committee to dictate policy on the
way we plan forward for the season
for the international for the
senior, Junior and Young Riders. At
no point in any of the meetings I
attended, which was all of them,
100% record going to the beatings,
was it ever mooted or talked about
that we would not attend. So to hear
that we would not send a team after
consultation with all the people
involved, I felt was not correct. As
a result of which I felt so strongly
about the fact I thought it was the
right decision that there was
nothing else I could do but
Have you ever been on a
team where it was better to go and
gain any form of experience, and
maybe quash the doubters that there
might have been, and is it ever
worth taking that chance?
nothing like experience, you can't
beat experience. You do want a good
experience. I haven't been on a team
but I've seen bad experiences in the
past. And we don't want to do that.
Either with the athlete or the
equine. We have to think of the
welfare of the horse. We keep going
back, let's look forward, we have
some lovely horses that will be ten
years old next year and that nine
years old the riders made the call
not to take their nine-year-old
horses this year. Looking forward to
Olympia here, what we are all here
for, we are going to C4
nine-year-olds today in the World
In terms of the state of
British Showjumping, Tim, where do
you think we are going forward?
have to start getting some clear
plans on what is going to happen, we
need a pool of riders that know
which end of the rope we need to be
pulling so that we pull in the right
direction and also talk about giving
riders experience and that will not
happen when we don't go to
Championships, and even if we'd been
in the situation where we would have
taken a younger rider for
experience, actually that might have
been something that would have led
Two Young Riders went
to the under 25s, there was a
Canterbury there this year. N has
already said, so as not worth
repeating, the percentages of the
clear rounds that were jumped this
year but look at the other
Europeans. We had two European
Championships in August, whatever
mastic medal haul the young riders
did -- what a fantastic medal haul.
You can only win the Lottery if you
buy a ticket and not going with a
team there was no chance.
only target one championship a year,
you either opt for the senior or the
It's going backwards a
little bit but going forwards can we
very clearly state we are going to
send a team?
Of course we are.
great place to end unforced I feel
this discussion could go on for the
next three hours but thank you for
your input. It's a different
discipline but a similar problem for
the British para- dressage team.
Venue if they headed to the European
Championships there would have to do
so without some of their big names
but they sent a team and gave the
opportunity to three new riders to
make their senior debut alongside
the experienced Olympian Sophie
Wells. It was team gold, a host of
individual golds and yet another
heist. Good to see so many medals,
you have another three to add to
your already huge medal collection.
Just look back on the European
Championships and tell us how
special they were.
It was really
special this time. We went in a
little bit as underdogs and it was
maybe a bit of a tense time but that
made it more special when we came
out on top and everyone achieved
their best and I knew that if
everyone did their best we would
have a good shout at the team medal.
Obviously when you are on the team
no one lets you forget that we have
never lost the team medal. So I
think people were under pressure but
I think it's the sign of a good
competitor if you can thrive under
You are vastly experienced as a
horsewoman. How special was it for
you to be part of this team?
has been the most important thing of
my life. It's been an absolute
dream. I think I've been more
excited about competing at paras
than any of the able-bodied things
This is something you
would never have envisaged that you
would be part of.
Never, ever. I'm
this able-bodied, I was healthy and
well, so I never thought I be part
of a para team to start off with
health-wise, and certainly at my
age, so to come in and be selected
to go to Gothenberg was just
You had come close in
previous years, so when you got the
chance to show when you could do and
showcase your talents, how special
Like you say, there have
been so many sort of near misses and
coming close and all of a sudden I
had the opportunity and I thought
I'd better make the most of it so it
was a huge relief to come away with
Uhr three golds around
your neck and now you have had a
taste of it, even though there are
plenty of top riders in para
dressage in the UK, I bet you
wouldn't mind too much if you get
them out of their spot.
I'd be lying
if I said I didn't want to go to the
worlds and be on that next year so
I'm looking to that now. But
obviously with horses and us as
athletes it's keeping at the top of
our game. It's easier said than done
but we have a good support team so
we are very lucky.
fantastic result for British para
dressage. It wouldn't be Christmas
if we didn't show you a collection
of extremely brave but slightly
bonkers riders hurling themselves at
a huge wall that stands taller than
them and their horse put together.
It's the puissance and my goodness
what a competitive puissance it was.
Sit tight and enjoy.
We have a going forward to the third
round and the crowd is starting to
get pumped up now.
This is one of
the best puissances we have seen in
many a year. The decision has been
made to raise the wall to two
Here we go, round three, and
into the arena Karline De Brabander.
She has been a terrific pathfinder
in both rounds so far.
has just come in, big powerful
stallion, made it look very easy so
And again we are going to keep going
bigger and bigger tonight. Just too
good. However hard these course
builders choose to go she hasn't
even nudged the top of that brick
wall. Louise say well and Dassler.
The atmosphere is just starting to
get to Dassler -- Louise Saywell.
But Louise is a very calm rider.
She's got to keep him hocks under
him, get right in the corner, slow
the pace. You can see her slowing
everything right down, take your
Well, I have to say Louise did
absolutely everything right. She got
to the right place and Dassler
didn't quite make the height. So
that 1's gone, but just didn't quite
get the shoulders in the hair.
Padraic Judge and Citi Business, all
so assured so far for this veteran
It's always interesting when you add
up the rider's age and horse's age,
66 years between them. But full of
He's had to change his mind, but
well done! Brilliant piece of
riding. . It a bit close, held his
horse together. What a fantastic bit
of riding, improvised on the last
stride and made it happen. Now,
Louis Deforche and Gladstone.
is the one you've been looking
forward to. He's missed his stride
to the triple bar, it's gone, he ran
it to close.
What a shame.
still get someplace money if he can
jump the wall. He's jumped the wall!
Goodness me! Is either too far off,
or to close, but he has still jumped
That's got to be so
frustrating. Here she is, the horse
known as George, Quality Old Joker,
A complete contrast here. Everything
under control. Nice and quietly and
slowly into the corners.
It's a stroll in the park. In a hand
canter down to an enormous fence,
two metres and popped it as if it
So, now, Christopher
Megahey and Seapatrick Cruise
Cavalier. This one will raise your
pulse a little. Keep an eye as he
comes down to the wall.
dreaded triple bar. Is he going to
retire? He's not going to bother.
You can understand why,
he is an older horse, he's jumped a
lot of big things in his time and
he's not going to win tonight so you
have to congratulate him on his
decision to save he's had enough,
you don't have too jump the wall as
you made a mistake.
Three through to
the next round so far. Will Laura
Renwick add her name? Top Dollar VI
and Laura Renwick for Great Britain.
Top Dollar is a horse with a lot of
blood. Laura is going to settle him
right down. He's fighting a little
bit there. But what a jump. That was
absolute class. The younger horse
pops through the air through his
shoulders. That was good to watch.
We need to see that one again. Our
final competitor in this is Anthony
Condon riding Cavalier Rusticana for
Fantastic horse, we could
do with him into the next round to
keep the momentum of this class
Beautifully done. He is through.
are going to get full value tonight.
The maximum five rounds will be
reached, I'm sure.
I would say so.
The crowd are really buzzed up now
with that massive wall raised to six
2.1 metres, last year the winner
jumped 2.15. Round four, Karline De
Brabander, Fantomas de Muze who has
been foot perfect so far, as has
this 12-year-old stallion. What can
they do here?
She has looked all
night like she is just having fun,
and the horse is still looks relaxed
He is a proper jumper. He's still
making a beautiful shape over the
triple bar. A bit strong. But he's
done it again! A little bit more
untidy, had to struggle to get the
back end over but he's through.
She's done it, Karline, and Fantomas
de Muze is through to the final
round of the puissance, if indeed
that final round is necessary. We
will find out.
You can see that to
Fantomas de Muze knows where the
wall is. The shape of the jump is a
bit too high, slightly inverted in
his jump, went over to the
right-hand side but he fought really
Look at the smile on her face.
It just gets broader and broader
This is the horse that
this family bread from their own
stud. So he's obviously part of the
Padraic Judge and Citi Business in
the second round.
These other senior
members in this class tonight. This
horse is really brave and very
powerful. Just doesn't want to run
in quite so close this time.
Perfectly done, he got a much better
stride that time. That was
We have a real contest on
our hands and it may take a good bit
more winning than last year, that's
Padraic Judge and Citi
Business, look at this again.
Padraic Judge looked cool after
jumping it but I wonder what is
going on inside his mind because
that was a very good jump. He made
exactly the right place on his
take-off. He ran into close Last
Connections there. He's not smiling
much, maybe he is just about
He knows he has more work
He has more work to do but
he's going into another round. Here
we go then. Bidding to defend her
crown, Holly Smith and Quality Old
Joker for Great Britain.
So, is Holly going to have to put a
little bit of pressure on this
horse, or is she just going to pop
over this wall as quietly as she has
been doing all night? Really taking
her time, using the arena. Quietly
Exactly the same again, at a canter.
Even to the untrained eye that never
looked in doubt.
No pressure, no
fuss, no stress, quite canter, into
the bottom, pop to jump.
Extraordinary. You won't see that
very often. Very quiet. I love the
way she takes her time. Holly Smith
is so cool.
The horse known as
George, and he is a gentleman,
George, as well.
He never question
is what Holly's telling him. He
stays in the balance that she wants
and that makes her life so much
easier. What a lovely brain that
hopes has got. -- lovely brain that
paws has got.
So, two more to jump
in this round and the next is Laura
Renwick also for Great Britain on
Top Dollar VI, just an
eight-year-old, and this horse has
looked some proposition with some
scope this evening.
thing is he has almost been jumping
a bit too high. He tapped the triple
bar, it's still there.
He does it again! Brilliant.
sensational puissance jumping, and
four have cleared this height in the
fourth round without any bother
Just have another look
at that. Into the right place,
giving it a lot of air, making it a
classic shape, and getting those
shoulders so high and finishing it
off behind. Making 6'11" just for
fun. A little wry smile. Laura's
husband, John, said tongue in cheek
to me would might just go one or two
They are going to go all the
way. And will it be a fifth in the
It would be great if it
were, really put some pressure on
the course builders here. Anthony
Condon for Ireland and Cavalier
It has been such a
brilliant decision by the Olympia
show to bring in these puissance
specialists. We are getting the
benefit of this class. And there we
lose one in the most annoying way,
that triple bar going with a lazy
jumper. The wall has been the easy
one in this round. Well, they are
such specialists, but not this time,
the wall going as well. It's all
over for Anthony Condon tonight,
he's given it a go, but we still
have another fantastic round to
come. We have, because four
competitors are eligible for the
fifth and final round, and they are
Karline De Brabander for Belgium.
Greg Judge for Ireland, Holly Smith,
Laura Renwick, and what frustration,
going three times. Whether his
frustration just went, Anthony
Condon, just ran into the wall.
Confirmation of the fifth and final
round in this Cayenne Puissance at
Olympia, first to go will be Karline
De Brabander for Belgium and then
add rate judge, Holly Smith and then
Laura Renwick. -- Padraic Judge.
Here we go then. Karline De
Brabander with Fantomas de Muze.
7'3", the wall now.
Over the triple
bar he is very loose with his act
end, but just at the wall he gets a
bit tight, he's going to have to
free it off. He hit it front and
back. Really brave effort there.
From Karline De Brabander. But as it
stands, until any of the others
clear it she is still in pole
There is no
guarantees the others will clear.
You can see he threw himself at it a
little bit. His head comes up, the
shape of the jump goes and he has
just pushed himself beyond where he
can keep the shape of his jumper. He
is a very brave horse and he has
given it a go but he got his head up
a bit too high -- the shape of his
She is ensured the top four
spot if the others don't make it.
this height there is no guarantee of
anybody clearing it.
