2011 Showjumping: European Team Championships


2011

Coverage of the 2011 European Team Championships in Madrid. Great Britain's team includes Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker, who each boast three European gold medals.


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I don't want to make you jealous, but they are having a very hot

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September in Spain. Temperatures in Madrid are steaming at 40 degrees,

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but it is much cooler at one of the largest sporting clubs in Europe.

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It has 27,000 members. It is spread over 214 Heck tears, and those

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members can choose from golf on a course designed by Seve Ballesteros,

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football, swimming, tennis, and ordinarily, they would also be

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riding in the woods. But not this weekend, because this place has

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The European showjumping championships have come to town. 17

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nations of Europe's very best riders. We will show you the final

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round of the team jumping medals, and this is where they will ride

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into the heat of the action. It would be a cliche to say that the

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Great Britain team is made up of youth and experience, but in this

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case it is true. And when I say experience, for a couple of them, I

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mean decades. And they say that with age comes wisdom, but it also

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brings aching bones. I broke a leg, to collarbones, to cartilage

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replacements, a hit replacement, a broken neck, a bicep repair and a

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rotator disc. Apart from that, I'm good. So why unearth you keep doing

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this? Well, that's what I like to do. If you've got the horse, you

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are keen to do it. If they weren't up to the Olympic standard will

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good enough, you are just pushing up hill. Talk to me about him.

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really spooky with other horses, very nervous. Another comes towards

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him, he will dark, but the many egos in the rink he is completely

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concentrated -- the minute he goes in the ring. Riding on the British

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team for the first time is 40-year- old Guy Williams, a man in form,

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and exceptionally driven. I am very competitive and sometimes I have to

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put a brake on myself because you are playing for big money and big

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prizes and I have to tone it down. Before I was a bit gung-ho and I

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didn't have a real classic technique. I ride from the high a

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lot more. Maybe I have to tone it down a little bit and hopefully I

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will get better and better. youngest member of the team at 28

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is the highest ranked British rider in the world, Ben Maher. I think I

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still have a lot to learn. I'm learning new things every day, but

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it is quite an inexperienced horse I have this week. I had him from

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the very beginning, so he knows all about me and I know all about him,

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but at this level it takes a year or two to gel that combination

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together to maybe win an individual or team a medal. I think with

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myself and my horse, I am lacking that final piece of experience that

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hopefully I can gain this week ready for London. And it is always

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difficult for show jumpers, the difference between riding at the

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shows that only lots of money and riding for Great Britain which

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isn't going to earn you a lot of money. Where do your priorities

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lie? The priority is always with your country. I think we have a

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great support team around us and when we come to these championships

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we have physiotherapists for the riders and horses, and effects,

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secretaries, team chefs and we come as a big team. It has brought all

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the riders together as well and we are fighting a lot more to try and

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win a medal, and I think that changes everybody's attitude

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towards competition, where we are prepared to sacrifice some bigger

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competitions for prize money if we can come and win. And what do you

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say about John Whitaker? He is 56, has been riding at the top level

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for up over 30 years, an Olympic silver medal, a world championship

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silver medal and won both team and individual gold medals at the

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European Championships. He is partnered with Fourteen-year-old

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Peppermill. He is quite unique that we can be competitive at this age.

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I'm still hungry. If I keep enjoying it, I will carry on.

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do you think British showjumping is right now? A I think we are

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stronger in depth than we have been for a while. We lost two, Michael

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and Robert Smith before the championships, and we have replaced

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them with really good able riders. That wouldn't have happened a few

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years ago. What has made the difference? Horsepower is the

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difference, but it is getting good horses in the first place. The

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foreign riders have a lot of backing behind them to keep their

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horses and buy them in the first place. I think it boils down to

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that a little bit, getting the good horses in the country and keeping

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them. We will see the jumpers in action shortly, but the most

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improved performances from British riders have come in the sport of

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dressage. A first-ever gold medal at the team, and we have been to

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How much does all the success mean to you and the team? It was over 20

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years of waiting, and finally came through. For the team, it was

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fantastic. I think we have the whole nation, the dressage

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enthusiasts, on the edge of their seed. It was fantastic to be part

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of it when it happened because I have been part of April Long Time

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and I have been last on several occasions, so to actually finally

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seeing what it turned into was amazing. I am so lucky with Utopia,

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who is a fantastic horse. He scored over 48 scores of 10 in the

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European Championships. I have struggled to get just one of them

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in 20 years, so I did my last extended trot, and unbeknown to me

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seven and came up across the board. As I turned up the final centre

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line I had a lot of noise, gasps and laughter and I thought maybe my

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tail coat had popped open or there was a dog behind me in the arena. I

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started looking around and then I thought, I've just got some tens!

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That is what they are laughing at. That is when I first realised I had

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managed to get back great score. Does that mean the level of

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expectation for you and the team has gone up? Definitely. Suddenly

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we have some combinations that in the last two years, Laura has been

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the individual medallist, and suddenly to have three people and

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possibly more that I individual medal hopefuls as well, it is

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unheard of. It is an absolutely brilliant time for British dressage.

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You're not worried in these days with dressage horses exchanging

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hands for significant sums of money that somebody might not make an

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offer? That is always a worry. much you think Utopia is worth?

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not telling you that, somebody might operate. I.M. Read he is

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treated like a family pet. -- I have read. I always brought him up

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to be like the others. He travels next door to other horses and has

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to learn to do that. They remind he's so young. I didn't realise his

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talent was as amazing as it was. Even my granny could jump up on him

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and be safe. What would it mean to you to win a gold medal at London?

