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What a competition, my word. This

horse has been brilliant.

Such a

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partnership these two, exceptional.

What a fabulous combination, pure

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class as a rider. That was easy.

He's way over it!

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Hello and welcome to the London

International horse show, one of the

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highlights of the equestrian

calendar, today we bring you live

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coverage of the World Cup, a class

that has brought in so many of the

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top show from around the world here

at Olympia.

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The Olympic gold medalist Foro

Switzerland, Steve Guerdat. He's

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done it and he will take silver,

Harrie Smolders. He's really put

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down the mark, Ben Maher. Lorenzo

showing his class. Van der Vleuten,

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that is clear. Kevin Staut has

ridden out of his skin. Greg Dewar

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till it winning the silver medal

with a clear round under pressure.

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Peder Fredricson, European champion.

That's the magic of Scott Brash.

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We are set for a thrilling World Cup

but there is plenty more coming up

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too. Olympic gold medalist Charlotte

Dujardin and Carl Hester tell us

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about their latest dressage

superstars in rating. There was a

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gold rush for Great Britain at the

European Championships this summer.

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We catch up with the eventing team

and para- dressage riders. And there

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is highlights of the puissance, the

best we have had in years. Who could

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tame the huge Olympia Wall? We are

backstage here at Olympia in our

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usual spot and normal service

resumed, Tim Stockdale beside me.

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Always great to see you, Tim.

Olympia has thrown up some wonderful

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classes and attractive yet again so

mini of the world's top riders.

It

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has been a fabulous week's jumping,

some wonderful classes and fabulous

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jump offs, seven of the world's top

ten are here this week so it shows

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the level of competition and also

the horses and riders are bouncing

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off the surface this week, jumping

out of their skins so we have a

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treat in store.

There are so many

top price shows these days and for

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people at home who might not watch

much equestrian but tune in for

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Olympia these are the gold card

holders, these horses crisscross the

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globe at every opportunity. Will

they feel tired at this stage of the

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season, or are they already ready

for action?

Horses always bring

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themselves up for this type of

environment, these are show horses,

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the adrenaline gets punching but you

are right, showjumping is a global

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sport and these horses are on

aeroplanes going to Mexico,

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Shanghai, Hong Kong, they are used

to this environment and lift

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themselves for it.

The riders love

to come to Olympia. What is it about

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the show? It's not the easiest time

of the year to come to London to

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compete.

It is not but it's a very

traditional mark on the calendar,

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they know this show is quality, the

facilities are outstanding for the

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horses and riders on the level of

competition throughout the week and

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there is good prize money. There is

a lot of good reason for the top

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riders to be.

Tipp of the top

favourites of the crowd are former

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world number ones Scott Brash and

Ben Maher. This British showjumping

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chose not to send a team to the

European Championships, it was

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hugely controversial and was a

decision that led to the resignation

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of Tim from the British showjumping

International committee and we will

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speak to him and by Lampard in a

moment but Let's hear from Scott and

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then.

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You are doing a look back at 2017,

how would you sum it up?

A building

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year for me, we have a lot of new

horses in the stable, we have been

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struggling a little bit since the

days of world number one, and the

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results haven't been quite what I

was expecting this year.

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A bit mixed really from my side. I

had a few injuries with some horses

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so that has been a bit of a downer.

At the same time we won global tour,

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Doha, second in the top ten last

week.

We must talk about what

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happened in the summer, Great

Britain decided not to send a team

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to be European Championships. Was

that the right decision, do you

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think?

I don't think so, no. I think

we should have sent a team. There is

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plenty of riders that need

experience at Championships. And

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also older riders that have been

going well on the county circuit

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that, you know, I feel should have

had a chance, Keith Shaw, Nigel,

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these guys have been solid all

summer. It's disappointing because

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looking towards Tokyo helps when

people have done a championship

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already.

It is no secret it's been a

difficult year for our sport,

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probably since the London Olympics,

it has a bit of a downward spiral.

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We didn't have a team. If you look

at the statistics, in the riders

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meeting they said 23% clear rounds

yesterday, in the second division

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nations cup this year. They want to

send a team to the European

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Championships. If we can't jump

clears in the second divisions

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Nations cup it's not going to get

any better for the European

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Championships. I think sometimes

sending younger riders, some people

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might say it's experience but if

it's not a positive it can lead onto

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a negative.

Why did you rule

yourself out of the Europeans?

I

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didn't rule myself out, my horse was

on the list to go and she got

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injured and Hello For ever was

deemed not reliable enough for a

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championship but I didn't rule

myself out.

Do you feel an

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obligation to have horses at the top

of their game so you can go to these

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competitions?

Absolutely, yes. We

love jumping for our country and

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want to jump for our country and

want to win medals but me and Ben

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are realistic, we know what it takes

and there is no point going just to

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make up the numbers and destroying

your horse for years to come.

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Everybody says Scott should have

gone, then should have gone, they

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didn't go because a bigger prize

money in other places. But it's not

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the case, it is unfair to keep

relying on Scott, or are likewise

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asking my owners to give my

students' horses to borrow for the

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show when they are not quite ready.

Hopefully we can build another pool

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of horse rider combinations and get

through next year with a qualifying

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spot for Tokyo.

Back to the fun side

of Olympia, how special eight show

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is it for you as a British rider to

be here finishing off what is a long

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and arduous season?

I always say

it's one of my favourite shows of

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the year. The time of the year, it

gives the show a magical feeling and

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the crowd is on another level to

many of the other shows we go to.

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It's amazing to jump here and we all

want to win and give our home crowd

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something to cheer about, it puts up

a good competition.

I'm delighted to

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say that the performance manager

from British showjumping Di Lampard

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is alongside us and it shows you

what a divided decision it was that

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even Ben May and Scott Brash can

decide whether it was right to send

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a team to the European

Championships. Explained the

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decision not to send one.

Our

priority this year was to get GB are

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into division one and that was our

priority and we succeeded doing

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that. We have a small pool of horses

and to be able to cover everything

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is impossible. Come the end of the

year when we still had accounting,

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Nations cup to go to the week after

the European Championships,

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priorities had to be made and we

achieved our milestone target for UK

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Sport, got back into division one

where GB should be.

Tim, you felt

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strong enough to resign from the

committee had been on for over a

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decade. Why were you so upset with

the decision?

I sat on the

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international committee which is not

a selection committee, it's a

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committee to dictate policy on the

way we plan forward for the season

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for the international for the

senior, Junior and Young Riders. At

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no point in any of the meetings I

attended, which was all of them,

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100% record going to the beatings,

was it ever mooted or talked about

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that we would not attend. So to hear

that we would not send a team after

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consultation with all the people

involved, I felt was not correct. As

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a result of which I felt so strongly

about the fact I thought it was the

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right decision that there was

nothing else I could do but

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resigned.

Have you ever been on a

team where it was better to go and

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gain any form of experience, and

maybe quash the doubters that there

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might have been, and is it ever

worth taking that chance?

There is

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nothing like experience, you can't

beat experience. You do want a good

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experience. I haven't been on a team

but I've seen bad experiences in the

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past. And we don't want to do that.

Either with the athlete or the

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equine. We have to think of the

welfare of the horse. We keep going

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back, let's look forward, we have

some lovely horses that will be ten

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years old next year and that nine

years old the riders made the call

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not to take their nine-year-old

horses this year. Looking forward to

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Olympia here, what we are all here

for, we are going to C4

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nine-year-olds today in the World

Cup.

In terms of the state of

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British Showjumping, Tim, where do

you think we are going forward?

We

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have to start getting some clear

plans on what is going to happen, we

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need a pool of riders that know

which end of the rope we need to be

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pulling so that we pull in the right

direction and also talk about giving

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riders experience and that will not

happen when we don't go to

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Championships, and even if we'd been

in the situation where we would have

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taken a younger rider for

experience, actually that might have

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been something that would have led

going forward.

Two Young Riders went

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to the under 25s, there was a

Canterbury there this year. N has

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already said, so as not worth

repeating, the percentages of the

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clear rounds that were jumped this

year but look at the other

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Europeans. We had two European

Championships in August, whatever

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mastic medal haul the young riders

did -- what a fantastic medal haul.

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You can only win the Lottery if you

buy a ticket and not going with a

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team there was no chance.

If you

only target one championship a year,

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you either opt for the senior or the

young Rider.

It's going backwards a

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little bit but going forwards can we

very clearly state we are going to

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send a team?

Of course we are.

A

great place to end unforced I feel

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this discussion could go on for the

next three hours but thank you for

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your input. It's a different

discipline but a similar problem for

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the British para- dressage team.

Venue if they headed to the European

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Championships there would have to do

so without some of their big names

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but they sent a team and gave the

opportunity to three new riders to

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make their senior debut alongside

the experienced Olympian Sophie

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Wells. It was team gold, a host of

individual golds and yet another

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heist. Good to see so many medals,

you have another three to add to

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your already huge medal collection.

Just look back on the European

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Championships and tell us how

special they were.

It was really

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special this time. We went in a

little bit as underdogs and it was

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maybe a bit of a tense time but that

made it more special when we came

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out on top and everyone achieved

their best and I knew that if

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everyone did their best we would

have a good shout at the team medal.

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Obviously when you are on the team

no one lets you forget that we have

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never lost the team medal. So I

think people were under pressure but

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I think it's the sign of a good

competitor if you can thrive under

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it.

You are vastly experienced as a

horsewoman. How special was it for

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you to be part of this team?

This

has been the most important thing of

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my life. It's been an absolute

dream. I think I've been more

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excited about competing at paras

than any of the able-bodied things

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I've done.

This is something you

would never have envisaged that you

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would be part of.

Never, ever. I'm

this able-bodied, I was healthy and

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well, so I never thought I be part

of a para team to start off with

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health-wise, and certainly at my

age, so to come in and be selected

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to go to Gothenberg was just

unbelievable.

You had come close in

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previous years, so when you got the

chance to show when you could do and

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showcase your talents, how special

was that?

Like you say, there have

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been so many sort of near misses and

coming close and all of a sudden I

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had the opportunity and I thought

I'd better make the most of it so it

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was a huge relief to come away with

the medal.

Uhr three golds around

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your neck and now you have had a

taste of it, even though there are

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plenty of top riders in para

dressage in the UK, I bet you

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wouldn't mind too much if you get

them out of their spot.

I'd be lying

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if I said I didn't want to go to the

worlds and be on that next year so

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I'm looking to that now. But

obviously with horses and us as

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athletes it's keeping at the top of

our game. It's easier said than done

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but we have a good support team so

we are very lucky.

What another

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fantastic result for British para

dressage. It wouldn't be Christmas

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if we didn't show you a collection

of extremely brave but slightly

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bonkers riders hurling themselves at

a huge wall that stands taller than

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them and their horse put together.

It's the puissance and my goodness

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what a competitive puissance it was.

Sit tight and enjoy.

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We have a going forward to the third

round and the crowd is starting to

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get pumped up now.

This is one of

the best puissances we have seen in

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many a year. The decision has been

made to raise the wall to two

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metres.

Here we go, round three, and

into the arena Karline De Brabander.

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She has been a terrific pathfinder

in both rounds so far.

This horse

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has just come in, big powerful

stallion, made it look very easy so

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far.

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And again we are going to keep going

bigger and bigger tonight. Just too

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good. However hard these course

builders choose to go she hasn't

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even nudged the top of that brick

wall. Louise say well and Dassler.

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The atmosphere is just starting to

get to Dassler -- Louise Saywell.

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But Louise is a very calm rider.

She's got to keep him hocks under

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him, get right in the corner, slow

the pace. You can see her slowing

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everything right down, take your

time.

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Well, I have to say Louise did

absolutely everything right. She got

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to the right place and Dassler

didn't quite make the height. So

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that 1's gone, but just didn't quite

get the shoulders in the hair.

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Padraic Judge and Citi Business, all

so assured so far for this veteran

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combination.

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It's always interesting when you add

up the rider's age and horse's age,

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66 years between them. But full of

running.

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He's had to change his mind, but

well done! Brilliant piece of

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riding. . It a bit close, held his

horse together. What a fantastic bit

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of riding, improvised on the last

stride and made it happen. Now,

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Louis Deforche and Gladstone.

This

is the one you've been looking

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forward to. He's missed his stride

to the triple bar, it's gone, he ran

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it to close.

What a shame.

He can

still get someplace money if he can

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jump the wall. He's jumped the wall!

Goodness me! Is either too far off,

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or to close, but he has still jumped

the wall.

That's got to be so

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frustrating. Here she is, the horse

known as George, Quality Old Joker,

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Holly Smith.

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A complete contrast here. Everything

under control. Nice and quietly and

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slowly into the corners.

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It's a stroll in the park. In a hand

canter down to an enormous fence,

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two metres and popped it as if it

was nothing.

So, now, Christopher

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Megahey and Seapatrick Cruise

Cavalier. This one will raise your

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pulse a little. Keep an eye as he

comes down to the wall.

No!

The

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dreaded triple bar. Is he going to

retire? He's not going to bother.

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Would you?

You can understand why,

he is an older horse, he's jumped a

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lot of big things in his time and

he's not going to win tonight so you

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have to congratulate him on his

decision to save he's had enough,

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you don't have too jump the wall as

you made a mistake.

Three through to

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the next round so far. Will Laura

Renwick add her name? Top Dollar VI

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and Laura Renwick for Great Britain.

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Top Dollar is a horse with a lot of

blood. Laura is going to settle him

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right down. He's fighting a little

bit there. But what a jump. That was

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absolute class. The younger horse

pops through the air through his

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shoulders. That was good to watch.

We need to see that one again. Our

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final competitor in this is Anthony

Condon riding Cavalier Rusticana for

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Ireland.

Fantastic horse, we could

do with him into the next round to

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keep the momentum of this class

going.

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Beautifully done. He is through.

We

are going to get full value tonight.

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The maximum five rounds will be

reached, I'm sure.

I would say so.

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The crowd are really buzzed up now

with that massive wall raised to six

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2.1 metres, last year the winner

jumped 2.15. Round four, Karline De

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Brabander, Fantomas de Muze who has

been foot perfect so far, as has

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this 12-year-old stallion. What can

they do here?

She has looked all

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night like she is just having fun,

and the horse is still looks relaxed

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and happy.

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He is a proper jumper. He's still

making a beautiful shape over the

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triple bar. A bit strong. But he's

done it again! A little bit more

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untidy, had to struggle to get the

back end over but he's through.

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She's done it, Karline, and Fantomas

de Muze is through to the final

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round of the puissance, if indeed

that final round is necessary. We

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will find out.

You can see that to

Fantomas de Muze knows where the

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wall is. The shape of the jump is a

bit too high, slightly inverted in

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his jump, went over to the

right-hand side but he fought really

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hard.

Look at the smile on her face.

It just gets broader and broader

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each around.

This is the horse that

this family bread from their own

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stud. So he's obviously part of the

family.

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Padraic Judge and Citi Business in

the second round.

These other senior

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members in this class tonight. This

horse is really brave and very

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powerful. Just doesn't want to run

in quite so close this time.

0:22:510:23:06

Perfectly done, he got a much better

stride that time. That was

0:23:060:23:10

fantastic.

We have a real contest on

our hands and it may take a good bit

0:23:100:23:15

more winning than last year, that's

two through.

Padraic Judge and Citi

0:23:150:23:22

Business, look at this again.

Padraic Judge looked cool after

0:23:220:23:26

jumping it but I wonder what is

going on inside his mind because

0:23:260:23:29

that was a very good jump. He made

exactly the right place on his

0:23:290:23:34

take-off. He ran into close Last

Time.

0:23:340:23:37

CHUCKLES

Connections there. He's not smiling

0:23:370:23:45

much, maybe he is just about

smiling.

He knows he has more work

0:23:450:23:50

to do.

He has more work to do but

he's going into another round. Here

0:23:500:23:54

we go then. Bidding to defend her

crown, Holly Smith and Quality Old

0:23:540:24:02

Joker for Great Britain.

0:24:020:24:04

So, is Holly going to have to put a

little bit of pressure on this

0:24:100:24:14

horse, or is she just going to pop

over this wall as quietly as she has

0:24:140:24:18

been doing all night? Really taking

her time, using the arena. Quietly

0:24:180:24:25

does it.

APPLAUSE

0:24:250:24:33

Exactly the same again, at a canter.

Even to the untrained eye that never

0:24:330:24:38

looked in doubt.

No pressure, no

fuss, no stress, quite canter, into

0:24:380:24:43

the bottom, pop to jump.

Extraordinary. You won't see that

0:24:430:24:47

very often. Very quiet. I love the

way she takes her time. Holly Smith

0:24:470:24:57

is so cool.

The horse known as

George, and he is a gentleman,

0:24:570:25:02

George, as well.

He never question

is what Holly's telling him. He

0:25:020:25:07

stays in the balance that she wants

and that makes her life so much

0:25:070:25:12

easier. What a lovely brain that

hopes has got. -- lovely brain that

0:25:120:25:19

paws has got.

So, two more to jump

in this round and the next is Laura

0:25:190:25:25

Renwick also for Great Britain on

Top Dollar VI, just an

0:25:250:25:29

eight-year-old, and this horse has

looked some proposition with some

0:25:290:25:31

scope this evening.

The fascinating

thing is he has almost been jumping

0:25:310:25:37

a bit too high. He tapped the triple

bar, it's still there.

0:25:370:25:42

He does it again! Brilliant.

This is

sensational puissance jumping, and

0:25:460:25:56

four have cleared this height in the

fourth round without any bother

0:25:560:26:02

whatsoever.

Just have another look

at that. Into the right place,

0:26:020:26:09

giving it a lot of air, making it a

classic shape, and getting those

0:26:090:26:14

shoulders so high and finishing it

off behind. Making 6'11" just for

0:26:140:26:21

fun. A little wry smile. Laura's

husband, John, said tongue in cheek

0:26:210:26:31

to me would might just go one or two

rounds.

