Show Jumping European Eventing Championships


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Action from the 2017 European Eventing Championship from Strzegom in Poland, which concludes today with show jumping.


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What a competition. This horse has been absolutely brilliant.

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Exceptional. What a fabulous combination. And that was easy. He

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is away over it. Hello and welcome to the South West corner of Poland,

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we are quite near the border with the Czech Republic but this is the

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heartland of Polish equestrianism and that is why it has been chosen

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to host the European Eventing Championships. It has been awhile

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since Great Britain won top honours at an event like this, silver and a

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couple of years ago was supposed to set them up for glory at the

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Olympics but as we know, it didn't quite go according to plan. Stepping

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up for the silver medal, the British team. Hasn't she done well? Nicola

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Wilson, she has had such a great season. She will be thrilled to be

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back. Then the man who has led Britain to so many medals, William

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Fox-Pitt. Kitty King. Just a little bit greedy.

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Not doing what she dreamt of. Of that fifth placed team in the

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Olympics, here in Poland we had a whole different group of riders

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competing, faces you will recognise, bags of experience on the team, but

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as for the horses, there are plenty of new ones at this level of the

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competition. I think it is a very strong team and every rider is

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competitive. They are team players and I think the horses that are

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going to Poland, there are a lot of younger horses on the team, which I

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think is very promising for the future. We all know each other

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really well, we compete against each other during the year and most of

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the time we are trying to beat each other and now we are working

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together. There is a really good feel about the team, everyone is

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very excited to be here, the new management have been very good and

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positive. I would have competed at one star higher than this, but never

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represented by country as a senior European, so this is definitely a

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step up into the kind of pressure and achievement, really.

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Bulana is a lovely horse to ride. We hope she can keep on improving. 12

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macro is a very good-looking horse, he is very brave he has a fantastic

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jumping technique -- Billy The Red. I have to use all my experience with

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him to guide enthusiasm in the right direction. I have had Cooley SRS

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since he was five years old. He is very young to be there. I think he

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has got the talent to be there and he has definitely had good form in

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the past. Allstar B has a heart of gold. He is very brave, whatever I

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put him out, I can trust he is going to give it a go. It is quite a flat

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course, some big tactical questions around the water fences. I think it

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will be a bit of a speed test. It will be hard and fast and very

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accurate. You need a horse that is quite nimble and quick thinking and

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one that is brave, because as it is a European Championship, they will

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be pushing it to the maximum. My aim is to achieve some personal bests

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for my own goals and hopefully that will be good enough to finish near

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the top. You're in it to win it, for me, this year the team is the most

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important thing. Being European champion was incredibly special and

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being number one, bad memory stays with you for years and I wanted

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again. Joining us for the coverage is Harry Mead, world silver

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medallist a few years ago. What do you make of this British team? There

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is a real mix of youth and experience. There is plenty of

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experience, you have Oliver Townend, he is hugely experienced. It is the

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first time on the team for 68. -- Rosalind Canter. Nicola Wilson is

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our rider in form as well. She now has her new ride, Bulana. The

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Olympics are now behind us, we are into a new Olympic cycle and that is

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one of the main focuses for the riders, what can we expect from a

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first major Championship post-Olympics. The first thing is to

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come here and try to win medals, totally forgetting, the context of

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the cycle, it is about peaking at this Championship, going home

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preferably with their team gold medal. Seen it in the context of the

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other championships, it is a chance to set us up for the World

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Championships next year and aim towards Tokyo in 2020. Thank you.

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Let us look at how the riders get on with the first phase of every

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three-day event is the dressage. The Germans dominated from day one,

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their experience and star quality really showed. The competitor who

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won the European gold 20 years ago and who is riding at ten European

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Championships picked up just 24.60 penalties to put well ahead of the

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field. Ingrid KLIMKE is six points behind her. Gemma Tattersall

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finished the dressage in fourth place, she is not part of the

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British team, she is competing as an individual rider here and she scored

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a personal best of 33.1. Germany, favourites for the title with a huge

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lead, they are 24 points clear in the gold medal position, France and

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the reigning Olympic champions are in silver place and they are just

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not .1 of a penalty point ahead of Great Britain in bronze medal place.

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He is a lovely horse, he tries so hard and he is so beautiful and it

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makes my job easier. This is how the individual standings look. Gemma

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Tattersall, is in fourth place with Nicola Wilson, the leading team

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rider in seventh place. My aim, for me personally was to do a personal

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best on her and I did that. That is amazing and I am not too far behind

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Ingrid and I could not be prouder of my horse. Dressage is always a

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pleasure to watch but the real crowd pleaser at any event, is the cross

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country. A test of teamwork and stamina and we have been on the

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course here to see what lies in wait for those out here at the European

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Championships. This is the European capital of granite production. Large

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elements of this fence have been carved out of the stone, but it is

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not the toughest challenge on this course. It is an easy fence to get

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you into your rhythm, let's look at the proper course. This is the

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fourth fence and the first real question mark. It is one of the most

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difficult combinations on the course. Full is to the key here are

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the lines through this. It is not a straight line, you have the first

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fence and the first angled brush and the second angled brush over the top

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and there is a slight kink in it. Once we get to this point, you have

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a slight change of angle and it is only a three stride combination. It

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happens in a split second and in that short space of time, the horse

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has got to see the fence, understand where they are going and stay on the

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line. Everyone loves a water complex and there is a novel going on in

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this lake, isn't there. You're met with this enormous big square

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corner. They have made this in quite a clever way more difficult, because

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normally a corner comes to a point with the flag about here, which

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means that the point that you would jump at is whether flag is now. By

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designing it like this where it cuts off, almost like the nose of a slice

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of cheese, forces you to jump it at a wider point to make it more

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difficult fence. Having jumped it, we curve right handed over at this

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brush roll-top. What difference does that make for the horses? Jumping in

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and out of water? It is more of a visual concept than the drag of the

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water. He would ride basically the same, as if that was a sunken road

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with no water in it, but it means the horses taking off out of water

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and land on what, they are keen to get their feet back down on the

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ground and often do not throw such a generous jump. To this last element,

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it is another quite aggressive corner the angled, it means if you

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come up the inside line, you're compromising the ideal approach to

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the last section. What I would do here is jump nice and forwards,

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positively in and stay on a wider line so you're covering a greater

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distance of ground and therefore the stride length, in order to keep the

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strides around to the last element. Here we are at this smart picnic

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table. What do you make of it? The key to getting a fast time it's been

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able to keep up the same rhythm. There are plenty of places where you

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could easily glance off by having a run out and pick up 20 penalties. It

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was certainly ice cream weather yesterday, today it is a little bit

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overcast, there has been some rain but not the thunderstorms that were

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forecast. Different conditions, how will that affect the course and the

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horses? It is perfect. No startling sunlight or a big shadows. We have

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not had the torrential weather, that is a shame for the British team,

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they are looking to make up a big gap between the Germans and us and

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the French. Crucially, the Germans can afford to lose any one of the

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riders and still maintain that pole position. We are really looking for

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hopefully some reasonable upsets to shovel the pack. How do the British

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team go at cross country? Do you think we will be to close the gap on

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the Germans? We have traditionally been the number one and hopefully

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that will continue. We have experienced riders and good horses.

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There are some big technical line. I am sure they will be all up for it.

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Anything can happen. Britain line in bronze medal position just after the

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dressage. Harry is off to our commentary box. Welcome to the

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European Eventing Championships 2017. I am Adam and joining me

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today, an man who has ridden at the highest level, Harry Mead. First,

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let us look at the track they will be faced with. As they head out on

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the chorus. We start over the first three fences, those are big fences

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but quite easy, the fourth fence is the big test and then it is uphill

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and then the first look at the water. Looping back over the wide

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combination, down the hill and this takes us to the first major water on

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track. As you come in, it is all about those tight angles, you have

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to get the angle right. From here, it is out towards the big

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international arena where we will see the showjumping tomorrow and it

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is a bit like showjumping when you come in here with the fence as you

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will see that they are a lot more chunky and solid. As you come back,

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three fences and what, two big corners and again, the angles, there

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are so important, but we jumped out of the water and as we do, uphill as

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we push on and there is that hill world you can make up time if you

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need to. As you make your way down to fence number 17 on course, a big

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log pile around and then we come to a nice strong gallop up to the mill.

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This takes you up to 21 and 22 then as strong hell up. Let's take

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another look at the second water complex, in over the law, over the

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water and the distance you see there is narrower, some bounce as we come

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out over that. That takes us up hill, back through the trees as we

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come around over 26 and 27, bit of a time wasting fence, we come around

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and that is the finish line, it really is a long course. As we can

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see on screen, but to get underway is the first of team Great Britain,

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Oliver Townend, he has to tackle this track in an optimum time of ten

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minutes. He is a very fast rider, he will be looking to get out in the

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strong with because if you start to lose time in that first minute, you

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will not have a chance to make it back. It is important that you set

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out in the spirit of which you mean to carry on. He had a good dressage.

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26 after that first phase. He thought that was a tough course. I

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think all the riders thought it was tough. There were plenty of places

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to have problems. It is a real concentrating chorus and as he jumps

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this big table, it comes to the first big question on the course. I

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think he is the first of the Pathfinders really. Riders from all

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nations will be watching this. You have a narrow fans, the horse does

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not quite log on and he has a problem at that second element. This

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may be important for the British team. It will not do a huge amount

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for the confidence of the team. They were banking on all of putting in a

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good steady and stay frowned. -- Oliver Townend. You can see the

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horse did not quite read the fence. It was almost like recount in him

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towards the corner of an indoor school. He could not see his way

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through. He also checked his watch. I am sure that will be on the back

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of his mind as he moves it up a little bit. This German ranks in the

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top ten. Sets on 40 penalties, for the due risk diesels on the chorus.