Next to go Citi
Business, 15-year-old, and Padraic
Judge, winner of the horse of the
year show puissance.
looks, when he comes in but I wonder
what's really going on inside his
Make him wait. Oh! Great effort, he
hit the right spot and couldn't
quite get the height, fantastically
brave horse, gave it everything he
had got at couldn't quite make the
height. Nothing wrong with the
approach at all.
centimetres really making the
difference in this final round.
is very serious territory now.
Brilliant ride, got to the right
place. Couldn't quite make the
height. Just maybe a fraction of it
if you are being a bit picky. But
horse and rider giving it absolutely
everything, they just couldn't quite
jump it. We're just seeing how
difficult it to jump 2.2 metres.
two chances left for a rider to
accomplish that mission. The first
of those will be last year's joint
winner, could she get a share of the
spoils to night? Could she win it
out right on Quality Old Joker, it's
oxers will she have the nerve to
come as high as two metres 20.
far she has not come out of a
far she has not come out of a
Got to approach this the same. Into
the quiet canter and trust the jump.
Maybe a little too quiet, a super
slow canter, that's the tactic she
is used all night but so far none of
them have jumped it.
Will it be a
four way tie for victory or can
Laura Renwick come in and claim this
boils alone. -- spoils.
Holly Smith sticking to her tactics,
very quiet, didn't want to use any
pace gave it a go but couldn't get
his body high enough. We thought
220, with a bit elevation would sort
them out, sorting it out a bit too
well. 220 is massive. When you have
those horses coming into the last
round, what can you do?
Yamahas. Top dollar. Fourth
last year. Winner last time. None of
the other horses have been able to
get their front like high enough,
this one has been going high enough
She's done it.
Extraordinary. Terrific finish. That
was something special, that force
for every inch of the way, got too
close. Had a bit of a clout but what
a fighter. He just wouldn't give in.
What a magnificent way to finish
what has been a spellbinding event
and the crowd are rising to their
feet. A standing ovation but Laura
Renwick has done it.
fights all the way, Laura says, on
and a massive effort and flicked his
back end away. He tried so hard,
runs in a little bit close and then
he fights. Laura is a tough
What a brave for us. We
were in for a treat all the way
tonight and what a finale. And how
close was this brick to toppling?
You need a bit of luck but the horse
deserved it because he tried so
hard, the only horse to get his
front end that high.
round he had the greatest elevation.
Just got so high with his shoulders
and John Renwick said he might only
go one round. You didn't believe
him, did you?
Not for one second.
Confirming the result. What a climax
it was. Saving the very best to the
last possible nanosecond. The crowd
absolutely loved it. Laura Renwick
winning for Great Britain. The
eight-year-old might be back next
year and the year after.
That was such a competitive class.
We know you are one of the stars of
the show last year, you got so close
My house was really
close, jumped fantastic in the first
four rounds and jumped well and the
last one, just robbed a break and
didn't have luck but we are
delighted with him, he does it all
with a smile on his face, he is not
a one trick pony, there is space to
keep him for longer.
congratulations, we have a
conversation every year seeing you
are not a huge fan of Puissance and
now you have jumped seven feet three
inches to clear this.
three rounds then and jumped it very
well. I'm not a fan of this class
but he is very good at it and then
do this year we had a real shot. I
was there was going into the last
round. He tried his heart out.
down to confidence, that's as big as
you have ever jumped and you have
depressed he can do that?
saw him up until the round, the
wasn't within an inch of touching
that brick, the last one I didn't
have the greatest stride. He tried
everything to get his body and legs
out of the way and we were lucky,
I'm not saying we weren't bad I will
You could hear the crowd
were so on-site for you, crowd
favourite and you came out,
everybody was clapping. A lot of
That was my son, he
was laughing because you say if I go
and I don't ball and he tells me to
go. He was actually quite proud of
me tonight to keep going that far.
acknowledges the crowd, one more
time. The heroine of this evening's
Puissance representing Great
Britain. The youngest horse in the
line-up. Laura Renwick is your
What a wonderful Puissance and Laura
Renwick is hugely popular here.
always a great crowd pleaser at
Olympia. Thursday night was a
What is it that the drug
can associate. She was on the
shopping village and talking to
And she goes in the ring
she gives it everything. Puissance
Or speed class, she is brave even
though something she gives the
impression she is worried. She goes
We will take a walk
round is huge World Cup course in
just a minute but in showjumping,
those jobs might be a bit smaller
than these mines but you need to
have such accuracy in eventing when
it comes to all three phases over
showjumping, dressage and
cross-country. That is exactly how
Great Britain got their hands on yet
another team gold at the European
Great Britain takes
Great Britain takes the gold.
Kina, I imagine it was much more
pleasant for you instead of working
for us and the BBC. To get back onto
that team, how important was that
It was really important for
me, as much as I enjoyed working for
the other side, I would love to have
been competing. It's an exciting
young horse was very much that
future ahead of him and he was very
good at Badminton and when I
finished tenth and I was going it
see what sort of horse I got and how
exciting he is and to have that
opportunity to go to the European
Championships was fantastic.
it all out for yourself and sadly
you horse couldn't compete on the
Sunday, explain the background to
On the Sunday, there's a
veterinary inspection, the girl 's
horses looked ready to jump on my
horse was a little bit sore, the
first time he has been rattled
around on that sort of terrain, so
we decided it was best in the
long-term for him not to jump that
I imagine the aim is always the
same, to have a clear round of
showjumping but it wasn't just any
clear round, there was an awful lot
It becomes a lot more
important, he hadn't had a pull-down
for 99 years. He's a great jumper.
It was all about me making sure the
preparation was right and it all
COMMENTATOR: Nicola Wilson
of Great Britain takes the bronze.
You're left with two medals. Some of
your memories and emotions of that
Going into the
championships I knew she was in a
good place physically and mentally
and to come away with gold and
individual bronze was a dream come
true and lovely to get the
The whole. Medals
to your name but he does this one
compare what might really important
for Britain to come home with a
medal and gold. In our personal
bests and we could be vying for the
medal but coming back with the goods
met a huge amount for the lottery
funding and everything for the whole
It was incredibly important.
Here are, it is coarse wok time,
anything can happen if you have
watched as the last couple of years,
Tim has destroyed some fences, we
will try not to let that happen
again. Yet another big, foreboding
course, as you would expect, it is a
World Cup and my goodness this first
fence is tricky alongside the crowd
and in a corner.
Tricky, I am seeing
big. That's a big first fence, if
you didn't realise how serious this
is, we are now finding out. Straight
at parallel. Straight into the
crowd. You have got 50 metres before
the audience. People sat right on
the edge, that can be distracting
for horse and rider, so make sure
they are on the ball.
How often do
you get in competitions and run the
world the crowd so on top of the
horses and riders.
This is unusual,
two in the world that have this
arena that is so close access for
the crowd and the horses. Number two
just round the corner. Have to try
to keep out. Number two. Again at
parallel, fairly straightforward.
This is quite a nice fence. Good
definition. The horse can see that.
We are now in the course. How
that. We are going into
the arena. These are big and bold
colours, is that important for
horses going on in here. Easier for
the horse to jump the fence if he
can see the definition it is a
general rule, the more definition
the more the horse can work and see
it and be able to visualise it but
that is then used as a challenge and
I will point that out as we walk
around the course.
I will stride it
out. Where is the horse going to
land? Just joining in there, about
here. It shows you the sort of
league they are having to do and
four got my strides is one horse.
Four of ten strides is one horse
stride. This is where you take off
Half-hour stride away.
Vertical, vertical, five strides,
you're going past two fences in the
horse's I like, so the horse must
concentrate and not focusing on the
wrong one. That is about the rider,
with his skill to tell the messages.
These first fences have a lot of air
They are all about being
more careful, then the old days they
would have all these things in
there. The shallow crutch and the
rounded end, so these fall off very
This is when I start to get
Through the gap.
going all the way around the top
end. All the way around and we have
the combination. This is number
Dellit he has put this in a tidy
place, this is OK because he is a
loving the horses to go run that
That will hold the horse in
the balance and it gives him a nice
bit of room to get this combination.
The way this course is done, it has
used the colours, all the same and
then what happens, if you look at it
from this angle, down here, just
looks like a mass of polls. The
horse is not sure what he can see
and how many strides are in between
because it looks like a massive
black and white bar.
The width of
this one and you have to get this
one right before your heading onto
the others. If the camera shows us
the width here. You have to have a
pretty good wingspan for that.
have to be solid and there, the
right at of power but not too much.
Then I vertical, I don't know the
distance. That is a normal one
stride in there, so as long as you
get nice balance, the horse stays in
the current rhythm and you have one
stride in the middle and that's not
too bad. Could be taller but that's
OK. Just one hole left to go up but
that is maybe for the jump off.
the horses are getting things wrong
by this stage they are in all sorts
of trouble in the third element.
they get to the wrong balance, too
much in front or behind, they can
pull it up, so they have to get in
their balance and stay there. We
will go through this gap here.
cannot see one! There is one.
Just walking around these riders so
I don't get in the way. I didn't
want to walk in front of riders.
strides in the centre, a little bit
short, sought the horse has to back
off, jump the front real because
that would be quite close button
still hadn't noticed as a back real
to it as well. You see why they call
it at parallel. From the horse's
point of view they have to judge not
only the front rail but also the
back real and it's a little bit
short, so if you go with too much
pace in this aspect because you
think this is why,.
Have you marked
this down as a trouble spot?
will fold down quite a lot in my
opinion. The first oxer could be a
A lot of fences to
be jumped at this point.
We are heading down to number five.
It is actually bigger than Edwina
Tops-Alexander who is standing in
front of it.
Laura is looking at it
as well. Problem is right by the
entrance, the horse will be a bit
concentrating wondering what's
happening here, by the entrance.
These horses know where they have
come from. That will fall them,
that's a difficult job not because
of the high but the positioning and
of riders ruling that Pole to see
how steady it is. Big solid fence,
very different to the fences we have
had so far.
News had big solid fence
but if you look at these, this is
not a time for Django. --
slightest little tap and it falls
off and that goes very quickly.
There will be hardly any time to
breathe as you call down that
corner. The other thing, really
important to point this out, as the
horse is turning, he is looking at
11 and two. Not that one, not that
one, this one.
There has been such a
different looking fence on the first
we have seen from this on the
course. Will that surprise any of
them or are they so used to seeing
it so used to it but they are
careful horses, they would view that
with trepidation, this is a leap of
faith, they cannot see the other
There could be a ditch, they
just trust the riders.
you. We are actually breaking into a
canter now. We are striding these
fences out as the riders are
spreading these fences out and this
is a very different one.
What do I
think so far? Lorenzo, my friend
Big cause, very
technical, everything comes very
Good chance today?
Very different looking fence,
six big strides but what is
important, the water trail.
simulated water tray, there is one
horse and rider in this field, the
horse doesn't like these. Olivier
Robert. He said the horses by
jumping these and there are two of
We will try to find him and a
minute! We are at seven, 16 jumping
on this course. We go down to
another big upright. A lot of air in
between it and so much for the
horses to be looking at. The horses
can see the crowd and everything
This is not me really
thinking, I have got that walk down,
three or four? Four. There is a
really long three strides and it's
really long, out here. A really
short four strides which here.
Christian Ahlmann things four. Most
of the competition will do four.
This is difficult, really short and
will test the concentration of horse
and rider. Turning back on yourself.
Lets you run round to this one. Very
bold fences, big wide triple bar.
are taking off from here.
that this is a horse will have to
cover in the air to clear this.
jump is two meters wide, 1.5 metres
from here and two metres the other
side. We looking at a leap of about
18 feet. Nine metres in new money.
