INTRODUCTION Showjumping -- and Britain decisively beat a team of 1976 Olympic medallists at Harwood Hall Arena in England on Saturday (January 8).
INTRODUCTION Showjumping -- and Britain decisively beat a team of 1976 Olympic medallists at Harwood Hall Arena in England on Saturday (January 8). The team was led to victory by David Broome, who also took the individual honours. The home riders took 47 faults. The visitors --all French - speaking -- collected 76.
SYNOPSIS: Among them was Canada's Michel Vaillancourt, who took the silver medal in the Montreal Olympics last year. The others on his team included the captain, Hubert Parot from France, who won a gold medal, and Belgium's Francois Mathy. He was a Montreal gold medallist, who took second place in the individual honours with 12 faults against Broome's four. All six riders were sharing six borrowed horses -- they had to do a round on each.
Mathy of Belgium on Gay Rufus, putting up a good round to take eventual third place with 17 faults.
The visitors' captain - Parot of France. Four of his twelve faults came in this round.
Finishing at the bottom in sixth place -- Vaillancourt of Canada, collecting four of his eventual 47 faults. That's exactly as many as the entire British team put together.
David Broome, man of the show, on his final round -- and yet another clear one. During his six rounds he only dropped one fence -- the Oxer, on his third mount - to collect his four faults.
The final individual placings: Broome, Parot, Mathy, Debbie Johnsey of Britain with 20, team-mate Harvey Smith on 23 faults, and Vaillancourt.