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I come from a family that is not that Horsey. There are so many

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people who have been part of the success. I would like it for

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everybody in the yard and the owners. And I would like it for

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British dressage because it is a nation of horse lovers and it is

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something I think everybody would Described Charlotte? She is now see,

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she can only talk to me in the afternoon, she is great with the

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horses and she will win a gold medal, no doubt. I wish her all the

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best, because she deserves it and the horse is, I think, one of the

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best in the world. This was my first year of the Grand Prix, and

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my horses as well, so if to get all the way from the beginning, I did

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my first one in January and then got myself to the Europeans and

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then to get a gold medal with the team was pretty amazing. I saw you

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with him earlier today. Giving him a bit of a shave. He had his little

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shave because he had a holiday. She has to be a proper wife to him.

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Getting a gold medal, the championships have been going on

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for 25 years and it's our first ever gold, so for the team, what an

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experience. I said to Charlotte, well, I have waited 20 years and

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you have just walked out in six months and got one. Charlotte, this

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is very strange, because four years ago you only came to help out for a

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few days here. Yes, I started having lessons with Carl and I had

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four and he asked if I could do a ten-day cover. I thought, wow, 10

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days with Karl, an amazing opportunity. I did my 10 days and

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never went home. Couldn't get rid of her. She has taken all my horses,

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or my rides. I've lost the lot. In Rotterdam I cried like a baby when

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she did her test. It was such a relief and I was very proud.

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asked why he was crying, and the Senate was amazing. Then I started

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crying. It was very emotional. your mind flickered forward to next

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year? Absolutely. We are aiming to get that gold now. That is the sort

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of chap we like. I was really determined for the gold at the

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Europeans, and I know our team is strong enough to get the gold at

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the Olympics. Fingers crossed everything stays good and the

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horses are well and we are all well. We should get that goal. You have

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to describe him in 10 seconds. is brilliant, everybody wants to

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watch Carl. He makes dressage dressage. For me, he is the best.

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How many seconds was that? You see, it works better when you like each

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other. Unprecedented success for British dressage riders. So here we

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go with the action, despite it being early evening, still roasting

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hot. The teams will be jumping in reverse order. They have already

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had two rounds. At the moment, Great Britain just out of the

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medals, but the team is led by a man who so far this week has been

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Skelton, on a Carlo, and three times he has won a team medal. 85,

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87, 89. He said himself that he it is over 20 years later with this

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lovely horse, Carlo, two clear rounds so far. Can he make it a

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third and really make it count to yesterday. Nick was riding for his

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life yesterday. Absolutely on top form. And he seems to be so focused

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very hot conditions here. This horse, with a lot of blood and

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energy. Let's hope he can come out the combination. Moving round the

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corner, and he should be OK for bit close. That is where the horses

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such a trial. Coming to the triple away with it. A big jump out, just

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the last fence. Ah yes! Nick has thrown up the gauntlet down, for

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not only 18 a medal, but maybe an individual medal as well. He stays

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on the individual score of 1.04. A brilliant clear round on the first

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day. He is lying third individually, so he will stay at least there, but

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could he climb higher? Britain has got the start they want on this

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team final day. These two, Nick and Carlo, they are made for each other.

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They are both drivers. Nikki so on top of his game at the moment. He

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has been through all the problems with his No Can -- broken neck and

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hip replacement. And there he is, riding better than ever. He is a

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Real bionic man these days. Brilliant. When you think about it,

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there are two of the team that won those three European titles on the

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trot, John Whitaker, Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker was on the

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team, and they are still writing contention and riding as well as

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The work Nick puts in behind the scenes. He produced that horse for

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today perfectly. Well, Nick Skelton is 53. This man

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is 63. You talk about Nick Skelton being bionic, this man is super

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bionic. He is right at the top of his game still. He is hard to beat.

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He is ranked 33 in the world. Nick Skelton 35 in the world and this

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man's career also goes back into the 80s and further back because he

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won the World Title back in Dublin in 1982. He won numerous European

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championship medals, two bronze Olympic medals in Seoul in 1988 and

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Barcelona in 1992. He has been part of French success throughout that

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period of time. An amazing man. This is a descent horse, too, Andy.

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Just had one fence down and a time fault yesterday. He looked capable

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of jumping a clear round. And what a stylish rider he is. His

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horse is always flowing forward. There is not much of him, he is a

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fitness freak. He does yoga behind the scenes and he keeps himself

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very slim and his horses go forward beautifully balanced.

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Well, let's just remind you that the team situation is that France

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are ahead of Britain by less than a fence. So this is a key round if

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Britain is going to be in there A lovely round. A lovey, lovely

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round. France who have not won a European title for more than 20

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years, quite amazing. They've certainly got a team here hol be

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reckon - who will be reckoned with, but whether they will climb to a

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European title this afternoon. was at his best. He had a silly

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fence yesterday, but never looked like having one today. Clean as a

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hissle. He got -- whistle today. What an incredible sport. There he

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Nick, let's get your reaction? was fabulous. I was slow to the

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triple bar and when I led him, I had to lead him a bit. Once I

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jumped the double, I had an extra one. I knew he would come up and

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jump that one well as long as I held him well.

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He is class? He jumped flawless. He didn't put a foot wrong. He has to

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keep doing it in two more rounds. In In terms of the team, you put

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them in a very, very strong position? The first French jumped

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clear and you know, we're just behind them. We are fighting for a

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bronze. We could have done with them having a fence down, but there

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second place. The last time they won the title was in 2005. 2005 in

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Italy. And this now is the first jump.

