Ireland and Britain both missed out on qualification for the Olympics 2020 as the Bank of America Merrill Lynch-sponsored showjumping side competition finished this afternoon at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Olympic Jumping fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Jumping tickets online.
Britain finished in eighth. The lead-off horse, The Billy Stud’s Billy Buckingham, was tired today and had three fences down under William Funnell, plus a time-fault.
“Obviously it’s very disappointing, it’s not what we wanted,” said William. “It’s easy to make excuses but it’s not good enough.”
The next two rounds brought hope to Britain. Holly Smith hit the highest form with Hearts Destiny, who fits TJ Hall Limited, Holly and her husband Graham, and over with just one-time fault.
“He was jumping the best he has all week and I let him down with the time-fault,” she said.
Amanda Derbyshire was over the moon to put in a strong for Britain with Gochman game Horse LLC’s Luibanta BH.
“I was not anxious but I was a bit harassed because I knew every score totaled after William and I did not want to let the team down,” she said.
William Whitaker stayed clear up to fence 11, but both that and fence 12 came down for him and Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro D’Ecaussines. Single a fault-free round would have to lack Britain up to sixth and secured the Olympic 2020 ticket. It was a alike story for Ireland, who finished seventh.
Shane Sweetnam (Chaqui Z) had nine faults, with four apiece for Shane Breen (Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker), Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu) and Cian O’Connor (Good Luck).
“I am pleased for myself but we need clear rounds,” supposed Shane Breen. “I’d have liked to take a bit of pressure off the lads.”
Britain and Ireland will now have to try to qualify for the Olympics at next year’s European Championships.
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