Nicola with Mary & Gerry Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan’s One Two Many are part of the Silver medal winning team for Team GBR at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle.
A fantastic dressage test for a score of 34.60 left the combination lying fourth individually going into cross-country day, with the GB team in second place behind the Germans.
The beautifully built, Ian Stark designed course proved to be very influential, not helped by the incessant rain that descended on Blair on cross-country day.
Over a tricky and intense track, Nicola was having a brilliant, bold round on the long-striding One Two Many when the horse ran out at the second of two corners sited in the arena, at fence 16.
“He was giving me a fantastic ride until then and he jumped the first corner really well. I made my turn and then for whatever reason he just didn’t lock on to the second element – it’s not like him at all to run-out. I’m obviously gutted,” said Nicola.
With William Fox-Pitt retiring on the cross-country course, all three show jumping rounds the following day were crucial if Team GB were to hold onto silver medal position.
Nicola was first to show jump for the team and One Two Many was jumping superbly, until a sticky moment at fence 7 to pick up 4 faults, very nearly depositing Nicola on the floor, but for her great stickability, it would have been a whole different story – “There’s only three of us, I’ve GOT to stay on!” said Nicola afterwards.