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He is riding the lovely grey. He is very, very capable. He had two down

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yesterday. Germany who were leading, but yesterday let the Dutch

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overtake them. They are less than a fence behind

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the the Dutch. You see how effortless he is here. He started

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like that and booted a couple of fences out.

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This stallion, such a gorgeous type, he really does have masses amount

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of scope and talent. If he is on form, he can make mince meat of

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this course. He started well there. Now, this

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next line, a triple bar, got to stretch here.

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We haven't had the Germans in top form on the Nations Cup series, but

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they have been saving themselves for this. They would love to win

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this title back and they're right in there and suddenly we're turning

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the temperature up with these clear rounds, Andy? We're seeing more

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clear rounds and the water is obviously one factor. The riders

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know the course. They know what to expect. They know how the distances

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are going to ride. A gorgeous horse. He looked like he

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should have jumped clear, but made a number of bad mistakes. He never

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looked like doing that today. A big overnight Last Night. Again another

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man with huge experience a couple of years he had a star of a horse

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called Tom Boy who was sold to the United States of America and one

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thought his chances of an Olympic Games or a European Championships

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might have gone, but this mare was waiting in the wings and she has

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been consistent. The team manager, a very shrewd managerment they won

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three -- manager. They won three of the nation Cups. He looked the hot

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team of Europe. But over the last few competitions, they have eased

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front of the Germans. There is another gone.

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Yes, the back end not quite free behind.

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At this level they have to let the back end go.

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He worked hard to get out over that German's stranglehold by winning

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the World Title and beating the Germans on their home ground and

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then they won the Europeans and they have been battling this out

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ever since, haven't they? Just watching Eric, he had a couple of

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fences down with the back legs. Whether this horse is just slightly

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sore after yesterday. He will be disappointed with that.

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Now for Ireland. Another from the United States of America actually

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Nicola Fitzgibbon. Nicola who has been with the Irish team for the

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first summer this time. A big powerful jumping horse. She has a

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wonderful record in North America, but this is putting her under

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pressure. She yesterday was the discard score for the Irish.

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had 21 faults yesterday. the vertical after the water and

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didn't manage it and she is struggling a bit here.

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Really fighting down the line to the double. One the balance has

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gone, the horse gets it wrong. No chance at all.

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One has to say it is not looking a good afternoon for Ireland at the

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vertical. From then on after jumping the water, he got strong.

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Nowhere near jumping either part of that double and leaning all over

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towards the entrance, the last fence. Took that one out. There is

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the double again. Hit both parts really hard.

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Well that really is disappointing Now we have Great Britain's second

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rider, Guy Williams. It has been a difficult week for him. He is

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looking to improve on that in his fourth, less than a fence behind

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the third placed team, France. A clear for Nick Skelton.

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A clear for France. Now it is round two of that battle and it is

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Britain, Guy Williams. The first championship. Nick Skelton felt the

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course was jumping a shade easier and he would have conveyed that to

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Guy Williams. A huge experience for this man. A big winner, of course,

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not only at home but on the European circuit, but it is a

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different ball game here. Really one felt that yesterday he was

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finding it a difficult change to come to this level. He was the

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discard score yesterday with three three fences down on Titus.

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Well, in a sense, he is under less pressure today because yesterday's

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round didn't really work out for him. In a way he has got nothing to

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lose. If he can contribute with a clear round or four faults today,

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that's going to be fantastic, but as you say, it didn't work out. He

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had the first fence down. Thankfully, he hasn't had that

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of horses than he ever had in his life. He has always been a very

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hard-working man from Kent, of course. A huge opportunity if he

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can grab it. He takes the forward strides. That's the option he took

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yesterday. He has to be careful he doesn't get

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strong into the double. Just getting him back. Oh

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brilliantly ridden there. Just the last, he is a bit close...

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brilliant ride. He might have got a time fault there, but don't worry

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about that, that clear round is the important thing and that's a huge

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boost for the British team and must take the pressure offer the last

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two riders away a little bit. Absolutely. What Guy has done there,

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because he had a bad round yesterday, if he was able to do

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something in a sense that was a bonus and he has come come out and

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ridden brilliantly and that could be valuable. Well done, Guy.

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That's a huge plus for Britain. Make no mistake about that.

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here is the very stylish horse for France. France have been

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inconsistent, amazingly. They won the silver medal behind the

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gemplans in the -- German in the worlds last year. On the first day

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the French went well, but yesterday they dropped back, off the pace,

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came a little closer to Great Britain. Britain putting the

:30:29.:30:35.

pressure on now. Can France resist that pressure?

:30:35.:30:45.
:30:45.:30:46.

