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EQUESTRIAN: Lizzie strikes gold in the Netherlands
11:41am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
WILTSHIRE-BASED New Zealander Lizzie Brown claimed the biggest win of her career as she lifted the CCI three-star Boekelo International in the Netherlands at the weekend.
Brown, who is based at Milton Stud at Milton Lilbourne, near Pewsey, guided Henton Attorney General to victory, having taken the lead during the cross-country section, from Germany’s Peter Thomsen and Horseware’s Barney, who finished second.
The 25 year old then came through the showjumping section, countryman Sir Mark Todd and Leonidas II in third, with Britain's Kitty King, from Lower Stanton St. Quintin, fifth on Persimmon.
"I was pretty confident going into the showjumping because Frank (Henton Attorney General) is a very good showjumper,'' said Brown.
"When we jumped the second to last fence of the last treble everyone cheered because we had two fences in hand but then I freaked out and had the last down!"
Meanwhile, Lower Stanton St. Quintin's Kitty King finished fifth with Persimmon and her performance helped Great Britain to win the FEI Nations Cup crown.
A newcomer to the British squad, Persimmon and King finished on a score of 48.0.
Team manager Philip Surl said: “As ever Kitty’s horses are lovely on the flat and they started the competition well.
"They then went clear across country just picking up a few time faults. He is a young horse that has performed well in the build-up to this level; this was a good box to tick at CCI3* level.”
Membury-based Laura Collett also among the British quartet, finishing 17th on Allora 3.
Surl added: “Laura and this promising mare put in a great effort with a strong test and then went very well across country, although they accrued a few time penalties.
“They also unfortunately rolled a pole on Sunday but again the ground conditions had been getting worse as the day went on and the weather dried out causing the ground to become heavier.
"This horse has now put in two consistent CICO team performances to really consolidate her position at the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, Collett's four-star eventer Noble Bestman has had an operation after fracturing his off-fore pastern during the cross-country at Boekelo, with vets hoping he will make a full recovery.
Collett said: “He landed over a straightforward fence and went lame, so I pulled him up. The vets were brilliant and he was taken straight off to the clinic, where they X-rayed him and discovered he had fractured his off-fore pastern.''
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