Germany takes 2017 Nations Cup Eventing title after New Zealand’s double victory in final series
The conditions were challenging — stormy skies and muddy terrain — but in the end Tim Price and Team New Zealand came out on top at this weekend’s Military Boekelo CCIO3* competition in the Netherlands. And after this final stage of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup series, Germany are the overall winners ahead of rivals Great Britain.
Boekelo was the ninth and final stop for this year’s Nations Cup circuit, and coming into the competition Germany was just 10 points behind the British team. Great Britain has competed at every competition this year, but could only manage a 10th place finish at the Dutch finale.
In Eventing, the Dressage score and jump penalties in Cross-Country and Show Jumping are converted into penalty points, with the horse and rider with the fewest number of points winning the competition. And in Holland, it was Tim Price and his compatriots who best handled the challenges, including Olympic designer Sue Benson’s sophisticated cross-country course, in advance of Price’s victory over the home side’s Tim Lips and Bayro in Sunday’s Show Jumping.
“It’s always a difficult thing when you go at the end of the day because you have to spend all day watching people do things very well and other people do things not so well, so it’s hard to stay on your focus and not get distracted by other things,” Price told EN. “She’s not got a lot of experience at this level, but she’s a very clever horse. She knew her job, so I stuck to my plan.”