The French got off to a good start. absolutely is, what a talented

:30:46.:30:52.

horse. So capable of jumping clear. He actually kicked the ball out and

:30:52.:31:00.

made a sloppy mistake, but nowhere near it -- kicked ball -- kicked

:31:00.:31:10.
:31:10.:31:11.

of situation, she is called, stylish and very effective on this

:31:11.:31:21.
:31:21.:31:24.

goes, he makes a mark on the sport. Will he do it for the French this

:31:24.:31:34.
:31:34.:31:43.

afternoon? That was close. Just all -- can she get it under her? She

:31:43.:31:52.

has done that. Just want to go. -- just one fence to go. France at the

:31:52.:31:57.

moment answering every call from Britain. At the moment it is parity,

:31:57.:32:02.

meaning France stay ahead. In fact they gained just one at a time

:32:02.:32:12.
:32:12.:32:12.

fault. The one thing you can say is that yesterday it was Guy Williams

:32:12.:32:17.

and he has put us in with a good score that arguably strengthens the

:32:17.:32:26.

case. The discard score for France was Kevin Staut, and he will come

:32:26.:32:30.

as rider number three. Penelope there, or you can say, that was

:32:30.:32:37.

class. She never looked like having a fault. Stylish, scope p, very

:32:37.:32:42.

elegant. OK, from a British point of view, not what we wanted, but as

:32:42.:32:52.
:32:52.:32:55.

a spectacle, that was something to time I did a bit for the team.

:32:55.:33:00.

you feel about -- a bit of pressure? Not really. Why did the

:33:00.:33:03.

worst of it on the first two days so I thought I would concentrate

:33:03.:33:08.

and do something for the team, and luckily he has jumped clear. I had

:33:08.:33:12.

a time fault, but he jumped the fences. In terms of the weight the

:33:12.:33:16.

week has gone, will you come out of this stronger? I don't think it

:33:17.:33:21.

will affect me, it just annoys me I didn't get it to work earlier. A

:33:21.:33:27.

horse took a couple of days to settle, but he is another source,

:33:27.:33:37.

but we have jumped clear -- a Carsten-Otto Nagel, one of the

:33:37.:33:43.

senior riders from Germany. But this is a dream horse. He was in

:33:43.:33:52.

the winning a gold medal team in 1999. He really has not had a world

:33:52.:33:58.

class horse since then, but this horse definitely is. Part of the

:33:58.:34:02.

gold medal team in Kentucky and he has looked well here. Marco

:34:02.:34:09.

Kutscher got Germany after way clean start. -- off to a clean

:34:09.:34:19.
:34:19.:34:23.

always seems to be within herself. And when she needs to do a little

:34:23.:34:30.

bit more, there seems to be a lot of power in the tank to jump the

:34:30.:34:40.
:34:40.:34:43.

big fences. But she has got an for the German team, but this is

:34:43.:34:47.

the man heading the individual leader board at the moment. Nick

:34:47.:34:57.
:34:57.:34:59.

Skelton currently adding the to work hard to get the five

:34:59.:35:05.

strides and wait too near to the vertical. She got away with that.

:35:05.:35:09.

But they you see the scope, she made the second part of the double

:35:09.:35:17.

so effortless. She is so careful. It is a clear round for the second

:35:17.:35:22.

time for the Germans. There is Marco Kutscher coming down and

:35:22.:35:26.

Carsten-Otto Nagel says, yes, what a wonderful horse. She is the star

:35:27.:35:36.

here. He stays on at 0.69 ahead of Nick Skelton on up 1.04. At the

:35:36.:35:39.

moment it will be Carsten-Otto Nagel going into Sunday with the

:35:39.:35:44.

best score at the start of the individual competition. It is

:35:44.:35:49.

poetry in motion. Effortless, balance, comfortable. A little

:35:49.:35:54.

snaffle in the mouth, but she does not fight for her head. What more

:35:54.:35:58.

can you want from a show jumping horse? 13 years of age and as good

:35:58.:36:08.
:36:08.:36:14.

and Britain for the bronze, and it looks like Germany and the

:36:14.:36:22.

Netherlands. Yes, we think you're pretty good as well. And it is the

:36:22.:36:32.
:36:32.:36:36.

young 23-year-old, Maikel Van Der Vleuten. He has been part of two of

:36:36.:36:41.

the three Dutch victories on the senior Nations Cup this year. Very

:36:41.:36:48.

talented. He was the discard score yesterday with nine. He will want

:36:48.:36:54.

to do better than that. What we must do is the mathematics, with

:36:54.:36:58.

the Netherlands going back, because if they do, Britain perhaps might

:36:58.:37:08.
:37:08.:37:12.

go up. That is a sum we must keep ability in the world. The French

:37:12.:37:18.

Dalian, used a lot in Holland -- stallion, so it is almost like a

:37:18.:37:23.

cross between a French and Dutch course. It shows how the studs have

:37:23.:37:29.

taken the best. That is not a fence he would have expected. A lazy jump

:37:29.:37:33.

into the combination, falling all over the back rail. This makes it

:37:33.:37:43.
:37:43.:37:46.

That is for certain. It puts them back on 11.42 and Germany into the

:37:46.:37:55.

box seat. It now means that the Dutch are just under two fences

:37:55.:38:05.
:38:05.:38:14.

are going to have to count eight, and they are on 15.42 and within a

:38:14.:38:17.

French -- a fence of Britain. Two riders to come from each team, game

:38:17.:38:23.

on. How all this European Championship is swaying backwards

:38:23.:38:30.

and forwards. It certainly is. That was quite dramatic. We really did

:38:30.:38:37.

not expect three France's -- fences down from Michel Van Der Vleuten.

:38:37.:38:42.

He seems to be worrying about something. Sometimes the horses

:38:42.:38:46.

come out on the second day after jumping well on the day before,

:38:46.:38:50.

maybe a bit of stiffness. Did not quite used the back end and did not

:38:50.:38:55.

stretch for the combination. By the time they got to the last double,

:38:55.:39:03.

not really leaving the for at all. -- before. After two riders from

:39:03.:39:13.
:39:13.:39:17.

spectator. It is amazing on the British team, John Whitaker, Nick

:39:17.:39:24.