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Oliver is very competitive. Oliver did well to keep him inside. We can

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see the first of the representatives from team France coming forward

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Sidney Dufresne is the first to go for France. This is his first team

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appearance. There are not many stallions competing in the sport. As

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he comes around towards the fence, it is the second on the course. He

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has come over several times. That third fence, it is big, but not too

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testing. You're looking to waste as little time as possible, to keep up

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a fast rhythm. This next line is the one that all the athletes have been

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talking about. Just another one, the horse jumped very big over the

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middle part. Took his eyes from that. Pass the red flag. This is the

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second Europeans for Julia Krajewski. This is the fence that

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Oliver Townend had the problem Matt. She has run out past the fence. It

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is always much harder jumping and arrowhead on top of the mound. The

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worst can see the ground and they are reluctant to take off over the

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narrow fans. At this stage, ideally where should the clock the? You know

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every 70 metres, you should be at a certain point. He was down on the

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clock at that first... At that last water crossing. It is difficult to

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make up time. You're looking to be efficient and steady at the last

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possible moment before these fences, so that you waste as little time as

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possible. Every stride you add in front of a fence is a second on the

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clock. Just under three minutes to get home. You can try and save half

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a second away from each fence. That is the kind of thing that adds up.

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That was a really nice galloping rhythm. This is a difficult fence, a

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big brush Corder, the horses cannot see that the ground pulls away. They

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are jumping into the unknown. Oliver carries on driving for home.

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This is Pietro Roman. Oliver Townend, that familiar low position.

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As he approaches. He has got most of the difficult fences behind him. The

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third last fence is the last place you would think would be a danger to

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the jumping school. Otherwise, trying to save every second he can.

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You can see him working hard. Back to France and this bounce, nicely

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out of the water. When you look at the years of the horse, it is almost

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like radar is. He has got 30 seconds to get home. He does well to keep

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the Horus on that to stride line as he drives towards the penultimate

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fence. He is going to be a little bit over the time. Only about three

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seconds behind the clock, he did well to stay on track. Not far over

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at all. He will finish on 85 after Cross country. That news will filter

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back to the other athletes knowing that he had to the other athletes

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knowing that he had two stops and still came in very close. Pietro

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Roman. The chance to get the horses feet wet early. You can see in the

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start box, the competitor from Germany, he is an individual. We

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have other athletes who are just here as an individual.

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Julia Krajewski just drives for home. She has still got those 20

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penalties on the scoreboard. Back through the trees. As she comes up

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here, after this one, we come to two fences on track at 26 and 27. When

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we walked the course, we described those as something that you would

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waste a little bit of time, almost to make up for the time allowed. At

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every level you have got a set speed. On a flat site like this, it

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means it is easier to make that time as a rider. The course designer has

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put in several almost speed bumps like that fence which takes speed

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down. It forces you to steady as you turn into that first fence. That

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string is not just to keep the public off, it is also to guide the

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riders. Over the last difficult fence on the course, she has got 15

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or ten seconds to get home as she heads to the penultimate fence. She

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is not going to be in the time. She is now just really trying to keep

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the horse in that long gallop. You do not want to take a risk at the

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last fence, she does add an extra strike, an extra second over the

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time as the clock stops. That gives her score -- her score of 59.9. We

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turn our attention to Pietro Roman. The Italian. Still just sitting on

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that dressage score. And using this, it is important to keep that my

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steady rhythm as we come around towards this. These fences are

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fitted with clips which means if you hit the fence hard, they collapse.

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That is to save a fall but you do pick up 11 penalties of that is the

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case. We come back to France once again, Sidney Dufresne. He loves

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this horse. The horse does not look like he has the biggest gallop in

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the world. The fastest horses have a flat, almost a daisy cutting action.

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The legs propel the Horus, but not in an upwards direction which can be

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more beneficial. Talk as to how it went for you? He is fairly new to

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this level. He is a very good horse for the future, but I think that was

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why was sent first to give a true feel for the and hopefully the

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information I bring back will be useful for the others. It does help

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to be the Pathfinder and those arrowheads, that was the second

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problem. He was a little overawed by the crowd when he came out and all

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of a sudden that was a big audience in front of you. There are no two

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ways around it, it is very disappointing, but at the same time,

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it will be a good one. You wrote quickly, how did the rest of the

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course right for you? Fine. I felt it was my job, once I made a mess of

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things and it was obvious that we were not competitive any more, I

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thought, let's just keep as level as we can and see how close we get to

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the time and as I have shown, it will be easily achievable on a

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top-class horse. Every second year over the time it picks up a time

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penalty. You can see him driving for home. It is hard to change your

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speed partway around the course, it is important to start in that quick

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with them. Anyone who has run a marathon, knows that you cannot

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speed up and slow down. He is a little bit over that time. One

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minute 18 over and he will finish on 112.7 penalties. So much talent

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still to feature and it looks like we are off to Switzerland this is

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Felix Vogg from Switzerland. This is the second batch of team riders.

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Some teams only have three riders. It is now towards the end of the

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course. One minute from home. Just starting to see the arms and the

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hands going. He is doing a good job, he is not throwing the reins, he is

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trying to encourage the movement of the head of the Horus as he goes to

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steady and re-support the balance of the horse through shortening the

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reins and it comes down to this straightforward combination. That is

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26 and 27. Nothing too technical, that affects the time more than

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anything else. You can see him working away, but the hands moving

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without throwing the reins of the Horus. Encouraging him just a length

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in his stride. This is the last difficult combination of the course.

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He looks for the narrow corridor between these two offset brushes.

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You have not slow down. That is the last big test on course, a couple of

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obstacles left. They come round to the picnic table. You're always

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aware at this stage in the course that you're looking to save every

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second you can without throwing away a good round by taking an

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unnecessary risk and having a horse walloped the last fence. You can see

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him checking as he comes around the corridor, jumps the last. We can see

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a happy man coming through the finish line, that is Pietro Roman

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from Italy who has finished on 41. Nothing over the time here today. He

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finishes on 41. Now, making this turn back. We are back with Felix

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Vogg. He is taking the longer road despite the directorate riding so

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well here. Jumping that Mark Shill jump. Up over another showjumper and

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then another line. Great Britain, Ros Canter has had a

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fantastic couple of days. Allstar B ranking 15th individually on a score

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of 38.6 after the dressage. What a great weekend she's had so far.

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She's a really tidy rider, technically very correct. In the

0:30:230:30:27

dressage she rode a beautiful test, scoring every single point she

0:30:280:30:33

could. Josefa Sommer, another individual rider, this for Germany.

0:30:340:30:39

We'll see what route she takes through fear. As you are standing

0:30:400:30:43

face on, it's such a tough angle. It is, and the horse has to understand

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there is space to do a slight kick and bend. Checking the clock, she

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will be over the time. But this is good enough to potentially put her

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in top spot if she can just not waste any time down to the final

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fence. Her hands are sympathetic, not throwing the reins with the

0:31:050:31:08

horse, but going with the horse's rhythm. Again taking a slightly

0:31:090:31:15

conservative approach and over the final fence. She's about 17 seconds

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over, but she is happy. It really is a team effort. She finishes on 47.8.

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Ros Canter, once again, what a great year she has had. The best of the

0:31:310:31:33

Brits at Badminton this year. Also her best dressage score ever as part

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of the team here in Strzegom for the Europeans. She's a small girl so

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steady in the horse by taking her body back and shaking the rain

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slightly. Reading the fence perfectly. A nice little strides to

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jump cleanly. Felix Vogg, we get to see him again. Straight to that, but

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met the fence to close and caught with his knee. Almost at the front

0:32:100:32:17

and back up, but not quite. This lady has been making the news all

0:32:180:32:21

weekend. Going into Germany and betting ahoy. She is on Samourai du

0:32:220:32:32

Thot, got a dressage score that is almost unheard of. In a gold medal

0:32:330:32:37

position in the individual. This is the one they all watching. It will

0:32:380:32:42

be interesting to see Bettina Hoy's tactics. If you can get clear

0:32:430:32:45

quickly then she will keep a big margin between her and the rest of

0:32:460:32:51

the individuals going into the final phase. She might opt to know that

0:32:520:32:55

she has such a big buffer that she can take a slightly more

0:32:560:32:58

conservative approach, possibly take the Long route and still maintain

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the lead. We had a chat with her yesterday and she said it's a course

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you have to ride really accurately and keep online. If you do that, you

0:33:070:33:13

shouldn't have too many issues. The first real challenge. This is where

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the horses are at their strongest. They are keen, the adrenaline

0:33:200:33:21

pouring through them, and they are fresh. She clambers over that. Not

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surprising, that's where you get the knock on effect. Interestingly we

0:33:320:33:35

see a horse normally ducked out past the fence, this horse read it,

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understood it, and then backed off. Jumped it, but landed with very

0:33:420:33:44

little momentum and couldn't make the strides distance out over the

0:33:450:33:52

last element. 20 penalties there. It goes to show that dressage is such a

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small part, just one third of this competition over the weekend. It's

0:33:570:33:59

easy to get hung up on the leaderboard and where everybody is

0:34:000:34:03

lying, but you know the pack will be shuffled after dressage by what

0:34:040:34:08

happens on cross-country. The key thing, she has probably lost her

0:34:090:34:14

chance of an individual can title, but she's thinking of the team. That

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was sticky, the horse backing off and almost stopping. Back to Great

0:34:250:34:29

Britain and Ros Canter. This horse has been going from strength to

0:34:300:34:34

strength this year. This is where she comes at the steep slope to one

0:34:350:34:38

of the most challenging questions on the course. You can see the

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reminder, held his line perfect, no deviation, and she's doing a great

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job to be quick away from the fences. Take the extra second or

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half second. Carlile ranking sixth at the moment.