Seven metres. That's a big jump,
really big stretchy jump and I will
walk the distance and you can see,
just again, this one, if anything
happens, that can go down and it
will fall. Horse and rider will not
It's important that they
think of horse and rider welfare.
Scurrying on. A snowman fence. The
horses look at things like that, do
they actually see what's going on
around the jump?
Not really. They
are concentrating on these fences
and we have three polls nothing to
distinguish. They don't normally
jump wide rails very well. Normally
a little bit wary of a white rail.
That tent set.
Coming down to the
entrance of the arena. We are
turning back away from the entrance
and look at this. Looks like a pole
but it is a little plank and light
weight and it could be a problem.
This is a related distance?
stride in there so you have to get a
good solid jump in and hope the
horse sees the back rail and goes
forward. We have got one and their
high line just there.
Here is the
other water tray you were talking
Three strides, committed three
strides but where that is, that is
pulling the horse closer to that
because he is set behind the line,
that could follow very easily on the
three strides and we have the last
fence, just when you think. You have
no time to think.
A bit of a
discussion between Cian O'Connor and
then. What do you make of the
Very careful, a lot of
poles, told verticals, I think there
will be falls all around the course,
Have a good one.
Committed five strides to the last,
so you have to get yourself
organised and make sure you
concentrate and go right to the
corner, this is the signature of the
courses this week. The defence but
it looks like the horse are leaping
into the crowd. Very difficult to
jump. You not clear until you jump
A lot of jumps in corners
on the angle.
The positioning, as
well as the height of the jumps is
all about control and to focus on
the jumps. I think it's that the --
this is a difficult course. They are
going to come up at you very
quickly. The horse had to get into a
rhythm and hope horse and rider are
That is what Ben
was seeing, it is technical.
Technical and quickfire. There is no
respite in this course. They are
going to comment you like bullets.
Thanks for your expertise. Speaking
of expertise, these two were not
competing this began but much to the
crowd get into like they did turn up
to deliver a dressage masterclass
and showcase some of their
You have been in a massive this
year, not competing.
The horse was
in the masterclass which was
slightly under the age of experience
to compete here. Such high hopes for
them and we thought maybe we would
bring them here, showcase them and
see how they felt and next year we
intend to be back here, it's ever
favourite sure, we love it. We
managed to get a piece of the
atmosphere by bringing the horses
People love to see you here on
that horse, but not any more, does
feel different on a different horse?
Guess it's not the same because I
had such a partnership with them for
so many years and is excess we had
was unbelievable but the nice thing
is that Freestyle is a very exciting
horse, gets Karel riding for longer,
as he keep tellingly, he has turned
50 and he wants to slow down. --
keeps telling me. It's great for us
that we can still go out there and
bring back some medals, hopefully.
Carrying British talk for a long
time and coming along the right time
on the right ages, especially for
the next Olympics.
These are the
stars of the future, we hope. How
different are the?
Mount Sinjar on,
Khan freestyle, never been in this
environment before and can cope so
well with everything. Real
Very talented and calm.
He's a little bit of a chicken where
I have to give him the confidence to
say it's OK but tonight he was
fantastic. I had a really good right
so feel very lucky to have these two
after my last horse.
What is the
NextEv for a horse like this.
would like to start the Grand Prix
career in March. Maybe the World Cup
series after that. Hopefully coming
back here to Olympia.
Great to see
you here. Great to see so many stars
from all equestrian disciplines here
over the last few days. Not long
until World Cup showjumping but
dressage has its own World Cup and
two classes here and on Wednesday
night it was the Grand Prix
freestyle which is essentially
dressage to music and the honours
went to Sweden's Patrick Kittel.
Good to start off with, last by the
horse got a little bit deep and
behind it. The interesting to see if
they can keep him up and open in the
canter work tonight.
Showing lots of expression.
Quite careful into that extended
trot, didn't rush the horse out of
Correct in the positioning.
had more reach and stride.
spectacular as some we have seen but
very correct, like you say.
What do you think? 7.5 for me.
There he goes, changes
the bend and into the right trot and
that's quite difficult to do and he
did it very well, maintaining the
It was really nice.
Seven and three quarters?
Gone up a
Horse just swinging a little bit.
Tending to sway a little bit at the
front. Surprised he did it on the
centre line in front of the judge.
Could have chosen a better place to
cover that up.
Little bit tense on
the walk. But relaxing once the
reins let longer. Good extended wok.
Good length of frame and I think he
was brave to allow the horse out
knowing that he might be a bit
I would like to see just a bit more
activity, slowed down a bit too
much. The changes you can see the
horse is starting to get his head
down a bit again, which will cost
him small marks. But it's all about
margins, isn't it? Competitive
classes. Better frame in the
And in comparison with last night,
the overall frame has much improved.
Is it a harder test? Not so far
Quite a lot of swinging from the
it's not a hard test but so far
everything is coming off and that's
the difference, isn't it?
It is a funny combination of being
elastic but without energy, got
energy but not quite put in the
What he doesn't do is
support himself enough with his hind
leg which is why he tends to splay a
Then the outline of the
frame goes and he drops down. Lovely
all the same. He can be very pleased
I think the smile says it all,
congratulations. Did you expect to
win this class this evening?
all I didn't expect anything, just
wanted to do a good and he went
really well, it was really close. To
night I came out on top.
This is a
very special arena and the crowd are
absolutely on top of you when you
are in there. Is this something you
knew your horse would appreciate and
settle or was it an unknown?
loves it, I love the people so
close, they can almost touch the
horse, I love that because we need
the crowd to feel the riders and the
horse. I love that about London.
was a mammoth journey to get here,
tell is about the journey and what
you had to do to compete at Olympia.
The planes were cancelled because of
the weather and I took the car and
it was thing was cancelled, we drove
from Germany and it took 13 hours to
get to London but once settled in it
was such a show and I would travel
three days to get here.
Great result for Patrik Kittel.
Fabulous result for ML Fourier who
was second with his new horse delay
sheer. He said he wasn't a surprise
to be second, it was a miracle. Ones
to watch for the future. It is time
for World Cup showjumping, we can
COMMENTATOR: Anticipation is
building in the Grand Hall at
Olympia ahead of the Longines FEI
World Cup Andy Austin is alongside
me, you have walked the clause, what
can we expect? -- walked the course.
Right into the big box, we start
with two oxers, two Power fencers
and into this difficult related
distance. This is a moment on the
course when they can relax but now
here is the real deal, huge
combination, big oxer, short stride
through vertical, and then a very
difficult oxer coming out and soon
you jump that you've got to go over
the left-handed one over another 160
vertical, a big wall here, quickly
off the corner, six floaty strides
up to the water tray. A very short
light distance to this vertical,
that's going to be a difficult fence
to jump in the corner. Here is the
triple bar, Tim talked about how
wide this was earlier. They love
having a wide vertical after a
triple bar, always difficult to
jump. The horse is tiring towards
the end of the course. The big
double, you need a lot of power to
jump out of the double, and then
that last fence coming round the
corner very quickly. They will be
tired at the end of this course.
you surprised by the cause, or is it
what you expected?
It is a typical
Olympia World Cup, technical, very
light and plenty big enough.
it to be difficult, it is after all
the Longines FEI World Cup. 13
nations represented, 36 competitors,
nine of them representing Great
Britain. The first of those 36 comes
in in front of this packed house in
this intense arena now. This is
Anna-Julia Kontio riding the Bay
nine-year-old gelding Lorenzo of
Always interesting the first
competitor in, we want to see how
other course will write and what the
distances looked like and crucially
the time allowed which is 70
Finland, our first competitor,
Anna-Julia Kontio riding Lorenzo.
Lovely Holstein Kiel gelding by
Landos. Coming into that first big
oxer, the first two fences should be
relatively straightforward. Five
level strides into the third. This
is the big line we talked about now.
Huge combination. Very well ridden.
There is a lot of very quickly. Six
strides seemed to be OK but they've
just got to sit up. Beautifully
ridden there. So, so far, really
good round. Oh! Got too close, and
extra stride into the vertical after
the triple bar, that's going to be a
difficult problem for everybody. You
can see, I said horses would tire at
the end of this course, this one
definitely losing a bit of shape and
jump. It's a really tough course at
It all started so well but
ended rather in disappointment.
Three fences down, four faults for
each fence, so 12 faults for
Anna-Julia Kontio and Lorenzo, 12
penalties, just inside the time
allowed as you can see. Started
This is where it all
went wrong, instead of keeping
moving ran in too close to the
vertical and that rather unsettled
her horse, you could see the shape
of the jump went quite badly over
the next double. So, the end of the
course is crucial, it's very hard
for the horses to keep concentrating
for so long.
The first now of the
nine British competitors in this
Longines FEI World Cup. This is
Robert Smith riding his own and
Karina Reily's Ilton. Great to see
Robert Smith riding at the top
level, such an experienced
competitor, he has run this three
times but the Last Time he ran it
was in 2005.
He's had a very long
This Ilton is only a
nine-year-old and this would be one
of the biggest classes this horse
Robert Smith, son of the very famous
Hadi that so many riders of my
generation were inspired to get into
the sport by Harvey. The first two
riders are finding this course is
tough enough. I think the first
group of riders that we've got are
not the biggest names, not the most
fancied horses. We are not going to
see too many clear rounds in the
The first part of that double is
really sticking up in the air when
the horses are tired. And another
horse really struggling at the end
of the round.
And one time penalty
as well, just over the time allowed
of 70 seconds, so 21 penalties in
total for Robert Smith and Ilton.
Just picking up on what you were
saying, Andy, it seems the course
builders are testing scope and power
early and then they are asking for
precision later which makes it
horses are tiring and the reason it
is tiring is not because it is a
long course, it's because there is
no breather. If jumping outside
Exton with a huge arena you can
relax in some of The Open spaces but
this is incredibly intense. The
first two accommodations finding it
Extreme level of
concentration required here as our
third competitor comes into the
arena are representing Spain riding
Cuidam this is Manuel Fernandez
Manuel riding for Spain, he is
based in Holland. This is a Dutch
bred horse by Verdi, the famous
Italian Maikel Van der Vleuten has
won so much on, so this one
certainly has the breeding. Manuel
is a very experienced rider. He
competed in the Olympics last year.
This is a horse with a lot of scope.
So we have seen quite a few
competitors get to this point in the
course and they look reasonably
comfortable but the pressure now
really starts to come on towards the
end. That's exactly what I'm talking
about. Complete lack of
concentration, four sure strides
running straight into that one. Just
four slightly open strides there.
Can't really add an extra one. This
is the fence they have found so
tough. Super careful there. That was
Oh! That was hard luck.
shame. Tipped that poll at the last
meaning two down and ate penalties
for Manuel Fernandez Saro. In the
context of what we have seen, quite
a respectable round.
Yes, it was a
good round but quite a bad mistake
if you watch the vertical, ran in
way too close, it was with a big
stride and found it hard to shorten.
Unlucky if you watch him at the last
fence. Just slightly tired, couldn't
quite get the back end away.
very early stage Manuel Fernandez
Saro and Cuidam are out in front,
but so much to enjoy. This man, at
Olympia once again riding the form
horse Callisto blew, Michael
This is one of the best
horses Michael has got his hands on
in the last few years, still
inexperienced, lovely ten-year-old
gelding by Chacco Blue and he has
been picking up a few points in the
World Cup qualifiers, eating placed
in Oslo, Madrid. Currently 14th in
Just made everyone's heart flutter.
That's his inexperience. You see how
brilliantly talented he is but for a
young horse this is such an intense
atmosphere and he just took his eye
off that fence and caught Michael
out. He gets four faults for that
refusal, and also he's going to get
a load of time faults and he's going
to be well over the 70 seconds so
that's Michael's chance is gone
today. But let's keep watching this
horse because this is a super
talented jumper. Is the kind of
horse that in the future would like
to see Michael riding on British
But I love the fact that Michael is
such a professional he hasn't
allowed that upset to faze him. He's
kept up and back into his rhythm,
giving the horse confidence.
