April 20, 2008

Germany won the Nations Cup team contest at the Bonneau International Pony showjumping competition at Fontainebleau at the weekend.

Germany had only one fault and did not needs to use its fourth rider, Maurice Tebbel, who didn't start in either round. The German side resisted a sustained assault from the Irish team, which missed out on the top placing by only a fence.

Denmark, which was participating for the first time, finished in third place, ahead of France and Sweden.

Ireland's riders stood out over the weekend, winning three classes on Saturday: the CSIP was won by Vincent Byrne riding The Real Deal, the class for 6-year-old ponies was won by Madeline Roberts-Allean, and George Murphy was first and second in the 7-year-old class on The Freckle and Garindruig Brady.

France's Camille Delaveau won the top class on Saturday evening riding Lea du Genier. The young rider has the right pedigree for the sport: her mother is Eugenie Angot, member of the French senior team and qualified for the World Cup Final this year. She came to congratulate her daughter just before leaving for Gothenburg.