Team manager Di Lampard said that British show jumping may have to “go back to the drawing board” after yesterday’s disappointing Nations Cup performance at Hickstead which saw the team eliminated from this year’s competition. “I’m absolutely devastated,” she told Horse & Hound magazine afterwards. “It’s so disappointing.”
The British manager said that missing out on a place in the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona was hard to take. “Barcelona is a fantastic Final. Everyone wants to go, but this year we’re not there and we have to accept it. We haven’t performed well enough.”
Great Britain had won the Nations Cup in Rome in May, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the qualifying places for Barcelona as their other results were poor. The team finished sixth at La Baule earlier the same month, and their two qualifiers this month saw them well off the pace, coming eighth (last) at Falsterbo and sixth yesterday.
Lampard believes that the focus on the Olympics may have put too much pressure on riders, and admitted that changes had to be made. “I’ve got to get the planning better,” she said.
The result is another disappointment for rider Scott Brash who missed out on Olympic selection after the British Equestrian Federation crossed him off the list of potential riders in June because it said it could not be assured that his top rides Hello Sanctus and Hello M’Lady would be fit in time for the event. Brash and Hello Sanctus had been part of the Gold Medal-winning team at London 2012. The Scottish-born rider was ranked number 1 in the world last year and is currently ranked 6th.
Whether or not Brash’s top rides would be in the running for the Barcelona Nations Cup Final is no longer an issue as a result of yesterday’s elimination. Josh Tobin