Obviously a mistake there. But this
is a horse to keep your eye on. It
has a lot of talent.
Well, that early run out and
obstacles down mean a total of 12
penalties for Callisto blue.
Michael Whitaker. Watch this.
Michael knew what he was doing but
the horse thought, and I meant to
jump that one? It comes so quickly
on an angle. That was just a bit of
a novice mistake going into the
double and then he has to use his
vast experience and presence of mind
to ensure this ultimately is a
positive experience for this horse.
Which it actually was in the end.
penalties for Michael Whitaker, as
the next competitor comes in, also
for Great Britain, and another
familiar name indeed, riding Denise
Stamp's Billy Mccain, this is
This is a great
campaigner, William Funnell, a
stalwart of the British team for
many years, he breeds hundreds of
horses. This is one he has bred out
of an Irish mother. The owner,
Denise Stamp, I spoke to her earlier
in the week and she was very nervous
and excited about this horse jumping
for the first time in the World Cup.
This one is only nine years old. He
will need all of William's
experience to get him round.
You can see only a young horse but
very talented indeed.
Shortening up there. That was the
difficulty for all these younger
horses, to be able to shorten
quickly after such a wide oxer.
William Funnell is using all of his
experience. He is such a lovely
rider to watch. I think it's
important to remember, although you
are seeing a few fences coming down
there, these younger horses are
going into a completely different
level of competition so we mustn't
be too hard on them.
three fences down for William
Funnell and Billy Mccain. You heard
from Di Lampard earlier saying they
want young and exciting horses in
British hands to try and rebuild
teams for the future.
We just seemed
two horses, I know they have had a
couple of problems, but they are
horses back and have a future on
British teams and give them another
year or two with these top riders
they will be there or thereabouts.
More to come, for sure, as William
Funnell heads back out to the
collecting area and we welcome our
next competitor. And this for Spain
riding Kaliyuga's Rokfeller de
Pleville Bois Mar, Eduardo Alvarez
Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, the
son of the great Olympic showjumper
and event rider, which is one of
those very rare combinations, one or
two people like Sir Mark Todd have
achieved that. This young man,
lovely rider, very stylish. You have
to say at the moment we are a long
way off seeing a clear round. This
is a long way off what we expected.
A lot of fantastic top combinations
still to come towards the end of the
field. That seems to be the hardest
line at the moment, early on in the
course. The horses have put so much
effort in. By little white delicate
vertical is very hard to jump on a
short distance. -- light vertical.
Four faults would definitely put him
into the lead at the moment. Inside
the time allowed as well
comfortable, so into the lead with
those four faults goes Eduardo
There was a lovely
rhythmic stillness to his riding
He is a classic course
man, a lot of feel for what is going
on. Just watch here, very tight
distance, it means the horses must
shorten their stride very quickly.
That seems to be a fence that is
going to take a lot of jumping.
Eduardo Alvarez Aznar into the lead
with just the one fence down. As
into the arena now riding Ugo
Pisani's grey stallion kasbah,
Emanuele Gaudiano for Italy --
Great big strong stallion by
a good stallion, Berlin. Emanuel
Gaudiano has won this class in 2015
but it doesn't look like he's going
to win today. Early fence down.
Very interesting to see how Italian
showjumping is having a fantastic
renaissance at the moment. We have
another couple of great Italian
riders to come in this class. They
are right at the top of the sport.
He is one of the riders who has been
able to get the shore distanced to
that vertical. Very annoying early
That double. The horse is tiring
again towards the end of the course.
So, disappointment for Emanuel
Gaudiano, 12 penalties and three
Michael Whitaker, Ron Howard, you
didn't expect that, did you?
didn't, I don't think even got his
eye on the fence, he didn't expect
it to be there and saw it at the
last minute -- run out.
We can take
a look at it now.
He is flying now.
He just jumps out, I think he was
surprised by the fence being there.
How tricky is this course?
tricky, a tricky big cause,
everything has to be bang right,
everything has to be dead right
otherwise you will not jump clear.
Bad luck today.
COMMENTATOR: Michael Whitaker has a
lot of context to judge the course.
Goodness knows family thousands he
has jumped in his career. Another
experienced competitor riding
S.C.E.A. De Lillebec's Rouge de
Ravel, this is Guy Williams for
Seven riders gone. The best score so
far, just eight faults. 12 faults
plus the rest. It is a tough course.
It's what we expect. We will see
what Guy Williams can do.
Guy is riding with his normal strong
determination, he is a strong rider.
He will have to work hard at the end
of this course. You can see he's
already kicking and pulling a bit.
He was unlucky there.
Another competitor towards the end
of the course, you can see the
horses that are slightly outside
their comfort zone, they really get
tired down the last line.
fences down in the end including all
three parts of the final
combination, 20 penalties for Guy
Williams and Rouge de Ravel. He was
riding with dynamism at the
beginning but the horse could not
sustain that pace.
The guy is a
talented rider, no mistake about it,
but you can't ride around this track
on a horse that is less than 100% on
his job. There is only so much the
rider can do.
So, next, riding his own hand Maria
Traber's Bay gelding from
Switzerland, Lord Pepsi, Paul
Paul Estermann is a very
experienced Swiss team member, he's
been around the sport for a very
long time. This horse has come
through in the last year or so. It's
one of those horses that on his day
can jump any track. He does have the
This horse is 11 now.
coming into his best years.
the sweet spot for a showjumper?
Between ten and 15 is the best
years. This horse over the last
couple of years has been finding his
feet at 5-star level and he is
capable of jumping round here. That
was unlucky. Nothing Paul could have
done differently, he got his
distance and his rhythm right. That
last double is proving hard. It is
such a light plank. I think horses
are a little bit shot away by the
time they get to that part of the
Two down, one of the better
rounds we have seen so far puts him
into second place, Paul Estermann,
behind Eduardo Alvarez Aznar with
eight penalties. We saw on the
course walk with Tim and Lee how
these polls really needed just a
breath to come off those shallow
They are incredibly light. The
plank going into the double, just
breathe on it and it's going to come
The first part of that
competition has caught so many
outcome is that because of the
proximity to the bend, there is no
room of a corner?
It is partly that
but also because it's at the end of
the course when the horse has been
under so much intense pressure to
OK, next in, a horse
who has been competing extensively
in the United States but ridden by
the Britain Amanda Derbyshire,
Luibanta, owned by Tim feat.
to see Amanda here at Olympia. --
owned by Gochman Sport Horse. He
said I could get you a job in
America and one thing led to another
and now she has a great team of
horses and worked her way up to the
top of the sport. She is a very
talented young lady and it's great
to see her making the trip from the
states where she is based to command
jump at Olympia.
You've been excited
to see this horse jumping here
today, haven't you?
We really wanted
to see this horse jump this track.
Is this a horse that could jump on
British teams? Very unlucky there.
Still jumping a good round.
Just to put this round into context,
this is the tenth rider in. The best
we have had is eight faults. We have
had one on four faults. It is a
really tough course.
started promisingly but the wheels
gradually began to fall off a little
We are getting a pattern here,
aren't we? They start off well. The
horses are finding it OK. Very often
that early vertical comes down and
the first part of this double is
incredibly hard to jump. The horses
have to be so accurate and careful
when they are a little bit tired.
So, 12, three down for Amanda
Derbyshire and Luibanta. Great to
see her at Olympia. Next, into the
arena the 11th competitor in this
Longines FEI World Cup, riding his
own Uno de la Roque, for Belgium,
This horse is
technically French but the breeding
is Dutch, the famous Dutch stallion
is Numero Uno and the mother is the
great Kannan so very good blood. He
is well over six feet. He was born
and bred in the saddle, his father
was a brilliant rider in his own
right and one of the world's leading
horse dealers so he is sort of born
and bred into the job.
We have seen Francois Mathy in
England earlier this year, fourth in
the Grand Prix at bowls worth. He
writes a number of different horses
around the European circuit. I like
the way that big horse was able to
quickly get over that tricky
vertical. He has had that annoying
early fence down but well worth
concentrating to see if he can stay
on four faults. Not to be.
share of second place with eight
faults, Francois Mathy junior.
Having the Katiba the first two part
of that tricky, nation effectively
it was the final part of the water
tray underneath that caught him out
-- having negotiated.
Most of the
horses have been finding it OK.
Again, you can jump a good round
around here and still have two down.
The water tray possibly took his eye
off the top rail. So, 84 Francois
Mathy and next for Great Britain,
riding his own and Elisan's
Fandango, one of the most
experienced horses in this field, it
is William Whitaker. great to watch
William Wright. Very elegant and
stylish. He was our only represented
in the Europeans at Gothenburg this
year. Fandango, 14 years of age,
very experienced horse. Still
looking for our first clear round
and it is not going to be this one.
It's always interesting to note that
it's not was the biggest fences that
cause problems, it's just that
vertical, which is not the biggest,
in a difficult place on a short four
strides after a big oxer.
round. Very unlucky.
Into a share of
the lead. We will have a jump off
whether it is four faults or clear
is remains to be seen. We are in the
early stages. William Whitaker one
down and that was arguably the best
round we seen.
Here is the short
stride distance, jumped a bit on the
right-hand side. Great round from
William Whitaker. Fit perfect
everywhere else. The back foot
winces a little.
But you never know,
you might have done enough. We will
see some clears, I will stick my
We have a really exciting
clutch of four in her role in ten
horses time but let's not forget
those in between times and this is
our next competitor. Wilm Vermeer.
rider with lots of wins and lots of
form, mostly at sea and four star
shows. He won the Grand Prix this
year. Only a nine-year-old.
Those of you interested in pack and
bridles. Have a look, it less
bridal, nothing in his mouth. How
would you like to ride round there
was no bit in the horse's mouth.
Some horses are happier if you just
leave them alone.
Tell me the different sensation of
riding with that bridal especially
on a course like this. What happens
is you don't get anything like the
same feeling. You have to give the
horse a bit more trust and freedom.
Very often horses are a bit
sensitive in the mouth and they will
jump better if you have nothing at
all on it. Two baldie fences, if we
can call them that and come down
again. Tough round. Wilm Vermeer,
four down, 16 penalties.
again. Tough round. Wilm Vermeer,
four down, 16 penalties. Amanda
Berisha, just watching all these
rounds and to get a clear is so
tricky and it seems like you're
around, a lot of the horses are
coming towards the latter stages,
why is that what might a lot of big
jumping efforts and by the end of
the course the horses are getting
The jumps are massive
tonight, come down very easily.
Hopefully there will be a couple of
clears near the end.
Pretty technical, in the
small ring there is not much room
for error. If you don't see the one
off the turn, you don't have much
off the turn, you don't have much
COMMENTATOR: Well done to
Amanda Darbyshire. She had see down,
12 penalties. You never guess she'd
spent time in America! Here is the
heroine of the Puissance, riding the
winner. Laura Renwick.
massive scope, can he stay cheerful?
It was tough for him in the class
after the Puissance looked tired.
Had a chance to regroup, try to get
the horse more settled on the hops
because she cannot afford to let him
run on and open his stride up to
much. No doubt about this horse's
ability. Can get a little bit
Will he shorten up here?
She's taken a stride out and jumped
it. That's the way to do it.
went for it as well.
She had a plan.
She has got one. That's where having
taking your stride out, he was to
forward down the next distance
whether anybody can do that than an
shorten for the other distances, I
don't know. She had a plan, stop to
it if she can clear the last it's a
very good road and indeed.
into a share of the league, Laura
Renwick. She's had a splendid week,
a real crowd pleaser and this horse
has bounced right back today after a
disappointing round two nights ago.