They are going to go all the

0:26:310:26:36

way. And will it be a fifth in the

final round?

It would be great if it

0:26:360:26:43

were, really put some pressure on

the course builders here. Anthony

0:26:430:26:48

Condon for Ireland and Cavalier

Rusticana.

It has been such a

0:26:480:26:53

brilliant decision by the Olympia

show to bring in these puissance

0:26:530:26:59

specialists. We are getting the

benefit of this class. And there we

0:26:590:27:03

lose one in the most annoying way,

that triple bar going with a lazy

0:27:030:27:07

jumper. The wall has been the easy

one in this round. Well, they are

0:27:070:27:13

such specialists, but not this time,

the wall going as well. It's all

0:27:130:27:18

over for Anthony Condon tonight,

he's given it a go, but we still

0:27:180:27:21

have another fantastic round to

come. We have, because four

0:27:210:27:27

competitors are eligible for the

fifth and final round, and they are

0:27:270:27:32

Karline De Brabander for Belgium.

By

Greg Judge for Ireland, Holly Smith,

0:27:320:27:38

Laura Renwick, and what frustration,

going three times. Whether his

0:27:380:27:47

frustration just went, Anthony

Condon, just ran into the wall.

0:27:470:27:49

Confirmation of the fifth and final

round in this Cayenne Puissance at

0:27:490:27:54

Olympia, first to go will be Karline

De Brabander for Belgium and then

0:27:540:28:01

add rate judge, Holly Smith and then

Laura Renwick. -- Padraic Judge.

0:28:010:28:10

Here we go then. Karline De

Brabander with Fantomas de Muze.

0:28:100:28:26

7'3", the wall now.

Over the triple

bar he is very loose with his act

0:28:260:28:35

end, but just at the wall he gets a

bit tight, he's going to have to

0:28:350:28:39

free it off. He hit it front and

back. Really brave effort there.

0:28:390:28:51

From Karline De Brabander. But as it

stands, until any of the others

0:28:510:28:55

clear it she is still in pole

position.

She is.

There is no

0:28:550:29:01

guarantees the others will clear.

You can see he threw himself at it a

0:29:010:29:06

little bit. His head comes up, the

shape of the jump goes and he has

0:29:060:29:10

just pushed himself beyond where he

can keep the shape of his jumper. He

0:29:100:29:13

is a very brave horse and he has

given it a go but he got his head up

0:29:130:29:17

a bit too high -- the shape of his

jump.

She is ensured the top four

0:29:170:29:22

spot if the others don't make it.

At

this height there is no guarantee of

0:29:220:29:27

anybody clearing it.

Next to go Citi

Business, 15-year-old, and Padraic

0:29:270:29:43

Judge, winner of the horse of the

year show puissance.

Padraic Judge

0:29:430:29:51

looks, when he comes in but I wonder

what's really going on inside his

0:29:510:29:56

head.

0:29:560:30:03

Make him wait. Oh! Great effort, he

hit the right spot and couldn't

0:30:050:30:17

quite get the height, fantastically

brave horse, gave it everything he

0:30:170:30:21

had got at couldn't quite make the

height. Nothing wrong with the

0:30:210:30:24

approach at all.

Those ten

centimetres really making the

0:30:240:30:28

difference in this final round.

This

is very serious territory now.

0:30:280:30:33

Brilliant ride, got to the right

place. Couldn't quite make the

0:30:330:30:37

height. Just maybe a fraction of it

if you are being a bit picky. But

0:30:370:30:42

horse and rider giving it absolutely

everything, they just couldn't quite

0:30:420:30:45

jump it. We're just seeing how

difficult it to jump 2.2 metres.

And

0:30:450:30:52

two chances left for a rider to

accomplish that mission. The first

0:30:520:30:56

of those will be last year's joint

winner, could she get a share of the

0:30:560:31:04

spoils to night? Could she win it

out right on Quality Old Joker, it's

0:31:040:31:09

Holly Smith.

0:31:090:31:14

oxers will she have the nerve to

come as high as two metres 20.

So

0:31:140:31:22

far she has not come out of a

canter.

0:31:220:31:29

far she has not come out of a

canter.

0:31:290:31:30

Got to approach this the same. Into

the quiet canter and trust the jump.

0:31:320:31:48

Maybe a little too quiet, a super

slow canter, that's the tactic she

0:31:490:31:53

is used all night but so far none of

them have jumped it.

Will it be a

0:31:530:31:58

four way tie for victory or can

Laura Renwick come in and claim this

0:31:580:32:06

boils alone. -- spoils.

Fascinating,

Holly Smith sticking to her tactics,

0:32:060:32:12

very quiet, didn't want to use any

pace gave it a go but couldn't get

0:32:120:32:19

his body high enough. We thought

220, with a bit elevation would sort

0:32:190:32:28

them out, sorting it out a bit too

well. 220 is massive. When you have

0:32:280:32:34

those horses coming into the last

round, what can you do?

Laura, it's

0:32:340:32:38

on you.

Yamahas. Top dollar. Fourth

last year. Winner last time. None of

0:32:380:32:50

the other horses have been able to

get their front like high enough,

0:32:500:32:55

this one has been going high enough

all night.

She's done it.

0:32:550:33:02

Extraordinary. Terrific finish. That

was something special, that force

0:33:020:33:11

for every inch of the way, got too

close. Had a bit of a clout but what

0:33:110:33:16

a fighter. He just wouldn't give in.

What a magnificent way to finish

0:33:160:33:23

what has been a spellbinding event

and the crowd are rising to their

0:33:230:33:28

feet. A standing ovation but Laura

Renwick has done it.

This horse

0:33:280:33:36

fights all the way, Laura says, on

and a massive effort and flicked his

0:33:360:33:41

back end away. He tried so hard,

runs in a little bit close and then

0:33:410:33:47

he fights. Laura is a tough

competitor.

What a brave for us. We

0:33:470:33:56

were in for a treat all the way

tonight and what a finale. And how

0:33:560:34:01

close was this brick to toppling?

You need a bit of luck but the horse

0:34:010:34:05

deserved it because he tried so

hard, the only horse to get his

0:34:050:34:09

front end that high.

The previous

round he had the greatest elevation.

0:34:090:34:15

Just got so high with his shoulders

and John Renwick said he might only

0:34:150:34:21

go one round. You didn't believe

him, did you?

Not for one second.

0:34:210:34:28

Confirming the result. What a climax

it was. Saving the very best to the

0:34:280:34:38

last possible nanosecond. The crowd

absolutely loved it. Laura Renwick

0:34:380:34:42

winning for Great Britain. The

eight-year-old might be back next

0:34:420:34:46

year and the year after.

0:34:460:34:47

That was such a competitive class.

We know you are one of the stars of

0:34:550:34:59

the show last year, you got so close

this year?

My house was really

0:34:590:35:03

close, jumped fantastic in the first

four rounds and jumped well and the

0:35:030:35:08

last one, just robbed a break and

didn't have luck but we are

0:35:080:35:11

delighted with him, he does it all

with a smile on his face, he is not

0:35:110:35:16

a one trick pony, there is space to

keep him for longer.

Laura,

0:35:160:35:24

congratulations, we have a

conversation every year seeing you

0:35:240:35:29

are not a huge fan of Puissance and

now you have jumped seven feet three

0:35:290:35:35

inches to clear this.

He jumped

three rounds then and jumped it very

0:35:350:35:38

well. I'm not a fan of this class

but he is very good at it and then

0:35:380:35:44

do this year we had a real shot. I

was there was going into the last

0:35:440:35:48

round. He tried his heart out.

Comes

down to confidence, that's as big as

0:35:480:35:55

you have ever jumped and you have

depressed he can do that?

Everybody

0:35:550:35:58

saw him up until the round, the

wasn't within an inch of touching

0:35:580:36:03

that brick, the last one I didn't

have the greatest stride. He tried

0:36:030:36:08

everything to get his body and legs

out of the way and we were lucky,

0:36:080:36:12

I'm not saying we weren't bad I will

take that.

You could hear the crowd

0:36:120:36:18

were so on-site for you, crowd

favourite and you came out,

0:36:180:36:22

everybody was clapping. A lot of

well-wishers.

That was my son, he

0:36:220:36:25

was laughing because you say if I go

and I don't ball and he tells me to

0:36:250:36:30

go. He was actually quite proud of

me tonight to keep going that far.

0:36:300:36:34

Really pleased.

Laura Renwick

acknowledges the crowd, one more

0:36:340:36:39

time. The heroine of this evening's

Puissance representing Great

0:36:390:36:47

Britain. The youngest horse in the

line-up. Laura Renwick is your

0:36:470:36:52

winner.

0:36:520:36:55

What a wonderful Puissance and Laura

Renwick is hugely popular here.

It's

0:36:560:37:03

always a great crowd pleaser at

Olympia. Thursday night was a

0:37:030:37:09

classic.

What is it that the drug

can associate. She was on the

0:37:090:37:14

shopping village and talking to

everybody.

And she goes in the ring

0:37:140:37:17

she gives it everything. Puissance

Or speed class, she is brave even

0:37:170:37:22

though something she gives the

impression she is worried. She goes

0:37:220:37:25

like anything.

We will take a walk

round is huge World Cup course in

0:37:250:37:32

just a minute but in showjumping,

those jobs might be a bit smaller

0:37:320:37:36

than these mines but you need to

have such accuracy in eventing when

0:37:360:37:39

it comes to all three phases over

showjumping, dressage and

0:37:390:37:44

cross-country. That is exactly how

Great Britain got their hands on yet

0:37:440:37:49

another team gold at the European

Championships.

0:37:490:37:53

Great Britain takes

0:37:540:37:54

Great Britain takes the gold.

0:37:540:37:58

Kina, I imagine it was much more

pleasant for you instead of working

0:38:020:38:06

for us and the BBC. To get back onto

that team, how important was that

0:38:060:38:10

for you?

It was really important for

me, as much as I enjoyed working for

0:38:100:38:15

the other side, I would love to have

been competing. It's an exciting

0:38:150:38:22

young horse was very much that

future ahead of him and he was very

0:38:220:38:26

good at Badminton and when I

finished tenth and I was going it

0:38:260:38:29

see what sort of horse I got and how

exciting he is and to have that

0:38:290:38:33

opportunity to go to the European

Championships was fantastic.

You set

0:38:330:38:36

it all out for yourself and sadly

you horse couldn't compete on the

0:38:360:38:40

Sunday, explain the background to

that?

On the Sunday, there's a

0:38:400:38:45

veterinary inspection, the girl 's

horses looked ready to jump on my

0:38:450:38:49

horse was a little bit sore, the

first time he has been rattled

0:38:490:38:52

around on that sort of terrain, so

we decided it was best in the

0:38:520:38:57

long-term for him not to jump that

day.

I imagine the aim is always the

0:38:570:39:02

same, to have a clear round of

showjumping but it wasn't just any

0:39:020:39:06

clear round, there was an awful lot

stake?

It becomes a lot more

0:39:060:39:11

important, he hadn't had a pull-down

for 99 years. He's a great jumper.

0:39:110:39:20

It was all about me making sure the

preparation was right and it all

0:39:200:39:23

paid off.

COMMENTATOR: Nicola Wilson

of Great Britain takes the bronze.

0:39:230:39:30

You're left with two medals. Some of

your memories and emotions of that

0:39:300:39:34

whole time.

Going into the

championships I knew she was in a

0:39:340:39:37

good place physically and mentally

and to come away with gold and

0:39:370:39:42

individual bronze was a dream come

true and lovely to get the

0:39:420:39:47

individual medal.

The whole. Medals

to your name but he does this one

0:39:470:39:51

compare what might really important

for Britain to come home with a

0:39:510:39:54

medal and gold. In our personal

bests and we could be vying for the

0:39:540:39:59

medal but coming back with the goods

met a huge amount for the lottery

0:39:590:40:02

funding and everything for the whole

nation.

It was incredibly important.

0:40:020:40:08

Here are, it is coarse wok time,

anything can happen if you have

0:40:080:40:11

watched as the last couple of years,

Tim has destroyed some fences, we

0:40:110:40:15

will try not to let that happen

again. Yet another big, foreboding

0:40:150:40:20

course, as you would expect, it is a

World Cup and my goodness this first

0:40:200:40:25

fence is tricky alongside the crowd

and in a corner.

Tricky, I am seeing

0:40:250:40:30

big. That's a big first fence, if

you didn't realise how serious this

0:40:300:40:33

is, we are now finding out. Straight

at parallel. Straight into the

0:40:330:40:39

crowd. You have got 50 metres before

the audience. People sat right on

0:40:390:40:45

the edge, that can be distracting

for horse and rider, so make sure

0:40:450:40:49

they are on the ball.

How often do

you get in competitions and run the

0:40:490:40:53

world the crowd so on top of the

horses and riders.

This is unusual,

0:40:530:40:57

two in the world that have this

arena that is so close access for

0:40:570:41:02

the crowd and the horses. Number two

just round the corner. Have to try

0:41:020:41:10

to keep out. Number two. Again at

parallel, fairly straightforward.

0:41:100:41:16

This is quite a nice fence. Good

definition. The horse can see that.

0:41:160:41:22

We are now in the course. How

important is

that. We are going into

0:41:220:41:28

the arena. These are big and bold

colours, is that important for

0:41:280:41:34

horses going on in here. Easier for

the horse to jump the fence if he

0:41:340:41:40

can see the definition it is a

general rule, the more definition

0:41:400:41:44

the more the horse can work and see

it and be able to visualise it but

0:41:440:41:48

that is then used as a challenge and

I will point that out as we walk

0:41:480:41:54

around the course.

I will stride it

out. Where is the horse going to

0:41:540:42:03

land? Just joining in there, about

here. It shows you the sort of

0:42:030:42:07

league they are having to do and

four got my strides is one horse.

0:42:070:42:17

Four of ten strides is one horse

stride. This is where you take off

0:42:170:42:26

from.

Half-hour stride away.

Vertical, vertical, five strides,

0:42:260:42:33

you're going past two fences in the

horse's I like, so the horse must

0:42:330:42:37

concentrate and not focusing on the

wrong one. That is about the rider,

0:42:370:42:43

with his skill to tell the messages.

These first fences have a lot of air

0:42:430:42:49

in between.

They are all about being

more careful, then the old days they

0:42:490:42:55

would have all these things in

there. The shallow crutch and the

0:42:550:43:01

rounded end, so these fall off very

easily.

This is when I start to get

0:43:010:43:06

nervous.

Through the gap.

We are

going all the way around the top

0:43:060:43:13

end. All the way around and we have

the combination. This is number

0:43:130:43:17

four.

0:43:170:43:18

Dellit he has put this in a tidy

place, this is OK because he is a

0:43:210:43:26

loving the horses to go run that

fence.

That will hold the horse in

0:43:260:43:31

the balance and it gives him a nice

bit of room to get this combination.

0:43:310:43:35

The way this course is done, it has

used the colours, all the same and

0:43:350:43:42

then what happens, if you look at it

from this angle, down here, just

0:43:420:43:45

looks like a mass of polls. The

horse is not sure what he can see

0:43:450:43:53

and how many strides are in between

because it looks like a massive

0:43:530:43:56

black and white bar.

The width of

this one and you have to get this

0:43:560:44:01

one right before your heading onto

the others. If the camera shows us

0:44:010:44:04

the width here. You have to have a

pretty good wingspan for that.

You

0:44:040:44:10

have to be solid and there, the

right at of power but not too much.

0:44:100:44:15

Then I vertical, I don't know the

distance. That is a normal one

0:44:150:44:23

stride in there, so as long as you

get nice balance, the horse stays in

0:44:230:44:27

the current rhythm and you have one

stride in the middle and that's not

0:44:270:44:30

too bad. Could be taller but that's

OK. Just one hole left to go up but

0:44:300:44:36

that is maybe for the jump off.

If

the horses are getting things wrong

0:44:360:44:39

by this stage they are in all sorts

of trouble in the third element.

If

0:44:390:44:43

they get to the wrong balance, too

much in front or behind, they can

0:44:430:44:48

pull it up, so they have to get in

their balance and stay there. We

0:44:480:44:51

will go through this gap here.

I

cannot see one! There is one.

0:44:510:44:58

Just walking around these riders so

I don't get in the way. I didn't

0:45:050:45:08

want to walk in front of riders.

Two

strides in the centre, a little bit

0:45:080:45:15

short, sought the horse has to back

off, jump the front real because

0:45:150:45:19

that would be quite close button

still hadn't noticed as a back real

0:45:190:45:23

to it as well. You see why they call

it at parallel. From the horse's

0:45:230:45:29

point of view they have to judge not

only the front rail but also the

0:45:290:45:32

back real and it's a little bit

short, so if you go with too much

0:45:320:45:36

pace in this aspect because you

think this is why,.

Have you marked

0:45:360:45:42

this down as a trouble spot?

This

will fold down quite a lot in my

0:45:420:45:46

opinion. The first oxer could be a

problematic jump.

A lot of fences to

0:45:460:45:54

be jumped at this point.

0:45:540:45:57

We are heading down to number five.

It is actually bigger than Edwina

0:46:030:46:06

Tops-Alexander who is standing in

front of it.

Laura is looking at it

0:46:060:46:13

as well. Problem is right by the

entrance, the horse will be a bit

0:46:130:46:17

concentrating wondering what's

happening here, by the entrance.

0:46:170:46:21

These horses know where they have

come from. That will fall them,

0:46:210:46:27

that's a difficult job not because

of the high but the positioning and

0:46:270:46:30

delicate nature.

Sharp turn.

A lot

of riders ruling that Pole to see

0:46:300:46:39

how steady it is. Big solid fence,

very different to the fences we have

0:46:390:46:43

had so far.

News had big solid fence

but if you look at these, this is

0:46:430:46:50

not a time for Django. --

0:46:500:46:54

slightest little tap and it falls

off and that goes very quickly.