Skelton still going. Did you retire too soon? I know, I call them the

:39:24.:39:30.

golden oldies. They have been riding together for a long time. We

:39:30.:39:34.

learn the trade, all brought up together, and they still have it in

:39:34.:39:37.

stock. Unfortunately there is not a lot coming along to knock them off

:39:38.:39:44.

their perches. Let them keep going. Did you come along just for fun?

:39:44.:39:51.

Yes. I follow Show jumping quite a bit and we were all on holiday in

:39:51.:39:54.

Spain, so we jumped on the train just to watch a couple of days and

:39:54.:39:57.

then we shall go back on holiday. Your son Robert could have been on

:39:57.:40:02.

the team. He could have been, but the horse went lame and so did

:40:02.:40:06.

Michael Whitaker's. Let's hope they are 100 % for next year, because if

:40:06.:40:10.

those two are ready for the Olympics, and you see what we have

:40:10.:40:15.

got here, then they have a really good strong squad of six to pick

:40:16.:40:20.

from. Then it will be upwards and onwards. I think the gold medal is

:40:20.:40:23.

in the back if they look after their horses a bit better. In the

:40:23.:40:33.
:40:33.:40:37.

back? I wish that were true. Thanks but if ever Ireland wanted a clear

:40:37.:40:41.

round the two-star -- stop the slide they wanted from this man.

:40:41.:40:48.

Shane Sweetnam on eight and Nicola Fitzgibbon on 20. Those were the

:40:48.:40:53.

two scores recorded on the final team day. We had two down and a

:40:53.:41:00.

time fault and he has set off a lot quicker today. Lantinus is a horse

:41:00.:41:03.

with all the ability but frustrating. Just occasionally

:41:03.:41:12.

untidy. With these modern jumps, just a slight dangling leg, the one

:41:12.:41:22.
:41:22.:41:32.

coming down, just not quite tight the strides to the vertical after

:41:32.:41:37.

the water. And now it gets difficult for Denis Lynch. He has

:41:37.:41:47.
:41:47.:41:53.

to try and get it back here. Steady. well. It is not a clear round, but

:41:53.:42:01.

just buy one at fault. -- et is just the one fault. Ireland won

:42:01.:42:11.
:42:11.:42:19.

the body high enough for the oxer he had down. And then Dennis wrote

:42:19.:42:24.

his life down the last line. A huge improvement for him. Just one

:42:24.:42:31.

unlucky fence. Now, will this man deliver Britain's challenge

:42:31.:42:41.
:42:41.:42:41.

further? It is, of course, Ben Maher, with his home-bred Triple X

:42:41.:42:46.

three -- Triple X 111. The only problem he has at was the foot-

:42:46.:42:51.

fault on the water yesterday. Nick Skelton was very vocal about how

:42:51.:42:55.

unfair the water was and was one of the masterminds of perhaps

:42:55.:43:00.

developing the change to the water jump today. Over half the field had

:43:00.:43:08.

a foot on that. Can Ben Maher really sealed a medal prospect for

:43:08.:43:18.
:43:18.:43:39.

championship team. He is running close to the oxer. That was

:43:39.:43:49.
:43:49.:43:55.

surprising. Jumping so clean jumped ran for just the one time

:43:55.:44:01.

fault will be so influential in the final tally. He is over the water

:44:01.:44:09.

today. Beautifully written. Balance for the five strides. It is really

:44:09.:44:19.
:44:19.:44:30.

important he stays on just four four, because there Horse has

:44:30.:44:38.

jumped so clean and so far. -- the horse. Britain will now have to

:44:38.:44:43.

carry at least one up time fault, but it will depend on John Whitaker,

:44:43.:44:51.

the last man. Let's have another look. Just clipping the front rail.

:44:51.:44:55.

Triple X jumped extravagantly yesterday. Not quite jumping as

:44:55.:45:00.

well today. A little bit tired, probably, in the heat. He is a

:45:00.:45:04.

young horse, a big horse. Whether the effort he made yesterday has

:45:04.:45:08.

had an impact on him. Just not quite as extravagant as yesterday,

:45:09.:45:12.

but a good solid ground, four faults and could still be very

:45:12.:45:19.

useful to help the team. The French at the moment have macro two clear

:45:19.:45:25.

rounds from Michel Robert and Penelope Leprevost. Clinging on to

:45:25.:45:29.

the bronze medal. But the Dutch are very close to them indeed. They

:45:29.:45:39.
:45:39.:45:45.

inconsistent this year. A little bit like the French team, you never

:45:45.:45:50.

know what to expect. Yesterday, jumping a good round. He had the

:45:50.:46:00.
:46:00.:46:07.

of the horses have gone into it. You would expect him to jump it

:46:07.:46:17.
:46:17.:46:18.

today. Yeah, no problems at all.

:46:18.:46:22.

I just noticed the shadows getting a bit longer.

:46:22.:46:31.

Yes, just the light changing in the arena with the sun going down. Very

:46:31.:46:41.

clean over the double, no problems with the time.. That shows why he

:46:41.:46:45.

has been the world number one for the last year. France with three

:46:45.:46:52.

clear rounds. They will stay for certain on 15.95. They now will

:46:52.:46:58.

definitely win a medal. The question is whether it will be

:46:58.:47:02.

silver or bronze? A very good performance.

:47:02.:47:08.