Brilliant effort from Laura,
desperately unlucky, just took hold
of it a bit much after the triple
bar. Let's have a look at this.
Three strides. Long way off it but
that worked better than everyone has
tried to put forward. Here he is
pulling, look at the ground he makes
up, wanted everything to shorten him
up and couldn't do enough. Great
effort from Laura.
They horse with a
huge stride, only an eight-year-old
but he's got some engine.
Austria its Christian Ron Berg.
Christian Ron Berg. Clear Mackie is
a big winner, has won a four Grand
Prix this summer. Lovely big
he's had one down but he's rattled
the number. Lucky he hasn't had more
down. If he can get round here for
four faults he is doing extremely
well. He has jumped that tricky
vertical, can he keep it going?
Looking very untidy and he's all
over the place. All the control
went. Big double bridal but they
were not on the same page, horse and
rider at all. If you come off the
corner and you don't have the
straight, you can't possibly change
your mind, you have to keep coming
with what you've got. There is no
space. It's hard to understand
unless you've ridden just big horses
in a small arena, this is incredibly
intense for an experience, it is
coming at you, jumped after jump.
Ironically now the pressure is off
and jumping beautifully.
And upside-down round from Christian
Ron Berg for Austria. -- Rhomberg.
There will be more to add.
Ron Berg for Austria. -- Rhomberg.
There will be more to add. William
Whitaker, you never want to get one
down but that is not looking too
bad. It's a tough course out there,
comes at you thick and fast.
pleased with the way my horse
jumped. Just a pity to pick up those
Will we have any clears
going forward? I would think so.
look down the list and see who is to
come at the, some of the best in the
world, we will definitely get
clears, but hopefully not too many
so I picked up a bit of money.
realistic assessment or try to put
Spoken like a true
Yorkshireman, looking for some place
For France, the competitor
that Tim Stockdale told you was
worried about the water tray. This
is Olivier Robert.
has been riding this horse for the
honour for a while and he liked it
too much cheaper to much he put his
own money into his pocket and bought
the horse himself. He is worried
about the water tray, some horses
don't like the blue on the floor and
it can put the brakes on them. That
might be adjusting as we go run the
cause but this is a very talented
jumper. There we are, commentator's
kiss of death.
A fair bet so far.
the moment we can have faults
anywhere on this course but a big
scope of a horse. No problem with
that water tray. But at the moment
no clears, four faults and can still
get a lot of prize money down the
He is a class jumper because the way
he jumped that double is as good as
anybody but he looked into the water
Not about round all the
same from Olivier Robert. Eight
penalties. Three sharing the lead at
the moment. William Whitaker,
You don't want to have one down but
it's not a bad place to be. You're
pretty happy at the moment?
the other night and he was
incredible them. To jump class like
this at his age and give a
performance like that, I am over the
moon, he put on the performance of
Talking to the riders
about how tricky the courses, very
technical, isn't it?
technical. The first four fences are
nicely spread out and then it is
boom, boom, boom. He's still tries
to do the jumps from each and his
first World Cup, really pleased.
to do the jumps from each and his
first World Cup, really pleased.
A share of the lead for Laura
Renwick, as things stand, at the
halfway point at the moment. 16 of
36. It is Geir Gulliksen from
Norway. A chestnut gelding.
Relatively new horse for Geir
Gulliksen. Previously ridden by Cian
O'Connor and Eduardo Aznar. This is
a horse with plenty of talent, Geir
Gulliksen has been around a long
time and ridden lots of different
horses. He needed some new talent
and this is a horse with a lot of
Hard luck. Did everything he could
to get balanced. The way that
vertical rides, some horses just
keep running into it and there is
nothing the riders can do. Still
looking for that clear, is it going
You assured me Edward,
Andy, I'm convinced we got some
quality towards the end of the
track. William Whitaker said, we are
going to get some clears. I'm sure.
Just over the time allowed as well
so there will be a penalty to add to
the jumping penalty. 13 penalties
for Geir Gulliksen.
Getting repetitive to say it but
just watch it do everything to
shorten up for the vertical but the
horse just disregarded and keeps
running to the end of the arena.
You can see the riders's faces when
they come out, it's a tough course.
Geir Gulliksen a bit disappointed.
Will there be more joy for the
United States of America now? Laura
Kraut, a new Grand Prix horse and
from what I know, you're excited
about this horse.
Fascinating to see
how she will jump in this tight
arena, we have seen him jump
outdoors very successfully. He was
placed on the Rolex Grand Prix in
Geneva just recently but this is a
different kettle of fish and he has
already got an early fan stand,
Confu. Confu Definitely seems to be
suited to the bigger arena. But this
is a horse with an enormous amount
of power and school but a lot of the
riders have said, this course is all
about horses being incredibly
careful in keeping their
concentration. Definitely showed his
That early fence that Laura had
their own, she has done very well,
forgotten about it. Confu Showing
his ability at the end of the track,
can she get home with four faults,
close to the time.
She will look
back on that round with a mixture of
satisfaction and frustration because
it was one of the easiest fences
that she had down and early on.
Other than that she goes into a
share of the lead.
Laura will see
the positives in this but that
second fence, very straightforward
oxer, normally Confu would jump that
99 times out of 100 but I love the
way he jumped that double. Showed
They horse with
abundant talent, Confu, Laura Kraut
part of the quartet on four faults
each. Next, there were 19 competitor
From Italy, Lorenzo De Luca.
Do you like his outfit?
military uniforms are quite
Limestone grey, an
Irish gelding. 11 years old. It's
been fantastic to watch Lorenzo De
Luca over the last three years climb
up the rankings riding for the very
powerful stables. I thought he was
going to believe that one out but it
has fallen and another early fence.
We're not going to see Lorenzo De
Luca winning today. We keep
believing we will get some clears
but at the moment, still struggling.
Just a reminder that we've got
aroused combinations to come. Maikel
Van Der Vleuten has been in great
form, Scott Brash, Ben Maher. All
still to jump.
Every single rider to
come from now on as a household
name. We have got to get some
Three down, 12
faults for Lorenzo De Luca. The
household names begin here. With the
man who is in front in the Western
league as we see a couple of
Lorenzo's mishaps again.
grey was never quite At The Races.
Wasn't really giving Lorenzo De Luca
the jump that he needed to get round
So, next up to appreciative applause
from the crowd, the 2012 London gold
medallist, in front in the westerly,
riding Alamo, Steve Guerdat for
This black gelding, just nine years
old. This is a very inexperienced
horse, not one of Steve's top
horses, he was placed, he's actually
winning the league at the moment in
Europe but not with this horse. He
has one classes on Hannah and Bianca
but not with this one. Very
interesting to see how this young
singles. Super-talented down the
combination. That was absolutely
Steve one of the top professionals
that can write all sorts of
different horses. That was class,
shortened up, got the balance. No.
Can he hold it together. So many
riders, once they turn this corner,
the last one has caught them out.
Well, and the last fence, the
younger horse just find it too much
at the end. Had jumped such a
brilliant to that point. And Steve
Such a shame for Steve
Guerdat on Alamo. All the hard work
was done and then the final part of
that combination and then that
precipitated the run out.
lack of experience. This is
definitely a horse to keep your eye
on. Here he is, so brilliant down
this line when every other horse has
had a vertical down that was his
first fault and he came round the
corner and that fence at a very
strange angle. Young horses don't
expect fences to come so quickly.
Very unusual to see the horse run
out at the final obstacle.
how tough this course is. The jumps
have been placed in a very difficult
way for youngsters.
11 penalties in
total for Steve Guerdat as we
welcomed in, for Sweden, Peder
Fredicson for Sweden.
Fredicson, one of the best riders to
watch. European champion this year
in Gothenburg. Such a wonderful,
told, is -- told, stylish rider to
watch. Can he produce our first
clear? He had to work hard to keep
his horse under control there.
Beautifully balanced over the tricky
Nobody is clear until they jump this
next line. Working hard, Peder
Fredicson, just want to go, is it
the first clear? It is.
It is, clear
round. Peder Fredicson for Sweden.
You can see the appreciation around
the arena and have exacting a
challenge that was. We have seen
some of the world's best riders
outfoxed by this extremely
technical, extremely difficult
course and with total concentration
and focus, he has made it not look
easy, but made it look less
He didn't make it look
easy, worked incredibly hard. He had
to sit up here and say, come on, get
in the area. And held it together
over the last fence. He's not
European champion for no reason,
this is a top man riding absolutely
brilliantly. Well done, Peder
Fredicson. Hoist the bunting in
Stockholm, Sweden have the clear so
far. For Germany, the grey
13-year-old, the man and from this
week, Daniel Deusser.
Very distinctive coronet, looks like
he hasn't really finished off the
paint job, very strange colouring,
unusual with such a beautifully bred
horse. This is a gelding, they
normally come out in stunning grey
but he has come out with the sort of
mottled effect but he's a very good
Is it going to be waiting for a bus
or are there more to come along one
after another. Waited 20 horses to
get our first clear and now we want
some more to get a good jump off.
I hardly dare say that we started
You can only say it as you see
That's the first of the
ball defence is out of the way. --
bogey fences. Daniel Deusser one of
the most experienced, stylish riders
out there, can he keep it together?
No, he can't. Caught out by the
first part of the double. Still one
Beautiful to watch in the
main. Smooth, wonderful read. One
down. It's a joint second place at
the moment for Daniel Deusser.
was classier. Watch Daniel setup,
get the balance, he made that line
looked really easy and the lightest
of touches here, just a faint touch,
that was desperately unlucky. It's a
cruel sport, this showjumping, isn't
Can't even make out which leg
tip that Paul.
Wind and breath and
down it comes. Four faults for
Daniel Deusser. Another one for
Germany, the 14-year-old stallion,
Very distinctive bright style of the
told Christian Ahlmann -- up bright
style. Six feet three Talbot sits
very bright. Very Germanic style,
long rains and he has some
experience, four Olympics.
Always fascinating to look at the
different styles of riding. Always
looks like he sat in an armchair
having a little round. A lot of
control over his horses, Christian,
always stays in this lovely rhythm.
Shortened airily, that's the key to
it, jump the oxer easily and shorten
the stride early. That's the most
irritating fence to come down. With
a lazy front foot on the back rail.
Still in the top ten but not enough,
I'm afraid for Christian Ahlmann.
Eight faults for him. Two down. Back
rail of the triple bar on the first
part of the commendation that has
foxed 90% of people.
This is the bit
he did so well, short four strides
and the next fence just casually
flicked one front leg onto the rail.
Hard to see how he touched that
fence. Though and it came.
Now, the competitor who on the
different horse won the World Cup
recently. Edwina Tops-Alexander for
I'm glad you've said the
Showjumpers have always had
exotic names but some of them take
them to a whole new level this week.
I don't mind talking when she won in
black Spain, because it is called
California and I can say that.
Edwina is in great form, recently
had a baby but gone right back into
the top of the sport. She is
actually sitting sixth on the
Western European league. She has had
some great form. Always very well
mounted. One of the biggest horse
dealers in the world, if you cannot
get good horses, nobody can. -- if
she cannot get good horses.
Lots of class and quality. This
horse only nine years old. So much
engine. Look at that for power.
Still jumping with a foot to spare.
Close to the time just the one to
go. Kapas, six hundredths inside the
Just avoiding a time penalty
and our second clear run, so there
will be a jumpoff, Edwina
Tops-Alexander. Well mounted she
might be but she's got to get the
job done and she has and she shares
that lead with Peder Fredicson.
Australia and Sweden provide us with
our two clear is so far and we have
12 competitors to come.
You were just watching Edwina's
round with a smile and a grimace now
there is a jumpoff.
round with a smile and a grimace now
there is a jumpoff.