0:46:580:47:02

There will be hardly any time to

breathe as you call down that

0:47:020:47:05

corner. The other thing, really

important to point this out, as the

0:47:050:47:10

horse is turning, he is looking at

11 and two. Not that one, not that

0:47:100:47:16

one, this one.

There has been such a

different looking fence on the first

0:47:160:47:20

we have seen from this on the

course. Will that surprise any of

0:47:200:47:23

them or are they so used to seeing

it so used to it but they are

0:47:230:47:28

careful horses, they would view that

with trepidation, this is a leap of

0:47:280:47:33

faith, they cannot see the other

side.

There could be a ditch, they

0:47:330:47:38

just trust the riders.

I'm trusting

you. We are actually breaking into a

0:47:380:47:46

canter now. We are striding these

fences out as the riders are

0:47:460:47:56

spreading these fences out and this

is a very different one.

What do I

0:47:560:48:01

think so far? Lorenzo, my friend

from Italy.

Big cause, very

0:48:010:48:08

technical, everything comes very

quickly.

Good chance today?

I hope

0:48:080:48:12

so.

Very different looking fence,

six big strides but what is

0:48:120:48:19

important, the water trail.

The

simulated water tray, there is one

0:48:190:48:22

horse and rider in this field, the

horse doesn't like these. Olivier

0:48:220:48:28

Robert. He said the horses by

jumping these and there are two of

0:48:280:48:31

these.

We will try to find him and a

minute! We are at seven, 16 jumping

0:48:310:48:39

on this course. We go down to

another big upright. A lot of air in

0:48:390:48:47

between it and so much for the

horses to be looking at. The horses

0:48:470:48:51

can see the crowd and everything

going on.

This is not me really

0:48:510:48:57

thinking, I have got that walk down,

three or four? Four. There is a

0:48:570:49:04

really long three strides and it's

really long, out here. A really

0:49:040:49:09

short four strides which here.

Christian Ahlmann things four. Most

0:49:090:49:15

of the competition will do four.

This is difficult, really short and

0:49:150:49:21

will test the concentration of horse

and rider. Turning back on yourself.

0:49:210:49:26

Lets you run round to this one. Very

bold fences, big wide triple bar.

We

0:49:260:49:36

are taking off from here.

What is

that this is a horse will have to

0:49:360:49:42

cover in the air to clear this.

The

jump is two meters wide, 1.5 metres

0:49:420:49:48

from here and two metres the other

side. We looking at a leap of about

0:49:480:49:52

18 feet. Nine metres in new money.

Seven metres. That's a big jump,

0:49:520:50:02

really big stretchy jump and I will

walk the distance and you can see,

0:50:020:50:06

just again, this one, if anything

happens, that can go down and it

0:50:060:50:12

will fall. Horse and rider will not

get hurt.

It's important that they

0:50:120:50:16

think of horse and rider welfare.

Scurrying on. A snowman fence. The

0:50:160:50:24

horses look at things like that, do

they actually see what's going on

0:50:240:50:27

around the jump?

Not really. They

are concentrating on these fences

0:50:270:50:31

and we have three polls nothing to

distinguish. They don't normally

0:50:310:50:38

jump wide rails very well. Normally

a little bit wary of a white rail.

0:50:380:50:47

That tent set.

Coming down to the

entrance of the arena. We are

0:50:470:50:58

turning back away from the entrance

and look at this. Looks like a pole

0:50:580:51:04

but it is a little plank and light

weight and it could be a problem.

0:51:040:51:09

This is a related distance?

One

stride in there so you have to get a

0:51:090:51:15

good solid jump in and hope the

horse sees the back rail and goes

0:51:150:51:19

forward. We have got one and their

high line just there.

Here is the

0:51:190:51:26

other water tray you were talking

about.

0:51:260:51:29

Three strides, committed three

strides but where that is, that is

0:51:330:51:37

pulling the horse closer to that

because he is set behind the line,

0:51:370:51:40

that could follow very easily on the

three strides and we have the last

0:51:400:51:45

fence, just when you think. You have

no time to think.

A bit of a

0:51:450:51:53

discussion between Cian O'Connor and

then. What do you make of the

0:51:530:51:57

course?

Very careful, a lot of

poles, told verticals, I think there

0:51:570:52:06

will be falls all around the course,

difficult enough.

Have a good one.

0:52:060:52:12

Committed five strides to the last,

so you have to get yourself

0:52:120:52:17

organised and make sure you

concentrate and go right to the

0:52:170:52:19

corner, this is the signature of the

courses this week. The defence but

0:52:190:52:24

it looks like the horse are leaping

into the crowd. Very difficult to

0:52:240:52:30

jump. You not clear until you jump

that one.

A lot of jumps in corners

0:52:300:52:35

on the angle.

The positioning, as

well as the height of the jumps is

0:52:350:52:40

all about control and to focus on

the jumps. I think it's that the --

0:52:400:52:48

this is a difficult course. They are

going to come up at you very

0:52:480:52:53

quickly. The horse had to get into a

rhythm and hope horse and rider are

0:52:530:52:57

working together.

That is what Ben

was seeing, it is technical.

0:52:570:53:02

Technical and quickfire. There is no

respite in this course. They are

0:53:020:53:08

going to comment you like bullets.

Thanks for your expertise. Speaking

0:53:080:53:13

of expertise, these two were not

competing this began but much to the

0:53:130:53:19

crowd get into like they did turn up

to deliver a dressage masterclass

0:53:190:53:22

and showcase some of their

youngsters.

0:53:220:53:27

You have been in a massive this

year, not competing.

The horse was

0:53:290:53:35

in the masterclass which was

slightly under the age of experience

0:53:350:53:38

to compete here. Such high hopes for

them and we thought maybe we would

0:53:380:53:42

bring them here, showcase them and

see how they felt and next year we

0:53:420:53:47

intend to be back here, it's ever

favourite sure, we love it. We

0:53:470:53:52

managed to get a piece of the

atmosphere by bringing the horses

0:53:520:53:54

here.

People love to see you here on

that horse, but not any more, does

0:53:540:54:02

feel different on a different horse?

Guess it's not the same because I

0:54:020:54:08

had such a partnership with them for

so many years and is excess we had

0:54:080:54:11

was unbelievable but the nice thing

is that Freestyle is a very exciting

0:54:110:54:18

horse, gets Karel riding for longer,

as he keep tellingly, he has turned

0:54:180:54:24

50 and he wants to slow down. --

keeps telling me. It's great for us

0:54:240:54:30

that we can still go out there and

bring back some medals, hopefully.

0:54:300:54:36

Carrying British talk for a long

time and coming along the right time

0:54:360:54:39

on the right ages, especially for

the next Olympics.

These are the

0:54:390:54:44

stars of the future, we hope. How

different are the?

Mount Sinjar on,

0:54:440:54:49

Khan freestyle, never been in this

environment before and can cope so

0:54:490:54:54

well with everything. Real

performer.

Very talented and calm.

0:54:540:55:00

He's a little bit of a chicken where

I have to give him the confidence to

0:55:000:55:06

say it's OK but tonight he was

fantastic. I had a really good right

0:55:060:55:10

so feel very lucky to have these two

after my last horse.

What is the

0:55:100:55:16

NextEv for a horse like this.

We

would like to start the Grand Prix

0:55:160:55:19

career in March. Maybe the World Cup

series after that. Hopefully coming

0:55:190:55:25

back here to Olympia.

Great to see

you here. Great to see so many stars

0:55:250:55:34

from all equestrian disciplines here

over the last few days. Not long

0:55:340:55:40

until World Cup showjumping but

dressage has its own World Cup and

0:55:400:55:42

two classes here and on Wednesday

night it was the Grand Prix

0:55:420:55:46

freestyle which is essentially

dressage to music and the honours

0:55:460:55:49

went to Sweden's Patrick Kittel.

0:55:490:55:55

Good to start off with, last by the

horse got a little bit deep and

0:55:570:56:02

behind it. The interesting to see if

they can keep him up and open in the

0:56:020:56:10

canter work tonight.

0:56:100:56:13

Showing lots of expression.

0:56:290:56:40

Quite careful into that extended

trot, didn't rush the horse out of

0:56:420:56:46

balance.

0:56:460:56:56

Correct in the positioning.

Actually

had more reach and stride.

Wasn't as

0:57:050:57:18

spectacular as some we have seen but

very correct, like you say.

0:57:180:57:26

What do you think? 7.5 for me.

I

would agree.

There he goes, changes

0:57:260:57:43

the bend and into the right trot and

that's quite difficult to do and he

0:57:430:57:50

did it very well, maintaining the

horse's balance.

It was really nice.

0:57:500:57:55

Seven and three quarters?

Gone up a

bit!

0:57:590:58:05

Horse just swinging a little bit.

Tending to sway a little bit at the

0:58:160:58:24

front. Surprised he did it on the

centre line in front of the judge.

0:58:240:58:28

Could have chosen a better place to

cover that up.

Little bit tense on

0:58:280:58:33

the walk. But relaxing once the

reins let longer. Good extended wok.

0:58:330:58:51

Good length of frame and I think he

was brave to allow the horse out

0:58:520:58:56

knowing that he might be a bit

tense.

0:58:560:59:01

I would like to see just a bit more

activity, slowed down a bit too

0:59:160:59:20

much. The changes you can see the

horse is starting to get his head

0:59:200:59:26

down a bit again, which will cost

him small marks. But it's all about

0:59:260:59:36

margins, isn't it? Competitive

classes. Better frame in the

0:59:360:59:42

extended canter.

0:59:420:59:45

And in comparison with last night,

the overall frame has much improved.

0:59:500:59:56

Is it a harder test? Not so far

particularly.

0:59:561:00:05

Quite a lot of swinging from the

rider there.

1:00:171:00:21

it's not a hard test but so far

everything is coming off and that's

1:00:321:00:35

the difference, isn't it?

1:00:351:00:37

It is a funny combination of being

elastic but without energy, got

1:01:251:01:34

energy but not quite put in the

right place.

What he doesn't do is

1:01:341:01:39

support himself enough with his hind

leg which is why he tends to splay a

1:01:391:01:45

little bit.

Then the outline of the

frame goes and he drops down. Lovely

1:01:451:01:50

all the same. He can be very pleased

with that.

1:01:501:01:55

I think the smile says it all,

congratulations. Did you expect to

1:01:581:02:03

win this class this evening?

Not at

all I didn't expect anything, just

1:02:031:02:07

wanted to do a good and he went

really well, it was really close. To

1:02:071:02:13

night I came out on top.

This is a

very special arena and the crowd are

1:02:131:02:18

absolutely on top of you when you

are in there. Is this something you

1:02:181:02:22

knew your horse would appreciate and

settle or was it an unknown?

He

1:02:221:02:27

loves it, I love the people so

close, they can almost touch the

1:02:271:02:32

horse, I love that because we need

the crowd to feel the riders and the

1:02:321:02:38

horse. I love that about London.

It

was a mammoth journey to get here,

1:02:381:02:42

tell is about the journey and what

you had to do to compete at Olympia.

1:02:421:02:47

The planes were cancelled because of

the weather and I took the car and

1:02:471:02:50

it was thing was cancelled, we drove

from Germany and it took 13 hours to

1:02:501:02:54

get to London but once settled in it

was such a show and I would travel

1:02:541:02:58

three days to get here.

Congratulations, well-deserved.

1:02:581:03:02

Great result for Patrik Kittel.

Fabulous result for ML Fourier who

1:03:021:03:06

was second with his new horse delay

sheer. He said he wasn't a surprise

1:03:061:03:11

to be second, it was a miracle. Ones

to watch for the future. It is time

1:03:111:03:16

for World Cup showjumping, we can

join our

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COMMENTATOR: Anticipation is

building in the Grand Hall at

1:03:241:03:26

Olympia ahead of the Longines FEI

World Cup Andy Austin is alongside

1:03:261:03:30

me, you have walked the clause, what

can we expect? -- walked the course.

1:03:301:03:37

Right into the big box, we start

with two oxers, two Power fencers

1:03:371:03:44

and into this difficult related

distance. This is a moment on the

1:03:441:03:51

course when they can relax but now

here is the real deal, huge

1:03:511:03:56

combination, big oxer, short stride

through vertical, and then a very

1:03:561:03:59

difficult oxer coming out and soon

you jump that you've got to go over

1:03:591:04:04

the left-handed one over another 160

vertical, a big wall here, quickly

1:04:041:04:09

off the corner, six floaty strides

up to the water tray. A very short

1:04:091:04:17

light distance to this vertical,

that's going to be a difficult fence

1:04:171:04:20

to jump in the corner. Here is the

triple bar, Tim talked about how

1:04:201:04:27

wide this was earlier. They love

having a wide vertical after a

1:04:271:04:32

triple bar, always difficult to

jump. The horse is tiring towards

1:04:321:04:35

the end of the course. The big

double, you need a lot of power to

1:04:351:04:40

jump out of the double, and then

that last fence coming round the

1:04:401:04:43

corner very quickly. They will be

tired at the end of this course.

Are

1:04:431:04:49

you surprised by the cause, or is it

what you expected?

It is a typical

1:04:491:04:55

Olympia World Cup, technical, very

light and plenty big enough.

We want

1:04:551:04:59

it to be difficult, it is after all

the Longines FEI World Cup. 13

1:04:591:05:05

nations represented, 36 competitors,

nine of them representing Great

1:05:051:05:09

Britain. The first of those 36 comes

in in front of this packed house in

1:05:091:05:13

this intense arena now. This is

Anna-Julia Kontio riding the Bay

1:05:131:05:24

nine-year-old gelding Lorenzo of

oxer.

Always interesting the first

1:05:241:05:35

competitor in, we want to see how

other course will write and what the

1:05:351:05:38

distances looked like and crucially

the time allowed which is 70

1:05:381:05:41

seconds.

1:05:411:05:44

Finland, our first competitor,

Anna-Julia Kontio riding Lorenzo.

1:05:591:06:04

Lovely Holstein Kiel gelding by

Landos. Coming into that first big

1:06:041:06:14

oxer, the first two fences should be

relatively straightforward. Five

1:06:141:06:25

level strides into the third. This

is the big line we talked about now.

1:06:251:06:29

Huge combination. Very well ridden.

There is a lot of very quickly. Six

1:06:291:06:48

strides seemed to be OK but they've

just got to sit up. Beautifully

1:06:481:06:52

ridden there. So, so far, really

good round. Oh! Got too close, and

1:06:521:07:03

extra stride into the vertical after

the triple bar, that's going to be a

1:07:031:07:07

difficult problem for everybody. You

can see, I said horses would tire at

1:07:071:07:13

the end of this course, this one

definitely losing a bit of shape and

1:07:131:07:16

jump. It's a really tough course at

the end.

It all started so well but

1:07:161:07:22

ended rather in disappointment.

Three fences down, four faults for

1:07:221:07:27

each fence, so 12 faults for

Anna-Julia Kontio and Lorenzo, 12

1:07:271:07:33

penalties, just inside the time

allowed as you can see. Started

1:07:331:07:38

well, Andy.

This is where it all

went wrong, instead of keeping

1:07:381:07:41

moving ran in too close to the

vertical and that rather unsettled

1:07:411:07:44

her horse, you could see the shape

of the jump went quite badly over

1:07:441:07:47

the next double. So, the end of the

course is crucial, it's very hard

1:07:471:07:55

for the horses to keep concentrating

for so long.

The first now of the

1:07:551:08:01

nine British competitors in this

Longines FEI World Cup. This is

1:08:011:08:05

Robert Smith riding his own and

Karina Reily's Ilton. Great to see

1:08:051:08:15

Robert Smith riding at the top

level, such an experienced

1:08:151:08:19

competitor, he has run this three

times but the Last Time he ran it

1:08:191:08:22

was in 2005.

He's had a very long

career.

Down.

This Ilton is only a

1:08:221:08:33

nine-year-old and this would be one

of the biggest classes this horse

1:08:331:08:36

has jumped.

1:08:361:08:43

Robert Smith, son of the very famous

Hadi that so many riders of my

1:08:481:08:52

generation were inspired to get into

the sport by Harvey. The first two

1:08:521:09:00

riders are finding this course is

tough enough. I think the first

1:09:001:09:03

group of riders that we've got are

not the biggest names, not the most

1:09:031:09:07

fancied horses. We are not going to

see too many clear rounds in the

1:09:071:09:10

first ten.

1:09:101:09:12

The first part of that double is

really sticking up in the air when

1:09:171:09:23

the horses are tired. And another

horse really struggling at the end

1:09:231:09:26

of the round.

And one time penalty

as well, just over the time allowed

1:09:261:09:32

of 70 seconds, so 21 penalties in

total for Robert Smith and Ilton.

1:09:321:09:38

Just picking up on what you were

saying, Andy, it seems the course

1:09:381:09:43

builders are testing scope and power

early and then they are asking for

1:09:431:09:47

precision later which makes it

doubly difficult.

Exactly. When

1:09:471:09:51

horses are tiring and the reason it

is tiring is not because it is a

1:09:511:09:55

long course, it's because there is

no breather. If jumping outside

1:09:551:09:59

Exton with a huge arena you can

relax in some of The Open spaces but

1:09:591:10:03

this is incredibly intense. The

first two accommodations finding it

1:10:031:10:07

tough.

Extreme level of

concentration required here as our

1:10:071:10:15

third competitor comes into the

arena are representing Spain riding

1:10:151:10:20

Cuidam this is Manuel Fernandez

Saro.

Manuel riding for Spain, he is

1:10:201:10:34

based in Holland. This is a Dutch

bred horse by Verdi, the famous

1:10:341:10:39

Italian Maikel Van der Vleuten has

won so much on, so this one

1:10:391:10:44

certainly has the breeding. Manuel

is a very experienced rider. He

1:10:441:10:52

competed in the Olympics last year.

