Team GB conquer Gijòn

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Great Britain have beaten host nation Spain in the Gijòn leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup after edging out their Spanish rivals by a mere point collecting 16 penalties to Spain’s 17.
This is how the British riders took to the field: Tim Stockdale with Fleur d’Aube ( 0 / 4 ), Joe Whitaker with Lola V ( 8 / 12, both results discarded), Samuel Hutton with Happydam ( 0 / 8) and Robert Bevis with Courtney Z ( 4 / 0).
Runners up Spain were in action as follows: Eduardo Alvarez Aznar with Fidux ( 5 / 0), Armando Trapote with Macao ( 4 / 12 discarded), Gerardo Menendez with Cassino DC ( 12 discarded / 0) and Sergio Alvarez Moya with Arrayan ( 8 / 0).
The final podium slot went to the young Dutch line-up of Doron Kuipers with Zinius ( 4 / 0), Bril Roelof with Arlando (4 / 4), Charlotte Verhagen with Abache HL (13 / 16 both results discarded) and Sanne Thijssen with Captain Cooper (8 / 4).
The rest of the teams finished as follows:
4th Switzerland – 22 pens
5th Canada – 24 pens
6th ITALY – 25 pens
7th France – 29 pens
8th Ireland – 37 pens
9th Egypt – 17 pens
10th Mexico -21 pens
11th Portugal – 25 pens
12th Norway – 34 pens
This is what the overall standings look like after the seventh and last leg of the qualifiers:
1.    Ukraine                –    390
2.    Spain             –    360
3.    Austria                –    285
4.    Norway                –    234.5
5.    Denmark                –    210
6.    Poland            –    192.5
6.    Hungary                –    192.5
8.    Luxembourg            –    160
9.    Russia                –    155
10.    Portugal                –    132.5
11.    Turkey              –      82.5
12.    Finland                –      55
13.    Slovenia                –      35
14.    Slovakia             –        0
14.    Bulgaria                –         0
Photo: Winners Great Britain, Tim Stockdale, Joe Whitaker, head coach Tony Newberry, Samuel Hutton and Robert Bevis.
Photo Xurde Margaride
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