You have got to hand it to Kevin, he hasn't had a good a year by his

:47:08.:47:13.

standards as he would have liked. Under Under pressure will, he had

:47:13.:47:17.

two fences down yesterday. He jumped a clear round. He kept his

:47:17.:47:24.

nerve. He got the water. He has done everything right so the French,

:47:24.:47:30.

they have come out today. They've jumped their three clear rounds.

:47:30.:47:40.
:47:40.:47:42.

Definitely, as you say, they're going to get a medal.

:47:42.:47:48.

This horse done look small, but it is small. The Germans have jumped

:47:48.:47:58.
:47:58.:48:16.

yesterday. He has been in outstanding form all year and just

:48:16.:48:22.

had the one time fault in yesterday's round.

:48:22.:48:25.

He is one of those little horses, you look at him going around and

:48:26.:48:32.

you don't realise he is small, he just has so much power and so much

:48:32.:48:42.
:48:42.:48:59.

stride. He made that combination doesn't need the extra stride, he

:48:59.:49:05.

gets to the floor easily. They make a cool partnership. This

:49:05.:49:12.

is the for the European title, to win it back.

:49:12.:49:22.
:49:22.:49:23.

Oh, she's had one. It is one fence down for Germany.

:49:23.:49:28.

But it is still good enough to keep the Germans at the top of the

:49:28.:49:34.

European championship team leaderboard. They are the champions.

:49:35.:49:39.

Let's look at that. Jumped the first part so well. Got balance and

:49:39.:49:43.

one fence you wouldn't expected to have the front rail coming out of

:49:43.:49:53.
:49:53.:50:10.

the ship and get a silver or a bronze for the Dutch? He really is

:50:10.:50:19.

fighting that as they dropped off. This could be the deciding round of

:50:19.:50:29.
:50:29.:50:41.

going to win a medal, unless German, in fact Germany can't come unstuck

:50:41.:50:46.

either. This is the key round whether Britain wins a medal.

:50:46.:50:51.

Way he started off, it is looking like a stroll in the park.

:50:51.:50:57.

A little bit of extra leg to jump the water. Still very much in the

:50:57.:51:07.
:51:07.:51:07.

comfort zone. A brilliant round in Rio. This

:51:07.:51:14.

looks like London form, doesn't it? Well, here he is coming to the last,

:51:14.:51:24.

still clear and he has jumped that inside the time. So the Dutch stop

:51:24.:51:32.

the rot. It is not over yet for the dusmt they say -- Dutch, they stay

:51:32.:51:36.

on 15.42, but the last man has to jump clear to achieve that so it is

:51:36.:51:46.
:51:46.:51:51.

not all over. That last round will be crucial for

:51:51.:52:00.

the Dutch. He has jumped as effortless round as we have seen.

:52:00.:52:05.

Just look at coming over the double there, classic shape, such a

:52:05.:52:15.

stylish rider. Very stylish and very popular Billy

:52:15.:52:25.
:52:25.:52:29.

Twomey with Sue and Eddie Davis's Tinker's Serenade.

:52:29.:52:38.

He needs to jump clear to stay ahead of Nick Skelton, but the

:52:38.:52:44.

German mare all ready, will be the leader when the individuals starts

:52:44.:52:51.

on Sunday. Now Ireland at the moment, they have eight, they want

:52:51.:53:01.
:53:01.:53:18.

to disguard the 20 from Nicola This is an interesting horse to

:53:18.:53:23.

watch. Not the most tidy with the front legs, but she has got that

:53:23.:53:33.
:53:33.:53:34.

one vital ingredient. She has got ambition to clear the fences.

:53:34.:53:39.

Her and Billy really developing into a world-class combination and

:53:39.:53:44.

they are right up there in the hunt. Still clear with just this last

:53:44.:53:53.

line to jump. Oh, triple bar. Just falling apart at the end, running

:53:53.:53:57.

out of petrol. That's a big disappointment for Billy and it was

:53:57.:54:06.

looking so good for him. 12 more to add. That's 4 to add to

:54:06.:54:16.
:54:16.:54:17.

-- 24 to add to their score. So that means they go on 54.12. It

:54:17.:54:22.

is no qualification for London here. I looked at Billy's face, he was

:54:22.:54:26.

clear until that last line and then the pin dropped out big style. She

:54:26.:54:32.

started to run out of petrol. Billy, very, very disappointed.

:54:32.:54:42.
:54:42.:54:43.

Rob, how do things stand at the moment? The first two medals have

:54:43.:54:48.

gone. We are looking for for bronze. We need the Dutch to knock a fence

:54:48.:54:52.

now. How frustrating is it for you

:54:52.:54:56.

watching? The horses are jumping great. The other teams are jumping

:54:56.:55:00.

well. The Dutch look vulnerable, but they have got a good last rider.

:55:00.:55:05.

We have a top rider who needs to jump as well, so it is very

:55:05.:55:15.
:55:15.:55:35.

likes of John Whitaker and Nick Skelton, John 56 now and still as

:55:35.:55:41.

enthusiastic as ever, riding at the top of his form. Just had a little

:55:42.:55:51.
:55:52.:55:51.

touch there. And this horse is so exuBrant when

:55:52.:55:55.

you watch him land, he lands steeply and John has to work hard

:55:55.:56:01.

to keep his balance. Oh and the planks have gone.

:56:01.:56:05.

That makes it harder to win a medal. They have got three fence, not four

:56:05.:56:15.
:56:15.:56:29.

the doubles. It is academic, we have got four faults and he has now

:56:29.:56:32.

had another one. It is not going to be a medal, I wouldn't think now.