This is a horse with a lot of scope.

1:10:521:10:59

So we have seen quite a few

competitors get to this point in the

1:10:591:11:02

course and they look reasonably

comfortable but the pressure now

1:11:021:11:05

really starts to come on towards the

end. That's exactly what I'm talking

1:11:051:11:14

about. Complete lack of

concentration, four sure strides

1:11:141:11:17

running straight into that one. Just

four slightly open strides there.

1:11:171:11:25

Can't really add an extra one. This

is the fence they have found so

1:11:251:11:31

tough. Super careful there. That was

really good.

1:11:311:11:37

Oh! That was hard luck.

That's a

shame. Tipped that poll at the last

1:11:391:11:47

meaning two down and ate penalties

for Manuel Fernandez Saro. In the

1:11:471:11:51

context of what we have seen, quite

a respectable round.

Yes, it was a

1:11:511:11:56

good round but quite a bad mistake

if you watch the vertical, ran in

1:11:561:12:01

way too close, it was with a big

stride and found it hard to shorten.

1:12:011:12:04

Unlucky if you watch him at the last

fence. Just slightly tired, couldn't

1:12:041:12:10

quite get the back end away.

At this

very early stage Manuel Fernandez

1:12:101:12:16

Saro and Cuidam are out in front,

but so much to enjoy. This man, at

1:12:161:12:23

Olympia once again riding the form

horse Callisto blew, Michael

1:12:231:12:28

Whitaker.

This is one of the best

horses Michael has got his hands on

1:12:281:12:37

in the last few years, still

inexperienced, lovely ten-year-old

1:12:371:12:45

gelding by Chacco Blue and he has

been picking up a few points in the

1:12:451:12:47

World Cup qualifiers, eating placed

in Oslo, Madrid. Currently 14th in

1:12:471:12:55

the league.

1:12:551:12:58

Just made everyone's heart flutter.

That's his inexperience. You see how

1:13:081:13:13

brilliantly talented he is but for a

young horse this is such an intense

1:13:131:13:17

atmosphere and he just took his eye

off that fence and caught Michael

1:13:171:13:21

out. He gets four faults for that

refusal, and also he's going to get

1:13:211:13:26

a load of time faults and he's going

to be well over the 70 seconds so

1:13:261:13:30

that's Michael's chance is gone

today. But let's keep watching this

1:13:301:13:35

horse because this is a super

talented jumper. Is the kind of

1:13:351:13:39

horse that in the future would like

to see Michael riding on British

1:13:391:13:42

teams with.

1:13:421:13:46

But I love the fact that Michael is

such a professional he hasn't

1:13:471:13:51

allowed that upset to faze him. He's

kept up and back into his rhythm,

1:13:511:13:57

giving the horse confidence.

Obviously a mistake there. But this

1:13:571:14:00

is a horse to keep your eye on. It

has a lot of talent.

1:14:001:14:04

APPLAUSE

Well, that early run out and

1:14:041:14:10

obstacles down mean a total of 12

penalties for Callisto blue.

And

1:14:101:14:23

Michael Whitaker. Watch this.

Michael knew what he was doing but

1:14:231:14:25

the horse thought, and I meant to

jump that one? It comes so quickly

1:14:251:14:30

on an angle. That was just a bit of

a novice mistake going into the

1:14:301:14:35

double and then he has to use his

vast experience and presence of mind

1:14:351:14:39

to ensure this ultimately is a

positive experience for this horse.

1:14:391:14:45

Which it actually was in the end.

12

penalties for Michael Whitaker, as

1:14:451:14:51

the next competitor comes in, also

for Great Britain, and another

1:14:511:14:54

familiar name indeed, riding Denise

Stamp's Billy Mccain, this is

1:14:541:15:04

William Funnell.

This is a great

campaigner, William Funnell, a

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stalwart of the British team for

many years, he breeds hundreds of

1:15:081:15:13

horses. This is one he has bred out

of an Irish mother. The owner,

1:15:131:15:21

Denise Stamp, I spoke to her earlier

in the week and she was very nervous

1:15:211:15:25

and excited about this horse jumping

for the first time in the World Cup.

1:15:251:15:28

This one is only nine years old. He

will need all of William's

1:15:281:15:33

experience to get him round.

1:15:331:15:36

You can see only a young horse but

very talented indeed.

1:15:391:15:46

Shortening up there. That was the

difficulty for all these younger

1:15:571:16:02

horses, to be able to shorten

quickly after such a wide oxer.

1:16:021:16:10

William Funnell is using all of his

experience. He is such a lovely

1:16:101:16:13

rider to watch. I think it's

important to remember, although you

1:16:131:16:23

are seeing a few fences coming down

there, these younger horses are

1:16:231:16:26

going into a completely different

level of competition so we mustn't

1:16:261:16:30

be too hard on them.

12 penalties,

three fences down for William

1:16:301:16:35

Funnell and Billy Mccain. You heard

from Di Lampard earlier saying they

1:16:351:16:42

want young and exciting horses in

British hands to try and rebuild

1:16:421:16:46

teams for the future.

We just seemed

two horses, I know they have had a

1:16:461:16:50

couple of problems, but they are

horses back and have a future on

1:16:501:16:55

British teams and give them another

year or two with these top riders

1:16:551:16:58

they will be there or thereabouts.

More to come, for sure, as William

1:16:581:17:05

Funnell heads back out to the

collecting area and we welcome our

1:17:051:17:08

next competitor. And this for Spain

riding Kaliyuga's Rokfeller de

1:17:081:17:18

Pleville Bois Mar, Eduardo Alvarez

Aznar.

Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, the

1:17:181:17:31

son of the great Olympic showjumper

and event rider, which is one of

1:17:311:17:35

those very rare combinations, one or

two people like Sir Mark Todd have

1:17:351:17:39

achieved that. This young man,

lovely rider, very stylish. You have

1:17:391:17:49

to say at the moment we are a long

way off seeing a clear round. This

1:17:491:17:54

is a long way off what we expected.

A lot of fantastic top combinations

1:17:541:18:00

still to come towards the end of the

field. That seems to be the hardest

1:18:001:18:10

line at the moment, early on in the

course. The horses have put so much

1:18:101:18:15

effort in. By little white delicate

vertical is very hard to jump on a

1:18:151:18:18

short distance. -- light vertical.

Four faults would definitely put him

1:18:181:18:29

into the lead at the moment. Inside

the time allowed as well

1:18:291:18:37

comfortable, so into the lead with

those four faults goes Eduardo

1:18:371:18:40

Alvarez Aznar.

There was a lovely

rhythmic stillness to his riding

1:18:401:18:47

this week.

He is a classic course

man, a lot of feel for what is going

1:18:471:18:52

on. Just watch here, very tight

distance, it means the horses must

1:18:521:18:58

shorten their stride very quickly.

That seems to be a fence that is

1:18:581:19:03

going to take a lot of jumping.

Eduardo Alvarez Aznar into the lead

1:19:031:19:11

with just the one fence down. As

into the arena now riding Ugo

1:19:111:19:24

Pisani's grey stallion kasbah,

Emanuele Gaudiano for Italy --

1:19:241:19:33

Caspar.

Great big strong stallion by

a good stallion, Berlin. Emanuel

1:19:331:19:46

Gaudiano has won this class in 2015

but it doesn't look like he's going

1:19:461:19:51

to win today. Early fence down.

1:19:511:19:59

Very interesting to see how Italian

showjumping is having a fantastic

1:20:021:20:07

renaissance at the moment. We have

another couple of great Italian

1:20:071:20:10

riders to come in this class. They

are right at the top of the sport.

1:20:101:20:20

He is one of the riders who has been

able to get the shore distanced to

1:20:201:20:24

that vertical. Very annoying early

fence down.

1:20:241:20:32

That double. The horse is tiring

again towards the end of the course.

1:20:391:20:45

So, disappointment for Emanuel

Gaudiano, 12 penalties and three

1:20:451:20:50

down.

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Michael Whitaker, Ron Howard, you

didn't expect that, did you?

I

1:20:551:21:02

didn't, I don't think even got his

eye on the fence, he didn't expect

1:21:021:21:06

it to be there and saw it at the

last minute -- run out.

We can take

1:21:061:21:12

a look at it now.

He is flying now.

He just jumps out, I think he was

1:21:121:21:20

surprised by the fence being there.

How tricky is this course?

It is

1:21:201:21:25

tricky, a tricky big cause,

everything has to be bang right,

1:21:251:21:28

everything has to be dead right

otherwise you will not jump clear.

1:21:281:21:32

Bad luck today.

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COMMENTATOR: Michael Whitaker has a

lot of context to judge the course.

1:21:381:21:42

Goodness knows family thousands he

has jumped in his career. Another

1:21:421:21:46

experienced competitor riding

S.C.E.A. De Lillebec's Rouge de

1:21:461:21:55

Ravel, this is Guy Williams for

Great Britain.

1:21:551:22:01

Seven riders gone. The best score so

far, just eight faults. 12 faults

1:22:041:22:12

plus the rest. It is a tough course.

It's what we expect. We will see

1:22:121:22:16

what Guy Williams can do.

1:22:161:22:27

Guy is riding with his normal strong

determination, he is a strong rider.

1:22:281:22:35

He will have to work hard at the end

of this course. You can see he's

1:22:351:22:39

already kicking and pulling a bit.

He was unlucky there.

1:22:391:22:51

Another competitor towards the end

of the course, you can see the

1:23:001:23:03

horses that are slightly outside

their comfort zone, they really get

1:23:031:23:05

tired down the last line.

Five

fences down in the end including all

1:23:051:23:11

three parts of the final

combination, 20 penalties for Guy

1:23:111:23:22

Williams and Rouge de Ravel. He was

riding with dynamism at the

1:23:221:23:26

beginning but the horse could not

sustain that pace.

The guy is a

1:23:261:23:30

talented rider, no mistake about it,

but you can't ride around this track

1:23:301:23:35

on a horse that is less than 100% on

his job. There is only so much the

1:23:351:23:41

rider can do.

1:23:411:23:44

So, next, riding his own hand Maria

Traber's Bay gelding from

1:23:491:24:02

Switzerland, Lord Pepsi, Paul

Estermann.

Paul Estermann is a very

1:24:021:24:11

experienced Swiss team member, he's

been around the sport for a very

1:24:111:24:16

long time. This horse has come

through in the last year or so. It's

1:24:161:24:25

one of those horses that on his day

can jump any track. He does have the

1:24:251:24:30

ability.

This horse is 11 now.

Just

coming into his best years.

Is that

1:24:301:24:36

the sweet spot for a showjumper?

Between ten and 15 is the best

1:24:361:24:41

years. This horse over the last

couple of years has been finding his

1:24:411:24:44

feet at 5-star level and he is

capable of jumping round here. That

1:24:441:24:53

was unlucky. Nothing Paul could have

done differently, he got his

1:24:531:24:58

distance and his rhythm right. That

last double is proving hard. It is

1:24:581:25:04

such a light plank. I think horses

are a little bit shot away by the

1:25:041:25:09

time they get to that part of the

track.

Two down, one of the better

1:25:091:25:13

rounds we have seen so far puts him

into second place, Paul Estermann,

1:25:131:25:18

behind Eduardo Alvarez Aznar with

eight penalties. We saw on the

1:25:181:25:24

course walk with Tim and Lee how

these polls really needed just a

1:25:241:25:28

breath to come off those shallow

cups.

They are incredibly light. The

1:25:281:25:32

plank going into the double, just

breathe on it and it's going to come

1:25:321:25:36

down.

The first part of that

competition has caught so many

1:25:361:25:39

outcome is that because of the

proximity to the bend, there is no

1:25:391:25:42

room of a corner?

It is partly that

but also because it's at the end of

1:25:421:25:46

the course when the horse has been

under so much intense pressure to

1:25:461:25:48

keep jumping.

OK, next in, a horse

who has been competing extensively

1:25:481:25:58

in the United States but ridden by

the Britain Amanda Derbyshire,

1:25:581:26:05

Luibanta, owned by Tim feat.

Great

to see Amanda here at Olympia. --

1:26:051:26:16

owned by Gochman Sport Horse. He

said I could get you a job in

1:26:161:26:20

America and one thing led to another

and now she has a great team of

1:26:201:26:24

horses and worked her way up to the

top of the sport. She is a very

1:26:241:26:28

talented young lady and it's great

to see her making the trip from the

1:26:281:26:34

states where she is based to command

jump at Olympia.

You've been excited

1:26:341:26:39

to see this horse jumping here

today, haven't you?

We really wanted

1:26:391:26:43

to see this horse jump this track.

Is this a horse that could jump on

1:26:431:26:48

British teams? Very unlucky there.

Still jumping a good round.

1:26:481:26:53

Just to put this round into context,

this is the tenth rider in. The best

1:27:011:27:06

we have had is eight faults. We have

had one on four faults. It is a

1:27:061:27:18

really tough course.

And again,

started promisingly but the wheels

1:27:181:27:24

gradually began to fall off a little

bit.

We are getting a pattern here,

1:27:241:27:28

aren't we? They start off well. The

horses are finding it OK. Very often

1:27:281:27:34

that early vertical comes down and

the first part of this double is

1:27:341:27:38

incredibly hard to jump. The horses

have to be so accurate and careful

1:27:381:27:41

when they are a little bit tired.

So, 12, three down for Amanda

1:27:411:27:49

Derbyshire and Luibanta. Great to

see her at Olympia. Next, into the

1:27:491:27:57

arena the 11th competitor in this

Longines FEI World Cup, riding his

1:27:571:28:02

own Uno de la Roque, for Belgium,

Francois Mathy.

This horse is

1:28:021:28:15

technically French but the breeding

is Dutch, the famous Dutch stallion

1:28:151:28:23

is Numero Uno and the mother is the

great Kannan so very good blood. He

1:28:231:28:30

is well over six feet. He was born

and bred in the saddle, his father

1:28:301:28:36

was a brilliant rider in his own

right and one of the world's leading

1:28:361:28:39

horse dealers so he is sort of born

and bred into the job.

1:28:391:28:46

We have seen Francois Mathy in

England earlier this year, fourth in

1:28:491:28:54

the Grand Prix at bowls worth. He

writes a number of different horses

1:28:541:29:03

around the European circuit. I like

the way that big horse was able to

1:29:031:29:09

quickly get over that tricky

vertical. He has had that annoying

1:29:091:29:18

early fence down but well worth

concentrating to see if he can stay

1:29:181:29:24

on four faults. Not to be.

Into a

share of second place with eight

1:29:241:29:35

faults, Francois Mathy junior.

Having the Katiba the first two part

1:29:351:29:42

of that tricky, nation effectively

it was the final part of the water

1:29:421:29:46

tray underneath that caught him out

-- having negotiated.

Most of the

1:29:461:29:51

horses have been finding it OK.

Again, you can jump a good round

1:29:511:29:56

around here and still have two down.

The water tray possibly took his eye

1:29:561:30:06

off the top rail. So, 84 Francois

Mathy and next for Great Britain,

1:30:061:30:17

riding his own and Elisan's

Fandango, one of the most

1:30:171:30:22

experienced horses in this field, it

is William Whitaker. great to watch

1:30:221:30:31

William Wright. Very elegant and

stylish. He was our only represented

1:30:311:30:38

in the Europeans at Gothenburg this

year. Fandango, 14 years of age,

1:30:381:30:49

very experienced horse. Still

looking for our first clear round

1:30:491:31:01

and it is not going to be this one.

It's always interesting to note that

1:31:011:31:09

it's not was the biggest fences that

cause problems, it's just that

1:31:091:31:13

vertical, which is not the biggest,

in a difficult place on a short four

1:31:131:31:18

strides after a big oxer.

Brilliant

round. Very unlucky.

Into a share of

1:31:181:31:30

the lead. We will have a jump off

whether it is four faults or clear

1:31:301:31:36

is remains to be seen. We are in the

early stages. William Whitaker one

1:31:361:31:42

down and that was arguably the best

round we seen.

Here is the short

1:31:421:31:46

stride distance, jumped a bit on the

right-hand side. Great round from

1:31:461:31:52

William Whitaker. Fit perfect

everywhere else. The back foot

1:31:521:31:59

winces a little.

But you never know,

you might have done enough. We will

1:32:021:32:07

see some clears, I will stick my

neck out.

We have a really exciting

1:32:071:32:13

clutch of four in her role in ten

horses time but let's not forget

1:32:131:32:17

those in between times and this is

our next competitor. Wilm Vermeer.

A

1:32:171:32:30

rider with lots of wins and lots of

form, mostly at sea and four star

1:32:301:32:34

shows. He won the Grand Prix this

year. Only a nine-year-old.

1:32:341:32:41

Those of you interested in pack and

bridles. Have a look, it less

1:32:451:32:51

bridal, nothing in his mouth. How

would you like to ride round there

1:32:511:32:57

was no bit in the horse's mouth.

Some horses are happier if you just

1:32:571:33:02

leave them alone.

1:33:021:33:03

Tell me the different sensation of

riding with that bridal especially

1:33:061:33:11

on a course like this. What happens

is you don't get anything like the

1:33:111:33:14

same feeling. You have to give the

horse a bit more trust and freedom.

1:33:141:33:21

Very often horses are a bit

sensitive in the mouth and they will

1:33:211:33:25

jump better if you have nothing at

all on it. Two baldie fences, if we

1:33:251:33:35

can call them that and come down

again. Tough round. Wilm Vermeer,

1:33:351:33:45

four down, 16 penalties.

1:33:451:33:52

again. Tough round. Wilm Vermeer,

four down, 16 penalties. Amanda

1:33:521:33:52

Berisha, just watching all these

rounds and to get a clear is so

1:33:521:33:56

tricky and it seems like you're

around, a lot of the horses are

1:33:561:34:00

coming towards the latter stages,

why is that what might a lot of big

1:34:001:34:04

jumping efforts and by the end of

the course the horses are getting

1:34:041:34:08

tired.