Smiling for the
jumpoff but wouldn't mind if there
was one fault.
You got the first
clear run, how difficult was this
course, easier when you have a clear
under your belt?
Hard work to write and defences come
really quick at you and you cannot
ride to style points, just a clear
See you in the jumpoff.
Back to the arena and the man who
jumped the night before last riding
this horse, VDL Groep Arera C,
Maikel Van der Vleuten. Great to
riding here at Olympia, one of the
top ten in the world, eighth in the
Western European league and already
a winner this week with this horse.
So, fantastic to have one of the
best riders in the world competing
The 12-year-old Dutch mare.
Not to be today. It's interesting
watching Peder Fredricson... Sorry,
Peder Fredricson was watching Edwina
Tops-Alexander's round and he sort
of looked at it and thought,
couldn't she just have had a time
fault because her horse jumped
brilliantly? Her round was by far
the easiest stylish round so far,
that horse looked in the comfort
zone all the way round and none of
the other horses have come close to
that. Her round really did stand
out. Peder Fredricson had to work a
lot harder to get his clear.
Not to be this afternoon for Maikel
Van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Arera
C, two down, they have won a class
already this week so it's been a
productive one. How much does a
whole week of Olympia take out of
these horses? How much do you have
to pace yourself?
It is a good point
you're making, because having won
earlier this week in a fast jump
maybe that has taken some patrol out
of the tank. You can't have all
ways, he's had a win and won eight
ranking class and can still go home
Now, another big-name, the
next man in the arena for Germany
riding Gestut Zhaschkow & Hubert
Vornholt's Comme Il Faut, it's
Marcus Ehning. Will love this
stallion, exuberant horse, short in
the back and short in the neck, I'm
sure these fences look quite big
when you are on such a small and
But he has power. If
you watch Marcus ride him he flows
forward and allows him to enjoy
himself. There is no better man than
the guy's feeling he has on this
horse. Watch him, he is just class.
We spoke quite a bit this week about
the natural stallion's exuberance.
He is a cheeky little horse. You
could see he ran in far too close
and wasn't concentrating and still
managed to jump. He will have to
listen to Marcus a lot more than
that if he is to jump the next line
or two. He is still bucking. A lot
of pace into the triple bar and
that's the problem Marcus has got,
he doesn't have that huge stride so
he had to ride with pace and flatten
his jump. It's a shame not to have
Marcus into the jump off, he's going
for a quick four faults round.
clever as a cat but he just couldn't
make the final part of that triple
bar, and into third place goes
Marcus Ehning with comfortable you
the fastest round with four faults.
As you say, shame he wasn't in the
jump off because he would have had a
Watch what he had to
do, the wide triple bar, two metres
wide, needed pace to jump it and
flatten his jump. Great shame not to
have him in the jump off.
things will be expected from this
crowd and everybody of our next
competitor. You heard him in
conversation with Lee McKenzie
earlier talking about why he didn't
take part in British team
competition this year but he is a
huge talent, he is Scott Brash
riding Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham's
Ursula XII, 16 years old.
been undoubtedly one of the best
horses we have ever seen in the
world of showjumping. Winner of the
Doha Grand Prix, winner of the Grand
Prix in Spruce Meadows, instrumental
in Scott Brash's phenomenal rise to
the very top of the sport. She is 16
years old now. This is a mare that
originally came from Scotland,
passed through the Fletchers' yard
and had so much success with Scott
Brash. Little bit of a lucky rub
Just the one to jump.
The time is
fine as well. Scott Brash and Ursula
into the jump off to the delight of
the crowd in the Grand Hall at
Olympia. And the fastest clear as
well, 67.58, and at the moment Peder
Fredricson, Edwina Tops-Alexander
and Great Britain's Scott Brash, and
you can hear the crowd responding.
So much joy around the arena to see
Scott Brash and Ursula, one of the
biggest crowd favourites going
clear. And Scott almost smiled.
There is more work
for him to do yet. He is in this
class to win it.
So, the competition
is really beginning to come alive
now with those three clear rounds,
and now for France riding the Top
Stallions Company, Toupie de la
Roque, Julian Epaillard. Julian
Epaillard is a big winner, he
recently won the enormous amount of
prize money for the speed masters in
Paris. If he gets in the jump-off
you know he can go quick. This is a
slightly plain looking mare, not the
prettiest but she is a jumper by
Building now, we could do
with a few more, class names still
Still Harrie Smolders to
come, Cian O'Connor and Ben Maher.
Julien Epaillard is working quite
hard. Still clear. He gave that,
nation loads of air. One to jump
then. And a fourth clear it is.
Julien Epaillard, Scott Brash, Peder
Fredricson and Edwina
Tops-Alexander. We are
Fredricson and Edwina
Tops-Alexander. We are starting to
get a few more clear rounds. You
must be delighted with how he jumps
Great, his first World Cup,
the last few weeks in a massive ring
and now back into a small ring, it
is all new for me and him.
I saw you
taking a look at the jump of course,
how will it right?
Haven't had time
to digest it yet but the other
horses are pretty fast and I just
have to do my own track and jump a
clear round and see where I end up.
The best of luck.
COMMENTATOR: Edwina Tops-Alexander
is one of four riders to jump clear
in this initial round. This is going
to be some jump-off, as into the
arena comes HMM Legend Of Love,
owned by the legendary Ludo
Philippaerts and ridden by Olivier
Philippaerts for Belgium.
Olivier Philippaerts riding for his
father. Ludo was a brilliant rider
to watch, so competitive, and now he
is a good horse steerer, he finds
horses and has a big family. Olivier
has a twin brother and they also
have two other brothers as well, so
there is a lot of horses to find for
their camp. No better man to do it.
Well, this is looking tidy at the
moment. This mare is an efficient
jumper, not exuberant but watch her
get her legs up in the air. Can she
be careful there? No, the nasty
vertical into the double catching
another rider out. Good round.
faults for Olivier Philippaerts, and
HMM Legend Of Love. -- H&M. We have
had 29 go and we have another seven
competitors to enjoy. Every chance
we could add to the four clear
rounds so far, just one down and
predictable enough fence down, and
One of the two most difficult
fences. Olivier tried to keep his
horse away from that vertical and he
just dived at it. That was hard
Now to another man in terrific
form, riding Nabab de Reve's Zinius,
for the Netherlands, Harrie
He's won absolutely
everything, he was second in the
European Championships, winner of
the champions tour. He can ride
anything, he has so many different
horses and he's incredibly
competitive on all of them.
Zinius is one of those slightly
smaller more active types. Doesn't
have obvious big scope. You are
going to see Harrie doing a bit of
kicking and pulling to make it
Chaudiere. That was a nasty on
brilliantly to recover from that. --
oh dear. Harrie Smolders is not
going to be in the jump-off, one
A real shame, Zinius is still
working hard trying to leave the
Good round but one down,
four faults for Harrie Smolders.
Good round but one down,
four faults for Harrie Smolders.
Scott Brash, 30 horses gone globally
four clear rounds and you will be
delighted you and Ursula have one of
Definitely, it is a tough
course, a lot of tests out there
In terms of the bows and
atmosphere you get at Olympia always
how will she handled the jump-off?
She's an experienced mare, she is
16, so the more atmosphere the
better for her and we will just have
to try our best in the jump-off.
don't think that will be a problem,
the crowd will be on-site. Thank
Plenty of work to do for Scott
Brash, he will be jumping off again,
as into the arena now for Italy
riding the 13-year-old mare,
Contanga, Alberto Zorzi.
So, Alberto Zorzi. We have one horse
clear and they had to the jump.
Alberto Zorzi has done well in the
World Cups already this year, second
in Verran. Lots of points, tenth in
the league, wonderful stylish rider.
He's landed one of the best jobs in
showjumping, riding for the famous
Tops stable. Do you like his
You're taking the Gano very
dangerous road here, Andy and I'm
not going to take the bait.
the jumping. Oh! That was a shame.
Super careful through the double.
There is no letup on this course.
Four faults and just the one down
for Alberto Zorzi from Italy. Will
he be happy with that?
No, this is a
horse that really could have hand
should have jumped clear, that was a
very annoying mistake -- and should
have. Super-talented horse,
brilliant on the combination, that
was fantastic, and that slightly
lazy jump just coming down this
line, which we have seen so many
times. It's getting repetitive
talking about it but unfortunately
probably one of the smallest fences
individually on the course, just on
that tight four strides.
Is it not
showing enough respect or the angle
from the previous fence?
jump before, you have to put a bit
of leg on to stretch the horse
forward and the horse has
disregarded that vertical. There is
Bob Ellis, the course builder.
will he feel? Job done?
He has got
clears, if he has no more clears it
will still be a nice jump-off, if he
had no clears he would be worried.
Very experienced rider, riding
Chansonette Farm's Skyhorse, Cian
A really good wheeler
dealer, comes up with all sorts of
new horses and this is another one,
Skyhorse, only ten. Lovely little
gelding by Calvaro, fairly new ride
but a very talented horse, as you
Presumably to build the
strength of your stable you need to
leave no stone unturned
Cian O'Connor is
home from the show and straight on
the road looking for another horse,
he never sits still. Always looking
around to try and find more talent.
That's part of the job these
showjumpers have to do, you cannot
just rest on your laurels, you
always need fresh new super-talented
horses. This one, OK, he has made a
mistake but you can see this is a
lovely horse. Still probably another
season away from his best.
eight penalties, eight faults for
Cian O'Connor and Skyhorse.
little bit forward after the triple
bar. Interesting to watch Cian give
the horse a big pat, he had a smile
on his face.
He was pleased with the round, he
could see the horse's potential and
this horse will come out next year
and definitely be placed in some
Now, can another great British hope
add his name to the list of clear
rounds? Grand Prix winner at Olympia
in 2013 and 14, runner-up in this
last year, still just 34 years old
and what a CV he has got, riding Don
Vito, nine-year-old gelding, it is
Rebuilding his string, riding
relatively inexperienced Don Vito.
It got Scott Brash in the jump-off
on experienced Ursula. That's a very
different kettle of fish for Ben
Maher. It's the placing of those
fences that causes any problems,
because these young don't expect to
have a jump by the edge of the arena
straight after a big combination on
a related distance. They are just
not ready for it.
you've said this afternoon, Andy, it
strikes me that talent isn't enough
in this class, it's got to be talent
and ring craft.
Exactly. There is no
surprise that the younger horses are
finding it tough. They are showing
they have got ability. And there you
are again at the last fence, Don
Vito just not expecting to see a
jump around the corner.
He's going to try and end on a high
and jump the last.
He had it down
but it was academic by then because
plenty of time faults to add to 20
jumping penalties for Ben Maher and
Don Vito. A horse for next year and
the year after perhaps, just a
nine-year-old now. Don Vito just
showing his inexperience. He looked
at the double and hesitated on
Disappointment for Ben. Three to
come. The next four Ireland riding
Ballywalter Farms's Molly Malone V,
Lots of interest in
Molly Malone, born and bred at the
Dails' stables, Keith and Peter
Doyle read this one, and very proud
they are of this mare. -- at the
she has won all over the world.
She's 13 years old now. What we see
with these older horses, you saw it
with Ursula, they only jump in the
really big classes, save them, they
don't need to jump too many rounds.
There is no question about it.
Experience counts for everything.
Molly Malone can jump a clear round
Just a reminder, four
clear rounds so far.
Desperately unlucky, just a little
flick at the first part of the
double that remained the only error
on an otherwise blemish free round
but it was a blemish enough to
ensure that Bertram Allen will not
join that quartet in the jump-off,
Molly Malone finishes with that one
down and as such four faults, the
quickest four faults round. Yes,
hard luck story. But that little
flick on that plank was all it took.
Molly Malone has been such a
brilliant servant for Bertram Allen
over the years.