:56:32.:56:42.
:56:42.:56:45.

He is all right on time. It is eight to add for Britain's John

:56:45.:56:55.
:56:55.:56:55.

Whitaker. 22.46 with those five to add. So it means that the last

:56:55.:57:02.

Dutch rider has got more in hand now. There is just a little flick

:57:02.:57:06.

with his front legs on those delicate planks and the second part

:57:06.:57:10.

of the double, seen that come down more in the second round than we

:57:10.:57:20.
:57:20.:57:32.

another round for the individual, the team competition is done for

:57:32.:57:36.

France. They have got three clear rounds. They finish on that team

:57:36.:57:44.

score of 15.95. They finished in style. Can they finish off in super

:57:44.:57:54.
:57:54.:57:59.

style by having four riders. Olivier Guillon was the leader on

:57:59.:58:05.

the first day. Still very much in contention for the individual. He

:58:05.:58:15.
:58:15.:58:15.

has been in great form. A lot of people felt that Olivier Guillon

:58:15.:58:20.

could be a contender for the title. France will win a medal, will it be

:58:20.:58:28.

bronze or silver is still in the mix?

:58:28.:58:34.

As you say, he is riding now very much for himself. He cannot improve

:58:34.:58:39.

their score.. But with just the four penalties overall he is right

:58:39.:58:49.
:58:49.:59:00.

all. A brick out of the wall. So individually dropping right down..

:59:00.:59:04.

Well be very close for that individual. A mouth-watering

:59:04.:59:10.

competition to look forward to. It is so very tight up the top

:59:10.:59:14.

there, but I think the medal winners are going to have to jump

:59:14.:59:21.

clear from now on in for the individuals. We saw him jump the

:59:21.:59:31.
:59:31.:59:44.

water yesterday and he just plays last line. Here he is insideted

:59:44.:59:47.

time -- inside the time. That's the only mistake the French

:59:47.:59:56.

team have had on the final day. It's nothing to add, 15.95, France

:59:56.:00:01.

will win a bronze. They could win a silver and it will depend on the

:00:01.:00:06.

last rider of the competition from the Netherlands.

:00:07.:00:11.

It has been a funny jump that wall. Most of the time the horses are way

:00:11.:00:15.

over it. Every now and again the horses seem to misjudge it. It has

:00:15.:00:19.

the little gaps in it and they just flick out one of the bricks.

:00:19.:00:29.
:00:29.:00:31.

It is a very interesting design. You have to say that we are set up

:00:31.:00:35.

for a grandstand finish in the individual. Two of the best in the

:00:35.:00:45.
:00:45.:00:49.

world to finish Ludger Beerbaum. He twice won the individual title.

:00:49.:00:59.
:00:59.:01:01.

With two lovely mares and here he is on a super mare.

:01:02.:01:09.

This is another big winner. He had one down yesterday and a time fault.

:01:09.:01:17.

Germany have already got the European title in the the bag. This

:01:17.:01:27.
:01:27.:01:33.

yesterday, and I would be surprised if he did that again. Ludger

:01:33.:01:37.

Beerbaum is known for training his horses to jump the water really

:01:37.:01:41.

well. We will have a look at him has he comes up to the water now. -

:01:41.:01:47.

- as he comes up to the water. What can you say about Ludger Beerbaum?

:01:47.:01:52.

48, lean and fit. You can see him being in the sport for a long time.

:01:52.:02:02.
:02:02.:02:08.

I don't think he will go into the for one of the true greats. He

:02:08.:02:18.
:02:18.:02:19.

already has more than anyone else. And over the last! Nothing to add

:02:19.:02:24.

for the greater look good beer down. Germany confirmed, they win the

:02:24.:02:30.

title -- Ludger Beerbaum. It has been a fine victory. The Dutch got

:02:30.:02:34.

after them, but the Germans kept their cool and repeat their victory

:02:34.:02:39.

of last year in Kentucky. They are back of champions of the world and

:02:39.:02:44.

Europe. It makes for fascinating situation for the Olympics next

:02:44.:02:49.

year, and one thing is for certain, they will be one of the favourites

:02:49.:02:59.
:02:59.:03:14.

win a silver for the Dutch. Or a The French on 15.93. The Dutch have

:03:14.:03:24.
:03:24.:03:26.

had eight from Van Der Vleuten, clear from Gerco Schroder. Now, if

:03:27.:03:34.

they had eight, they would have to carry a score of 16 and then

:03:34.:03:40.

Britain would be the bronze medallist. But it is a big ask.

:03:40.:03:48.

This man has won Olympic gold. That was in Sydney in 2000. He is part

:03:48.:03:52.

of the gold medal team for the Dutch in 2006. Very, very

:03:52.:03:58.

professional and that the top of his professional -- profession.

:03:58.:04:02.

is unlikely. He jumped a superb clear round and is not getting near

:04:02.:04:12.
:04:12.:04:13.

anything today. Halfway around the course. He's in the water. It means

:04:13.:04:23.
:04:23.:04:35.

another, Britain will win the unexpected! Can you believe it? He

:04:36.:04:43.

is inside the time. Another eight to add 4 Jeroen Dubbeldam. The

:04:43.:04:49.

Dutch are 16, and Britain get bronze at the very last gasp. We

:04:49.:04:54.

hoped and we thought it had gone, but they you are. Right on the wire.

:04:54.:05:00.

