Great Britain Announces Team for Nations Cup at Great Meadow

Ben Hobday and Mulrys Error. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

North America’s only FEI Nations Cup leg is fast approaching at Great Meadow, which will once again host an exciting weekend of competition July 7-9 in The Plains, Virginia. Great Britain announced this morning which horses and riders will cross the pond to compete.

Matthew Heath, 34, from Oxfordshire, riding his own and Hazel Livesey’s One of a Kind II

Ben Hobday, 29, from Northumberland, with Sallie Ryle’s Mulrys Error

Nicky Roncoroni, 38, from Gloucestershire, and Lorna McWilliam and Janey Roncoroni’s Watts Burn

James Sommerville, 29, from North Yorkshire, on his own and Jennifer Sommerville’s Talent

American-based Brit Justine Dutton will fill the reserve team slot with Kathleen Cuca’s Jak My Style.

Matthew, Ben and James will all make their senior team debut for Team GB alongside Nicky, who rode on the team that finished second in the Nations Cup earlier this month at Tattersalls in Ireland.

After three legs of the 2017 Nations Cup series, Britain currently holds first place in the overall standings with 270 points thanks to finishing second in each leg so far. Germany sits second on 200 points, with France in third on 100 points.

Team USA is tied for fourth place on 80 points with Ireland and Sweden after the team of Hannah Sue Burnett, Caroline Martin and Katherine Coleman finished third at Houghton Hall. Click here to view the series leaderboard.

The Nations Cup series next heads to Wiener Neustadt in Austria for the fourth leg June 30-July 2. The Nations Cup schedule for the rest of the season is:

CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT) 30 June – 2 July 2017
CICO 3* The Plains (USA) 8 – 9 July 2017
CICO 3* Aachen (GER) 19 – 23 July 2017
CICO 3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA) 10-13 August 2017
CICO 3* Waregem (BEL) 22 – 24 September 2017
CCIO 3* Boekelo (NED) 5 – 8 October 2017

The competition at Great Meadow begins Friday, July 7 with the first horse inspection at 10 a.m. EST and dressage starting at 5 p.m. EST. Dressage will resume Saturday, July 8 at 8 a.m. EST, with show jumping at 5 p.m. EST. Cross country starts at 9:30 a.m. EST Sunday, July 9.

Tickets for Great Meadow are available for sale at this link.

Great Meadow: Website, Schedule, Tickets