0:34:540:35:11

He's one of the top riders to watch here. This rider has had a fantastic

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year, she really has. The top Brit at Badminton, she knows she's on the

0:35:180:35:24

straight now. Just a few fences left ago. Really just one big technical

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question left to answer on this track. 5700 metres in length. And

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she has about one minute left to get home. Here we see Bettina Hoy on the

0:35:360:35:41

ground. She's had a fall. She looks OK. With the medics. We might be

0:35:420:35:48

able to see a replay of exactly what happened. We see her come down to

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the table. The horse is backing off already, does back off and takes off

0:35:550:35:57

too far away from the fence and rather lands on it. No way he can

0:35:580:36:04

stand up. Hugely disappointing for Bettina Hoy, scuppering her chances.

0:36:050:36:08

The last real challenge on the course, steadying, turning and

0:36:090:36:15

looking for the corridor. Good girl. Through 28. Did well to turn through

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the last element. She has 15 seconds to get home. Two outfits left. Opens

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up the Kanter after 29. Looks at her watch as she lands. She needs to be

0:36:300:36:38

brave at the last fence. Clears the last and pushing. She

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finishes four seconds over. 40.2, and that means she's the best so far

0:36:480:36:51

here. She will be over the moon with that, just a touch over. We come

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back to join Thomas Carlile. Slight stutter for the first one and the

0:36:590:37:02

horse was drifting out of the right shoulder the whole way there.

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Another medal contender, both individually and in terms of the

0:37:070:37:12

team. Surprising, not having any of that. Actually arrived at the triple

0:37:130:37:16

brush on the mound at a good spot. Not very far from it, but the horse

0:37:170:37:25

wanted nothing to do with it. Really frustrating, sits on the 40. This is

0:37:260:37:30

shaping up to be a good one today. This horse has an unusual job for

0:37:310:37:36

the event horse. The weather comes right up. It's how a classical

0:37:370:37:41

showjumper jumps. He gives the horse so much air. They cross-country

0:37:420:37:46

horse normally goes more with their head up, landing galloping and

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holding the shape of the gallop in the air, more than you would expect

0:37:500:37:54

a classical showjumper to do. They cross-country horse jumps across the

0:37:550:37:59

fence? Think of what a National Hunt racehorse does. They can jump and

0:38:000:38:03

plans travelling at the same speed as if there was no fence. But in

0:38:040:38:09

showjumping they slightly distort it. Another one! The third refusal

0:38:100:38:16

we have seen on track. That has shaken things up a little bit. This

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is the individual standings at this stage, Ros Canter for Great Britain

0:38:220:38:26

with Allstar B sitting proudly at the top.

0:38:270:38:46

A clear round, Ros Canter, and a fast one too. Your first major event

0:38:470:38:54

for the British team. It feels amazing and I owe so much of it to

0:38:550:38:57

the horse because he is the be's knees of jumpers. When you get there

0:38:580:39:03

it's blind for the horses and they don't understand where they are

0:39:040:39:09

going. It's very exciting and I'm very proud of him. He seems to be

0:39:100:39:13

rising to the big occasion, and so do use. I don't think I would sit

0:39:140:39:18

another like him in terms of power and scope and the way he gallops.

0:39:190:39:24

He's a big, strong horse and I wasted time at the beginning today

0:39:250:39:30

because I had to slow up earlier at fence four than I wanted to and

0:39:310:39:33

things like that. But he has the gallop to make up for it. Hopefully

0:39:340:39:37

he can gain inexperience and I can keep getting better and better.

0:39:380:39:41

Interesting shot. -- gaining experience. Underway with Piggy

0:39:420:39:54

French riding for Great Britain. Riding as an individual. Scored 46.2

0:39:550:40:00

in the dressage, ranking 37. But she has been a great ambassador for

0:40:010:40:05

eventing over the years. A wonderful writer and wonderful person. The

0:40:060:40:13

Polish Rider started out with a very quick rhythm. So much of the Gallup

0:40:140:40:18

is dictated by the amount of thoroughbred a horse has in its

0:40:190:40:25

brooding. It will travel its low forward way is that of having the

0:40:260:40:30

big circular action in its legs, which is less efficient for

0:40:310:40:32

galloping but better for showjumping. You don't want too much

0:40:330:40:38

of one extreme or the other in cross-country. That's why these

0:40:390:40:45

horses come in all shapes and sizes. Piggy French going the longer route.

0:40:460:40:52

That would have been her own choice. She will have seen earlier

0:40:530:40:58

combinations aren't seen their problems. Perhaps the horse going in

0:40:590:41:01

dressage will have had an impact. The heat has been a factor. Yes, but

0:41:020:41:07

it's perfect conditions today. This is a young horse, only moved up to

0:41:080:41:11

this level earlier in the year when he went to Tattersall's in Ireland.

0:41:120:41:16

Should be mindful of that with some of the options. A horse she knows

0:41:170:41:24

very well, has had the horse since she was six years old. Is now ten.

0:41:250:41:32

Piggy French is a real competitor, fast rider in cross-country. Had a

0:41:330:41:36

break from the sport when she and her partner Tom March at their son,

0:41:370:41:44

Max. Tom is often seen with a baby strapped to his back supporting

0:41:450:41:51

Piggy French at her events. That was nice, a clear line. Didn't waste

0:41:520:41:56

time. No confusion about where the horse was going. Not far left ago,

0:41:570:42:06

over the picnic table at 29. Coming towards the final fence. Started in

0:42:070:42:16

25th. And just over. 0.4 penalty added on. That will move him up the

0:42:170:42:27

leaderboard, finishing on 43.8. At the moment power. This act going --

0:42:280:42:31

at the moment, travels just over two and a half minutes to

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get home. we come to Great Britain and a lady

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who has represented the country for so many years. Tina Cook and Billy

0:43:230:43:26

The Red, sitting 12th after the dressage score. Luciana Love Italy,

0:43:270:43:32

just parting company. -- of Italy coming into the square table that

0:43:330:43:54

sets you up on a left-handed curve for this very steep angle. The force

0:43:550:44:01

has to go through but hesitates. Momentum carried the horse into the

0:44:020:44:07

fence sideways. That was enough. Piggy French coming up to the picnic

0:44:080:44:12

table. Driving towards home. Second last from home. Riding sensibly. We

0:44:130:44:27

will have a look at the time as she crosses the finishing line. Penalty

0:44:280:44:32

starting to add up on track. Having won refusal out on course, that will

0:44:330:44:37

give her 20 penalties. The score comes up to 83.4 for Piggy French.

0:44:380:44:43

Her run out was at the last water complex.

0:44:440:44:50

This is another one everyone has been talking about. One who has so

0:44:510:44:58

much experience, Ingrid Klimke of Germany with Horseware Hale Bob.

0:44:590:45:05

Sitting on a dressage score of 30.3. Has been a part of the European

0:45:060:45:22

Championships on so many occasions. Being part of Olympic teams as well.

0:45:230:45:30

The horse is known as Bobby in the stable. 11 years old. This horse

0:45:310:45:41

arrived with her back in 2009. Really corrected fantastically well

0:45:420:45:47

through there. Interesting that the Germans can't afford to have any

0:45:480:45:54

more jumping faults. Ingrid is in the enviable position of being able

0:45:550:45:58

to go for both team and individual titles. She has a good enough

0:45:590:46:01

dressage. She was prepared to take that risk. We know the time is

0:46:020:46:07

achievable. So you can probably afford to take one long route and

0:46:080:46:10

still get inside the time if you are in a fast horse. Tina Cook on a

0:46:110:46:19

dressage score of 38.2, nothing to add at the moment. Ranked 12 as she

0:46:200:46:26

joins us today. Such and experienced competitor. She is known as a huge

0:46:270:46:32

deliverer on the world stage. She can get the best performances out.

0:46:330:46:36

You saw their how she stayed straight as an arrow through that

0:46:370:46:40

combination. Used to riding thoroughbred horses. This horse just

0:46:410:46:46

needs to keep up the pace to make sure she can get home within that

0:46:470:46:53

optimal time of ten minutes. The combination finished tenth at

0:46:540:46:56

Badminton this year. In such great form. It is a ten-year-old. Tina

0:46:570:47:01

ranking 26 in the world. Coming into this international arena. You saw

0:47:020:47:11

the title in taken, it's quicker to be able to take the pace away,

0:47:120:47:18

turned, and then land and take the pace away rather than taking a wider

0:47:190:47:23

line. At the halfway stage, I think she is fine for time. You would aim

0:47:240:47:27

to coming to the water on five minutes, and look where she is.