That was extraordinary. When you see the way his horse started, and

:05:00.:05:03.

he suddenly looked in trouble at the water. He was kicking on the

:05:03.:05:12.

last stride and landed well short. Well, well, well. Just the back

:05:12.:05:20.

legs on the dreaded double. Just The poor were Dutch dropped from

:05:20.:05:25.

first to 4th. Bronze for Great Britain, and all three nations

:05:25.:05:30.

already qualified for the Olympics. So, the magic three extra spots go

:05:30.:05:33.

to the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. But unfortunately

:05:33.:05:38.

there will be no Irish team that London 2012. They dropped down to

:05:38.:05:44.

9th place and failed to qualify. It just didn't go right for you today,

:05:44.:05:51.

did it? It didn't and I'm extremely disappointed we didn't qualify. It

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would have been the closest we would have ever had for our

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neighbours, Great Britain. As a country, we wanted to be there.

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Sadly we won't be. Individuals can still get there, can't they? Yeah

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so, they can. There is the Olympic ranking list which runs from the

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1st January to next March. That is four riders from countries which

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have not qualified, so a lot of the major countries have qualified,

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which gives us a chance of getting maybe one and I would be very

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hopeful we will get one or maybe two through. No Irish team, a great

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How important a successes this or Germany? Really important. It is a

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big competition. After the World Championship we thought we had to

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win, but it is not so easy to get a good team together. So we are

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really happy with this result from yesterday. It works really well for

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us. For you, you could end up with two gold medals. Yes, it looks good,

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but there are to be grounds on Sunday and I think it is close. The

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first seven or eight riders. My horse is unbelievable and hopefully

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he will make some good jumps on It got to the stage when none of

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this lot expected to get a medal, but it has happened, and a bronze

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medal at that. I can't believe it, really. I thought we would

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definitely done for. I was convinced he would jump a clear

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round. Jerome's Tours is a top horse, but things happen and we had

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luck on our side -- Jerome's horse. The eight faults did not matter in

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the end. I was disappointed at the time. He was jumping really well

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and I don't think I have seen the planks for all day. Then I thought

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we had blown it. It is fantastic to get a bronze. Very good.

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Williams, your first experience on the team and you are going home

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with a bronze medal. It is really good, and I am happy. That is all

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we have to say. Ben Maher, we didn't talk to you after the fence

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when down. It was disappointing, because I thought that was the

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medal chance gone. But luckily we had a second chance and I'm happy

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with the horse this week. Rob, how do you reflect on this and what do

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you learn looking ahead to the Olympics? We had a fantastic week

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in preparation and felt we would win a medal. It just kept getting

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away from us and in the end we had a bit of luck, but bad luck for the

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Dutch. I think we deserved it. The horse has jumped great. We have not

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had many jumps down, but a couple of feet in the water that put us

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down. But it looks good for next year and we are looking forward to

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it. We wish you well for next year, but well done out here. Enjoy the

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occasion that calls for celebration, and who knows? Nick Skelton has

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been very much the leading force in this team performance here. He will

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step up for that bronze medal. double clearance was quite

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incredible. He is obviously in the hunt for the individual, and that

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is something exciting. Three clear rounds, in fact. That is what wins

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medals. Ben Maher's horse, he has proved himself a championship

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course. And that very gritty performance from Guy Williams.

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Putting the bronze medal in the context, we had huge disappointment

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just two or three weeks before we came here in losing two of the

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horses we wanted on the team with Robert Smith and Michael Whitaker.

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That makes this medal even more special. Present in the medals is

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John McEwen, the head of the Veterinary Department for the

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international federation, and also the vice-president to the President

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of the International Federation. And John McEwen has been in with

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the dressage and jumpers. He will be highly delighted with Britain's

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performance. So, one has to say it, incidentally, Nick's second horse

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has been jumping here in lesser competitions and have been placed,

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and that is a very good back-up course for Nick. Here are the

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French stars. We think John Whitaker is such a good start at 56,

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but what about Michel Robert, getting his medal pinned on. And on

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the left, and definitely winning coach. Everywhere he gauche -- egos,

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Let's congratulate Rob Hoekstra at once more. He has renewed the

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enthusiasm of the older riders, owners are on board. There is

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better spirit and communication. I think he has done a very good job.

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I couldn't agree more, and he is introducing in some of the younger

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ones, which I think is good. French, they have also built on

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their reputation. They wanted to try and win this title and builds

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towards next year. They have certainly builds towards next year

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they raised blood but -- Ludger Beerbaum, throwing his hat in the

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air. You will have a job keeping him out of the team next year. He

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is as hungry as ever. You can see Ludger Beerbaum. It means a lot to

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him. When he has won as much as he has in the past, he is hungry for

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more. And Carsten-Otto Nagel, who gets the first of the gold medals,

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he has probably the one horse beyond all else that is the envy of

:12:04.:12:13.

the world. What a lovely man. The coach knows what it is to win

:12:13.:12:23.
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himself. But he is proving a very Worse the of the title, and it will

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be some competition -- worthy of the title. It will be some

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That gold medal for Germany and bronze for Great Britain means they

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are the only two nations to have won medals in all disciplines,

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dressage, eventing, showjumping and Paralympic dressage, and Nick

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Skelton could add to the haul of medals, lying in second behind

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Carsten-Otto Nagel in the race for individual medals. Coverage of that

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Coverage of the 2011 European Team Championships in Madrid, an important competition on the road to London 2012.

Great Britain's team includes the vastly experienced Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker, who have each won three European gold medals with the British team.


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