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EQUESTRIAN: Collett helps Great Britain to Nations Cup leg win
1:28pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
LAURA Collett’s first major international outing since recovering from her serious injury earlier this year saw the Membury-based rider help Great Britain set up a thrilling finale to the Eventing FEI Nations Cup next month.
Collett rode Allora 3 into ninth spot at Waregem in Belgium as Britain closed the gap in the team event to just one point behind Germany, guaranteeing a thrilling finale at Boekelo in the Netherlands next month.
The 23 year old suffered a punctured lung, fractured neck, shoulder and ribs after a fall from horse Tis A Beauty in Hampshire in July and was in a coma for six days.
The all-female British team led from the start, finishing ahead of the host nation Belgium by more than 50 penalties, with Germany third.
Senior squad rider Izzy Taylor, from Oxfrodshire, won the individual prize on Orlando, with Devon’s Lucy Wiegersma having three horses inside the top six. Cambridgeshire rider Sarah Bullimore was 16th on Reve de Rouet.
Team manager Philip Surl said: “They worked hard and all four produced solid performances. Izzy’s win was a great bonus, Lucy was in cracking form with her three horses and it will have been a great boost for Laura.”
Britain have now won three out of the six legs, including their home competition at Houghton in Norfolk and Surl added: “We will be sticking to our plan of using our special FEI Nations Cup Eventing squad (for Boekelo) and have around six riders to choose from.
“I hoped all year that the team title would come down to the last event and it has.”
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