OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS FROM GREAT BRITIAN CLAIM EUROPEAN TEAM TITLE
In a thrilling final showdown, the Olympic gold medalllists from Great Britain added the PSI FEI European Team Jumping Championship title to their honours list when pipping the defending champions from Germany in Herning, Denmark tonight. And a gutsy Swedish side battled through to snatch the bronze in a competition that kept spectators on the edges of their seats.
It could hardly have been better scripted, with last-man-in, Britain's Scott Brash, using up all his luck before finally clinching the result. He had one fence in hand going into the arena, and when the first element of the triple combination fell he couldn't even afford a single time penalty if his side was to stay out in front. He joked afterwards that his team-mates had provided him with some leeway by their great performances, "these are fantastic lads to ride with, and they gave me a window of one fence down so I thought I'd make it even more exciting and use it!"
But he managed to leave the rest of the course intact to bring the title back to Britain for the first time in 24 years.