The jumps are massive

tonight, come down very easily.

1:34:081:34:12

Hopefully there will be a couple of

clears near the end.

How technical

1:34:121:34:16

is it?

Pretty technical, in the

small ring there is not much room

1:34:161:34:20

for error. If you don't see the one

off the turn, you don't have much

1:34:201:34:25

chance.

COMMENTATOR:

1:34:251:34:30

off the turn, you don't have much

chance.

COMMENTATOR: Well done to

1:34:301:34:32

Amanda Darbyshire. She had see down,

12 penalties. You never guess she'd

1:34:321:34:37

spent time in America! Here is the

heroine of the Puissance, riding the

1:34:371:34:46

winner. Laura Renwick.

Top dollar,

massive scope, can he stay cheerful?

1:34:461:34:59

It was tough for him in the class

after the Puissance looked tired.

1:34:591:35:05

Had a chance to regroup, try to get

the horse more settled on the hops

1:35:051:35:09

because she cannot afford to let him

run on and open his stride up to

1:35:091:35:13

much. No doubt about this horse's

ability. Can get a little bit

1:35:131:35:20

headstrong.

Will he shorten up here?

She's taken a stride out and jumped

1:35:201:35:30

it. That's the way to do it.

She

went for it as well.

She had a plan.

1:35:301:35:39

She has got one. That's where having

taking your stride out, he was to

1:35:391:35:43

forward down the next distance

whether anybody can do that than an

1:35:431:35:48

shorten for the other distances, I

don't know. She had a plan, stop to

1:35:481:35:53

it if she can clear the last it's a

very good road and indeed.

Guedes,

1:35:531:35:58

into a share of the league, Laura

Renwick. She's had a splendid week,

1:35:581:36:03

a real crowd pleaser and this horse

has bounced right back today after a

1:36:031:36:07

disappointing round two nights ago.

Brilliant effort from Laura,

1:36:071:36:14

desperately unlucky, just took hold

of it a bit much after the triple

1:36:141:36:19

bar. Let's have a look at this.

Three strides. Long way off it but

1:36:191:36:25

that worked better than everyone has

tried to put forward. Here he is

1:36:251:36:30

pulling, look at the ground he makes

up, wanted everything to shorten him

1:36:301:36:36

up and couldn't do enough. Great

effort from Laura.

They horse with a

1:36:361:36:41

huge stride, only an eight-year-old

but he's got some engine.

Next. For

1:36:411:36:51

Austria its Christian Ron Berg.

Christian Ron Berg. Clear Mackie is

1:36:511:37:03

a big winner, has won a four Grand

Prix this summer. Lovely big

1:37:031:37:18

he's had one down but he's rattled

the number. Lucky he hasn't had more

1:37:291:37:35

down. If he can get round here for

four faults he is doing extremely

1:37:351:37:39

well. He has jumped that tricky

vertical, can he keep it going?

1:37:391:37:46

Looking very untidy and he's all

over the place. All the control

1:37:461:37:50

went. Big double bridal but they

were not on the same page, horse and

1:37:501:37:55

rider at all. If you come off the

corner and you don't have the

1:37:551:38:01

straight, you can't possibly change

your mind, you have to keep coming

1:38:011:38:04

with what you've got. There is no

space. It's hard to understand

1:38:041:38:11

unless you've ridden just big horses

in a small arena, this is incredibly

1:38:111:38:17

intense for an experience, it is

coming at you, jumped after jump.

1:38:171:38:21

Ironically now the pressure is off

and jumping beautifully.

APPLAUSE

1:38:211:38:31

And upside-down round from Christian

Ron Berg for Austria. -- Rhomberg.

1:38:311:38:38

There will be more to add.

1:38:381:38:40

Ron Berg for Austria. -- Rhomberg.

There will be more to add. William

1:38:401:38:42

Whitaker, you never want to get one

down but that is not looking too

1:38:421:38:45

bad. It's a tough course out there,

comes at you thick and fast.

I was

1:38:451:38:51

pleased with the way my horse

jumped. Just a pity to pick up those

1:38:511:38:55

faults.

Will we have any clears

going forward? I would think so.

You

1:38:551:39:01

look down the list and see who is to

come at the, some of the best in the

1:39:011:39:07

world, we will definitely get

clears, but hopefully not too many

1:39:071:39:10

so I picked up a bit of money.

A

realistic assessment or try to put

1:39:101:39:15

it down?

Spoken like a true

Yorkshireman, looking for some place

1:39:151:39:21

money.

For France, the competitor

that Tim Stockdale told you was

1:39:211:39:27

worried about the water tray. This

is Olivier Robert.

Olivier Robert

1:39:271:39:34

has been riding this horse for the

honour for a while and he liked it

1:39:341:39:38

too much cheaper to much he put his

own money into his pocket and bought

1:39:381:39:41

the horse himself. He is worried

about the water tray, some horses

1:39:411:39:47

don't like the blue on the floor and

it can put the brakes on them. That

1:39:471:39:51

might be adjusting as we go run the

cause but this is a very talented

1:39:511:39:54

jumper. There we are, commentator's

kiss of death.

A fair bet so far.

At

1:39:541:40:05

the moment we can have faults

anywhere on this course but a big

1:40:051:40:10

scope of a horse. No problem with

that water tray. But at the moment

1:40:101:40:17

no clears, four faults and can still

get a lot of prize money down the

1:40:171:40:23

line.

1:40:231:40:27

He is a class jumper because the way

he jumped that double is as good as

1:40:331:40:37

anybody but he looked into the water

tray there.

Not about round all the

1:40:371:40:42

same from Olivier Robert. Eight

penalties. Three sharing the lead at

1:40:421:40:47

the moment. William Whitaker,

Alberto Asner

1:40:471:40:54

You don't want to have one down but

it's not a bad place to be. You're

1:40:551:41:00

pretty happy at the moment?

I spoke

the other night and he was

1:41:001:41:05

incredible them. To jump class like

this at his age and give a

1:41:051:41:09

performance like that, I am over the

moon, he put on the performance of

1:41:091:41:13

his life.

Talking to the riders

about how tricky the courses, very

1:41:131:41:17

technical, isn't it?

Incredibly

technical. The first four fences are

1:41:171:41:23

nicely spread out and then it is

boom, boom, boom. He's still tries

1:41:231:41:28

to do the jumps from each and his

first World Cup, really pleased.

1:41:281:41:36

to do the jumps from each and his

first World Cup, really pleased.

1:41:361:41:36

A share of the lead for Laura

Renwick, as things stand, at the

1:41:361:41:40

halfway point at the moment. 16 of

36. It is Geir Gulliksen from

1:41:401:41:49

Norway. A chestnut gelding.

Relatively new horse for Geir

1:41:491:41:59

Gulliksen. Previously ridden by Cian

O'Connor and Eduardo Aznar. This is

1:41:591:42:06

a horse with plenty of talent, Geir

Gulliksen has been around a long

1:42:061:42:10

time and ridden lots of different

horses. He needed some new talent

1:42:101:42:15

and this is a horse with a lot of

ability.

1:42:151:42:21

Hard luck. Did everything he could

to get balanced. The way that

1:42:331:42:42

vertical rides, some horses just

keep running into it and there is

1:42:421:42:46

nothing the riders can do. Still

looking for that clear, is it going

1:42:461:42:51

to come?

You assured me Edward,

Andy, I'm convinced we got some

1:42:511:42:55

quality towards the end of the

track. William Whitaker said, we are

1:42:551:42:59

going to get some clears. I'm sure.

Just over the time allowed as well

1:42:591:43:05

so there will be a penalty to add to

the jumping penalty. 13 penalties

1:43:051:43:10

for Geir Gulliksen.

1:43:101:43:16

Getting repetitive to say it but

just watch it do everything to

1:43:201:43:24

shorten up for the vertical but the

horse just disregarded and keeps

1:43:241:43:28

running to the end of the arena.

1:43:281:43:32

You can see the riders's faces when

they come out, it's a tough course.

1:43:411:43:46

Geir Gulliksen a bit disappointed.

Will there be more joy for the

1:43:461:43:51

United States of America now? Laura

Kraut, a new Grand Prix horse and

1:43:511:43:58

from what I know, you're excited

about this horse.

Fascinating to see

1:43:581:44:05

how she will jump in this tight

arena, we have seen him jump

1:44:051:44:08

outdoors very successfully. He was

placed on the Rolex Grand Prix in

1:44:081:44:16

Geneva just recently but this is a

different kettle of fish and he has

1:44:161:44:20

already got an early fan stand,

Confu. Confu Definitely seems to be

1:44:201:44:32

suited to the bigger arena. But this

is a horse with an enormous amount

1:44:321:44:37

of power and school but a lot of the

riders have said, this course is all

1:44:371:44:43

about horses being incredibly

careful in keeping their

1:44:431:44:44

concentration. Definitely showed his

class there.

1:44:441:45:02

That early fence that Laura had

their own, she has done very well,

1:45:021:45:06

forgotten about it. Confu Showing

his ability at the end of the track,

1:45:061:45:14

can she get home with four faults,

close to the time.

She will look

1:45:141:45:20

back on that round with a mixture of

satisfaction and frustration because

1:45:201:45:24

it was one of the easiest fences

that she had down and early on.

1:45:241:45:29

Other than that she goes into a

share of the lead.

Laura will see

1:45:291:45:35

the positives in this but that

second fence, very straightforward

1:45:351:45:38

oxer, normally Confu would jump that

99 times out of 100 but I love the

1:45:381:45:44

way he jumped that double. Showed

his ability.

They horse with

1:45:441:45:49

abundant talent, Confu, Laura Kraut

part of the quartet on four faults

1:45:491:46:00

each. Next, there were 19 competitor

to go.

From Italy, Lorenzo De Luca.

1:46:001:46:17

Do you like his outfit?

Italian's

military uniforms are quite

1:46:171:46:26

spectacular!

Limestone grey, an

Irish gelding. 11 years old. It's

1:46:261:46:38

been fantastic to watch Lorenzo De

Luca over the last three years climb

1:46:381:46:40

up the rankings riding for the very

powerful stables. I thought he was

1:46:401:46:49

going to believe that one out but it

has fallen and another early fence.

1:46:491:46:54

We're not going to see Lorenzo De

Luca winning today. We keep

1:46:541:47:04

believing we will get some clears

but at the moment, still struggling.

1:47:041:47:13

Just a reminder that we've got

aroused combinations to come. Maikel

1:47:131:47:20

Van Der Vleuten has been in great

form, Scott Brash, Ben Maher. All

1:47:201:47:26

still to jump.

Every single rider to

come from now on as a household

1:47:261:47:32

name. We have got to get some

clears, surely.

Three down, 12

1:47:321:47:40

faults for Lorenzo De Luca. The

household names begin here. With the

1:47:401:47:50

man who is in front in the Western

league as we see a couple of

1:47:501:47:54

Lorenzo's mishaps again.

Limestone

grey was never quite At The Races.

1:47:541:48:02

Wasn't really giving Lorenzo De Luca

the jump that he needed to get round

1:48:021:48:07

here.

1:48:071:48:10

So, next up to appreciative applause

from the crowd, the 2012 London gold

1:48:141:48:23

medallist, in front in the westerly,

riding Alamo, Steve Guerdat for

1:48:231:48:29

Switzerland.

1:48:291:48:31

This black gelding, just nine years

old. This is a very inexperienced

1:48:351:48:41

horse, not one of Steve's top

horses, he was placed, he's actually

1:48:411:48:46

winning the league at the moment in

Europe but not with this horse. He

1:48:461:48:51

has one classes on Hannah and Bianca

but not with this one. Very

1:48:511:48:58

interesting to see how this young

singles. Super-talented down the

1:48:581:49:05

combination. That was absolutely

superb.

1:49:051:49:14

Steve one of the top professionals

that can write all sorts of

1:49:181:49:20

different horses. That was class,

shortened up, got the balance. No.

1:49:201:49:28

Can he hold it together. So many

riders, once they turn this corner,

1:49:281:49:33

the last one has caught them out.

1:49:331:49:43

Well, and the last fence, the

younger horse just find it too much

1:49:471:49:51

at the end. Had jumped such a

brilliant to that point. And Steve

1:49:511:49:57

has retired.

Such a shame for Steve

Guerdat on Alamo. All the hard work

1:49:571:50:05

was done and then the final part of

that combination and then that

1:50:051:50:12

precipitated the run out.

Slight

lack of experience. This is

1:50:121:50:16

definitely a horse to keep your eye

on. Here he is, so brilliant down

1:50:161:50:21

this line when every other horse has

had a vertical down that was his

1:50:211:50:29

first fault and he came round the

corner and that fence at a very

1:50:291:50:32

strange angle. Young horses don't

expect fences to come so quickly.

1:50:321:50:39

Very unusual to see the horse run

out at the final obstacle.

Shows you

1:50:391:50:45

how tough this course is. The jumps

have been placed in a very difficult

1:50:451:50:48

way for youngsters.

11 penalties in

total for Steve Guerdat as we

1:50:481:50:55

welcomed in, for Sweden, Peder

Fredicson for Sweden.

Peder

1:50:551:51:09

Fredicson, one of the best riders to

watch. European champion this year

1:51:091:51:12

in Gothenburg. Such a wonderful,

told, is -- told, stylish rider to

1:51:121:51:29

watch. Can he produce our first

clear? He had to work hard to keep

1:51:291:51:38

his horse under control there.

1:51:381:51:45

Beautifully balanced over the tricky

vertical.

1:51:501:52:01

Nobody is clear until they jump this

next line. Working hard, Peder

1:52:021:52:13

Fredicson, just want to go, is it

the first clear? It is.

It is, clear

1:52:131:52:18

round. Peder Fredicson for Sweden.

You can see the appreciation around

1:52:181:52:26

the arena and have exacting a

challenge that was. We have seen

1:52:261:52:32

some of the world's best riders

outfoxed by this extremely

1:52:321:52:38

technical, extremely difficult

course and with total concentration

1:52:381:52:39

and focus, he has made it not look

easy, but made it look less

1:52:391:52:45

difficult.

He didn't make it look

easy, worked incredibly hard. He had

1:52:451:52:48

to sit up here and say, come on, get

in the area. And held it together

1:52:481:52:54

over the last fence. He's not

European champion for no reason,

1:52:541:52:58

this is a top man riding absolutely

brilliantly. Well done, Peder

1:52:581:53:06

Fredicson. Hoist the bunting in

Stockholm, Sweden have the clear so

1:53:061:53:15

far. For Germany, the grey

13-year-old, the man and from this

1:53:151:53:21

week, Daniel Deusser.

1:53:211:53:24

Very distinctive coronet, looks like

he hasn't really finished off the

1:53:261:53:32

paint job, very strange colouring,

unusual with such a beautifully bred

1:53:321:53:36

horse. This is a gelding, they

normally come out in stunning grey

1:53:361:53:41

but he has come out with the sort of

mottled effect but he's a very good

1:53:411:53:47

jumper.

1:53:471:53:49

Is it going to be waiting for a bus

or are there more to come along one

1:53:551:54:00

after another. Waited 20 horses to

get our first clear and now we want

1:54:001:54:04

some more to get a good jump off.

1:54:041:54:09

I hardly dare say that we started

well.

You can only say it as you see

1:54:141:54:20

it, Andy.

That's the first of the

ball defence is out of the way. --

1:54:201:54:35

bogey fences. Daniel Deusser one of

the most experienced, stylish riders

1:54:351:54:39

out there, can he keep it together?

No, he can't. Caught out by the

1:54:391:54:47

first part of the double. Still one

clear.

Beautiful to watch in the

1:54:471:54:52

main. Smooth, wonderful read. One

down. It's a joint second place at

1:54:521:55:00

the moment for Daniel Deusser.

This

was classier. Watch Daniel setup,

1:55:001:55:11

get the balance, he made that line

looked really easy and the lightest

1:55:111:55:14

of touches here, just a faint touch,

that was desperately unlucky. It's a

1:55:141:55:19

cruel sport, this showjumping, isn't

it?

Can't even make out which leg

1:55:191:55:27

tip that Paul.

Wind and breath and

down it comes. Four faults for

1:55:271:55:36

Daniel Deusser. Another one for

Germany, the 14-year-old stallion,

1:55:361:55:45

Christian Ahlmann.

1:55:451:55:48

Very distinctive bright style of the

told Christian Ahlmann -- up bright

1:55:501:55:58

style. Six feet three Talbot sits

very bright. Very Germanic style,

1:55:581:56:03

long rains and he has some

experience, four Olympics.

1:56:031:56:10

Always fascinating to look at the

different styles of riding. Always

1:56:201:56:25

looks like he sat in an armchair

having a little round. A lot of

1:56:251:56:29

control over his horses, Christian,

always stays in this lovely rhythm.

1:56:291:56:42

Shortened airily, that's the key to

it, jump the oxer easily and shorten

1:56:421:56:46

the stride early. That's the most

irritating fence to come down. With

1:56:461:56:54

a lazy front foot on the back rail.

1:56:541:57:04

Still in the top ten but not enough,

I'm afraid for Christian Ahlmann.

1:57:111:57:17

Eight faults for him. Two down. Back

rail of the triple bar on the first

1:57:171:57:24

part of the commendation that has

foxed 90% of people.

This is the bit

1:57:241:57:30

he did so well, short four strides

and the next fence just casually

1:57:301:57:34

flicked one front leg onto the rail.

1:57:341:57:38

Hard to see how he touched that

fence. Though and it came.

1:57:421:57:48

Now, the competitor who on the

different horse won the World Cup

1:57:541:58:03

recently. Edwina Tops-Alexander for

Australia.

I'm glad you've said the

1:58:031:58:10

horse.

Showjumpers have always had

exotic names but some of them take

1:58:101:58:18

them to a whole new level this week.