So, two to jump in this initial
round. Now, this for France riding
Oleksandr Onyshcenko's Teavanta II,
There is a very interesting story to
this one. This horse used to be
ridden by Ruben Romp in Holland. We
have seen this horse in Britain this
year placed in the King George V
Gold Cup at
Hickston. He can get on with any
kind of horse. Currently doing very
well on the Western league, he's
ninth at the moment. He won in Lyon
DME. Didn't see that coming at all.
What a shame. Simon Delestre and
Teavanta II, all that hard work and
then just the lightest flick over
the final Paul
-- over the final pole.
Look at that
reaction. Nobly saw that one coming
at all. He seemed to take off. --
nobody saw that.
competitor in this initial round of
the long GF -- Longines FEI World
Cup, Kevin Staut.
There is one thing for sure, Kevin
is taking this class seriously. He
jumped clear the other day and
didn't do the jump-off because you
wanted to save his horse for this
class. Good reason, his already
third in the league. He's had some
very good placings. He was second in
Oslo. But it's all in vain.
have done that jump-off the other
Maybe he should. Are you
going to tell him that yourself?
That was cruel.
Well, you've got to
have a plan and save your horse if
you think you have a chance in the
big money in the big Grands Prix. It
doesn't always pay off.
With only four clear rounds there is
still points to be had for four
faults. If he gets a quick time he
could still get a good place, who is
the fastest so far?
He's not too far away.
He's now the fastest
four faults, 64.53, so goes into
fifth place, Kevin Staut, and that
is where he will finish, in place,
because the four above him will now
jump-off for the Longines FEI World
After that early fence
down, a really top professional
using his brains. He knew what he
had to do an slightly quickened the
pace and gets the fastest four
So, the four that will
compete for the title here as the
arena party rejig the course for the
jump-off our Peder Fredricson for
Sweden, H&M Christian KCOM Edwina
Tops-Alexander riding for Australia
with Inca Boy van T Vianahof. Scott
Brash for Great Britain who produced
that beautiful round on Ursula and
the French rider on Toupie de la
Roque, Julien Epaillard. Those are
the ones on four faults. For a long
time, Andy, it looked as though we
would get no clears at all.
difficult to build this competition
because the quality of horse and
rider is so high. They've got it
about right, we have a nice
jump-off. We had a lot of horses on
four faults that could easily have
produced double the number of
There are promising horses
for the future, William Funnell and
Amanda Derbyshire, they had three
down but they will be happy with
what they have produced for future
years. Four to go in the jump-off. I
have Ben Maher alongside
years. Four to go in the jump-off. I
have Ben Maher alongside us. We knew
that would be a tricky course, Don
Vito not the most experienced of
Yes, he started off well and
went to the right on fence number
two and I had to change my plan and
he settled in and jumped the triple,
nation well. He had the two jumps
down that the class had down. He's
inexperienced and sometimes doesn't
look where he is going and they're
obviously a lot of run pasts at the
last fences which don't happen very
often. He's got to learn to look for
the jump and allow me to ride him.
Everything is there but just needs
time. When Tim and I spoke
beforehand you said there are lots
of fences in corners and on the
angle as well. Yes, everything comes
so fast, I was trying to help him as
much as I could so I did a lot for
him the walk down the line and the
triple bath in the end I think those
younger horses, everything keeps
coming thick and fast and they just
struggle to stay focused until the
Thank you for joining us. Tim,
in terms of what we saw when we did
our course what we highlighted a few
fences that might cause problems,
lots of fences caused problems. You
isolated the double with the plank
on top and my goodness that came
down on so many occasions.
wrecked so many dreams today, it
really has, Cimini riders thought
they were clear up to that point and
had it down and it looked at one
point that it was impossible to
jump. The problem was twofold.
Towards the end of the course, the
horse gets tired but the problem is
also there is a mass of polls behind
it so they couldn't distinguish
where it was so that caught them
out. It was on very flat caps so it
needed the most delicate of rubs.
These horses are not hitting it very
hard. These are experienced horses
being caught out in that fashion.
And the last fence caught a couple
out because it is right into the
corner and lots of horses don't
expect to see offence there.
always said we would get clear
rounds and there were times that you
studied to doubt it during that.
Four faults doesn't look that bad.
-- started to doubt. We have some
quality horses in the jump-off.
four that have jumped clear look
fantastic. The horse is in great
form. Edwina Tops-Alexander going
around, her horse was magic, the way
she went around from always like it
was on Springs, gazelle like. Peder
Fredericson worked hard and will
have his work cut out in the
jump-off, and Scott and Julien
Epaillard had the measure of the
course, concentrating towards the
end, holding it, two fast riders but
towards the end they were holding it
and presenting the horse in balance
to get the clear round.
be the crowd favourite, Ursula is
hugely experienced as well.
what is strange with this kind of
course is first rounds can be jumps
in different places and lots of
things around and it's almost an
eyeful and in the jump-off a strip
everything away and it becomes very
plain and there is a terrible
different emphasis on the second
round, it's more about speed and
less about things inside you, you
don't turn inside or back on
yourself. The faster riders, Scott
and Julien Epaillard will be there
at the end.
It's going to be quick,
it is quality, maybe not quantity,
let's head back to Nick and Andy.
COMMENTATOR: The course has been
thinned out for the jumpoff but this
is a real test of skill, speed and
is a real test of skill, speed and
Fascinating, starting with
four this sale. The oxer in the
corner, galloping over those two
oxers and then we get a tight turn
after this first here, back to the
second and third parts of what was a
combination. That's a really tight
turn. Once they've turned back
across the arena to the wall, now we
have to start galloping, flat-out,
all the way up to the arena to the
vertical at the corner, that will be
a real test of nerve and when you
have done that a big oxer. Is it
worth playing it safe early on in
the twisty and tiny part to make
sure you are clear and then go hell
for leather at the end you have to
do make the tight turns and gallop.
Let's confirm the order.
I'm going to put you on the spot and
Askew who is best placed to take
this jumpoff? Scott Brash is going
to win because he's British
. That's just not patriotism in the
extreme! This man might have
something to say about that because
he was the first one to go clear of
the 36 competitors who entered this
class. And he's riding for Sweden.
He went 21st and he might have
thought he'd done enough, as it was
he's joined by three others in the
Is the famous doors open to usher
him into the Olympia arena, welcomed
Peder Fredicson. What is his
Because there's not
many in the jumpoff, just one thing
to do, go for the win. No tactics
here, just go for it, what have you
got to lose? You know you are going
to come forth at the very worst. Go
Peder Fredicson. He is the one to
leave the gauntlet down.
We're going to have a little bit of
a look as to whether he turns very
tight at this next vertical back
into the double. They're all going
to have to go inside just a couple
of strides off the corner. Very
tight back to the wall if you can.
Lost a little bit of balance in his
character. He's a mile off it and no
gap. All the way back down the
Nice start. 41.3 four. Smooth,
rhythmically but is he fast enough?
I will be very surprised if they
don't go any faster. That was an
efficient round, the run that Peder
Fredicson felt suited his horse but
he certainly didn't go for it as
much as he could have done. Lovely
time here but when he turns back to
the wall, his horse went all over
the place and watch the canter.
Really disorganised. Back legs not
underneath him and he ended up a
mile off the wall and at that point
he thought he'd try to get home
clear and he was quite sensible to
the last, didn't chance it too much,
so they can go quicker.
They can go
quicker but he is without error and
that may yet be key. Peder
Fredicson, H&M Christian K clear in
the jumpoff. Here is Edwina
Tops-Alexander for Australia.
they get to Big Ben Houses of
Parliament wall. Peder Fredicson was
We have a little bit
of British interest in this horse,
it is produced in Britain and sold
on. I'm sure they will be watching
anxiously at home but a young horse,
nice little town. Massive power,
will she have a gallop. Not the most
experienced horse. She's gone wide.
She is a second in front.
stride, open him up. Right on a
level now. Going to be very tight.
Just done it. Just in front. Goes
Edwina Tops-Alexander Inca Boy van T
Vianahof with for Australia.
ground. Use common sense because
young horse, just nine years old,
smooth turn, just went slightly
widened to the wall, making sure of
dropping it but kept up a good
rhythm. This is a horse that covers
the ground. Big stride. She is in
the lead, we have two with riders to
41.05 is discord to beat. --
the score. The roar from the crowd
tells you that the next competitor
represents Great Britain the 16th
-year-old mare Ursula XII and riding
is Scott Brash. Having another
chance on this hugely experienced
Just being careful with the
Looking at around 26 year, way in
Miles up on the clock and I'm
sure she will gallop to the last as
well. Steadying of the vertical, now
here's the gallop. He is miles in
front. Just had a little rattle at
the last but it stayed up.
matter and you can see the reaction.
Scott Brash takes the lead in the
Longines SEI World Cup for Great
Britain and he shaves CMT quarter
seconds of Edwina Tops-Alexander
time and it didn't look like he was
in a hurry.
This horse has been
deceptive, she eats up the ground,
got so much power at 16 years of
age, all the jump, all the
experience and Scott Brash is super
cool. Knew exactly what he was
doing, kept his balance to the last.
He is way into the lead.
He will smile when he's won
If he wins the class
because the Frenchman may have the
Julien Epaillard. Toupie de la
Roque, six-year's as Sheila's
junior. -- Ursula's.
This one of the
fastest riders in the world, won the
huge pot of money at this speed
class in Paris and he's a flyer.
Very audacious turn there, that was
Just took an extra
stride round the corner.
in it. He's going to have to chance
these last two.
He's up now.
And he's done it. Julien
Epaillard has taken the Longines
World Cup for France and he has
beaten Scott Brash by nearly half a
second. Reasonably comfortable in
Did it to the last two
fences. Julien Epaillard, naturally
quick rider, very clever horse. He
won it fair and square.
won it fair and square.
whether Scott. Then his heart of
hearts when he saw the court that he
had it in the bag.
I don't think he
thought that, he knew how fast
Julien Epaillard is, I think you're
talking Julien Epaillard would have
won fans down and shoot himself in
the foot but he kept his cool and he
actually lost some of them run to
the wall and made it up over the
last two fences.
Lovely to see very
genuine Mayers finishing first and
second. I said there were no,
ten-year-old, six years Ursula's
junior and giving everything here.
Wonderful jumpoff, really
Confirming the result.
Like eight of 13 in the Western
European league and it goes to
France. Toupie de la Roque Ridden by
Once again, the man who jumped last
had the last laugh.
He did have the last lap, when Scott
came back a a word with him, he knew
that Julien Epaillard was going to
be so quick that there, that's a
be so quick that there, that's a
everything right, left a little bit
but on the numbers, at the top and
on the vertical. When I saw with
that Julien Epaillard. He has at
last rider so you have to be aware
he's behind you. Great result for
Always difficult for Peder
Fredicson as a Pathfinder and
Edwina, she's on a young horse, not
going to want to put the frighteners
on this one just for one class.
first World Cup, some tight turns
and got it going, those guys at the
end, the pedal to the metal.
take another look
Julien Epaillard's round. You said
what a quick, nation it is.
goes on the first stride. Turn, big
movement to this one, you see. This
is five, so as to wait for it, here
he nearly mess it up because he
nearly goes too early and we saw
there the horse had to work hard.
This is her I believe he used his
brains, I don't want to go to silly.
Going straight to that and now he
What you notice is how big the
striders, little bit of a check at
the end and the same thing, run to
the last. Little balance and there.
Great riding. How tricky is it to
get that speed to cover the ground
and be able to take it when you need
to just before the fence and
When you're riding
the jumpoff, you're right elongate
is. You start to see the distance
from further and as a result of
that, the runners ride a different
temple. Some riders can do it so
easily, almost automatically. Scott
is the same and so is Gillian. On
the first round to the jumpoff.
will hear from Scott in a moment.
