European gold for GB showjumpers
Great Britain's showjumpers added the European team title to their London 2012 Olympic gold medal after clinching a dramatic victory in Denmark.
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In doing so, Britain became only the second country in showjumping history after Germany to hold Olympic and European crowns simultaneously.
The quartet of Ben Maher (Cella), Michael Whitaker (Viking), William Funnell (Billy Congo) and Scott Brash (Hello Sanctos) led overnight, and they held their nerve under extreme pressure at the MCH Arena in Herning to land a first European team gold since 1989.
Brash, the last rider to go, could afford four faults and still keep Britain ahead of Germany, and one fence down meant his team finished on a total of 12.18 penalties, with Germany posting 12.77 for silver and Sweden (13.44) claiming bronze.
Both Maher and Brash were members of the London Olympics team, while 53-year-old Whitaker marked his 10th European Championship appearance by clinching a fourth team gold.
"It is an unbelievable achievement. I am absolutely delighted - they all rode unbelievably," Great Britain team boss Rob Hoekstra said.
"Will's clear round was world-class, Ben has been superb all week, Michael had an incredible round yesterday and did everything to jump today, and Scott has just got ice in his veins.
"It was a different kind of tension from London. We were in front here, which we weren't in London, and everyone is trying to catch up with you in that situation.
"This is great. To be Olympic and European champions at the same time is just superb."
Brash added: "I had a safety net at the end that the rest of the boys had given me, and that made my life a bit easier. I guess having a fence down made it even more exciting!"
And Maher, who leads the individual competition heading into Saturday's finale, made it three successive clear rounds in Herning with another masterclass aboard the brilliant mare Cella.
"She's only had two bad rounds this year, and they were both when she didn't feel great," he said.
"I have to say the last two jumps she jumped in the warm-up today, there are not many horses who are ever going to give you that feeling going into an arena, so I was pretty confident.
"Today, I was much happier with my round - my pace for the time allowed, and my lines. The bigger the jumps get the harder she tries. She is pretty special.
"The course was big, and things change when riders come under pressure. There were a couple of very big jumps. The course builder has to throw a few more tricks in to catch people out, but so far this week she has answered every question for me."