I don't mind talking when she won in

1:58:181:58:23

black Spain, because it is called

California and I can say that.

1:58:231:58:31

Edwina is in great form, recently

had a baby but gone right back into

1:58:311:58:35

the top of the sport. She is

actually sitting sixth on the

1:58:351:58:39

Western European league. She has had

some great form. Always very well

1:58:391:58:47

mounted. One of the biggest horse

dealers in the world, if you cannot

1:58:471:58:55

get good horses, nobody can. -- if

she cannot get good horses.

1:58:551:59:01

Lots of class and quality. This

horse only nine years old. So much

1:59:081:59:16

engine. Look at that for power.

1:59:161:59:20

Still jumping with a foot to spare.

Close to the time just the one to

1:59:271:59:32

go. Kapas, six hundredths inside the

time.

Just avoiding a time penalty

1:59:321:59:41

and our second clear run, so there

will be a jumpoff, Edwina

1:59:411:59:47

Tops-Alexander. Well mounted she

might be but she's got to get the

1:59:471:59:50

job done and she has and she shares

that lead with Peder Fredicson.

1:59:501:59:56

Australia and Sweden provide us with

our two clear is so far and we have

1:59:562:00:00

12 competitors to come.

2:00:002:00:03

You were just watching Edwina's

round with a smile and a grimace now

2:00:042:00:09

there is a jumpoff.

2:00:092:00:10

round with a smile and a grimace now

there is a jumpoff.

Smiling for the

2:00:102:00:12

jumpoff but wouldn't mind if there

was one fault.

You got the first

2:00:122:00:18

clear run, how difficult was this

course, easier when you have a clear

2:00:182:00:21

under your belt?

Still sweating.

Hard work to write and defences come

2:00:212:00:26

really quick at you and you cannot

ride to style points, just a clear

2:00:262:00:32

run.

See you in the jumpoff.

2:00:322:00:38

Back to the arena and the man who

jumped the night before last riding

2:00:382:00:50

this horse, VDL Groep Arera C,

Maikel Van der Vleuten. Great to

2:00:502:00:55

riding here at Olympia, one of the

top ten in the world, eighth in the

2:00:552:00:59

Western European league and already

a winner this week with this horse.

2:00:592:01:02

So, fantastic to have one of the

best riders in the world competing

2:01:022:01:05

here.

The 12-year-old Dutch mare.

Not to be today. It's interesting

2:01:052:01:25

watching Peder Fredricson... Sorry,

Peder Fredricson was watching Edwina

2:01:252:01:32

Tops-Alexander's round and he sort

of looked at it and thought,

2:01:322:01:36

couldn't she just have had a time

fault because her horse jumped

2:01:362:01:40

brilliantly? Her round was by far

the easiest stylish round so far,

2:01:402:01:45

that horse looked in the comfort

zone all the way round and none of

2:01:452:01:48

the other horses have come close to

that. Her round really did stand

2:01:482:01:52

out. Peder Fredricson had to work a

lot harder to get his clear.

2:01:522:01:58

Not to be this afternoon for Maikel

Van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Arera

2:02:082:02:15

C, two down, they have won a class

already this week so it's been a

2:02:152:02:18

productive one. How much does a

whole week of Olympia take out of

2:02:182:02:23

these horses? How much do you have

to pace yourself?

It is a good point

2:02:232:02:28

you're making, because having won

earlier this week in a fast jump

2:02:282:02:31

maybe that has taken some patrol out

of the tank. You can't have all

2:02:312:02:36

ways, he's had a win and won eight

ranking class and can still go home

2:02:362:02:42

happy.

Now, another big-name, the

next man in the arena for Germany

2:02:422:02:59

riding Gestut Zhaschkow & Hubert

Vornholt's Comme Il Faut, it's

2:03:012:03:06

Marcus Ehning. Will love this

stallion, exuberant horse, short in

2:03:062:03:11

the back and short in the neck, I'm

sure these fences look quite big

2:03:112:03:15

when you are on such a small and

compact horse.

But he has power. If

2:03:152:03:21

you watch Marcus ride him he flows

forward and allows him to enjoy

2:03:212:03:25

himself. There is no better man than

the guy's feeling he has on this

2:03:252:03:32

horse. Watch him, he is just class.

We spoke quite a bit this week about

2:03:322:03:38

the natural stallion's exuberance.

He is a cheeky little horse. You

2:03:382:03:44

could see he ran in far too close

and wasn't concentrating and still

2:03:442:03:48

managed to jump. He will have to

listen to Marcus a lot more than

2:03:482:03:51

that if he is to jump the next line

or two. He is still bucking. A lot

2:03:512:03:58

of pace into the triple bar and

that's the problem Marcus has got,

2:03:582:04:01

he doesn't have that huge stride so

he had to ride with pace and flatten

2:04:012:04:06

his jump. It's a shame not to have

Marcus into the jump off, he's going

2:04:062:04:15

for a quick four faults round.

He is

clever as a cat but he just couldn't

2:04:152:04:21

make the final part of that triple

bar, and into third place goes

2:04:212:04:26

Marcus Ehning with comfortable you

the fastest round with four faults.

2:04:262:04:32

As you say, shame he wasn't in the

jump off because he would have had a

2:04:322:04:37

huge chance.

Watch what he had to

do, the wide triple bar, two metres

2:04:372:04:41

wide, needed pace to jump it and

flatten his jump. Great shame not to

2:04:412:04:46

have him in the jump off.

Now, great

things will be expected from this

2:04:462:04:53

crowd and everybody of our next

competitor. You heard him in

2:04:532:04:59

conversation with Lee McKenzie

earlier talking about why he didn't

2:04:592:05:07

take part in British team

competition this year but he is a

2:05:072:05:10

huge talent, he is Scott Brash

riding Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham's

2:05:102:05:20

Ursula XII, 16 years old.

Ursula has

been undoubtedly one of the best

2:05:202:05:24

horses we have ever seen in the

world of showjumping. Winner of the

2:05:242:05:31

Doha Grand Prix, winner of the Grand

Prix in Spruce Meadows, instrumental

2:05:312:05:36

in Scott Brash's phenomenal rise to

the very top of the sport. She is 16

2:05:362:05:44

years old now. This is a mare that

originally came from Scotland,

2:05:442:05:48

passed through the Fletchers' yard

and had so much success with Scott

2:05:482:05:55

Brash. Little bit of a lucky rub

there.

2:05:552:06:10

Just the one to jump.

The time is

fine as well. Scott Brash and Ursula

2:06:252:06:33

into the jump off to the delight of

the crowd in the Grand Hall at

2:06:332:06:38

Olympia. And the fastest clear as

well, 67.58, and at the moment Peder

2:06:382:06:47

Fredricson, Edwina Tops-Alexander

and Great Britain's Scott Brash, and

2:06:472:06:51

you can hear the crowd responding.

So much joy around the arena to see

2:06:512:06:57

Scott Brash and Ursula, one of the

biggest crowd favourites going

2:06:572:06:59

clear. And Scott almost smiled.

The

merest suspicion.

There is more work

2:06:592:07:11

for him to do yet. He is in this

class to win it.

So, the competition

2:07:112:07:17

is really beginning to come alive

now with those three clear rounds,

2:07:172:07:21

and now for France riding the Top

Stallions Company, Toupie de la

2:07:212:07:35

Roque, Julian Epaillard. Julian

Epaillard is a big winner, he

2:07:352:07:43

recently won the enormous amount of

prize money for the speed masters in

2:07:432:07:47

Paris. If he gets in the jump-off

you know he can go quick. This is a

2:07:472:07:55

slightly plain looking mare, not the

prettiest but she is a jumper by

2:07:552:08:07

Kannan..

Building now, we could do

with a few more, class names still

2:08:072:08:12

to come.

Still Harrie Smolders to

come, Cian O'Connor and Ben Maher.

2:08:122:08:28

Julien Epaillard is working quite

hard. Still clear. He gave that,

2:08:282:08:35

nation loads of air. One to jump

then. And a fourth clear it is.

2:08:352:08:43

Julien Epaillard, Scott Brash, Peder

Fredricson and Edwina

2:08:432:08:46

Tops-Alexander. We are

2:08:462:08:51

Fredricson and Edwina

Tops-Alexander. We are starting to

2:08:512:08:52

get a few more clear rounds. You

must be delighted with how he jumps

2:08:522:08:57

today.

Great, his first World Cup,

the last few weeks in a massive ring

2:08:572:09:03

and now back into a small ring, it

is all new for me and him.

I saw you

2:09:032:09:08

taking a look at the jump of course,

how will it right?

Haven't had time

2:09:082:09:12

to digest it yet but the other

horses are pretty fast and I just

2:09:122:09:15

have to do my own track and jump a

clear round and see where I end up.

2:09:152:09:18

The best of luck.

2:09:182:09:21

COMMENTATOR: Edwina Tops-Alexander

is one of four riders to jump clear

2:09:252:09:28

in this initial round. This is going

to be some jump-off, as into the

2:09:282:09:32

arena comes HMM Legend Of Love,

owned by the legendary Ludo

2:09:322:09:41

Philippaerts and ridden by Olivier

Philippaerts for Belgium.

2:09:412:09:48

Olivier Philippaerts riding for his

father. Ludo was a brilliant rider

2:09:592:10:03

to watch, so competitive, and now he

is a good horse steerer, he finds

2:10:032:10:09

horses and has a big family. Olivier

has a twin brother and they also

2:10:092:10:14

have two other brothers as well, so

there is a lot of horses to find for

2:10:142:10:18

their camp. No better man to do it.

Well, this is looking tidy at the

2:10:182:10:30

moment. This mare is an efficient

jumper, not exuberant but watch her

2:10:302:10:43

get her legs up in the air. Can she

be careful there? No, the nasty

2:10:432:10:48

vertical into the double catching

another rider out. Good round.

Four

2:10:482:10:56

faults for Olivier Philippaerts, and

HMM Legend Of Love. -- H&M. We have

2:10:562:11:02

had 29 go and we have another seven

competitors to enjoy. Every chance

2:11:022:11:08

we could add to the four clear

rounds so far, just one down and

2:11:082:11:14

predictable enough fence down, and

a.

One of the two most difficult

2:11:142:11:17

fences. Olivier tried to keep his

horse away from that vertical and he

2:11:172:11:23

just dived at it. That was hard

luck.

Now to another man in terrific

2:11:232:11:32

form, riding Nabab de Reve's Zinius,

for the Netherlands, Harrie

2:11:322:11:49

Smolders.

He's won absolutely

everything, he was second in the

2:11:492:11:54

European Championships, winner of

the champions tour. He can ride

2:11:542:11:59

anything, he has so many different

horses and he's incredibly

2:11:592:12:02

competitive on all of them.

2:12:022:12:13

Zinius is one of those slightly

smaller more active types. Doesn't

2:12:152:12:18

have obvious big scope. You are

going to see Harrie doing a bit of

2:12:182:12:26

kicking and pulling to make it

happen.

2:12:262:12:29

Chaudiere. That was a nasty on

landing.

Well recovered.

He did

2:12:402:12:47

brilliantly to recover from that. --

oh dear. Harrie Smolders is not

2:12:472:12:51

going to be in the jump-off, one

down already.

2:12:512:12:56

A real shame, Zinius is still

working hard trying to leave the

2:13:052:13:08

fences up.

Good round but one down,

four faults for Harrie Smolders.

2:13:082:13:16

fences up.

Good round but one down,

four faults for Harrie Smolders.

2:13:162:13:18

Scott Brash, 30 horses gone globally

four clear rounds and you will be

2:13:182:13:21

delighted you and Ursula have one of

them.

Definitely, it is a tough

2:13:212:13:25

course, a lot of tests out there

today.

In terms of the bows and

2:13:252:13:30

atmosphere you get at Olympia always

how will she handled the jump-off?

2:13:302:13:34

She's an experienced mare, she is

16, so the more atmosphere the

2:13:342:13:39

better for her and we will just have

to try our best in the jump-off.

I

2:13:392:13:44

don't think that will be a problem,

the crowd will be on-site. Thank

2:13:442:13:47

you.

2:13:472:13:48

Plenty of work to do for Scott

Brash, he will be jumping off again,

2:13:502:13:54

as into the arena now for Italy

riding the 13-year-old mare,

2:13:542:13:59

Contanga, Alberto Zorzi.

2:13:592:14:04

So, Alberto Zorzi. We have one horse

clear and they had to the jump.

2:14:052:14:25

Alberto Zorzi has done well in the

World Cups already this year, second

2:14:252:14:28

in Verran. Lots of points, tenth in

the league, wonderful stylish rider.

2:14:282:14:35

He's landed one of the best jobs in

showjumping, riding for the famous

2:14:352:14:41

Tops stable. Do you like his

uniform, Nick?

2:14:412:14:47

CHUCKLES

You're taking the Gano very

2:14:472:14:53

dangerous road here, Andy and I'm

not going to take the bait.

Back to

2:14:532:14:58

the jumping. Oh! That was a shame.

2:14:582:15:05

Super careful through the double.

There is no letup on this course.

2:15:172:15:22

APPLAUSE

Four faults and just the one down

2:15:222:15:29

for Alberto Zorzi from Italy. Will

he be happy with that?

No, this is a

2:15:292:15:34

horse that really could have hand

should have jumped clear, that was a

2:15:342:15:37

very annoying mistake -- and should

have. Super-talented horse,

2:15:372:15:44

brilliant on the combination, that

was fantastic, and that slightly

2:15:442:15:47

lazy jump just coming down this

line, which we have seen so many

2:15:472:15:51

times. It's getting repetitive

talking about it but unfortunately

2:15:512:15:55

probably one of the smallest fences

individually on the course, just on

2:15:552:16:00

that tight four strides.

Is it not

showing enough respect or the angle

2:16:002:16:04

from the previous fence?

It's the

jump before, you have to put a bit

2:16:042:16:08

of leg on to stretch the horse

forward and the horse has

2:16:082:16:12

disregarded that vertical. There is

Bob Ellis, the course builder.

How

2:16:122:16:15

will he feel? Job done?

He has got

clears, if he has no more clears it

2:16:152:16:24

will still be a nice jump-off, if he

had no clears he would be worried.

2:16:242:16:28

Very experienced rider, riding

Chansonette Farm's Skyhorse, Cian

2:16:282:16:38

O'Connor.

A really good wheeler

dealer, comes up with all sorts of

2:16:382:16:43

new horses and this is another one,

Skyhorse, only ten. Lovely little

2:16:432:16:55

gelding by Calvaro, fairly new ride

but a very talented horse, as you

2:16:552:17:00

can see.

Presumably to build the

strength of your stable you need to

2:17:002:17:04

leave no stone unturned

geographically.

Cian O'Connor is

2:17:042:17:08

home from the show and straight on

the road looking for another horse,

2:17:082:17:13

he never sits still. Always looking

around to try and find more talent.

2:17:132:17:17

That's part of the job these

showjumpers have to do, you cannot

2:17:172:17:21

just rest on your laurels, you

always need fresh new super-talented

2:17:212:17:24

horses. This one, OK, he has made a

mistake but you can see this is a

2:17:242:17:33

lovely horse. Still probably another

season away from his best.

Two down,

2:17:332:17:42

eight penalties, eight faults for

Cian O'Connor and Skyhorse.

Just a

2:17:422:17:56

little bit forward after the triple

bar. Interesting to watch Cian give

2:17:562:18:02

the horse a big pat, he had a smile

on his face.

2:18:022:18:05

He was pleased with the round, he

could see the horse's potential and

2:18:052:18:08

this horse will come out next year

and definitely be placed in some

2:18:082:18:11

Grands Prix.

Now, can another great British hope

2:18:112:18:22

add his name to the list of clear

rounds? Grand Prix winner at Olympia

2:18:222:18:27

in 2013 and 14, runner-up in this

last year, still just 34 years old

2:18:272:18:32

and what a CV he has got, riding Don

Vito, nine-year-old gelding, it is

2:18:322:18:36

Ben Maher.

2:18:362:18:43

Rebuilding his string, riding

relatively inexperienced Don Vito.

2:18:542:19:00

It got Scott Brash in the jump-off

on experienced Ursula. That's a very

2:19:002:19:06

different kettle of fish for Ben

Maher. It's the placing of those

2:19:062:19:15

fences that causes any problems,

because these young don't expect to

2:19:152:19:18

have a jump by the edge of the arena

straight after a big combination on

2:19:182:19:25

a related distance. They are just

not ready for it.

From everything

2:19:252:19:29

you've said this afternoon, Andy, it

strikes me that talent isn't enough

2:19:292:19:36

in this class, it's got to be talent

and ring craft.

Exactly. There is no

2:19:362:19:41

surprise that the younger horses are

finding it tough. They are showing

2:19:412:19:47

they have got ability. And there you

are again at the last fence, Don

2:19:472:19:53

Vito just not expecting to see a

jump around the corner.

2:19:532:19:58

He's going to try and end on a high

and jump the last.

He had it down

2:20:022:20:08

but it was academic by then because

plenty of time faults to add to 20

2:20:082:20:12

jumping penalties for Ben Maher and

Don Vito. A horse for next year and

2:20:122:20:19

the year after perhaps, just a

nine-year-old now. Don Vito just

2:20:192:20:27

showing his inexperience. He looked

at the double and hesitated on

2:20:272:20:29

take-off.

2:20:292:20:32

Disappointment for Ben. Three to

come. The next four Ireland riding

2:20:392:20:52

Ballywalter Farms's Molly Malone V,

Bertram Allen.

Lots of interest in

2:20:522:21:02

Molly Malone, born and bred at the

Dails' stables, Keith and Peter

2:21:022:21:06

Doyle read this one, and very proud

they are of this mare. -- at the

2:21:062:21:12

door

2:21:122:21:16

she has won all over the world.