Ursula is a hugely experienced
horse, 16 years of age.
great, superb. Scott's first-run
shows because he has as a rider. He
gave himself time in the end to
jumped last, so money riders were
running to the last line, he got it
balanced and set up and showed all
his skill as a world-class rider
that we know and the second round
again, the same thing.
because he was telling me earlier in
the week that he has got such
difficulties with many of his top
passes having injury, so for him to
be able to come to a shore were he
is so dearly loved and provide some
entertainment for the crowd, that
will give him a big boost.
would say about Scott, he always has
a good Olympia, he likes the arena
and believes the arena is a place of
work, as it were. He does well, he's
not in any way intimidated, the
opposite, World Cup day comes up
come along and he gets out of bed
and says, let's get stuck in and get
The horse are to head back
into the arena, William Whitaker was
looking for some money has and a
little bit, as go back to commentary
Spot-on, he finished eighth, not
quite sure how much that means but
William will have every idea!
prize money all the way down the
line and it means a lot just to get
into that prize line-up.
place was Marcus Denning, a little
unlucky today. Class horse, class
rider, he was unlucky, would have
liked to have seen him go against
the clock. Smashing horse. Bertram
Allen for Ireland, finished in sixth
place on Molly Malone. Element we
love Molly Malone, she's a great
campaigner. Kevin Stout, that was
really unfortunate, perfect until
the very last moment.
there with hard luck stories.
ones that went clear and contributed
to a wonderful jumpoff, Peder
Fredicson, Edwina Tops-Alexander
I think she will be
delighted with that nine-year-old
Horace, jumped brilliantly.
he'd smile if he won. Is he smiling
now? Nearly. He is responding to the
crowd who love him, Scott Brash.
Another brilliant round from him.
And here is the smiling Frenchman.
This man is definitely smiling, one
of the biggest wins of Julien
Epaillard's career, been around a
long time and his round was so
entertaining, went for the win.
Maybe turns and he really
He described this
Toupie de la Roque as rather plain
but if ever there was a handsome is
but if ever there was a handsome is
as handsome does, absolutely.
do not try and a fighter and she
gave absolutely everything today.
Now the presentation will take
place. The brand director of
Longines will present the prizes.
Now the national anthem of France.
(FRENCH NATIONAL ANTHEM).
Toupie de la Roque just turning her
year to that. I think she enjoyed
that. She did. Julien Epaillard.
Let's have a listen to what he's got
I'm very happy today, thank
you very much.
With three clear runs in the jumpoff
before you came in, how much
pressure was there on you?
lot of pressure on the first three
was clear and I have no chance to
try -- no choice but to try.
was a great day. To our winner,
Julien Epaillard. APPLAUSE
Congratulations indeed to Julien
Epaillard, really appreciative of
what this link today means at
Olympia and one of the
characteristics of this show is its
pan-European representation and it
is always good is he so many
countries represented on no fewer
than 30 nations here in this class.
That's one of the things about the
World Cup, you invite riders from
all over the European countries. All
was a really good international
flavour to it. I'm so pleased for
Julien Epaillard to win that, it
would have been as of Scott Brash
won it, you can see is a genuinely
nice guy, not one of the biggest
names in this sport but he is so
Julien Epaillard will receive his
rosettes and a bottle of champagne.
I say a bottle, it's a Magnum, of
course. Jill gets
-- you'll get through that night no
A very big moment of his
career, one of the classic classes
to win and world showjumping.
beating Scott Brash in second place,
Edwina Thomson Alexandria in third,
Peder Fredicson in force and another
Frenchman in fifth Kevin Stout.
-- Kevin Staut. We had about the
rebuilding of British showjumping.
Are there green shoots of recovery
for you, Andy?
I'm sure there are, a
lot of young horses that are going
to come through. We saw a few of
them, not quite jumping clear today.
A number of really good youngsters
with experienced riders. A lot of
strength in the riding department,
so I'm always optimistic. No
shortage of talented riders, no
shortage of talented horses but it's
getting them to stay together,
presumably. It's getting everybody
on board to make sure we have a
proper team effort next year.
Without wishing to be presumptuous,
I'm guessing that red bit and are
not going to win International
showjumping medals unless everybody
on that team is unified and singing
from the same hymn sheet and old
riding in this indirection?
course, that's the way it always
works in sport. We have to get
together and give it our best shot.
One man who gave it his best shot
back today and came up trumps,
Julien Epaillard, who has won the
Longines World Cup here at Olympia
on Toupie de la Roque. Not only one
of the most important classes here
of this show but one of the
important showjumping classes in
A lot of classic shows
around, Olympia is definitely one of
them, every rider wants to have a
big one at Olympia on their CV and
congratulations Julien Epaillard,
this is really does mean a lot to
him and the crowd have thoroughly
enjoyed it. It was a very exciting
jumpoff and now is his moment of
As is customary, one or two
of the rosettes flying into the
crowd make wonderful keepsakes.
Hopefully some young fans who will
pass on their love of the sport for
generations to come. Olympia such a
huge part of some money family
Christmases and now the crowd from
one final time can salute the winner
of the World Cup, for fans, Julien
Epaillard. 9000 fans in the arena.
90,000 over the week here at Olympia
and that's exactly why they come, I
wonderful atmosphere and doesn't
matter to them, they would love to
have seen Scott Brash won but they
are enthusiasts and appreciate the
quality riders and horses.
been an event worthy of the name,
very tough first-round, riders
jumping fabulous rinds and having
very unlucky four faults and could
have been eight in ten in the
jumpoff and it could have been
different, with all four we had
quality. Still had quality riding
and Julien Epaillard was a
Olympia in a nutshell centre strolls
through the back of our camera. Real
festive fun, we will speak to Scott
Brash in a moment but this is a
deadly price many people have
watched this programme over the
years. It's 110th Olympia, it's
It's a mix of
show and showjumping. Top-class
sport mixed with entertainment and
fun, great for kids, the adults,
this time of year as well. It adds
all of it. That's why you asked me
earlier by the riders love Olympia,
insiders, bringing families and
children to watch the show.
the other highlights here at
Olympia, every single night is the
Shetland pony Grand National,
Lahmert we've got an awful lot of
different young riders who turn up
and one of the young riders on
Friday night was Rockall, sitting
alongside Emily, two champion jockey
fathers, let's see how got on.
Rocky getting a lead in from there.
Nice first down. Run an absolute
flyer here on beeswax. On the
outside, Alice Robinson and third.
outside, Alice Robinson and third.
Then in force is Luke Procter.
Rockall still in front with a
circuit to run and adding the inside
line, wasting not an inch of ground.
Sliding have the inside is Alice
Crowley. Children of two champion
jockeys of the past and dominating
this Grand National. The Tories
still in front. On the outside is
Alice Robinson with a late charge by
the wasted a lot of ground run the
outside and making his way for home.
Through the final fight of handles.
Round the last corner and up the
middle of the track. And he wins the
Shetland pony Grand National.
Dettori and Crowley, first and
second. Give that man a pat on the
back and an assist but wonderful bit
of riding. A star of the future.
Very good right I would give that as
one. He was heavy favourite going
into this evening but the great ride
Look at the motion on the
Means a lot to him.
Robinson was third. We have got him
being presented the trophy by his
father, trying to control the
Shetland, not easy. The apple does
not fall far from the tree, that's
clear. Was a real high level one of
the highlights this afternoon, the
World Cup, Scott Brash so close,
wasn't to be today. Delighted
World Cup, Scott Brash so close,
wasn't to be today. Delighted with
the horse, jumped amazing. Shame we
didn't get a win in front of the
home crowd but it was an
entertaining class and delighted
with the horse. 16 years old but
such enthusiasm and poor. She's an
amazing pass, always been an amazing
horse. I will be sad to call it a
day with her when the time comes.
She still jumping as good as ever.
We spoke earlier and you said it's
been a tricky year with a lot of
injuries in the yards, must be great
to have a horse like this to rely on
that you can bring out some like
this because you are a crowd
favourite and the appreciate you
Absolutely we want to
entertain the crowd, bring our best
horses, try our best to have a good
when Meaghan Francella home crowd.
At least we give them something to
shout about towards the end.
must have known that Julien
Epaillard would be a difficult
combination to beat and especially
being last to go. He's a great
rider, we jump against them every
week and he wins a class at every
Such a fast rider. He was
always going to be a bit faster, I
was hoping he would have a fence
down but not to be. Liberty, rode a
You said he was a class
rider before it gets to a jumpoff.
What Scott is not saying is that
he's coming with a 16-year-old, two
there is eight-year-old horses and
they were good for the future, very
impressed. I have high hopes for
them 28-year-olds, great experience.
You don't expect them to be winning
too much. The experience year is
hopefully when to put them in good
stead for future shows.
It is a good point because these are
young horses in these relative
terms. How important is it to get
them out before you concentrate on
what is to come in 2018 and beyond?
So important. They are machines,
they take years to produce, a horse
takes years to produce. It is a
16-year-old before you can get the
best out of them sometimes. They are
young but they have learned a lot at
What about the World
Equestrian Games next year, that on
Yes, we want to build a
solid team and win, so hopefully we
will get together and give a good
Thank you for
joining us. We will see you again
tomorrow, Scott. 20 more coming up
that we will tell you about. In
terms of how you think Scott is as a
flag bearer for British Showjumping,
you could see how the crowd adores
him, how important is it to have
some body like a mad Ben Maher in
You need that,
we have John Carmichael and Nick for
years and Scott and then have that
mantle now. In every team you will
have major players -- John, Michael.
We need other riders alongside them.
We need a pool of riders, not just
say those two, we need four or five
other riders to go alongside and
that has a filter system down will
stop that's what I was talking about
earlier with the plan. We need to
start getting riders pulling the
rope in the same direction and have
a plan going forward so that we can
build a team with more depth.
certainly a talking point and will
be continued to discussed the matter
be discussed for a long time to
come. Olympia is almost drawing to a
close here but there is so much
wonderful sport to look back on
coming up on the BBC.
And welcome to Liverpool.
# She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah. #
Liverpool, let's have a night to
Is this a real thing?
can't hold this with these on.
like it could do with a polished.
Some greats have won this award.
# Ding dong merrily on high. #
I think it would look nice in my
room, don't you? Sports Personality
of the Year 2017, live from
Liverpool, tonight at 6:45pm.
There is the fabulous arena, they
are just going through the finale
now but still much more action to
come from Olympia over the next 24
hours. It continues tomorrow night,
we have live coverage of the evening
show. The jumpers are back in action
once again, the Grand Prix at 6:35pm
on the red button, online, BBC sport
app and connected TV and if you are
out enjoying yourself Atticus is
party and that allowed, you can
catch highlights on Tuesday -- at a
Christmas party. That is the
wonderful thing about Olympia, isn't
it? I mentioned earlier on, it's the
combination of world-class sport and
festive fun. You can see and
definitely hear the tractors behind
me, because there is even more
action to come, we have more
Shetland ponies, the Met police
parading here as well, and we have
another jumping class too. It is a
busy, busy time for the world's top
showjumpers. They have certainly
enjoyed this afternoon and we hope
you have too. Thank you for your
company and goodbye.
# You know that sweet Santa Claus is
on the way #
COMMENTATOR: Still looking for our
first clear round. Is it our first
clear? It is. Scott Brash and Ursula
into the jump-off. He is miles in
front. Gillian Epaillard has taken
Continued coverage of the prestigious Olympia Horse Show, which this year is celebrating its 110th birthday. The eighth leg of the FEI World Cup takes centre stage on a busy day of action. Scott Brash and Ben Maher delighted the crowd last year, securing a British one-two aboard Hello M'Lady and Diva II respectively.