0:47:280:47:32

She's on the time. We know where you should be as riders. Good job. The

0:47:330:47:42

speed at this level is 570 metres per minute. You look around you

0:47:430:47:50

every time you we'll says 570. You wear a stopwatch and when it beats

0:47:510:47:53

on the minute marker, you know you are on track. Ingrid Klimke looking

0:47:540:48:01

at her watch as she lands. She knows that if she can stay clear and on

0:48:020:48:06

her dressage score, the leader will change once again and she will go up

0:48:070:48:09

to the gold medal position. Still another full day to come. This is

0:48:100:48:14

only the second phase of the three phases. We saw the dressage, we have

0:48:150:48:19

seen the cross-country, and we will see the showjumping tomorrow. Good

0:48:200:48:26

line through there. The terrain helps you, channelling you along,

0:48:270:48:29

acting as a velodrome. The height of the ground on the right stops you

0:48:300:48:33

slipping. It's like riding a bike with stabilisers, it keeps you on

0:48:340:48:35

the line you want to be on. She comes round to the water. If you

0:48:360:48:40

remember her riding at Rio, she was clear up to the water and had a run

0:48:410:48:46

out there. Ingrid was second after the dressage. Betting on boy is the

0:48:470:48:50

dressage leader, but didn't finish the course. And back betting --

0:48:510:49:02

Bettina Hoy. The horse was straight on the line. Another man

0:49:030:49:10

representing his country at the highest level. Part of the team that

0:49:110:49:15

represents Sweden, Svennerstal. Tina Cook, still on the dressage score,

0:49:160:49:23

making her way round to the water. We talk about rhythm being

0:49:240:49:26

important, but as important as that is being able to break in change

0:49:270:49:31

from the fast gallop to a short canter in a short space of time. At

0:49:320:49:36

this fence you want to turn late, in other words doing a big quarter

0:49:370:49:39

circle instead of a straight line because then you have a chance of...

0:49:400:49:44

Tina did a great job and is very fast away from there. Ingrid Klimke

0:49:450:49:49

coming back to the water having been in that indoor arena. Just a

0:49:500:49:55

slightly open stride, got a bit close to the middle section but was

0:49:560:49:59

able to quieten the horse's strides down and readjust the final element.

0:50:000:50:04

That's where you've got the combination of the horse's strides

0:50:050:50:08

length and the line you take to dictate at what point you arrive at

0:50:090:50:15

the fence in the horse's stride. Some fantastic athletes competing at

0:50:160:50:17

the European Championships. This is one I always enjoy watching. You can

0:50:180:50:24

see she has lots of fans out there. When you ride around, can you hear

0:50:250:50:28

the cheering? You probably can but you are so focused on exactly what's

0:50:290:50:33

going on that you manage to disassociate the horses do the same

0:50:340:50:39

as well. The more experienced horses are oblivious to what's going on and

0:50:400:50:43

they concentrate on the fence. This is getting exciting. We know if she

0:50:440:50:48

can stay on her dressage score of 38.2, we have a long way to go, but

0:50:490:50:53

at this stage she would be up to gold. She has a watch on each wrist,

0:50:540:50:58

not that that would happen at a normal event, but at the

0:50:590:51:01

championships you have a back-up, showing how important it is. Clears

0:51:020:51:11

26, coming downhill to 27. These fences are not really technical,

0:51:120:51:14

just affecting the optimum time. She has just under a minute to get home.

0:51:150:51:21

38.2 is still the score she sits on. The horse still looks like he's got

0:51:220:51:25

plenty of running. Not tiring. Easy to forget this is almost six

0:51:260:51:30

kilometres long, the course. The speed is fast and also the change in

0:51:310:51:36

speed makes it tiring for the horse. Does a good job there, slightly

0:51:370:51:39

manhandling him through the last combination. That's the last

0:51:400:51:44

difficult fence behind us. Now her main concern is the clock. 25

0:51:450:51:48

seconds to go. She will be fine if she comes down to the table at 29.

0:51:490:51:59

Looking at a watch, she can afford to take time. She will be inside the

0:52:000:52:03

time so she can bring it home. Looking at the time, 9.55, inside,

0:52:040:52:12

staying on her dressage score. She goes up to a gold medal position

0:52:130:52:15

individually and puts Great Britain into such a strong place. Evra

0:52:160:52:23

having a fall at the downhill log. This is an unforgiving fence. If you

0:52:240:52:33

get into deep... It takes longer for the horse to get their feedback on

0:52:340:52:37

the ground and write themselves. But the important thing is, France out

0:52:380:52:43

of the team competition. Two French competitors not competing with

0:52:440:52:49

Thomas Carlile and now Fer out. If you end up with less than three team

0:52:500:52:52

members completing the course then it's game over for your team. Big

0:52:530:52:58

disappointment in that camp. France have never won the team title at the

0:52:590:53:01

European Championships, which is amazing, the reigning Olympic

0:53:020:53:05

champions, but never winning the team title. You would say they are

0:53:060:53:10

strong contenders, but Germany are the favourites, but they are now

0:53:110:53:15

out. The British based Swedish rider now, based in Wiltshire. Tenth in

0:53:160:53:23

the individual Europeans in 2013. He will celebrate his 27th birthday

0:53:240:53:28

next week. He would love a good run round here today. He sits on 44.4 at

0:53:290:53:39

this stage. Two minutes in. A stutter, but does well to stay on

0:53:400:53:48

the pitch. These horses are like mountain goats, a good cross-country

0:53:490:53:51

course should be able to deal with things going wrong rather than

0:53:520:53:56

always being on the perfect stride. It's a quick reflex you are looking

0:53:570:54:01

for, and likeness on the floor. Choosing the slightly longer route.

0:54:020:54:06

The optimum is the second brush on the hill. Has been to two Olympics,

0:54:070:54:16

London and Rio. Has been placed at most of the big events around the

0:54:170:54:21

world, placing at Badminton, has been on the nation cup team. He has

0:54:220:54:28

his sights set on Tokyo. Tina, what a round, clear and in the time. Your

0:54:290:54:34

reaction at the end said it all. O God. You will hear it's a difficult

0:54:350:54:37

course, has been causing problems. The team needed, with Ollie's horse

0:54:380:54:44

going green, a few mistakes, we needed a clear round. I have every

0:54:450:54:49

belief in this horse. He's so careful, but he is so sharp. Could

0:54:500:54:53

have spooked at a few things, like at Badminton going down the steps.

0:54:540:55:00

And he gallops. I save him for going quick on these occasions and he

0:55:010:55:04

surprised me. I was able to take a little poll over the last couple of

0:55:050:55:08

fences. I'm thrilled, it means everything. Currently ranking fourth

0:55:090:55:17

on the dressage score, the German. And this is a horse she knows really

0:55:180:55:26

well. She was over the moon after the dressage with her horse. This is

0:55:270:55:32

the kind of horse that will suit this course. Nippy, small, the

0:55:330:55:40

little mare is very adjustable. Currently ranks 18th in the world,

0:55:410:55:45

and this test has caused issues for a few. Locks on. She did well to get

0:55:460:55:53

through that. You could see her drifting before the middle element.

0:55:540:55:58

She held her in. Often when you have had the drift, by the time you get

0:55:590:56:03

the last one they have had enough. But she actually straightened up, a

0:56:040:56:08

good bit of riding. Ingrid just over two minutes to get home. 24 with the

0:56:090:56:17

log in. This is one of the more straightforward fences on the

0:56:180:56:20

course. It's a case of getting dead straight for that. She didn't give

0:56:210:56:25

herself a difficult task by cutting the corner. Now she's looking to be

0:56:260:56:34

at the next fence in about 8.3 five. She will be well up on the clock.

0:56:350:56:42

Gemma Tattersall coming to this difficult angle, and she rides very

0:56:430:56:45

strongly to keep the horse from falling out of the right shoulder.

0:56:460:56:50

She means business. Gemma isn't the tallest girl in the world, but she

0:56:510:56:55

has the heart of a lion. The perseverance of a terrier.

0:56:560:57:02

Absolutely. Ingrid Klimke, this could make a change to the

0:57:030:57:06

leaderboard as it stands. At this rate she will be inside the time.

0:57:070:57:12

The slower part of the course to come as you have to take a complete

0:57:130:57:16

right-handed circle over the next fence to the upright rails. Looking

0:57:170:57:22

at her watch again as she came down there. This is where the stringing

0:57:230:57:30

on the course is clever. It sends you around this house which you do

0:57:310:57:35

not jump, but it means you have to waste a bit of time. This section of

0:57:360:57:38

the course bringing down your average speed to make the optimum

0:57:390:57:45

time more elusive. Still on 37.3. If she can stay on just the dressage

0:57:460:57:49

score she will move up to the top and go into gold position. She does

0:57:500:57:54

a good job with her body to stay upright with the body and lengthens

0:57:550:58:00

the reins. If something goes wrong she's in a defensive position, a bit

0:58:010:58:03

like putting your feet on the dashboard to stop you going through

0:58:040:58:08

the windscreen. The last tricky combination behind her. It's now all

0:58:090:58:13

about the clock. She has just under 30 seconds to get home. Crossing the

0:58:140:58:20

picnic table at 29. She will be comfortably inside the time. This

0:58:210:58:24

will change the leaderboard, currently with Bettina Hoy out. She

0:58:250:58:35

will stay there. The big smile says it all. 30.3 will be her score. She

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moves up to the gold position at this stage. Tina Cook of Great

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Britain goes to second, and Ros Canter for Great Britain is in

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third. We turn our attention to Nicola Wilson, currently ranked

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number four in the world, seventh as she joins us today on a dressage

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score of 35.1. Bulana and Nicola Wilson for Great Britain. Schone

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style now. 20 seconds to get home. I think just over. -- Svennerstal. A

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look at his watch, he will be over the optimum time as he comes to the

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table. Fence 29 on course with one left ago. Over the optimum time now.

