It was another outstanding performance from the CSIO 5* debutante Amy Inglis when she jumped double clear in the Grand Prix of La Baule, France to finish in fourth place.
Friday had seen Amy make her first appearance on a top level nations cup team in great style when she produced the best result of the Brits by finishing on just a single time penalty across both rounds having left all fences untouched.
As if that wasn’t enough to get her noticed, she later came out and jumped a double clear in the Grand Prix, one of only four combinations to do so, claiming fourth place in what was a world class competition.
Making her performance all the more meaningful was that she was riding her mother’s homebred 11 year-old chestnut mare, Wishes, who she has produced slowly up through the ranks herself.
It was a field of forty-five riders that came forward to contest the 1.60m course that twisted and turned its way across the vast grass arena at the Stade Francoise Andre..
There was just a total of eight that managed to achieve a first round clear with Amy being the sole Brit to make it through amid what was a strong and established group. The fourth rider to come forward, and with no clears having been achieved at that point, Amy set the grandstands alight when she posted the first clear putting pressure on the remaining riders coming up behind her.
It was three of them that achieved the challenge set by jumping clear in a faster time with Simone Blum (GER) taking the win with DSP Alice in a time of 43.33 seconds. Hot on their heels and just a fraction of a second slower were Steve Guerdat (SUI) on Albfuehren’s Bianca, and Kenny Darragh (IRE) with Important de Muze who took second and third spots respectively.
For Amy, it was a fourth place finish ahead of Gregory Wathelet who was the fastest on 4 penalties with Iron Man van de Padenborre.
Talking afterwards Amy said “ I’m finding it hard to talk about it and take it all in if I’m honest as it hasn’t really sunk in yet. She [Wishes] is just so good, she jumped the Nations Cup like it was no effort to her and she’s such a fighter. Then today when it was even bigger she just fought a bit harder. She loves it and she is so brave with the biggest heart.
“It was the biggest course we have ever jumped, but I tried not to think about it and I knew there was no reason to worry as she would always do everything I ask of her. I just wanted to go out and do our best and I am so happy with her.
“When I walked the course I kept saying I thought it was getting bigger, it looked really big as it’s our first time at this level. Today has meant everything, Friday was amazing but to come out and jump double clear today in the Grand Prix has just been unbelievable!”
British Showjumping would like to thank NAF, title sponsors of the Senior Nations Cup Teams along with the Children, Junior, Young Rider and Veteran teams.
The GBR showjumping teams are supported by the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme, funded by UK Sport through the National Lottery. The Programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage.