Not a great day for British Showjumpers - Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 – Day 10 highlights

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Day 10 of the World Equestrian Games 2014 saw the second rounds of the Showjumping and Vaulting competitions take place. Team GBR went into the second phase of the jumping in 11th place and Team GBR vaulter, Joanne Eccles, was lying in second place in the individual female competition.

Here’s more about the highs and lows of the tenth day of the World Equestrian Games:


It wasn’t a great day for British showjumpers as Team GBR dropped out of the team competition and world number one, Scott Brash, decided to withdraw from the individual competition despite qualifying for the second round.

Team GBR had hoped to clinch a medal this year but unfortunately failed to be in the top 10 teams needed to qualify for the team final. Michael and Joe both had 12 penalties, Spencer Roe added eight faults, and the final hope for the team, Scott Brash, had four faults.

Although Scott Brash finished in individual 36th place, qualifying him for the next round of individual competition, he later decided to withdraw Hello Sanctos and is now out of the World Equestrian Games.

You can see what Scott had to say about his decision here.


Team GBR were more successful in the Vaulting competition with British competitor Joanne Eccles currently sitting in gold medal position after the individual female freestyle competition.

She performed a routine to the song I Dreamed A Dream from the hit musical Les Miserables with her father, John Eccles, lunging the family’s horse W H Bentley.

Joanne’s score from the freestyle and compulsory tests will be added together and she will now go forward to the second, and final, stage of the Vaulting.

Team mate and younger sister Hannah Eccles is currently sitting in 11th place after also competing with her father and W H Bentley. Lucy Phillips has also qualified for the final, finishing in 10th place ahead of Hannah, after completing her The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo routine.

Hannah and Joanne will also be competing together in the pas de deux competition on Thursday.

Good luck to all three girls, their lungers, and horses!