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A quarter of a penalty for every second here on in. It's having an

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effect on his score at the moment. Clears the final fence. Let's take a

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look. In the end its 4.8 on the time penalties and that makes a change to

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the dressage scores. The only penalties he has, though, moving to

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49.2. This horse finished second at the 4-star in luminal and. The thing

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that makes the fence four is so difficult, it's probably the

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toughest on the course but it comes so early. Bulana is another horse to

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stand-off that. You get a great field over The Open pitch brush.

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There was quite a bit of pressure. Seeing that there was so much

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trouble out there and there were discussions about going long or

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short. I wanted to go short but finally the trainer said it was

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better to take no risks. I did my job and I was easy in my time. He is

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a fast horse, he was bold and fool of himself. I had pure fun. It was a

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German one to three after the dressage. Do you feel the pressure

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is on? For now. We will cross our fingers and see what we can do. The

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German, he is sitting on a dressage score which could take him to a

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bronze medal position. He is cleared through 26 and 27 as he comes around

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and he has got about 40 seconds to get home. Coming up towards this

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final big test on the course. Final big question.

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He turned quite late and the only -- the horse only saw it at the last

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minute. The main thing is that he got the job done and that is what

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cross-country running is all about. He has to move on around. He is

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going to be just over the time, but, it is just 0.4 penalties per second.

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We have a look and he finishes eight seconds over. And with that score,

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today, he will move down into fourth place at the moment but there is a

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long way to go. Now Gemma, through the water, bounce and that is quite

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a short bounce in there. You need to get the counter back enough so

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you're not travelling in a forward flat trajectory. She is a lady rider

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who will be producing some great experience and great results for

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Great Britain for many years to come. She was the best Brady lied at

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Biden Manson, which is a title that they still issue. She is about four

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seconds down on the clock at the moment. As she comes back into this

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what, she wants to be on five minutes and I think that is very

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achievable as she comes through here. The mayor are taking a

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stronghold. It wastes time when you have a stronger worse, because you

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need to spend time taking the horseback. Does a good job through

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there. She got it back to the right speed, if you're travelling at the

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right speed it makes it easier. When you get a horseback, you have to get

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its body bag and its brain back, it is like taking what off the boil

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onto the simmer. The horse can then digests what is mentally in front of

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them. The brain isn't racing and it doesn't become adults, they come

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problem solve and digests the mental challenge ahead of them. 35.1. It is

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still the score that were taken into a silver medal position after

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cross-country individually. If she just keeps up this nice rhythm all

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the time, it is a big horse that really covers the ground. Good girl,

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she got just inside. She can really try and ride out every inch of the

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stride, looking to go with the horse. She lost her pedal coming

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around the corner, she got it back, she has four seconds to get home and

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she uses her arms and elbows to keep the horse going forward. She clears

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the last and opens up the horse for the final time on the course and

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finishes in ten minutes, nine seconds. It goes into a silver

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position individually for Gemma Tattersall and 60 six for Great

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Britain. Now we rejoin Nicola Wilson. -- Quicklook V?. It is easy

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to tip up on a strong horse at an upright fence. Sarah Ennis. From

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Ireland. This area in Poland is the granite capital. You can see this

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very big pit in the horse's mouth, she has the reins and the lever.

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Nicola Wilson comes up this big hill and she is looking towards that

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corner, real soft brush on the top. You see the mayor lightly shaking

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her head but Nicola is doing a great job, trying to move away from the

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fences as quickly as possible. Doing a bit of a time check, she has one

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last sweeping circle in this field before she heads up to the latter

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part of the course. I think she has made up some time with this big

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counter. The course is short, for this level, ten minutes as the

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minimum length you can have it. You have not got the endurance factor.

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Super job. We know when she comes around towards this yellow jump, she

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needs to be sitting on about 8.3 five. She would be on track to

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arrive at the finish dead on ten minutes. Gemma, congratulations, you

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said that was no way you could go any faster, just a few penalty

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points for you. I am over the moon. My horse dug deep and tried so hard

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that I literally not go any faster. She just got a bit tired at the end

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and we just lost a few seconds there, but she was just brilliant.

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As sticky moment over the fourth offence which has caused problems

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all day. It is horrible. When you are riding, you can barely see a

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line through and she did not realise where she had to jump and I said

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that at the last second and she jumped in the flag and it shows how

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fantastic she is and how much she has learned an command. She is on

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track, on a perfect time and she is on the dressage score that would

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take her into a silver position at this stage. You can see her getting

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off the horses back allowing it to move and cover the ground. She has

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got 26 and 27 appear. I like but she is doing. She is urging the horse on

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and staying still with her upper body. This is the kind of place you

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could easily tip yourself up on later in the course. She will take

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her time. Now she can move on and you can see how quickly she moves

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from steadying down back into The Open pace. The next fences at a

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right-handed Angola but it is followed by a left-handed angle and

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she wanted in her left hand because that is a problem part of this

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fence. Her last tough fence. She looks at her watch, she has the

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picnic table at 29 and the granite wall and then that is it. She is

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probably about four seconds over the time. She is going to make. She has

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got to not take too much time. She pushes over. She is one second of.

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You cannot be too disappointed with that, especially taking the longer

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route earlier. She finishes in 35.5. She goes into a silver medal

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position at this stage. The great thing is we have four Brits in the

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top five. This is shaping up to be a good one and now we go to Germany,

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Michael Jung from Germany. He starts on dressage score of 32.8. Michael

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Jung is one of the legends of the sport. Michael Jung is the only

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rider in the history of the sport to hold all three titles, Championship

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titles at the same time, world, Olympics and Europeans. He is a

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double Olympic champion, both individually in London and in real

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and you would expect nothing less to from him. This ride has never been

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more important for Germany than today because we have Great Britain

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sitting in Gold medal position, we have Germany sitting in silver and

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we have Sweden in third, but it is getting very close at the top. This

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round matters so much to Germany. And of course Germany are accounting

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that score. Counting the score of Bettina Hoy at the moment. Michael

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Jung is the last to go in the team and he will be the one who will be

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wanting to bring in a good score. I saw a little tap to say, let's pay

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attention and keep that rhythm as we move up. The conditions have

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changed, it is raining, it will be interesting to see if it becomes

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slippery. It will not make it muddy, it is a small amount of rain, but

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even wet grass can cause the horses to slip a little bit. But we have

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seen the slippy conditions all day. Michael Jung rides this horse at a

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very fast rhythm, she has not got a long stride and he always looks a

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little bit more frantic on this worse than his other runs and it is

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partly to try and keep up that absolute top speed. He has won all

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over the world. And he is making this look easy today. He always

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does. First he has a very good eye but secondly with his body position,

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he is lower in the saddle, he has his feet forward, he does not ride

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too long. He stays reasonably low which gives him a low centre of

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gravity and he is very well balanced, if anything goes wrong,

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there is plenty of room for manoeuvre and a safe defensive

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position. So close to absolute perfection, North point for the time

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floor. Oh my goodness, she tried so hard and when I jumped, the first

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part of the fence, I knew the three was not there. She is so honest and

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good on her line and I thought set up, hands down and before then it

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was much more comfortable than having to push forward the three.

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Then I was going to be in trouble for the last fence. I had to rely on

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her jumping ability and her honesty and sitting on the right place and

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saying, we can do it. So proud her. We can see some German flags flying

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in the background, lots of support for him today. And he comes down

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here towards this big water complex. Approaching it a little bit faster,

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on the inside line. And just gets inside. That was really taking quite

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a risk coming on that line but he has wasted no time. Vittoria

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Panizzon joins us from Italy. And now we come back to this man who has

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been the talk of the town after all those titles, Michael Jung. At the

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moment, he still has nothing to add to the score and this time he is

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flying, he is up on the optimum time, going as fast early on, with

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that take the pressure off. Is it a naturally fast combination? She has

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got quite a short stride. It partly takes the pressure off but she needs

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to be fast, because she... The only two ways you go faster is to

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increase the stride length or to have a faster turnover stride, she

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does not have a long stride and that is why the rhythm is so much faster.

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And the time said that every fence, he is trying to shave time off at

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every fence. If with some other horses you see them speeding up and

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slowing down but he keeps that nice rhythm, that nice tempo. He can do

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that, because she is nippy, like a cat. She can shorten very easily.

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Running towards this mill. They have that little covering over the top.

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That one is sitting at 19, then there is this area and you come to

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the hills. This is where he needs to slightly change that style from

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being very fast just giving them time, so she can pop over on top of

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the second mount. He takes his time. Straight back into the galloping

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position. This would change the medal placings, putting him in

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silver if he can keep going. This means the horse has the freedom of

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the head and neck -- and -- Nowak, they can judge distance to the fence

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without the rider interfering. If anything goes wrong, then neck and

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shoulder acts like shock absorber. Sarah Ennis for Ireland. Sitting on

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that score of 38.6. She started today ranked 14, a little bit over,

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and that score will change today to 39.4. This is Vittoria Panizzon from

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Italy. She is based in the UK and has been in the UK for a large part

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of her life, and she competes regularly on the British circuit.

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She is a fast cross-country rider as well.

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Sara Algotsson Ostholt now. I think that is a combination and tears that

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people will be talking about when things finished today. Just giving

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the horse a part and he knows that he can take the pressure off and

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almost coast home. What he could do is say that third last fence is the

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only potential problem between him and ending up at the top of the

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leaderboard. Or second on the leaderboard. He could afford to keep

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up this pace, take the Long route home at that fence and still get

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home inside the time or he could take his foot from the gas, jump

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that difficult road but carefully so he is not pressured by the clock.