She's 13 years old now. What we see

2:21:162:21:25

with these older horses, you saw it

with Ursula, they only jump in the

2:21:252:21:30

really big classes, save them, they

don't need to jump too many rounds.

2:21:302:21:35

There is no question about it.

Experience counts for everything.

2:21:412:21:45

Molly Malone can jump a clear round

around here.

Just a reminder, four

2:21:452:21:55

clear rounds so far.

2:21:552:21:59

Desperately unlucky, just a little

flick at the first part of the

2:22:082:22:17

double that remained the only error

on an otherwise blemish free round

2:22:172:22:21

but it was a blemish enough to

ensure that Bertram Allen will not

2:22:212:22:25

join that quartet in the jump-off,

Molly Malone finishes with that one

2:22:252:22:29

down and as such four faults, the

quickest four faults round. Yes,

2:22:292:22:34

hard luck story. But that little

flick on that plank was all it took.

2:22:342:22:41

Molly Malone has been such a

brilliant servant for Bertram Allen

2:22:412:22:45

over the years.

2:22:452:22:47

So, two to jump in this initial

round. Now, this for France riding

2:22:512:22:59

Oleksandr Onyshcenko's Teavanta II,

Simon Delestre.

2:22:592:23:08

There is a very interesting story to

this one. This horse used to be

2:23:102:23:15

ridden by Ruben Romp in Holland. We

have seen this horse in Britain this

2:23:152:23:21

year placed in the King George V

Gold Cup at

2:23:212:23:35

Hickston. He can get on with any

kind of horse. Currently doing very

2:23:472:23:55

well on the Western league, he's

ninth at the moment. He won in Lyon

2:23:552:24:02

this year.

2:24:022:24:08

DME. Didn't see that coming at all.

What a shame. Simon Delestre and

2:24:182:24:27

Teavanta II, all that hard work and

then just the lightest flick over

2:24:272:24:30

the final Paul

2:24:302:24:41

-- over the final pole.

Look at that

reaction. Nobly saw that one coming

2:24:442:24:50

at all. He seemed to take off. --

nobody saw that.

Our final

2:24:502:24:59

competitor in this initial round of

the long GF -- Longines FEI World

2:24:592:25:08

Cup, Kevin Staut.

2:25:082:25:14

There is one thing for sure, Kevin

is taking this class seriously. He

2:25:192:25:23

jumped clear the other day and

didn't do the jump-off because you

2:25:232:25:29

wanted to save his horse for this

class. Good reason, his already

2:25:292:25:32

third in the league. He's had some

very good placings. He was second in

2:25:322:25:38

Oslo. But it's all in vain.

Should

have done that jump-off the other

2:25:382:25:42

night.

Maybe he should. Are you

going to tell him that yourself?

2:25:422:25:48

That was cruel.

Well, you've got to

have a plan and save your horse if

2:25:482:25:54

you think you have a chance in the

big money in the big Grands Prix. It

2:25:542:25:57

doesn't always pay off.

2:25:572:26:01

With only four clear rounds there is

still points to be had for four

2:26:042:26:11

faults. If he gets a quick time he

could still get a good place, who is

2:26:112:26:15

the fastest so far?

Bertram Allen

with 64.6.

He's not too far away.

2:26:152:26:21

Quick round.

He's now the fastest

four faults, 64.53, so goes into

2:26:212:26:29

fifth place, Kevin Staut, and that

is where he will finish, in place,

2:26:292:26:33

because the four above him will now

jump-off for the Longines FEI World

2:26:332:26:38

Cup title.

After that early fence

down, a really top professional

2:26:382:26:46

using his brains. He knew what he

had to do an slightly quickened the

2:26:462:26:49

pace and gets the fastest four

faults.

So, the four that will

2:26:492:26:57

compete for the title here as the

arena party rejig the course for the

2:26:572:27:06

jump-off our Peder Fredricson for

Sweden, H&M Christian KCOM Edwina

2:27:062:27:10

Tops-Alexander riding for Australia

with Inca Boy van T Vianahof. Scott

2:27:102:27:15

Brash for Great Britain who produced

that beautiful round on Ursula and

2:27:152:27:23

the French rider on Toupie de la

Roque, Julien Epaillard. Those are

2:27:232:27:34

the ones on four faults. For a long

time, Andy, it looked as though we

2:27:342:27:40

would get no clears at all.

So

difficult to build this competition

2:27:402:27:46

because the quality of horse and

rider is so high. They've got it

2:27:462:27:49

about right, we have a nice

jump-off. We had a lot of horses on

2:27:492:27:52

four faults that could easily have

produced double the number of

2:27:522:27:56

clears.

There are promising horses

for the future, William Funnell and

2:27:562:27:59

Amanda Derbyshire, they had three

down but they will be happy with

2:27:592:28:03

what they have produced for future

years. Four to go in the jump-off. I

2:28:032:28:11

have Ben Maher alongside

2:28:112:28:12

years. Four to go in the jump-off. I

have Ben Maher alongside us. We knew

2:28:122:28:13

that would be a tricky course, Don

Vito not the most experienced of

2:28:132:28:18

horses.

Yes, he started off well and

went to the right on fence number

2:28:182:28:24

two and I had to change my plan and

he settled in and jumped the triple,

2:28:242:28:27

nation well. He had the two jumps

down that the class had down. He's

2:28:272:28:34

inexperienced and sometimes doesn't

look where he is going and they're

2:28:342:28:36

obviously a lot of run pasts at the

last fences which don't happen very

2:28:362:28:41

often. He's got to learn to look for

the jump and allow me to ride him.

2:28:412:28:45

Everything is there but just needs

time. When Tim and I spoke

2:28:452:28:49

beforehand you said there are lots

of fences in corners and on the

2:28:492:28:53

angle as well. Yes, everything comes

so fast, I was trying to help him as

2:28:532:28:57

much as I could so I did a lot for

him the walk down the line and the

2:28:572:29:02

triple bath in the end I think those

younger horses, everything keeps

2:29:022:29:05

coming thick and fast and they just

struggle to stay focused until the

2:29:052:29:10

end.

Thank you for joining us. Tim,

in terms of what we saw when we did

2:29:102:29:17

our course what we highlighted a few

fences that might cause problems,

2:29:172:29:20

lots of fences caused problems. You

isolated the double with the plank

2:29:202:29:24

on top and my goodness that came

down on so many occasions.

That has

2:29:242:29:28

wrecked so many dreams today, it

really has, Cimini riders thought

2:29:282:29:31

they were clear up to that point and

had it down and it looked at one

2:29:312:29:35

point that it was impossible to

jump. The problem was twofold.

2:29:352:29:38

Towards the end of the course, the

horse gets tired but the problem is

2:29:382:29:41

also there is a mass of polls behind

it so they couldn't distinguish

2:29:412:29:46

where it was so that caught them

out. It was on very flat caps so it

2:29:462:29:51

needed the most delicate of rubs.

These horses are not hitting it very

2:29:512:29:56

hard. These are experienced horses

being caught out in that fashion.

2:29:562:30:00

And the last fence caught a couple

out because it is right into the

2:30:002:30:03

corner and lots of horses don't

expect to see offence there.

You

2:30:032:30:08

always said we would get clear

rounds and there were times that you

2:30:082:30:11

studied to doubt it during that.

Four faults doesn't look that bad.

2:30:112:30:16

-- started to doubt. We have some

quality horses in the jump-off.

The

2:30:162:30:21

four that have jumped clear look

fantastic. The horse is in great

2:30:212:30:25

form. Edwina Tops-Alexander going

around, her horse was magic, the way

2:30:252:30:29

she went around from always like it

was on Springs, gazelle like. Peder

2:30:292:30:34

Fredericson worked hard and will

have his work cut out in the

2:30:342:30:38

jump-off, and Scott and Julien

Epaillard had the measure of the

2:30:382:30:41

course, concentrating towards the

end, holding it, two fast riders but

2:30:412:30:45

towards the end they were holding it

and presenting the horse in balance

2:30:452:30:50

to get the clear round.

Scott will

be the crowd favourite, Ursula is

2:30:502:30:53

hugely experienced as well.

Yes,

what is strange with this kind of

2:30:532:30:57

course is first rounds can be jumps

in different places and lots of

2:30:572:31:04

things around and it's almost an

eyeful and in the jump-off a strip

2:31:042:31:08

everything away and it becomes very

plain and there is a terrible

2:31:082:31:11

different emphasis on the second

round, it's more about speed and

2:31:112:31:15

less about things inside you, you

don't turn inside or back on

2:31:152:31:19

yourself. The faster riders, Scott

and Julien Epaillard will be there

2:31:192:31:24

at the end.

It's going to be quick,

it is quality, maybe not quantity,

2:31:242:31:28

let's head back to Nick and Andy.

2:31:282:31:29

COMMENTATOR: The course has been

thinned out for the jumpoff but this

2:31:292:31:36

is a real test of skill, speed and

dial.

2:31:362:31:39

is a real test of skill, speed and

dial.

Fascinating, starting with

2:31:392:31:44

four this sale. The oxer in the

corner, galloping over those two

2:31:442:31:48

oxers and then we get a tight turn

after this first here, back to the

2:31:482:31:57

second and third parts of what was a

combination. That's a really tight

2:31:572:32:00

turn. Once they've turned back

across the arena to the wall, now we

2:32:002:32:14

have to start galloping, flat-out,

all the way up to the arena to the

2:32:142:32:16

vertical at the corner, that will be

a real test of nerve and when you

2:32:162:32:19

have done that a big oxer. Is it

worth playing it safe early on in

2:32:192:32:27

the twisty and tiny part to make

sure you are clear and then go hell

2:32:272:32:30

for leather at the end you have to

do make the tight turns and gallop.

2:32:302:32:36

Let's confirm the order.

2:32:362:32:47

I'm going to put you on the spot and

Askew who is best placed to take

2:32:542:32:58

this jumpoff? Scott Brash is going

to win because he's British

2:32:582:33:05

. That's just not patriotism in the

extreme! This man might have

2:33:092:33:14

something to say about that because

he was the first one to go clear of

2:33:142:33:20

the 36 competitors who entered this

class. And he's riding for Sweden.

2:33:202:33:27

He went 21st and he might have

thought he'd done enough, as it was

2:33:272:33:32

he's joined by three others in the

jumpoff.

2:33:322:33:40

Is the famous doors open to usher

him into the Olympia arena, welcomed

2:33:472:33:53

Peder Fredicson. What is his

strategy here?

Because there's not

2:33:532:33:57

many in the jumpoff, just one thing

to do, go for the win. No tactics

2:33:572:34:03

here, just go for it, what have you

got to lose? You know you are going

2:34:032:34:08

to come forth at the very worst. Go

for it.

2:34:082:34:13

Peder Fredicson. He is the one to

leave the gauntlet down.

2:34:182:34:33

We're going to have a little bit of

a look as to whether he turns very

2:34:422:34:46

tight at this next vertical back

into the double. They're all going

2:34:462:34:52

to have to go inside just a couple

of strides off the corner. Very

2:34:522:34:59

tight back to the wall if you can.

Lost a little bit of balance in his

2:34:592:35:04

character. He's a mile off it and no

gap. All the way back down the

2:35:042:35:13

arena... APPLAUSE

Nice start. 41.3 four. Smooth,

2:35:132:35:28

rhythmically but is he fast enough?

I will be very surprised if they

2:35:282:35:32

don't go any faster. That was an

efficient round, the run that Peder

2:35:322:35:37

Fredicson felt suited his horse but

he certainly didn't go for it as

2:35:372:35:41

much as he could have done. Lovely

time here but when he turns back to

2:35:412:35:46

the wall, his horse went all over

the place and watch the canter.

2:35:462:35:51

Really disorganised. Back legs not

underneath him and he ended up a

2:35:512:35:55

mile off the wall and at that point

he thought he'd try to get home

2:35:552:35:59

clear and he was quite sensible to

the last, didn't chance it too much,

2:35:592:36:03

so they can go quicker.

They can go

quicker but he is without error and

2:36:032:36:09

that may yet be key. Peder

Fredicson, H&M Christian K clear in

2:36:092:36:16

the jumpoff. Here is Edwina

Tops-Alexander for Australia.

When

2:36:162:36:26

they get to Big Ben Houses of

Parliament wall. Peder Fredicson was

2:36:262:36:33

62.6 seconds.

We have a little bit

of British interest in this horse,

2:36:332:36:38

it is produced in Britain and sold

on. I'm sure they will be watching

2:36:382:36:45

anxiously at home but a young horse,

nice little town. Massive power,

2:36:452:36:51

will she have a gallop. Not the most

experienced horse. She's gone wide.

2:36:512:36:59

She is a second in front.

Use this

stride, open him up. Right on a

2:36:592:37:08

level now. Going to be very tight.

Just done it. Just in front. Goes

2:37:082:37:22

into

2:37:222:37:22

. Edwina

2:37:222:37:22

Edwina Tops-Alexander Inca Boy van T

Vianahof with for Australia.

Great

2:37:262:37:32

ground. Use common sense because

young horse, just nine years old,

2:37:322:37:37

smooth turn, just went slightly

widened to the wall, making sure of

2:37:372:37:41

dropping it but kept up a good

rhythm. This is a horse that covers

2:37:412:37:45

the ground. Big stride. She is in

the lead, we have two with riders to

2:37:452:37:52

come.

41.05 is discord to beat. --

the score. The roar from the crowd

2:37:522:38:02

tells you that the next competitor

represents Great Britain the 16th

2:38:022:38:09

-year-old mare Ursula XII and riding

is Scott Brash. Having another

2:38:092:38:20

chance on this hugely experienced

horse.

Just being careful with the

2:38:202:38:28

vertical.

2:38:282:38:38

Looking at around 26 year, way in

front.

Miles up on the clock and I'm

2:38:412:38:45

sure she will gallop to the last as

well. Steadying of the vertical, now

2:38:452:38:50

here's the gallop. He is miles in

front. Just had a little rattle at

2:38:502:38:59

the last but it stayed up.

Didn't

matter and you can see the reaction.

2:38:592:39:03

Scott Brash takes the lead in the

Longines SEI World Cup for Great

2:39:032:39:09

Britain and he shaves CMT quarter

seconds of Edwina Tops-Alexander

2:39:092:39:16

time and it didn't look like he was

in a hurry.

This horse has been

2:39:162:39:23

deceptive, she eats up the ground,

got so much power at 16 years of

2:39:232:39:28

age, all the jump, all the

experience and Scott Brash is super

2:39:282:39:33

cool. Knew exactly what he was

doing, kept his balance to the last.

2:39:332:39:39

He is way into the lead.

Still not

smiling.

He will smile when he's won

2:39:392:39:48

the class.

If he wins the class

because the Frenchman may have the

2:39:482:39:54

last laugh.

2:39:542:39:58

Julien Epaillard. Toupie de la

Roque, six-year's as Sheila's

2:40:002:40:11

junior. -- Ursula's.

This one of the

fastest riders in the world, won the

2:40:112:40:23

huge pot of money at this speed

class in Paris and he's a flyer.

2:40:232:40:38

Very audacious turn there, that was

very brave.

Just took an extra

2:40:392:40:45

stride round the corner.

Very little

in it. He's going to have to chance

2:40:452:40:50

these last two.

He's up now.

He's

quick.

And he's done it. Julien

2:40:502:41:04

Epaillard has taken the Longines

World Cup for France and he has

2:41:042:41:10

beaten Scott Brash by nearly half a

second. Reasonably comfortable in

2:41:102:41:16

the end.

Did it to the last two

fences. Julien Epaillard, naturally

2:41:162:41:22

quick rider, very clever horse. He

won it fair and square.

I wonder

2:41:222:41:28

whether Scott

2:41:282:41:29

won it fair and square.

I wonder

whether Scott. Then his heart of

2:41:292:41:31

hearts when he saw the court that he

had it in the bag.

I don't think he

2:41:312:41:35

thought that, he knew how fast

Julien Epaillard is, I think you're

2:41:352:41:40

talking Julien Epaillard would have

won fans down and shoot himself in

2:41:402:41:43

the foot but he kept his cool and he

actually lost some of them run to

2:41:432:41:47

the wall and made it up over the

last two fences.

Lovely to see very

2:41:472:41:55

genuine Mayers finishing first and

second. I said there were no,

2:41:552:42:01

ten-year-old, six years Ursula's

junior and giving everything here.

2:42:012:42:05

Wonderful jumpoff, really

entertaining.

Confirming the result.

2:42:052:42:15

Like eight of 13 in the Western

European league and it goes to

2:42:152:42:17

France. Toupie de la Roque Ridden by

Julien Epaillard.

2:42:172:42:23

Once again, the man who jumped last

had the last laugh.

2:42:352:42:43

He did have the last lap, when Scott

came back a a word with him, he knew

2:42:472:42:51

that Julien Epaillard was going to

be so quick that there, that's a

2:42:512:42:54

powerful combination

2:42:542:42:59

be so quick that there, that's a

powerful combination.

Scott did

2:42:592:43:01

everything right, left a little bit

but on the numbers, at the top and

2:43:012:43:05

on the vertical. When I saw with

Gillian

2:43:052:43:09

that Julien Epaillard. He has at

last rider so you have to be aware

2:43:112:43:14

he's behind you. Great result for

Scott.

Always difficult for Peder

2:43:142:43:20

Fredicson as a Pathfinder and

Edwina, she's on a young horse, not

2:43:202:43:25

going to want to put the frighteners

on this one just for one class.

His

2:43:252:43:31

first World Cup, some tight turns

and got it going, those guys at the

2:43:312:43:36

end, the pedal to the metal.

Let's

take another look

2:43:362:43:40

Julien Epaillard's round. You said

what a quick, nation it is.

He was

2:43:422:43:48

goes on the first stride. Turn, big

movement to this one, you see. This

2:43:482:43:55

is five, so as to wait for it, here

he nearly mess it up because he

2:43:552:44:00

nearly goes too early and we saw

there the horse had to work hard.