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There is no advantage to coming home in the optimum time. If he came home

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at 9.45, ever give him no advantage. He is going the directorate.

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Perfect. He made the turn Furley early. He made it early enough so

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that the horse could see the last element. He flies over the picnic

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table and makes the left-handed bend up and this will change our medal

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positions. You would expect into off and coast. He stays behind the horse

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and allows the horse to come up through the shoulder. He did make it

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easy and it is nine minutes 45 seconds, 15 seconds inside the

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optimum time. He stays on the dressage score and that changes

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everything at the top of our leaderboard. Great Britain on 113.9.

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Germany are ten points behind in the silver medal position. Then we are

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followed by Sweden. Very happy about my horse. She was powerful, always

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concentrate on every jump in every situation. In the end, I had a lot

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of time, but I go a bit slower, I would like to keep the rhythm so

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that she not think she is finished. We still have quite tough

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combinations in the end and you need a bit of power and the speed. You're

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going for a record-breaking fourth consecutive European title, how much

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is a rattling around in the back of your mind? At the moment, I am very

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happy about my round and my horse is very fresh and healthy in the

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finish. That is the most important thing. We have to really concentrate

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that we have a good round tomorrow. 34.2 is the score and that would put

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her just above Nicola Wilson and into the bronze medal place. She has

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got two rains, which are sometimes more of a handful. Changing your

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stick over can be quite complicated when you have five things in your

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hands. A few of the athletes competing today have their partner

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or relatives competing. Her partner won a gold medal for Germany at the

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2008 games. Vittoria Panizzon, member of the Italian air force

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support group and she has represented her country at Olympic

1:20:071:20:09

level as well. She goes through the trees and ran towards the second

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field, having a look at her watch as she crossed the roads. A really good

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day on cross country for a team in Britain, how would you assess how it

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has gone? Great day in the office for the team, the whole team, they

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have gone really well, things do happen, Piggy French had a

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frustrating run out, but Ollie kept ticking on, so that put us in a

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comfortable position at the end and the three girls that backed up the

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team, they were fantastic. You seem to be a lucky time, all that success

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in charge of the German team and now the British team are overnight

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leaders at the championships. I always say, from the Roman

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philosopher, love is worth preparation meets opportunity. They

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were well prepared. Good to be back in the British camp? Exciting to be

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back. I get a lot of ribbing from my German friends, it has been a great

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atmosphere here. I am delighted to see how Ingrid and Mickey have gone.

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To be quietly coming from behind and overtaking them, it gives me a bit

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of a thrill. As she comes around, her time is looking very good as she

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jumps the yellow jumper and heads out through the trees riding the

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horse that she took to the Olympics last year. She is on track to maybe

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dip inside the time. This is a really important ran for Great

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Britain because Nicola Wilson currently sits in the bronze medal

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position and this is the rider that the pressure out of the medals and

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down into fourth place as we look ahead to the showjumping phase.

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Clear through 26th. Little tab and you could hear that device making a

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little noise. It has to break for penalties. Here is Vittoria

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Panizzon. Sitting on 61.7, she has had a refusal at dawn course and

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that will be very expensive for her here today as she comes around to

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this final fence. 29 seconds over the time but the refusal and the 20

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added and the Time penalties, the cross-country 31.6, overall score of

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73.3. This is so key for her. She needs to move up now. It is going to

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be interesting, not much between her and Nicola Wilson who she is going

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to try and push out of a bronze medal position. Ten seconds to get

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home. She is going to be just outside the time. Let's have a look.

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That is a lovely way to jump the last fence on that open stride. She

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is overjoyed. Two seconds over. It is good enough to go into a bronze

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medal position. Here is that fill result. Michael Jung in the silver

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and Sara Algotsson Ostholt in the bronze medal position. Our Harriers

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plays a British rider in fourth place, Nicola Wilson followed by

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Gemma Tattersall. Rosalind Canter has been in great form sitting on

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the eighth place today after cross-country. Great Britain in such

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a strong position in the teams here. Sitting up on gold medal position on

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130 and .9, Germany are second. Sweden are in the bronze medal

1:24:091:24:15

position on 128.5. One of the big surprises today was team France who

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came in so close up at the top and ended up not in contention here

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today. Amongst all the excitement yesterday there was one moment of

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tragedy, the Polish horse, Bob the builder fell in the arena here and

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did get up and get into the horse box to walk out but was later put

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down because of an untreatable fracture and that is devastating

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news for all involved. It is the worst possible outcome you could

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have. These horses mean so much to the riders and the grooms. They

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spend so much time with them. It is sad but it is something that can

1:24:551:24:57

happen and the horse will have received the best of treatment. Out

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on the course, some really exciting cross-country riding and you said

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that course with shovel the pack and it did. Because so many problems.

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Bettina Hoy crashed out. Thomas Carlyle, the best place French rider

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did not get around and the French team are out. They were neck and

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neck for the dressage, they have never won the team title. Written is

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in pole position and of course we have four British girls in the top

1:25:331:25:37

ten. And a ten point cushion at the top of the table but that is not

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very much, very fine margin when it comes to the showjumping. With the

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showjumping you're counting the best three scorers out of the team of

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four. Eight penalties, two fences down between three riders is not a

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huge amount. It is all to play for. Very fine margins. Ahead of the

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showjumping, Sweden bronze medal position, Germany and silver and

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Great Britain, the pressure is on in the showjumping if they want to hang

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onto that gold medal. Harry is off to the commentary box to join Adam

1:26:101:26:15

once again. It is really going to build into an exciting climax. We

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have Rosalind Canter for Great Britain, Gemma Tattersall and Nicola

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Wilson. Nickel is the highest ranked individual at the moment from Great

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Britain on a 35.5. -- Nicola. This is a man who moved to Great Britain

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in 2009 to train and then moved trainers in 2014. This is a horse he

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knows very well. Ludwig Svennerstal is the next to go. He ranks in a

1:26:541:27:03

gold medal position at this stage. We know that will definitely change.

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Riding a good Conservative line, he does not go to wild and risk having

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to up the tempo in order to make the time. He almost twists over and the

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danger was he went a little bit to the left on landing which meant he

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cut the corner and many have to make sure you do not run into deeper into

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that upright. This sense has a narrow spread the sometimes it looks

1:27:351:27:39

easier for that and sometimes horses cannot finish their jump and have it

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down and get cramped behind. He has got a little bit of luck out there

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today. Sometimes you need a bit of luck, though. This is where you want

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to go right up into the corner to get straight because this is

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influential. You can see him working hard. It takes a stride out. He

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makes a Horlicks of our buddies to get back for the next fence. He

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finishes on just a four. What a four that was. Four penalties added onto

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his car and 53.2. Ludwig Svennerstal just takes one out and as Harry

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says, makes a Horlicks of it. That was bad luck, he jumped in, you can

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see how close that was. Here the horse stands right off. It is meant

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to be two strides. He was a little bit open jumping them. He took out a

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stride. Thibaut Valette now from France. The

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French team are now out of contention here. They have to riders

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who did not finish. That was yesterday. Although he was a member

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of the team, the team no longer exist so he is jumping purely for

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his individual honours now. Thibaut Valette as a Lieutenant Colonel in

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the French cavalry. That is French cavalry school. They are trained in

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the classical principles of equitation. That is where he started

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inventing during his three years at military college, he started

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competing seriously during that time and kept on going and this is a

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horse he knows well. He has had it since 2012. Sit up and wait. This is

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where you can allow the horse to move on. You can see him changing

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his pace and back again. You can see how good the horse is

1:29:561:30:20

behind, the hind legs technique, how the horse gets those legs away from

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the fence. A good round and well within the time. 47.7, lots of

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French flags flying in the crowd today. 47.7 will be his score, and

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that moves him up right to the top of our leaderboard. And there are

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those flags. See how the horse uses his back, able to invert those hind

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legs at the backs of the pelvis keeps coming up as the front legs go

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down. Such a great technique. And they have two scores in the

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thousands, not in contention today as part of the team result, but he

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rode so well as an individual, I think you will be happy with that

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round. And now the Swede in her second

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Europeans. If you arrive at slightly floaty cantor, the line the course

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design gives you going round the tree to the left-hand side, it

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pushes you on the shallow, long approach to the first fence. Always

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much easier coming off a turn. Stands off it, sitting up.

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Always a long way home if you hit the first fence. Stay in the

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present, don't reflect on the past or think about the scores, just stay

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in the present and get straight on with the next fence. Straightened up

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through the distance and down to the vertical. Make good use of the room.

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And jumps the last, finishing on just the four. The front part of the

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first. Finishes on four penalties, 72.62, inside the time allowed to

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bring her score to 48.3 and moves her down one place and into second.

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After that she wrote a wonderful round. That's something you can

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change your preparation for, the first fence. Sitting on bronze

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position at the moment, 136.4, maintaining bronze position. Pietro

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Roman for Italy now. The Italian team sitting fourth at this stage of

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the competition. Joins us ranked tenth individually on 41. The first

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one to go clear inside the time yesterday, which was notable because

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at that point nobody had got close to the time and for a long time he

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was the only one. But it proved to the other riders it was possible.

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His brother also heavily involved. Just comes a bit too open to that.

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You can see from the Kante beforehand. A little bit happy. This

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is where you've got to find a breathing point on the course where

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you can regroup. The sweeping line of seven strides and then five

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strides to the yellow and white vertical are all related. They are

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all related. This moment here is time when you can think and

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reorganise. Centre part of the combination comes down. That means

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he's coming round and eight penalties. Jumps the final fence and

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will finish on eight today. 74.39 is the time and the score corrects that

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to 49 in total to move him down to fourth. Still huge pacts for the

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horse. It's the horse he took to the Europeans in 2015. Just a little bit

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unlucky today. Moving down three places. Coming to the centre part of

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this combination again. The cantor coming into that combination is so

1:35:301:35:34

important. Let's see the Italy scorecard. He moves down into fourth

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place on 211.8. That means Italy are out, they can no longer move up into

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a team medal position. Kai Ruder is next. Sitting on a 40.3 after the

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cross-country. Ranked ninth, competing here is an individual.

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An athlete we saw at the Sydney games in 2000. His father Thomas,

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his brother and wife are all involved in the sport of eventing.

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Lovely technique over the fence, this horse. He's one you can keep

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away from the fence and he holds shape. Rather cramped cantor in the

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last few strides. Easy to stay out on that line rather than have to

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take away the length of stride. Going over a longer distance and

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reducing the stride length on the inside line.

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You can see the horse jumps big over the first one, and then cat to

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shorten himself jump out cleanly. Well executed there. Started to turn

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in the air. Little tap through there. Comes round and jumps the

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last fence, finishing on 74.15. Stays on the dressage and

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cross-country score. The German here as an individual athlete. I have

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been so excited for this next rider all weekend long. She rode

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fantastically in the dressage. Went really well in the cross-country.

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Great Britain are guaranteed a team medal today, but where will it be?

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Gold or silver? Now it's Ros Canter, on Allstar B. On May 40.2. Regular

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member of the nation cup team for Great Britain. Her first big moment

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in the sport where after that great badminton performance, we see the

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horse fiddling the change of leg after being disunited through the

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line. After going so well at Badminton, she was given a chance

1:38:221:38:25

for her first championship debut and has been rewarded with a team place.

1:38:261:38:30

She posted a personal best in the dressage and road with real majority

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yesterday. The horse is a good jumper, so she will just go and do

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what she normally does and execute a very polished round if you can. It

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really all hangs in the balance because all scores count for Great

1:38:471:38:50

Britain. Although he's a big horse he was nimble Bear, trotting a

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stride in front, trying to fiddle his way to the right take-off point

1:38:541:38:58

in front of the double uprights. Coming to the combination and I am

1:38:591:39:01

on the edge of my seat. We need this clear. Oh! It stays up, gets away

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with it. To the final fence, clearing the last, and you can see

1:39:141:39:17

the team members and onlookers jumping up and down. They know what

1:39:181:39:21

that means. They are moving into an even stronger position as she

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finishes on 40.2. Callum Brittain take the gold today? -- can Great

1:39:281:39:40

Britain take the gold today? She will be delighted. The best of the

1:39:411:39:46

Brits at Badminton, posting a good score here today as well. Great

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Britain at the moment on 113.9 and ranking at the top of the

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leaderboard. It was going to be a good one today. Now it's Sarah Ennis

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of Ireland. Ranked seventh after the dressage and cross-country. Things

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really hotting up at the European eventing Championships. I believe

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this is the first time Ireland has had a combination entering the final

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phase of a championship with a score in the 30s.

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She moves the horse up to save some time and then steadies him back

1:40:371:40:46

before jumping the triple bar. After lengthening she needs to straighten

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up. This can be unforgiving. The horse shaking its head, asking it to

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come back to her. Resisting the hand a little bit. A forward jump, and

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the trajectory takes the front rail with the legs. Again jumping in

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quite forward so will have to work hard.

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Just finishes on the four today. Shaking her head. You can see she

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knows she's disappointed, but I think it's still quite a good

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performance. I think it was an outstanding performance. She would

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have wanted a clear round, but to come in and finish in the low 40s is

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outstanding. You can see the horse jumping through the hands and drank

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in legs through the fence. Just reaching the highest point over the

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back rail. Ireland on 43.4.. Currently rated fifth. Tina Cook of

1:42:101:42:12

Great Britain, ranking 26 in the world. Billy The Red, ranking sixth

1:42:131:42:26

place at the moment. Tina is an experienced team member, a former

1:42:271:42:30

European champion both individually and in the team. This combination

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have jumped their last 11 international events in showjumping

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and have done ten clear rounds. Please don't jinx her. I'm not, I

1:42:421:42:47

don't believe in witchcraft. We know Great Britain will get a team medal

1:42:481:42:51

today. That's guaranteed. All scores count for the team today. Rattles

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that but it stays up. A personal best in the dressage. Clear inside

1:42:581:43:01

the time with one of the best cross-country rounds of the day.

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Forward jump, but this horse doesn't have a long stride so can afford to

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jump in nice and big without losing space.

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Nicely through the double. My heart is pounding at the moment. We've got

1:43:171:43:27

the combination. A little slip but time to recover and get your

1:43:281:43:32

composure. This is the hardest events. She's over it. One to go.

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Clears the final one. She will be overjoyed. The onlookers are

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overjoyed. Everyone is overjoyed as she punches the air and finishes

1:43:501:43:54

with a 38.2 and that will be very influential. It buys a bit of

1:43:551:43:58

breathing space for the team. They only have two fences in hand between

1:43:591:44:01

the three of them. She has jumped clear. The other two will be so

1:44:021:44:09

grateful. Exactly. But it's not over and this will keep us on the edge of

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our seats until the end. A super round and a great ambassador. For

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British eventing. It's hotting up here. It really is. This is how

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things look at the moment... We retain the lead on 113.9. Great

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Britain's Gemma Tattersall is next, riding here individual. Not part of

1:44:381:44:44

the team, but she's able, she is in fifth place, so she will be for an

1:44:451:44:49

individual medal. This is the mare she rode at the Olympics, which

1:44:501:44:52

jumped a clear round at the showjumping phase there. What a

1:44:531:44:57

story it would be if we could take the gold medal in the team events

1:44:581:45:01

and also an individual medal for this very talented athlete. From the

1:45:021:45:05

team point of view, just Nicola Wilson to come. She has two fences

1:45:061:45:13

in hand for the team gold medal. But Gemma... Expensive rail there. She

1:45:141:45:22

now has to you stay in the moment and not reflect on that.

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Such an experienced showjumper. Live is not very far from Hickstead and

1:45:331:45:38

jumps plenty of the showjumping classes there during the winter

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months. That rail has been mighty expensive because it moves right

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down and out of the individual medal places.

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Another one to come down, the back rail at the first part of the

1:45:541:46:01

trouble. The how disappointing for her because she has ridden

1:46:021:46:05

fantastically well all weekend. Two rails down today for Great Britain

1:46:061:46:10

's Gemma Tattersall, bringing her score to 44.7 so she moves from...

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Maintains fifth-place she started with today. She really wanted to use

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the showjumping to push her up into the medals. Fifth currently but we

1:46:221:46:27

still have four to go so the worse she can finish this ninth. To finish

1:46:281:46:31

top ten at the Europeans isn't bad for a day at the office. It's

1:46:321:46:35

brilliant. But she will know she had a chance of the medal so... I need

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to grab onto you or something because we have the final Great

1:46:421:46:45

Britain combination. Nicola Wilson, what a talent. Bulana, great

1:46:461:46:55

written. -- Great Britain. Binding force, she will bid to challenge for

1:46:561:46:58

the individual medals, but the most important aim for the week is the

1:46:591:47:02

team gold medal. Nicola going into the final phase currently has two

1:47:031:47:10

fences in hand. She has less than two fences down, or to fence or one

1:47:111:47:15

fence or a clear round, Britain will win the team gold medal.

1:47:161:47:20

She sits on a 35.5 as she joins us today.

1:47:211:47:37

A strong mare. So if Nicola lengthens on she's not easy to bring

1:47:381:47:47

back. Sitting back and making the horse work. Ideally you want to come

1:47:481:47:51

up and backwards. But this horse isn't easy to ride. Nicola doing

1:47:521:47:56

well to keep her away from the front rail. Again, slightly running

1:47:571:48:03

through the bridle. All clear so far. Four fences left to jump. If

1:48:041:48:07

she clears the first two it will mean gold. They've got it. Britain

1:48:081:48:15

take the first gold medal since Germany. She clears the fine

1:48:161:48:22

offence. They know what it means, they have worked it out. Nicola

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Wilson on 39.5 and Great Britain finishing on a score of 113.9. Great

1:48:291:48:35

Britain taking the team gold medal at the European Championships of

1:48:361:48:41

2017. What a weekend. We have been waiting to knock the Germans off the

1:48:421:48:45

top spot and the team of girls have done a great job. Oliver going out

1:48:461:48:51

as Pathfinder and then Ros Canter, Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson showing

1:48:521:48:54

such great skill and professionalism, taking every point

1:48:551:48:58

they can in the dressage. Gutsy performances, and to hold the nerve

1:48:591:49:01

with such a good showjumping round is wonderful. Those celebrations

1:49:021:49:05

will continue for some time and not just here but across Great Britain.

1:49:061:49:08

There is the final scorecard... Great Britain takes the European

1:49:091:49:19

team gold at the eventing Championships. But it's not over. We

1:49:201:49:28

have three combinations left ago. Individual medals to worry about.

1:49:291:49:38

The Swede starting today on a score of 35 and currently sitting

1:49:391:49:40

individually in bronze. Starts off in this nice rhythm,

1:49:411:49:57

keeping up a good pace. You can see her style of riding is

1:49:581:50:12

to be tall in front of the fence. Almost slightly behind the vertical

1:50:131:50:15

with the body. Dropping the back end, and that can happen if you get

1:50:161:50:18

behind the horse as they cramp up behind. Eight penalties to bring her

1:50:191:50:28

to 40.3. That means Nicola Wilson is guaranteed an individual medal here

1:50:291:50:31

at the Europeans. But where will she finish?