2:44:002:44:05

This is her I believe he used his

brains, I don't want to go to silly.

2:44:052:44:11

Going straight to that and now he

goes.

What you notice is how big the

2:44:112:44:17

striders, little bit of a check at

the end and the same thing, run to

2:44:172:44:20

the last. Little balance and there.

Great riding. How tricky is it to

2:44:202:44:28

get that speed to cover the ground

and be able to take it when you need

2:44:282:44:32

to just before the fence and

maintain balance.

When you're riding

2:44:322:44:37

the jumpoff, you're right elongate

is. You start to see the distance

2:44:372:44:41

from further and as a result of

that, the runners ride a different

2:44:412:44:46

temple. Some riders can do it so

easily, almost automatically. Scott

2:44:462:44:52

is the same and so is Gillian. On

the first round to the jumpoff.

We

2:44:522:45:00

will hear from Scott in a moment.

Ursula is a hugely experienced

2:45:002:45:04

horse, 16 years of age.

She did

great, superb. Scott's first-run

2:45:042:45:11

shows because he has as a rider. He

gave himself time in the end to

2:45:112:45:17

jumped last, so money riders were

running to the last line, he got it

2:45:172:45:22

balanced and set up and showed all

his skill as a world-class rider

2:45:222:45:25

that we know and the second round

again, the same thing.

Great friend

2:45:252:45:30

because he was telling me earlier in

the week that he has got such

2:45:302:45:34

difficulties with many of his top

passes having injury, so for him to

2:45:342:45:37

be able to come to a shore were he

is so dearly loved and provide some

2:45:372:45:42

entertainment for the crowd, that

will give him a big boost.

What I

2:45:422:45:46

would say about Scott, he always has

a good Olympia, he likes the arena

2:45:462:45:50

and believes the arena is a place of

work, as it were. He does well, he's

2:45:502:45:59

not in any way intimidated, the

opposite, World Cup day comes up

2:45:592:46:07

come along and he gets out of bed

and says, let's get stuck in and get

2:46:072:46:11

to work.

The horse are to head back

into the arena, William Whitaker was

2:46:112:46:15

looking for some money has and a

little bit, as go back to commentary

2:46:152:46:18

team.

2:46:182:46:19

Spot-on, he finished eighth, not

quite sure how much that means but

2:46:222:46:25

William will have every idea!

Good

prize money all the way down the

2:46:252:46:29

line and it means a lot just to get

into that prize line-up.

In seventh

2:46:292:46:37

place was Marcus Denning, a little

unlucky today. Class horse, class

2:46:372:46:42

rider, he was unlucky, would have

liked to have seen him go against

2:46:422:46:45

the clock. Smashing horse. Bertram

Allen for Ireland, finished in sixth

2:46:452:46:55

place on Molly Malone. Element we

love Molly Malone, she's a great

2:46:552:47:00

campaigner. Kevin Stout, that was

really unfortunate, perfect until

2:47:002:47:06

the very last moment.

Several riders

there with hard luck stories.

The

2:47:062:47:14

ones that went clear and contributed

to a wonderful jumpoff, Peder

2:47:142:47:19

Fredicson, Edwina Tops-Alexander

inside.

I think she will be

2:47:192:47:25

delighted with that nine-year-old

Horace, jumped brilliantly.

You said

2:47:252:47:29

he'd smile if he won. Is he smiling

now? Nearly. He is responding to the

2:47:292:47:37

crowd who love him, Scott Brash.

Another brilliant round from him.

2:47:372:47:41

And here is the smiling Frenchman.

This man is definitely smiling, one

2:47:412:47:48

of the biggest wins of Julien

Epaillard's career, been around a

2:47:482:47:50

long time and his round was so

entertaining, went for the win.

2:47:502:47:56

Maybe turns and he really

entertained us.

He described this

2:47:562:48:01

Toupie de la Roque as rather plain

but if ever there was a handsome is

2:48:012:48:11

as

2:48:112:48:11

but if ever there was a handsome is

as handsome does, absolutely.

And I

2:48:112:48:12

do not try and a fighter and she

gave absolutely everything today.

2:48:122:48:19

Now the presentation will take

place. The brand director of

2:48:242:48:31

Longines will present the prizes.

Now the national anthem of France.

2:48:312:48:49

(FRENCH NATIONAL ANTHEM).

2:49:102:49:18

#La Marseillaise).

2:49:432:49:47

APPLAUSE

Toupie de la Roque just turning her

2:49:472:49:58

year to that. I think she enjoyed

that. She did. Julien Epaillard.

2:49:582:50:06

Let's have a listen to what he's got

to say.

I'm very happy today, thank

2:50:062:50:11

you very much.

APPLAUSE

With three clear runs in the jumpoff

2:50:112:50:18

before you came in, how much

pressure was there on you?

Yes, a

2:50:182:50:23

lot of pressure on the first three

was clear and I have no chance to

2:50:232:50:30

try -- no choice but to try.

Today

was a great day. To our winner,

2:50:302:50:37

Julien Epaillard. APPLAUSE

Congratulations indeed to Julien

2:50:372:50:41

Epaillard, really appreciative of

what this link today means at

2:50:412:50:46

Olympia and one of the

characteristics of this show is its

2:50:462:50:52

pan-European representation and it

is always good is he so many

2:50:522:50:55

countries represented on no fewer

than 30 nations here in this class.

2:50:552:50:59

That's one of the things about the

World Cup, you invite riders from

2:50:592:51:03

all over the European countries. All

was a really good international

2:51:032:51:07

flavour to it. I'm so pleased for

Julien Epaillard to win that, it

2:51:072:51:12

would have been as of Scott Brash

won it, you can see is a genuinely

2:51:122:51:16

nice guy, not one of the biggest

names in this sport but he is so

2:51:162:51:19

competitive.

2:51:192:51:22

Julien Epaillard will receive his

rosettes and a bottle of champagne.

2:51:242:51:31

I say a bottle, it's a Magnum, of

course. Jill gets

2:51:312:51:37

-- you'll get through that night no

problem.

A very big moment of his

2:51:392:51:44

career, one of the classic classes

to win and world showjumping.

He's

2:51:442:51:50

beating Scott Brash in second place,

Edwina Thomson Alexandria in third,

2:51:502:51:56

Peder Fredicson in force and another

Frenchman in fifth Kevin Stout.

2:51:562:52:06

-- Kevin Staut. We had about the

rebuilding of British showjumping.

2:52:082:52:17

Are there green shoots of recovery

for you, Andy?

I'm sure there are, a

2:52:172:52:22

lot of young horses that are going

to come through. We saw a few of

2:52:222:52:25

them, not quite jumping clear today.

A number of really good youngsters

2:52:252:52:31

with experienced riders. A lot of

strength in the riding department,

2:52:312:52:36

so I'm always optimistic. No

shortage of talented riders, no

2:52:362:52:40

shortage of talented horses but it's

getting them to stay together,

2:52:402:52:43

presumably. It's getting everybody

on board to make sure we have a

2:52:432:52:47

proper team effort next year.

Without wishing to be presumptuous,

2:52:472:52:51

I'm guessing that red bit and are

not going to win International

2:52:512:52:56

showjumping medals unless everybody

on that team is unified and singing

2:52:562:52:59

from the same hymn sheet and old

riding in this indirection?

Of

2:52:592:53:03

course, that's the way it always

works in sport. We have to get

2:53:032:53:08

together and give it our best shot.

One man who gave it his best shot

2:53:082:53:13

back today and came up trumps,

Julien Epaillard, who has won the

2:53:132:53:22

Longines World Cup here at Olympia

on Toupie de la Roque. Not only one

2:53:222:53:29

of the most important classes here

of this show but one of the

2:53:292:53:32

important showjumping classes in

Europe.

A lot of classic shows

2:53:322:53:38

around, Olympia is definitely one of

them, every rider wants to have a

2:53:382:53:42

big one at Olympia on their CV and

congratulations Julien Epaillard,

2:53:422:53:46

this is really does mean a lot to

him and the crowd have thoroughly

2:53:462:53:49

enjoyed it. It was a very exciting

jumpoff and now is his moment of

2:53:492:53:54

glory.

As is customary, one or two

of the rosettes flying into the

2:53:542:54:04

crowd make wonderful keepsakes.

Hopefully some young fans who will

2:54:042:54:09

pass on their love of the sport for

generations to come. Olympia such a

2:54:092:54:15

huge part of some money family

Christmases and now the crowd from

2:54:152:54:18

one final time can salute the winner

of the World Cup, for fans, Julien

2:54:182:54:28

Epaillard. 9000 fans in the arena.

90,000 over the week here at Olympia

2:54:282:54:33

and that's exactly why they come, I

wonderful atmosphere and doesn't

2:54:332:54:37

matter to them, they would love to

have seen Scott Brash won but they

2:54:372:54:41

are enthusiasts and appreciate the

quality riders and horses.

This has

2:54:412:54:45

been an event worthy of the name,

very tough first-round, riders

2:54:452:54:49

jumping fabulous rinds and having

very unlucky four faults and could

2:54:492:54:52

have been eight in ten in the

jumpoff and it could have been

2:54:522:54:58

different, with all four we had

quality. Still had quality riding

2:54:582:55:02

and Julien Epaillard was a

well-deserved winner.

This is

2:55:022:55:05

Olympia in a nutshell centre strolls

through the back of our camera. Real

2:55:052:55:16

festive fun, we will speak to Scott

Brash in a moment but this is a

2:55:162:55:19

deadly price many people have

watched this programme over the

2:55:192:55:22

years. It's 110th Olympia, it's

incredible longevity.

It's a mix of

2:55:222:55:32

show and showjumping. Top-class

sport mixed with entertainment and

2:55:322:55:37

fun, great for kids, the adults,

this time of year as well. It adds

2:55:372:55:42

all of it. That's why you asked me

earlier by the riders love Olympia,

2:55:422:55:47

insiders, bringing families and

children to watch the show.

One of

2:55:472:55:52

the other highlights here at

Olympia, every single night is the

2:55:522:55:57

Shetland pony Grand National,

Lahmert we've got an awful lot of

2:55:572:55:59

different young riders who turn up

and one of the young riders on

2:55:592:56:02

Friday night was Rockall, sitting

alongside Emily, two champion jockey

2:56:022:56:10

fathers, let's see how got on.

2:56:102:56:13

Rocky getting a lead in from there.

Nice first down. Run an absolute

2:56:142:56:22

flyer here on beeswax. On the

outside, Alice Robinson and third.

2:56:222:56:30

Then

2:56:302:56:31

outside, Alice Robinson and third.

Then in force is Luke Procter.

2:56:312:56:34

Rockall still in front with a

circuit to run and adding the inside

2:56:342:56:38

line, wasting not an inch of ground.

Sliding have the inside is Alice

2:56:382:56:43

Crowley. Children of two champion

jockeys of the past and dominating

2:56:432:56:50

this Grand National. The Tories

still in front. On the outside is

2:56:502:56:54

Alice Robinson with a late charge by

the wasted a lot of ground run the

2:56:542:56:58

outside and making his way for home.

Through the final fight of handles.

2:56:582:57:04

Round the last corner and up the

middle of the track. And he wins the

2:57:042:57:11

Shetland pony Grand National.

Dettori and Crowley, first and

2:57:112:57:15

second. Give that man a pat on the

back and an assist but wonderful bit

2:57:152:57:23

of riding. A star of the future.

Very good right I would give that as

2:57:232:57:32

one. He was heavy favourite going

into this evening but the great ride

2:57:322:57:38

in second.

Look at the motion on the

face.

Means a lot to him.

Alice

2:57:382:57:43

Robinson was third. We have got him

being presented the trophy by his

2:57:432:57:54

father, trying to control the

Shetland, not easy. The apple does

2:57:542:57:57

not fall far from the tree, that's

clear. Was a real high level one of

2:57:572:58:06

the highlights this afternoon, the

World Cup, Scott Brash so close,

2:58:062:58:10

wasn't to be today. Delighted

2:58:102:58:15

World Cup, Scott Brash so close,

wasn't to be today. Delighted with

2:58:152:58:15

the horse, jumped amazing. Shame we

didn't get a win in front of the

2:58:152:58:19

home crowd but it was an

entertaining class and delighted

2:58:192:58:21

with the horse. 16 years old but

such enthusiasm and poor. She's an

2:58:212:58:28

amazing pass, always been an amazing

horse. I will be sad to call it a

2:58:282:58:35

day with her when the time comes.

She still jumping as good as ever.

2:58:352:58:40

We spoke earlier and you said it's

been a tricky year with a lot of

2:58:402:58:44

injuries in the yards, must be great

to have a horse like this to rely on

2:58:442:58:48

that you can bring out some like

this because you are a crowd

2:58:482:58:51

favourite and the appreciate you

being here.

Absolutely we want to

2:58:512:58:55

entertain the crowd, bring our best

horses, try our best to have a good

2:58:552:58:59

when Meaghan Francella home crowd.

At least we give them something to

2:58:592:59:04

shout about towards the end.

You

must have known that Julien

2:59:042:59:08

Epaillard would be a difficult

combination to beat and especially

2:59:082:59:11

being last to go. He's a great

rider, we jump against them every

2:59:112:59:15

week and he wins a class at every

show.

Such a fast rider. He was

2:59:152:59:20

always going to be a bit faster, I

was hoping he would have a fence

2:59:202:59:23

down but not to be. Liberty, rode a

great ride.

You said he was a class

2:59:232:59:28

rider before it gets to a jumpoff.

What Scott is not saying is that

2:59:282:59:35

he's coming with a 16-year-old, two

there is eight-year-old horses and

2:59:352:59:40

they were good for the future, very

impressed. I have high hopes for

2:59:402:59:51

them 28-year-olds, great experience.

You don't expect them to be winning

2:59:512:59:54

too much. The experience year is

hopefully when to put them in good

2:59:543:00:01

stead for future shows.

3:00:013:00:04

It is a good point because these are

young horses in these relative

3:00:043:00:08

terms. How important is it to get

them out before you concentrate on

3:00:083:00:11

what is to come in 2018 and beyond?

So important. They are machines,

3:00:113:00:17

they take years to produce, a horse

takes years to produce. It is a

3:00:173:00:25

16-year-old before you can get the

best out of them sometimes. They are

3:00:253:00:30

young but they have learned a lot at

this show.

What about the World

3:00:303:00:34

Equestrian Games next year, that on

the horizon?

Yes, we want to build a

3:00:343:00:39

solid team and win, so hopefully we

will get together and give a good

3:00:393:00:44

solid performance.

Thank you for

joining us. We will see you again

3:00:443:00:48

tomorrow, Scott. 20 more coming up

that we will tell you about. In

3:00:483:00:52

terms of how you think Scott is as a

flag bearer for British Showjumping,

3:00:523:00:57

you could see how the crowd adores

him, how important is it to have

3:00:573:01:00

some body like a mad Ben Maher in

British Showjumping?

You need that,

3:01:003:01:05

we have John Carmichael and Nick for

years and Scott and then have that

3:01:053:01:09

mantle now. In every team you will

have major players -- John, Michael.

3:01:093:01:14

We need other riders alongside them.

We need a pool of riders, not just

3:01:143:01:19

say those two, we need four or five

other riders to go alongside and

3:01:193:01:22

that has a filter system down will

stop that's what I was talking about

3:01:223:01:26

earlier with the plan. We need to

start getting riders pulling the

3:01:263:01:30

rope in the same direction and have

a plan going forward so that we can

3:01:303:01:34

build a team with more depth.

It is

certainly a talking point and will

3:01:343:01:37

be continued to discussed the matter

be discussed for a long time to

3:01:373:01:41

come. Olympia is almost drawing to a

close here but there is so much

3:01:413:01:44

wonderful sport to look back on

coming up on the BBC.

3:01:443:01:49

And welcome to Liverpool.

# She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah. #

3:01:493:01:56

Liverpool, let's have a night to

remember.

Is this a real thing?

I

3:01:563:02:02

can't hold this with these on.

Looks

like it could do with a polished.

3:02:023:02:11

Some greats have won this award.

# Ding dong merrily on high. #

3:02:113:02:18

I think it would look nice in my

room, don't you? Sports Personality

3:02:183:02:25

of the Year 2017, live from

Liverpool, tonight at 6:45pm.

3:02:253:02:29

There is the fabulous arena, they

are just going through the finale

3:02:313:02:34

now but still much more action to

come from Olympia over the next 24

3:02:343:02:38

hours. It continues tomorrow night,

we have live coverage of the evening

3:02:383:02:45

show. The jumpers are back in action

once again, the Grand Prix at 6:35pm

3:02:453:02:50

on the red button, online, BBC sport

app and connected TV and if you are

3:02:503:02:54

out enjoying yourself Atticus is

party and that allowed, you can

3:02:543:02:57

catch highlights on Tuesday -- at a

Christmas party. That is the

3:02:573:03:04

wonderful thing about Olympia, isn't

it? I mentioned earlier on, it's the

3:03:043:03:08

combination of world-class sport and

festive fun. You can see and

3:03:083:03:12

definitely hear the tractors behind

me, because there is even more

3:03:123:03:15

action to come, we have more

Shetland ponies, the Met police

3:03:153:03:19

parading here as well, and we have

another jumping class too. It is a

3:03:193:03:24

busy, busy time for the world's top

showjumpers. They have certainly

3:03:243:03:28

enjoyed this afternoon and we hope

you have too. Thank you for your

3:03:283:03:32

company and goodbye.

3:03:323:03:33

# You know that sweet Santa Claus is

on the way #

3:03:413:03:45

COMMENTATOR: Still looking for our

first clear round. Is it our first

3:03:453:03:51

clear? It is. Scott Brash and Ursula

into the jump-off. He is miles in

3:03:513:03:57

front. Gillian Epaillard has taken

the

3:03:573:04:02

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.


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