1:50:321:50:37

Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung for Germany both still to come. Dan

1:50:381:50:50

Twardzik fine offence, carrying eight penalties to add to the skull.

1:50:511:50:54

But that has been expensive. The final one comes down as well

1:50:551:50:58

bringing it up to 12 penalties to add to her score. That moves her

1:50:591:51:04

from a medal position down into seventh as she finishes on 47.74.

1:51:051:51:16

Should competes with Sweden, and her husband is a former Olympic team

1:51:171:51:23

gold medallist. Nicola Wilson confirmed as taking an individual

1:51:241:51:28

medal today. What a great day for Great Britain. Sweden Passlack

1:51:291:51:28

scorecard... Sweden will take the bronze medal

1:51:291:51:46

here today. Two to go, and Great Britain individually at the moment

1:51:471:51:49

sitting not only in gold and silver, but also in bronze. Michael Jung

1:51:501:51:57

joins us from Germany on a score of 32.8 on Fisher Ross Kemp. This is

1:51:581:52:05

interesting because he has won three individual European gold medals

1:52:061:52:07

consecutively. I can't remember anyone ever winning four. Nobody has

1:52:081:52:13

ever won three in a row either. He has broken a lot of records, and

1:52:141:52:18

individually he has been reigning world, Olympic and European gold

1:52:191:52:22

medallist. And just for good measure, he is attempting to win his

1:52:231:52:26

fourth individual title at the Europeans. He has won to individual

1:52:271:52:30

titles at the Olympics and individual gold and silver at the

1:52:311:52:34

World Championships. The silver came with this mare. Would it be an

1:52:351:52:42

exaggeration to say he's the best the world of eventing has ever seen?

1:52:431:52:46

I don't think that is. What makes him so good is he can ride with the

1:52:471:52:50

freedom of the horse and a real rhythm, but he's so accurate. He has

1:52:511:52:56

that scuttling stride so he often looks like he's chasing her out of

1:52:571:53:00

his rhythm. He is doing everything he can to try to get her to lengthen

1:53:011:53:05

its stride. Made it look quite long where others have made it look

1:53:061:53:11

short. It means it makes it easy for her to jump the third part of the

1:53:121:53:14

trouble where it slightly short. The combination and the final to come.

1:53:151:53:20

Does a lot of pure showjumping himself. Wants to come forward. He's

1:53:211:53:27

over the last, and he will finish on that score today of 32.8. The time

1:53:281:53:36

is not an issue for this partnership. They give a masterclass

1:53:371:53:45

in the cross country yesterday. One left to come. And just one that can

1:53:461:53:52

take away the fourth consecutive individual gold at the Europeans.

1:53:531:53:59

What a talent he is. Michael Jung sits up at the top in the individual

1:54:001:54:05

gold place. Nicola Wilson of Great Britain in silver and Tina Cook in

1:54:061:54:06

bronze with one left to come. This is the last one. If Ingrid

1:54:071:54:21

Klimke jumps clear, she takes gold. If she has one fence down and

1:54:221:54:25

Michael Jung takes gold and she would stay ahead of Nicola Wilson.

1:54:261:54:30

If she has two fences down the Nicola Wilson will stay in silver.

1:54:311:54:39

She needs to keep all the fences up. Ingrid is well-known for her dress

1:54:401:54:47

driving. -- dressage riding. Her showjumping form hasn't been great

1:54:481:54:53

lately. She was in the lead at Badminton but had a disappointing

1:54:541:54:55

time. The same thing happened elsewhere. Being so careful. She

1:54:561:55:14

will be mindful of the time. She will not want to lose on a time

1:55:151:55:21

fault. Little tap but she gets away with it. She could have two time

1:55:221:55:31

faults. Saving time, not going as far to the end of the arena as

1:55:321:55:38

others to save time. The time is OK. One fence stands between her and the

1:55:391:55:43

medal. She clears it, pushing over the finishing line. 68.09, and she

1:55:441:55:50

will take the individual gold at the European eventing Championships of

1:55:511:55:56

2017. Michael Jung will take silver. But Great Britain 's Nicola Wilson

1:55:571:55:59

will be jumping up and down somewhere because she is guaranteed

1:56:001:56:02

to the individual bronze. A fantastic finish, going right to the

1:56:031:56:11

wire. Ingrid is a popular figure in the sport, competing at the top

1:56:121:56:15

level for a long time. Her father won gold medals in showjumping and

1:56:161:56:20

eventing. It's just reward for somebody who has been right at the

1:56:211:56:24

top of the sport for many years. It's been such an amazing weekend

1:56:251:56:27

and we confirm the team result for Germany...

1:56:281:56:34

They will take the team silver. Great Britain take team gold, and

1:56:351:56:39

Sweden will take team bronze. This is a very interesting result,

1:56:401:57:14

because we see Great Britain at the top claiming the European

1:57:151:57:15

Championship gold medal. Three clear rounds from the great

1:57:161:57:33

British team riders to claim team gold. Watching on was team coach

1:57:341:57:39

Chris Bartle. You must be delighted. Absolutely. I can't put into words

1:57:401:57:44

how impressed I am by how the riders rode and stuck to the system. You

1:57:451:57:50

can hear in my voice in emotional, but that's no bad thing. I couldn't

1:57:511:57:55

be more proud. What we final words because they were overnight leaders

1:57:561:57:59

and they had it to throw away. I said to them to stick to the system.

1:58:001:58:03

The only thing matters was a clear round in the time. If they write to

1:58:041:58:06

the system they can only do their best. They all wrote exactly as they

1:58:071:58:13

trained. And what they are capable of. We welcome the gold medallists

1:58:141:58:18

at the European eventing Championships. Great Britain takes

1:58:191:58:23

the gold. Nicola Wilson, Tina Cook, Ros Canter and Oliver Townend. Great

1:58:241:58:29

Britain taking the gold medal as the audience rises for the national

1:58:301:58:30

anthem of Great Britain. APPLAUSE

1:58:311:59:28

Applause and cheers as Ingrid Klimke of Germany is crowned a European

1:59:291:59:32

individual gold medal today with a score of 30.3. Individual silver to

1:59:331:59:39

Michael Jung of Germany. The bronze to Great Britain and Nicola Wilson.

1:59:401:59:47

The whole week felt very positive to me. The whole feel of the team has

1:59:481:59:55

been fantastic. I tried to go out and do my job and hopefully did my

1:59:561:59:58

bit to give them the information and show them what they needed to see in

1:59:592:00:02

certain ways. But the whole week has been such a positive feel and a real

2:00:032:00:09

team effort. It's been a great atmosphere. And your horse is OK? A

2:00:102:00:15

minor injury but OK. Could probably have jumped actually, but I relied

2:00:162:00:19

on the girls to do that for me. They have done an unbelievable job and

2:00:202:00:24

have all and fantastically all week. You couldn't wish for a better bunch

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of people to be here. Highly due hold your nerve to clinch

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that gold medal? We desperately wanted it. We are back on top. You

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need to think about your training and not let the pressure get to you

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otherwise it might change your riding style and unnerve the horse.

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Keeping control of the excitement and we all managed to do that. I

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think it will take a while to come back down to read but I am feeling

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very lucky, being surrounded by visiting and the whole of the team,

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we have had such a fantastic week and it has really given me a lot of

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dreams about doing this again and again. It has been amazing, to be

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part of such a fantastic team and have the support we have had, we are

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so incredibly lucky, the horses have all been fantastic and the grooms

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and owners, it has been a tremendous week from start to finish. How will

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you celebrate? I'm not sure. We are surrounded by riders wearing their

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medals but what a performance from the British team, three clear rounds

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to clinch that gold. Brilliant. Clear rounds win medals and for

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those three counting scores to go when under pressure and not use a

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bailout, that was wonderful. What does this mean for British eventing,

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in the ground context of the sport, how important is this? In the

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post-war area, it has been our sport and in recent times, it is a

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biannual event, Britain won the gold medal on all eight occasions between

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1995 and 2009 and then the Germans came along and they won the next

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three. For us to have wrestled the gold medal back from them will mean

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a lot to restore British pride. Onto bigger and better things over the

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next few years in the build-up to the next Olympics. What a few days

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it has been here? Now, plenty of other sport for you to enjoy over

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the next few days here on the BBC. It is the turn of the dressage

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riders to have their European Championships later this week, Arab

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coverage starts on Thursday with the first round of the team showjumping

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live on the website. And then we will have highlights of the best of

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the dressage and jumping action from the championships in Gothenburg next

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Sunday afternoon for you here on BBC Two. Before that there are

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highlights of the two Premier League games on much of the day two at

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10:30pm tonight on BBC One and tomorrow, live coverage of the

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Babington World Championships from Glasgow which begins at 11 o'clock

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on the BBC Sport website and the connected button. That is just about

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it from Poland and what a few days it has been, gold for Great Britain

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after some fearless riding. Germany may still have its individual

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superstars, but Great Britain can say that they are now the best team

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in Europe. Thanks for watching.

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Action from the 2017 European Eventing Championship from Strzegom in Poland, which concludes today with show jumping. Great Britain have failed to finish on the podium only once in the past 11 editions of the biennial event, including winning silver at the last championships in Scotland in 2015. But Germany, who are bidding for a fourth consecutive title and whose squad includes three-time Olympic champion Michael Jung, are the team to beat.


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